After Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the White House released a photo of President Barack Obama and his Cabinet inside the Situation Room, watching the daring raid unfold. Hidden from view, standing just outside the frame of that now-famous photograph was a career CIA analyst. In the hunt for the world's most-wanted terrorist, there may have been no one more important. His job for nearly a decade was finding the al-Qaida leader.The Cutting-Edge Physics of Jackson Pollock - [Wired]
Pollock’s unique technique — letting paint drip and splatter on the floor rather than spreading it on a vertical canvas — revolutionized the art world in the 1940s. The resulting streaks and blobs look haphazard, but art historians and, more recently, physicists argue they’re anything but. Some have suggested that the snarls of paint have lasting appeal because they reflect fractal geometry that shows up in clouds and coast lines.Your Flying Car Has Arrived - [Geeks]
If you’re one of those “It’s not the future until I get my flying car!” people, you can plan for the future to get here late next year. Deliveries of Terrafugia’s Transition car/aircraft have just been scheduled for late 2012, after the vehicle was cleared for highway use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.