Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Space exploration is crucial to human survival

THE CANADIAN PRESS:

TORONTO – The British astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking, says the colonization of outer space is key to the survival of humankind, predicting it will be difficult for the world's inhabitants "to avoid disaster in the next hundred years."

The renowned astrophysicist explores some of the most remarkable advancements in technology and health with the new U.K.-Canadian series "Brave New World with Stephen Hawking," debuting Saturday on Discovery World HD.

Before its premiere, he discussed the earth's most pressing concerns in an email interview with The Canadian Press from Cambridge, England, declaring space exploration to be humankind's most urgent mission.

"We are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history," said Hawking, who has Lou Gehrig's disease, leaving him almost completely paralyzed and unable to speak.

"Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill. But our genetic code still carries the selfish and aggressive instincts that were of survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million.

"Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."

Hawking said this is why he favors manned — or as he puts it, "personed" — space flight and encourages further study into how to make space colonization possible.

Hawking's five-part TV series touches on that theme, while putting the spotlight on scientific breakthroughs that promise to transform the 21st century. He introduces each episode while a team of experts travels the globe to delve deeper into various innovations.

The experts themselves represent a wide range of disciplines — they include naturalist Sir David Attenborough, author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, biologist and broadcaster Aarathi Prasad, and Canadian astronaut and neurologist Roberta Bondar.

The content that is more Canadian comes by way of a segment set at the SNOLAB in Sudbury, Ont., an underground science lab specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics.

By email, Hawking says he's excited by work underway at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ont., which he visited in June 2010 and was named its first distinguished research chair.

"Perimeter is a grand experiment in theoretical physics and the institute's twin focus, on quantum theory and gravity is very close to my heart and central to explaining the origin of the universe," said Hawking, also director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge University.

"I am hoping, and expecting, great things will happen there. And I hope to visit again soon."

In September, the institute expanded with a new wing called the Stephen Hawking Centre but the cosmologist was unable to attend in person and sent his regards by video.

Marvels featured in his new TV series include a computer in Switzerland that is powered by the brain, a driverless car that is smart enough to navigate the crooked streets of San Francisco and a baby-like robot in Italy that learns like a child.

Later episodes investigate the way brain disorders could be treated using laser light and genetically modified brain cells, how mobile phones can give experts access to our every habit and action and lasers that print objects in 3D.
"I have so much I want to do," Hawking says of his boundless curiosity about the world. "There are so many questions still to answer."


2 comments:

How amazingly sad the Human race recognizes that exponential population growth and an infinite demand for finite natural resources are destroying the Earth's life support system, yet we are powerless to stop our own destruction. It's full steam ahead toward the abyss.

Việc sử dụng kem chống nắng cho da như thế nào phù hợp và hiệu quả thì hôm nay chúng tôi chia sẻcách sử dụng kem chống nắng đúng cách hiệu quả nhất
Dầu dừa nguyên liệu tự nhiên làm đẹp và chăm sóc sứa khỏe hiệu quả. Cungt ìm hiểucách làm đẹp trắng da mặt bằng dầu dừa
Mật ong gọi là thần dược thiên nhiên ban tặng là nguyên liệu giúp làm đẹp hiệu quả. đặc biệt dưỡng da, cùng tìm hiểucách làm trắng da bằng mật ong
Tắm trắng hiện nay có nhiều cách khác nhau như tắm trắng bằng công nghệ, bằng thảo dược...và sữa non là phương pháp được sử dụng rộng rãi. Cáchtắm trắng bằng sữa non tắm trắng tại nhà
Làm trắng da điều mong ước của nhiều người. Tìm hiểubí quyết làm trắng da toàn thân tự nhiên
Hiện tại có nhiều cách làm trắng da hiệu quả cùng chúng tôi khám phácách làm trắng da toàn thân hiệu quả
Trắng da mặt, hồng da mặt chắc là mong ước của nhiều người, hãy cùng tìm hiểunhững cách làm trắng da mặt
Làm đẹp bằng phương pháp tự nhiên đang là mốt ưa chuộn nhiều người, cùng tìm hiểucách làm trắng da toàn thân bằng phương pháp tự nhiên
Cùng chúng tôi tìm hiểucách làm trắng da mặt hiệu quả

Post a Comment



Lajas

Although there have been many unexplained sightings in the town of Lajas, the situation there has been hyped by the amount of lies and exaggeration by a group of so-called, "ufologists" who ignore other areas of Puerto Rico to promote tourism in Lajas. That was evident when my wife and my daughter confronted a terrifying experience in the town of Aguada with extraterrestrials and that group of charlatans refused our plea for help. Of course, if it happened in Lajas they would have jumped on the opportunity for fame and tourism for that town. Those hoaxes and lies were approved and sanctioned by the then mayor of that town who named route 303 "The extraterrestrial route". The idea of building an "UFOport" (ovnipuerto), “la llorona sightings" and the biggest hoax of them all, "that a UFO crashed there" all this could only be found in a science fiction novel.

By Nelson C. Rivera
Read more

Horoscope

Horoscope

UFO News

中文(简体) Português English (US) Français Deutsch Italiano 日本語 한국어 Русский Español

Subscribe to this blog via →

The dancing alien



The back of United States Quarters depicting Puerto Rico

About me

Ufologist, criminal investigator, musician, artist and writer.


I worked 20 years for the New York City Department of Correction. First as a Correction Officer for 4 years, Captain for 12 years, and as a Deputy Warden for 4 years. As a law enforcement officer and supervisor, I have conducted countless of criminal investigations, some for unimaginable allegations.


On June of 2005, after my retirement, I moved to Puerto Rico with my family where my wife and my daughter faced extraordinary experiences with extraterrestrials. These alien encounters, subsequent abductions of my wife and the lack of help from so-called, "ufologists" here on the island, prompted me to become involved in the field of ufology and in the need to help others who have had similar experiences.


About PRUFON


PRUFON, Puerto Rico UFO Network, Inc., is a nonprofit organization which conducts serious no nonsense UFO investigations. Our aim is to find the truth and answers to some of the toughest questions pertaining to UFO sightings, alien encounters and alien abductions, etc. We are not affiliated with any other ufology organization in Puerto Rico or in the world. PRUFON was founded in the city of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on September of 2009 to share with the public what we have accomplished and researched in the related fields of ufology.


This internet network (PRUFON.com) offers a different perspective on life, and works hard to keep you informed about unexplained phenomena occurring on the island of Puerto Rico and in the Caribbean. We collect and gather information dealing with the Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and other unusual events that the mainstream news media and science fail to expose to the public, fail to study or acknowledge.


Any unusual encounter or sighting that you have had and wish an investigation and/or wish to publish it on this website, contact PRUFON at prufon@gmail.com. You will remain anonymous if you state it in writing.








back to top

Go up