A Breath of (Extrasolar) Air

Yeah, I know, I’m supposed to be face-down in work.  And I am, I am.  But this is just too cool to let pass without pointing it out:  a team out of Santa Cruz and Carnegie have tagged a potentially habitable planet around Gliese 581. And they did it with a good  old-fashioned ground-based telescope. […]

Posted in: astronomy/cosmology, science by Peter Watts 41 Comments

Worth the Price

If wifi were water, this place would be Arrakis. Free bandwidth is an alien concept in Australia. A minute of internet is treasured more than the rarest jewel (or at least, it costs as much). Notwithstanding which, this country rocks. I could go on about the fact that the neurotoxins that developed in this place […]

Posted in: On the Road, public interface by Peter Watts 80 Comments