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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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Breakthrough increases plant yields by one third

Plant scientists have found a way to encourage plants to better use atmospheric nitrogen, thus increasing yields by more than one third.

For years, scientists have tried to increase the rate of nitrogen fixation in legumes by altering rhizobia bacterioid function or interactions that take place between the bacterioid and the root nodule cells.

Tegeder took a different approach: She increased the number of proteins that help move nitrogen from the rhizobia bacteria to the plant’s leaves, seed-producing organs and other areas where it is needed. The additional transport proteins sped up the overall export of nitrogen from the root nodules. This initiated a feedback loop that caused the rhizobia to start fixing more atmospheric nitrogen, which the plant then used to produce more seeds. “They are bigger, grow faster and generally look better than natural soybean plants,” Tegeder said. “Some evidence we have suggests they might also be highly efficient under stressful conditions like drought.”

The technique not only produces healthier plants and more seeds, it reduces the need for fertilizer, the overuse of which can be an environmental issue.

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3 comments

  • Localfluff

    It would be magic if the human brain, or brains since we build on each others crazy and careful thoughts, can outsmart 4,000,000,000 years of evolution. What else can we do?

    Biology is way way off what is optimal, given today’s conditions. Biology is path dependent. Carries legacy stuff not useful anymore. The potential for improvements are endless, literally incalculable. Even without an space flight, we could just sit here and become God by the mere power of biologic research and engineering.

  • wayne

    Localfluff…
    I’m not thinking…. that is the major take-away from this development!
    (I do however, enjoy your flair.)

    ref: “Biology is way way off what is optimal, given today’s conditions. Biology is path dependent. Carries legacy stuff not useful anymore.”

    Highly recommend–
    Anti-fragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
    Nassim Taleb
    https://youtu.be/BaU7Sxk6Yk4

  • pzatchok

    Its not GMO.

    I for one will never touch food produced by this method.

    Yeh right, were can I get this stuff for my garden?

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