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The Beauty of Water

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Lincoln and Darwin: 200 Years

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were among the celebrants at the reopening of Ford’s Theatre in Washington.

February 12 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln.

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Actor David Selby, of Dark Shadows and Falcon Crest fame, portrays President Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre’s new play The Heavens Are Hung In Black.

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Ford’s Theatre has undergone an 18-month renovation and will reopen officially on Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

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President Barack Obama greets actor David Selby.

February 12th also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species is still considered controversial today by religious conservatives in North America. But the rest of the world is celebrating his theories of natural selection and evolution.

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It is Darwin’s daring theories that made Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation possible.

Darwin’s findings that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors, and Lincoln’s fight to keep the Union intact and free the slaves, are some of the most important developments in modern history.

Celebrate two great thinkers today: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.

Prehistoric Visitor

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Look who came visiting my yard.

Doesn’t he look like a miniature dinosaur?

Star Wars 30th Anniversary – Why The New Trilogy Stinks

Luke Skywalker

I love, love, love the original Star Wars trilogy. When I heard that George Lucas was going to make the prequel, I could barely contain myself. I put on my Princess Leia wig, make a batch of Wookiee cookies and began to dream.

But the new movies didn’t live up to my expectations. The genius that made the first three movies forgot to have fun. George Lucas, your lack of faith disturbs me. You didn’t trust your original story and felt the need to embellish and explain. I wish you had left the back story to our imaginations. For the world you created is now our world, the fans.

Now I am forced to show my total geekness and write this post, which pains me greatly.

Here are my top reasons why the new Star Wars trilogy stinks:

  • Yoda changes sizes in every scene and fights like a spaz with a lime popsicle, is.
  • There’s no dirt.
  • Everything rhymes with doodoo: Count Dooku, Naboo, Mace Windu, etc.
  • Leia hugs Chewbacca in the original series. You can’t hug a green screen.
  • Darth Vader was not Canadian.
  • No humor, no wit, no wisecracking Han Solo.
  • The emperor was so butch, he scared himself. “Menswear?” See video:
  • The emperor looks like Judi Dench in drag.
  • I can’t think of one line from any of the new movies. But I can quote the French & Saunders version. “Talk to the dog” and “Milk, milk, lemonade, round the corner chocolate’s made.”
  • No one calls Amidala “Your Worshipfulness.”
  • The Jedi-Padawan relationship reminds me too much of the Catholic church.
  • Virgin birth? Meeza thinks that’s original, George.

OK. It had to be said. But seriously now, I must point out the inconsistencies between the new Star Wars trilogy and the original series:

  • Uncle Owen was Ben Kenobi’s brother.
  • So, the Force is a disease or a fungus or something?
  • Princess Leia remembered her mother. She was very beautiful and very sad. She didn’t die in child birth. She died years later of a broken heart.
  • Princess Leia was only a princess because she was adopted by the King of Alderaan, not because her mother was an elected Queen.
  • Obi-Wan doesn’t remember R2-D2. He even says “I don’t remember ever owning a droid.” Vader doesn’t remember C-3P0, yet he was supposed to have made him for his mother.
  • Obi-Wan was taught by Yoda not some Irishman named Qui-Gon.
  • No one knows the originals of Boba Fett. He was a loner who wore the ancient battle armor of the extinct Jedi-hating Mandalorians. He was not a clone.
  • Chewbacca and Yoda didn’t hang together back in the day. They never met.
  • Why are there no graves at the moisture farm on Tattooine in Episode IV?
  • Why would you hide the son of Darth Vader on his home planet, you moron?

George Lucas, please put Star Wars in the pubic domain so we, the fans, can continue the adventure and make up for the atrocities of the new movies. Thank you.

Readers, please feel free to add a few of your own in the comments section.

Second Earth Found Nearby

Only 20 light years away, scientists have found an earth-like planet orbiting a star in the constellation Libra.

They believe the planet to be 1.5 times the size of Earth and to have a comfortably warm temperature. Because of its warmth, the planet could also have water, which is a basic ingredient for life. The planet could potentially have a habitable atmosphere.

More research is needed. But this is a major milestone in the search for life in the universe.

Click here for the full story.

Look, sir. Droids!
Look, sir. Droids!

Hello. Is Anybody Out There?

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Here are amazing time-lapsed photos of the planet Saturn taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

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In Roman mythology, Saturn was the god of fertility and agriculture. Perhaps someday we’ll find evidence of plant life or fossils on the great planet.

View more pictures and read about our solar system at NASA’s Web site.

Do you think there is life out there somewhere?