NASA’s budget is supposed to rise to $19.5 billion in 2019, which may seem like an absurd amount of money, but that is only 0.5% of the federal budget (Amadeo). The budget is increasing because every $1 spent on N
Hi Kira! Your post is very interesting because I am passionate about saving our earth and the species that inhabit it. I am pleased to see the long list of organizations trying to combat mass extinction, but do you believe they will succeed? Can humanity change or reverse the damage we’ve done? It is alarming to realize that the cause of the next…[Read more]
Hi Brandon, your post was very entertaining to read! I can really see how much you love your cat and I admire that. I believe that domesticated pets do have emotions towards their human owners which is astounding because there must be a similarity in humans’ and pets’ brains. This reminds me of the dog in Japan who waited for his owner at a train…[Read more]
I really enjoyed your poem! Even your poem exuded positive energy and humor, and I could completely see and feel that amusing quality in your writing. I loved how you added the jokes and examples of when you make people laugh. It made your poem personal and entertaining to read. Great post, I hope to see more from you!
Because the sun is expanding, the distance between the sun and earth is decreasing, so earth is moving away from the habitable zone. Rene Heller, a member of the Canadian Astrobiology Training Program, writes,
I would like to point out it would take millions, perhaps billions, of years for the sun to expand to a size that will begin to affect the goldilock’s zone of the solar system. Also another key phenomenon related to star expansion is when mid sized stars (our Sun) expand they cool off, so maybe earth would be unaffected. Needless to say you did introduce to me some really interesting ideas, especially temporary relocation, on how to save humanity. In the end I somwhat agree with Mr. Berezow. Worrying about finding another habitable planet is something for the far future, right now we need to focus are the issues like climate and poverty that are affecting people today.
Your article shocked me. I can’t believe shark finning is ongoing around our world, as I would’ve thought it would be outlawed long ago. Last year in biology, I learned about the significance of prosperous food webs in different ecosystems, such as the ocean. Sharks are considered an apex predator, or the top predator in its ecosystem. Their…[Read more]
As of 2011, NASA’s Kepler mission spent $600 million on its launch and has since discovered 54 potentially habitable planets (editor). Of those 54, no water has been found yet, but William Borucki of NASA’s Ame
You did an excellent job of presenting both sides to the argument that your going to take on! It’s nice to hear both sides of an argument explained so well. I looked into this topic myself and found another great website that presents another side your argument: https://www.forbes.com/sites/modeledbehavior/2017/05/06/sorry-nerds-but-colonizing-other-planets-is-not-a-good-plan/#688cb3c651e6. While I am a fan of space exploration and the search of finding new, habitable planets, your essay gave me a lot of insight as to why we should focus our resources on trying to save the planet we were given in the first place.
Good luck with your paper!
Hi Mary! Your post elaborated both points of views with concrete arguments supporting your claims. Please use this https://www.nasa.gov/50th/50th_magazine/benefits.html as another resource, they have lot of information that can help you.
Your post rose many questions of how we should try to help and save this world we have.
Hello Mary, I think your post is a great idea. The thought of humans leaving earth and colonizing new planets would be interesting. But how will we be able to take care of our new home if we are leaving our original one because we ruined it? Will this disrupt our adaptation to the problems we make? Will we be able to survive the competition that we put forth against each other for the planets resources? How will we qualify who can go on this voyage and how would one control another society so far away? Are we taking the whole human population on the voyage or can those who wish to stay be left behind? I don’t expect these questions to be answered but I do love to break down every idea down to the last detail.
From this link, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-begin-colonizing-other-planets-who-should-be-in-charge-180962331/, it says “Mars’ harsh climate and high UV radiation would kill off many of the microbes we may accidentally bring from Earth.” It really got me thinking about how colonists from the european countries had brought over their diseases to the new world. What would happen if our microbes didn’t die off as soon as we started living on another planet? We would have to think about how our presence would disrupt a perfectly functioning planet? Also, the website stated that “If there were life on the Moon, we would have it here now.” Not only would we have to think about containing our own lives, we would have to think about containing other life forms from interfering in where we travel. From this link, https://qz.com/907211/should-we-live-on-mars-nasa-astronaut-ron-garan-believes-we-should-focus-on-fixing-problems-on-earth-instead-of-martian-colonization/, it said “if we can’t even “terraform”—which is to control our climate and environment—our own planet, what makes us think that we can go to another planet and control the environment there?” If we cannot control the bad things happening on our planet, will that teach us to run from planet to planet without fixing the messes humans made? I am really excited to see how your paper turns out, this was an interesting topic to comment on. Bye.
Hi Janasia, this essay was fascinating because it got me thinking about our police system in America, with all the police brutality news in the media and the black lives matter movement. It shows that maybe our police training is insufficient and they need more education and that sometimes they’re prejudices get the best of them. I was confused at…[Read more]
Hi Eduardo! I loved reading this because it is inspiring when people are ambitious and have high dreams that they believe they can achieve. I always find it fascinating when people love a sport so much they could do it for the rest of their lives. At the end you wrote, “peace will never settle because stereotypes will always be around” and this…[Read more]
Hi Cicely! I loved your post because I think this is a perfect first step to treating mental illness and lowering the numbers. It is sad because my school’s administration will not let us talk about the kids in my class who have died from mental illnesses because supposedly it glorifies the illness. I believe the contrary that if we talk about…[Read more]
Due to the exponential growth of the human population, more natural resources are required. But, while the population continues to grow, the supply of natural resources is only decreasing because no more of them
Hi Chanburak, my class read 1984 earlier this year so this post was very insightful because I hadn’t thought about Orwell’s opinion of love. I was a little confused on your argument at the beginning because there were a lot of unexplained quotes that made it sound like a summary. But the end was very good where it begins with, “Symbolism appears…[Read more]
Hi Gigi, I enjoyed reading this because it can help me when I research topics, in fact, I have to research career options for a paper soon, and this will definitely come in handy. I am glad you realized that a first draft does not have to pretty or all cohesive. Indeed it is only the start where the ideas can be splattered because you are still…[Read more]
Hi Adam, I really enjoyed your post because it got me thinking about my family history and the objects I consider important in my house. The dinners you mentioned reminded me of my family get togethers every month to celebrate birthdays. The picture reminded me of glasses from Germany in the cupboard at my house that my parents bought when they…[Read more]
Niki, this topic is very saddening and concerning to me. We cannot let the air quality continue to worsen if we expect future generations to have the same quality of life as us. It is hard though because the geography of Salt Lake City makes the inversion almost inevitable if there is any pollution. I like how you gave side effects of breathing…[Read more]
According to Forbes, America is ranked 18th in the developed world for its recycling rates. Because of its large population, it is generating more trash than many European countries even before taking into account
This is very interesting Mary. I agree with you that recycling is an important issue that needs to be addressed in america. We don’t do a good job because there is not enough of an emphasis on it. Without recycling we will also run out of oils according to this article.There are a lot of issues with recycling that need to be addressed.
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