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What’s Coming (A Prediction)

A century from now, were you and I to see it, I think we would exclaim, like Miranda in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, “O brave new world that has such men in it!” And I worry that those men will not be religious … Continue reading

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A Science Fiction World That Runs on Grease

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Rod Serling is the Devil!

Not literally, of course. But it occurred to me this morning that Rod Serling’s appeal as a guide to his Twilight Zone episodes is this: he functions as a sublimated devil, the camara darting him into visual consciousness out of nowhere. Serling is a Virgil, but not … Continue reading

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To boldly go where no critical thinker has gone before?

This Tech Talk podcast, posted yesterday at the New York Times, sounds interesting: In this week’s New York Times Tech Talk podcast, J.D. Biersdorfer talks to Nancy Hill of the University of Texas at El Paso about lessons from “Star Trek.” … Continue reading

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Brian Cox on the CERN Large Hadron Particle Collider

In September, 2008, the CERN Large Hadron Collider was slated to fully power up, but there were glitches that have stalled (until November of 2009) its search for the Higgs boson (the particle/field responsible for making mass, and thus matter, … Continue reading

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Blogging UFOs: Alien Invasion and the Asian Giant Hornet?

If UFOs with aliens in them are really starting to visit our planet in greater earnest (as UFO believers claim, most notably Temple University professor, David Jacobs), and if those aliens do not, in fact, have warm and cuddly intentions toward us (as … Continue reading

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Looking Back More Than 10 Billion Years in Time: NASA’s “Deepest Ever” Galaxy Photo Just Released

Long before there were dinosaurs, and before there was our Earth, and before our own star was even born, these galaxies were. The photo below is the closest we’re ever likely to come to time travel. According to the AP, … Continue reading

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Wanna See Real Martians? Here’s a Picture of What They Probably Look Like

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

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Scientific American TODAY Asks: “Is Something Organic Brewing on the Red Planet?”

Money quote: Michael Mumma, a senior planetary scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and his colleagues report in the online edition of Science that they used ground-based telescopes to spot a significant belch of methane … Continue reading

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California Gay Marriage Hysteria Watch: Dennis Prager Suggests That Gay Marriage Is Worse Than Anything in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”

On May 20, 2008, radio celebrity Dennis Prager, in an article posted on his website titled “California Decision Will Radically Change Society,” asserted that gay marriage is something even worse than the things described by Aldous Huxley in his distopian novel Brave New … Continue reading

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