Sunday Starlinks

February 10th, 2013

I’m on vacation visiting my family in St. Louis.  I’ve got more links on the machine back in Laramie, but these are the ones I have handy.  I’ll get the other ones in next week.

Over at Amazing Stories Mike Brotherton (I know him!) responds to the question, “Is Science Killing Science Fiction?”  I’m blogging over there about once a week and will try to post links from here to there on Sundays at least.

GOP Leader Marco Rubio questions global warming/climate change.  I think Floridians won’t be able to do this much longer without being laughed out of the state.  Rubio is misinformed or simply pandering to an anti-science right wing base, but it bodes ill for a party that has already lost its intellectual credentials for pandering to that side.

Adapting humans for space (Centauri Dreams).  I think this question is really interesting as a subset of the question of how we control our own future, technologically as well as biologically.

Texas school board searching for “another side” to theory of evolution.  They’re going to be looking for a while, I predict.  No one has found a better explanation for the diversity of life here on Earth, and there are parts of the theory that are observed facts now.

An exciting but controversial propellantless space drive.  The proof will be in the pudding, and it sounds like engineering at this point, not physics, assuming they’ve got that figured out.  I know enough about this to be cautiously optimistic, even though it sounds weird, and opinion won’t matter either way in the face of concrete evidence.

Martian metal.  Interesting find from Curiosity.

Nuclear Reactors: Fantasy and Fact

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