Links 15/07/2012

Thanks to the many wonders of modern internets many awesome news stories are available at our fingertips. As I don’t sleep I end up reading a bunch of these awesome stories. I’ll try and do a wrap up every Sunday of the interesting links I’ve read in the week before.

The Ecology of Disease, New York Times.

From the article:

Emerging diseases have quadrupled in the last half-century, experts say, largely because of increasing human encroachment into habitat, especially in disease “hot spots” around the globe, mostly in tropical regions. And with modern air travel and a robust market in wildlife trafficking, the potential for a serious outbreak in large population centers is enormous.

Obama TV Ad: “Firms”

A perfectly pitched attack ad on Romney from Obama’s campaign. NY Times gives more details here.

The secret diary of Tariana Turia, Timaru Herald
Steve Braunias delivers another fantastic piece of political satire.

Scale of the Universe, NASA
If you’re ever feeling small and insignificant then check this out. It’ll make the feeling worse.

Intergenerational wealth and debt, interest.co.nz
Bernard Hickey addresses Baby Boomers and tells them why it is in everyone’s best interests to talk about our future economic problems now rather than later.

You might be a smanker if, Pando Daily
I have started sending this article to smankers who start following me on Twitter.

Science writing and Journalism, Yale University
A great series of short interviews and lectures I started listening to.

China and illegal drugs, Tea Leaf Nation
Interesting look at drugs in China and the Government’s response.

Trajectory of a falling Batman, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester
He may be the god damn Batman, but the rules of physics still apply.

USA policy wonks role in South Sudan’s independence, Reuters
I had heard about Dafur, and I knew South Sudan had become a new state but I didn’t know why or how. This helps fill in some of the gaps.

Stewart Island opened up to oil exploration, NZ Herald
Seriously, what the fuck? Drilling for oil is now a non-notifiable issue? This could have serious impacts on the Rakiura environment. Imagine what an oil spill would do to Bluff oysters which are only a stones throw away.

Relativistic Baseball, xkcd
The chap behind xkcd has started a new blog where he answers questions once a week. First one is about what would happen if a pitcher threw a baseball at 90% the speed of light.

Last minute addition:

Survey shows wealth gap on our minds more than ever, Max Rashbrooke
Mr Rashbrooke looks at income inequality in New Zealand.


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