What you do is you make it real small and light, push it with laser beams and then watch with x-ray telescopes and so forth for what happens when it meets the dust halo around the system…speculative-but-plausible space science at Centauri Dreams.
On his birthday, DamnInteresting sums up the fraught career of ‘the man who invented the 20th Century’. He may have been an utter crank, but he was a superlative genius too. See link further down for way more details.
NYT’s Itzkoff reviews (amongst others) the latest Charles Stross novel, ‘Glasshouse’. Coming from Itzkoff, this is a pretty good review by all accounts. Login with BugMeNot. Link via Mr. Stross himself.
Zooomr offers free pro-upgraded photo-hosting accounts to bloggers large and small. Worth bearing in mind for those of you who blog on free hosting services, or who don’t have as generous (foolish?) a hobbyist webhost as myself…;)
Project Gutenberg is giving free access for all to thousands of full book texts in electronic form, up until August 4th, after which membership will be required. w00t! I note that Baen Books are one of the sponsors, too.