Book Review: Virtual Surreality

Who Controls the Internet? Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu Oxford, $28.00, 226 pages When the Internet ceased being a techno-scientific novelty and entered the world of mass consumption and communication,

Nastygram? Delete it like spam

Last week, Shelley Batts, the Neuroscience PhD candidate and ScienceBlogs contributor, posted a response to the much-linked BBC article, “Alcohol ‘Makes Fruit Healthier.’” Unlike most bloggers that skimmed the article

Sasami Wishbringer is a submissive and prostitute for “Edge Escorts.” She looks like an eight-year-old girl. But…she is an avatar in Second Life. Three years ago, Linden Labs stepped in

Apophis Now

Apophis Now

Odds of dying in a plane crash: 1 in 5,051. Odds of dying in a car accident: 1 in 237. Odds that asteroid Apophis will strike Earth in 2036: 1

Open Access or Peer-Review?

Last spring, Senate busybody Joseph Lieberman and Sen. John Cornyn introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006. Most of us instinctively cringe over any suggestions Sen. Lieberman makes

Sotto Vox

Sotto Vox

The instantly likable Mena Trott, dressed in a Diane von Furstenberg-style retro-printed frock, looked more like she was about to unveil a collection of fashion accessories than what could be

The games bureaucrats play

When a bureaucrat makes a comment that defies logic, like the following, it may mean something’s up: It is misleading to imply that the commission could be the cause of

Cooler heads on global warming

There’s a storm brewing over global warming–or, more accurately, storms aren’t brewing, and that’s causing a storm in itself. People preaching the dangers of global warming predicted that warmer air

The pretense of knowledge

We are only beginning to understand on how subtle a communication system the functioning of an advanced industrial society is based — a communications system which we call the market

Electronic voting is for the birds

We’ve grown accustomed to assuming that computerized devices are always better than older technologies. That’s true of most devices, but it’s probably not true of voting machines. When it comes to our elections, it would be a good idea to follow the KISS principle: Keep It Simple,
Stupid.