A couple of quick notes:
* I am the featured guest for this week's episode of The Future and You. Stephen Euin Cobb interviewed me for the podcast at ConCarolinas, and this show is the result. The interview runs about half an hour. You can also get The Future and You via iTunes.
* In a paper published on June 15, 2008, scientists have confirmed for the first time that an important component of early genetic material that has been found in meteorite fragments is extraterrestrial in origin. Read more here. (Thanks to kangeiko.)
* I've watched and really enjoyed all of M. Night Shyamalan's previous films (yes, including The Lady in the Water), but I'm afraid that The Happening is one of the worst, most cliched movies I've seen in ages. What an incredible disappointment! Because friends don't let friends watch terrible films, here's a review from The New Republic that sums up the movie's failures well.
"Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring--not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive... If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds."
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994