Monday, January 7, 2013

After Ten Years: Death Never Takes a Holiday, the continuing story of the loss of shuttle Columbia, talks about the strike, and the "review" that was done after the discovery of the strike on video.

This has turned from an interesting review of decision making at NASA, to a painful story of how a failure of imagination once again killed astronauts. The rest of these are not going to be interesting to read, anymore.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Drug Shortages

Drug shortages hit record level, says FDA - Jun. 10, 2011 -- Okay, this is BS.

Simple solution: if a company is willing to create a shortage in the market on a drug because it's unprofitable, that means they automatically lose all patents they hold on that drug, and must allow the government to take over their production line for that drug to continue it's production until they can replace it, with all profits going to the government.

There, problem solved.

Monday, May 2, 2011

XKCD on Number of Moon Landers

The image itself is depressing, but the hover text is AWESOME:

"The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there's no good reason to go into space--each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision."

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Adam Savage on Problem Solving

Adam Savage Presents Problem Solving: How I Do It

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Food For The Eagle

Adam Savage put up his explanation of why he is an atheist. Interesting angle to take on the discussion, and worth the read.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Welcome home Discovery

Welcome home, Discovery. You made us proud.

STS-133 was the 39th and final flight for OV-103 Discovery, which spent 365 days in space, orbited Earth 5,830 times and traveled 148,221,675 miles. She is the oldest of the remaining shuttle fleet, holds the record for highest altitude for a space shuttle, and was the shuttle launched for every return to flight from a shuttle accident.

Discovery carried the following major payloads to orbit during her career: TDRS 3, 4 and 7, Hubble, Ulysses, the Z1 truss, Harmony node, Kibo lab, S6 tuss, PMM node and serviced Hubble twice.

Monday, January 10, 2011