March 29, 2008


On Wednesday the heirs of Jerome Siegel were awarded a share of the US copyright to the Superman character he created with Joseph Shuster over 70 years ago.  The legal battle with Time Warner, who owns DC Comics, has been going on for years so this is pretty cool.  There is some good commentary here along with a link to the judges 72 page ruling on the case - it made me wonder if he was a comics fan as a kid.

March Madness meets economics.

New government research has found “large and growing” disparities in life expectancy for richer and poorer Americans, paralleling the growth of income inequality in the last two decades.

Google goes dark for Earth Hour.  (they should have checked the sports calendar for a better US turn-off)

Heard a passing mention to the upper atmospheric phenomenon of "blue jets" the other day - it just doesn't seem like there are that many things out there that are being "newly discovered."  Picture here of the related "red sprite" and interesting video here and here.

Interesting piece in Reason on genetically modified seed/food and its impact on the developing world - I've got some quibbles with the way they present things that I'll try to remember to mention later.

Low probability, sure - but this is the kind of thing-some crazy scientists out in the middle of some vast frozen expanse tinkering away with the freakin' fabric of the universe-that gives me the willies.

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