20051220

Space Settlement - Colonizing the Cosmos!

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Space Settlement - Colonizing the Cosmos!: "Today space is mostly rock and radiation. We can change that. In the 1970's Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill showed that we can build giant orbiting spaceships and live in them. These orbital space colonies could be wonderful places to live; about the size of a California beach town and endowed with weightless recreation, fantastic views, freedom, elbow-room in spades, and great wealth. In time, we may see hundreds of thousands of orbital space colonies in our solar system alone. Unlike earlier colonization events, no people need be oppressed and no ecosystems destroyed for the simple reason that there aren't any out there. If we do it, space colonization will be so important that only the origins of life itself is comparable. Even ocean-based Life's colonization of land half a billion years ago pales by comparison."

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Press Release: Partial Ingredients for DNA and Protein Found Around Star

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Press Release: Partial Ingredients for DNA and Protein Found Around Star: "NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered some of life's most basic ingredients in the dust swirling around a young star. The ingredients -- gaseous precursors to DNA and protein -- were detected in the star's terrestrial planet zone, a region where rocky planets such as Earth are thought to be born.
The findings represent the first time that these gases, called acetylene and hydrogen cyanide, have been found in a terrestrial planet zone outside of our own."

Artist concept of a young star system.
Credit: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

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20051216

Firefly lyrics

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Firefly lyrics:
Firefly is one of my all time favorite TV series which was mercillessly slayed before it's prime. Here are the lyrics from a neat site Blackcatter's World of TV Theme Song Lyrics.

"Take my love. Take my land.
Take me where I cannot stand.
I don't care, I'm still free.
You can't take the sky from me.

Take me out to the black.
Tell 'em I ain't comin' back.
Burn the land And boil the sea.
You can't take the sky from me.

Have no place I can be since I found Serenity.
But you can't take the sky from me. "

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