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7 Planets Identified Orbiting Nearby Star #

The Elite computer game simulation becomes more prescient and more fun to play every time I read a NASA press release.

This Is the Most Dangerous Time for Our Planet #
Stephen Hawking: We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it. Perhaps in a few hundred years, we will have established human colonies amid the stars, but right now we only have one planet, and we need to work together to protect it. To do that, we need to break down, not build up, barriers within and between nations. …continue

Galileo’s Drawings From Observation and the Enlightenment of Our Species

From The Galileo Project website’s page on Galileo’s drawings of sunspots: In 1612 during the summer months, Galileo made a series of sunspot observations which were published in Istoria e Dimostrazioni Intorno Alle Macchie Solari e Loro Accidenti Rome (History and Demonstrations Concerning Sunspots and their Properties, published 1613). Because these observations were made at appoximately the same time of day, the motion of the spots across the Sun can easily be seen.

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Pale Blue Dot #
When bombarded with bad news I like to remember Carl Sagan‘s comments about a picture of our solar systems taken from Voyager 1: We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there – on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam. …continue

2,317,776 Light-Seconds from Earth in 3300

Voyager 1 in Elite: Dangerous.

Came across Voyager 1 while flying around the Cosmos in Elite: Dangerous! It is where it should be in the year 3300.

Elite is the most inspiring artwork I experienced in 2014.

Climate Change Communication

“Earthrise” in original orientation taken by Bill Anders on 24 December 1968. A young person working in a United Nations organization recently told me it is not certain that human activities are changing the climate on Earth. This is worrying. I decided to go through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report and came across the WGII AR5 Volume-wide Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Here are two of the answers (the numbers are references to chapters in the report which contain the sources for the answer):

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Earth Among the Stars

Earth Among The Stars in HTML and CSS.

HTML, CSS, Monospaced Font

I was reading Carl Sagan and Olaf Stapledon and decided to make a simple HTML and CSS experiment. See also: A typography template.