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REAL SCIENCE: "Instant" Pizza, Anyone?

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First they brought us communicators, in the form of flip-top cell phones. Now researchers have set their sights on creating the "replicators" from Star Trek, in the form of 3D printers that can concoct pizzas from shelf-stable powdered ingredient packs.

College kids of the future, you may want to pay attention to this one.

http://news.yahoo.com/why-nasa-funding-3d-pizza-printer-133700233.html

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REAL SCIENCE: Now All You Need Is Some Unobtanium

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Over the years, Star Trek tech has inspired a lot of things we now take for granted, but some of the most iconic technologies from the USS Enterprise still elude us.

NASA believes that we may be able to achieve warp drive. They're a little fuzzy on the details, but at least they're actively exploring the possibilities.

http://www.technewsdaily.com/18051-star-trek-warp-drive-possible.html

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REALSPACE: Looking For Life In All The Wrong Places?

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It has been Mankind's dream to find alien peoples living on our neighboring planets. I believe that part of the reason why the American public has largely lost interest in the space program, is because we've learned that the only "life" we're going to find, will be on the level of microbes and bacteria, rather than the exotic, hyperintelligent creatures that populated pulp fiction in the early part of the last century.

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Salvaging The Apollo Rocket Engines

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Proof that having an obscene amount of money can be used for practical applications, Amazon CEO Jeff Bazos has led a team in recoving some parts from the Saturn V rockets which were used to send astronauts to the Moon.

 

On Wednesday he hauled his catch up from three miles down and headed for Cape Canaveral to show off his rusty prizes.

 

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OPINION: Private Space Flight

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Sometimes the price of innovation is death.  Thousands of pioneers over the centuries have been willing to pay that price in the hopes of finding a better future for themselves and their progeny.  They pushed the frontiers back in an attempt to seize the future.

 

Why are we so unwilling to follow their example?  Why has manned space exploration become far too expensive for us?

 

 

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EFFORTLESSLY INTERESTING: I doubt it'll ever fly, but this is what the Orion will be doing if it does

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Welcome to "Effortlessly Interesting," our low-impact feature that we throw up to fill space when there's something kinda' snazzy out there that's worth sharing, but at the same time we're not really invested in it.

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Why it was Inappropriate for NASA to name a Space Shuttle "Enterprise."

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Since last week's piece on how the Shuttles got their names, I've taken some flack (Mostly through Email) about whether or not it was inappropriate for NASA to name a shuttle after the Starship Enterprise. Most of this has revolved around two points: 1) It wasn't a real shuttle anyway, just a glider, so who cares? and 2) Trek has inspired people to become scientists and astronauts and blah blah blah blah. Here's my take on both of those:

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REALSPACE: Don't let the SLS fool you, the Luddites are still winning their war to kill the space program.

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I once, quite inadvertently, got a reader removed from use at my child’s school. It seemed to have been written by the same “lunched out” hippies that in the nineteen-seventies, who decided that because they were against the Vietnam War, and it’s killing on an industrial scale, they were against any other form of technology backed by the government, including space exploration.

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REALSPACE: Not content merely to suck on their own time, NASA forces suckiness on others

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My mom worked for NASA in its glory days well over a generation ago. It was an heroic agency in a tumultuous time, one of the few things all Americans could get behind and feel proud of. In the 80s/90s, it just became another bloated bureaucratic bore. Over the last decade, the agency tried fitfully to make itself relevant again, and believe you me, that was in dire need.

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