Links for 9th December 2008

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Space elevator trips could be agonisingly slow

    "Slowing the climb would allow the space elevator to be drawn back to its stable point, perfectly vertical above the Earth's equator. But this could also make trips into orbit agonisingly slow, adding nine days or more to a climb that – at several hundred kilometres per hour – might already take about 15 days."

    Tagged with: sciencetechnologyspaceelevatorengineering

  2. How to Become a Successful Copywriter with Bad Writing

    "Remember, copywriting is not about writing. It’s about communicating and selling. It’s about getting people to act – to call, order, visit a Web site, or go to a retail store. For the successful copywriter, words are tools."

    Tagged with: writingmarketingcopywritinglanguage

  3. How to: Check out if a post has an excerpt

    "To check out if a post has an excerpt, simply paste the following code within the loop… " Useful little PHP conditional.

    Tagged with: wordpresscodesnippetphpexcerpt

  4. Cave’s climate clues show ancient empires declined during dry spell

    "Their detailed climate record shows that the Eastern Mediterranean became drier between 100 A.D. and 700 A.D., a time when Roman and Byzantine power in the region waned, including steep drops in precipitation around 100 A.D. and 400 A.D. "Whether this is what weakened the Byzantines or not isn't known, but it is an interesting correlation," Valley says. "These things were certainly going on at the time that those historic changes occurred.""

    Tagged with: climatechangeRomanBynatineempiredeclineenvironmentcivilization

  5. France abuzz over alcoholic ‘cure’

    "Dr Olivier Ameisen, 55, one of France's top heart specialists, says he overcame his own addiction to alcohol by self-administering doses of a muscle-relaxant called baclofen." Was it the drug, or a self-imposed placebo effect?

    Tagged with: medicineaddictionalcoholismdrugcure

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