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Human Space Exploration

↳ Posted on November 14th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Here’s a picture including every surface mankind has visited as of 2014.

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What California Looked Like in 1851

↳ Posted on November 13th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Here’s an artist’s rendition of what California would have looked like from space back in 1851.

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Nasa Developing Faster-than-light Warp Drive

↳ Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Ku-xlarge(5)NASA is currently working on a theoretical propulsion drive which will allow humans to travel not only faster than light, but much faster. Most current proposals offer near light-speed at best, but this idea goes even further, making interstellar travel very feasible within the lifetime of a single human. It is extraordinary in the fact that it will make the universe much smaller, allowing us to reach out and physically touch our celestial neighbors. Read more…

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Extra_dimensionAn article from Learning Mind addresses this question by analyzing the novel Flatland. The book uses the oft-quoted illustration of 2-dimensional creatures being surprised by the interjection of 3-dimensional creatures. This example is used in many science programs, such as Through the Wormhole and The Universe, to simplify string theory and make the issue of multiple dimensions more palatable to laymen. However, I believe there are a few problems with the conclusions the author, Anna Lemind, presents from these sources. Read more…

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Nasa Asteroid Threat Map

↳ Posted on February 9th, 2014 by Ben Spera

image All of those horribly inaccurate end-of-days movies don’t seem quite so ridiculous once you let the data represented in this graphic sink in. This graphic was made by NASA and represents the orbit of all of the known asteroids within our own solar system. Now compare the numerous asteroid orbits with our beloved Earth’s lone orbit which is highlighted in white. It demonstrates the real plausibility of the dinosaurs’ extinction-by-asteroid theory, and it almost makes you wonder how we haven’t been battered to extinction yet. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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This is No Trayvon Martin

Posted on April 27th, 2013 by Ben Spera

tumblr_m1qbhsTwki1r299qgo1_500 Despite the media’s comparison to the Trayvon Martin shooting, the shooting of 68 year old Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. is a puzzling story that is hard to justify. Mr. Chamberlain wasn’t a truant, troubled teen, or anything other than a well respected, upstanding American citizen. He was a U.S. Marine veteran and retired correctional officer. Most importantly, unlike the Martin fiasco, Mr. Chamberlain’s story is recorded ver batim on tape, thanks to his Life Aid medical alert system installed in his home. Read more…

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