Links 5/7/13

Links for you. Science:

Brain, Interrupted
Time to call out the anti-GMO conspiracy theory
Most Muslims ‘accept’ human evolution
What If We Never Run Out of Oil? New technology and a little-known energy source suggest that fossil fuels may not be finite. This would be a miracle—and a nightmare.
DISCOVAR has been released!

Other:

HP Lovecraft’s Madness
WWMLKD?
Repeal The Sequester! Let’s Do It!
Vince Lombardi accepted gay players on his team
Why FBI and CIA didn’t connect the dots
Did the FBI Bungle the Tsarnaev Case?
The gap between school reform rhetoric and reality in 3 cities
Liberals want more Newtown massacres, says NRA head
Gray vs. grey
Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government? A former FBI counterterrorism agent claims on CNN that this is the case
Masterworks await as an MFA gallery reopens: A North Shore couple will soon give their fabulous collection to one museum, local or national. A quiet joust among cultural giants is underway.
Silly Shit Andrew Sullivan Says, Ctd.
How Austerity Pushed American Colonists to Revolt
Basic Training (for the tabletop wargamers)
BOYS WILL BE BOYS, GIRLS WILL BE SLUTS, KATHLEEN?
Special Adjuncts?
The Coming War Over Net Neutrality

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1 Response to Links 5/7/13

  1. dr2chase says:

    No kidding on the “what if we never run out of oil” front. Mining methane hydrate sounds far too close to being a solvable problem. On the other hand, some of the fine print somewhat down the Wikipedia page suggests that there might not be quite such a huge amount as earlier estimates:

    “Recent estimates constrained by direct sampling suggest the global inventory occupies between one and five million cubic kilometres (0.24 to 1.2 million cubic miles).[18] This estimate, corresponding to 500-2500 gigatonnes carbon (Gt C), is smaller than the 5000 Gt C estimated for all other geo-organic fuel reserves but substantially larger than the ~230 Gt C estimated for other natural gas sources.[18][20] The permafrost reservoir has been estimated at about 400 Gt C in the Arctic,[21] but no estimates have been made of possible Antarctic reservoirs. These are large amounts, for comparison the total carbon in the atmosphere is around 700 gigatons.[22]
    These modern estimates are notably smaller than the 10,000 to 11,000 Gt C (2×1016 m³) proposed[23] by previous workers a reason to consider clathrates to be a geo-organic fuel resource (MacDonald 1990, Kvenvolden 1998).”

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