It's heartening to know that the F1 manufacturers apparently still have some spine left. Perhaps this will finally be Mosley's swansong? A shrill and ugly song it is. I can't believe I agree with Fernando Alonso, but as he said "[w]e have big brands here in the paddock and it would seem strange that we all race with the same engine. This would no longer be F1." Indeed.
The Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn shot back images of strange new colors in the northern hemisphere that have broken up the smooth golden appearance of the solar system's second largest planet. The colors appear to be driven by season changes.
Why, I ask, can't we create skyscrapers like this? Imagine this kind of soaring architecture at the World Trade Center site? What might have been. The Dubai tower promises to be a feat of art and technology, and I can't wait to see it. The reports of slave labor used in Dubai is troubling and deserves more international scrutiny, but taken by itself the new structures being conceived and implemented are breathtaking.
Longtime readers know of my affection for the Hubble Space Telescope and astronomy in general. So I'm starting to really worry about the deepening technical problems that are affecting the satellite. With the backup computer failing, the cost of putting it back into service climbs--and so will calls for its decommissioning. From last week, let's again review the incredible gallery of images that Hubble has made possible, to say nothing of the groundbreaking research that has been accomplished. I'll be tracking the situation on both the technical and budget fronts.