Links for 25th January 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Aliens visiting Earth will be just like humans, scientist claims

    ""I do think there's a risk in active searches for extra-terrestrials. The attitude seems to be they're friendly, they're a long way away, and they can't get here. But if you wake up one morning and an armada of extra-terrestrial spaceships are circling Earth, that prediction won't necessarily hold," Harrison said.

    If life has evolved elsewhere in our cosmic neighbourhood, we should find out by detecting their waste gases in the atmosphere of their planet or by discovering remnants of extra-terrestrial microbes in meteorites or alien soil samples, he said." I think "the scientist" "suggests" rather than "claims", Sir Grauniad. Nonetheless, interesting stuff.

    Tagged with: spacealiensSETIextraterrestrialintelligenceFermi-Paradoxcultureresources

  2. WordPress Plugin › Search Regex

    "Search Regex adds a powerful set of search and replace functions to WordPress. These go beyond the standard searching capabilities, and allow you to search and replace almost any data stored on your site. In addition to simple searches you have the full power of PHP's regular expressions at your disposal.

    The driving force behind this plugin is to aid in website migration and upgrading. If you've ever done either of these then you know the pain of having to go back through all your data, changing URL paths and fixing things. With this plugin you can reduce this work to a search and replace pattern and the job is finished in seconds." OMG, why did I never hear about this one before?

    Tagged with: wordpresspluginMySQLdatabaseregexsearch-replacemigrationtoolwebdev

  3. ‘Controlled Serendipity’ Liberates the Web

    "If someone approached me even five years ago and explained that one day in the near future I would be filtering, collecting and sharing content for thousands of perfect strangers to read — and doing it for free — I would have responded with a pretty perplexed look. Yet today I can’t imagine living in a world where I don’t filter, collect and share.

    More important, I couldn’t conceive of a world of news and information without the aid of others helping me find the relevant links." Troo dat.

    Tagged with: internetserendipitysharingcontentcurationsocial-mediablogging

  4. Good parents wanted: All genders apply

    “The family type that is best for children is one that has responsible, committed, stable parenting. Two parents are, on average, better than one, but one really good parent is better than two not-so-good ones. The gender of parents only matters in ways that don’t matter.” Amen to that.

    Tagged with: parentinggenderresearchchildrenstability

  5. When Science Asks, “What If?”

    "Does our collective dreaming, our technolust, and our romance for the stars shape the way we understand future scientific advances? More importantly, can it change the future?

    In a word, yes."

    Tagged with: futurismwritingscifisciencefictionspeculationculturestorytelling

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