Two posts in a day? OMGapocalypse! </sarcasm>
Lots of open tabs to share:
- There’s an interview with George R.R. Martin over at the Atlantic. I’m excited/horrified about the new book because it’s been so long, I need to start the series over. It’s called doorstopper fantasy for a reason. Yikes.
- Anyone else enthralled by the News of the World meltdown and Hugh Grant’s role in all of this? Whether or not you’ve been following the story, the BBC has a fascinating profile on Rupert Murdoch, entitled “A Portrait of Satan.” Spoiler: They’re not very fond of him.
- Scientific American posted the first ever MRI of a tarantula’s beating heart. How cool is that?
- Warning: link bait. YA was too dark. Now, apparently, romance is too unprotected. The Guardian takes on the latest literary brouhaha. (HT bookshelves of doom)
- Nathan Bransford posted an excellent piece on the reverse snobbery inherent in anti-elitism. Spoiler: he believes in a happy medium between high- and low-brow art.
- And finally, we have the mum round-up. I mentioned that my mum’s a cancer researcher, and a high school student who worked in her lab for two summers just won the Google Global Science Fair Grand Prize. I don’t think I captured just how big a deal this is — 7500 entries internationally, several rounds of cuts. Shree won in her age group and overall. Here’s the announcement from Google, Shree’s research site, Scientific American’s post, and the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram’s post. Also, I should note that the three winners are all girls. Guess what! Girls can do science. And math. And anything else they want to do.
Hmm. I feel like I should end with some Beyoncé.
Which reminds me — anyone else think the beginning sounds like something from Santogold?