Science Saturday


Business Week suggests some ways in which the Apple Tablet, whatever it ends up being called, could change the world. Hyperbolic? Probably. But I suspect I’ll want one.

Hominids might have taken to the oceans a lot earlier than once thought.

Vertebrates came on land a bit earlier than once thought as well. Twenty million years earlier, it seems. Here’s a good primer on how it fits into the evolutionary chain.

Synthetic alcohol could mean less of a buzz, but no hangover, which could mean the end of sites like Texts From Last Night.

And finally, using slime molds to plan roads. Insert your own political joke here.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →