- Some sunny news this week, including Matthew Wald's NYTimes piece that Two Large Solar Power Plants Are Planned in California covering 12.4 square miles and generating some 800 megawatts of power. Also in the NYTimes, Stephanie Rosenbloom writes that Giant Retailers Look to the Sun for Energy Savings.
- Trash is becoming increasingly popular write Jill Sherman and Lewis Smith in the London Times in two pieces, Recyclers are reaping the rewards of the fortune in your dustbin and High plastic prices raise prospect of rubbish mining.
- Speaking of rubbish, China's Olympian dishonesty continues as told in both London Times and WSJ stories revealing that the supposedly "ethnic minority" Opening Ceremony performers were, in fact, all of the domineering majority Han race. This latest revelation plus the faked fireworks, Milli Vanilli-esque "solo" singing girl, Potemkin architectural practices, and other totalitarian propaganda efforts make a scandalous laughingstock of Olympic ideals. The authoritarians in charge should be ashamed and voted out of office by Chinese voters at the next elections. Oops, I forgot, that's impossible because there are no elections and therefore there will be no feedback since Chinese people have no political liberty. (But they do have a surplus of censorship, so these stories are only for us in the civilized parts of the rest of the world).
- Philip Auerswald opines in the Globe about China's quick fall, slow return to glory.
- There's no faking what Korean kids do to get into good schools, writes Choe Sang-Hun in the NYTimes piece A Taste of Failure Fuels an Appetite for Success at South Korea's Cram Schools.
- Fascinating to see that Sudan seeks $1bn to plough into farming, a piece written by Barney Jopson and Andrew England in the FT. Fellow FT writer Murithi Mutiga cautions Smallholders at risk in land scramble.
- Scott Kirsner writes in his Globe Innovation Economy column that Out-of-state deals stymie chance to build N.E. pillars.
- Challenges with resurgent Russia notwithstanding, I was delighted to see the NYTimes's Robert Reid write about Vladivostok in Extravagance at Russia's Edge.
- Marine technologies were in the news this week, including Bryan Bender's Globe piece For US, a terror threat lurks in drug smuggling subs. MIT spinoff companies Bluefin Robotics and iRobot are chasing this underwater security problem with robosubs. Frank Pope in the London Times writes that Robot sub discovers secrets of the deep that could predict a natural disaster, thus reminding us of the critical role oceanographic research can play for humanity. Finally, the NYTimes has a piece by Andrew Revkin about the importance of vessels for extreme conditions entitled Experts Urge U.S. to Increase Icebreaker Fleet in Arctic Waters.
- Migrants in the news: As Its Work Force Ages and Shrinks, Japan Needs and Fears Chinese Labor writes Norimitsu Onishi in the NYTimes. On the other end of the socio-economic spectrum, Tracy Jan writes in the Globe that Foreigners diversify face of BU: School sees record results from overseas recruiting. (This makes me wonder why MIT still has a boneheaded quota limiting the number of international undergrads to merely 8% thus allowing other schools to capture the best global talent.)
- Both the FT and NYTimes have reviews -- by Simon Kuper and Bill Keller, respectively -- of a very promising book by John Carlin entitled Playing The Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation.
- Stephen Kinzer opines in the Globe about France's role in the Rwandan genocide.
- Finally we have a survey by Susan Greenwood in the London Times of research progress in addressing motor neuron disease in her piece A prisoner inside his own body.
17 August 2008
Recommended Readings 080817 ~ On Solar, Trash, China, Korea, Sudan, New England, Russia, Oceantech, Migrants, Mandela, Rwanda, and Neurotech...
Several readable morsels I recommend...
Posted by Joost Bonsen at 13:15
Labels: Africa, Asia, Ecology, Education, Energy, Liberty, Neurotechnology, Recommended
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