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Mining in Space

This one is for Walt, the Geologist of our little group.

Planetary Resources’ mission is mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials, ranging from water to precious metals. Through the development of cost-effective exploration technologies, the company is poised to initiate prospecting missions targeting resource-rich asteroids that are easily accessible.

Resource extraction from asteroids will deliver multiple benefits to humanity and could be valued at billions of dollars annually. The effort will tap into the high concentration of precious metals found on asteroids and provide a sustainable supply to the ever-growing population on Earth.

The company was founded by space visionary Peter H. Diamandis, M.D. and leading commercial space entrepreneur Eric Anderson, and is supported by an impressive investor and advisor group, including Google’s Larry Page & Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.; film maker & explorer James Cameron; Chairman of Intentional Software Corporation and Microsoft’s former Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.; Founder of Sherpalo and Google Board of Directors founding member K. Ram Shriram; and Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group Ross Perot, Jr.

Visit Planetary Resources for more information.

Walt, looks like you just might get to Frack off-world after all!

The Perfessor

Have you ChatRoulette yet?

If you haven’t then perhaps you should simply stay way, stay far, far away. Never heard of ChatRoulette? Don’t worry, you don’t really want to know, but since you are obviously still reading this post, let’s talk about this for a bit. From the little I know about it is that ChatRoulette is a new website that brings users (with computers and webcams) face-to-face, via with an endless stream of random strangers all over the world. The “Roulette” pare come s in that when you are bored (or freaked out) by your chat buddy, you simply hit “F9″ and spin to a new partner.

Well, all the news electronic news media is reporting on this (because, as we all know, there is no war going on in either Afghanistan or Iraq, and they have to fill 24/7 air time with something).

Anyway, our pal Jon Stewart did a segment on it last night:

Tonight, Jon Stewart finally—and hilariously—jumped on the Chatroulette bandwagon. Stewart mocked the media’s obsession with the Internet’s newest fad, before trying it out himself—and running into Diane Sawyer, Keith Olbermann, Katie Couric, Brian Williams and more. Here are screengrabs of all his best encounters (they were real). [CLICK HERE] to see full video of the epic segment

You, friends, just need to look below.


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Not for nothing, but one of those guys did look a lot like Walt (I was wondering why he didn’t have time to post any more).

The Perfessor

There is a Hole in the Sky (only it isn’t our Sky)

A couple of days ago Walt told us all about the black spot on the surface of Jupiter. Well, today, we have more info on the topic, this time from The New York Times Blog.

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NASA has confirmed the discovery of a new hole the size of the Earth in Jupiter’s atmosphere, apparently showing that the planet was hit by something large in recent days. The impact mark was first spotted on Monday morning by an amateur astronomer in Australia, who then drew the attention of scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the dark mark on Jupiter’s south polar region.

NASA even posted some of the pictures on their web site. The Times went on to say:


Glenn Orton, a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said “It could be the impact of a comet, but we don’t know for sure yet.”

Mr. Orton told New Scientist magazine that the planet could have been hit by a block of ice or a comet that was too faint for astronomers to detect before the impact. Leigh Fletcher, an astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Lab told the magazine the impact scar “is about the size of the Earth.”

In Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the amateur astronomer, Anthony Wesley, a 44-year-old computer programmer from a village north of Canberra, made the discovery “using his backyard 14.5-inch reflecting telescope.” The Herald explained: “Wesley, who has been keen on astronomy since he was a child, said telescopes and other astronomy equipment were so inexpensive now that the hobby had become a viable pastime for just about anybody. His own equipment cost about $10,000.”

Sure we’ve been joking about the resulting cataclysmic disaster here on Cuppa, but it’s all fun and games until a planet-sized comet hits the Earth. Still, the good news is, that if we have even a 30-day warning, then not only will you be able to not worry about paying your bills ever again, but you are going to witness the biggest Bacchus Festival the world has ever seen.

The Perfessor