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The environmental cost of light pollution

On my to-read list today is Light Pollution of the Mountain Areas in Poland by Ściężor, Kubala and Kaszowski. A quick skim suggests it's about the mechanics of measuring light pollution in Poland, but the references look like they could make the problem more...

The Ionia Sanction by Gary Corby

The Ionia Sanction is a sequel to The Pericles Commission. It features Nicolaos, the young Athenian who has invented the job of agent in order to learn politics to avoid becoming a sculptor like his father. I liked The Pericles Commission and the only quibble I had...

A hydrophobic oil absorbing marshmallow

via +Cheryl Hurkett is this video demonstrating a marshmallow-like macroporous gel that could be used for separating oil and water. Like the accompanying press release says, this is obviously useful for marine oil spills, but there are many more applications....