I'm immersed in writing this week, so this post is going to be mostly a set of pointers -- with less commentary than usual -- to interesting stuff. (Well, I find it interesting. Your mileage may differ.)
August's Year of Science theme is Celebrate Weather and Climate. Important topics, to be sure. Much interesting stuff to be reviewed, and well-deserved credit for the increasing accuracy of weather forecasts. I'm less enamored of the superficial treatment of climate change.
Here's more news about the (in)security of RFIDs, in this case the cloning of proposed "unforgeable" UK identification cards.
Here's a recent fascinating extrasolar planet find: a world that orbits backward.
And a really humanoid robot.
Sorry to be so terse, but the muse is with me. Gotta write.