I see three things that are properly called "press releases" in the headlines of Slashdot this morning. It's a typical beginner mistake. Please stop.
visibility is a couple kilometers
First, thanks for your very interesting posts. Do you mean visibility at ground level or at the altitude where the pressure is 1atm ? If the former, then why did the Russian probes only show pictures with about one meter of visibility ?
Personally I really liked the idea put forward at the end of K.S.R.'s Blue Mars: put a gigantic thin (monomolecular) film at L1 between Venus and the sun to lower the solar input and let Venus atmosphere condense to the ground.
There is no clear, universally agreed definition of what a continent is.
I've been to all 7 continents. And even if they add an 8th one in NZ, I don't care as I've been there too !
Another reason to ban beer: It would cost the taxpayers several thousand dollars to launch a pint of beer into LEO. The bill for a small Superbowl party on the ISS would easily exceed the average US worker's annual salary.
If they're going to send up any booze, make it 190 proof grain alchohol. That would only cost about $100 per drink.
Better yet, ditch the whole manned space flight boondoggle and use the savings to fund more real space science.
People are going to be scrambling for privacy after every sheet of drywall on the planet has been consumed by these voracious microbes.
Really earlier than that, Fermi expected it and had equipment shielded and double-shielded when testing the first nuclear bomb. But we should not confuse cosmic rays and EMP.
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