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Oxygen is for losers!

There's been much discussion about the possibility of the origin of life on Earth being outside our solar system lately, and that's one of the goals of the New Horizons mission.

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Rolling stones ability to gather moss is underrated

Even ignoring the lack of moss on non-rolling stones (see below), I have serious doubts about the accuracy of the old saying "A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss". How long will a stone roll for anyway? All things considered, it would be hard for a stone to roll for more than a few hours. Furthermore, when the average life of a rock is considered, this would be a rather small percentage of a stones life. Even given a short life of 10,000 years, and a rolling time of a week, this would be only a mere 0.000001916% of it's life.

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Lighter than air argument gaining weight?

It's probably just a coincidence, but soon after my post on airships this story covering the World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment turned up. Among other things, they were discussing the future of airships, and that they could be used for some transport in under 10 years.

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Buoyant Power!

When I was younger a TV show called Beyond 2000 ran a story about the Helistat Piasecki PA-97 prior to it's testing. I never saw the episode, but I do have the book! For years I looked at this interesting concept, wondering if it was successful or not.

Tesla: Spark of Genius

I ran into this book summary of Nikola Tesla, and it's so interesting I want to buy the book! Tesla has always intrigued me; for example I had little interest in the move The Prestige until I heard it had David Bowie playing Tesla! (It's a good movie too.)

David Bowie as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige

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Fusion in my lifetime?

The 4th last Shuttle Mission (and the second last for Discovery) is in orbit leaving me feeling rather down about the future of the US space program. But today I read about a bright new possibility; fusion!

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Ed Roberts, PC Pioneer

The creator of the Altair 8800 died on this day. There's a nice post by Bill Gates and Paul Allen paying respect to his legacy. As they say, he wasn't as well known or respected as he should have been, but he was the one who proved that a home PC was possible, and I suspect his efforts gave us all the computers we (for the most part) enjoy 5 years earlier. Certainly without him there's a good chance that Microsoft would have never existed.

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