Monthly Archives: August 2014
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book explains, among other thing, a very cool theory about using stable wormholes to create a time machine. Now if we could only make wormholes stable, manipulate them, and pass through them safely without radiation feedback … then I could go back and create a time paradox.
In a deviation from standard posts, I turn to the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. The infographic from Forbes below may shed some light on the relative extent and virulence of this outbreak.
EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE: VIRULENCE PER OUTBREAK. Rectangles are outbreaks, labelled with year. Size is number of disease cases. Color is virulence, the case fatality rate from 0% yellow to red 100%. (Data: WHO / CC BY: JV Chamary / Source)
This short story has nothing to do with Ebola, but if you want to see how a very common pathogen can be use for germ-warfare, then read Cohesion Lost.
If you have been fortunate enough to have a clear sky in last couple of days, you may have noticed that the moon is especially bright and large. This is no coincidence, since this month’s lunar perigee (221,796 miles) occurs at around the same time as the official moment of the moon’s full phase.
We have had three supermoons in a row this summer, but this weekend’s is the biggest and brightest.