April 30th, 2010

Tea-drinker par excellence

Scanning the Horizon: The Sigma Scan

It sounds like something from a cheap SF film, but this is actually a series of horizon scanning papers (available here) that look at possible futures by category, impact, likelihood and controversy.

So you can read about such things as:
- Intensified Research into Fusion Power
- Gene out of the bottle: Could genes from GMOs proliferate in nature?
- The kraken awakes: the impact of a cataclysmic seismic event
- Here be dragons?: Possible political unrest in key Asian states
- A delicate balance: the struggle for sustainable farming and fishing
- Europe looks West: A resurgence of pro-Atlanticism within the EU?
- Studies in Dystopia: Doomsday possibilities for the UK.
- It started with a click: online relationships and virtual sexuality
- City Limits? the future of London
- Junk science? The importance of public trust in science

There are over 200 papers with a decent search engine.
Tea-drinker par excellence

Top 100 free books

Here's Project Gutenberg's top 100 books for the last 30 days. I've only read 18 of them. It's nice to see Carroll's lesser known work on Algebra getting an outing. Also Nietzsche outranks the Bible and crafts rank highly, which tells you the kind of people that read these books, needleworking goths.

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