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Squeeeee! And Chiwetel Ejiofor is in it as well!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSzx-zryEgM
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Time travelling to the mother tongue - The sounds of languages that died thousands of years ago have been brought to life again through technology that uses statistics in a revolutionary new way.
The sounds of languages that died thousands of years ago have been brought to life again through technology that uses statistics in a revolutionary new way.
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...and they are pretty awesome. :)
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36824898
In the early 60s, 13 women undertook secret tests at Nasa to see if they could become astronauts.
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Not sure if it's coincidental, but Amy Shira Teitel talked about this yesterday on Vintage Space in more depth:
http://www.popsci.com/why-did-mercury-13-astronauts-never-fly-in-space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0KI2OUsukU
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Pfft. "Meat beings", indeed. Hah! :)
http://www.baetzler.de/humor/meat_beings.html
A humorous short story by Terry Bisson that was nominated for the 1991 Nebula award.
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"How to Serve Man"
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It is. I highly recommend it, and I'm not generally a horror fan. Though, it's really more of an 80s nostalgia / ET meets Alien feature film.
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It's kinda supposed to look like the Monolith with the sun behind it. Use your imagination, dammit! :p

(just found this in a bookshop today. 1968 edition! I have of course read it before, but I don't actually own a standalone copy of it that isn't in a big anthology).
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...I think I did see just the beginning of the movie on TV when I was a young child; my dad was watching it and finding it increasingly exasperating, but I was subject to an early bedtime.

So I mostly saw the prehistoric sequences, and sometime around Heywood Floyd's arrival on Space Station Five I went upstairs to take a bath. When I came back, Dad was looking puzzled: "You know that black slab the cavemen found? They dug up another one on the Moon. I think it's... symbolic?"

And then I went to bed.
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Just a reminder to anyone interested in the #2300AD  RPG, I'm writing articles about various 2300AD-related topics on my blog again (subjects include realistic star distributions, world generation, mapping, etc. - and I've just posted a new article about extending the range of stutterwarp drives) - you can find them all at: http://evildrganymede.net/wp/category/rpgs/2300ad/

If you're interest in this then feel free to check it out! And if you know anyone else who might be interested then please do point them in that direction! :)
While I was looking at the side branches of the French Arm (I'm still working on it!), I found a group of systems that were 7.769ly from the nearest star on one of the side branches. Which got me to wonder – what happens if a system in the 2300AD setting is slightly over 7.7 ly away – between ...
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This popped up on the The Great War youtube channel today, very interesting!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYzDBeG3By0
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Venus is famously hot, due to an extreme greenhouse effect which heats its surface to temperatures as high as 450 degrees Celsius. The climate at the surface is oppressive; as well as being hot, the surface environment is dimly lit, due to a thick blanket of cloud which completely envelops the ...
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I have a soft spot for Venus :)
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@omairzeeshan this is just some cartographic fun to show how the population could be split into equally large parts. J · 5h5 hours ago. J @harpentuan. @omairzeeshan @simongerman600 each color is a billion people. mattbenz99. 4h4 hours ago. mattbenz99 @mattbenz99.
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There are only 20 million Australians. We are insignificant. Should have thrown us in with the Indonesians, Thais, Cantonese and Vietnamese.
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Once again it seems that politicians are totally out of touch with reality - basic income isn't some kind of wacky political agenda, it's an inevitable consequence of automation. Viewing it as "coming from the left" is totally wrong-headed - it's something that everyone is going to be facing. The rate of "technological unemployment" is only going to increase (even into the more "professional" spheres), and more and more people are going to be out of jobs with nothing else available for them to do.

Punishing people for not finding jobs that aren't available (which is what is currently being done) isn't the way to go - giving them a cushion that they can fall back on that can allow them to take the time to look around, retrain etc is the only sane way forward IMO.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36782832
Why are so many on the left now arguing that the state should pay everyone a universal basic income?
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I hope this is an idea whose time is coming, because the alternative is an increasing gap between rich and poor. I also think the work isn't spread out enough. Making 4 day working weeks the norm would have lots of benefits.
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  • Lancaster University
    Planetary Science PhD, 1996 - 2002
  • Queen Mary, University of London
    Astrophysics MSc, 1995 - 1996
  • University College London
    Exploration Geophysics BSc, 1992 - 1995
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Armchair planetary scientist (I do actually have a PhD in Planetary Science!), occasional science blogger, boardgamer, music and science geek. :)

Favourite quote: "Yep, hand to hand combat is the old school way to kill your enemies. Killing a man with your bare hands says, "We're all equals as men, except I'm slightly more equal because I'm still alive and you're dead." Of course, dropping a nuke on them from fifty thousand feet is totally acceptable. I mean, let's face it, there just not enough time in this world to show everybody the courtesy of a good strangling." - Sarge, Red vs. Blue.
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Held a billion-year old piece of the planet Mars. Met astronaut John Young (he's a really nice guy!) at LPSC.
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