Muse - The 2nd Law: Isolated System

Muse 'The 2nd Law: Isolated System' from the album 'The 2nd Law'

Always Record 08.15.13 Episode 61: Set the Controls (with Christopher Knowles)

Christopher Knowles ( joins Alan, David, and Bill to discuss a few topics including NSA/Echelon and Facebook, Mediated Millennials (Medicated by Amusement vs Oppressive Nature of Boredom), Energetic of Music and Church of Sound (The Secret History of Rock & Roll), Mystery Religions, Cultural DNA, Cyclical Program of the Ether, Disaster Scenarios, Mega Rituals, Power of Nature, Giving Away Our Own Power, The Invention of Fundamentalism, Oil Money, Esalen, Co-opting and Neutering the Counter-Culture, The Outer Limits and Star Trek, Intentional Use of Symbolism vs Archetypes and Symbols Telling Their Own Stories, Sirius and 17, Obama's Lack of Change, Fake Outrage Over "Occult" Symbolism as Marketing Tool, Masonic Influences, MKUltra/Monarch/PseudoOccultMedia/Vigilant Citizen, Artists Tapping into Higher Weirdness, Jack Kirby, The New Mysterians vs Bigger Mysteries, Walls of Causality vs Thinking Magically, Finding the Others, Drinking Magically vs Smoking Magically, The Workload of the Secret Sun and Investing in Artwork, The Ride, and The Longest 42 Minutes.

Audio Recording: 'Episode 61 Set The Controls w/Christopher Knowles Part 1 of 2' From 'Always Record'

Audio Recording: 'Episode 61 Set The Controls w/Christopher Knowles Part 2 of 2' From 'Always Record'

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A Sleepy Science: Will Humans Hibernate Their Way Through Space?

An artist's concept of a crew vehicle for NASA's Human Outer Planets Exploration (HOPE) Callisto concept mission, a five-year flight for six humans, studied in 2002. ESA researchers said such a long-duration mission could warrant the use of a hibernation system for human crewmembers

In the future, bedtime for astronauts may be more than a few evening hours of regular shuteye. It may help them reach other planets, though admittedly they would have to sleep for quite a long time.
European researchers, however, are on the case, conducting hibernation experiments that will hopefully help them understand whether humans could ever sleep through the multiple years it would take for a spaceflight to the outer planets or beyond.
"At the moment, the level of inquiry really is just speculative," said Mark Ayre, of the European Space Agency (ESA), in an e-mail interview. "[Our] interest in this topic is borne out of the realization that, if it were an effective technology, it could be an enabler for deep-space manned missions."
What seems like science fiction is not completely far-fetched. Researchers have been able to chemically induce a stasis-like state in living cells and have moved on to small, non-hibernating mammals like rats.
"We're providing some state-of-the-art, basic research on the field of hibernation," said Marco Biggiogera, a hibernation researcher at Italy's University of Pavia, adding that he and two colleagues, each from different Italian universities, are studying hibernation mechanisms for ESA.
Ayre, a researcher with ESA's Advanced Concepts Team in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, said a theoretical human hibernation system could one day save massive amounts of space on long-duration human spaceflights.
"A major mass-saver for this would be a reduction in the pressurized volume required psychologically by the astronauts," Ayre said, adding that a sleeping crew could also drastically reduce the amount of consumable supplies required for a multi-year journey.
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Finding Aliens through Mining Pollution

Space is where the realm of the possible comes to meet the realm of the impossible. It is sleek and sexy, home of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) and privatized space flight. It would feel wrong then to state that one of the most exciting and ambitious recent papers about space would be about mining pollution. But it’s true.
    Interstellar mining would seem to be necessary. Earth isn’t going to run out of resources any time soon, most likely not during our lifetimes, although this might depend on how much stock one puts in the Kurzweilian singularity. Even though time has proven the fears of Malthus to be little more than frightened scarcity, and even though technology has proven itself to be a resource liberating phenomenon, Earth cannot support a growing population indefinitely. Especially not a growing population that will only continue to demand ever more complex products. 50 years into our history as a spacefaring civilization, interstellar mining appears both necessary and feasible, if claims from NASA and Planetary Resources, the apparent front runner among privatized mining outfits, are to be believed.

 Therefore, if asteroid mining is necessary for us to continue to expand as a spacefaring civilization, one would assume that the same requirement must also hold true for alien spacefaring civilizations. If we can expect that if any possible alien spacefaring civilization will engage in asteroid mining, could it be possible to search for signs of asteroid mining to detect such aliens? Two researchers, Duncan Forgan and Martin Elvis, asked exactly that, and published their findings.
    Even though asteroid mining is still a purely theoretical field, we can hazard a few guesses about how we can expect it to come to look. We can expect asteroid mining to be targeted. Miners have an obvious incentive to select asteroids large enough to suit their purposes, composed of valuable materials, and not in an excessively remote or difficult location. The authors theorize that, over time, any mining venture will focus on mining within debris discs, which will potentially make it possible for us to detect the activity of mining,
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