January 18, 2010
Quark stars and strange matter
Dan Vergano's December 7, 2009 USA Today story about quark stars — for now only theoretical and believed to be composed of strange matter, a solid mass of quarks — introduced me to a whole new class of possible astronomical objects.
Remember that once upon a time black holes were only theoretical constructs — until it became increasingly clear that they were at the center of most galaxies, including our own (top).
Vergano noted "... a 'strange matter hypothesis,' suggesting that normal matter will decay into strange matter if it comes into contact with [it]."
He continued, "... in theory, like 'Ice-9' in Kurt Vonnegurt's novel "Cat's Cradle," strange matter could eat up the universe."
Pac-Man Cookie Bun
Filled with cream custard and crushed almond-flavored cookies.
¥120 ($1.31) at Circle K stores everywhere in Japan.
Maybe here in 2011 — if we're lucky.[via Bem Legaus!, technabob, ITmedia, inside-games and Kotaku]
'Pigeon: Impossible' — by Lucas Martell
"Five years in the making.
Self-Parking Carpet Slippers
Bobby Charles — who wrote 'Walking to New Orleans' and 'See You Later Alligator' — died last Thursday
He was 71.Keith Spera, in a superb January 15, 2010 New Orleans Times-Picayune obituary, wrote that Charles was "an enigma whose songs were more famous than he was."
Super Mario Sweater Vest
Knit one for yourself.
Download the pattern here.
Free, the way we like it.
On the edge
The remarkable photo above led a November 23, 2009 Wall Street Journal story by Sara Murray and Betsy McKay about what appears to be a recent increase in the U.S. suicide rate.
The picture's caption: "A 1987 Dodge van stuck on a rock overhang near Grand Junction, Colorado, after the driver sent the vehicle off the cliff in an apparent suicide attempt in January. The driver survived."