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Mars Images Reveal Evidence of Ancient Lakes

dragmyfeet Without romanticism exploration will stagnate (128 comments)

What is so special about humans manipulating measuring equipment versus robots? This notion that we must send people into space is just romantic.

The romanticism of the adventure is one of the strongest motivators of exploration. Take that away, and it's just work.

Besides, there are practical reasons for sending humans into space. One day, in order for the human species to survive, we will have to move off this rock and travel to other regions of our galaxy. We might as well start our baby steps now.

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Astronomers Discover 33 Pairs of Waltzing Black Holes

dragmyfeet Nihil novi sub sole (101 comments)

1) nearly every galaxy has a central super-massive black hole 2) galaxies commonly collide and merge to form new, more massive galaxies. [...] The two black holes gradually in-spiral toward the center of this galaxy, engaging in a gravitational tug-of-war with the surrounding stars.

If this was a comment on the life of corporations, I would mod it "Insightful" (just substitue "galaxy" with "corporation" and "back hole" with "CEO").

Just goes to show you, micro and macro-scale ecology is eeringly similar. I think we need a lecture on fractals and how they apply to this situation.

more than 4 years ago
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2009 Darwin Award Winners Announced

dragmyfeet Times have changed (208 comments)

It appears now we ridicule people who do something unusual and pioneering (however naive), like the priest in TFA. Have we had the Darwin awards in centuries past, we would have ridiculed the death of every explorer we ever had instead of mourn it.

more than 4 years ago

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