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+ - 'Colonizing the Red Planet,' a How-To Guide->

Submitted by Velcroman1
Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "A manned mission to Mars would be the greatest adventure in the history of the human race. And one man knows how to make it a reality. In fact, he just wrote the book on it — literally. Joel Levine, senior research scientist with NASA's Langley Research Center and co-chair of NASA's Human Exploration of Mars Science Analysis Group, just published "The Human Mission to Mars: Colonizing the Red Planet." The book reads like a who's who of Mars mission science, featuring senators, astronauts, astrophysicists, geologists and more on getting to Mars, studying its atmosphere and climate, the psychological and medical effects on the crew and other details. There's even a section detailing the science of sex on Mars, should NASA attempt to create a permanent colony there. The most interesting bit: Levine presents a solution for funding the trip, something unprecedented for NASA: advertising. "The suggestion is marketing to different corporations and professional sports leagues for advertising, which is something NASA never does — it's a whole new economic plan for financing what has to be the greatest adventure in the history of the human race.""
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Comment: Re:A soapbox for armchair gender theorists? (Score 2) 214

by MintOreo (#34668612) Attached to: Record Set For World's Youngest Chess Champion
If I had Mod Points I'd mod you up. Today it's become so taboo to even hint that there are any differences between males and females that doing so social suicide. It's ridiculous. Perhaps we can subvert this by calling men testosterone and women estrogen.

New summary:

No one really knows why the best estrogen players are typically not as good at chess as the testosterone players. One theory, common among some top testosterone players, is that testosterone usually induces more aggressive behavior by nature than estrogen, and is therefore the better suited hormone for a game that simulates warfare. Another, cited in at least one university study, is that the talent pool among estrogen filled players has not been big enough to produce many great players."

Comment: Re:People don't watch Fox News to become informed. (Score 1) 1352

by MintOreo (#34578102) Attached to: Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

...having already made up their minds and not wishing to be confused with the facts, they go there to have their preconceptions re-enforced.

This is true, and the exact same thing these "surveyors" were doing.

On a side note, how is the title of this slashdot summary any better than what Fox News does?

Comment: Re:So? (Score 2) 240

by MintOreo (#34465248) Attached to: One Night Stands May Be Genetic
And how you respond to these environments is purely genetic. The real question is what genetic determinations are more ductile to environmental influences.

Infidelity is despicable (obviously subjective), as it is deceit. Infidelity is being unfaithful- if your contract never included sexual exclusivity then not being exclusive isn't infidelity.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"