[links] Link salad strikes back

Don’t forget the new Endurance ARC contest: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

A nano-sized electric motorScientists have downsized the electric motor to the molecular level. That is, they’ve created an electrical motor that’s the size of a nanometer. About 60,000 of them equal the width of a human hair.

Room Temperature Superconductivity Claimed for CupratesBut there’s a catch–the room temperature effect appears only inside superconductors that work at lower temperatures, say physicists.

Why state surveys asked about bras and haddockFrom bra ownership to television interference, the government has wanted to know some strange stuff about people in the UK. Now a history of social surveys reveals why.

Why are carrots orange? It is political — Dutch politics at that. (Snurched from the archives of Surviving the World.)

A Year of Biblical WomanhoodAn evangelical blogger is spending 12 months following the Bible’s instructions for women—and she’s doing it for egalitarian reasons. Ok, I think this is nuts for a whole bunch of reasons, but I also respect what this woman is doing. At the least she’s striving for the consistency so profoundly absent from Christianist politics and culture.

The Great Bank Robbery — How the money flows in the United States. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Obama asks if GOP will ‘put country before party’ — Given that Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s stated top legislative priority is to ensure that Obama is a one-term president, I think this question answers itself.

?otD: Are you Luke’s father?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (5,200 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Weight: 224.2
Currently reading: Excession by Iain M. Banks

4 thoughts on “[links] Link salad strikes back

  1. Cora says:

    I particularly like this tidbit from the article on weird surveys:

    “Blackpool had a reputation for bonking on the beach,” says Walton.

    “So Mass Observation decided to visit and test the legend out. They went out at night and fell over couples on the beach and noted down how many were having sexual intercourse.”

    They recorded four such cases, only to have the study reliability jeopardised when it emerged that one of the participants was a Mass Observation researcher.

    Having visited Blackpool, I am surprised that they felt they felt the need to do a survey at all, because it’s pretty obvious what is going on everywhere.

    Answer of the day: No, I am his mother.

    1. Jay says:

      I was pretty entertained by the Blackpool stuff.

      (Which of course made me think of the move FUNNY BONES, an American dark comedy about the Blackpool vaudeville scene.)

      1. Cora says:

        I thought I knew every film and TV show about Blackpool, but that one must have escaped me. Thanks for giving me something new to watch.

      2. Cora says:

        Just adding that anything you saw in that movie or any other about Blackpool is a) probably accurate and b) most like even more extreme in reality.

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