Movie Observation, Life Imitating Art: “Crack in the World” (1965)

I was referred to this article (“Scientists plan to drill all the way down to the Earth’s mantle“) by a tweet from @ebertchicago (Roger Ebert): Drilling five miles down into the earth’s mantle. What could possibly go wrong? http://bit.ly/g9qGVr

Learn more about this movie at the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).

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Crack in the World (1965)

Summary: A scientist tries to find a limitless, non-polluting energy source by drilling really, really deep into the earth. This can’t end ‘well’.

I first saw this film when I was about 14. Continue reading

A “Will” Vs. a “Testament” (From www.centrro.com)

This is the answer to one of those “I wonder why they call it that” questions. You can go to the original web article here.

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What does “Last Will & Testament” mean, anyway?

A “Will” Vs. a “Testament”

Posted by joslyn – March 24, 2011

We can thank old British laws for handing down this phrase. A will, traditionally, dictated how “real property” would be allocated (in other words, land and things of physical value). A testament dealt with personal property — things of sentimental or family value.

These days, there can be a less concrete line drawn between what is “real” and what is “personal,” so we just use the phrase “last will & testament” to cover all our bases.

Incidentally, when it comes to your last will & testament, you are the testator in question.

Oh, and a holographic will is an informal will made under extenuating circumstances, and without the usual legal witnesses and signatures. Even with a holographic will, however, the testator’s signature is required.

International Space Station: Animated Assembly Graphic

http://i.usatoday.net/tech/graphics/iss_timeline/flash.htm

International Space Station Animated Assembly Graphic

Update on X-37B Launch: How many X-37Bs?

Just read this. Yes, it’s a second prototype, desginated the X-37B OTV-2 (Orbital Test Vehicle 2).

So now, the question becomes how many of these OTVs does the USAF have, and in what other variations?

TGDaily.com: Firm makes diesel directly from sunlight

Posted on TGDaily.com, Mon, 02/28/2011 – 04:30 by Emma Woollacott

Massachusetts biotech company Joule Unlimited says it’s demonstrated a process for generating pure diesel directly from solar energy.

The company’s Helioculture platform converts sunlight and waste CO2 directly into liquid fuel – Liquid Fuel from the Sun – without the two-stage process of using sunlight to grow plants which are then processed for fuel. Continue reading