1. Should you happen to be a US resident over the age of 18, you might want to enter the competition Orbit US are running: win a book a month for a year.
2. DARPA is the ‘way out there’ research body for the US military, busily pushing the boundaries of the plausible and practical in search of cutting edge military technology. Their website sometimes has some interesting little nuggets of info, but this one fell into the category of ‘read it twice to make sure you got the right end of the stick’: DARPA seeks innovative proposals to develop technology to create insect-hybrids, possibly enabled by intimately integrating microsystems within insects, during their early stages of metamorphosis.
3. Tintin Movie! Cool.
4. My main conclusions from watching the film below, showing the evacuation of one of those new superjumbo thingies Airbus is building: (a) an ability to put the fear of God into your passengers is evidently part of the job description for the stewardesses, and (b) if you’re old, infirm or disabled, I don’t much fancy your chances …