Archive for October, 2007

05
Oct
07

US Congress Get Balls, Votes to Secure Future of Human Race

Senate Votes to Add $1B to NASA Budget

Thursday, October 04, 2007

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — The Senate decided Thursday to add $1 billion to NASA’s budget as both Democrats and Republicans voted to further break President Bush’s budget for domestic programs.

The money would replenish NASA accounts tapped to make improvements to the space shuttle program in the wake of the crash of the Columbia shuttle. The space agency has tapped non-shuttle accounts such as science and other space exploration programs for about $2.7 billion for safety upgrades and other costs identified after the 2003 disaster.

“NASA is being starved,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., adding that without the money, the next-generation Constellation space flight program wouldn’t be able to launch astronauts into orbit until 2015. The last shuttle flight is slated for 2010.

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05
Oct
07

4.54 billion years from now, we might have local neighbors…

Astronomers have spotted evidence of a second Earth being built around a distant star 424 light-years away.

Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have spotted a huge belt of warm dust swirling around a young star called HD 113766 that is just slightly larger than our sun.

The dust belt, which scientists suspect is clumping together to form planets, is located in the middle of the star system’s terrestrial habitable zone where temperatures are moderate enough to sustain liquid water.

Scientists estimate there is enough material in the belt to form a Mars-sized world or larger.

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04
Oct
07

“It Is Our Destiny, Certainly, To Imagine Our Future In Space”

I find myself rereading Beyond Earth : The Future of Humans In Space again…for what feels like the eighth time. One of the things that I enjoy so much about the book is the fact that it’s so easily digestable. Split into 36 short (no more than three or four pages) essays about different facets of Humanity in space, the book finds itself meandering all over the map, extolling the needs and benefits of a future for us in space.

Amazon.com

I have to say that the biggest on my mind right now is essay number eight, Stage Three Leadership : From Good Ideas to Unified Action, which discusses in detail the needs of a one world government, and a one world culture to grow and allow us entrance into the void. It discusses the first culture to present itself as a unified Earth culture, The United States, and resistance to that eventual outcome.

(I remember briefly hearing on some TechTV show a few years back that we would most likely be absorbed bny Japan’s culture and morality. I chalk that up to people growing up in the eighties and fearing the great Sony take over of the US government. I wasn’t really aware in the eighties, so I often laugh at this for many different reasons.)

It’s almost like looking at the future. Knowing what’s going to happen. I’ve never really cared about spoilers in books, movies, comics, and tv shows – Because it was the ride that mattered. That, and hoping I could figure out how it would all fit together in the end. That’s why I’m enjoying the global climate right now. Things are so…fractured. It doesn’t look like it will ever happen, but here I am – trying to figure out what the next chapter will be.

04
Oct
07

Warren, you’re wrong…

This is the greatest title sequence in TV history.

03
Oct
07

Now this is the cash you use to feed the poor.

 Report: Millions wasted on gov’t travel

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02
Oct
07

Nanotube forests grown on silicon chips for future computers, electronics

Stolen from Warren Ellis.

PhysOrg.

Engineers have shown how to grow forests of tiny cylinders called carbon nanotubes onto the surfaces of computer chips to enhance the flow of heat at a critical point where the chips connect to cooling devices called heat sinks.

02
Oct
07

Feast Gets Epic.

Sadly, this will never get on tv. Thanks, Cavemen.




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