• The power of regulation to strangle economic activity: there are 16,000 business aircraft in the US; Japan has 60. 
  • The Federation of American Scientists has a link to a report on China's sensitivity to Google Earth satellite imagery. The report was written by the US intelligence community's Open Source Center.
  • The Olympics showed how much China looks up to America.
  • Via Free Exchange, a good article on how political campaigns exploit quirks in how the brain functions.
  • An Australian PhD student outsmarts Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton to save the earth from an asteroid.
  • Here's a depressing thought about the next global sporting spectacular, the 2010 FIFA World Cup: 'The money that South Africa is spending on the five stadiums alone could have increased its 2008 healthcare funding by 3 percent, expanded education funding by 8 percent, or paid the salaries of 80,000 Johannesburg police officers...'