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David Fields
Posted almost 2 years ago
Global Warming: Make me an offer...
From Forbes.com Profile Larry E. Bell, Risk Manager--HollyFrontier Oil Corporation. Adams Resources & Energy Director Compensation for 2011 Fees earned or paid in cash $60,000 Total Compensation $60,000 Stock Ownership for 2007 Number of shares owned 1,000 I think the term I am looking at is "POW! BIASED!"
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David Fields
Posted almost 2 years ago
What were you favourite bands when you were a kid or a teenager? What do you think that says about you and your community?
So when I was a teenager, I was angry. I discovered heavy metal and Iron Maiden ruled my musical tastes. That isn't to say I don't like other genres and can listen to country and oldies too. Now that I am 46 I still find that metal is still my favorite genere. I just like the release it gives me. My current favorites are the folk and viking metal bands such as Eluveitie, Amon Amarth, Heidevolk, Tyr, Trollfest and even the fun pirate metal of Alestorm!
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David Fields
Posted almost 2 years ago
The colonization of Mars vs. solving the problems at home
I don't see us terraforming Mars because of the lack of magnetosphere to protect the atmosphere produced. If you have thoughts on that, would love to hear them because I am far from an expert. I agree with you in regards to new technologies developed. An endeavor like this will spark discovery all over the scientific community and that will benefit all.
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David Fields
Posted almost 2 years ago
The colonization of Mars vs. solving the problems at home
Radiation could be solved by being underground. Of course, you have to shield against the radiation on the way there too! Gravity... I agree, it is a one way trip. Exercise would be key to keeping some of the bone density lost but it would never replace Earth's gravity. But imagine the sports!
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David Fields
Posted almost 2 years ago
The colonization of Mars vs. solving the problems at home
Deepak, I must disagree for the reasons I just expressed in my reply to the original poster. When we strive for such a lofty goal as colonizing Mars the resulting increase of interest in science benefits all of mankind. If you were to say "let's solve world hunger!" on TV a few people may perk up but so many others would shrug and turn the channel. World hunger and disease have been a problem for centuries. Now get on TV and say "we are going to colonize Mars in ten years." All of the sudden we have a goal and a lot of problems to solve to make that goal. Those problems, such as feeding a colony and sheltering the colonists could benefit all of mankind. A way to grow food on Mars? It could work in the arid lands of Africa, right? Need shelter against the elements of Mars? That could help displaced villagers who lost their homes in a flash flood in Columbia. I will say it again: This type of endeavor doesn't exist in a bubble, but it permeates throughout society.It is not just a journey to Mars, it is a journey for knowledge and advancement.
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David Fields
Posted almost 2 years ago
The colonization of Mars vs. solving the problems at home
This is my first comment on TED and the first article I read. That being said I truly believe if we, either as a species or even as an individual country set the lofty goal of colonizing Mars the resulting push would not only benefit mankind on Mars and then eventually, beyond, but here on Earth. When we set a goal such as the Moon or Mars we inspire not only those already in the space industry but many people who now want to do "their part". To colonize Mars you don't just need to get the colonists there, you need to get shelter, an atmospheric system and a way to eat and drink there also. In finding a way to build a shelter that can sustain life on Mars we could discover how to help build a shelter system to help those in arid lands. Our need for food and water can help those where farming has failed or could be more productive. A young mind, inspired by the colony may become interested in science. They could go to school and while there, decide that they want to be a medical doctor, and agriculturist or many other fields that don't have to deal specifically with space exploration but that is what got them going. That young mind could discover the cure for AIDS. This type of endeavor doesn't exist in a bubble, but it permeates throughout society.It is not just a journey to Mars, it is a journey for knowledge and advancement.