April: Jerry Barlow Concert

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A Dust Storm Approaches Elkhart, Kansas, During the Great Dustbowl Years of the 1930s

Our first commentor to yesterday’s post on Timothy Ferris’ book The Science of Liberty referred us to a newly launched website on Dustbowl Poetry. Now, mind you, it’s not an historical site, but a poetic exploration of “the world of a small fictional community that puts a human face on the greatest economic disaster and the greatest environmental disaster of our history.” It’s really quite intriguing, and if the topic interests you at all, I recommend you take a look.

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Food Fight

If you’re at all interested in organic foods, eating locally and other allied topics, The Atlantic has an interesting article for you in The Great Grocery Smackdown, a comparison of Wal-Mart and Whole Foods that is to some degree contra-conventional.

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During the past two decades more than 400 exoplanets have been discovered using a variety of increasing powerful and prolific techniques. Even more versatile and sensitive instruments are entering into use or well on the way, promising a rapid acceleration in the discovery of these new worlds surrounding distant stars.

There is growing observational evidence that our own galaxy, the Milky Way, with its 100 billion stars, may very well host more than 100 million solar systems – perhaps many times more. Before our very eyes a “new frontier for humankind” appears.

The Institute of Physics has now released an excellent, well-illustrated and highly readable report of just eight pages on Exoplanets: The Search for Planets Beyond Our Solar System.

For much more on this exciting field of exploration, follow the links in our earlier posts Hard Rain, New Worlds in Abundance, and Planet Webb.

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