Fun Friday Links: The Crazy Life of John McAfee, NASA, Tesla’s Big Award, and the Struggles of Commuting to Work
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It’s been one of the weirdest turn of events that I can remember. For those who haven’t heard, legendary computer virus king and McAfee founder, John McAfee is on the run from the Belizean police. Claiming to have hidden from authorities by burying himself in the sand with a box over his head … bizarre. The security software pioneer is currently wanted for questioning by police in Belize in connection with the murder of his neighbor, another American expat in Belize. McAfee moved to Belize back in 2008 and since has had a series of odd run-ins with the authorities in the country.
NASA’s Kepler space telescope, launched back in 2009 with the goal of seeking out other Earth-like planets in our galaxy has completed it’s primary mission. The Kepler mission was designed to survey a specific portion of our region of the Milky Way to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone – the region around a star within which it is theoretically possible for a planet to have conditions for life.
The Kepler mission received an extension back in April, so it will keep searching for up to an additional four more years. This popular science posts highlights some of the interesting findings from the mission, along with some pretty awesome images received from the telescope.
Regardless if you’re a gearhead or not, this is big news. This week in a unanimous decision, the automobile magazine, MotorTrend, named the 4 door Tesla Model S its car of the year – beating out cars like the Porsche 911, the new Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ, and the new BMW 3-Series. This is a huge moment not just for Tesla, but for the electric car industry. The award signals an important shift in the automotive world: the electric car has arrived.
Thanks Buzzfeed for this one. We do it every morning, and most of the time it tests the limits of our own sanity: the morning commute. It doesn’t matter which mode of transportation you take, from the time you leave your house to that moment you arrive at your office – you never quite know what to expect.