Not Making My Deadline

If I have one big flaw as a writer (indeed, as a participant in life!) it’s that I’m terrible for deadlines.  I’m the one who streaks in to work at the bell (and sometimes a couple of minutes after the bell).  I’m the one who always did my homework the night before it was due […]

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Space Opera is Taking Humanity to its Limits

Read the full article at New Scientist.

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Canadian Astronauts

Here are the top 17 candidates for the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut training program! Men and women from all over the country; doctors, soldiers, pilots, scientists. Here’s one job with no glass ceiling. 😉

Also, I really loved this graphic and had to use it in a blog post (courtesy Canadian Space Agency).

Astronauts are modern-day explorers. They courageously travel beyond the Earth to help acquire new scientific knowledge. Their courage and determination are an inspiration to many.

Despite their unique journeys, astronauts have a few things in common: an academic background in science or technology, excellent health, and outstanding qualities and skills.

The candidates participating in the astronaut selection process also share these attributes. You can read their remarkable profiles here. Visit this page regularly to see how the selection process is going!

Read the full article at the Canadian Space Agency (Government of Canada Website).

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How Western Civilization Could Collapse

Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer.

The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward-propelling motion slow or cease, the pillars that define our society – democracy, individual liberties, social tolerance and more – would begin to teeter. Our world would become an increasingly ugly place, one defined by a scramble over limited resources and a rejection of anyone outside of our immediate group. Should we find no way to get the wheels back in motion, we’d eventually face total societal collapse.

Read the full article at BBC.

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Happy World Book Day!

World Book Day[1] or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. In the United Kingdom, the day is recognized on the first Thursday in March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

Read full article at Wikipedia.

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