I'll share your cynicism, although maybe give the writer the benefit of the doubt. One of the things I find amusing about Entertainment Weekly is how they will give the cover and an exclusive interview to a new big movie and then one week later the shorter review appears in the back of the magazine saying "It sucks."… » 3/18/15 3:53pm 3/18/15 3:53pm

People can just be stupid/selfish and not care or want to change their behavior. When I was a kid one of our neighbors had a pool. Some ducks showed up and their neighbors started feeding them, leading to more ducks, all floating and pooping in the pool. When the pool owners asked the other neighbors to stop doing… » 3/16/15 3:08pm 3/16/15 3:08pm

Yamato was also highly symbolic for the Japanese. The USS Enterprise was particularly symbolic for Americans in the 1960s because the aircraft carrier of that same name was the most highly decorated carrier of World War II (and the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was named Enterprise). Yamato had roughly the… » 3/13/15 1:11pm 3/13/15 1:11pm

It actually does not take a lot of fuel. MESSENGER was not a big spacecraft with a big fuel tank. It got there gradually, slowly working its way down. It can be done, it just takes time. The bigger issue is the solar radiation. It's very hot, of course, and it takes careful engineering to deal with this. » 3/07/15 7:33pm 3/07/15 7:33pm