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  • A rare, risky mission is underway to rescue sick scientists from the South Pole

    06/18/2016 11:38:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Two small bush planes are flying to the South Pole this week to evacuate workers at the Amundsen-Scott research station — a feat rarely attempted during the middle of the Antarctic winter. Kelly Falkner, the director of polar programs for the National Science Foundation (which runs the South Pole station), said that at least one seasonal employee for contractor Lockheed Martin requires medical treatment not available at the station and needs to be flown out. A second worker may also be rescued. Falkner couldn't provide further details about the medical motivation behind the rescues for privacy reasons. "We try to...
  • THE JACKI DAILY Show! Listen live at 2PM Eastern!

    03/20/2016 3:43:51 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 3/20/16 | The Jacki Daily Show
    THE JACKI DAILY Show! Listen live at 2PM Eastern! Now playing also on station KWEL in Midland-Odessa! The host of the Jacki Daily show has had an impressive career in energy, law, and politics.Most recently, Jacki served as General Counsel to an engineering firm specializing in energy, national security and environmental cleanup. Previously, she served many years as legal counsel on Capitol Hill to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and the former Ranking Member of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, advising on the oversight of federal agencies. Prior to her career in Washington, she worked as...
  • A New Skeleton and an Old Debate About Syphilis

    02/19/2016 8:53:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Atlantic ^ | February 18, 2016 | Cari Romm
    In June 1495, the Italian historian Niccolo Squillaci wrote a letter describing a horrific disease that was sweeping through Europe. “There are itching sensations, and an unpleasant pain in the joints; there is a rapidly increasing fever,” he wrote. “The skin is inflamed with revolting scabs and is completely covered with swellings and tubercules, which are initially of a livid red color, and then become blacker.” And, tellingly, “It most often begins with the private parts.”
  • Russian space agency cuts most projects related to Moon exploration

    12/30/2015 1:53:14 AM PST · by Monty22002 · 15 replies
    TASS ^ | 12/29/2015
    MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Practically all the projects related to manned flights to the moon are absent from an updated version of the Federal Space Programme for the years 2016 through 2025 drafted by the Federal Space Agency after the downwards revision of its budget, Izvestia daily said on Tuesday referring to the document it had obtained. "As it follows from the text of the draft programme, which Roscosmos has submitted to the government for review, a decision was taken to sacrifice the lunar programme that was named a strategic goal for future development of Russian space research," the newspaper...
  • Oil Megaprojects Won’t Stay On The Shelf For Long

    11/03/2015 7:44:12 AM PST · by bananaman22 ^ | 03-11-2015 | Deepwater
    One casualty of the oil price downturn could be the megaproject. For years, as conventional oil reserves depleted and became increasingly hard to find, oil companies ventured into far-flung locales to find new sources of production. Extracting oil from these frontier areas required more advanced technology and a lot more capital: Ultra deepwater, Arctic offshore, heavy oil sands, and increasingly, the Lower Tertiary. Often these megaprojects projects were only the purview of the largest oil companies, as smaller players did not have the resources – financial or technological – to make them work. Meanwhile, smaller drillers, at least in North...
  • Nine rules for exploration success from the world's best mine finder

    10/29/2015 9:25:41 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 8 replies ^ | 10/28/2015 | Michael McCray
    Simply put, you just have to be out of the office, in the field and drilling holes if you want to be making discoveries says legendary explorationist and geologist, Dave Lowell, in his book Intrepid Explorer – The Autobiography of the World's Best Mine Finder. Lowell—this past century's most successful mining explorationist having discovered an unprecedented seventeen ore bodies including the world’s largest copper mine—distilled his years of wisdom into nine rules on making discoveries. Reprint of the nine rules was generously permitted by Sentinel Peak, The University of Arizona Press. I have a number of exploration rules that I...
  • The End Of The Oil Major?

    10/14/2015 12:00:46 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 17 replies ^ | 14-10-2015 | meh
    A new report finds that the largest oil companies are set to cut spending on exploration by at least half, potentially leading to very few new oil discoveries in the years ahead. The report from investment bank Tudor, Pickering, Hold & Co., and reported by Fuel Fix, estimates that exploration budgets among the oil majors will drop to $25 billion in 2016, down from $50 billion from just a few years ago. Obviously, low oil prices are taking their toll, forcing deep spending cuts in a desperate attempt to shore up profitability. But the cuts have large implications for the...
  • How Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Krauss got space exploration wrong

    06/24/2015 9:11:48 PM PDT · by Marcus · 5 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to a Tuesday piece in Motherboard, Noam Chomsky, a philosopher and political commentator, and Lawrence Krauss, a physicist and cosmologist, had a public dialogue about space exploration. Being both men of the far left, they concluded that space travel should be best left to robots and conducted by governments. The conclusions are the exact opposite of what the prevailing trends are in space policy.
  • Gold Prospecting in the United States

    06/19/2015 10:00:40 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 27 replies ^ | 2015 | Harold Kirkimo
    Anyone who pans for gold hopes to be rewarded by the glitter of colors in the fine material collected in the bottom of the pan. Although the exercise and outdoor activity experienced in prospecting are rewarding, there are few thrills comparable to finding gold. Even an assay report showing an appreciable content of gold in a sample obtained from a lode deposit is exciting. The would-be prospector hoping for financial gain, however, should carefully consider all the pertinent facts before deciding on a prospecting venture.
  • Shell’s Arctic Ambitions Held Up In Seattle

    05/06/2015 7:54:23 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies ^ | 06-05-2015 | The Balvenie
    Shell’s ambitious plans to finally return to the Arctic face yet another hurdle, one that could delay drilling once again. Shell is using the port of Seattle as its base for some of its vessels that it will use in the Arctic. Seattle has been a launching point for Shell in the past (and has hosted Alaskan drilling equipment for decades), but a new greener municipal government is taking a harder look at Shell’s operations. Spurred on by Shell’s error-ridden 2012 campaign in the Arctic that culminated in the grounding of the Kulluk, environmental groups have mustered up some political...
  • Could we get to Mars in 39 DAYS? Nasa selects companies to develop super fast deep-space engine

    04/01/2015 1:36:52 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Nasa has selected a variety of companies to work on projects to create advanced space technologies, including faster methods of propulsion. Other projects to be worked on include improved habitats for humans, and small satellites to explore deep space. And one of the companies in the 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextStep) says they have an engine that could get humans to Mars in just 39 days.
  • Today in History: 1932: First Stratosphere Measurement

    08/18/2014 7:49:47 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | Aug 18, 2014
    Today in History: 1932 First Stratosphere Measurement The Swiss physicist Auguste Piccard and his assistant, Max Cosyns, climbed to an altitude of 16,203 metres with the help of a pressurised cabin attached to a balloon. During the flight through the stratosphere they gathered information about the strength of the cosmic beams and photographed the regions they flew over. Temperature measurements showed outside temperatures to a minimum of minus 60° Celsius. From 1947 Piccard, who was inspired by the Jules Vernes novels, started deep-sea investigations. In 1953 he reached a depth of 3,150 metres with his son in the deep sea...
  • Obama Approves Sonic Cannons, Reopening Oil Exploration Off US Eastern Shore(What's His Game Plan?)

    07/18/2014 1:54:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    AP ^ | July 18, 2014 | JASON DEAREN
    Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's approval of this technology is the first step toward identifying new oil and gas deposits in federal waters from Florida to Delaware
  • Incredible Interactive Virtual Reality Application of Curiosity Rover on Mars

    10/23/2013 3:59:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    JPL/NASA ^ | October 23, 2012 | Staff
  • Raul Grijalva Tries to Block Energy Exploration During Shutdown

    10/07/2013 4:01:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies ^ | October 7, 2013 | Lachlan Markay
    A Democratic member of Congress is using the government shutdown to pressure the Department of the Interior to prohibit oil and gas exploration on federal land. Energy companies should not be able to use federal lands if those lands are closed to hikers and campers, according to Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.), the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Grijalva started an online petition to demand that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack “stop mining [on] public lands while visitors are locked out.” “Fossil fuel and logging companies shouldn’t have special access to our federal lands while...
  • US Won’t be Returning to Moon, NASA Chief Says

    04/08/2013 3:31:44 PM PDT · by anymouse · 34 replies
    America won’t be repeating that historic one small step anytime soon -- not according to NASA chief Charlie Bolden, anyway. “NASA is not going to the Moon with a human as a primary project probably in my lifetime,” Bolden told a joint meeting of the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board in Washington last week, according to Jeff Foust of “And the reason is, we can only do so many things.”
  • Carnival of Space 296 :Weekly Round Up of Science, Space Happenings

    04/08/2013 11:32:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Carnival of Space ^ | April 7, 2013 | Staff
    Welcome to the Carnival of Space 296. This week there is coverage of astronomy of Galaxies, trips to Mars, space technology and more. 1. Andrew Fraknoi highlights a remarkable image by Robert Gendler, a physician and amateur astronomer, assembled from Hubble and other data, that shows a galaxy like our own, but 50 million lightyears away. 2. In the wake of Dennis Tito's Inspiration Mars announcement, Cheap Astronomy delivers a podcast on some of the practicalities of really doing a manned Mars mission. 3. NExtbigfuture covered the work of John Slough and his team who have calculating the potential for...
  • Oil and gas leases, acres, and permits all down under Obama

    10/17/2012 1:33:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 17, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, President Obama claimed, “Very little of what Governor Romney just said is true. We’ve opened up public lands. We’re actually drilling more on public lands than in the previous administration and the previous president was an oil man.” But here are the facts, according to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land management. In 2008 under President Bush, there were a total of 55,085 oil and gas leases in effect on federal land. In 2011 under Obama, there were just 49,174, a decrease of 11 percent. In 2008 under Bush, there were 47.2 million acres of...
  • Company Vows Mars Colony by 2023, Funded by Reality Show

    06/04/2012 7:51:37 PM PDT · by garjog · 37 replies
    NBCUniversal Chanel 4 New York ^ | Monday, Jun 4, 2012 | By DANIEL MACHT
    A Dutch firm wants to build a colony on Mars and fund it with an international reality TV show. Historically the Dutch financed exploration of the new world established business colonies in New York and Australia. Sounds like a good idea.
  • The Truth Is Out There About UFO In Baltic Sea, Swedish Scientists Say

    06/02/2012 9:09:14 PM PDT · by Windflier · 34 replies
    Fox ^ | May 29, 2012 | Gene J. Koprowski
    Swedish scientists plan to explore a mystery ripped straight from the “The X-Files.” Rather than Mulder and Scully, this adventure features Swedish researchers Peter Lindberg and Dennis Asberg. They too know the truth is out there -- and in mere days plan to visit what they call the “Baltic Anomaly.” Last summer, while on a treasure hunt between Sweden and Finland, the pair and their research associates made headlines worldwide with the discovery of a 200-foot wide unidentified object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Now a team of oceanographers, engineers and deep sea divers will return to the...
  • The Mystery of the Lost Anchor

    05/01/2012 7:25:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Black Hills Pioneer ^ | Monday, April 30, 2012
    Hundreds of bison skulls washed onshore below Oahe Dam when the Missouri River flooded in 2011. The river refused to yield an item of great historic interest, though: an anchor that has lain at the bottom of the river for more than two centuries. The anchor came to rest in the silt of the Missouri River the night of Sept. 27, 1804, after being cut from the keelboat used in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Corps of Discovery, as the scientific expedition was called, consisted of 45 men traveling in a keelboat and two flat-bottomed boats called pirogues when...
  • Obama’s Space Shuttle funeral dirge a show for all to see

    04/29/2012 3:18:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 29, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Those lucky enough to still be here to look back at history post Barack Obama will recognize the last sight-piggyback funeral dirge of the once noble Space Shuttle as the Obama Regime’s defining moment. Were an artist to paint a picture of a small boy looking at up at his flying kite as the space shuttle passed over Manhattan yesterday, no portrait of the story of America’s deliberate ruin at the hands of a single politician could ever come closer to the truth. [BIG Snip of text] Few will remember that it was on the fullest moon of the year...
  • Cameron: Earth's deepest spot desolate, foreboding

    03/26/2012 6:28:08 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 32 replies · 38+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 26, 2012 | SETH BORENSTEIN, AP
    WASHINGTON — Diving to the deepest part of the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron says the last frontier on Earth looks an awful lot like another planet: desolate and foreboding. Cameron on Monday described his three hours on the bottom of the Marianas Trench, nearly 7 miles down in a dark freezing and alien place. He is the only person to dive there solo, using a sub he helped design. He is the first person to reach that depth, 35,576 feet, since it was initially explored in 1960. Cameron says he worried about being too busy with exploration duties to take...
  • Santorum Rejects Reagan Space Legacy - Conservative stumbles in bid to hit Gingrich

    02/07/2012 5:37:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 137 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 7, 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    [BIG snip] Santorum's ad and his Op-Ed, meant to mock Gingrich, in reality can only distinctly not help Santorum's struggling campaign. Gingrich will surely make the inevitable -- and correct -- connection between Santorum's ad and a serious attack on the Reagan space legacy -- and the dreams of America itself. "We'll continue our quest in space…. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue," said President Reagan that tragic January night. Well, no they won't. Not if Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have anything to say about it. "I promise," says Santorum. Worse, whether Santorum's staff understands it...
  • Amundsen’s winning race to South Pole remembered in 100th anniversary service

    12/14/2011 5:50:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 14, 2011 | AP
    OSLO, Norway — Norway’s prime minister, polar adventurers and scientists have gathered at the bottom of the world to mark the 100th anniversary of explorer Roald Amundsen becoming the first to reach the South Pole. Under a crystal blue sky and temperatures of -40 F (-40 C), the group on Wednesday remembered Amundsen’s feat on the spot where he placed his flag on Dec. 14, 1911.
  • ZUBRIN: Obama readies to blast NASA

    10/27/2011 8:28:43 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/11 | Robert Zubrin
    Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary exploration program. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity, being readied on the pad, will be launched, as will the nearly completed small MAVEN orbiter scheduled for 2013, but that will be it. No further missions to anywhere are planned. After 2013, America’s amazing career of planetary exploration, which ran from the Mariner probes in the 1960s through the great Pioneer, Viking, Voyager, Pathfinder, MarsGlobalSurveyor, MarsOdyssey, Spirit, Opportunity, MarsReconnaissanceOrbiter, Galileo and Cassini missions, will simply end. Furthermore, the plan from the Office of Management and...
  • Franklin expedition: Will we ever know what happened?

    09/08/2011 8:49:19 PM PDT · by decimon · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | September 8, 2011 | Kate Dailey
    Canadian explorers have drawn a blank in the latest hunt for the remains of Captain Sir John Franklin's fatal expedition, 160 years after he took his crew of 129 men deep into the Arctic.In 1845, Capt Franklin, an officer in the British Royal Navy, took two ships and 129 men towards the Northwest Territories in an attempt to map the Northwest Passage, a route that would allow sailors to travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the icy Arctic circle. Stocked with provisions that could last for seven years, and outfitted with the latest technology and experienced men, the...
  • Lonely Rogue Worlds Surprisingly Outnumber Planets with Suns

    05/18/2011 8:47:19 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 148 replies · 1+ views ^ | 05/18/2011 | Mike Wall
    Astronomers have discovered a whole new class of alien planet: a vast population of Jupiter-mass worlds that float through space without any discernible host star, a new study finds. While some of these exoplanets could potentially be orbiting a star from very far away, the majority of them most likely have no parent star at all, scientists say. And these strange worlds aren't mere statistical anomalies. They likely outnumber "normal" alien planets with obvious parent stars by at least 50 percent, and they're nearly twice as common in our galaxy as main-sequence stars, according to the new study. Astronomers have...

    04/20/2011 3:33:41 PM PDT · by TheSentry · 27 replies · 1+ views
    OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY NEWS ^ | 20 Apr. 2011 | staff
    US SAYS NO ISSUES WITH NEW OIL PIPELINE 20 Apr 2011-US say no isues with new oil pipeline proposed $7 billion 1900 mile pipieline would carry oil from Canada to Texas...
  • Once Again, MTV Exploits America’s Youth

    02/02/2011 9:53:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | February 2, 2011 | Marybeth Hicks
    Admittedly, the Egyptian uprising, the nullification of Obamacare and the ongoing ramifications of "Snowpocolypse 2011" could render the controversy about an MTV original program insignificant by comparison. After all, MTV is only out to destroy an entire generation. No big deal. Every adult - not just parents - should take the time to learn about the MTV show "Skins," a new "teen drama" that the Parents Television Council (PTC) has deemed "the most dangerous show on TV." Be careful when you go hunting for information about "Skins" lest your spouse conclude you've developed an interest in child pornography. The publicity...
  • A One-Way Trip To Mars Would Be Affordable

    10/26/2010 11:06:50 AM PDT · by mrreaganaut · 26 replies
    Mars Daily ^ | Oct 25, 2010 | Staff Writers
    For the chance to watch the sun rise over Olympus Mons, or maybe take a stroll across the vast plains of the Vastitas Borealis, would you sign on for a one-way flight to Mars?
  • NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

    07/05/2010 5:47:31 PM PDT · by Penn4God · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 7/5/2010 | FoxNews
    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
  • Scotch Whisky Meant To Warm Antarctic Explorers Retrieved After Century Locked In Ice

    02/06/2010 9:26:13 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies · 1,108+ views ^ | February 5, 2010 | AP
    Scotch whisky meant to warm Antarctic explorers retrieved after century locked in ice Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand - This Scotch has been on the rocks for a century. Five crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Ice cracked some of the bottles that had been left there in 1909, but the restorers said Friday they are confident the five crates contain intact bottles "given liquid can be heard when the crates are moved." New Zealand Antarctic...
  • Obama to End NASA Constellation Program (Moon missions)

    01/29/2010 8:19:15 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 36 replies · 1,047+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 01/29/10 | Staff
    On the eve of the fullest moon of the year, NASA scientists were told they won't be able to visit any longer. In his new budget, President Obama plans to eliminate the space program's manned moon missions. On the eve of the fullest moon of the year, NASA scientists were told they won't be able to visit any longer. In his new budget, President Obama plans to eliminate the space program's manned moon missions. When the president releases his budget on Monday, a White House official confirmed on Thursday, there will be a big hole where funding for NASA's Constellation...
  • Analysis: 2009 Top Discoveries {Oil, Gas}

    01/24/2010 5:18:56 PM PST · by thackney · 7 replies · 659+ views
    Rig Zone ^ | Jan 22, 2010 | Rig Zone Staff
    Looking back at 2009, crude oil prices rebounded nicely from the 2008 rollercoaster of record highs and devastating lows. The recovery, which primarily occurred in the last three quarters of the year, made it one of the strongest years for crude oil since 1973 on a percentage gain basis. Crude oil gained about 75% in 2009, and natural gas ended the year flat compared to 2008.However, 2009 will also be remembered for its significant offshore oil and gas discoveries worldwide. Of the 10 top discoveries for the year, two were made in the GOM, two were found off Australia, and...
  • 40 Years Ago This Month: Apollo 12

    11/03/2009 8:57:44 AM PST · by chimera · 27 replies · 1,043+ views
    various | 11/3/2009 | chimera
    They say no one remembers No. 2, but the second manned lunar landing was memorable for a number of reasons. First, almost anyone familiar with the Apollo program remembers the launch. Apollo 12 was successfully launched in a rainstorm from Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 14th, 1969. As the Saturn V lifted from the launch pad, the familiar voice of Mission Commander Pete Conrad was heard on the air-to-ground loop playfully exclaiming, “That’s a LOVELY liftoff, that’s not bad at all!”, and indeed for a time it wasn’t. While normal at first, all hell broke loose about 30 seconds into...
  • 50 Years of Space Exploration (Large Graphic)

    10/11/2009 12:30:02 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies · 1,007+ views
    Internet ^ | 10/11/2009 | Unknown
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  • Megawatt Class VASIMIR Plasma Rocket Cluster by 2013

    10/02/2009 12:19:00 PM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies · 763+ views
    Next Big Future ^ | October 02, 2009 | Brian Wang
    Once we’ve demonstrated a 200-kilowatt prototype engine operating at full power on the ground, the next step is testing an identical version in space. We’re already testing the prototype unit in our vacuum chamber here in Houston, and we’re designing the actual flight engine, which is called the VF-200. We signed an agreement with NASA last December to actually mount the VF-200 on the International Space Station in 2012 or 2013. > We would hope that, if not the US, maybe the Europeans, the Chinese, the Russians, or somebody else will develop a nuclear-electric power capability that we can marry...
  • BP announces `giant' oil find in Gulf of Mexico

    09/02/2009 12:19:20 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 98 replies · 4,720+ views ^ | 09/02/09 | Staff
    LONDON (AP) -- BP PLC said Wednesday that it had made a "giant" oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico but had not yet determined the size and commercial potential of the find. The well, in Keathley Canyon block 102 about 250 miles (400 kms) southeast of Houston, is in 4,132 feet (1,259 meters) of water, the company said.
  • Across the Universe

    04/30/2009 2:34:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies · 1,289+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2009 | Thomas Mallon
    Intelligent life surely exists on some of the planets beyond our solar system. But we’ve scarcely begun to look for it. With NASA dithering and corporate titans more interested in space tourism, a serious exploration of the stars is limited more by a lack of vision than of technology. But a few scientists think they can use the sun’s light to cheaply propel an unmanned craft deep into the interstellar ether. Their vision may be quixotic, and their first attempt failed. But what will it mean for our solipsistic species if they succeed next time?
  • Obama seeks a new era of energy exploration in US

    04/22/2009 2:06:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 669+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/22/09 | Philip Elliott and Mike Glover - ap
    NEWTON, Iowa – Marking Earth Day with a pitch for his energy plan, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for a "new era of energy exploration in America" and argued that his proposal would help the economy and the environment at once. ... But Obama's promise of preserving natural resources and jump-starting the economy ran smack into the reality of this economically struggling town about 30 miles east of Des Moines. The wind energy plant where he spoke, and received a tour beforehand, is a shadow of what it replaced — a Maytag Corp. appliances plant that built washers, dryers...
  • Boldly Going Nowhere

    04/14/2009 5:52:28 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 15 replies · 656+ views
    NYT ^ | 4/13/2009 | SETH SHOSTAK
    IT’S a birthright proffered by science and prophesied by “Star Trek,” “Battlestar Galactica” and a thousand other space operas: We’re destined to go to the stars. Our descendants will spread beyond this nondescript solar system and seek adventure and bumpy-headed pals in the stellar realms. Well, cool your warp jets, Mr. Scott, because we’re not about to breach the final frontier. Piling into a starship and barreling into deep space may long remain —like perfect children or effort-free bathroom cleaners —a pipe dream. . . . [A] trip to Proxima Centauri, the nearest star beyond the Sun and 100 million...
  • Noble Energy announces another Israeli find

    04/03/2009 1:42:06 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 1 replies · 386+ views|energy ^ | March 30, 2009 | sourced from Bloomberg
    Noble Energy Inc., the U.S. oil company that operates Israel’s first offshore natural-gas platform, announced its second discovery in the undersea Levantine basin. A well drilled to a depth of 12,000 feet at the Dalit prospect encountered more than 110 feet of net pay, Houston-based Noble said today in a statement. The announcement follows Tamar, another Levantine basin gas find this year, which Noble called its biggest discovery on record. “With the successes at Tamar and Dalit, we have potentially opened up a substantial new resource basin, where we have an interest in about 3 million gross acres,” Chief Executive...
  • Steve Fossett's unfinished legacy: Deepest ocean exploration

    10/04/2008 1:36:07 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 5 replies · 921+ views
    CNET ^ | October 3, 2008 | Daniel Terdiman
    Steve Fossett's unfinished legacy: Deepest ocean exploration And were it not for what seems certain to be his untimely and tragic death in a small airplane crash high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Fossett was poised to set a new record, one that could have far surpassed his many others in scope and shock value. The record? To become the first human being to dive solo to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, 36,000 feet below the ocean surface near Guam.
  • Do We Have the Will to Drill? Environmentalists’ New Strategy to Kill Energy Exploration

    09/02/2008 7:15:19 AM PDT · by vadum · 7 replies · 186+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | September 2008 | Danny Smith
    Summary: The debate over energy and environmental policy has taken a surprising turn. With gasoline hovering around $4 a gallon, environmental groups are on the defensive. Americans want lower gas prices but environmentalists want to use high fuel prices to force dramatic changes on society. Many greens continue to oppose all new energy production, but the major environmental groups have a new strategy. They think their allies in Congress can convince the public that more oil won’t lower gas prices. ... Today’s green activists take their cues from professional pessimists like Paul Ehrlich. He’s the Stanford University professor who famously...
  • Israeli companies search for oil in Judean Desert

    08/26/2008 12:30:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 3,121+ views
    THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | Aug. 25, 2008 | Ehud Zion Waldoks
    Two Israeli energy companies are convinced the best chance for finding oil in Israel lies at a site in the Judean Desert nature reserve and have stirred up a storm of controversy with their persistent requests to drill an exploratory hole. The companies, Ginko Oil Exploration and Delek Energy System, want to drill in an empty corner of the desert. However, the Nature and Parks Authority Science Committee and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) contend that even exploratory drilling will destroy the fragile ecosystems in the reserve. The two sides will go head to head...
  • Debate on Gas Prices

    07/10/2008 5:01:49 AM PDT · by Raquel · 13 replies · 54+ views
    Political Blog ^ | July 10, 2008 | Raquel Okyay
    Most Americans agree that the price of oil has skyrocketed! It is at a point where the average citizen has no choice but to incur the rise in price in their pocketbook, because for most of us our car is essential to our livelihood and heating in the wintertime is a must! I have no doubt that great minds will find viable, alternative sources of energy in the future, and concede it is well worth the effort. We should reject, however, the idea that gas and oil is our enemy, and exploit the oil off and on American shores as...
  • No Profits, No Oil

    06/18/2008 9:00:20 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies · 144+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2008 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    If a product is in short supply and if you really wanted more to be produced quickly, would you want companies to think that they could earn a lot of money making it? You would think that the answer is pretty obvious: No profits, no oil. To encourage more production, companies need to think that there are more profits to be made. With all the anger over high oil prices, more production to lower prices would seem to be a high priority. But outside of most congressional Republicans, particularly those in the Senate who successfully filibustered a new wind-fall profits...
  • Domestic Oil Exploration Should Be Year’s Top Issue, But Republicans Are Too Stupid

    05/27/2008 4:46:55 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 74 replies · 131+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | May 27, 2008 | Dan Calabrese
    If Republicans had any brains, they would make domestic oil exploration the number one issue in this election year. Surely the voters would have little sympathy for a party that wants to keep trillions of barrels worth of oil resources in the ground while they pay through the nose at the pump. But it’s hard to say you’ll solve a problem when you’ve already had a chance and failed – and this is the Republicans’ never-ending quandary in the aftermath of their pathetic stewardship of Congress. My colleague Herman Cain this week did the mainstream media’s job for it and...
  • Afghanistan Heroes Offer to Colonize Moon, Mars and Beyond

    04/25/2008 6:37:14 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 11 replies · 124+ views
    LiveScience Blogs ^ | 4-25-08 | Anthony Duignan-Cabrera
    Afghanistan Heroes Offer to Colonize Moon, Mars and Beyond By Anthony Duignan-Cabrera A recent survey in the news showed that the war in Iraq had dropped to number 3 on a list of issues currently obsessing potential voters in the ongoing presidential campaign season. -snip- The problem is, NASA is going about it all the wrong way. Here is an idea: Send battle-hardened, strong-minded soldiers and marines on the long trips into space. We are conditioned to live with the bare minimal (of) life’s necessities and are trained to be prepared for … the worst conditions that any environment could...