links for 2009-09-24

  • As you browse the web, it's easy to forget how many people visit the same pages and look for the same information. Whether you're researching advice on heart disease prevention or looking for museums to visit in New York City, many others have done the same and could have added their knowledge along the way.

    What if everyone, from a local expert to a renowned doctor, had an easy way of sharing their insights with you about any page on the web? What if you could add your own insights for others who are passing through?

    Now you can. Today, we're launching Google Sidewiki, which allows you to contribute helpful information next to any webpage. Google Sidewiki appears as a browser sidebar, where you can read and write entries along the side of the page.

  • Since man first touched the moon and brought pieces of it back to Earth, scientists have thought that the lunar surface was bone dry. But new observations from three different spacecraft have put this notion to rest with what has been called "unambiguous evidence" of water across the surface of the moon.

    The new findings, detailed in the Sept. 25 issue of the journal Science, come in the wake of further evidence of lunar polar water ice by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and just weeks before the planned lunar impact of NASA's LCROSS satellite, which will hit one of the permanently shadowed craters at the moon's south pole in hope of churning up evidence of water ice deposits in the debris field.

    The moon remains drier than any desert on Earth, but the water is said to exist on the moon in very small quantities. One ton of the top layer of the lunar surface would hold about 32 ounces of water, researchers said.

  • What can I tell you of the day Antarctica died, at least the one you’re familiar with? It is a tragic tale that has irrevocably changed my life, and not for the better.

    We had been at the great fishing grounds for less than a day, when Lester told me about his plan to swim to Japan. Now I thought like everybody else as far as Lester was concerned, he was having one of his delusional moments which wouldn’t be unusual. Then he dove into the water and started swimming north, he disappeared from our sight and wasn’t heard from again. This didn’t really upset anyone, including his wife who thought he was the worlds largest pain in the ass, an opinion shared by the vast majority of the colony.

    Now as I’ve said before he wasn’t seen or heard from again, not for nearly 3 years. Then one day Phil was out on the far ice and he saw a large black mass moving quickly toward the colony, and he hurried back as fast as a one legged penguin can hop and slide.

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