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Astronomical: Evaluating the Cost of the Space Program in Huntsville, AL

December 30, 2011

In all of human history there may be nothing as anti-climactic as a moon rock.  After spending 10 years and $150 billion, the US space program reached its summit by landing a man on the moon and bringing back 50 pounds of rocks. Today, NASA values those rocks at $100,000 per ounce, which makes the […]

Running on Empty: A Strange Visit to the Pennsylvania Oil Sites

June 10, 2011

It would make your eyes burn.  It would irritate your throat.  Those who tried to use it as a lamp oil ended up with a thin layer of greasy soot on their skin.  Even those who had used it as a patent medicine reported poor results. It was more than useless.  It was a nuisance.  […]