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Image Credit: Len Sak (via Nelson Mandela Foundation) Nelson Mandela passed away this week. He's one of the few that could truly be called a legend, despite the criticism he received for most of his life. He's done so much for the world for his revolutionary role in taking on a country system built on hate, being imprisoned for 27 years of his life, and coming back to lead that same country. He's stood as a champion for education, and […]
Amazon is researching Prime Air, the use of small drones to deliver packages to its customers in 30 minutes or less. They're throwing around a "as early as 2015" release date for release, pending FAA regulations.Seriously.I'm all for bring science and technology forward, but this seems like an idea in search of a problem. I don't hear many people complain about not getting their packages quick enough from Amazon. Regular old Amazon Prime (free two day delivery and $4 overnight for […]
This week, NASA launched a new mission to investigate the red planet. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will orbit Mars and study the upper atmosphere. The theory is that Mars used to have a thick atmosphere and liquid water, and this was removed by the Sun's solar activity. Getting to Mars is not easy. Think about the most awesome night of bumper cars you've ever had. You're slamming into folks left and right because you're predicting where they are […]
Space exploration was hugely influenced by the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. It became a sense of national pride to launch artifical elements, and then people, into space. It really came down to a race for military and ideological supremacy. Anything else was a bonus. That was then. In current times, this space race mentality is no longer necessary. We shouldn't be comparing ourselves to China, India, or other countries. Especially since […]
"You don't get to go live on the space station because you're a myopic idiot. So you don't need to treat the people that are speaking on behalf of the program as if their myopia and inherent idoacy will constantly cause them to say bad things."Successful communication of your ideas can be just as important as the idea itself.There is a stereotype that scientifically inclined people have communication problems. Scientists are seen as folks that can only speak with other […]
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