November 26th, 2007

Modern Day Vikings

The Return of the Vikings
61 sailors navigate 2,000 treacherous miles using medieval technology.

After 965 years, the Sea Stallion—a replica of an 11th-century Viking vessel submerged off the coast of Denmark and built in Ireland—had finally come home. Although Vikings are famous for sailing across the Atlantic to North America, raiding the coasts of Europe, pillaging North Africa, navigating the rivers of Russia, and even exploring the Caspian Sea, historians know relatively little about the technology used in the Viking longships.
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 A Vision for the Future
Envision every human as equal at birth; in beauty, health, mental health, social strength and intelligence. A designed evolutionary system with goals and planning would provide all of these for every human. Only then can a truly egalitarian society be obtained.

It is natural (ethical, moral, expected) behavior for the human species to modify natural processes to its advantage. As the human species learns more and more about the genetic structure of the human, and its implications in form and culture, it will apply that knowledge (make use of it).
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Dark Earth

Black Gold of the Amazon
Secrets of that ancient “dark earth” could help solve the Amazon’s ecological problems today.

Before the Europeans arrived, this peninsula in the heart of the Amazon was home to communities with roads, irrigation, agriculture, soil management, ceramics, and extended trade. These civilizations were as complex as the southwestern Native American cultures that inhabited ChacoCanyon and Mesa Verde. But due to the scarcity of stone in the Amazon, the people built with wood, and over time the structures disintegrated, leaving little evidence of the culture.
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 The Last Oasis for Life
It might be a few billion years before an ad like this appears in your local paper, but it could show up for good reason.
According to a new computer model designed to understand how the conditions for life might arise in unlikely places, humble Pluto and its surroundings will have warmed to downright pleasant temperatures long after the Earth has been consumed by an expanding, dying Sun.
"It's Miami Beach for millions of years, potentially longer," Alan Stern, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, says of Pluto's future.

Stern used existing data on the outer solar system, added in the latest theoretical expectations for the Sun's evolution, and analyzed it all from a biological perspective.
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Quote of the Day

“If courage wasn't a standard result of aging, it meant that the young could somehow acquire it as well.”
- Lawana Blackwell -

Person of the Week

Neil deGrasse Tyson
You can think of Neil deGrasse Tyson as the Carl Sagan of the 21st century.
Tyson, 47, is the undisputed inheritor of his late predecessor's mantle as the great explainer of all things cosmic. He has written seven popular books; stars in the PBS series Nova Science Now; and, perhaps most important, is the charismatic director of the venerable Hayden Planetarium, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
"If we ever needed a scientifically literate population," says Tyson, "it's now. I get enormous satisfaction from knowing I'm doing something for society."

MILF of the Week