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+ - SpaceX - the Private Frontier->

sciencecomedian writes: Our new video about SpaceX for Time.com. Features interview bits with Elon Musk and a glance inside their rocket factory. We were almost finished with the piece when the topic blew up in the news about a week ago (after the ASAP announcement criticizing the Augustine Commission's recommendations and the use of private sector rockets for carrying American astronauts). We added a bit to address this point but the piece was conceived as a profile of SpaceX, not the controversy over President Obama's recommendations for the NASA budget and how it is spent.
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Comment: Re: discovering a species of fly (Score 5, Informative) 126 126

Correction: I didn't discover a new species of fly - but I did take a picture that may be the first known occurrence of a particular species in this part of the world (the Nearctic): http://bugguide.net/node/view/21487 (but it's a species known in other parts of the world)

Comment: Re:Fitted? (Score 5, Insightful) 126 126

'We found his humor delightfully nerdy, and he fitted right in,' said Kevin Grazier, who is a planetary scientist and author. Ugh, really? It's hard to keep feeling superior to the artsies when other scientists are using words like 'fitted' in this context.

In Kevin's defense, he says he was misquoted. Seeing that appalled him, too. So you can still respect scientists.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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