SparkPeople Where'd I Park My Spaceship? Team Messageboard Here's the place to discuss all things Sci Fi. Grab your foil hat and your twizzlers and lets get started! SparkPeople Where'd I Park My Spaceship? Team Messageboard EFT-1 Launch Hey,is anyone going to the Orion launch in early December at the Cape? I will be there for sure!!Thought it would be fun if anyone else was there to get together. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:13:09 EST Time to Partay!! Attention Crew... as we've been stuck in orbit around Ice Planet Hoth for far too long, and as today is my Annual Orbit Around the Local Star, I am declaring a Partay in the Shuttle Bay!! <BR> I am going down there now to prep for a good, old fashioned BBQ and social!! There will be plenty of beer, meade, wine and other social lubricants as well as some great food! Lot's of meaty dishes for carnivores, and also plenty of interesting veggys for vegans! <BR> Gorn and the Dragon will be doing a ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 10:07:29 EST Kerbal Space Program... Anyone playing? How do you like it? I just downloaded onto my MacBook Air, but hafta fiddle with GateKeeper to get it to install. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 11:08:48 EST Party for PeoriaPole and JillianaJones!! Attention Crew! We have been stranded in this PolarIon Storm for a while now, with no end in sight. Therefore, as your humble, but good looking, Captain, I declare that in the best interests of our Ship (the Dawn Threader) it is time to throw a party!! <BR> We welcome two new transfers from StarFleet, PeoriaPole and JillianaJones! Since we have some Crew in CryoHibernation, and also some in their natural, dormant phase, we can use the mess. So for those of us that are awake, let's gather in ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:42:47 EST Light: the book, 32 hrs left to help publish... Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I have a physicist friend who is trying to get her book published. Its called "Light: the Book" and from talking with her in the past and the general gist of it, its a science book written in a way not-so-sciency types could understand. <BR> <BR> There's 32 hours left on kickstart for her to get backing, and we're about $650 away from her goal. if you want to know more about the book and project, check out this web address to help: <link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:40:00 EST Happy Merry Festivus!! Attention Crew: As it has been far too long since we've held a party, I am issuing orders for this ship to proceed to the nearest docking and maintenance facility. At which port, I am renting a ballroom, with all the various foodstuffs and beverages of choice... <BR> This party shall last for approximately 1 week standard, and to begin on the evening of Dec 24.... Will someone please tell Gorn that it is not allowed to be bartender again! After he and the Dragon attempted "Flaming Balls of Sh... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:40:17 EST Quch tlho'taH ghach!!! Or in English (not Klingon!) Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Just in case I don't make it back to Spark tomorrow! <em>429</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:23:43 EST Star Trek/Star Wars Hypothetical Question... Occasionally I meet people who are incapable of loving both franchises and have chosen one over another. This prompts me to ask one question: <BR> <BR> If you got a group of die-hard Star Trek fans (Original Series and films, but other series permitted) got them in a theater, locked the doors, and put on "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace", would they shriek in laughter, or shriek in agony? Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:42:44 EST #backontrack, Sherlock team, hi all! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm back on SP to help me lose the last 25 lbs to get into the "normal/healthy" weight catagory. SP helped me lose nearly 50 lbs 2 years ago with the support, trackers, and challenges. The timing was right for me to join the #backontrack SP-wide challenge for Aug, I'm thrilled to find a Sherlock group, as well as revisit the teams I joined earlier on. I'm a scifi geek than a mystery person, but I'm a major fan of Benedict Cumberbatch. Star Trek Into Darkness anyone?... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 09:48:58 EST BookBub I find that this helps me locate free/cheap e books! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:54:22 EST Third time's the charm in Sparking--& Sci-Fi, too! Hey howdy there <BR> <BR> I stopped Sparkin' for about a year and decided to start out fresh with new goals and ideas. I spent the past 6 months dealing w/ dad's disability issues, and though he's somewhat on the mend he can't return to work yet. I decided that since he's certainly out of the woods, i'd better get back to making ME healthier, too <BR> <BR> Otherwise, I admit having fun watching old MST3K episodes on YouTube and watching sci-fi flicks and shows ("Firefly" was fantastic--too ... Mon, 27 May 2013 13:20:55 EST Vulcans through the eye of the bottleneck Attention crew in the Bio-Med section, this article applies to your genetic drift research! What will happen now that there are only 10k Vulcans? Click on the link for further data (or is that Cmndr Data?) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/05/vulcans-through-the-eye-of-the-bot<BR>tleneck/#.UZ7DUZXudFI </link> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:47:15 EST 3-D Food Printer for the ISS... Not sure what to make of this story? <BR> NASA Looks at 3-D Food Printer for Star Trek-like Replicator <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nasa-looks-at-3-d-food-printer-for-sta<BR>r-trek-like-replicator/#ixzz2U7tZXAuz </link> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:32:45 EST Moving in... it's MetCanMeshman!! Woot! Crew, we have a new arrival from Star Fleet! MetCanMeshman has just come aboard, so let's welcome him with our Officious Greeting... oh crud, where I put that again? Never mind, let's just clear the Shuttle Bay and have a welcome Aboard Party!!! Wed, 22 May 2013 10:20:42 EST Goodreads Anyone on Goodreads, if so add me ;-) <BR> <link><BR>-shawn </link> Mon, 13 May 2013 04:17:39 EST I Spy... Hubby and I were outside last evening and were lucky enough to watch the Space Station do a fly by of Las Vegas. It was way cool!! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:03:01 EST Help I need to buy a couple of books for my 21 year old grandson. <BR> <BR> He says he likes James Patterson, Steven King (I seriously doubt he's read more then one or two books by him and am shocked he was even able to come up with any authors name) or any Magical books. He says he's read all The Lord of the Rings and Harry potters in the past. I remember reading him the first Harry Potter while babysitting when he was little. Being ADHD he interrupted (constantly) sometimes about the story ju... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:20:23 EST Watch out for the stobor... Hello All! <BR> Reading Tunnel in the Sky (for the 1,652nd time) and was wondering. What is your stobor in life? <BR> Well wishes all. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 19:26:27 EST Truly DeterminedAt31 We have another new Crew Member, yay! DeterminetAt31 truly is, since joining on this past christmas Day, our newest Crew member has lost 8 pounds!! Woosh! Please stop by and show some love to our newest Crew members!! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:43:15 EST Left brain looking for fun to develop right brain! I am Chris , a sparker since Jan 2008. I am a retired science teacher. grades 7-12. Many special needs students plus their deafness. Activities and hands on using stuff was the rule. I miss the energy of the students. <BR> <BR> Chris Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:04:15 EST Happy Christahunuk anzakadays!! :) Festivus... a Holiday for the rest of us! Yes Crew, your humble, yet good looking Captain has declared that we need a party... Dawn threader style!! <BR> Sadi party should begin no later than 25Dec, and end no sooner than 1Jan.... we will be docked at the HabRing in the L2 point of Nimbus III, a little known and mostly useless system. But they have a great HabRing and lots of inter stellar traffic, which makes for a great party! <BR> So get your best dress uniform clean and pressed, have Gorn... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:17:19 EST The Pale Blue Dot... ...done a bit differently than usual. Well worth the four minutes to view! <BR> <link><BR>e-dot-an-animated-contemplation/ </link> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 11:05:16 EST Who's Mom? SLSMom... that's who! Woo hoo! Attention on dedck, or in the Mess, or wherever you're at really... StarFleet has given us a great new Crew Member! SLSMom has reacquired our orbit, and is now in the Docking Bay. Let's all give her plenty of encouragement and support, and don't let Gorn carry her luggage!! Welcome aboard!! Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:07:36 EST The End Of The World... ...or sumpn? Thought we could all hang out in the lounge and chat about how the world has been scheduled to end... you know... sometime... far, far away and all that? <BR> <BR> Anyways, UrthGov has just published a blog that says the Urth isn't gonna ens, so I feel so much better now... <BR> <link><BR>ent-promises-world-won-t-end-dec-21-19<BR>2819519.html#more-id </link> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 09:26:15 EST Let's Play A Guessing Game... With the MSL Team all abuzz over something... thought I'd start a thread to try and guess just what was discovered? Winning Crew member gets an extra day of leave during our Annual Winter All Inclusive Holidaze Celebration! <BR> <BR> I'll start, but as Captain and going to not include myself as winner (hey, someone has to drive the boat?). I think that Curiosity has discovered a byproduct of long ago microbial life on Mars. <BR> <BR> ok Crew, your turn now! Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:09:42 EST I'm Thankful For... All of my quite distended family and friends, both in CyberLand and RealLife. Also very thankful I live in such a beautiful locale, and in a free (mostly) country! Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:33:11 EST A Beautiful Example of Math in Nature Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pace-photos?icid=weather|moreon|link3 </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:59:28 EST Muggle Party Survival Tips With the holidays coming up, some of us might be disembarking for leave to attend planetside parties. <BR> <BR> Here's a funny article to help us navigate the situation: <BR> <BR><BR>/muggle-party-survival-tips-and-tricks<BR>/10130 <BR> <BR> To be fair, what tips should we give visitors for our festivities? <BR> <BR> If a wookie prepares an appetizer can we assume he/she wore hairnets on they're hands? If not will drinking a gargle blaster help cl... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:14:02 EST Don't go, it's JengoJengo! =) Sound the trumpets! Clear the deck... as Captain of this tub, I proclaim it to be a New Member Partay Weekend! JengoJengo has just transferred in from StarFleet! She is a great gal with a lot of determination, and quite the artist as well. She is a military spouse, so she probably will be a bit dismayed at the somewhat lackadaisical manner in which this ship is run? But that's just part of the charm of being onboard a ship with such an eclectic crew. So please giver her the Proper and Officio... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:26:05 EST I Got Sunshine... well FLAsun anyways! Woot! Another great day to be in the Spaceship, for we have not one, but two new Crew members! FLAsun is actually a good friend of mine from another Sparky Team, and also Fakebook. She is a dear woman, a cancer survivor, and has the most positive outlook on Life ever! Please give her a welcoming hand, tentacle, claw or whatever appropriate appendage, and have Gorn and the Dragon put her gear in her quarters! Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:15:34 EST Jumping for Joy? No it's Janela2 Wow! What a busy week here in the Dawn Threader! We get to offer our third new Crew member the Officious Greeting and Welcome Aboard! Jamela2 is a great gal that is new to SparkyLand, but is certainly getting involved. She is also rediscovering the gymn, and trying to reduce stress and become more healthy. <BR> So let's all welcome her aboard, and have Gorn and the Dragon take her gear to her new quarters, w'll figure out what job assignments she has later... after the party? Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:47:36 EST For all us sci fi peeps Check out "It Came From Riverside." I put it in the link section. For your convenience, it is below, too: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:29:51 EST All the right curves... CurvieElvieSays Yes! Another beautiful gal has joined our ranks Crew! (And our Crew can get quite rank, will someone please throw Gorn in the shower?)... CurvieElsieSays is quite a gal! She has an amazing background, and I invite you each to check her page! <BR> Let's welcome her with The Officious Greeting, that is both officious and a greeting, and have Gorn and the Dragon stow her gear in her quarters. Welcome aboard! Tue, 9 Oct 2012 15:20:17 EST Not a Boo Boo... a BeccaBoo127! Woot! Woot! We now have two more wonderful crew member to round out our complement here in the Spaceship!! BeccaBoo127 is a great gal, who is switching from a left brain to a right brain! Wow! Last time I tried that, it really, really hurt? Her analytic skills, and creative pursuits will be truly welcomed here, and make her a valued and welcome crew member. <BR> Please stop by her page and show some love, and welcome her aboard! Tue, 9 Oct 2012 15:15:36 EST What's Your Super Power? Okay, this'll be fun! If you could choose any super power, what would it be? Choose something that you could use to really defeat the forces of evil. Don't just be invisible, fly or have laser eyes or other such ordinary super powers---be creative! <BR> <em>216</em> <em>84</em> <em>344</em> <em>355</em> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:01:14 EST Prophets of Science Fiction Marathon Today I just saw that the Science Channel is having a Prophets of Science Fiction Marathon today. (I missed it last year.) Heads up if anybody is interested! Come back and discuss if something blows your mind. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 13:33:02 EST Uh, where do I stow my gear? Greetings fellow ship mates. I decided to follow my wife, Eydie on board. Looking forward to our discussions during the evening meals. Please warn me of any Dalek,Borg or Cylon sightings. (I am not a robot-aphobe though.) Sat, 8 Sep 2012 16:56:35 EST Eeeeee.... Eydie! :) Hoops and Hurrays crew! StarFleet has given us a wonderful new member to help run the Dawn Threader! Eydie is a great gal, loves Yoga, and working out, and wants to live joyfully! Well... if it's one thing we have on board this tub, it's buckets of Joy! really, seems the last shipmnt of goods from the orbital was a bit off balance? <BR> But let's welcome her to our Crew, and show her to her quarters and make her feel at home! Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:16:59 EST Happy Holidaze Ship! Attention Crew, as per StarFleet reg 265k/2047s-b4~r2d2; We are to have an Seasonal Transition Celebrational Festivity! We have therefore put into a holding orbit at the L1 Docking Facility to bring aboard Party Supplies and have had the Dragon and Gorn clean and set up the Shuttle Bay... <BR> So share your Holiday experiences here, and let's get this party started! Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:24:28 EST Someone who can do the numbers... MathMagician Well dear crew, it appears that your humble, yet good looking Captain has really been out of it, and in a #HydrocodoneHaze these past two weeks? StarFleet has given us not on, but two wonderful cremates! MathMagician is rededicating herself to getting on track, and becoming a more healthy gal, and she has the support of her family, and now all of us as well! <BR> So please do extend to her a hand, tentacle, claw or other appropriate appendage in welcome! <BR> And now that I'm beginning to r... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:18:29 EST Wink at The Moon... <link><BR>s-to-the-death-of-neil-armstrong/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>il-armstrongs-first-steps-on-the-moon/ </link> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 17:23:29 EST Love the team name! Hello fellow sci fi/fantasy lovers! I was so excited when I found this team. I LOVE all things sci/fi fantasy. Aside from my two boys, there is no one else that I know in the real world that shares passion. I have been brainwashing my children since birth- so they have little choice but to share my passion. I would love to tell you more- but you would probably stop reading since it would be long. So, I will let you know more as you get to know me. <BR> <BR> I rejoined SP to help me reg... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:55:16 EST Congratulations for KimbaArtist! The newest member of our happy abode is a great gal, with many varied interests, and a couple of awesome kids! Stop by her page and of course you'll love her! So lets welcome her with The Officious Spaceship Greeting... ummm... errr... where did I put that anyways? Gorn... did you eat The Officious Greeting? Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:47:06 EST Video: The Journeys of Apollo Here's a link to an hour long video from NASA about the various journeys of Apollo! <BR> <link><BR>e-journeys-of-apollo/ </link> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 11:12:15 EST Watcha Playin? The other night I downloaded Starflight 1 & 2 from GOG. Starflight was one of the first games I bought and played on my good ole Tandy PC. That and King's Quest. I spent countless hours going across the sky and many more hours waiting for screens to load...The graphics are horrible but I'm still enjoying it. <BR> <BR> I went home at lunch and am currently downloading Endless Space from Steam. Anyone play? I've read good things about it and it's my type of game. I like turn based games ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:05:56 EST Another NASA Social... Aye yup! It's true! NASA is going to host a multi facility Social timed to coordinate with the landing of the MSL Curiosity, on Mars! The Social (for most facilities) is Aug 3, and the actual landing a couple of days after. This time your dedicated Captain will be traveling to Langley Research Facility, in Virginia. Not sure yet if I will fly or drive, it's a 2 day drive, but if I do that, then WunderWife may come with me? Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:10:46 EST Not Just Any Rascal... A FuchsiaRascal Woot! Woot! Sound the klaxon (if Gorn didn't eat it again?) and prep the Shuttle Bay for another Officious Dawn Threader Par*Tay! FuchsiaRascal has just climbed aboard and it's time to giver her a proper greeting and welcome (No Gorn, you don't get to eat her luggage). So let's all convene at oh whatever hundred hours... or sumpn... and put out a spread of victuals and libations, and moosic too! It's time to party! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:26:48 EST Ctl-Alt-Del? Mo... it's AltJ-Dog =) Attention Crew, we have a new member in from StarFleet! AltJ-Dog has just arrived and I would like for everyone to give her a warm welcome! She is a wonderful gal with many varied interests, and so will make a great addition to our little spaceship here! <BR> With all these new Crew members, it's a good thing we were in Space Dock recently, adding to the ships Engineering, Cargo and Quarters sections of the Ship! Now if Gorn and the Dragon would please quit using the newly expanded Science B... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:40:35 EST Build a NASA Satellite, Study the Universe Online Build a NASA Satellite, Study the Universe Online... you build a virtual satellite, and then do your own observations online! Very cool... <BR> <link><BR>nasa-satellite-study-the-universe-online/ </link> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:00:46 EST Get Us To Mars in Weeks New “Flying Tea Kettle” Could Get Us To Mars in Weeks, Not Months <BR> <BR> No, not AdAstra from former astronaut Dr Diaz-Chang, but another innovative way to go see our nearest neighbor... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-tea-kettle-could-get-us-to-mars-in-<BR>weeks-not-months/ </link> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:54:29 EST Better than the North Pole... it's PeoriaPole! Hurray! Yes Crew we have another great transfer in from StarFleet, it's none other than PeoriaPole <em>224</em> He's a great guy with varied interests, and I know is gonna be a great Crew member. So please do give him the Officious Spaceship Greeting, and extend a hand, claw or tentacle in welcome! Oh, and don't Gorn and the Dragon trick you into playing Farts on Fire, last time the entire shuttle bay had to be repainted... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 12:35:20 EST Festival...FESTI AL...hahahahhaha When I say that yesterday was a freakish mosh up of Return of the Archons and All Our Yesterdays, Classic Trekkers will know exactly what I mean. (Anyone needing more explanation, or anyone who wants to enjoy laughing at my suffering, can check out today's blog.) <BR> <BR> Two classic small-town summer festivals, hand crafted beer, over enthusiastic cook-out with all the trimmings (and wine). As Spock remarked with dawning horror: "I've eaten animal flesh and I've enjoyed it." <BR> <B... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:32:09 EST Whatcha Watching? The Living Matrix <BR> and <BR> PBS The Elegant Universe Sat, 16 Jun 2012 00:58:34 EST Summer convention info Hi, all. Since it was suggested to me that I might check into all the seasonal SF and fantasy conventions, I googled and found an interesting in nearby Chattanooga, TN. LibertyCon, which will be held July 20 - 22 at the famous Chattanooga Choo-Choo, where some of the hotel rooms are Pullman cars. Two of the literary guests are Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, people I do enjoy reading. <BR> <BR> Sometimes life is serendipitous. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:46:44 EST Godspeed Ray Bradbury He was the first SciFi author I read... and still love his stories today! <BR> <link><BR>e-ray-bradbury-20120607,0,5622415.story </link> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 12:35:37 EST You are needed! -- Please help me plan my birthday Hello all. Now, this might sound like an odd request, but that's exactly why I'm posting here. (grin) On August 24 I have a momentous personal event happening in my life: my personal life chronometer flips over to 60. And while I would like to think that, like the mythical Mayan long calendar, it just signals the dawning of a glorious golden age, just in case that doesn't happen I would like to have some kind of kickin' celebration to mark the day. <BR> <BR> Some suggestions from those ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:18:30 EST SpaceX on 60 Minutes... Here's a very interesting story on the privatization of spaceflight... Elon Musk really does have the "right stuff", and he's proving it with every flight! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>538n&tag=contentMain%3BcbsCarousel </link> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 22:43:42 EST Tribes of the Hakahei Started a new series by an Australian author Scott J. Robinson. This is a four part series of which parts 1,2 & 3 are out and available as e-books from Amazon or his own web site for a small cost. I have enjoyed this blend of hard science fiction with fantasy elements such as the existence of elves, dwarf's, trolls etc. <BR> <BR> The action takes place on earth and a variety of other planets reached through "gates" or stable worm holes. It is an alternative explanation of the origins of our... Thu, 31 May 2012 11:23:59 EST My New Username Hi all. <BR> <BR> I have changed my usernmane from ggidora to Quagaar. <BR> <BR> A quick quiz. Where is this name from and what is a quagaar? Sun, 27 May 2012 10:57:19 EST Hi all I have been reading science fiction since I was about 10 years old when my mother brought me a book home from the mobile library that came into our community once a week. This community is now a major suburb of Vancouver BC and has its own huge library system. However this was in the early 60`s and I was sick at home. <BR> <BR> I`ll never forget it. Robert Heinlein`s, Have Spacesuit Will Travel. I was hooked and still today 40+ years later I still read over 90% science fiction. I perfer hard... Fri, 25 May 2012 12:47:06 EST Attention: we have an amazing mom in crew! Woot! Woot! Sound the gong and start the moozak! We have an amazing new crew member! Our humble little ship is not 101 strong (?!) and the newest member is AmazingMomInOh!! She is dedicating herself to remaking herself into a much healthier person. Being Canadian, and living in the heartland, will benefit her greatly! <BR> So please extend a hand, claw, tentacle, or appendage in welcome to her, and have Gorn take her gear to her quarters! Welcome aboard! Tue, 22 May 2012 10:43:15 EST How Neat Is This? 1Neata Is Our 100th! Clear the Shuttle Bay, and get up the bunting, bring on the music, balloons, food and drink!! It's true Crew, we now are 100 strong!! Time for a HyperParty.... Dawn Threader style! 1Neata is certainly a neato gal, and brings to us her own self, and a beautiful one it is! Tell Gorn and the Dragon to bring her gear to her quarters, and let the welcoming begin! Sun, 13 May 2012 10:15:32 EST Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship... Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Years <BR> <link><BR>-thinks-we-could-build-a-real-starship<BR>-enterprise-in-20-years/ </link> Sat, 12 May 2012 11:11:07 EST Friendship 7 50th Anniversary NASA just released this 30 minute video about Friendship 7. It does a great job with respect to the historical context of that flight, and the science, and humanity behind it! Definitively worth the time... oh, let it load a bit before playing or will buffer... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:45:55 EST Happy Birthday Captain! Just want to wish our Captain a very Happy 54th Birthday - and many more! Sun, 4 Mar 2012 09:26:43 EST Towards Yesterday SciFi Book: Towards Yesterday <BR> Free today: <BR> <link><BR>Z9A0SE/ref=nosim/gagler-20 </link> <BR> <BR> Lately I'm into 'paranormal beings' fantasy fiction, even some downright silly stuff like Sookie Stackhouse which seems to be ya ya... I think I need the light and silly to the point of funny at present. <BR> <BR> Thought someone here might want to take a gander at Amazons free offering ;-) Sat, 3 Mar 2012 09:20:15 EST Not a DenMom... a SciFiMom!! Well Crew, StarFleet has assigned to our happy ship SciFiMom! She is a very determined and lovely lass that is taking her challenges seriously, and with a certain sense of style and humor. Sha also has a Made a Recipe Award in Sparkyland, so I bet she might be able to fix that continually breaking down AutoChef? Anyways, please extend a hand, claw, or other appendage (as appropriate of course) to her in a friendly and warm welcome! Have Gorn and the Dragon bring her gear to her quarters, and ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 10:24:43 EST Oh Those Plucky Prez Wannabes... Newt Promises a Moon Base by 2020 <BR> <link><BR>mises-a-moon-base-by-2020/ </link> <BR> <BR> Really? Really? Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:27:38 EST SOPA PIPA What is it and what to do... 2 links, first one tells you about SOPA, and why it is so dangerous. (This site could be shut down willy nilly by the government). The second link gives you a petition to sign from Google. And, you could call your congressperson and senator as well! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>us-opinion/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ction/ </link> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:28:29 EST Yippee YayForMorgan!! No really... she's back!! It really is time for a party on the Spaceship!! Have Gorn set her up with some new, cheerier quarters, and tell the Dragon to stow her gear. Yes dear Crew, as are being (re)joined by greatness! YayForMorgan is back, and the Multiverse has a much more pleasant vibe now! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:33:58 EST 100 Year Starship Project Has a New Leader No, it's not SciFi or Fantasy, there really is a 100 Year starship project.Partially funded by those silly folks at DARPA! Check out the link for the full story. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-starship-project-has-a-new-leader/ </link> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 10:28:24 EST Hello Fellow Spaceship Members Hi everyone! After a while off I have decided to hit this full force. 2012 is going to be the best year ever with lots of changes in my life. Hey and hope to lose some weight everyone..Who's With Me?? Sat, 7 Jan 2012 09:00:54 EST Time for ScarBotBox? why yes please! Yes, she is our newest member, YAY! She kicks ass, literally, and enjoys working out, martial arts, and hails from a strange planet known as Nawth Caro-Linah? Heard it's quite pretty there? So please stop by her page and giver a welcome! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:57:52 EST That's GEERACE it is... Yes Crew, we have a new crew mate aboard! He hails from planet Urth, and has all the "right stuff" to complement this ship well. He's into Scifi, family and God, (in reverse order) and has some uber kewl pics of his family on his page. <BR> Let's have Gorn and the Dragon take his geer... oh oops, gear to his quarters while we show him around the ship! Also, as he is a fan of previously downtrodden sports teams (hey I llive in the upper left corner of the mitten) and also military experience,... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 14:32:44 EST Happy Holidaze ATTN CREW: as per StartFleet memo 25.12.5346/hdr_DIR-general, The Dawn Threader is now docked at Urth2HabModule, at L1 of this planet's geosync orbit. I have therefore ordered a Genreal Liberty Call, as per the attached rota, by crew, with respect to scheduling. You will fine your personal Liberty Assignments contained within said schedule, and wish each of you a Merry and Happy ChrisChanuKwanzaa! So pack your bags boys and girls, you get to go play at one of the most wonderful resorts in the... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:52:10 EST Old TV Signals Bouncing Back to Urth! Apparently someone up there is enjoying the original Dr Who programs? <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 15:50:37 EST Poor Penmanship Means Jobs for Postal Clerks How totally human is this? Actual carbon based life forms do better at a job than a kompootur? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/113742/post-office-penmanship-wsj </link> Thu, 3 Nov 2011 20:28:05 EST Humans and Robots to Explore Space Together Science Fiction No More: Humans and Robots to Explore Space Together <BR> When you hear about robots and space exploration, the first thing many people may think of is R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars. While we may not be quite there yet, robots have become a major, even necessary, part of space missions. The many probes, landers and rovers that have been sent throughout the solar system are essentially robots, which have become more advanced over time. Then there’s the new Robonaut, a humanoid... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 11:48:44 EST Do You Have Ideas for Deep Space Travel? Do You Have Ideas for Deep Space Travel? NASA Wants to Hear from You... <BR> <BR> You’ve probably heard by now how NASA is going to focus more on deep space exploration, both manned and robotic, leaving the low-Earth orbit and suborbital realms to commercial companies, a major change. There is, however, an opportunity for public input for deep space exploration as well, thanks to a new initiative for competitive ideas from universities, students, companies and government agencies. This means... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:38:30 EST A prosthetic arm with a built-in smartphone dock Really! Is this too kewl or what? And DO click on the link to see the pics, they bring it home. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>healthcare/a-prosthetic-arm-with-a-bui<BR>lt-in-smartphone-dock/7206?tag=nl.e660 </link> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:37:27 EST Gorn and Dragon Ok, come here you two...time for a walk....runs after with leashes....hey! stop with the fire and settle down... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 08:22:05 EST MY CONTRIBUTIONS! Since our gracious captain suckered..I mean gave me the extreme priviledge of finding articles for the spaceship I will endeavor to provide on a daily basis. And here is my first effort - enjoy!<BR><BR>Dthem. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 08:59:57 EST Capt Reporting To Med Bay Attention Crew: Your humble, and yet good looking, Captain is reporting to MedBay. On Wednesday I go to MedBay and undergo a SurgicalReconstructive Procedure on my left shoulder. Even with the best scanning procedures, there is some question as to the extent of the work to be done. I have engaged the best of real, live human medical staff, and disengaged the AutoDocs. <BR> My recovery period will be at least six months, and possibly longer. I will be receiving your Action Reports, and also ... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 23:31:11 EST Not a RazzleBerry... a Sprklbry21!! Attention Crew of the Dawn Threader: we have a new Crew Member! Her name is Sprklbry21, and she is a voracious reader of many topics, including SciFi and Jane Austin! She's relatively a newbie in SparkyLand, and is just beginning to find her way around. So please feel free to help her in here by having Gorn take her personal library to her quarters (no Gorn, books aren't for eating) and welcome her aboard! Mon, 5 Sep 2011 10:33:27 EST Eyeborg man puts a camera in his eye... Eyeborg man puts a camera in his eye to record what he can’t see <BR> By Boonsri Dickinson | August 30, 2011, 2:58 PM PDT <BR> <BR> He lost an eye in a childhood shooting accident when he was nine, but has made the most of it and become a cyborg celebrity of sorts. His custom-made prosthetic eye has a battery-powered wireless video camera. It is part of the Eyeborg Project, which aims to record the world from a view that’s never been seen before. <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:43:19 EST A Lovely Limey... Hurray! We now have onboard a lovely limey, in the guise of Grease31! she has shuttles all the way from a planet named Eenlund (I think that's it?) to grace our ship with another lively and fun Crew member! She is widely read and has varied interests (as you will discover when you read her page), and a loving family. <BR> So please do make sure to welcome her, Dawn Threader style, and help her feel comfortable in hew new environs. Oh and Grease, pay no mind to Gorn, he just has a habit of eat... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:39:27 EST What's pretty, shiny and has joined the Crew... YES! At long last those bumbling bureaycrats at StarFleet have thought o upgrade our humble ship with a new Crew member that is not only very diversified in interests, but just as her name suggests very beautiful as well, inside and out! It's true, as you will discover when you meet BlueJem! She is a very well read person that is interested in many aspects of the MultiVerse, and also has the gumption to not let life's difficulties get her down! <BR> Let's all giver her the Officious Greeting ... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:32:45 EST SpaceX: Dragon ISS Bound Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is preparing its next Dragon spacecraft for a trip to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX has worked over the last several months to make sure that the spacecraft is set for the Nov. 30 launch date that has been given to the commercial space company. If all goes according to plan, a little more than a week after launch – the Dragon will dock with the ISS... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ragon-iss-bound/ </link> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:03:54 EST New Opportunity for Students... Send an Experiment New Opportunity for Students to Reach for the Stars and Send an Experiment to the Space Station (there, that's the actual headline)... <BR> <BR> A new opportunity is available for students and teachers to be part of history and fly the very first Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) mission to the International Space Station. This program is open to students from any country that is part of the ISS partnership, in grades 5-12 as well as colleges and universities... <BR> <BR> <li... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 10:42:49 EST Giant statue sighting in Hamburg Proving that those plucky Germans really can do something besides Beer, Brats, and Blondes (altho why they would want to is still a mystery)... <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-hamburg-1312462841-slideshow/mer<BR>maid-sculpture-created-oliver-voss-see<BR>n-evening-hours-photo-221024630.html </link> Sat, 6 Aug 2011 15:47:26 EST No no no, she's not an expatriot, she's EXPT626 ...and by the look of her page, I do believe she's an expert! Yes dear Crewe~ StarFleet has *finally* transferred into out humble ship atrue expert! That means that when anything is broken she can look a manual, and tell you that it won't work! Hurrah! <BR> So please welcome her officially, and have Gorn GENTLY stow her gear in her quarters... it's time to take off once again.... To Infinity And Beyond!! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 13:28:05 EST New artificial lung breathes like a real one 3Comments <BR> more + <BR> <BR> Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have invented an artificial lung that breathes regular air instead of purified oxygen. <BR> <BR> I spoke with Joseph Potkay, the study author whose research on the artificial lung appeared in the journal Lab on a Chip. Below is an excerpt of our conversation. <BR> <BR> How does the artificial lung work? <BR> <BR> The artificial lung works just... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:06:18 EST The End Of An Era... With the landing of the space shuttle Atlantis, early this morning, we come to the end of another era of crewed space exploration. What are your memories and thoughts as leave this program for a very uncertain, and not specified future? No holds barred, call it like ya see it... <BR> <BR> As for me, I thought the Shuttle program was a great idea, but should have been a stepping stone to further crewed exploration. Really there is no reason (well, other than fracking politics, which controls ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 09:32:32 EST Google+ Anyone else using Google+ yet? So far I'm liking it. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 15:23:50 EST scifi tv or movie quote game- who's in? How about a little game that's a pretty easy way to add posts for spark points? <BR> <BR> Someone posts a movie or tv quote, another person answers which movie and character said it and posts one of their own. <BR> <BR> I'll start with one that'll be obvious to anyone who's seen which other scifi team I'm on: <BR> <BR> "I apologise for being the only person who truly comprehends how screwed we are!" <BR> <BR> Name the move or tv show and character. <BR> <BR> -Liane Fri, 8 Jul 2011 13:06:32 EST What’s Next? Adventure Is Out There For anyone thinking that the end of the space shuttle program means the end of human spaceflight, I can’t find a better response than this new video from the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. What’s next could be the greatest adventure ever. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>xt-adventure-is-out-there/ </link> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:18:53 EST Your Flying Car is Here Ye gawdz, I SO want one! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-car-is-here/ </link> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:13:27 EST No, Not a Machine Gun, She's a Uzimaa! Attention Crew: we have a new transfer in from StarFleet Academy! The 99th member of the DawnThreader is none other than Uzimaa! she has a great sense of humor, and loves Terry Prachett! Which means she should feel right at home here! <BR> She is a student in Seattle, and an all around great gal. So let's make her feel welcome here and have Gorn and the Dragon c*a*r*e*f*u*l*l*y stow her gear in her quarters... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:00:55 EST Thoughts on Orion Is it just me or does Orion seem like a giant step backwards instead of forwards? I have seen a lot of the early space capsules on display at various museums around the country, and I always get the feeling like we sent those men up in glorified dumpsters! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> After the crews having all the room to move in the shuttles all these years, I wonder how they'll do in the confines of Orion? Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> -Liane Tue, 5 Jul 2011 12:22:13 EST HAppy Holidaze!! Seeing as today we can celebrate our Independence from, well just about whatever we want, and it's *also* aphelion day, this Captain is ordering a shipe wide celebration! Gorn, you and the Dragon clear off the Shuttle Bay, and let's get some moosic, balloons, and the disco ball thingy down there! Part to commence at oh dark hundred!! Mon, 4 Jul 2011 11:09:46 EST Trying to get the Stargate team going again Hi all, <BR> I'm going to shamelessly plug the Stargate team here. I'm trying to get folks excited to do the Stargate Rewatch that's starting, with a Spark fitness additon. Here's the post I've put up at the Stargate team board. Anyone would be welcome to join in on this fun way to celebrate a great scifi franchise. <BR> <BR> Hi there! <BR> <BR> This is the idea behind's Stargate Rewatch: <BR> "With Stargate going off the air for the foreseeable future, we’re ... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 22:38:12 EST Geek goals motivating weight loss Hello all! <BR> I'm wondering if anyone else has had geek reasons for losing weight. I joined Spark after the last Starfest convention in April in part because I have decided to wear a Lara Croft costume at the next Starfest, and I want to look fantastic in it. <BR> <BR> Now, my weight had been creeping up, and I intended to start to make a change to my lifestyle to get fit, but that costume was my initial spark! <BR> <BR> So...anyone else have any confessions of geeky reasons for their... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 15:34:41 EST Hi all! Hello all, I'm a newbie on this team, just found JAYMURZ's link from a less active scifi group. I'm with 3 scifi oriented teams now: I think they appeal to me 1: because I love scifi (yay!), and 2: because there seems to be a mixed gender in these groups! The other teams I've seen are almost exclusively women, which is fine and good, but I have always spent lots of time among guy friends and co-workers, so I like it. <BR> I am planning on checking out some of the previous threads, but I may... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 15:27:33 EST Ahhh... a stealthy Sthies74 has arrived! Woot! Woot! Just in time to help us celebrate a Holidaze, Sthies74 has transferred in to our ship! She is a great gal and is new to SparkyLand, and our humble ship. she is (like all of us) learning about how she really is awesome, and taking the journey one day at a time. <BR> So let's give her the officious greeting (oh crud, what is the officious greeting again?) and have Gorn and the Dragon taker her gear to her quarters... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 10:11:13 EST Follow the Banshee and a Beautiful Bacillicide!! It's true Crew, StarFleet has sent a whole new squad to our humble ship! First transfer in is Indigobanshee, a strong woman that has displayed courage and grace by surviving her gallbladder and thyroid being removed! <BR> And the lovely Bacillicide is an absolute wonder, and Dr Who fan! she loves to read, and that's what this fair ship is all about! <BR> So please give them a warm welcome, (no Dragon, not that warm) and have Gorn show them to their quarters! <BR> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:21:10 EST The Spaceship Crew welcomes Starwing!! Well fearless crew, we have a new member! Okay, I'm not as funny as Jay, but I'm still happy to introduce our new pawn of the galactic overlor ---- umm, I meant Protector! <BR> <BR> Starwing is here on Spark to get healthy, which she does with yoga, jump roping, and meditation. So stop by her page and look around, give her a big welcome! So let's all greet her with hand, tentacle, claw or appendage (No Gorn, not that appendage!) and welcome her aboard! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> C... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:42:29 EST Away Team Assignment... Progress Update Well Crew, your humble Captain is still in the Vulcunesque state of Georgia under the assignment as a RedCross Volunteer. This mission seems to be running fairly smoothly, and the communities affected really are pulling together to help each other. There is also a very strong Church Community here, which is quite helpful as well. FEMA has dramatically improved it's response time, and all the various entities are working well together. (Quite a change from what I personally observed during Kat... Thu, 12 May 2011 16:59:19 EST No, not Lasagna,... Lizagna11 =) Wow! Our humble and fun loving spaceship, The Dawn Threader, is quite pleased to welcome her newest Crew: Lizagna11! She is returning to SparkyLand to continue her journey into an even more healthy, and beautiful (inside and out) her! <BR> So let's each and every one give her an heartfelt Welcome Aboard, and have Gorn, and the Dragon, CAREFULLY bring her gear to her quarters! Welcome aboard! Tue, 10 May 2011 19:14:53 EST Mark well your State... Attention Crew: StarFleet has approved, and I endorse, a transfer in to The Dawn Threader! MarkFSN (Finite State Machine) is a welcome addition to our ship. He hails from the planet of California, and the Region of Los Angleseez! Please extend a hand, claw, tentacle ot other *appropriate* appendage in an Officious Greeting! Will someone send Gorn down to gather Mark's gear and put into his quarters... ahem gently! And tell the Dragon that our newest Crew does *not* need to have his shower per... Sat, 7 May 2011 20:56:41 EST Away Team Assignment... Attention Crew, your humble Captain is going to be away for the rest of this month! I and my Number One are going to Atlanta GA, and then be deployed out in the field as Red Cross volunteers. We will be going to some of the areas hard hit by the tornadoes and helping people there. <BR> So... you have StarFleet authority overide for NavComp and DestGuidence. Plus Dali and Flamenm and Faye will be in charge of Not Getting Anything Done, and also Having A Damn Good Time Of It... the rest of you ... Wed, 4 May 2011 17:28:27 EST A Celebration On The Poop Deck For Faye! Attention Crew: we have the unmitigated pleasure of throwing a Grand Soiree on the Poop Deck (just above the Shuttle Bay) for our very own Faye! She is celebrating the completion of another orbit around this star, and we're here to help! Gorn, you and the Dragon get the balloons and party hats, and we'll break out the Romulan Ale and some dance moosic! <BR> <em>345</em> <em>205</em> <em>285</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:08:55 EST Summer Movies To See... On my list: <BR> <BR> Thor <BR> Your Highness <BR> Rio <BR> Bridesmaids <BR> Green Lantern <BR> Snow Flower and the Secret Fan <BR> Captain America: The First Avenger <BR> Cowboys & Aliens <BR> <BR> Most of these will be on DVD. Hubby's not a big "going out to the movies" guy. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:24:58 EST ars gratia artis... Art for Art's sake... yes, MGM uses it in their logo, but it is true! There are simply some moments that are too beautiful to not notice, and appreciate. A song that turned into an earworm. A painting that captivated you. An anecdote that made you smile. Maybe a clip from a movie or a tv show? <BR> I thought (always dangerous dear Crew) that we all *must* come into contact with something beautiful, something that is Art, in our lives. So let's all share these moments that make us smile, gigg... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 22:11:27 EST A Tartan and a Book? NO... it's ArgyleMystery! Attention Crew... StarFleet has transferred in a new member! ArgyleMystery is a grat gal, and a mom! She has many interests, and I know she will have a fun time here sharing our journey! So please extend a hand, claw, or tentacle (no Gorn, not *that* appendage!) in welcoming her aboard. Gorn may be a bit rough, but he (?) will be delighted to take your gear to your quarters, and we'll have a welcoming party on the Shuttle Bay later... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 22:09:44 EST Saturn's Rings... How to find Saturn in the Sky this Weekend <BR> <link><BR>ind-saturn-in-the-sky-this-weekend/ </link> Sat, 9 Apr 2011 09:55:16 EST The History of Science Fiction... Really! And on one rather large page... giggle... <BR> <link><BR><BR>ardshelley_scifiSmaller.jpg </link> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 10:57:00 EST 3D Projections On Buildings... Yes, really! Take a few minutes and look at these, truly amazing art! <BR> <link><BR>jections-in-buildings-spectacular.html </link> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:20:12 EST Yuri's Night Since we're coming up on the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's spaceflight, thought I'd devote a thread to all the great Yuri's Night activities happening globally... <BR> <BR> So here's a link to a nifty trailer of a movie about First Orbit... <BR> <link><BR>-gagarin-see-on-his-historic-flight/ </link> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:50:02 EST Book Nook Corner I decided that having a thread where we could not just list the books we're reading, but actually talk about them, would be a good idea! So please feel free to discuss any book, movie, article or idea, and we'll explore together. If you do include any spoilers, it would be nice to let us know early on, so that those who haven't read, or are in the middle of reading, won't be disappointed in the ending. <BR> <BR> As I just finished a book (as if by magic) thought I'd start off... Out Of The ... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:23:49 EST How to Recover a Solid Rocket Booster It's a cool video that shows what they do to recover the solid boosters... <BR> <link><BR>ecover-a-solid-rocket-booster/ </link> <BR> <BR> btw, it's an 11 minute video, but is really cool! And shows that there is so much more to a lunch than you realize! Sat, 19 Mar 2011 11:06:08 EST The Universe Verse Continues – It’s Alive! If any of you have some junior in-training crew members in your own spaceship teams... then you gotta check this out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erse-verse-continues-its-alive/ </link> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:52:19 EST The Supermoon Illusion Just in case you need to point this out to your friends... <BR> <link><BR>rmoon-illusion/ </link> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:09:49 EST Trojan Horse Alert? Just to let ya know, in another group, a gal had clicked on an email notification from SparkyLand, and received a Trojan Horse (at work no less, ouch). I am currently going thu the (so-called) Leader's Boards, and haven't found any mention (yet). <BR> Sooo... whatever she got (yes, I believe her, she's a rgeat gal) very well could have come from somewhere else, and simply wrapped up in a SparkyLand disguise. Or it could have come from in here, but I find no info to that effect? <BR> which m... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:47:10 EST Enjoy the “Pi Symphony” on Pi Day! Enjoy the “Pi Symphony” on Pi Day! <BR> <link><BR>mphony/ </link> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:41:20 EST What Pi sounds like Here's a weekend goody for you crew... synthsesia aside, just what does Pi sound like? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_embedded&v=wK7tq7L0N8E </link> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:09:10 EST March 19, 2011… “SuperMoon” or “SuperHype”? You've probably already seen the extremist headlines, and some village idiots are blaming the Super Moon for this recent earthquake in Japan. So let's just get the facts out there, shall we? <BR> <link><BR>-2011-supermoon-or-superhype/ </link> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 10:59:58 EST Bionic eye restores sight in the blind Here's something that could truly transmogrify in the best possible way! <BR> <BR> Bionic eye restores sight in the blind, approved for European market <BR> <link><BR>science-scope/bionic-eye-restores-sigh<BR>t-in-the-blind-approved-for-european-m<BR>arket/7126/ </link> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:36:34 EST Last Chance to See Discovery in Orbit Here's a link to a rather rambling article, but there are links at the end to help you find out when and where to look for the best view of both Discovery and the ISS speeding across the sky over the next two nights... Unfortunately, it looks like I'm too far south to get to see it cross the sky. I'll have to settle for the sonic booms when she comes home! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ttle-discovery-final-skywatching-tips.<BR>html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 17:22:09 EST Follow Up On Micro Aliens... Over the weekend, we had a rasher of true media hype and glory... all about some supposed micro alien fossils... Huh? Ok, for a more considered look at this issue, now that the *responsible* media has calmed down (and actually never went ballistic) here's a more rational approach (and shame on you Galaxy Today)... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>omy/2011/03/07/followup-thoughts-on-th<BR>e-meteorite-fossils-claim/ </link> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 11:44:38 EST Weekend Party In The Dining Commons! It's true! Gorn, set up the dance floor, Dragon take care of the lighting and drinks... and the rest of the Crew assemble at 16:00hrs to celebrate the Captain's Birthday Celebration! Aye yup, a whole nuther orbit around the Sol... so let's kick up our heels and various appendages, and let down our hair, or tentacles, or whatever... <BR> Time to get funky..... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 10:48:31 EST Immaterials: Light painting WiFi Is this Art... or is it Science? You decide... oh and let the vid load up before watching, otherwise it buffers quite a bit... <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 11:07:51 EST Galaxy Collision That Began 100 Million Years Ago The vid is pretty, and only takes 1 minute... <BR> <BR> Video Mashup: Galaxy Collision That Began 100 Million Years Ago <BR> This new composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope shows two colliding galaxies more than a 100 million years after they first impacted each other. The continuing collision of the Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light years from Earth, has triggered the formation of millions of stars in c... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 13:32:30 EST And The Winner Is... ME! {insert giggle here} Really! Last week I replied to a post in Twitter, and won a poster that promotes the book Science in Battlestar Galactica, and signed by the author! Squee! <BR> Then, just to prove that my my nads were the nerdiest, I also won a contest to guess how \far the STARDUST-next craft had traveled! The truly hilarious thing there was that the number I entered, I entered as mileage... and the contest called for kilometers! You can look at this link, and I'm 2nd from the4 bott... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:22:59 EST This Will Mindf#ck You: The Double-Slit Experiment Seriously, even tho you *know* all about the particale/wave duality of light, you NEED to see this! It's a quick 5 minute vid, and a very short article after. If you're not truly mindf#cked, I'll give you your time back... <BR> oh, that's right, SparkyLand will not allow profanity. So take the url below, and replace the # with an U so that it becomes a profanity again, and then copy and paste into your browser. Really, you DO want to watch this! <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:47:05 EST ‘Climate Change Satellite’ Gets its Day in the Sun Hopefully this unassuming satellite will provide some good data to help us understand just what really is going on? <BR> <BR> ‘Climate Change Satellite’ Gets its Day in the Sun — Finally <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>change-satellite-gets-its-day-in-the-s<BR>un-finally/ </link> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:15:38 EST No, not Jelly and Jam... Jelliajamb! ;) "...Princess Ozma's favorite attendant in the Emerald City" so says her wonderful Sparky Page! And anyone that knows that much about Oz is most certainly welcome to park in the Spaceship! So take a break from the party in progress, and introduce yourselves, and let's make sure to bring our new crew member down to the Shuttle Bay and Gorn will mix whatever beverage she prefers! Sun, 20 Feb 2011 14:05:02 EST NASA Sets STS-133 Launch for February 24 We can only hope that *this* time all goes without a glitch! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-sts-133-launch-for-february-24/ </link> Sat, 19 Feb 2011 09:15:05 EST It's Time to Par*Tay! It's true! As per Starfleet Regulation number number slash letter something or other, in order to keep Crew morale as high as possible (no Gorn, not that kind of 'high") we are going to have a party in the shuttle bay! This commemorates our having 90 (?!) good people in this Ship! <BR> So let's get the shuttles movied aside, and set up the DJ Booth, Dance Floor, and some tables loaded with goodies, and of course a bar! I'll bring the Romulan Ale and Aldebran Whisky (it's green)... <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:14:11 EST A Worldwide Bird? No....It's GeoPenguin! Woot! Woot! Attention Crew; StarFleet has send in a wonderful addition to our Crew! Mr GeoPenguin has a wide variety of interests, and an amazingly positive outlook on his journey. Plus a fair amount of dedication and self discipline! So let's all give him a warm welcome, and have Gorn quit eating the shrubbery, and take his gear aboard! Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:01:55 EST Yuri’s Night Video Contest On April 12, 2011, everyone with the least bit of interest in space should be rockin’ the house. It’s the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight, the first human to launch to space. As of this writing there are 109 Yuri’s Night events in 27 countries on 5 continents on 2 worlds (#2 is in Second Life.) Take a look at the Yuri’s Night website to see if there is an event near you. If not, start your own! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-of-human-spaceflight-yuris-ni... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:36:46 EST 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal That plucky Ray Kurzweil is at it again.. Looks like we *finally* get our long anticipated singularity in 2045... yikes! Whooly doot, I'll be 87 then! <BR> <BR> <link>,8<BR>599,2048138,00.html </link> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:53:48 EST Happy Valentine Day! Bet you didn't think I would come up with any Sci for Valentine Day, did ya? Well, your humble Captain has indeed found a romantic encounter... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-valentines-day-encounter-looms-with-i<BR>cy-comet/ </link> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:57:07 EST SciFi Book List I don't have one... <BR> <BR> I'd like to get SciFi "Books to Read" list going. <BR> <BR> Would anyone care to offer a favorite title? Sat, 12 Feb 2011 13:16:27 EST Choosing a New Telescope – GoTo or not GoTo Just in time for Valentines Day! If you're thinking of getting a new scope, heres a nifty little article that can help you make decide what you really want... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-a-new-telescope-goto-or-not-goto/ </link> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 10:10:39 EST USA has Plan to Continue Flying Space Shuttles Forever Endeavour: USA has Plan to Continue Flying Space Shuttles (now if only NASA gets funding to keep them up)... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>endeavour-usa-has-plan-to-continue-fly<BR>ing-space-shuttles/ </link> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:11:30 EST Historic Opportunity for Students... Historic Opportunity for Students to Participate on “Extra” Shuttle Mission (hey, if you am a stoodunt, or know one, this could be so uber kewl!)... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-opportunity-for-students-to-particpat<BR>e-on-extra-shuttle-mission/ </link> Wed, 9 Feb 2011 15:06:41 EST Kindle I think I've gained 50 pounds since I got my Kindle, I can't put it down. <BR> With so many free book offerings from Amazon, I've read books that I never would have picked before... <BR> <BR> One was called "Adam" the autobiography of the first human clone... trippy <BR> Another titled: "Marked" by Elisabeth Naughton - paranormal worlds of mythological humanish creatures (who are actually real in the story) come and go to earth and some have a colony here and blend in, some don't know they ... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 14:18:51 EST How do you get it in?(Daily scifi intake that is) Do you prefer to read your sci fi or watch it (series or movie form). Or are you a comic person? Or maybe something completely different..... <BR> <BR> <BR> I love scifi television series, but there is something to be said about reading it and visualizing it all myself. My preference is to read it first, then watch it come to life. <BR> <BR> Currently watching Dr. Who, and trying to get into Stargate. <BR> Currently reading fantasy right now though (Wheel of Time series) Sat, 5 Feb 2011 13:24:08 EST Earth-Size Planet Candidates Found in Hab Zone Remember all the hubub over Gliese 581g? Well, maybe, this time is different. At least ther media is being a bit more cautious... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>se=2011-036&rn=news.xml&rst=2898 </link> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 15:22:57 EST Succinct science fiction SciFiShorts Take a quick read on the link, then we all can have a go! Don't worry of you're not on Twitter, just remember that you need keep replies to 140characters or under. If you are on Twiter, I'm @jamerz3294 if you wish to Follow me. If you do, let me know so I can make sure to Follow you back. <BR> <BR> If all that sounds like gobbdygook, the idea is simple, give us a SciFi short story in 140 characters or less... Easy, no? <BR> <BR> ok, my first entry was; "#scifishorts Words can't describe. T... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:45:22 EST Star Light, Star Bright? Star_Terra! It's official Crew, we have a new member! Not the 3rd star on the right, rather it's star_Terra! She is a teacher (elementary, Autism) and an Internet junkie (always good for a few Bonus Ponits in here), as well as an all around beaituful lady, and wonderful wife! <BR> Stop by her page and look around, a facinating person to be sure! So let's all greet her with hand, tentacle, claw or appendage (No Gorn, not that appendage!) and welcome her aboard! Sun, 30 Jan 2011 14:12:32 EST Win ‘Distant Suns’ iPhone App ...wish they had this for Android! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ant-suns-iphone-app/ </link> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:47:17 EST Groovin’ to the Latest Images from Mars Here's a nifty 2 and a half minute vid of some Martian landscapes, set to music, sit back and relax for a bit... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>to-the-latest-images-from-mars/ </link> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:40:19 EST Who Did Gorn And The Dragon Eat This Time? Rut ro, Crew, we actually backwards? Not sure who, but somebody left our fun loving Spaceship? <BR> I just wish they would have messaged me as to why? Which brings up the whole point of this little thread... repeat after me... IT'S YOUR GROUP! No really, it *is* YOUR, or our group! So if there's anything any or all of you would like to see, please do feel free to start a thread! Or feel free to message me if you would rather remain anonymous. <BR> My point is, we're all here to enjoy the jo... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:27:05 EST Like a beautiful river... Flowesd =) Attention Crew of the Dawn threader, we have just had a new Crew transfer in! Flowesd has just been shuttled in, and will be a very welcome member at her station! So please extend a hand, claw, tentacle or whatever, in a warm welcome! <BR> Gorn will stow your gear in your quarters, but don't let him eat the flowers! Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:12:04 EST Could the Universe Be A Giant Quantum Computer? It's a question that many SciFi, and some Fantasy authors like to explore in various ways. What if the Universe really is alive in some sense of the word? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/in-the-universe-a-giant-quantum-comp<BR>uter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_me<BR>dium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheDail<BR>yGalaxyNewsFromPlanetEarthBeyond+%28Th<BR>e+Daily+Galaxy%3A+News+from+Planet+Ear<BR>th+%26+Beyond%29&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail </link> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 10:56:11 EST Building Curiosity: Landing System Drop Test Take a minute to see just how the next Rover is going to set foot, or wheel, on Mars! Oh, and explore the other YouTube vids over on the side too =) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:01:45 EST Let's Get Mad As A Hatter... Remember the Alice in Wonderland miniseries that was out a while ago on Syfy? Remember that uber cool Mad Hatter guy? Well, here's an interview with the bloke... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>potts-playing-the-hatter-in-alice/ </link> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:39:05 EST "Zen & the Science of Time Travel" I'm supplying the link 'cause it's a bit wordy. Simply put sSephen Hawking sez that Time Travel *is* possible... sorta... read on... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/stephen-hawking-zen-the-science-of-t<BR>ime-travel-todays-most-popular.html?ut<BR>m_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&ut<BR>m_campaign=Feed%3A+TheDailyGalaxyNewsF<BR>romPlanetEarthBeyond+%28The+Daily+Gala<BR>xy%3A+News+from+Planet+Earth+%26+Beyon<BR>d%29&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail </link> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:50:18 EST Now Under The Big Top... Rringmaster! Taaaa daaaa! Aye yup, we have a wonderful new Crew member, Rringmaster! Just what this circus of a ship really needs. he enjoys a wide reaching range of activities, and anyone who quotes Douglas Adams is welcome on board! <BR> Don't worry about your gear, Gorn and the Dragon will make sure it gets to your quarters... ummm, there's nothing breakable in there... is there? Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:57:48 EST Triumph From Tragedy I know that, in general, we tend to keep our conversations in the Science*Fiction*Fantasy realm. But with the recent tragedy in Tucson AZ, and the senselessness of the entire ordeal, I thought to post a link about some good news from it. I know that all our of our prayers, Karma, good thoughts are directed at Congresswoman Giffords (Astronaut Mark Kelly's wife) recovery. She still has a very long way to go, but three cheers for what se's done so far... <BR> <link> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:05:20 EST Will NASA's New 'Glory' Spacecraft Silence... Will NASA's New 'Glory' Spacecraft Silence Climate-Change Deniers? <BR> (Can you believe that *still* some people steadfastly refuse to admit that the Climate is changing?! Seems to me, the real question is what can we do about it!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/will-nasas-new-glory-spacecraft-sile<BR>nce-climate-change-deniers.html?utm_so<BR>urce=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=Feed%3A+TheDailyGalaxyNewsFromP<BR>lanetEarthBeyond+%28The+Daily+Galaxy... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:52:51 EST Glad to find this team! Greetings, fellow Sparkers! Thanks to kismet, I have found a team that I know I'll be active on, as I love to read; I'll generally be working on two or three books at a time. I hope to get some ideas for more books to look for at my local library, and may some day start writing when my life settles down. <BR> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 12:09:18 EST Ra Ra RosieP7! Our first new crew member of the year! Yes, it's true, and no better way to start than with a great gal, who actually hails from England, now in Ohio! <BR> So please give her a hearty hand, fin ot tentacle shake and the Officious Spaceship Greeting... <BR> ...ummm, now just what is the Officious Greeting anyway? Wed, 5 Jan 2011 13:48:56 EST Over 400 Historic Space Artifacts up for Auction If you’re interested in owning an artifact or two from the history of spaceflight, now could be your chance to snag some up... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-historic-space-artifacts-up-for-auction/ </link> <BR> <BR> ...quick, go look in your piggy bank! Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:50:28 EST WE HAVE A WINNER!! Congratulations to FlameNM, who won the Name This ship contest! FlameNM has been awarded a week's paid leave, and a trip to the planet of her choice, all expenses paid! <BR> To see the new name of this ship plz go to that thread, and congrats again FlameNM!! <BR> <BR> <BR> {dealer prep, title, license, tax and other fees not paid} Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:14:57 EST 2011 Quadrantid Meteor Shower… Tonight’s the Night Most of the planet can see these (weather depending of course...) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>drantid-meteor-shower-tonights-the-night/ </link> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 10:42:48 EST The Votes Are In: Top 10 Stories of 2010 2010 was packed with interesting, exciting and breakthrough events and discoveries. We asked you to vote on the top 10 stories of the year, and below are the results... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-are-in-top-10-stories-of-2010/ </link> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:23:45 EST Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa Yes Crew, it's true! There really is a jolly fat man, in a red suit, being pulled by a bunch of smelly animals, thru the air! Wish we had that tech! Then Gorn and the Dragon would finally have someone to play with, and keep them in line! <BR> Click on the link for current scanner readings of this alien presence, and know that your Captain is wishing you the very best of Holidaze and Luv! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 13:05:52 EST Interactive Scale of the Universe... woosh This is just so way kewl! Think of it as a sliding scale from the itsy bitsy to the ginormous... go ahead and load it, it's worth a play! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erse/ </link> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:57:17 EST Cosplay and Trekker Uniforms... First Look: Anovos Unveils New Costume Replicas... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>os-unveils-new-costume-replicas </link> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:39:52 EST Happy B'Day Mr Clarke Yup, he was a pioneer in *both* Science and SciFi, and today would have been his 93rd Birthday! Cake.. I say cake! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-clarke-predicts-the-future/ </link> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:33:54 EST Odyssey Spacecraft Sets Exploration Record on Mars It's true... NASA'a rover has set a new record for being the current strong man on Mars... let's have a cake! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dyssey20101215.html </link> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 10:31:20 EST COSMIC ERRORS.. In the December issue of Smithsonian Magazine which can be located at an article was written talking about 5 of histories hoaxes and/or delusions. The article is entitled Cosmic Errors and includes such entities as Bat Man on the Moon. I found it pretty interesting - hope you will too!. Wed, 15 Dec 2010 17:53:08 EST Total Lunar Eclipse – December 21, 2010 Yes, it;s true! Just in time for the Winter Solstice, we get a total Lunar Eclipse! I imagine that will really make the Pagens who dance nekkid under the moonlight and shout for the return of the Sun to go wild... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nar-eclipse-december-21-2010/ </link> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 10:48:11 EST Voyager 1 Has Outdistanced the Solar Wind The venerable Voyager spacecraft are truly going where no one has gone before. Voyager 1 has now reached a distant point at the edge of our solar system where it is no longer detecting the solar wind. At a distance of about 17.3 billion km (10.8 billion miles) from the Sun, Voyager 1 has crossed into an area where the velocity of the hot ionized gas, or plasma, emanating directly outward from the sun has slowed to zero. Scientists suspect the solar wind has been turned sideways by the pressur... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:30:53 EST REVIEW: Tron Legacy It's up... and is it good? Think we'll all hafta go see it to decide really. But I uber luved the original, some 30 (yikes) years ago... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/review-tron-legacy/ </link> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 15:38:48 EST Neil Armstrong: What Really Happened on the Moon.. Neil Armstrong: What Really Happened on the Moon <BR> <BR> Neil has been a recluse since his histopric flight in 1969, so as a Holiday Bonus to the Crew, here's a great story about his recent email to a blogger. And there's a link that will take you to the actual email... amazing stuff really! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ong-what-really-happened-on-the-moon.h<BR>tml#mkcpgn=twsci1 </link> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 17:41:32 EST Name This Ship... A Contest =) I have just received a comm from the ancient alien race of FillianNathanius (an inquisitive race, that seems to be beset with making plans only to have them blow up, literally, in their...errr... face?) asking what the name of our fair ship is? <BR> After searching theu the vast array of Data Banks (our humble memory avatar), I got nuttin... <BR> <BR> So, dear Crew, post your suggestions here, and vote for your fave! The winner will win... well something TBD at a later date! Fri, 10 Dec 2010 11:25:01 EST SpaceX Thread... With the advent of the truly historic lift off, orbit, and recovery of the first commercial spacecraft, thought we could put all that stuff, and our comments in this thread! I'll start with 2 fun links... <BR> <BR> SpaceX Reveals Dragon’s “Secret” Payload (think Monty Python) <BR> <link><BR>eveals-dragon%E2%80%99s-secret-payload/ </link> <BR> <BR> Gallery: Dragon/Falcon 9 Launch and Recovery Photos, Videos <BR> <link> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 11:11:53 EST CHRISTMAS ON THE ENTERPRISE CHRISTMAS ON THE ENTERPRISE <BR> <BR> <BR> 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the ship <BR> Not a circuit was buzzing, not one microchip: <BR> The phasers were hung in the armory securely, <BR> In hope that no alien would get up that early. <BR> The crewmen were nestled all snug in their bunks <BR> Except for the few who were partying drunks. <BR> And Picard in his nightshirt, and Bev in her lace, <BR> Had just settled down for a neat face to face. . . <BR> <BR> Whe... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 18:35:03 EST The Star Wars Alphabet (really)... As I was perusing thru my incredible amounts of continuing Edutainment data, I came across this nifty tool for helping the wee crew members to rememberorize their alphabet... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-alphabet/ </link> Thu, 9 Dec 2010 16:43:11 EST The Future is Now: SpaceX Flight 100% Successful I hope this becomes more Reality and less Fiction and dreaming! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>re-is-now-spacex-100-successful/ </link> Thu, 9 Dec 2010 10:50:36 EST The Milky Way Project Begins Today... More from the Zooniverse! Yea! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iverse-is-expanding-the-milky-way-proj<BR>ect-begins-today/ </link> Wed, 8 Dec 2010 11:41:19 EST Nanosail-D Released into the Winds of Space We've all read of these in loads of SciFi stories. Looks like the first attempt here is about to unfurl? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nosail-d-released-into-the-winds-of-sp<BR>ace/ </link> Tue, 7 Dec 2010 11:26:50 EST Michio Kaku to Appear on CONAN Honestly, I'm not a fan of coco, but this could be a reason to watch? <BR> <BR> Michio Kaku to Appear on CONAN — Thursday, December 9th @ 11/10c <BR> <BR> <link><BR>edburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign<BR>=Feed%3A+mkaku+%28Dr.+Michio+Kaku+and+<BR><BR>nt=Yahoo!+Mail </link> Mon, 6 Dec 2010 11:45:57 EST Auction of 1st Edition Works by Newton, Galileo... Anyone wishing to add to their library may wish to consider these little jewels... <BR> <BR> hristie’s to Auction off 1st Edition Works by Newton, Galileo <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-to-auction-off-1st-edition-works-by-<BR>newton-galileo/ </link> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 10:06:10 EST Quark from Deep Space Nine Here's a fun link to a nifty article of an interview with the actor that played Quark... 23 years ago? zowie! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>deep-space-nine </link> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:15:46 EST Oxygen Atmosphere on Saturn's Moon, Rhea In the Oh My Gawd Category this is certain to be placed. This has several implications for colonizing our Solar System, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> November 27, 2010 <BR> NASA Cassini Fly By Discovers an Oxygen Atmosphere on Saturn's Moon, Rhea <BR> <BR> PIA08120 In March 2010, The NASA Cassini spacecraft flew only 97 kilometers (60 miles) above the surface of Saturn’s moon Rhea and found that it has an atmosphere composed of oxygen and carbon dioxide. This is the first time a moon of Saturn has ... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:42:59 EST It's not just cold... it's FrozenH7! Attention Crew and other personages: StarFleet has just transferred FrozenH7 into our midst! FrozenH7 is an avid Graphic Arts and Design stoodent from some place called "Texus"? doesn't appear on my starcharts, but you never know? Please do welcome our new Crew with the Officius Greeting Du Jour (?) and have Gorn and the Dragon c.a.r.e.f.u.l.l.y bring aboard the gear! Fri, 26 Nov 2010 12:26:57 EST Infant Universe Behaved Like Liquid... November 24, 2010 <BR> CERN's LHC "Primordial Soup" Discovery: Infant Universe at 10 Trillion Degrees Behaved Like a Liquid <BR> In an experiment to collide lead nuclei together at CERN's Large Hadron Collider physicists from the ALICE detector team including researchers from the University of Birmingham have discovered that the very early Universe was not only very hot and dense but behaved like a hot liquid. <BR> <BR> By accelerating and smashing together lead nuclei at the highest possib... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 12:10:41 EST New Clues to the CIA's Most Popular Puzzle Instead of just c&p the article into here, I'll provide the link, so that you can watch the video if you wish. It's about that statue/puzzle outside the CIA offices... <BR> <link><BR>0/11/new-clues-to-the-cias-most-popula<BR>r-puzzle.html?utm_source=Facebook&utm_<BR>medium=wallposts&utm_campaign=NSNFacebook </link> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 11:28:22 EST Happy Holidaze! Attention Crew! It's been far too long since we had a good, old fashioned par*tay around here! So tell the Dragon he's cooking the turkey (and better NOT burn it this time!), and have Gorn clear the shuttle bay, we is gonna celebrate in true Spaceship style! <BR> <BR> I'll bring my InterGalactic Garlik Smashed Taters, with Gravee, yummee! <BR> <BR> So let's all get together, put the Ship on autoPilot, and nosh on some great vittles, and (perhaps most important) we can all share what we are ... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 11:27:48 EST Ian O'Neil (buddy of mine) quoted in NatGeo! National Geographic Feature: “Star Struck” by Ken Croswell <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-geographic-feature-star-struck-by-ken<BR>-croswell/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+astro<BR><BR>_content=Yahoo!+Mail </link> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:28:57 EST Attn All Writers!! And Filmsmiths! November 18, 2010 <BR> Amazon Goes Hollywood: Now, You Can Too! <BR> <BR> Cowboys_and_aliens__3_ is getting into the movie business by opening Amazon Studios, with the goal of using the Internet to put fresh movies on the big screen. <BR> <BR> The new Internet movie studio will allow writers to upload screenplays to its website, where the global Internet audience can read them and offer feedback, or producers/directors can use them to make test movies. The test movies, which must... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:02:24 EST Why are the Planet's Coral Reefs Dying? November 17, 2010 <BR> Crisis at the Edge: Why are the Planet's Coral Reefs Dying? <BR> <BR> 6a00d8341bf7f753ef01156fc77879970c-320wi Hundreds of international demonstrators gathered on the tiny island of Sergeant's Caye off the coast of Belize City, Belize, this past Saturday to ask: is this "THE END" for the Belize barrier reef and other reefs around the world? Held on the final day of the Reef Summit, the demonstration urged world leaders to take strong action to protect the marine envir... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 10:47:21 EST Four Most-Wanted Discoveries A Cosmologist’s Wish List: Four Most-Wanted Discoveries <BR> <BR> Cosmology is a fairly young science, one which attempts to reconstruct the history of our Universe from billions of years ago. Looking back so far in time is extremely difficult, and adding to the complexity is that many of the pillars upon which the theories of cosmology rest have only been conceived within the last 20 years or so. That hasn’t given scientists and theorists much time to fully flesh out and comprehend the situ... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 10:36:42 EST Han Solo vs Mal Reynolds... Geeks vs Nerds Podcast... Han Solo vs Mal Reynolds... a very fun podcast, and a certain star calls in to defend himself... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5-han-solo-versus-malcolm-reynolds-sea<BR>son-finale </link> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 15:08:20 EST Colors Could Provide Details of Alien Worlds Simple Colors Could Provide First Details of Alien Worlds... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>olors-could-provide-first-details-of-a<BR>lien-worlds/ </link> Fri, 5 Nov 2010 11:53:17 EST Shipboard Officers... Ummm... do we have any? Besides me as Captain, of course... but does anyone wanna be an Officer with a cute title and no real responsibility? Oh, and I hate to sound like a Xenophobe, but sorry Gorn, since you and the Dragon both ate my best Officers Mess Uniform, you both are not eligible this time around... <BR> So speak up, and then let's all have some fun, hey we can throw another party, yea! Thu, 4 Nov 2010 19:22:10 EST Am New Hi ya, am new. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 10:32:14 EST Was Earth's Moon Created by an' Explosion? <BR> 6a00d8341bf7f753ef0120a84b950f970b-320wi The moon was created by an explosion of matter from of the Earth's interior, where it formed in a runaway uranium fission georeactor at the boundary between the core and mantle according to a radical theory by Rob de Meijer of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and Wim van Westrenem of VU University Amsterdam. <BR> <BR> The georeactor is a theory first proposed by geologist Marvin Hendron that a nuclear fission reactor may exist... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:18:10 EST Are We Living in a Hologram? attention crew, the following is a rather lengthy post, but worth the read. what if *we* really are just a bit part of the HoloDeck? If you want the original article, with pretty pictures and links, then click on the link at the end of the story... <BR> <BR> Do you ever get those days when you question reality? One scientist has gone a step further; he is currently building an experiment that will hopefully answer whether or not we all exist as a result of a universal hologram. <BR> <BR> Co... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 17:51:12 EST SpacePotty Training Secrets Revealed by Astronauts for a "behind" the scene look at potty training by our finest, do click on the link, and watch the video too... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shuttle-potty-training-100521.html </link> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:59:01 EST When the Children Read Fantasty (and Sci Fi!) Nifty short essay from Terry Pratchett (1994): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/pratchett.html </link> Sat, 23 Oct 2010 23:16:36 EST Pwah... it's Pocrescophobia =) amazing, during my under cover research into the cultural milieu of Charleston SC, Star Fleet has sent an urgent comm top me with welcome news of a new Crew Member! I can only assume that Pocrescophobia has gained high reviews at her last ship, and thus has been promoted to ours! As soon as I return from the away team, I will properly welcome her aboard, but until then, please do rouse yourselves and extend warm greetings. Oh, and someone tell Gorn that he is not to eat her luggage! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 17:41:48 EST Is the World Ready for An Asteroid Threat? Is the World Ready for An Asteroid Threat? Apollo’s Schweickart Pushes for Action <BR> Posted in: Asteroids, Missions, NASA, Natural Disasters by Nancy Atkinson (4 Comments ») <BR> <BR> If we discover an asteroid heading directly towards Earth, are we ready to deal with the challenges of either deflection strategies or an evacuation prior to impact? Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart has spent years championing the need for the human race to prepare for what will certainly happen one day: ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 10:35:01 EST UFO's Over NYC? REally? Well, not sure, but a lot of people saw a lot of little shiny things over NYC today... <BR> Here's some links... <BR> <link><BR>ion/wire/wpix-ufo-sighting,0,2283967.s<BR>tory </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:18:00 EST Volcano Eruption Discovered to Fertilize Oceans Alaska Volcano Eruption Discovered to Fertilize the Planet's Oceans <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kasatochi-volcano A volcanic plume of iron-laden ash from a 2008 Alaskan volcano eruption led to an unprecedentedly huge bloom of photosynthetic ocean plankton that fed off the ash, researchers have found.This natural phenomenon is much like a geoengineering scenario proposed by some researchers who want to fight global warming by spurring the growth of marine plants that can suck carbon dioxide from th... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:13:57 EST The Social Carnival of Space 173: #CoS173 This time Carnival Of Space takes on Social Media... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>carnival-of-space-173-cos173.html </link> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 10:18:31 EST ULTIMATE Star Trek: The Results From SFX: These are voyages of the Starship Defiant! Yes, that’s what you demanded. Last week we asked you to vote on each Trek Captain, First Officer, helmsman, etc, and we’ve created the ultimate Trek crew from the winners in each category (though we’re not quite sure where Quark is going to fit his bar on the pokey Defiant). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ar-trek-the-results/ </link> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 09:58:40 EST No penumbra here, it's PNAUMANN! Attention Crew: star Fleet has blessed us with another member! Pnaumann is a world traveler, and has not only kids, but grand kids (yay)! She is going to add to our cultural diversity, and has some lovely photos on her page! <BR> So please extend a hand, tentacle, claw or manipulator in welcome to her! Oh, will someone tell Gorn to bring aboard her stuff, and not eat the luggage? Tue, 12 Oct 2010 15:14:13 EST NEO Could Pass Within 60,000 km of Earth on Tue... Breaking News: Small NEO Could Pass Within 60,000 km of Earth on Tuesday <BR> Posted in: Asteroids, Breaking News by Nancy Atkinson (4 Comments ») <BR> <BR> Artists impression of an asteroid flying by Earth. Credit: NASA <BR> <BR> A small asteroid will likely pass very close to Earth this week Tuesday. Astronomers are still tracking the object, now designated as 2010 TD54, and various estimates say it could possibly come within anywhere from 52,000 km (33,000 miles) to 64,000 km (40,000 mil... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:50:54 EST Optimus Prime Defends Kennedy Space Centert! Optimus Prime Defends Kennedy Space Center! Transformers 3 Filming at Spaceport <BR> Posted in: NASA by Jason Rhian (3 Comments ») <BR> <BR> Located at NASA's KSC press site parking lot was the staging area for the Transformers 3 film set. Photo Credit: Universe Today/Alan Walters <BR> <BR> NASA’s Kennedy Space Center came under attack from the merciless Decepticons this week. However, Optimus Prime and his valiant band of Autobots fended them off, and then stood watch over the space center... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 11:40:33 EST Will Robots Someday Ask: "What is Life?" Will Robots Someday Ask: "What is Life?" (Today's Most Popular) <BR> <BR> 6a00d8341bf7f753ef0133ed75bf0f970b-800wi There is ongoing debate about what constitutes life. Synthetic bacteria for example, are created by man and yet also alive. Some go so far as to say that robot “emotions” may already have occurred—that current robots have not only displayed emotions, but in some ways have experienced them. <BR> <BR> “We’re all machines,” says Rodney Brooks author of “Flesh and Machines,” and fo... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 10:14:59 EST Will Graphene Show that Space-Time is a Mirage October 06, 2010 <BR> Will the Physics of Graphene Show that Space-Time is a Mirage? (Today's Most Popular) <BR> <BR> 6a00d8341bf7f753ef0133f2f458dc970b-500wi Space-time -that plastic fabric whose geometry can be changed by the gravity of stars, planets and matter - may be no more than a mirage, according to Peter Horava. Horava, who is at the University of California, Berkeley, wants to rip this fabric apart and set time and space free from one another in order to come up with a unified the... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 11:02:19 EST What's Pulling the Milky Way at 14-Million MPH October 05, 2010 <BR> What's Pulling the Milky Way Towards It at 14-Million MPH? (Today's Most Popular) <BR> <BR> 6a00d8341bf7f753ef0120a68d662a970b-500wi Astronomers have known for years that something unknown apears to be "pulling" our Milky Way and tens of thousands of other galaxies toward itself at a breakneck 22 million kilometers (14 million miles) per hour. But they can't pinpoint exactly what, or where it is. <BR> <BR> One of the most fascinating discoveries of our new century may ... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 10:10:21 EST 15 Sci Fi and Fantasy Films That Never Made It... Here's a link to some of the worst films that were never made... <BR> <link><BR>happened/1/ </link> Tue, 5 Oct 2010 10:52:51 EST OMG! Earth-Like Planet Can Sustain Life Yes, it's no longer Fiction, now it's Science! <BR> <BR> THE GIST <BR> <BR> * A new planet that's the right size and location for life has been discovered 20 light-years away. <BR> * The newly discovered world exists in a solar system very similar to our own but much smaller. <BR> * Current technologies won't allow scientists to study the planet's atmosphere for chemical signs of life. <BR> <BR> A new member in a family of planets circling a red dwarf star 20 light-years aw... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 22:59:00 EST Franken-Ship' Proposed From Space Shuttle Scraps Ditch the space shuttle orbiters. Stretch their rocket boosters. Add more main engines. Put a capsule on top. What do you have? Franken-ship -- the quickest route to a new rocket for NASA. <BR> <BR> Briefing charts obtained by the NASA Watch website show a new vehicle that puts three disposable shuttle main engines on a shuttle fuel tank, a pair of solid rocket boosters on either side of the tank, and a capsule on top, replacing the side-mounted shuttle orbiter. <BR> <BR> That incarnation c... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:25:17 EST Air Force Vets Claim Aliens Monitoring Missiles From the X File Dept: U.S. Air Force Veterans Claim Aliens Monitoring Nuclear Missile Sites <BR> <BR> Nuke6 copy It may sound like Michael Crichton movie plot, but senior U.S. airmen will claim today that since 1948, aliens have been hovering over United Kingdom and U.S. nuclear missile sites and deactivating the weapons– once even landing in a British base. Furthermore, they warn, our governments are hushing the activity up. The six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:34:39 EST Segway Company Owner Dies -Rode Segway Off a Cliff You Couldn't Make This Up Dept: Segway Company Owner Dies -Rode Segway Off a Cliff <BR> <BR> ColorWare-Segway-i2-red-riding Jimi Heselden, the owner of the Segway company, died on Sunday after he rode a Segway off a cliff at his estate in Britain. His death appears to be an accident—police say they do not believe it to be suspicious. “A Segway-style vehicle was recovered,” said a police spokesman. Heselden bought the Segway company in December 2009. He was ranked 195th on the Sunday Times’ l... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:24:54 EST New Wave of Spanish- Language Sci-Fi Films From the X Files Dept: New Wave of Spanish-Language Sci-Fi Films Take On Alien Incursions <BR> <BR> Seres-genesis <BR> <BR> Extraterrestre is directed by Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo, who previously directed Timecrimes and is apparently still in production. Here's the official synopsis from IMDb: Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the gi... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:33:38 EST Pope's Astronomer Would Baptize Aliens September 21, 2010 <BR> 'You Couldn't Make This Up' Dept: Pope's Astronomer Would Baptize Aliens <BR> <BR> Vatican2 In what has to be the height of anthropic assumption and human arrogance, the official astronomer for the pope, Guy Consolmagno, told Great Brtitain's Guardian that he would be willing to baptize space aliens, but "only if they asked" to be baptized. "Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul," he told the newspaper. <BR> <BR> Consolmagno said he would be "... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:11:42 EST Spacewalking May Cost Astronauts Their Fingernails Here’s a scene you may have missed: Astronauts seal themselves into pressurized spacesuits and leave their ship to make repairs outside. When they get back, one guy peels off his glove liner, looks down and sees that his fingernail has come off too. <BR> <BR> Turns out, that’s not fiction. “It’s probably the biggest nuisance,” says Deva Newman, an MIT professor who conducted a statistical analysis of injuries reported during spacewalks. “It’s not a show-stopper, but it is the most prevalent ... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 10:33:24 EST EcoAlert: Global Warming Drives Walrus Migration.. September 16, 2010 <BR> EcoAlert: Global Warming Drives Alaska's Massive Walrus Migration to Dry Land as Ice Vanishes <BR> <BR> Walrus-high-on-the-barrie-006 Scientists fear declining Arctic sea ice may have caused an unprecedented mass migration of thousands of walrus from the ice floes to dry land along Alaska's coast. Researchers from the US Geological Survey (USGS), who have been tracking walrus movements using satellite radio tags, say 10,000 to 20,000 of the animals, mainly mothers and... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:42:35 EST Earth's Deep Seafloor Impacted By Human Activities September 15, 2010 <BR> Earth's Deep Seafloor Impacted By Human Activities <BR> <BR> Deep-sea-glass-squid Scientists have for the first time estimated the physical footprint of human activities on the deep seafloor of the North East Atlantic. The findings reveal that the area disturbed by bottom trawling commercial fishing fleets exceeds the combined physical footprint of other major human activities considered. <BR> <BR> The deep seafloor covers approximately 60% of Earth's surface, but on... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 14:01:35 EST EcoAlert: Ice Sheets Act as Giant Solar Mirrors... September 14, 2010 <BR> EcoAlert: Ice Sheets Act as Giant Solar Mirrors Controlling Future Climate Change <BR> <BR> 6a00d8341bf7f753ef013480424697970c-500wi Recent Antarctica research may provide critical clues to understanding one of the most dramatic periods of climatic change in Earth's history - and a glimpse into what might lie far ahead in the planet's climate’s future. <BR> <BR> <BR> The giant ice sheets of Antarctica behave like mirrors, reflecting the sun's energy and moderating t... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:49:53 EST Top 10 Unsung Science Fiction TV Classics... Here's an article that lists 10 TV Sci Fi shows, and tells a bit about each. I personally abso luved Farscape, but was only mildly amused by Max Headroom... What do you think about the list? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-fiction-tv-classics </link> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:28:45 EST 2,000-Year Old Greek Shipwreck Reveals Medical... September 12, 2010 <BR> 2,000-Year Old Greek Shipwreck Reveals Medical Secrets of the Ancient World (Weekend Feature) <BR> <BR> Greek-shipwreck Twenty years ago, Archaeologists discovered a ship created In 130 BC from wood of walnut trees and bulging with a cargo hold of medicial pills and Syrian glassware, that sank off the coast of Tuscany Italy. <BR> <BR> For the first time archaeobotanists have been able to examine and analyse the pills that were prepared by the physicians of ancient... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:02:36 EST EcoAlert: Climate's Tipping Points Arrive Suddenly September 10, 2010 <BR> EcoAlert: Climate's Tipping Points Arrive Suddenly -Discoveries from Ancient Antarctica Warn <BR> <BR> 6a00d8341bf7f753ef0120a5c1cb58970b "Climate scientists worry about 'tipping points' ... thresholds beyond which a small additional increase in average temperature or some associated climate variable results in major changes to the affected system. Among the tipping points we face in the near future are the complete disappearance of Arctic sea ice in summer, leading t... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 10:19:56 EST The New Google "X" Coming Soon This a very quick read, with some interesting implications. the last two items I personally think are a bit scary actually! <BR> <BR> September 09, 2010 <BR> From the X File Dept: The New Google "X" Coming Soon <BR> <BR> 3223c Google's getting truly spooky! During CEO Eric Schmidt’s IFA keynote in Berlin on Tuesday he revealed some futuristic forecasts of the next gen Google <BR> <BR> —“We’re about to see a new age of augmented humanity, when computers will make it possible for us to do w... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:04:14 EST New Map Helps Monitor Destruction of Amazon Basin September 08, 2010 <BR> EcoAlert: New Map Helps Monitor Destruction of Amazon Basin <BR> Amazon-carbon-map-peru <BR> <BR> <BR> Scientists are studying the effects of global warming in a new high-resolution map that shows carbon locked up in tropical forest vegetation and emitted by land-use practices in Peru's Amazon. The maps were created with satellite mapping, airborne-laser technology, and ground-based plot surveys. And the images may help pave the way for a new United Nations monitori... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:17:27 EST Volcanoes Could Signal Presence of an Earth-like.. Volcanoes Could Signal Presence of an Earth-like Planet... <BR> September 08, 2010 <BR> Volcanoes Could Signal Presence of an Earth-like Planet <BR> <BR> Volcanoe With the Kepler mission in an all out search for rocky, Earth-like planets, astronomers are asking the next logical questions: Do any of those worlds have volcanoes? And if so, could we detect them? Work by theorists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggests that the answer to the latter is a qualified "Yes." <BR>... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:12:53 EST turning sexuality and cognition into digital vapor Once upon a time, eons ago as far as the web is concerned, and just a few years ago for the real world, there was a very popular game called Second Life, the goal of which was to create virtual communities from players who represented themselves with custom avatars. Basically the Sims in an MMORPG format. It had plenty of press coverage and several of its players even made it to the covers of magazines. And back in those days of Second Life's media reign, the long forgotten year of 2006, a ra... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 13:50:51 EST Dragon Con 2010... Post your stories here! Universe Today is going also... <BR> <link><BR>ragoncon/ </link> Thu, 2 Sep 2010 10:14:28 EST What Would It Take To Overcome Global Warming? EcoAlert: "Earth Needs a Major Volcanic Eruption Every 18 Months to Reduce Temperatures and Delay Icecap Melt" <BR> <BR> A new report from the Proceedings from the National Acadmey of Sciences of the United States of America says that repairing the damage from global warming will prove extremely difficult and non-cost-effective. <BR> <BR> Severe treatment would mean injecting "sulphur dioxode particles equivalent to a major volcanic eruption, such as that of Mt Pinatubo, every 18 months to... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 10:29:50 EST Terry Prachett & Stephen Baxter Unite! " fantasy author Terry Pratchett would be teaming up with hard SF writer Stephen Baxter on The Long Earth"... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hett-joins-us-at-the-sfx-weekender/ </link> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:57:12 EST Steampunk Ray Gun Vibrators... Really! Check them out here, if you dare... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> So far I have not seen any pics that are X, or even R rated, but it is an "Adult" site, but no she is not selling porn. Just so ya know. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:31:20 EST ATTN CREW: SCI FI AND FANTASY BOOKCLUB! This is something I've rather been wanting to hook us into for awhile. The nice folks at SFX Mag, out of the UK, have a monthly book club. It's simple really, read the book they suggest, and make comments on it. <BR> Follow the link for all the info,and lets have some fun together discussing the book... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k_club/ </link> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 23:15:39 EST Sci/FI books I'd like to see on the Big Screen Dragonriders of Pern. Anne McCaffrey's tales of life on the distant planet Pern. I love these books! <em>250</em> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:51:54 EST Video Shows 30 Years of Asteroid Discoveries This 3 minute video is silent, so you may wish to put on some nice background music, and just enjoy the show. Or you may wish to watch it, and realize just how precarious a place our planet is in? "...recommended by Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-video-shows-30-years-of-asteroid-di<BR>scoveries/ </link> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 09:22:26 EST Steampunk Fashion at Dragon*Con... Steampunk Ball, Sunday the 5th at dragon*con <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on/2773369.html </link> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 09:02:27 EST Do NOT Try This At Home... Seems like suicide, if ya ask me, but... <BR> <BR> Record-Setting Freefall Attempt Will be Webcast <BR> <BR> <link><BR>etting-freefall-attempt-will-be-webcast/ </link> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:15:51 EST A List of Best SciFi Movies From my favourite blog. The only one on the list I haven't seen is Forbidden Planet. <BR> <BR> I think out of all the Heston dystopia, Soylent Green, would have been a better choice. We are in a critical period of time that is very much "make or break" in terms of environment and in particular the state of our oceans, and in feeding our planet. It speaks more to our times. <BR> <BR> Also disappointed the old 1950's Time Machine is not on there. Charmer that one. <BR> <BR> If you ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 19:15:34 EST Preview of Phil Plait's 'Bad Universe... My buddy Phil Plait, aka @BadAstronomer, is not only a world class good guy, and has stars in his eyes, but now he has his very own show on the telly! check out the link for a quick slice of what he's doing (it's totally mag)... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>of-phil-plaits-bad-universe-premiers-a<BR>ugust-29/ </link> Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:59:45 EST James Cameron and 'Avatar' Help Promote NASA... It's a You Gotta See This Video, only about a minute, but highly kewl... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>meron-and-avatar-help-promote-nasas-ex<BR>ploration/ </link> Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:51:32 EST Our Solar System: Now 2 Million Years Older! Better check your Id's... <BR> <BR> Our Solar System: Now 2 Million Years Older <BR> Posted in: Solar System by Nancy Atkinson (13 Comments ») <BR> <BR> Our solar system is beautiful and aging gracefully, but it might be even older than we originally thought, by as much as 2 million years. A group of scientists analyzed lead isotopes within a 1.49-kilo (3.2-pound) meteorite found in the Moroccan desert in 2004 and found evidence that suggests the mineral was formed 4.56 billion years ago, m... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:02:29 EST New Solar System Discovered New Solar System Discovered <BR> The system has at least five planets -- one of which is nearly the mass of Earth. <BR> <BR> ged 15 years ago. <BR> <BR> The star is similar to our sun and its planetary lineup has an intriguing parallel with own solar system, although no clue has so far been found to suggest it could be a home from home, they said. <BR> <BR> The star they studied, HD 10180, is located 127 light-years away in the southern constellation of Hydrus, the male water snake, th... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:56:56 EST The Answer is Not 42?!?!?!? Proving parents everywhere wrong, a PhD turned surfer proves that loafing around on the beach all day is NOT a total waste of your life... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dron-collider/3314456/Surfer-dude-stun<BR>s-physicists-with-theory-of-everything.html </link> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:50:31 EST Neil degrasse Tyson Are We Alone Yeah, ok, he's preaching to the choir, but worth the 6 minutes to watch... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NR=1 </link> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:34:03 EST Quantum Computing Takes a Giant Step Closer... August 17, 2010 <BR> Quantum Computing Takes a Giant Step Closer to Reality <BR> <BR> 070504_Quantum_mechanics A team of scientists based at the London Centre for Nanotechnology and the National High Magnetic Field Lab (NHMFL) in Florida has discovered a new and more efficient way to encode quantum information within silicon that could bring the reality of a new era of quantum computing much closer. <BR> <BR> Quantum computers have the potential to solve problems that would take a classical... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:11:35 EST Ping-Pong Balls to Float Crew Capsule Simulator Ping-Pong Balls to Float Crew Capsule Simulator <BR> 08.17.10 <BR> <BR> If ping-pong balls can float a sunken boat, they should be able to keep an uncrewed space capsule simulator from sinking. <BR> <BR> Right? <BR> <BR> Orion Flight Test Article students, group shot <BR> Click to enlarge <BR> <BR> NASA Langley students gather around the crew module mockup that they propose to keep afloat with ping-pong balls after it splashes down. From left, front row: Edward Tillistrand, Brice Collame... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:42:06 EST stormtrooper helmets transformed into artworks... star wars <BR> 50 stormtrooper helmets transformed into clever works of art... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>et-aucti.php </link> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:18:16 EST Overheating iPod Stops Tokyo Rush Hour Train... 'We Couldn't Make This Up' Dept: Overheating Apple iPod Stops Tokyo Rush Hour Train <BR> <BR> 16149_Japan_Ipod_Train Poor Apple, first AntennaGate, now this. Last week, Apple Japan began offering customers iPod nano replacements, giving in to local government demands to better address an overheating battery issue affecting Apple's first generation iPod nano players. Then Friday morning a busy rush-hour commuter train was stopped in Tokyo to investigate a smell. According to a spokesman, "Whe... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:58:31 EST Tonight the Planets and Perseids Put on a Show... Last night I only saw 3 little scooters in my skies, did any of you see anything? <BR> <BR> The link has a nifty MeteorCam video of about a minute, along with some basic info about the Perseids... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-planets-and-perseids-put-on-a-show<BR>-for-free/ </link> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:09:33 EST Explore the Red Planet with "Google Mars" "No cities. No seas. No forests and no battlegrounds. No prairies. No nations. No histories and no legends. No memories. Just features, features and names. Argyre and Hellas and Isidis. Olympus and Alba and Pavonis. Schiaparelli and Antoniadi, Kasei and Nirgal. Beautiful double-rimmed Lowell. Names from one world projected onto maps of another. Maps of Mars." <BR> <BR> Oliver Morton -Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World. <BR> <BR> Mars is a microcosm -a spiritual jum... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:08:19 EST My Goodness! It's My_Derivative! Woosh! Like an asteroid blazing across the night, we have been favor3ed by My_Derivative to dock with our humble Spaceship! She has a keen intellect, a refined sense of humor, and a variety of interests! <BR> So please make her feel welcome, and I'm sure that she will pop into our set of coords in the MultiVerse and enjoy herself! Oh, and Gorn, no you may NOT eat her blimp! Sat, 7 Aug 2010 11:57:04 EST Get Well Wishes For Crew Member... Yup, our very own FayeLietz is in the MedBay. She underwent a planned-for procedure, but won't be back till this weekend. Happily, the HoloDoc program did well, and our crew member is resting quite comfy. But if you stop by her page, share some luv! Oh, and happily, Gorn didn't assist the HoloDoc, but he did volunteer his claw as a scalpel (gulp)... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 21:23:47 EST Artificial Life Forms That Evolve Intelligence August 05, 2010 <BR> New Tech: Artificial Life Forms Created that Evolve Intelligence <BR> <BR> VirtualPetrieDish3 Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have developed “digital organisms” called Avidians that were made to evolve memory, and could eventually be used to generate intelligent artificial life and evolve into symmetrical, organized artificial brains that share structural properties with real brains. <BR> <BR> Avidians are not imaginary sci-fi alien life forms. They are the ... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 10:52:10 EST Chinese Astronomer Predicts UFO's in 2011... 'You Couldn't Make This Up' Dept: Chinese Astronomer Predicts Appearance of UFO's in 2011 <BR> <BR> China_ufo Unidentified flying objects may appear in 2011 or 2012, according to Wang Sichao, an Beijing astronomy and minor planet scholar, who made the forecast following reports of unidentified flying objects that have been spotted in several Chinese regions of Zhejiang, Hunan, Chongqing and Xinjiang since last month, the China Daily reported. <BR> <BR> A UFO spotted in Zhejiang's provincia... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 10:50:41 EST Silky Smooth... Selkie2283 Attention All Hands, Tentacles and Claws... StarFleet has just assigned to our humble ship a new Crew member! Selkie2283 is a truly beautiful woman, and has a wonderful sense of style and appreciation of the finer things in life! If you look at the artwork in her Photos, and also at the nattily attired gentleman in her Wedding Day pic, you will see what I mean! <BR> So it's time to break out the champagne, (I mean open it it Gorn, not break the bottle), and hoist the balloons! We'll have a f... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 21:00:11 EST Robonaut 2 -The First Humanoid Tweeting from Space Robonaut 2 -The First Humanoid Tweeting from Space <BR> <BR> 0217pod02 NASA's Robonaut 2, or R2, is getting ready to work on the International Space Station in November but it's already tweeting about preparations under the account, @AstroRobonaut. <BR> <BR> The humanoid robot — complete with a head, arms and an upper torso — will be the first dexterous humanoid robot in space and it assures its followers in one of its first tweets alluding to 2001: A Space Odyssey that, "No, no relation to... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 09:41:56 EST Attention Crew: Major Anncouncement!! It's time to strike up the SpaceShip Cantina Band, and throw a real party! This time, our very own Aemilia has really out performed! She recently went to AussieLand, and even sent me back a postcard... why, you ask? Altho the following article doesn't (poo) mention her by name, she is one of the two talents involved! Read on loyal Crew, and make sure to give our own Aemilia a SpaceShip "Well done!!"... <BR> New Geek Destination: Klingon Cave Tours <BR> Posted in: Uncategorized by Nancy Atkins... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:35:13 EST Is it an iceberg? Noooo... it's SherriGoldberg :) Yea! start up the pip and drum band, we have a new member! SherriGoldberg just beamed into our happy Spaceship, and I'm sure she will be a wonderful addition to the Crew. <BR> She's a relative newbie in SparkyLand, but has already jumped into many teams, and also lost 3 lbs! Way to go! So let's giver her the official greeting.... ummm, errr... where is the Official Greeting Placard? I seem to see a scorch mark, and a few bites taken out of the wall? GORN! did you and the Dragon play "Leftove... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:40:11 EST SPACE SUITS ý~Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing gas in a spacesuit damages them.~ <BR> <BR> I just thought everyone would want to know that...LOL <em>198</em> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 08:11:11 EST DESERT RATS hmm...what interesting fact shall I share today; I know~the desert rat can copulate as many as 120 times in one hour. Now thats interesting huh ladies? <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> LOL Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:52:57 EST Lunar Forums and Anniversaries <BR> July 20th, 2010 <BR> Lunar Forums and Anniversaries <BR> <BR> Written by Nancy Atkinson <BR> <BR> Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image of the Apollo 11 landing site. Credit: NASA <BR> <BR> I'm attending the NASA Lunar Science Institute's Lunar Forum at Ames Research Center in California, which will feature sessions on recent scientific results as well as talks on future opportunities for lunar science, education and outreach. Notably, there will be new results from the Lunar Reconnaiss... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:42:02 EST A Moment of Zen: Supernova Explosion in 5 Billion Nothing says Transmogrification like a walloping huge explosion! It's a video that's just under 2 minutes, but worth a look... oh, and it's retro cool too! <BR> <BR> A Moment of Zen: Supernova Explosion in 5 Billion BC <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7/a-moment-of-zen-supernova-explosion-<BR>in-5-billion-bc-video.html?utm_source=<BR>feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaig<BR>n=Feed%3A+TheDailyGalaxyNewsFromPlanet<BR>EarthBeyond+%28The+Daily+Galaxy%3A+New<BR>s+from+... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:23:25 EST Did Climate Change Spur China's Foreign Invasions. I'm including this because of the rather obvious implications of Climate Change to our present day cultures... Will History repeat itself, yet again... <BR> <BR> <BR> Did Climate Change Spur China's Foreign Invasions and Internal Wars? <BR> Until recently, no one had systematically scanned the sweep of China's history to see exactly how climate and Chinese society might be intertwined. Food shortages severe enough to spark civil turmoil or force hordes of starving nomads to swoop down from... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:08:40 EST Let's Explore Mars! Conduct Virtual Explorations of Mars with New WorldWide Telescope Feature <BR> <BR> Written by Nancy Atkinson <BR> <BR> Love 3-D imagery of Mars? There's now a firehose just for you! The WorldWide Telescope has teamed up with NASA to use images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera to provide a high-resolution 3-D map of the Red Planet. Included are fully-interactive images and the latest and greatest NASA data, which will allow for a virtual way to explore Mars and perhaps t... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 12:11:56 EST Soaring Arctic Temperatures Reach Tipping Point Warning, this is a rather lengthy post, and a rather dreary assessment of The Shape Of Things To Come... <BR> <BR> A new study shows the Arctic climate system may be more sensitive to greenhouse warming than previously thought, and that current levels of Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide may be high enough to create a tipping point -significant, irreversible shifts in Arctic ecosystems. <BR> <BR> Led by the University of Colorado at Boulder, the international study indicated that while the... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 12:01:52 EST A psychic octopus and the World Cup? I knew it! I just knew there was some way to get the World Cup into our fun filled spaceship... by way of a psychic octopus no less! Read on dear Crew... <BR> <BR> Spain's 1-0 defeat of the Netherlands in the World Cup final gave Paul the psychic octopus a 100% record for the tournament, and now the Italians are trying to claim "Paolo" as their own. <BR> <BR> Paul's correct prediction of the World Cup final result gave him an incredible eight out of eight correct picks, the likelyhood of wh... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:40:05 EST For the Gamers Out There: Moonbase Alpha Those plucky folks at NASA (Remember them? They put a man on the moon) have developed a new game, and *you* can play! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-the-gamers-out-there-moonbase-alpha/ </link> Thu, 8 Jul 2010 11:50:39 EST Are We Witnessing the Birth of a Cosmic Internet? "Over the next million years, a descendant of the Internet will maintain contact with inhabited planets throughout our galaxy and begin to spread out into the larger universe, linking up countless new or existing civilizations into the Universenet, a network of ultimate intelligence." <BR> <BR> Year Million -Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge <BR> <BR> Whenever microwave towers or satellites send Internet traffic, some of the energy and data leaks unintentionally into space. The first em... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 11:43:22 EST Stephen Colbert & Michio Kaku It's only about a 4 minute clip, but fun! Now let's all go get our invisibility cloaks and travel backwards in time... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>port-videos/340747/july-05-2010/michio<BR>-kaku </link> Tue, 6 Jul 2010 11:07:49 EST Fastest Case of Human Evolution Discovered Scientists have long wondered why the sherpas of the Tibetan Highlands can negotiate with ease elevations that cause some humans to become life-threateningly ill. Tibetans live at altitudes of 13,000 feet, breathing air that has 40 percent less oxygen than is available at sea level, yet suffer very little mountain sickness. The reason, according to a team of biologists in China, is human evolution, in what may be the most recent and fastest instance detected so far. <BR> <BR> Comparing the g... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 13:55:16 EST Per The Captain's Directive - Have a Silly Quiz! My responses included. Share yours! <BR> <BR> 1. Do you have any pets? <BR> We have 3 cats, and I have a "dorse" (dog + horse, aka an English Mastiff) who lives with my exes (mastiffs are very very social and need their people around, and we're just gone too much - this way he's with the kids...miss having him around though, the big doofus). The cats names are Hagbard Celine, Hermione, and Mojo, and the dorse is Hagrid (for obvious reasons) :D <BR> <BR> 2. Name 3 things that are physicall... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 00:45:00 EST Whale Speak: Language Key to Their Culture Scientists are starting to consider the notion that whales might have a pretty cool culture. Maybe the Great White Whale was smarter than Ahab. <BR> <BR> "Whales are pretty hard to study, but evidence is coming up from quite a number of species that in a whole range of ways, they're learning things from each other and they're passing it on to other whales, and that's culture," says Hal Whitehead, biology professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Whitehead says whales don't h... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 10:04:53 EST Pop Culture: "Space Nazis Attack!" A team of Finnish filmmakers will soon start shooting an outlandish sci-fi Nazi movie financed in part by avid fans. The first teaser for Iron Sky, Space Nazis Attack, above, has generated more than 1.3 million YouTube views since its release two years ago. The follow-up clip (below), released last month, continued the momentum as the project’s website harvested micro-investments from 52 fans enticed by the spooky-sleek visuals. The storyline shows the leaders of the Third Reich escaping to t... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 13:30:04 EST yes, i’ll take the embryo on the left, please… 2010 June 26 <BR> tags: ethics, futurism, life, transhumanism <BR> by gfish <BR> <BR> Since yesterday I was on Skeptically Speaking, talking about the practical side of transhumanism with George Dvorsky (which was apparently such a fun show, we’re being invited back), I thought it would be fitting to take on a topic currently being covered on George’s blog and straight of Bill McKibben’s darkest fears; creating a custom baby through the latest and greatest technology that biologists and doc... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:19:39 EST Join the IDG Tech Panel for Free Gadgets & Rewards Major companies around the world value the opinion of thought leaders like you! Join the IDGTechPanel to be invited to a variety of interesting and rewarding survey opportunities. In exchange for your valuable time and insight, you will have exclusive access to IDGTechRewards such as Paypal, Amazon and retail gift cards. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 24 Jun 2010 12:15:18 EST NexGen Space Travel: Uploading the Human Mind The idea of uploading out of these meatsacks has always appealed to certain people, and you can tell an awful lot about them by their use of the phrase "meatsacks." Athena Andreadis recently wrote an article on why we can't be uploaded, explaining how any ghosts in the machine would just be copies. But we ask the more important question: is that a problem? <BR> <BR> Human consciousness is irrevocably integrated in our organic components. People have always thought of themselves according ... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 12:10:35 EST Lasers uncover first icons of Sts. Peter and Paul the lives and times of the early apostles is a facinating historical search... (oh, no religious POV here, but rather obvious implications... I think?) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_eu/eu_vatican_archaeology </link> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 09:30:25 EST 10 Lords a Leaping? It's LordAvon =) Woo hoo! Once again our fait spaceship has been joined by a new Crew Member! LordAvon is new to SparkyLand, and also here in our Funship! So please extend a hand, claw, or tentacle and give him a warm SpaceShip style welcome! Sat, 19 Jun 2010 09:51:15 EST From Physics to Fiction... Catherine Asaro is a bestselling science-fiction and fantasy author best known for her "Saga of the Skolian Empire" series... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m_source=Big+Think+Main+Subscribers&ut<BR>m_campaign=0dc470883d-Newsletter_Cathe<BR>rine_Asaro_June_16_20106_15_2010&utm_medium=email </link> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 12:08:58 EST Not any old river... Euphrates! OK crew, listen up, StarFleet has just assigned us a new member, yea! Euphrates is a great gal, with a very direct and honest approach to Life, Love and the Universe! I'm sure she will find a warm welcome here... Oh, and make sure that Gorn gets all her stuff to her quarters, without the Dragon helping! We don't want another "Crispy Luggage" Incident! Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:17:24 EST "There's a Monolith on Mars' Moon, Phobos" U.S. astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, alluded to a monolith detected on Mars' moon Phobos. Speaking on a U.S. cable television channel he said: "We should visit the moons of Mars. There's a monolith there - a very unusual structure on this little potato shaped object that goes around Mars once every seven hours. 'When people find out about that they are going to say, "Who put that there? Who put that there?" Well the universe put it there, or if you choose God put i... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 10:00:56 EST Viewing Alert: New Series "Through the Wormhole" For those lucky enough to get the Science Channel on cable or satellite, there's an exciting new series called "Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman" hosted and produced by, as you might guess, Academy Award-winning actor and space enthusiast Morgan Freeman. The new series explores some of the greatest mysteries of the universe and Freeman starts off with a bang: the first episode is called "Is There a Creator?" Freeman himself said in an article on CBS News, "It is hard for me to get my... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 09:53:11 EST Send Your Face to Space On Final Two Shuttle Missi If NASA offered you a ride on one of the final two scheduled space shuttle missions, you'd go, right? I know I would, so that's why I immediately signed up for NASA's newest public participation campaign, "Send Your Face to Space." If I can't go, at least my face is heading up to LEO. <BR> <BR> Here's how to participate and become part of history: <BR> <BR> Head to the "Send Your Face to Space" website. <BR> <BR> Hit the "Participate" button and upload your image, which will be flown aboar... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 13:18:32 EST Jupiter Takes One for the Team... Impact Observed in Jupiter's Atmosphere [UPDATE] <BR> <link><BR>pact-observed-in-jupiters-atmosphere.html </link> Fri, 4 Jun 2010 12:38:52 EST Solar Symphony Game O, so ya think ya know your Solar system... and you're pretty good at games? then this is for you... <BR> <link><BR>solar-symphony/solar-symphony.html </link> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 10:24:57 EST Man injects himself with computer virus <BR> Click on the link for the 2.5 minute video... <BR> <BR> Michio Kaku speaks with FOX News about University of Reading researcher Mark Gasson becoming the first human known to be infected by a computer virus. The virus, infecting a chip implanted in Gasson’s hand, passed into a laboratory computer. From there, the infection could have spread into other computer chips found in building access cards. <BR> <link><BR>dburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 23:12:42 EST Let's set sail with LakeLady13 :) Woot! Woot! LakeLady13 has just docked with our happy Spaceship! She is a great buddy and I have the rare privelge of knowing her in r/l :) So we need to have Gorn secure her sailboat in the pool, and make her quarters ready! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:21:18 EST Not a High Five... a Kimmee5 :) Attention on the Holiday Deck... Kimmee5 has just joined our merry little ship! She is new to SparkyLand, and in here as well, so let's all give her a warm welcome. Gorn, put down the couch and show her to her quarters! Mon, 31 May 2010 10:30:19 EST Sex & The City vs Star Wars? From Vanity Fair: <BR> Star Wars Fan to Sex and the City Fans: This Is Not the Movie You're Looking For <BR> by Mike Ryan <BR> May 28, 2010, 9:49 AM <BR> <BR> I've always kind of admired Sex and the City. Even though I'm not quite the target demographic, I appreciate the world it created and how much fans loved it. I mean, how can I criticize Sex and the City fans when, as I type this, I have a twelve-inch action figure of Boba Fett staring at me from across my desk? It's a two-way street he... Fri, 28 May 2010 10:40:38 EST Forget the Concorde and the SST, We Got A Scramjet In the Let's Get There Faster category, for years aero and science type have been working on getting the idea of a Scramjet to actually work. Looks like they have finally done it! The video is kinda boring, and very breathy (chuckle) but still a quick, fun ride. <BR> <link><BR>cessful-test-of-air-breathing-scramjet<BR>-engine/ </link> Fri, 28 May 2010 10:30:50 EST 75 Strong and Expanding Like The Universe! Can you believe it everybody?! We just added our 75th Crew member to our Spaceship! This is incredible, you gals n guys totally rock! Each of you is treasure, and I am delighted that you are here! <BR> If this continues we'll hafta have Gorn add another quarters Module next time we're in space dock! So let's start the Spaceship ParTay and enjoy the beautiful ride thru our Universe together... Wed, 26 May 2010 17:49:53 EST When the first party isn't enough... you Repartee WOOT! WOOT! Gorn, sound the klaxon, our almost innocent little ship has just been joined by it's 75th member! And this is time to partee... or Repartee! <BR> She's a great gal that is addicted to SciFi, Fantasy, and Caffeine! My kinda gal for sure! <BR> So please welcome her aboard and let's keep this Night <BR> Train a rocking and a rolling!!! Wed, 26 May 2010 17:23:15 EST