To Mars and Back in 80 Days

February 10th, 2009

In 1873 Jules Verne published the novel “Around the World in 80 Days“, in which an English Gentleman attempts to circumnavigate the Earth on bet. At the time the story was taken as simple fiction.

In 1889 Nellie Bly actually succeeded in making the trip and did it in just 72 days.

Today the Space Shuttle can make the trip in about 90 minuets.

A new plasma based rocket engine system, named Vasimr, has just recently been approved for testing on the ISS in 2012. The new engine could make it possible to travel to Mars in as little as 39 days, making around trip voyage of less than 80 days.

could we finally be on the Brink.

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Housing

Fannie and Freddie, the End


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The quasi-government mortgage organizations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have incurred a large chunk of the responsibility for the system that allowed for abuse by financial intuitions and lenders that created the housing bubble and the financial crisis. Unfortunately congress and the President let themselves get sidetracked with health care reform and very little has been done to prevent a reoccurrence.

But last Friday, the administration put out a report that laid out a plan for reforming the housing market. A plan that would include the eventual elimination of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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