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Sunday,  07/26/15  11:05 PM

Arctic icepackYou cannot make this stuff up: Arctic expedition to study global warming put on hold because of too much ice.  I'm tempted to comment, "how cool is that!", but I won't.

Just to clarify, I am not a global warming denier, I'm more of a global warming doubter.  There's probably a warming effect caused by release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but I don't think the end is nigh.  Furthermore I don't think most global warming activity has anything to do with genuine concern, it's all politics.

Meanwhile, in real science news, NASA's Kepler discovers bigger, older cousin to Earth.  "The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone - the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet - of a G2-type star, like our sun."  And it's merely 1,400 light years away ... a perfect vacation opportunity.

More liberal BS: Dunkin Donuts CEO makes $10M/year but thinks $15/hour minimum wage is outrageous.  Many people apparently think compensation is some sort of corporate profit-sharing scheme.  They are completely wrong about this :P

Oh, and so how's Seattle's $15/hour minimum wage law working out?  Somehow this lesson never seems to be learned, the consequences might be unintended, but they're not actually unpredictable.

Amazon vs Walmart, market cap over timeWhoa ... Amazon's market cap now bigger than Walmart's.  If you click through, you'll see that Walmart remains much larger in terms of sales, revenue, and net income.  But Amazon are growing much faster...

The next Social Network?  Winklevoss twins get closer to launching their Bitcoin exchange.  "If you had invented Bitcoin, you'd have invented Bitcoin..."  (But then again, nobody knows the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto :)

Of course: Bitcoin is the preferred currency of blackmailers and kidnappers.

Australian climbing perch, aka "Darwin fish"Going back to real science, this time biology: Crazy 'missing link' Darwin fish can breathe air, walk on land, and climb trees.  Yay.  I want a picture of that fish on my car.

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