The day the music died

Buddy Holly playing his Stratocaster on the Ed...

Fifty years ago today: On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, United States killed, along with the pilot of the plane, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” (J. P. Richardson). , Twelve years later, Don McLean, in his song “American Pie” dubbed it The Day the Music Died.

A Leap for Teleporting, Between Ions Feet Apart

The Quantum Ranger
The Quantum Ranger


‘…The method is not particularly practical at the moment, because it fails almost all of the time. Only 1 of every 100 million teleportation attempts succeed, requiring 10 minutes to transfer one bit of quantum information.

“We need to work on that,” Dr. Monroe said.’ via NYTimes [thanks, abby].

The leaderless GOP

Radio talk show host and co...

‘Sorry, Michael Steele, but it’s going to be a while before you’re anything more than the figurehead frontman of a shipwrecked Republican National Committee. Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh remain the leaders of your party, and most Republicans are happy that way. A Rasmussen poll out today found that fully 55 percent of Republicans polled think their party should be “more like” Palin.’ — Joan Walsh via Salon.