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Old April 13 2014, 01:52 PM   #1
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time in space pays off

A cherry tree seed that spent a year in space is blooming earlier than expected. Cosmic rays may have accelerated its development.

http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com...ms-years-early
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Old April 13 2014, 07:51 PM   #2
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Yool, I await to see if the tree next starts stretching it's branches, becomes invisible, bursts into flame or becomes rock hard!
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Old April 14 2014, 10:43 PM   #3
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Excellent article Varek. Makes me wonder if the growth of seeds are accelerated because of their time in space and the cosmic rays perhaps this could be a new method of growing crops at a faster rate to grow crops at a faster rate in order to meet food demands supplies.
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Old April 14 2014, 11:50 PM   #4
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I want to see ring stations in that you have comfort, and folks can get to zero g just by walking.

Right now, time on ISS is meted out to the minute. That's fine as far as it goes--but to me, just having humans immersed in that environment, but in comfort, allows a level ofspontaneity which you only get by having a lot of folks up there.

If robots on Mars are so great, how many geologists here have lost their jobs to them?

The goal should be total immersion.
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Old April 18 2014, 12:35 AM   #5
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A cherry tree seed that spent a year in space is blooming earlier than expected. Cosmic rays may have accelerated its development.
You should see the effect they have on man-in-the-moon marigolds.
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Old April 18 2014, 01:39 AM   #6
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I also read an interesting book Seeds Of Knowledge, Stones of Plenty, by John Burke and Kaj Halberg (2005),which told about seeds placed inside special megalithic sites grew more productively than normal.
http://books.google.com/books/about/...d=_5jJ4xdmhcgC
Perhaps these two sources of stimulation are the same or similar.
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Old April 18 2014, 10:35 PM   #7
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From a scientific point of view, we can only say we don't know why.
A good thing the Japanese didn't shoot a lizard into space.
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Old April 19 2014, 02:47 PM   #8
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From a scientific point of view, we can only say we don't know why.
A good thing the Japanese didn't shoot a lizard into space.
Yes, or we'd be pointing and yelling, "Godzilla!"
That brings to mind an interesting question: Would a ship of androids be affected by cosmic rays? If so, what do you think they might become? Or, would they be affected at all?
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Old April 19 2014, 03:00 PM   #9
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Androids are machines. They would be affected just like any electronic equipment is.
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