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Plan B?

11.06.07

If Gore, Dion et al. are right and we really are about 10 seconds away from totally fucking up our planet beyond repair… well, maybe we’ll all have someplace to go:

A new world has been discovered nestled in the largest planetary system ever seen outside our solar system, fuelling speculation there are many other habitable Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy.

Astronomers doubt the new-found planet – one of five circling a nearby star, which is visible with binoculars – can support life.

But they told a teleconference Tuesday the discovery fuels their conviction that many Earth-like planets are just waiting to be discovered.

Traveling at the speed of light, it would only take about 41 years to get there. In other words, a short, pleasant journey. (Advance tickets on sale on ebay shortly… stay tuned!)

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So is it a planet or isn’t it? Pluto’s dubious status continues to cause debate among scientists, stargazers, and a lot of people with nothing better to do.

In the meantime, it seems they’re filming a movie in my neighbourhood. This struck me as more than a little odd when I passed by the orange signs, since I can’t even begin to fathom why anyone would choose my area – good for cheap rent, not much good for atmosphere – for a film location. So I checked out the information on the signs. The film, it seems, has a working title of “Neptune” – which, as far as I know, is definitely still a planet. No information about it appears yet on IMDb, as far as I can tell.

Oh, and a European space probe crashed into the moon yesterday. Seems this was designed to satisfy people who’d become bored with “World’s Scariest Police Chases” and spectacular NASCAR crashes.

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And then there were eight…

08.24.2006

There are some things in the world that you just take for granted. The sunrise. Gravity. There being nine planets in the solar system. Well, not anymore. Pluto has been demoted and is no longer a planet, reducing our solar system from nine planets to eight. And in tomorrow’s headlines, Quebec will demand more funding […]

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In memory of the Columbia astronauts

02.01.2003

Forgive me for saying this, but in a strange way today feels like 9/11. Of course, there is no comparison between the horrid loss of over 3000 lives due to a cowardly terrorist attack, and the tragic loss of 7 astronauts due to a scientific error, accident, or malfunction. I wouldn’t even begin to equate […]

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Space Shuttle Columbia lost

02.01.2003

The Space Shuttle Columbia has been lost, and all seven astronauts aboard were killed – including Col. Ilan Ramon of the IDF, Israel’s first astronaut to fly into space. This is a horrible tragedy that is simply beyond words. Everyone is in shock, glued to CNN or a host of sources for updates and information. […]

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