How To Terraform The Moon

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“According to the Russian press release, they’ll start by analyzing the physical and chemical composition of the future home of the base, in the deep cold of the moon’s south pole. (A foolish choice, in my opinion—think how readily machinery will seize up in shadows and the cost of heating the base.) In missions between 2016 and 2025, they’ll learn how to extract minerals such as aluminum, iron, and titanium. (Maybe they can also bring back some of the helium3 we know is there. Here on Earth we’re short on helium3, which would be a key ingredient for future fusion plants.) Russia is on the right track. To deliver vast new resources to humanity, we must pioneer and occupy the moon, Mars, and perhaps even beyond.” w/ photos

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How Stress Can Make A Woman Pile On Pounds

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Women who are stressed put on weight because their metabolism slows down, scientists have shown. Worrying about work pressures, your spouse, your children or your friends could mean you will burn off 100 fewer calories a day. Over the course of a year this could equate to a weight gain of almost a stone, according to US research. The stressed women also had higher levels of insulin, which contributes to the storage of fat. To make matters worse, the authors say those who are stressed would be more likely to eat high-fat, comfort food.” w/ photos

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Science Fiction As Science Fact

“Do Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Jules Verne, Philip K. Dick, Hugo Gernsback, Robert Heinlein, or Isaac Asimov hold a candle to H.G. Wells when it comes to correctly predicting the future of science via science fiction? And why does some science fiction do such a good job of predicting the future in the first place?” — IOTBS

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Inside The Electronic Music Money Machine

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“Electronic Dance Music didn’t grow into a serious industry in America until it was boiled down into those three little letters. Like KFC or MTV, EDM is an acronym that implies a lot about a substance that may or may not be contained in the actual product. But the idea behind an acronym like EDM isn’t about the music itself — it’s about the cold hard cash earned from selling the whole package to legions of people.” w/ photos

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American Empire

“The union can be dissolved if that is what the people want, as it’s the consent of the people that government’s powers are derived. The Declaration of Independence states: that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it’s the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, & to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles & organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness.” — O.K

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Brief History Of Religion In Art

“Before we began putting art into museums, art mostly served as the visual counterpart to religious stories. Are these theological paintings, sculptures, textiles and illuminations from centuries ago still relevant to us? Jeremiah describes the evolution of art in the public eye and explains how the modern viewer can see the history of art as an ongoing global conversation.”

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Why Is Some Ice Clear & Some Cloudy?

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“A popular and well known trick to making clear(er) ice is to either boil the water first or use distilled water. However, even doing this won’t guarantee the kind of perfectly clear ice you’d find in a high-end bar or restaurant. This is because how clear ice is, is only partially dependent on the purity of the water you use, meaning even if you managed to procure the tears of a Saint and pass them through the world’s best water filter, you’d still likely end up with ice that was a little cloudy. So what’s going on here?” w/ photos

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There Was No First Human

“If you traced your family tree back 185 million generations, you wouldn’t be looking at a human, a primate, or even a mammal. You’d be looking at a fish. So where along that line does the first human show up? The answer may surprise you.” — IOTBS

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How The Elements Got Their Names

“Ever wonder what all those names on the periodic table actually mean? There’s a whole lot of fascinating history on Mendeleev’s table. Some carry names from antiquity, some are named for people, some are named for places, and some are named for mythical beings. Discover the etymology of the elements!” — IOTBS

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