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"A man is nothing else but what he makes of himself" --Jean-Paul Sartre
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"Instead of exporting pollution and good jobs to other countries, the U.S should concentrate on leading the world in exporting clean-energy technologies," Brune wrote in an op-ed published this week.

On Wednesday, the White House vowed to veto any bill that would lift the ban and released a statement (pdf) stating its strong opposition to HR 702, which passed the House 260-159 (roll call here).
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On Wednesday, the White House vowed to veto any bill that would lift the ban and released a statement (pdf) stating its strong opposition to HR 702, which passed the House 260-159 (roll call here).

Proving Commitment to Climate Chaos, GOP Votes to Lift Oil Export
"Instead of exporting pollution and good jobs to other countries, the U.S should concentrate on leading the world in exporting clean-energy technologies," Brune wrote in an op-ed published this week.

On Wednesday, the White House vowed to veto any bill that would lift the ban and released a statement (pdf) stating its strong opposition to HR 702, which passed the House 260-159 (roll call here).
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by Len Hart, the Existentialist Cowboy Before his demise, A. Scalia's name come up in connection with, of all things, Warp Drive ! Interestingly, Scalia's narrow view of the universe was not unlike that of Sarah Palin. Scalia managed to get a lifetime gig o...
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Langley Turns 100

Something happened 100 years ago that changed forever the way we fly. And then the way we explore space. And then how we study our planet. That something was the establishment of what is now known as NASA Langley Research Center (LRC), which is commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2017.
Langley Turns 100

Something happened 100 years ago that changed forever the way we fly. And then the way we explore space. And then how we study our planet. That something was the establishment of what is now known as NASA Langley Research Center (LRC), which is commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2017.

Just three months after the United States entered into World War I, Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory was carved out of coastal farmland near Hampton, Virginia, as the nation’s first civilian facility focused on aeronautical research. The goal was, simply, to "solve the fundamental problems of flight." Under the direction of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), ground was broken for the center on July 17, 1917.

From the beginning, Langley engineers devised technologies for safer, higher, farther, and faster air travel. More than 40 state-of-the-art wind tunnels and supporting infrastructure have been built over the years, and researchers use those facilities to develop many of the wing shapes still used today in airplane design. Better propellers, engine cowlings, all-metal airplanes, new kinds of rotorcraft and helicopters, faster-than-sound flight—these were among Langley’s many groundbreaking aeronautical advances.

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired these natural-color images of Langley Research Center and the surrounding Hampton Roads area on April 9, 2017.

During World War II, Langley tested planes like the P-51 Mustang in the nation’s first wind tunnel built for full-sized aircraft. Langley later partnered with the military on the Bell X-1, an experimental aircraft that would fly faster than the speed of sound. Follow-on research would extend the reach of American aeronautics into supersonics and hypersonics. By 1958, NACA would become NASA, and Langley’s accomplishments would soar from air into space.

Over the past half century, LRC has contributed significantly to the development of rockets and to the spacecraft testing and astronaut training of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. In particular, astronauts practiced Moon landings here with the lunar lander. Langley also led the unmanned Lunar Orbiter initiative, which not only mapped the Moon, but helped choose the spot for the first human landing. With the Viking 1 landing in 1976, Langley led the first successful U.S. mission to the surface of Mars. All along, the center and its researchers have contributed to the study of Earth via satellite and through instruments flown on the space shuttles, space station, and NASA aircraft.

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=90586
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The two degree wide telescopic field of view looks toward the well-trained constellation Canes Venatici, near the handle of the Big Dipper. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 is about 80,000 light-years across and 23.5 million light-years away...

A View Toward M106

Big, bright, beautiful spiral, Messier 106dominates this cosmic vista. The two degree wide telescopic field of view looks toward the well-trained constellation Canes Venatici, near the handle of the Big Dipper. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 is about 80,000 light-years across and 23.5 million light-years away, the largest member of the Canes II galaxy group. For a far away galaxy, the distance to M106 is well-known in part because it can bedirectly measured by tracking this galaxy's remarkable maser, or microwave laser emission. Very rare but naturally occuring, the maser emission is produced by water molecules in molecular clouds orbiting itsactive galactic nucleus. Another prominent spiral galaxy on the scene, viewed nearly edge-on, is NGC 4217 below and right of M106. The distance to NGC 4217 is much less well-known, estimated to be about 60 million light-years.
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The Existentialist Cowboy: Life, Logic and Meaning:
The Existentialist Cowboy: Life, Logic and Meaning : "An ancient problem is unresolved by 21st Century technology: how can we as human beings learn to think better, to free ourselves from superstition and prejudice, to achieve the full potential implied in ...
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"These two New York City billionaires, Paul Singer and Robert Mercer, have put $1 million together into the super PAC supporting my opponent," she said. "The voters deserve to hear directly from the billionaires backing John Faso about what they expect to get from him in Congress.
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