Bees are like oxygen ubiquitous, essential and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. Dr Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young..
SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileFestivities are under way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, which some consider to be an all time science fiction classic and others decry as the beginning of a bloated marketing exercise.But Star Wars has tended to fall short is the science part of science fiction.Our favourite example is the governing planet Coruscant, located according to the scripts in the heart of the galaxy. As Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, told National Geographic:In general, you don’t want to be quite in the “heart” of any large galaxy, as that’s almost invariably the site of a massive black hole, and an active nucleus that will fill nearby space with corrosive radiation guaranteed to ruin your whole day.Posted: 2007/05/28 at 10:17 AMFor the time that it was created Star Wars was a fantastic movie about the future, and although not all of it seemed completely plausible it was a fictional melodramatic and almost romantic view of space and science.Star Trek started in much the same way in case anyone has forgotten. They started out just as ridiculous with tribbles, green women that Shatner could cuddle up to, and let’s not forget atmospheric suits made from silver metalic glitter and florescant red, green tubes.The difference in Star Wars and Star Trek is that Star Trek has had 5 series to perfect it’s scientific approach and modernize it’s theories on techonology.
Edit: To elaborate, I always been convinced that battery degradation / repair after 10years would mean that EV ownership renders the cost:savings useless. I dedicated entire series of calculations in depth where the end result, including battery replacement, came to just a few grand over 10 years compared to an ICE, but now with this newly learned statistic, it seems EV save you thousands a year, instantly, and are virtually infinite over time, depending on how much range you really want to have. The Model 3 for example, could probably still go strong after 50 years with more than half its range, assuming most components are replaced just like they would in ICE cars.