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More Butterflies And Tipping Points: Memes

Internet self-publishing (blogs and personal web sites) has introduced a genuine element of volatility into the cultural/political/civilization system we all share. This happens as memes (A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. From the Greek meaning to…

Liftoff!

Discovery is off. At 10:39 a.m. EDT the shuttle Discovery lifted off from Launch Pad 39B on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114. As the nomenclature shows this is the 114th Space Shuttle flight. It is also the 31st flight for Discovery. The mission is scheduled for 12 days and is supposed to touchdown…