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Just got home from four days of NASA (NIAC) meetings in Raleigh. Phew!  But some terrific projects that would fascinated you!  The web cast was watched by 12,000 folks and you can hunt down recordings.  Meanwhile, also from NASA...

"This Saturday at 5:51 a.m. PDT, (8:51 a.m. EDT, 12:51 UTC) NASA's Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its prime mission. At the moment of closest approach, Juno will be about 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above Jupiter's swirling clouds and traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 kilometers per hour) with respect to the planet. There are 35 more close flybys of Jupiter scheduled during its prime mission (scheduled to end in February of 2018). The Aug. 27 flyby will be the first time Juno will have its entire suite of science instruments activated and looking at the giant planet as the spacecraft zooms past."

Zowee!

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasas-juno-to-soar-closest-to-jupiter-this-saturday
This Saturday, NASA's Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its prime mission.
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More space propaganda, hiding gods creation. youtube search "bubbles in space" and "FLAT EARTH" !!!
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Sitting in at the symposium of NASA's Innovative & Advanced Concepts program (I am on the advisory council) we all gathered round for the announcement confirming recent rumors of a "goldilocks zone" planet orbiting the nearest visible star to our own -- Proxima Centauri. The planet orbits every 11.2 days. It’s at least 1.3 times as massive as our planet, and based on its likely size, astronomers think it is rocky. Its home star is only .15 percent as bright as the sun. The system is 25 trillion miles away, more than 270,000 times farther than the sun. The Proxima team used the radial velocity method, analyzing the star's light for wobbles caused by orbiting planets… a different approach than the "transit eclipse" approach used by the Kepler spacecraft ti detect thousands of new worlds… using the HARPS spectrograph, mounted on a 3.6-meter telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile. Note that this planet orbiting so close to its dim sun will probably be tidal-locked like our moon is toward the Earth. Also, like most small K or M types stars, Proxima emits a lot of flares and X-rays, meaning even if there's liquid water on this world. Hence any life would need to shelter along a Twilight Zone.

Can we learn more? Well, if we are lucky with the Proxima system's orbital plane -- There’s only a 1.5 percent chance the Proxima Centauri system’s geometry is arranged in such a way that we could see this. But if so, we might be able to look at its atmosphere. But even if there's no transit, some of the endeavors being funded by NIAC might enable us to see this new world even better, so stay tuned!
No one will ever find a closer exoplanet—now the race is on to see if there is life on its surface.
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+Edward German greatest exo-planet discovery of the year, so far. It's handy for solar system formation sciences, but really? Greatest discovery? 
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What's the magic bullet for dealing with this craziness? Time to demand WAGERS. I'll give a few examples.

Challenge Number 1) “I’ll bet 10% of my wealth vs 10% of yours - the loser to pay the winner’s favorite charity - that there’s no real evidence the election will be “rigged” in the democrats’ favor. In fact the the preponderance of rigging now favors the GOP.” Challenge Number 2) Demand that Donald Trump right now give the IRS permission to tell the public whether he is currently being audited. And if the answer is no, to immediately release his tax returns…..
"We support reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, which prohibits commercial banks from engaging in high-risk investment." – A brand-new GOP platform plank, running completely opposite to the party's position just a yea...
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Feh, the lesson is don't go to your hero's home and piss all over the rug, screeching insanities that you already know that he believes to be endangering his children.

You do not get away with playing victim +Daniel DeVoe .

But hold... pause... I wish you well.  May civilization thrive and coddle you - as it always has - despite your fervent efforts.
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Weekend posting from the World Science Fiction Convention is about... science fiction!

https://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/08/science-fiction-science-fiction.html?showComment=1471722647577
An apropos moment for a SF'nal posting, as I report to you all from the World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, MO. Many fascinating people saying an doing interesting things. Lots of discussion of "da future." But t...
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Could this lead to Nathan Holn? Oy, so much for any thought that he might "veer to center!" "If you thought the old Donald Trump campaign was wild and crazy, just wait for the new Trump campaign now that Breitbart’s Steve Bannon has taken over as chief executive."   Right now, I am no longer worried DT might be president.  I am worried about the wave of frothing Timothy McVeighs all of this might unleash. 

I never thought I would see Nathan Holn - from my novel The Postman - sprout for real in American life. No, I don't mean Donald Trump.  He is a very strange man who is caught up in a whirlwind of his own making, not as hateful as he seems, though yes as crazy.

But the nucleus that is crystallizing around him?

Don, get good bodyguards! Very good ones.  And do not let THESE guys hire them. Go old school and get a security chief who hates these Breitbart/alt-right fellows. Seriously. Come October, your chief usefulness to their type will be... well, it won't be as a living loser.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/if-you-thought-the-old-donald-trump-campaign-was-wild-and-crazy-just-wait/2016/08/17/f2d02ffc-64a0-11e6-96c0-37533479f3f5_story.html?utm_term=.eedf7493ae43
The addition of a Breitbart executive is likely to steer the GOP nominee even further in the direction of the European far right.
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+Rob Kuntz As I've said, all you are doing is proving my point about right wingers like you. As usual, when people like you have run out of ideas or have none in the first place, they resort to ad hominem attacks. It's all too predictable.

ad hominem attacks are the refuge of one and with no facts, arguments or ideas, or who have nothing in the first place.

Why not try some grownup arguments? Or is that a bit too difficult?
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The "Arrival" trailer looks pretty cool. I am hoping for Martian-level competence-porn!

http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-first-arrival-trailer-makes-talking-to-aliens-terri-1785342379
We got about a minute of footage last week, and now the full trailer for the movie adaptation of Ted Chiang’s “Story Of Your Life” is here. And it is tense.
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+Matthieu Walraet :
I have not read the book. ¿Amy Adams falls for the alien and ...?
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Two catechisms of the American right? The bizarre notion of a “flat tax” on incomes and idolization of Russian President Putin – who happens to have instituted a flat 13% income tax a decade ago. And how’s that working out? (Note if Gary Johnson gets on the debates, you’ll hear him convey love of a flat tax… proof that 50% of the libertarian movement’s message is lunacy paid-for by the Koch brothers. The other half? Actually, kinda interesting stuff and vastly more so than the loony GOP.)

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/08/economics-of-election.html
== Ah the ‘flat tax’ == Two catechisms of the American right? The bizarre notion of a “flat tax” on incomes and idolization of Russian President Putin – who happens to have instituted a flat 13% income tax a decade ago...
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+Dale Pontius For the love of money is the root of all evil:..." Is the quote from the New Testament, I imagine the saying is much older than that.

As several of you have said, or almost said.

The way to get rich should not be by changing money back and forth. Swapping currency futures, and high frequency stock trades aren't producing anything at all. They are concentrating wealth in the hands of a select few.

Now I'm not for banning all those activities, but the tax code should be created in such a way that it certainly doesn't encourage them, and likely it should be set up to discourage some of those activities.

Right now, money stick to money. The more money you have the easier it becomes to collect even more. This is bad.

We don't need to hurt the wealthy, or discourage them from earning, we need to keep the very wealthy from becoming mega-rich. Those mega-rich are akin to the royalty of previous centuries. And as a favorite science fiction author of mine likes to remind us, they have an incentive, and quite possibly a plan to return to a feudal system.

He's not crazy, the mega-rich we're talking about here are a few thousand or less in number worldwide. That's a small enough circle for such schemes to emerge and be coordinated.
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Among those of us who have been pushing confidence in our enlightenment experiment, none has been more successful at affecting the narrative than Harvard Professor Steven Pinker, author of the 2011 book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. In this interview, Pinker shows clearly that statistics bear out this notion of confidence… that much has been achieved. And those accomplishments, rather than undermining urgency, can stoke the fires of our continuing revolution. Our determination to save the world for tomorrow’s children.

Interesting sub-point: “due to the publicity that terrorist attacks generate, it seems completely rational to be afraid of a terrorist attack when in reality we should not be. It is a mistake to allow terrorism to dominate foreign policy on a global agenda. In terms of everyday terrorism, the harm is the reaction. Keep in mind that 97 percent of all terrorist agendas end in failure, so it isn’t even a successful mode of achievement.”
Steven Pinker tells the Berggruen Institute that despite the rise in terror and mass shootings, global violence is declining.
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+Dale Pontius :
Everything is possible, if selected the most vital. It is a matter of increasing the diversity of information without stifling students.
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NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will demonstrate advanced, high-power, high-throughput solar electric propulsion; advanced autonomous high-speed proximity operations at a low-gravity planetary body. Exactly what we should be trying to do.
Asteroid mission will demonstrate advanced, high-power, high-throughput solar electric propulsion; advanced autonomous high-speed proximity operations at a low-gravity planetary body
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All right. Because those rocket engines are crucial for towing and asteroids crashing ice on Mars (Terraforming) (The only easy way to achieve terraforming Mars)
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July was the hottest month the world has endured since records began in 1880. In Siberia, melting permafrost released anthrax that had been frozen in a reindeer carcass for decades, starting a deadly outbreak. In Baghdad, soaring temperatures forced the government to shut down for days at a time. In Kuwait, thermometers hit a record 54C (129F).  And yes, we are now experiencing "100 year storms" across North America, several times every single year.

And some of you are complicit with the cult that helped prevent us from doing anything much about it, since 2000.

And the possibility that your cult leaders (e.g. Fox) might have been wrong and all the scientists who actually know stuff might... just maybe ... have been right?  No.  Never. Not to be contemplated.

http://www.newsweek.com/july-hottest-month-global-warming-el-nino-491213
The July record came as the impact of El Niño faded, adding weight to fears that 2016 will go down in history as the hottest year since records began.
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Look at the nimble fingers of lemurs!
They shall inherit the earth if humans become extinct.
A species without malice.
Yes. The heat is unbearable in northeastern Mexico. My strategy of painting the roof white, is no longer working. I think we have to migrate all to Canada.
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CALLING GEEK FORCE! Some sort of “unresponsive script” glitch is fouling up Firefox on my iMac.  Hangups and spinning beachballs force me to Force Quit.  Any suggestions?
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About:addons (Tools->Addons) lets you see at a glance what's installed (and remove/disable them).
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Globalization will end because of technology, not politics! That's the core theme of my midweek posting (as I head for the World Science Fiction Convention.)  Plus ... a report on how science itself needs to improve.  And should all politicians have to name their science advisers?

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/08/sci-tech-globalization-will-end-because.html
This is a science and technology posting… but we’ll start by posing a political question and then answering another... then using technology to answer a big one, about the future of globalization. 1) Candidates, where do yo...
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+David Brin  But since 9/11 Physics has been History!
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Scientist, Author, Futurist, Public speaker: David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including NY Times Best-sellers that have won Hugo and Nebula awards. His latest, Existence, looks at the threats facing us forty years in the future. His 1989 thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyber-warfare, the Web, and global warming. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from the post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. The Uplift novels, including Startide Rising, and The Uplift War consider a future where humans raise animals to sentient levels. Foundation's Triumph brought a grand finale to Isaac Asimov's famed Foundation Universe. 

Brin is also a scientist and futurist who appears frequently on television ("Life After People," "The Universe," "the Architechs") discussing topics as diverse as surveillance technology, astronomy, SETI, nanotechnology and national defense. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the 2000 Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association

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