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Martian soil and what can be grown natively.

Several groups including NASA, Elon Musk and others hope to take people to Mars in the next five to ten years. If we get there it will be to stay for extended periods. People will also have to eat there and what is more logical than to grow your own food locally? Back in March, scientists from...
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Newt on NewSpace

Newt posted this essay to Fox News, in which he extolls the ideal of the hero capitalist pushing back the final frontier. He portrays the leaders of NewSpace as having a kind of Tony Stark (Ironman) personna —— Superheros without the capes. He puts on his self-styled "historian" hat to pull som...
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Laws With Testing Frameworks

Would it be useful to include a testing regime with a law at the time it is proposed? Perhaps this would be more appropriate for some laws more than others. Can we test how well our legal justice system is functioning? Would the sytem tend to be more fair if participants thought they might be bei...
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Jeff Bezos talks about Lunar Exploration at ISDC

This article in the Orland Sentinel on Jeff Bezos is a good summary of the interview/chat he had with Alan Boyle at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) last week in Los Angeles. Patrick Donovan, Sean Marquez, and I from Space Cooperative attended the conference. What I would a...
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Blockchain on the Moon Already?

This article "For All Moonkind to Map Humanity's Lunar Heritage Sites Using Blockchain Registry" in Space.com describes a project to document and protect historic Apollo, Surveyor, and presumably Lunokhod landing sites. This project "For All Moonkind" will initially inventory and prote...
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What kind of industry should be implemented?

While being proximate to a larger city will provide opportunities for jobs and activities that can provide resources to individuals it would likely be desirable to begin to develop valuable businesses and resource generating enterprises within the community itself. To that end I would like to in...
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Beihang University Lunar Palace 1 Experiment Concludes After One Year

When I attended the International Astronautics Academy's Humans in Space Symposium in Cologne, Germany in July 2013, there was a strong Chinese delegation. http://his.iaaweb.org/ Beihang University was particularly prominant. They gave presentations and displayed posters for the Lunar Pal...
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Martian Soil Auto-conditioner (MSA) Project Proposal

Proposal: An automated device for the transformation of Martian regolith into growing soil for human food production. Rationale: Numerous studies have been conducted on the reconstitution of Martian regolith into workable farming soil. The time may have come to automate the best of the availab...
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DNA Health and Subsidized Embryo Selection

Does anyone know about the probability of gametes being affected by cosmic rays on the moon or mars? Perhaps there should be research done on how to screen DNA for this type of damage and perhaps all participants in the space colonizing project should be offered free embryo selection services.
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Who owns the village and where should it be located?

This is a very complicated project to think through when you think about questions like land ownership in the context of both crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. Legally speaking, it will make the most sense if most of the land belonged to the commons, yet habitats can be purchased for some minimum a...
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