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  • Our understanding of the universe is entirely dependent on the view from our planet’s surface. 

    Restricted Vision

    Our understanding of the universe is entirely dependent on the view from our planet’s surface. 

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  • Identifying exceptional people may not be as easy as one might expect. 

    Exceptions to a Rule

    Identifying exceptional people may not be as easy as one might expect. 

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  • All animals need a sense of where home is.  It’s essential for survival to know where you can go to stand a better chance of being safe and amongst friends. 

    Home Sweet Home

    All animals need a sense of where home is.  It’s essential for survival to know where you can go to stand a better chance of being safe and amongst friends. 

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  • We in the West, whether we like it or not, live in a capitalist society.  And although there are many, both in the West and elsewhere, who might wish it otherwise, one could be forgiven for thinking that the whole world is gradually coming around to the same approach.

    Capitalist Feeding Frenzy

    We in the West, whether we like it or not, live in a capitalist society.  And although there are many, both in the West and elsewhere, who might wish it otherwise, one could be forgiven for thinking that the whole world is gradually coming around to the same approach.

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  • Tales of great daring, and achieving victory when the chips are down and all the odds stacked against a hero, will always stir the imagination.  No matter whether they are fact or fiction, they give a sense that bravery and courage will win out in the end, and a just cause will be triumphant.

    Winning Against the Odds

    Tales of great daring, and achieving victory when the chips are down and all the odds stacked against a hero, will always stir the imagination.  No matter whether they are fact or fiction, they give a sense that bravery and courage will win out in the end, and a just cause will be triumphant.

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  • Being trapped in a prison is very destructive to the human spirit.  No matter how extensive the boundaries of the prison might be, the very idea that one cannot go beyond those barriers presents an obstacle to a person’s endeavours – and hopes. 

    Prisons in the Mind

    Being trapped in a prison is very destructive to the human spirit.  No matter how extensive the boundaries of the prison might be, the very idea that one cannot go beyond those barriers presents an obstacle to a person’s endeavours – and hopes. 

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  • If there is one area of modern science which requires a huge leap of imagination to understand it, it must surely be quantum physics. 

    Quantum Imagination

    If there is one area of modern science which requires a huge leap of imagination to understand it, it must surely be quantum physics. 

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  • Oumuamua caused a bit of a stir when it was first detected last October – the first object moving through our Solar System that has been shown to be of interstellar origin.

    Just Passing Through

    Oumuamua caused a bit of a stir when it was first detected last October – the first object moving through our Solar System that has been shown to be of interstellar origin.

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  • Political power comes from the skies. The Chinese leader Mao Zedong once observed that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, but in order to be effective that gun must somehow be transported, as quickly and efficiently as current technology permits, to the scene of the action where it can be used. A weapon is only useful if you can point it at the people you want to control.

    Order in the Heavens

    Political power comes from the skies. The Chinese leader Mao Zedong once observed that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, but in order to be effective that gun must somehow be transported, as quickly and efficiently as current technology permits, to the scene of the action where it can be used. A weapon is only useful if you can point it at the people you want to control.

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  • It is all too easy to forget the essentially human element of all space exploration.  Even if we focus on the technology and mechanics of space travel, and recognise that much of the work will be done by proxy through robot spacecraft, it will be human beings who are at the heart of the project, and it is all being done for their ultimate benefit.  One way or the other, we hope to gain from it.

    We’re Only Human

    It is all too easy to forget the essentially human element of all space exploration. Even if we focus on the technology and mechanics of space travel, and recognise that much of the work will be done by proxy through robot spacecraft, it will be human beings who are at the heart of the project, and it is all being done for their ultimate benefit. One way or the other, we hope to gain from it.

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