This week in science: Sleek, fast and banned!

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Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5, the fourth-generation Roadster from electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc.

That good old, free magic was brutally stifled by clunky Big Gubmint regulations this week, but the source of interference was unusual. Republican Governor Christ Christie stuck his giant special interest foot in his mouth by hamstringing car maker Tesla Motors, apparently because their product and sales vector were just too darn innovative:

The Administration has decided to go outside the legislative process by expediting a rule proposal that would completely change the law in New Jersey. This new rule, if adopted, would curtail Tesla’s sales operations and jeopardize our existing retail licenses in the state. Having previously issued two dealer licenses to Tesla, this regulation would be a complete reversal to the long standing position of NJMVC on Tesla’s stores. … This is an affront to the very concept of a free market.

Silly Tesla! The free market can only conjure up its conservative magic when it’s polluting the Earth or killing poor brown people in third-world countries! See also ericlewis’ diary on Tesla.

  • The pygmy polar T-rex was still a cold-blooded killer.
  • Yesterday was Pi day and it seemed like it would never end!

    Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.

  • The Vaccination Intervention piece last Sunday drew lots of attention. Prof. Tara Smith, who studies infectious disease and helped edit that post, weighed in this week with why she vaccinates her kids:

    All of a sudden, you’re out of the hospital and on your own with this amazing, tiny human, and you alone are responsible for her care. You’re given reams of paperwork about feeding and sleeping, developmental milestones, red flags to look out for. You’re inundated with information you barely have time to look at. Mom is trying to heal  …

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