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Time for humans to start thinking about moving says Hawking

For many years humans have dreamed of one day colonizing other planets and moons.  Although research would be an important reason for the foreign bases, could the survival of the human race depend on whether or not we can colonize other planets?  World-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking recently said that humans need to colonize a planet or moon because the Earth might face destruction -- A man made disaster -- global warming being a good example -- or natural disaster could potentially destroy the planet. 

Although he believes humans can colonize the moon within 20 years, and establish a sufficient base on Mars within 40 years, humans "won't find anywhere as nice as Earth," unless we visit another solar system.  The moon looks to be like an ideal place for a potential new colony.  Not only does it appear to have everything needed to sustain humans, ice has also been found at its poles.

Nations have been thinking about colonizing other planets for years.  DailyTech earlier reported that NASA is working towards a permanent moon base that would be a stepping stone to allow astronauts to explore Mars firsthand.  Swedish researchers are also studying different ways to have a self-sustaining colony on the moon.

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RE: Considering...
By Lakku on 6/15/2006 4:59:24 PM , Rating: 3
Except for the fact evolution has hard evidence heavily suggesting and/or proving that living things have changed over long periods of time into other living things. While it's hard to prove something that takes thousands and millions of years, because non believers can't see it for themselves I guess, the main reason it remains a theory is due to religion and those who blindly follow it. Without getting into too much debate, there is more proof for evolution then global warming (I'm in the middle on this subject) and around 100% more evidence or proof of evolution then there is for creation. You need look no further then viruses and bacteria to prove evolution, as they are quickly mutating and 'evolving' into strands that resist our medicines. You could talk about it all day, but suffice it to say if you don't believe in evolution you are either very religious and/or retarded (I apologize before hand for attacking, but I cannot stand people who believe in magical creation without any proof and then tell me to prove evolution so, hence, they are retarded).

RE: Considering...
By masher2 on 6/15/2006 5:32:37 PM , Rating: 2
> "the main reason [evolution] remains a theory is due to religion and those who blindly follow it."

Your other comments are spot-on, however, evolution remains "only" a theory because everything in science is theory. Nothing is ever proven finally....even gravity is still just an unproven theory (and some recent research is hinting a not-quite accurate one at that).

Still, evolution is as proven as anything in science ever is. And if future discoveries change anything, it will be only slight, cosmetic modifications to the theory itself.

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