January 9th, 2009

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Hydrocarbons in the Sky

Dear Government: NOW are you interested in space exploration?

Saturn's Titan -A Giant Organics Factory
Saturn's orange moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes.
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Novel Crafting Site

wen_spencer has launched a new blog, Novel Crafting, with posts detailing various aspects of novel construction. I've long known that Wen has a knack for writing exceptionally original and engaging fiction; Alien Taste is a keen favorite. It seems that she also shares my knack for explaining exactly how to do things that are subtle and complex: I call your attention to the post distinguishing reactive from proactive character behavior.