Photo of the day

From a Big Picture Earth Day gallery:

A girl reads a book on her balcony as smoke rises from chimneys of a steel plant, on a hazy day in Quzhou, Zhejiang province April 3. China’s plan for a market in air pollution permits promises to help clean up its air cheaply, but the move could prove just as useless as previous environmental policies unless the government stamps out lax enforcement and spotty data. (Reuters) 


Quick hits part II

1) Linda Greenhouse with some very thoughtful commentary on the latest Supreme Court affirmative action decision.

2) A man in Florida undertook a personal vigilante crusade against talking on cell phones while driving with a cell-phone jammer.  Pretty cool.  Also dangerous to emergency response and illegal.

3) I’m not much of a drinker at all.  But if were, I very well might try this yeast trick to avoid extreme inebriation.

4) Charlottesville, VA schools listen to the research and move their elementary start times earlier and middle school start times later.  If only more districts would listen to the overwhelming science.

5) Interesting rebuttal to Hannah Rosin’s recent Atlantic cover.  An argument that kids actually need more structure in their playtime.

6) Supreme Court made a major (and correct!) decision on patents.  This is big but has received very little coverage.

7) On exploding whales on the beach.  And if you’ve never seen this classic video of an attempt to blow up a dead whale, stop what you are doing and watch now.

8) Great to see that courts are increasingly wising up to the idea that Shaken Baby Syndrome is basically junk science.  Alas, they still need to do this way more systematically as there are still too many innocent people in prison.

9) Vox writes that “Congress” chooses to remain clueless on technology by refusing to fund the Office of Technology Assessment.  Let’s be clear– Republicans choose to remain clueless on technology.

10) The secret to moving giant stones to build the pyramids?  Wet sand.  But not too wet.

11) An idea for creating a market for kidney donations where compensation is not cash, but vouchers, etc., or something you can spend in the future.

12) Nice Frank Bruni column on American decline.  I fear he’s onto something.


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