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WSJ (subscription): New Limits to Growth Revive Malthusian Fears.
"As the world grows more populous -- the United Nations projects eight billion people by 2025, up from 6.6 billion today -- it also is growing more prosperous. The average person is consuming more food, water, metal and power. Growing numbers of China's 1.3 billion people and India's 1.1 billion are stepping up to the middle class, adopting the high-protein diets, gasoline-fueled transport and electric gadgets that developed nations enjoy." ...
"In 2005, China had 15 passenger cars for every 1,000 people, close to the 13 cars per 1,000 that Japan had in 1963. Today, Japan has 447 passenger cars per 1,000 residents, 57 million in all. If China ever reaches that point, it would have 572 million cars -- 70 million shy of the number of cars in the entire world today.
"China consumes 7.9 million barrels of oil a day. The U.S., with less than one quarter as many people, consumes 20.7 million barrels. ‘Demand will be going up, but it will be constrained by supply,’ ConocoPhillips Chief Executive Officer James Mulva has told analysts. ‘I don't think we are going to see the supply going over 100 million barrels a day, and the reason is: Where is all that going to come from?’"
"The explosion of a star halfway across the universe was so huge it set a record for the most distant object that could be seen on Earth by the naked eye." ...
"The 7.5 billion light years away far eclipses the previous naked eye record of 2.5 million light years."
This review is targeting me --
Computerworld: The new multitouch MacBook Pro.
"No one who's bought a MacBook Pro in the last year should feel any buyer's remorse; their laptops stack up fine against the new generation. But anyone with a MacBook Pro that dates back to 2006, or who's still clinging to a PowerBook, would do well to check out the latest Apple has to offer...."
It's that time of the year again --
As usual, here are my full brackets.
For Tiger fans, this was clearly not a good year for basketball. I guess we'll just have to console ourselves with our BCS Football Championship. For anyone who needs a reminder, here's the link my college roommate sent me --
New Orleans Times-Picayune: LSU Defeats Ohio State 38-24 to Win BCS Championship.
WSJ (subscription): The Bracket, Cracked.
"To inject some common sense into the field of bracketology, we performed a deep analysis of the last 23 NCAA men's tournaments, logging the participants and results in 1,380 games." ...
"Looking at the tournament this way reveals one truth you can take to the bank: The selection committee sometimes doesn't give the big schools with the fancy basketball pedigrees enough credit."
Astronomy Picture of the Day: M104 Hubble Remix.
"About 50,000 light-years across and 28 million light-years away, M104 is one of the largest galaxies at the southern edge of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster."
Skakesville: Behold, the new $3 bill.
Tanker Safety: The Front Fell Off.
"Analysts now warn that a ‘corn shock’ might not be far off -- and it could lead to $5 gas and $3.50 eggs as the effects reverberate across the economy."
Wikipedia: Timeline of the Big Bang.
"All ideas concerning the very early universe (cosmogony) are necessarily speculative. As of today no accelerator experiments probe energies of sufficient magnitude to provide any insight into the period. All proposed scenarios differ radically...."