What will happen to NASA? Will private space missions come out on top?

NASA is doing an amazing job with the man-power and resources given to them by the government. but it seems that people just don't care as much now-a-days. you never hear anything about space missions on the news anymore. A lot of things are actually happening with technology and even privately funded space trips. one major hotel owner is even planning on making a space hotel in the next couple of years. i only know about this stuff because I watch the science channel a lot and read popular science and popular mechanics. People don't get excited about this kind of stuff anymore and apparently nor does our government. I know the war in iraq is sucking up a lot of the US budge but it's not like it's not possible to give NASA a LITTLE bit more money. after all, NASA's projected budget for 2008 is about 17.3 billion dollars which is a lot you'd think, but the iraq war budget is about 474 billion dollars. See the difference? especially since many of NASA's projects get canceled because of even further budget cutbacks which result in millions of wasted dollars in half completed projects. 

​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.

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Why are so many objects in space shaped like discs?

It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?

  • Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
  • Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
  • Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.

Trauma in childhood leads to empathy in adulthood

It's not just a case of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

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  • A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
  • The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
  • The study may lead to further investigations into how people cope with trauma and lead to new ways to help victims bounce back.
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Do human beings have a magnetic sense? Biologists know other animals do. They think it helps creatures including bees, turtles and birds navigate through the world.

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