But in the decades since man first walked on the moon, science has advanced so rapidly that technology which even a few years ago might have been considered magic has become commonplace. Even so, it would be naïve to assume that Apollo 11 ever represented science and technology's pinnacle, and that nothing forthcoming will similarly explode the world's collective dreams and perceptions of what it means to be human.
So what's next? What will be the next worldwide event or discovery that fundamentally changes the way we look at ourselves and the universe we live in?
When President Kennedy laid forth his plan to put a man on the moon he did so in a world that had just become acclimated to rapidly advancing technology. Nuclear power, television, jet engines, satellites and computers had proven that only the scope of our imaginations limited our progress. By challenging America to go to the moon, Kennedy forced the country to expand its imagination to meet the possibilities of science.
So, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, we've assembled a list scientific accomplishments that would certainly shatter our nonchalance about advanced technology, capturing worldwide psyches at the same time.
Clearly, this list is incomplete, and we'd like you, the readers to add to it. What scientific or engineering project, discovery, or advance do you think could inspire and impress the people of today like the moon landing did 40 years ago? Have we, as a civilization, moved past the propensity to marvel at technological progress, or can a sufficiently impressive advance still illicit awe? We look forward to reading your additions to our list, your arguments for and against them, and your general observations about the ability of science to inspire. Now, let's take a look at the list:
A Manned Mission to Mars
Ever since the moon landing, humans (including those who've walked on the moon) have looked past the moon to Earth's next closest neighbor: Mars. Travelling to Mars is of course vastly more difficult than travelling to the moon, but if anything can become a worldwide moment as Apollo 11 did, it would be humans walking on another planet for the first time.
Where We Are Now: During the Bush Administration, and especially under the tenure of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, manned missions to Mars received a great deal of support. However, the Obama Administration is far less taken with the idea of manned spaceflight, and has scalled back many programs considered necessary for an eventual mission to Mars.
Even if the political will was there, right now, the technology isn't. There is currently no shielding strong enough to protect the astronauts from the high power cosmic rays that would constantly bombard them during the trip. These highly charged particles cause cancer, and damage the astronauts' eyes and brains. Additionally, being stuck in a tin can adrift in space for the 500+ day journey (one-way) doesn't exactly do wonders for the psyche, and most research catalogues a range of problems resulting from the cramped, precarious and monotonous living conditions.
All of this adds up to journey that reduces fit, PhD-graduate astronauts to blind, brain-damaged lunatics who probably couldn't get it together enough to land the ship when they did eventually reach Mars.
What Needs To Happen: Designing a rocket that can travel to Mars and back is actually the easy part. Dealing with the shielding and the health problems caused by the trick form the real problem. Cosmic rays travel at nearly the speed of light, so any physical shielding thick enough to stop them built from current tech would likely be too heavy to get into orbit. Luckily, cosmic rays are charged particles, and thus easily manipulated by magnetic fields. Current thinking focuses on magnetic shielding that would redirect the rays around the spaceship, rather than block them outright.
On the psychology front, a recent European study locked six scientists in a simulated spacecraft for 105 days, and none of them succumbed to space madness. This year, another team of six will be locked in the simulator for the full 520 days a Mars mission is expected to take. The results of that test will provide a wealth of data needed to design the psychological program that will keep the astronauts mentally fit to perform their duties.
Chances It Will Occur Within A Decade: Nil. The technology could certainly be developed, but right now, the political will (yet alone the financial support) just isn't there.
nuclear disarmament is a perfect addition to the list
however the US needs to take large steps itself if it wants any other countries to follow. we need to set an example first
Wireless electrical delivery.
It has been proven that women know their role much more clearly than men. Men have lost the reason why they have been put here. At one time men were much more in tune with nature than they are now.
Today men are hung up on how many toys they possess. What's needed is for Man to look inward to a frontier that has hardly been tapped. An HONOR movement has to take hold so as when boys grow up, they know their place in the world. It's not about how many toys one has, but what one does with them once they've succeeded in getting them.
We need a person to come along who can print a road map for men to allow them to grow to their potential. Good hearts that get behind progress nurture the hopes and aspirations of the masses. It just can't be about making money anymore. "Why, I would pay to see a sunset like that one again".
How about developing a public address system (PA System) for airports and train stations which can actually be heard and understood? To me and many fellow travelers, that would be "life changing". :-)
Kyleb2112 - can I help you out a little here? Since Bill Clintstone decommissioned the Savanah River K,L & P reactors in 1988 the US nuclear arsenal is reduced by 1/2 every 12.33 years. In 2051 the USA will have no nuclear arsenal. In 7000 years of recorded human history, how many times and for how long have men lived- free? You inbreeds that hope for change, change to what? You are so seriously reality challenged that you deserve to have to eat each other. I am stocking up on barbeque sauce so you don't get tired of the taste.
In order to reach Mars in a shorter period of time, can't we use multiple orbital slingshot maneuver(s), like say between the Earth & Moon?
Is there a mass (gravitational) speed limit if initiated?
If we don't learn to communicate, we will kill each other. I truly believe that telepathy is the next step in human evolution. 10, 20, maybe even 30 minds or more in rapport working on a solution to what plagues mankind is a lot better than the all mighty dollar driving machine. That carrot does not work. The rich just get richer and someone very often gets left out. Up the organization on a regular bases is good for everyone. Politicians should be dedicated to serving the public for one or two terms and not a life long career of power breeding corruption. New ideas come for new minds. Crime is just one of the diseases that telepathy will cure. Knowledge used correctly is awesome.
Religion does not cause men to be evil and commit atrocities. Evil men use religion to commit atrocities. Eliminate religion and evil men will find a different justification.
Pointing to religion as the source of all evil is part of the inherent problem of evil in general. It seems to be human nature to look for scapegoats to lay the problems of the world on and then supposedly solve problems by eliminating the scapegoat. It is a time honored human tradition.
Life would be great if we didn't have ____________.
Fill in the blank according to your desired scapegoat:
Blacks, Jews, whitey, liberals, conservatives, communists, capitalists or the religious. Etc.
^ Ingeld has it right. Humans certainly don't need anything except their own depraved minds to invent ways to commit evil. Actually, many scientific advancements have been made possible by the generous support of religious people who helped start major universities.
In the article, "12.2 cents per kilowatt hour" in 2020? That would be a decrease for those of us in Texas. Bring it on!
Besides the difficult task of keeping us from killing each other (which will always be a work in process), I think we need to focus greatly on energy.
I am absolutely for wind and solar power, in addition to any other like source, such as tidal. We can't be afraid to embrace clean energy. Yes, we will pay for it like we always have, but those who sell the energy would be those who invest money in it, and not those who happen to be at a geologic advantage, holding others at ransom. It would also grow a sector of jobs that would be much more stable than oil-related jobs. Additionally, we would all benefit from the obvious health improvements of having clean air.
I have driven across vast stretches of the U.S. that are windblown and not used for a lot of things. Wind power has big potential.
If the technology around solar could be developed to a point where it is viable in new construction without skyrocketing costs, then we would create more energy each time we build more rooftops, helping us to be self-sustaining.
We simply have to get vehicles off of oil, because the scenario is not pretty. The world is industrializing and consuming more oil, while production is declining. There again, an energy problem.
The ones who solve our energy problems will be heroes who eclipse in totality those who walked on the Moon. With apologies to Neil and the guys, their achievement was more of a demonstration of our capability as a nation during the Cold war, than it was a solution to a specific problem.
Short term: cure for Cancer
Mid term: cure for all diseases
long term: faster than light travel: don't waste time
and money on chemical or nuclear power, go
for something entirely new; gravity drive,
worm holes, inertialess drive where an
object's mass is reduced to zero or some
way that someone can dream up
First, to those who condemn religion and what you believe is hatred and bigotry born out of such, you are apparently too daft and ignorant yourselves to realize you are doing the very thing you purport to condemn. Secondly, here's something to put in your pipe and smoke: Take a look at chimpanzees - do they have religion? I don't think so, and I don't think anyone else who makes a career out of studying their behavior thinks so either. And yet they fight - they fight small wars - they have "gang bangs" - they kill each other in premeditated attacks - despite the fact that they have no faith in a higher power to speak of (and are unable to comprehend that which is beyond their present reality). So, let's send a bunch of Atheists to Mars, since you people seem to think that's all the human race fights and kills over. Let's see if they can hack the 500 day mission without finding something to want to kill each other over. Sorry, but that's just human nature. It's the nature of our closest relatives and it's in our nature as well. It has nothing to do with faith. Take away religion and I guarantee humans will ALWAYS find something else to bicker over. One other thing to consider: Hitler was an atheist, and look at the horrors he brought about. His motive? Race and ethnicity, primarily. Gee, let's see if we can make everyone on earth the same Caucasian color like Michael Jackson tried to do to himself. Maybe that will end all wars...
Now, having gotten the idiocy out of the way, with regards to energy, I think a lot would be solved cost-wise (and getting away from fossil fuels at the same time) by simply allowing more (and encouraging) nuclear power plants to be built. Not free, but far cheaper than coal and oil (and in today's dollars) wind and solar. Existing technology, yes, an improvement, certainly.
Regarding AIDS, I too am one who thinks that a far more important cure would be that of cancer. I personally know of only one person who died of AIDS, my cousin, who got a tainted transfusion in 1981. Yet I know scores of people who have fought and sometimes died of cancer, including my grandmother and my mother.
I'd like to see a manned mission to Mars too, but I don't think it's a priority today with all that's going on in the world right now. And here's a good one (half-joking) - since the first and only humans to set foot on the moon (which is a feminine symbol in Greek mythology) were men, how about sending an all female crew to Mars (which, of course, is male in mythology)? You know, Men are from Mars and women from Venus! Of course, if we ever went to Venus (not that any human would want to do that) we'd then have to send all men again!
True understanding physics, but understanding just gravity on a quantum level would be huge.
I was thinking to myself last night, how could I create bio-created, yes, bio-created fuels. Then I came across a tree that grows in the Amazon, its called the Copa-iba tree this tree is unique became it produces in its leaves, diesel fuel that can go right into the tank, it doesn't have to be treated! But it can only grow in the Amazon. Sooooooooooo I was thinking about splicing the diesel producing genes from this plant into maple trees, and splicing the fast growing genes from the bamboo into the tree because bamoo grows 12'' a month! So instesd of getting mapel syrup from maple trees you get diesel fuel! And I planning to do the same thing with JetA and gasoline! Here is some info on the Copa-iba tree.
The idea isn't new. Nearly half of Brazil's fuel comes from sugarcane, for example. But sugar juice from cane must be fermented, to concentrate the carbohydrates into higher-energy hydrocarbons. "We would much prefer . . . plants which would do the whole thing in one step--reduce all the way down to hydrocarbons,' Calvin told an international symposium on grasses last week at the Smithsonian Institution research and education center, at Washington, D.C.; founded 1846 under terms of the will of James Smithson of London, who in 1829 bequeathed his fortune to the United States to create an establishment for the "increase and diffusion of
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Calvin reported in 1979 that the Amazonian copa-iba tree (Copaifera langsdorfii) produces diesel fuel that can go directly from the tree into a car's gas tank (SN:9/15/79, p.182). Since then, Brazilian researchers have grown an experimental plantation of the trees, which they hope to begin tapping soon. Copa-ibas grow only in the tropics also called tropical zone or torrid zone, all the land and water of the earth situated between the Tropic of Cancer at lat. 23 1-2°N and the Tropic of Capricorn at lat. 23 1-2°S. , but Calvin says researchers may be able to adapt them to temperate climates or to transfer the oil-producing genes into a temperate-adapted tree.
Calvin, at the University of California at Berkeley, also works with hydrocarbon-producing temperate plants. The Euphorbia (y fôr`bēə): see spurge. lathyris, or gopher plant, produces an oil-based latex as well as fermentable
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..... Click the link for more information. sugars and cellulose. After growing small crops of the plants on soil-and water-poor experimental plantations in California, Calvin and his colleagues estimate that an acre of gopher plants would produce the equivalent of 12 barrels of oil from the three components. At that level of productivity, the crop would become economically enticing if oil prices rose above $30/barrel again, Calvin says.
But the gopher plant is an annual, and while that means it can be harvested almost immediately, it also means the crop is relatively expensive and hard on the land. The Pittosporaceae family offers a few candidates for a temperate perennial oil-producer. Growing throughout the U.S. West Coast, P. undulatum's grape-sized fruits are sticky with oil. And in the Philippines (at high altitudes, which bodes well for temperate adaptation), the fruits of P. resiniferum are so oily they are used as torches. Calvin estimates that such trees might keep producing for 10 to 15 years.
Some biologists at the meeting had misgivings about using wild lands for large-scale planting of fuel crops--and, ultimately, still coming up short on fuel. Asked Hugh Iltis of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, "After you provide fuel for the next 5 billion [people], what next?'
I was disappointed in the PopSci's lack of creative thinking when putting forth their list of accomplishments that would top the moon-walk. Because of JFK’s leadership, courage, timing, and an accurate understanding of this country's potential, he was able to galvanize the people, especially the engineers, scientists, and associated support staff that illuminated a path to preeminence in technology, with only one achievement along the way being the moon-walk. Furthermore, the resultant technical spin-offs ultimately led to our preeminence in communication, information technology, economics and business.
(1) The proposed Mars-walk would be foolish to pursue until scientists and engineers come up with good ideas in the areas of (a) safety, and (b) reliability, and (c) unique contribution.
(a) When moving out of the earth’s protective magnetic field, astronauts are subject to cell-damaging radiation. I was told of one calculation (by NASA personnel) which indicated that over the 2-year round trip to Mars, just about every cell in an astronaut’s body would have suffered radiation damage. The radiation damage experienced by the astronauts during their 10-day round trip to the moon was noticeable – but acceptable. Thus, until a light-weight radiation shield is developed, the cost of the trip would be totally unacceptable.
(b) Not all of the attempts to send a robotic satellite to Mars have been successful. No one has tried to bring back a spacecraft from Mars and land it safely on Earth. A great deal more confidence must be developed before the life’s of astronauts are committed to such a trip.
(c) Of prime importance is to first determine what added advantage an astronaut on Mars would make over a set of scientific instruments. Presumably the astronaut would make measurements using instruments that actually can do the job alone. In other words why build and send a deluxe passenger train when a bare-bones freight train will do; this idea is more directly captured by the saying: “Why send in a marine when a bullet will do?”
(2) Most scientists believe that some forms of life probably exist throughout the cosmos. With respect to the discovery of alien life, NASA already has already made great steps in their ability to use the light of nearby stars to determine the atmospheric constituents of planets in nearby sun-planet systems. The co-existence of certain constituents could strongly suggest the presence of life. But if we do come face-to-face with an alien, it will probably be a result of the alien’s achievement rather than one of our own; and sadly we may find ourselves being in the position of an aborigine.
(3&4) Achieving full nuclear disarmament and free energy before we learn how to live together in peace and respect would probably be the ultimate disaster for the human race. The former would probably lead to a continual state of wars well beyond what now exists. The latter would probably lead to a huge population increase ending up with tens of billions of humans who can’t get along peacefully.
5. With respect to the development of a vaccine for Hiv/Aids, many throughout the world might rather see cures for ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and lower respiratory infections; these diseases collectively account for over 29% of the world’s deaths whereas HIV/AIDS accounts for 5% of the world’s deaths.
Our best near term (ten years) hope for fusion power is Polywell Fusion.
We will know in two years if it can be done:
Note: a Polywell driven rocket could do Earth to Mars in 39 days.
Removing religion would be a huge boon to mankind as it's myths are used by so many to control, hurt, divide people. And stop equating Communism with atheism as they have nothing to do with each other than not believing the religion myths. But even there Religion has done far more damage than any other cause by far.
Next, Governments that work for the people in the most just, fair and free way instead of for the rich, corporations.
A tax on fossil fuels to pay their full, complete costs.
While energy is not free yet it's close.
Small wind, CSP and soon even PV is less costly than fossil fuels even now if you are frugal and soon they will be mass produced at very low costs.
A 1-2kw windgen costs only $300-400 in parts and you can now buy a 1kw windgen for $1k. A CSP unit is only a 5hp steam/heat engine with a 200sq' trough collector and a 3kw alternator that give 9-24kwhrs/day of electric and 27-72kwhrs of heat too. In real mass production this shouldn't cost over $6-8k so a combo of 2kw windgen/15' dia, and a 3kw CSP in most places means you can power your home, EV and get a check back from the utility for the extra power you make for life. Since the overproduction of energy can pay for it it can actually be free.
There is no shortage of energy, just the equipment, will to catch it. It's not a technical problem, but a political one. We just need to put the full, real cost of fossil fuels in them and these rest will solve itself.
Why HIV and not Cancer which kills many more times the number of humans. Aids can be mostly be prevented by use of condoms and practicing safe sex. Cancer strikes humans without warning, even those who have healthy lifestyles.
It's choice of this list over Cancer seems a little PC.
Wow, how did they miss IC?!
I would placed micro chip processors and integrated circuitry technology and continued development far ahead of landing on the Moon as an achievement.
With out that none of the other stuff would be possible!
The next two big developments that will fundamentally change everything as it develops is Bio-Hacking and Matter Printing (starting out now as rapid 3D prototyping)
So HIV/AIDS makes the list, but Cancer is left off?? A very dissppointing but revealing look at the political agenda favored by the author(s) of this article. Say, while you're at it, why don't you take off the manned mission to Mars (after all, Obama doesn't like it) and put in 'Creation of huge worldwide government which will crush us all into socialist molds'? Geez Louise, people . . .
While you eliminate religion, are you open minded
enough to elimimate socialism and its more murderous
derivatives nazism and communism, both of which have
lead to the deaths of more people than almost all
Oh, and before you rush to rebut about nazism being
a conservative scheme, the nazi party was actually
the national socialist party
“Life would be great if we didn't have ____________.
Fill in the blank according to your desired scapegoat:
Blacks, Jews, whitey, liberals, conservatives, communists, capitalists or the religious. Etc.”
I’d finish it with nuclear weapon scientists, bioweapon researchers, and anyone working on the next most lethal invention. Catholic priests might love choir boys, but they can't build bombs or critters that can destroy the world.
“We would much prefer . . . plants which would do the whole thing in one step--reduce all the way down to hydrocarbons”
No $#!%. Look at this article…
“During a two-year collaborative project through the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program, Basu is cloning the genes responsible for the production of oleoresin, a diesel-like fuel, produced in the copaiba or “diesel tree.” The genes will then be transferred into plants and algae to determine which plants are compatible and can produce the most biodiesel. Basu has been working on the project with University of Tennessee-Knoxville Professor C. Neal Stewart Jr., Ph.D.”
The one and only next frontier that we must cross is the invention of genuine AI. Not AI that is tied to one environment but a creative, independent Artificial Intelligence that can learn and grow and be the equal and helpmeet of mankind.
1. We will always have nuclear weapons, until, as another poster pointed out, they become obsolete in the face of new, possibly even more destructive weapons. Everyone, even the Japanese (taking the broad view), should be grateful that the US developed them first. It's insulting that the writer repeatedly speaks of "scientists" as though all scientists share the same childish political views. Many scientists, even those brilliant in their particular specialty, tend to sound like 3rd graders when trying to preach on topic like geopolitics, economics, and politics. Fortunately that's not always the case, and there's plenty of room for "scientists" to disagree on such matters.
2. Cancer is a far more important disease to cure than AIDs, if not as politically correct to obsess over.
3. Walking on Mars would grab the world's attention but the Apollo missions to the moon will always be considered the most important such voyage, since it was the first time humans traveled to an extraterrestrial body, got out, and walked around. Right now establishing a permanent base on the moon is a better goal than a one shot, high risk Hail Mary pass to Mars with enormous cost and little likely benefit. In fact there's a chance that a trip to Mars, even a successful one (as measured by the astronauts making it back alive) could displace other worthy programs and kill the government space program for future generations.
4. Nuclear energy is relatively clean and far more economically feasible than solar and wind. Unfortunately some of the most allegedly energy conscious politicians don't want ANY of it, even windmills, in their own backyards.
5. LOL at the moronic, militant atheists who have assaulted this board. Not only do explicitly atheist societies have the worst human rights records in the world, but studies have shown that religious people, at least in the US, volunteer and give more to charity than secular people. They tend to live slightly longer. Being religious is an almost universal and apparently healthy part of the human condition. It provides meaning in life and a foundation for morality. Even most secular humanists in the west have either consciously or unconsciously inherited their particular moral outlook from the surrounding Christian culture and the influence of centuries of conditioning. The truth is that there would have been no civilization, much less any science, without religion. Even if you believe it's all bunk it would be more rational for you to want to keep it around as some kind of "noble lie", rather than simply wanting to destroy something because you disagree with it, almost like a toddler smashing blocks in a play pen.
Faster than Light Travel.
As magnificent as it would be to see a landed Mars mission in my lifetime for the reasons set above, I think that landing on Mars is only the next logical step for mankind, after the moon. As the future rushes towards us, it is my hope that what are now considered "giant leaps" for us (Lunar and Martian landings) will become part of a monumental "Hop, Skip and a Jump" for humankind, the jump taking us beyond the reaches of our own solarsystem. Leaving our solar system and traveling the stars opens up a range of possibilities that will undoubtedly capture the imaginations and interests of all the wonderfully varied people of earth, in the same way that leaving the planet in the first place once did.
Where we are now: With heavy thanks to the fine folks in Switzerland, humanity is coming much closer to sending objects the speed of light than it ever has before. Also, with more frequent experimentation and manipulation of Bose-Einstein condensates, we are beginning to actually manipulate and understand electromagnetic waves (which travel at the speed of light). Playing around with the fastest stuff in the galaxy is a pretty good way to understand the fastest speeds in the galaxy.
What needs to happen: After 54 comments, I found only one other mention of Faster than Light travel. Congratulations OTDPete. We need to start talking about faster than light travel. Come on people! Pretty much every future-set videogame has some form of faster than light travel. Wouldn't that be reason enough to at least talk about it?
Realistically, we need to start pushing the envelope when it comes to hard research. Theoretical mathematics is only ever going to give us theoretical possibilities unless someone starts searching alternative ways of propulsion and movement. Its a lofty goal, but one we have to strive for eventually. Why not now?
WWII victory cry in the African Deserts
"I read your book you magnificent B*st*rd!"
I would like to add these to this list....
1) RELIGION-FREE WORLD. Let's face it, religion has caused more wars than any nuclear weapon ever has. Now while religion has helped shaped moral and political views, which we all value, it is these moral and political views that cause the most destruction to global society. So in the end, religion is the core to every war ever started. We need to shift our belief systems to a universal explanation of ourselves and our place, and SCIENCE is the only universal system that will allow for this explanation. GO SCIENCE!!!
2) HABITABLE SPACE COLONIES. We are literally raping our planet of all it's natural resources. For example, a chunk of forest the size of Manhattan is annihilated every day, and for some reason the companies that are doing this don't feel the need to replace them. And this happens with everything; soil, animals, natural stone, water, etc. This, along with our ever-growing population is making the need for Space Colonies greater every day. I'm not even talking about colonies on other planets. I'm talking about human-constructed Space Stations that orbit our own planet. Something like a centrifuge that can generate false gravity and large enough to house millions of people. Colonizing planets is great, however it takes far too long to travel to them. Maybe these space colonies could actually travel themselves.
3) EXTENDING HUMAN LIFE (IMMORTALITY). Now I know that the repercussions of this is enormous. However, it can not be denied that this would be the single greatest human achievement ever; and it would never be topped. IMMORTALITY is the motherload. Imagine what religion would do if we found this in our lifetime. I mean, how can you cheat the all might bearded guy in the cloud, right?
4) THE COMPLETE AND UTTER ANNIHILATION OF REALITY TV. I'm sorry, but it's just awful and has got to be one of the least beneficial things to human society. I'm so sick of society making very uneducated, unimportant people a butt load of money for nothing. Sorry, I just had to put this in here :)
All of these fools who think that the eradication of religion will make the world a ‘better place’ are just shooting themselves in the foot.
If they are really serious, let them try to run some sort of serious campaign on that platform and see how long they live.
If everything didn’t happen in exactly the way it did, we wouldn’t even have made it this far, would we? And religion has always been one of the chief motive forces in human social evolution, for both good and bad.
As far as the moon landing being the crowning glory of American achievement and and of JFK’s foresight, the real reason we hit the moon first is because the Ruskies were showing us up, big time.
Hey, they crash-landed a probe on VENUS in ’66 - the first man-made object ever to make contact with another planet - and the next year they landed another successfully and were transmitting data back to earth!
This would not do, especially from a pontential military perspective (remember the Cold War?) so we really got on the stick and made it work. Because we had to.
But in fact, the moon landing is one of the few firsts that the US can claim in the space race - although certainly the most significant thus far.
And I’m all for nuclear disarmament - of the other guys’ nukes. . .
And if you smoke too much, you get lung cancer;
If you drink too much all the time, eventually you crash your car;
And if you engage in buggery, you get AIDS.
All of these ill fates are largely preventable.
Okay, to all of you theolophobes, yes, religion has been the cause for countless wars throughout history...however, (pause for effect), most of these battles were fought before the age of modernism, when nearly everyone in the world clung to religion steadfastly, without ever actually knowing the entire set of dogmatic laws (of course, this time also predated the use of public schooling, the printing press, the concept of freedom of speech...and the list continues.) In the post-modern era to the current era, humans have found totally unrelated issue to kill one another en masse (i.e. the Nazi Anti-Jew/Gypsy campaign, the Communist Movement under Stalin [caveat: More people have died in the past 30 years under the banner of communism than any other cause, directly and indirectly, at an estimated 100,000,000,] The Darfur campaigns, and the list goes on, none of them religion, just ethnicity.)
As for the Article:
*Personnally, I can't believe the mapping of the human genome didn't get the grand "huzzah" of the global community, but oh well
1)Adaptive Sentient AI
2)The Finding of Atlantis...laugh if you want, they did about the city of Troy, and lo, they found more than 7!
3)The successful creation and transplant of genetically cloned major organ system (i.e. cardio system, respritory system, etc...)
5)Faster-than-light acceleration of an object (above the molecular/atomic/subatomic level)
nothing short of either:
2. Invisibility cloaks or the like