Alexis Madrigal at Wired Science writes about stimulus money being pumped into steam technology. "Take a jet engine," he writes, "hooked up to some big magnets, add some steam pipes, and what do you have? The comeback of some old-school technologies that could help solve our modern energy problem."
As someone who'll soon be walking away from the day job to pursue research, writing, and teaching opportunities, I find this sort of thing useful (if terrifying). Pundits like Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and Peter Howard have been making some pretty clear points on the vicissitudes of pursuing an academic career. Drezner's take on their discussion puts things in perspective:
Or something along those lines. Active participation in blogging by academics has come a long way over the last few years, but it still has a way to go before it achieves the sort of critical mass of credibility that will satisfy the ivory tower. In some disciplines - like law and architecture - blogging seems to be more prevalent than in others (I write "seem" simply because I'm assuming it to be so, but haven't really counted the beans, so I don't actually know on empirical grounds whether blogging predominates in one
Robert Kaplan's recent Foreign Policy essay, The Revenge of Geography, was vintage stuff, entirely consistent with his tried and true essentialist arguments about the world. Whatever you might think of his ideas, Kaplan's most recent foray also articulates a number of salient and timely points about realism resurgent in international relations. Anyone reading new work on Afghanistan and insurgency will recognize elements of this trend in recent publications by