Feeding Martians & Earthlings Alike

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So it turns out that The Martian might have been onto something all along. Yes, the movie with Matt Damon.

Scientists have now proven that not only can potatoes be grown on Mars, which could be of enormous value when we colonize the red planet. Not only will our first generation of Martians benefit from this research, but so might the hundreds of thousands of Earthinglings suffering from chronic malnutrition and starvation.

No, it won’t solve all our food-related woes, but it’s a step.

Read the article here on Futurism

The Caphenon

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I’ve been thinking about this book for days, trying to pick out a favorite character, or favorite part of the story. I can’t. There are just so many great elements, themes and snippets of dialogue.

I admire the way the characters are presented, and developed. Early on, even before we see the Caphenon, the characters become people, seemingly REAL people. We are presented with a plausible world that we can nearly touch, such are the world building skills of the author. We are drawn into this world so vividly that we feel the windows explode, we feel the ground shake when the ground-pounder walks by and we mourn at the Flight of The Return ceremony.
It was a sad twist that the two people most suited for each other could not be together, but I hope we see more of them in future books. I was impressed by the explanation of FTL flight, because it was so easily understood! The science was so deftly woven and explained that it becomes a reasonable, vital tool that supports the main stars of this book, the characters.

The quality of the e-book needs mentioning here too. I read a great deal, fiction and non-fiction, across a wide range of topics and from a wide range of publishers. I did not find one error in this e-book. Not one. I could go on for hours about how much I appreciate the care and eye for detail that has gone into this e-book, this story, and how readable it is. I could, but I won’t.

Simply, I have fallen in love with Alsea. If Lhyn and Ekatya go back, can they take me too?

If you haven’t read this book yet, you need to. If you have read it, please let me know in the comments what you thought. Surely I cannot be the only one who thinks Fletcher DeLancey is a brilliant genius!

One Billion Down…

 

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It’s a shame we don’t hear more about the quest to understand the universe around us.

For instance, did you know there was a satellite cruising around the sun, mapping the stars?

The European Space Agency  launched a spacecraft back in 2013 to do just that.

Using  a billion-pixel camera and two telescopes, Gaia has produced a one-of-a-kind space cartography wonder…the map of the heavens that reveals the placement of a billion stars.*

Think about that for a moment…

A billion stars.

It’s crazy to think that out of that many bodies out there in space, we’re the only inhabited rock.

What do you think, are we alone in the universe, or is the day coming that visitors from elsewhere in space come knocking at our door?

*You can find the full article here

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What If The Matrix Was Right?

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Recently, a bbc.com article reported a theory that our universe, and everything in it, could be part of a grand simulation. More than a few brilliant minds seem to agree that it’s completely possible.

This brought to mind the episode of The Simpsons where Lisa experiments with a tooth in cola for a school science project. After being shocked by Bart, Lisa touches the tooth and the spark creates life forms that eventually hail Lisa as a god.

But there’s a big stretch between Lisa Simpson’s science experiment and our own universe, isn’t there?

Apparently not as much as we might think.

Some cosmologists claim our universe is too well designed to be mere chance, that the smallest alterations in the constants of nature would be enough to prevent life in our universe. Alan Guth, of M.I.T has suggested we might be an experiment of a super intelligent life form, similar to a colony of microorganisms bred in a lab. He says there’s nothing to rule out a manufactured universe in an artificially created ‘Big Bang’. So we’d still be real, created by something else.

Not too far from the creation theory/myth.

But Elon Musk, and others, have suggested that we may all be simulated beings and all of our experiences, right down to your morning coffee, are strings of information in a gigantic computer somewhere. It’s really not too hard to believe. We already run all sorts of simulations, from traffic accidents, to emergency management, weather patterns, flock and herd migrations to simulations that tell us how planets might form and human societies that make choices based on rules. So if we can simulate all of those…why could we not be simulations ourselves? Who’s to say some other race older than ourselves hasn’t reached this point long ago, and humanity is their experiment?

Others attest that our universe is one of many, all lying side by side. Some believe that these universes don’t lie in an orderly fashion, but lie in a tangled heap with universes and realms crossing over into each other like a messy ball of twine in your junk drawer.

Whether we are an experiment or only one of many worlds, it’s awfully arrogant to think we are the only ones out here.

We can’t be alone. We cannot be the only race of intelligent beings all alone in a vast, non-random Universe. There’s just too much evidence against it.

 

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