I have seen some interesting news articles this week, so many in fact, I was inspired to post them all here:
First, 16 Probable Planets Found in Milky Way: “NASA scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered what they believe are 16 new planets deep in the Milky Way, leading them to conclude there are probably billions of planets spread throughout the galaxy.” Wow! Slowly but surely, I’m getting ever closer to my secret dream of finding out if there is life on other planets.
And if there is life on other planets, maybe I can teleport there, like in StarTrek, thanks to these Danish scientists.
I was slightly horrified (and also slightly, well OK, very, curious) to read about the radioactive snails discovered at the site in Spain where 3 hydrogen bombs accidentally fell 40 years ago.
Another plane (albeit a much, much smaller one) crashes into a NY city office building.
A “walking skeleton” parades down the runway in Paris Oct 7th. Yikes. I do love America’s Next Top Model, but this is frighting…
Perhaps all of my interest in this global news is has been inspired by finishing this book:
What an absolutely amazing book. I read almost the whole thing while we were on Redang and I just could not put it down. If you are at all interested in technology or education or the future of business and/or globalization, you absolutely have to read this book. Friedman is engaging, funny, thoughtful and inspiring. This book not only re-affirmed my own thoughts about education and technology, but opened my eyes to ways in which this will affect every single person on the planet. I would have to say that this is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read. If you’re interested, see the Wikipedia entry.
But I also did like these books that I recently read:
Close to Shore: The true story of the “summer of fear” when a lone shark terrorized the East Coast of the US
The Devil in the White City: The story of a seriel killer during the Worlds Fair in Chicago
and just started:
Phew! I guess I really like to read…
Has anyone else read these books (particularly The World is Flat)? What did you think?