I have a nice juicy post on oscillators and spontaneous synchronization to come tomorrow, but between other writing duties and working on a research project today, I don’t have a “real” post today. However, there are so many other good things to read today, so I’ll leave you in the capable hands of other writers:
- Emily Lakdawalla reports from the New Horizons conference about the possibility of liquid on the surface of Pluto. There’s some possibly crazy stuff happening on Pluto, but it’s all speculation until we can observe the tiny iceball up close.
- Caleb Scharf puts the new exoplanet discoveries in context, and discusses what it means for habitability (which sounds like a familiar discussion).
- Matthew Bailes, one of the co-discoverers of the “diamond planet”, talks about the failure of the media to get science right, comparing his discovery with the treatment of climate scientists. (Here’s my post on the “diamond planet” and why it’s cool, despite the misleading name.)
- Davide Castelvecchi explains why “north” and “south” are purely cultural constructs, devoid of physical content.
And of course if you don’t want to read anything, you can look at the breathtaking photo mosaic of the Moon’s northern hemisphere, a perspective that is impossible to get from Earth.