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Mars; for humanity at large, it's approximately the third frontier, depending on whether you start counting with John Glenn's sub-orbital flight.
[photo: space.com]

Mars; the final frontier.

...if you plan to be one of those Mars One colonists. For humanity at large, it's approximately the third frontier, depending on whether you start counting with John Glenn's sub-orbital flight. Or the fourth frontier, if you start with those Russian dogs and monkeys.

Who would want to do this? This woman seems perfectly sane.

On the other hand, a British paper reported the rumor that some of the colonists plan to grow weed and bogart the whole planet. That actually would make a great movie.

What happens, however, when faster ships are developed in ten or twenty years? Or are they counting on that?

The Groundhog Day report from Gobblers Knob, PA, is that Punxsatawney Phil saw his shadow, which means 6 more weeks of winter.

In keeping with last week's science theme, the Groundhog Day report from Gobblers Knob, PA, is that Punxsatawney Phil saw his shadow, which means 6 more weeks of winter.

Phil has an official website.

The Week has a piece quoting the Washington Post's research on the accuracy of Phil's predictions, and found it inconclusive. To be fair to Phil, their study was on 30 years of temperature reports, not snowfall.

A Pew Research Poll says that most Americans believe in science and believe scientists are trustworthy, reliable, accurate, and probably saving our lives. However, the same survey shows that more than half of all Americans choose to believe the scientists are wrong in areas where the science contradicts their biases.

A Pew Research Poll says that most Americans believe in science and believe scientists  are trustworthy, reliable, accurate, and probably saving our lives. However, the same survey shows that more than half of all Americans choose to believe the scientists are wrong in areas where the science contradicts their biases.

The poll, released yesterday, shows that this poo-pooing of scientists crosses political lines; for instance, we're all aware of the preponderance of data supporting evolution. While 98% of scientists support this, only 65% of the public supports evolution.

But liberals shouldn't feel smug: 88% of the members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) support eating genetically modified food, but only 37% of the general public agrees.

This is one of the reasons the lack of quality public education is such a dangerous thing.

Also why zombies, vampires, and the Koch brothers are so trendy these days.

But it's not completely depressing; a new poll conducted by the New York Times, Stanford University, and the non-profit Resources for the future indicates that two-thirds of Americans support doing something about climate change. That two-thirds includes 48% of all Republicans.