I finally feel like the 21st century has arrived! I still don’t have my flying car, but at least I know I can by my jet pack (as soon as I win the lottery). According to this Popular Mechanics article, I can get my very own jet pack plus flying lessons for a measly $155k. And with two companies offering them for sale already, market forces may push down that price point to a more affordable $100k in the next few years.
Mars has been in the news lately – and the news has been pretty darn interesting. First, on July 2nd there was an articleabout NASA’s idea of terraforming Mars using nanobots. Well, technically I suppose the plan is to use nanobots to first survey Mars so that the ‘unique Martian biosphere’ can be preserved when Mars is terraformed. But it is only natural to think we would then use those same nanobots already present to do the grunt work of terraforming – you know, producing oxygen from the carbon dioxide present so that the atmosphere could be altered to support humans and all our accompanying stuff. Also, the nanobots would likely need to be self replicating, so it would be a good opportunity to practice that technology (and see if the dreaded ‘grey goo’ develops) without risking Earth. Actually, that doesn’t sound great for the Martian biosphere. Maybe we should set up a preserve….
Second, on July 3rd NASA announced more Martian news of note: NASA Mars lander Phoenix discovered snow on the north pole of Mars. This is the first confirmation we have had of an actice water cycle on Mars. Aside from the general excitement of the scientific community at a new discovery, NASA is super excited about their theory being confirmed – based on what the lander had seen so far they were pretty sure there was a water cycle. There is also, of course, excitement over what this means for the future of humans on Mars. An active water cycle could mean a lot less work making the planet habitable. Cool, huh?
I love these articles. This one from MSN sums up where our current tech is in comparison with Star Trek tech (from the original series) – we’re still way behind on some of it, but we’re actually ahead on a couple of things!
Reactionary Republican State Senator Danny Martiny is prepping a bill for the state legislature banning the creation of animal-human hybrids in the state. The bill also would prohibit placing human embryos in non human wombs or nonhuman embryos in human wombs. This begs the question – is this a big problem in Louisiana?
I’m on vacation but I just had to share this. I originally found it on Slashdot, then linked through to the full article.
And other modern comminication technologies, including blogging and podcasting, according to this article in TechCrunch. Actually, it doesn’t sound like a bad idea – as long as core subjects like reading, writing, and math don’t get shortchanged in the process. It won’t matter how tech savvy the next generation is if they don’t know how to think and express themselves logically and coherently.