Sunday, April 21, 2013

What would it take?

The Kepler space telescope has found two earth like planets orbiting in the habitable zones of distant stars. These are prime candidates for life,  but no-one cares: the news has passed without comment.

If life is subsequently found - bacteria,  algae, animals - it will be a ten day wonder.  What would get people's sustained attention?

An interstellar version of North Korea.


There's a plethora of 'fast diet' cook books on sale now, with tasty 500 calorie meals for 'fast days'.

Of course,  Michael Mosley made up the 500 calorie rule based on the minimum amount of food he could eat without feeling starving. Ideally you would eat nothing on a fast day.