In the same month as the Three Mile Island and Fukushima nuclear disasters, China announces it is speeding up its research into so-called molten salt reactors that can run on thorium. If it succeeds, it would create a cheaper, more efficient, and safer form of nuclear power that produces less nuclear waste than today's uranium-based technology.
This is not Big Important News -- no economic meltdowns or international showdowns. It's just a note about a new generation of backyard chickens trying to fit in.
John Burnside the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in a year when two poets withdrew over objections to the competition's sponsor.
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Sean Wilentz's study of enigmatic music icon Bob Dylan is at once a time-hopping biography; a catalog of Dylan’s myriad, eclectic influences; and a primer on American music.
Bob Dylan was not so much a sponge as an alchemist, taking common materials and creating new art.
Peter Ackroyd's biography of William Blake is essential reading for anyone hoping to understand the last great English religious poet to date.