A new gravitational wave discovery!

The new signal detected by LIGO deepens the riddle of how black holes come to collide.

Martin Scorsese on filmmaking in response to a review of his latest film Silence. "When I’m really watching a film from beginning to end, I’m not stopping it to make a phone call and then starting it again. On the other hand, I’m not letting the film override my existence. I’m watching it, experiencing it, and along the way seeing echoes of my own experience illuminated by the film and illuminating it in turn. I’m interacting with the film in countless ways, great and small. Never once have I felt like I just sat there and let a picture wash over me like a tidal wave, and then come back to my senses as the lights came up." This resonates with my own experience of watching dance, theatre and film.

Newly discovered fossils in Morocco put the emergence of Homo Sapiens 100,000 years further back.

Researchers at CalTech were able to reconstruct faces from neural population responses in the macaque brain.

A new series by Chris Ware for the New Yorker. I'm looking forward to his new book, which will be published in October.

Amazing new picture of Jupiter, part of the first results of NASA's Juno mission.

Is conspicuous consumption over?

Fascinating article by Philip Ball on China's great rivers. All of China’s great rivers respect the east-west axis. But two in particular are symbols of the nation and the keys to its fate: the Yangtze and the Yellow River.

It's better to regret something you have done, than to regret something you haven't done, or so the saying goes. It has now been experimentally vindicated, or sort of.

What it’s like to be struck by lightning.

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming. That's from a book called called Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken. It's something I've been wondering about as well. The top 10 (with the total atmospheric reduction in CO2-equivalent emissions in gigatons in parentheses): 1. Refrigerant Management (89.74) 2. Wind Turbines, Onshore (84.60) 3. Reduced Food Waste (70.53)  4. Plant-Rich Diet (66.11) 5. Tropical Forests (61.23) 6. Educating  Girls (59.60) 7. Family Planning (59.60) 8. Solar Farms (36.90) 9.  Silvopasture (31.19) 10. Rooftop Solar (24.60).