Ever wondered what would happen if all those people playing Farmville and Mafia Wars were trying to save the world instead? Enter Urgent Evoke, "a ten week crash course in changing the world," designed by Jane McGonigal (who previously designed World without Oil) for the World Bank Institute. Players take on tasks like the UN Millennium Development Goals. Wanna play? [more inside]
House votes to restore water arsenic standards. Gee, I don't know. Whose opinion might be more valid, the Republicans or the National Academy of Science? Not that the NAS is suddenly perfect but the recent attempts to put major spin on science, especially in global warming, is an unsettling trend.