[links] Link salad, Saturday crouton

Biologists on the Verge of Creating New Form of Life — Cool stuff.

Tracing Our Interstellar RelativesCentauri Dreams on possible interstellar origins of life.

Nanonets Snare Energy &mdash: A new material could cheaply convert sunlight into hydrogen — The headline is slightly misleading, but the story is a very cool bit of real life nanotech/materials science.

Freakonomics on the future of sex

Time in saddle: n/a (65 minute urban walk this morning)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl