In today's edition:
* A New York Times article on China's massive expansion of its nuclear energy production, focusing on the safety concerns that go with such a rush in a "national business culture where quality and safety sometimes take a back seat to cost-cutting, profits and outright corruption" (a point touched on in my article "The Impending Oil Shock" in Survival last year, available here).
* By way of Charlie's Diary, a report in the Guardian regarding the role organized crime played in salvaging the world's financial system during the recent economic crisis, by virtue of its possession of scarce liquid capital-a rare acknowledgment of the way in which the "black" economy interacts with the mainstream.
* An article from Science Daily on recent research regarding "rock-breathing" bacteria, which people in the field hope could be applied toward cleaner energy production and environmental clean-ups.
* An update from Science News on the Large Hadron Collider, due to begin operating early in the coming year, with a more than usual bit of attention given to potential applications for the research.
* And, finally, a take from a different Peter Singer than the one whose book I reviewed this year (I'm referring to the well-known professor of bioethics from Princeton, not the Brookings Institute defense analyst) on recent developments in robotics and their implications.
Is Trump Playing the Madman, or Is He Really This Nuts?
41 minutes ago