Deskbound, but looking for some exercise?  We’ve been amusing one another all week with these humiliating yet effective “deskercises”.

More amusement, but not in any way related to sustainability: people imitating modem screeches.

From Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a run down of supercomputing’s greatest hits!  Protein folding!  Earthquakes!  Clean energy!  And the first-ever simulation of “abrupt climate change!” More examples in this pdf.


A deeply satisfying (and also terribly depressing) rant about the state of mainstream media by Eric Alterman.

Towns with good transit are making tracks up out of the recession faster than the rest—and less likely to leave low income people behind.


Ingrid Potts and her coauthors at the Midwest Research Institute analyzed hundreds of miles of arterial streets in Minnesota, Michigan, and North Carolina. They debunked the conventional wisdom among road engineers that lanes of 12 feet in width or more lead to fewer car crashes—a myth that has manifested itself in thousands of overwide lanes all across North America, including in Cascadia. Instead, they found that in most circumstances shrinking lanes down to 11, 10 or even 9 feet has either no impact on collisions or actually reduces collisions among motor vehicles. It’s a promising finding. It may allow cities to insert wider sidewalks, bike lanes, cycle tracks, medians, and other features of traffic-calmed “complete streets” on a larger share of their existing arterials.

Eric H:

Can an out-of-the-way section of Dabob Bay with only one mega-home serve as a model for restoring Puget Sound? Martha Baskin at Green Acre Radio takes a look.

One of our mottoes here at Sightline is “Measure What Matters.” The cook in me resonates with that.

Is your Google account killing the planet? Not so much.