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- Trees are marching north at a rate of about 1 km/year. Kudos to NatGeo for the Ents reference, but boo on the sig fig error (100 km/century = 60 miles/century, not 62, no matter what Google might tell you). Bad NatGeo!
- Oh great. We were told the other day that many renewable energy technologies rely on non-renewable materials. Now Scientific American points out that biofuels are bad for feeding people and combating climate change. Dammit.
- Carl Safina informs us in the NYTimes that "Darwinism Must Die So That Evolution May Live," calling on biologists to stop worshipping Darwin. He refrains from asking biologists whether they've stopped beating their wives. Pharyngula points out some of the many things wrong with Safina's diatribe.
- Firefox 3.2 (or possibly 4.0) will have natural language abilities. Natural language (and the semantic web, its close cousin) is the next big thing that'll happen to the web. It's cool to see it's coming. I mean, I already have a lot of that through fancy Chrome search engines (I should probably blog about how to do that one of these days...), but it's cool that it'll be built in.
- Chris Wilson at Slate is performing memetic research. If you took part in the "25 random things" meme, get thee over there to help them out!
- Microsoft is offering domaing name registration and hosting free for a year, $15/year after that. That's an incredibly good deal, so good that I really don't trust it. If you've thought about setting up a website, check it out and let us know if it feels legit.
- Google plans to offer real-time power-consumption monitoring. I love this idea, particularly the services to warn you of spikes and auto-map those to causes that will grow out of it. Neat.
- Um, Lifehacker? It's built into Reader, we just need to drag that "Note in Reader" link up from "Your Stuff" to our bookmark bar. Why would we download something? Well, ok, I really wanted to find something to make a hotkey out of it, but I'm not sure it's worth the script (especially since I've gotten in the habit of using bookmarklets).
- Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley want to give us our money back. Before you fall down in shock, don't worry, it isn't altruistic; it's because they're afraid they'll get more regulation.