The first evidence for cosmic inflation–i.e., the Big Bang–was discovered this week.
Megan Garber at The Atlantic, “What It’s Like to be Right About the Big Bang?”
The search for Flight MH370 is revealing one thing: the ocean is filled with garbage.
Kim Stanley Robinson alert: Paul Rosenfeld, “Would You Take a One-Way Ticket to Mars?”
And as part of his forthcoming 3 million page novel, Breeze Avenue (2015), Richard Grossman has buried a crystal ball deep inside of Princeton Mountain in Colorado. The ball, “made of synthetic sapphire, which is almost as indestructible as diamond,” has the Ten Commandments inscribed on it in Hebrew, and in “20 million years, as a result of natural forces carefully calculated by the geologists, the Torah Ball will emerge from its eroded resting place and bear the Ten Commandments down the mountain.” Hyperarchivalists of the deep future rejoice!
Richard Grossman, The Torah Ball (Synthetic Sapphire, Princeton Mountain, 20 Million Years of Erosion, 2011).
I haven’t had much time to post much here recently, but I would be remiss in my duties if I did not at least post a short something about the recent (failed) nuclear talks in Geneva. Thomas Erdbrink has an article in The New York Times on the failure of the most recent round of talks, “Iran and Western Powers Clash Over Why Nuclear Talks Failed.”
Eric Schlosser’s new book about the many near misses with nuclear explosions that occurred throughout the Cold War, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, has received an interesting review in The New York Times. Walter Russell Mead treats it at length in “Atomic Gaffes.”
John Williams for The New York Times has reported on a promotional video released by Penguin Press for Thomas Pynchon’s forthcoming Bleeding Edge (2013).