80 Beats notes the testing, in California, of a new biodiesel fuel produced by algae.
James Bow interviews Gerard Kennedy, candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Ontario.
Crooked Timber's Corey Robin takes agency with the Spielberg film Lincoln's portrayal of slaves as having an ahistorical lack of agency. (Also, Tony Kushner's perspective on Reconstruction is distressing.)
Daniel Drezner speculates on what's going on in the Middle East, noting (among other things) that the evolution of Middle Eastern policy into a partisan issue in the United States is potentially bad for Israel.
At Lawyers, Guns and Money, Robert Farley wondered if there might be economic motivations to the Hamas missile attacks on Israel, if Hamas was trying to overwhelm Israel financially by forcing it to spend large amounts of money intercepting relatively inexpensive missiles.
Progressive Download's John Farrell discusses an unusual type of supernova, one that fizzles.
At the Volokh Conspiracy, Eugene Kontorovich writes about separatism as a potential solution to intractable problems.
Zero Geography notes that, in Europe, the United Kingdom is the most visible country on Wikipedia (in terms of page views).