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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Space Center Installs New Light Channels. China is Engineering Super Humans. A New High Tech Charter School. Sad News for Dr. Who Fans

Hello Troops,
Several pieces of interesting news for tonight's post.


Discovery Installs Light Channels

The Discovery Space Center in Pleasant Grove recently opened and are already in the process of upgrading their 4 starship simulators in their effort to provide an awesome Space Center experience to the Space Center's many fans.

Pictured above is is Ryan and Randy Bott installing the Atlantis simulator's multilight channel with help of the Atlantis simulator's staff.  The light channels look fantastic and really give the simulators a unique look and futuristic feel.  

New Utah Charter High School

The Troubadour is happy to highlight a new charter school that may be of interest to our many readers.

Come spend an evening getting to know the Wasatch Institute of Technology! We will be meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 28, 2013 in the Herriman library's main meeting room (5380 W Main Street, Herriman, Utah). The purpose of this meeting is to help you better understand the WIT philosophy, our approach, the meaning of Next Generation Education, our new facility, and what it takes to work at at WIT. 

If you have any questions, please contact the School Director David Moss,

Picture: All Science, all the time

NASA Hit by Budget Cuts

“effective immediately, all education and public outreach activities should be suspended, pending further review.”

I don't have the words to adequately describe the level of frustration I feel right now. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! If this doesn't piss you off I don't know what will. Because the grownups stopped dreaming our children should too?

Well, it looks like it’s finally happened: the U.S. sequ...ester – a “series of across-the-board cuts to government agencies totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years” (CNN) — has finally hit NASA… right where it hurts, too: in public outreach and STEM programs.

In an internal memo issued on the evening of Friday, March 22, the Administration notes that “effective immediately, all education and public outreach activities should be suspended, pending further review. In terms of scope, this includes all public engagement and outreach events, programs, activities, and products developed and implemented by Headquarters, Mission Directorates, and Centers across the Agency, including all education and public outreach efforts conducted by programs and projects.”
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The Universe is Older than We Thought

PARIS — A new examination of what is essentially the universe’s birth certificate allows astronomers to tweak the age, girth and speed of the cosmos, more secure in their knowledge of how it evolved, what it’s made of and its ultimate fate. Read More

The Fading Grandeur of the Abandoned Soviet Space Facilities

The Soviet Union launched Sputnik and gave the United States a run for its money in the Space Race. But after the U.S.S.R. went under, all of its brilliant Space Age facilities were left to crumble. Looking at the ruins is like gazing at a fallen space empire.  Read More

China is Engineering Genius Babies

At BGI Shenzhen, scientists have collected DNA samples from 2,000 of the world’s smartest people and are sequencing their entire genomes in an attempt to identify the alleles which determine human intelligence. Apparently they’re not far from finding them, and when they do, embryo screening will allow parents to pick their brightest zygote and potentially bump up every generation's intelligence by five to 15 IQ points.

And over the course of several generations you’re able to exponentially multiply the population’s intelligence.  Even if it only boosts the average kid by five IQ points, that’s a huge difference in terms of economic productivity, the competitiveness of the country, how many patents they get, how their businesses are run, and how innovative their economy is.

This process can be repeated with other characteristics, like physical appearance.  In fact, almost any trait other than intelligence would be easier to do. We know that intelligence depends on lots of genes while physical traits—like hair or eye color—only depend on a few genes. Things like body shape would be easier to do, physical attractiveness would be pretty complicated, personality traits might be a little simpler than intelligence—how hard working somebody is, how impulsive, how politically liberal or conservative they are would be easier. How religious you are—that’s definitely influenced by genes to some degree.

What else is China doing that America isn't?  China is investing a huge amount of money in education, they’re creating new systems of universities that emphasise more creative approaches to learning, and they’re sending hundreds of thousands of college students to America and Europe to see how our education systems operate so they can bring their own systems up to our standards and above.

DOCTOR Who bosses are lining up Matt Smith’s exit for Christmas — when he will regenerate into the 12th Time Lord.
Insiders say the festive special will be Matt’s last outing as The Doctor, after a triumphant four years in the role.
The actor has made no bones about his ambition to crack Hollywood and has filmed new movie How To Catch A Monster with Ryan Gosling, which is released next year.
Sources say bosses already have an idea of who they want to replace him, with work on the special due to get under way later in the year.
Matt’s contract is understood to expire in November but we understand he doesn’t want it renewed.

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