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Beam Me Up 311 and again it felt like I was all over the place, but in spite of myself, I managed to get a reasonably good show together.
I open the program with a great piece of music. followed by Fox Dunham’s Reality TV a biting satire on entertainment mediums and asks the question, what would it be like if All the World were a stage an all humanity just actors on that stage.
Before I play our final story, I took a trip over to the Beam Me Up Blog. First off, Discovery’s last flight over Washington was such a melancholy event, that I had to speak on it. Then, believe it or not, a middle school teacher of 14 year olds in South Carolina was placed on administrative leave for reading excerpts of Ender’s Game! Andrew Ryan, A researcher at Arizona State University, may have proved that valleys were formed by by lava not water….On February 23, 1987 in the Large Magellanic Cloud a star exploded with enough energy to be seen all the way across the universe. Along with NASA’s Hubble, the ESA photographed recently by the European Space Agency’s Faint Object Camera.
I close this week’s program with A New York Minuted by Edward McKeown. This strange piece of fiction in truth well couched fantasy. The premise is a tall tale told in a pub in down town New York about the strange court held in Central Park. Ron Huber reads this fast paced tale and I know you will love the read.
That’s about it for show 311, I think you will be well entertained.
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Strange and creepy are the cornerstones of this week’s Beam Me Up broadcast. I start off first with T. Fox Dunham’s spin on a well worn science fiction theme. I read his “Freedom Day” Where a long lost space traveler only to find humans enslaved by mechanical overlords. Upon freeing the oppressed human race our stalwart traveler garners a reward that was far beyond anything he could have imagined.
Next from Earth Sky – news on the VLA telescope soon to be fully operational in Chile called Alma and feathers caught in ancient tree sap helps demonstrate that early flightless dinosaurs and ancient birds both used feathers but for varying purposes.
From there I head over to the Beam Me Up blog to discover that dinosaurs themselves were plagued by fleas just as much as modern animals, but these were no ordinary fleas! Next I review the blu-ray Batman: year one which follows the genesis of the Batman mystique from the comic book history time line, Hubble has detected a gas cloud thought to be the precursor to a supernova that could happen at any moment, Some voice over actors find it difficult to drop their assumed personas once the project is finished. Watch Ben Shelton’s web series The Daly Show – I have a link and the mentioned video – funny just can not describe it! The most distant object in the visible universe had been discovered. Light from the GRB has been traveling to us for 13.2 billion years, that makes it 96% of the age of the Universe itself. I find another Darwin hopeful….this brain trust is not to be believed! And finally from the blog comes one of the most disturbing ideas yet to improve on meat production. You will not believe your ears!
And finally part two of Nancy Fulda’s story Movement which is up for the Nebula this year in the short story department. Good Luck Nancy!
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Beam Me Up 272 goes fast this week. I start off with a new tale from Fox Dunham. Memories long since faded are called on once again, and a man who is not a man is all that stands between humanity and darkness – Seth 7.
The hour ends with the conclusion to Deanna Knippling’s tale of the defender of the multiverse. This week after resurrecting from a most horrific murder, Beauregard comes face to face with with his murderer and the truth of who it is and why may end everything.
From the blog a short excerpt from a speech by Neil Degrasse-Tyson on why he feels NASA is vital to the health of our country.
It has been a long held belief that Earth has a Trojan companion, but until recently, none had been discovered. That now has changed and Earth joins an elite group of planets with Trojan companions.
The U.S. isplanning on deorbiting the ISS in 2020 crashing everything into the ocean …… The Russians, on the other hand, are already planning to refurbish many of their ISS modules and reuse them as part of a new Orbital Piloted Assembly and Experiment Complex to support deep space exploration.
In 1967 Lunar Orbiter 2 was launched with a mission to help with landing sites for the Apollo moon missions. Once the mission was finished NASA crash-landed it on the far side of the Moon. Until recently it’s crash site was lost, until now.
China is preparing its’ Tiangong-1 space station for lift off aboard a Long March II-F carrier booster later this year.
That and more this week on Beam Me Up
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