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Pluto's Neighbors

C.E. Dorsett It's getting crowded around the ninth planet:

Adding to the growing compendium of Kuiper belt objects, astronomers have spotted two new moons orbiting Pluto. Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope from May of last year show two tiny dots revolving around the same center of gravity as the ninth planet and its largest moon, Charon. Reporting the finding today in Nature, the researchers speculate that the tiny companions formed in the same cataclysmic collision that produced Charon (Scientific American).

I hope they release pics soon. I would like to see them, even if they are just specs of light.

Beam me up, For real?

C.E. Dorsett This is a real jaw dropper... I have to say, the science headlines lately have just been blowing me away:

The first experimental demonstration of quantum telecloning has just been accomplished by scientists at the University of Tokyo, the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the University of York. Telecloning is a combined achievement; it combines quantum teleportation with quantum cloning into a single step.

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In their telecloning experiment, researchers cloned a beam of laser light, transmitting its electric field amplitude and phase - but not its polarization - to two distant beams with 58 percent fidelity. The theoretical limit on the experiment was 66 percent (Live Science).

Now, I have to admit, my imagination is peaked by this technology, and I do believe it might one day replace the mail service, I have my doubts whether living beings could be successfully telecloned. I like it in fictions, but feel a bit like Bones when it comes to the idea of it happening to me.

Global Warming: Is it too late?

Now that most scientists agree human activity is causing Earth to warm, the central debate has shifted to whether climate change is progressing so rapidly that, within decades, humans may be helpless to slow or reverse the trend. This “tipping point” scenario has begun to consume many prominent researchers in the United States and abroad, because the answer could determine how drastically countries need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years. While scientists remain uncertain when such a point might occur, many say it is urgent that policymakers cut global carbon dioxide emissions in half over the next 50 years or risk the triggering of changes that would be irreversible (Washington Post).

Just thought you should know... Usually, this is were I wax all political and start pointing fingers... but this is too important to start pointing fingers. Climate Change threatens us all. It is real. It is happening.

Most of December 2005 and January 2006 it has been so warm I have been wearing shorts! Usually, there would have been snow or at least bitterly cold winds. I am very concerned about all this.

This is a global problem, and will require global solutions. This is bigger than party, religion, or nationality. The effects of climate change will hurt us all. We have to unite for change.

Global Warming: Is it too late?

Now that most scientists agree human activity is causing Earth to warm, the central debate has shifted to whether climate change is progressing so rapidly that, within decades, humans may be helpless to slow or reverse the trend. This “tipping point” scenario has begun to consume many prominent researchers in the United States and abroad, because the answer could determine how drastically countries need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years. While scientists remain uncertain when such a point might occur, many say it is urgent that policymakers cut global carbon dioxide emissions in half over the next 50 years or risk the triggering of changes that would be irreversible (Washington Post).

Just thought you should know... Usually, this is were I wax all political and start pointing fingers... but this is too important to start pointing fingers. Climate Change threatens us all. It is real. It is happening.

Most of December 2005 and January 2006 it has been so warm I have been wearing shorts! Usually, there would have been snow or at least bitterly cold winds. I am very concerned about all this.

This is a global problem, and will require global solutions. This is bigger than party, religion, or nationality. The effects of climate change will hurt us all. We have to unite for change.

Government Has a Duty to Teach Its Own Students

Perhaps, responsibility could be returning to the Florida government:

Florida's highest court on Thursday handed public school advocates a decisive victory, striking down a Florida program that gives students taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers to private schools. It was the first time a state Supreme Court has said states have a duty to educate students in public schools (USAToday).

Imagine that, the government has a responsibility to its citizens! I know that in this modern world we like to rid ourselves of as much responsibility as possible, but we have to stand up against the government absolving itself of every reason it has to exist!

Protect us, do not attack the wrong country and outsource military duties to unaccountable private companies. No one should be allowed to profit off war.

Research new medicines stop allowing private companies co-opt the drug that we paid to invent.

Teach our kids, and do not lie to us about the “hidden profit motive” in education! Well educated people are savvy shopper, rarely gullible, and take an interest in the general welfare of their communities, none of which is beneficial to the corporate bottom line. Business will always have an interest in keeping people dumb, ill-informed, and naive! They will teach to whatever test the government requires to show they are doing a good job, and neglect critical thinking skills.

Private schools are fine, but the government has a responsibility to offer a quality alternative to what most private schools offer (ideological indoctrination in the philosophy of the school). Private schools have an interest in creating good followers, not necessarily good citizens.