A Runaway Chinese Space Station Is Crashing Into The Earth In A Few Months


I recently found an obscure post in my Butterfly Language archives from last year, about this out-of-commission Chinese space station that was supposed to fall to Earth in…2017, was it?

Curious, I looked up the current status of the Tiangong-1 space station, and, well

It is definitely plummeting to Earth in a few months.

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“Shapeshifting” Bacteria Found On International Space Station


Ha ha ha, no no no: obviously, we’re not talking about something on the level of Lovecraftian horror as John Carpenter’s The Thing. (Yet?)

But what we have is bacteria on the International Space Station that have reacted to antibiotics by “clever shape-shifting” as to survive the attack. The discovery was made during recent experiments to see the impact of zero-gravity on said bacteria, and the results are not hopeful in terms of trying to treat infections and whatnot in space.

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“Nexus Dawn” And The Faustian Bargain


If you do have a chance & are interested in that kind of stuff, do check out the 6-minute “short film” prequel to Blade Runner 2049, “Nexus Dawn.” Outside of it being kinda cool, it does speak to this tension between our need to expand our technology and the danger of unwittingly (for some peeps, probably wittingly) creating a “post-human” society.

Jared Leto plays this ultra-creepy replicant (robot/AI) manufacturer of replicants, Niander Wallace, and he basically offers the Powers That Be a whole bunch of replicants even though they have become illegal.

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SpaceX Spacesuit Revealed


Elon Musk has just posted the first image of the SpaceX spacesuit. He claims this is a fully-functioning suit & not a prototype for display.

This—or something quite similar to it—is going to be quite a powerful primal image for our collective in the years to come. Similar to what we saw in the 1960s, but probably with a much more immediate, “practical” application.

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Has NASA Made It Easier For Aliens To Invade Earth?


This is a sensationalistic headline, to be sure—but when we consider that no less a formidable mind as Stephen Hawking has warned us that life on other worlds just might be “rapacious marauders roaming the cosmos in search of resources to plunder, and planets to conquer and colonise,” maybe not that sensationalistic.

National Geographic explores the possibility that the map to Earth etched into the twin Voyager spacecraft might lead aliens right to our front door. You see, they were launched in the late 1970s, and by now both are in the outer-reaches of our solar system and beyond.

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NASA’s “Planetary Protection Officer” Position Is A Big Deal


There is an awful lot of very interesting stuff happening at the moment—stuff that I believe is going to have a major impact on the future of humanity. (though you wouldn’t know it by the relative lack of importance given to these stories by the media).

We have the instance of AI creating their own language (shut down immediately by researchers from Facebook). We have the DNA of an embryo that was successfully “edited.” And we have this open job position offered by NASA, for a “Planetary Protection Officer.”

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Getting Clear On What The New Aeon Is And Is Not


Sometimes, I get intuitions on things. Sometimes, I don’t wholly agree with the intuitions that I get. But I listen to them anyway. I give them a fighting chance to get through my discernment.

And so one of the powerful sort of intuitions I had last week involved what the “New Age”—the new Aeon—is, and what it isn’t. And I really didn’t “like” it. But it sort of made sense anyway, even from a non-esoteric point of view.

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