Monday, February 11, 2008

Space, Sci-Fi Technology, and Denominational Health

Over fifty years have passed since America first satellite was launched into orbit. The Explorer 1 satellite gave the first real evidence of the near-Earth space environment and lead to the discovery of the radiation belts around the Earth. Those radiation belts were named after the lead scientist who lead the development the experiments on board, James Van Allen.

If that doesn't fire your imagination, Wired offers up their top ten list of technologies that are doable now, but cost way too much. The examples range from supersonic jets (yeah, we've technically already done that one) to floating cities to interstellar exploration. I still hope to live to see some of them become reality. And at the moment, it seems like the robot army is leading the charge. Sigh.

Science doesn't just study the big picture. Sometimes, people study the oddest little things. Like this study from Northern Ireland comparing health and mortality trends of people by denomination. As a Methodist, I apparently would have a lower risk of "accidental death" than Catholics, Presbyterians, and members of the Church of Ireland. I'm not sure if that means I am more likely to be killed on purpose or not...

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