Is it true that Marxism-Leninism is scientific?' 'No, surely not. If it were, they would have tested it on animals first.' - [old Soviet joke].

An essential truth - we were meant to nap. Start snoozing: It's good for you... A Beijing vs. Shanghai Architectural bake-off. BLDG BLOG has some time-lapse images by Alexy Titarenko - everything flows. This is amazing - scientists have experimented with a bacterium that eats waste and excretes petrol. Why bother to create a solution in the lab when it's so much harder to start a war for finite resources? I'm just sayin'... The Greatest Story Never Told. And when it comes to Bob Woodward, remember to follow the money.

Al Gore finally throws his weight behind the Obama campaign.