Horizon highlights – Rising and falling stars edition
Our regular roundup of sci-tech stories from across the Web includes: Why the father of the Internet wants an Internet for outer space. Is it time for our most-renowned telescope to power down? And a famous name in an industry that makes few people famous. Let’s kick it off:
Prototype: If no one sees it, is it an invention?
"In December, Johnny Chung Lee, then a PhD candidate, posted a five-minute video on YouTube that became an Internet sensation.... Contrast this with what might have followed from other options Mr. Lee considered for communicating his ideas. He might have published a paper that only a few dozen specialists would have read. A talk at a conference would have brought a slightly larger audience. In either case, it would have taken months for his ideas to reach others." [via NYTimes]
Game theory: The grammar of fun
"Despite the rapid growth of the video-game industry – last year, sales were higher than either box-office receipts or DVD sales – designers are largely invisible within the wider culture. But Bleszinski, who is known to his many fans and occasional detractors as CliffyB, tends to stand out among his colleagues." [via The New Yorker]