- Backyard wind-power – not cheap, but not horribly pricey either. I imagine this would work much better in the country.
- The Aral Sea – on Wikipedia
- An interview with Michael Crichton
- Hand Cranked Cell phone charger – sadly available only in Japan. One would think it would be more popular here. Oh well.
- More hydrogen economy
It’s Russia vs Georgia. One, financially strong due to a high oil price, but weakening everywhere else it seems, and the other a scrappy underdog with some smart leadership. Coming Anarchy has a nice synopsis of the current sort-of crisis. Expect this to become big news over the next few weeks.
Another terror plot is centered in London and Pakistan, as were the 7/7 plot.
I wonder if the prime focus of radical Islam is not the Arab word but Central Asia. Perhaps Arab culture, for good or ill, is too strongly ingrained to be replaced by a pure (messianic cult) version of Islam. The Central Asian states, might be more pliable due to 70 years of Soviet purges weakening the societies.
Just a thought.