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Daily Archives: January 17, 2009
I’m an agnostic, and believe strongly in the separation of church and state. And I also think that it is dangerous to talk about presidents in the language of royalty. But I actually found this ritual to be sincere—and even a … Continue reading
If “God is dead,” the madman in Nietzsche’s The Joyful Wisdom (1882) asks this question: Do we not now wander through an endless nothingness? Does not empty space breathe upon us? Has it not become colder? Does not night come … Continue reading
It was on a street in Paris, and it was 1838 (over 170 years ago). A man is having his shoe shined by a “shoe shine boy.” At this period in the history of photography, the exposure time required to … Continue reading
Due to the exciting discovery of methane gas on Mars, the types of bacteria that scientists will be looking for there are known as METHANOGENS. Here’s what Wikipedia says about this kind of bacteria: Methanogens are archaea that produce methane … Continue reading
Who (or WHAT) Cut the Cheese?: The NY Times Reports TODAY That Scientists Are Closing in on Martian Sites That Might Have Methane Producing Bacteria
The New York Times today reports on NASA’s recent announcement of methane detection in the Martian atmosphere: Subsurface Martian cows are highly unlikely. But scientists are seriously considering the possibility of bacteria. And: When the presence of methane was reported … Continue reading