Currently finishing Half the World by Joe Abercrobie. Concurrently starting A Darkling Sea by James Cambias. Recently finished Something Coming Through by Paul McAuley, which is quite a bargain as an eBook at $1.99. Too soon for me to judge A Darkling Sea, but I'd certainly recommend the other two, though there's a… » 3/16/15 8:00am 3/16/15 8:00am

"Clancy said the next step is to try and demonstrate how these cells would behave in the methane environment – what might be the analogue to reproduction and metabolism in oxygen-free, methane-based cells." » 3/01/15 7:21pm 3/01/15 7:21pm

Probably Fortran. You didn't ask for skills that are already obsolete, but I'm old enough to have fiddled around with punch cards a little bit. » 2/24/15 9:15am 2/24/15 9:15am

When my sibs and I were quite young, our parents sometimes gave us little educational talks using a small blackboard. The subject of one such talk was Malthus and the idea of overpopulation. They mentioned studies in which rats living in overcrowded cages began behaving crazily. I think these ideas have affected my… » 2/23/15 8:42am 2/23/15 8:42am