Things looking somewhat more positive on the “stranded in London” front. Airlines are starting to push back versus air travel authorities, and it does appear that airplanes can fly below the volcanic ash (albeit with presumably worse economics, since engines on big planes are optimized to fly at 30,000+ feet). So flight might resume this week.
Mat of microbes the size of Greece discovered on seafloor Scientific American
A Data Point on “Epistemic Closure” Bruce Bartlett (hat tip Richard Smith)
Steven Rattner Caught Up In Pension Probe Huffington Post
Wall Street beware: the lawyers are coming Frank Partnoy, Financial Times
Report: SEC knew of Stanford scheme since 1997 Associated Press (hat tip reader Hubert)
First, define the problem Free Exchange
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader Tim C):
A dog who survived being shot in the head three times has fully recovered, and now spends much of his time playing doting dad to a litter of kittens.
When Been was found, he was 10 kilograms underweight, but now the mongrel weighs a healthy 27kg and enjoys tending to four kittens who are being bottle-fed after being rejected by their mother.
After the three-week-old kittens are fed, Been licks them clean. If they are not locked up at night, he picks them up and puts them in his basket.
“He’s just a big sook,” says his new owner Jaine Reynolds, a Nelson SPCA administrator.
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