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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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Study: Children are so immune to COVID-19 that even after extensive exposure they test negative

A new study has now confirmed what the very early research had suggested, finding that even when children are repeatedly exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they not only develop no symptoms, they also test negative to the virus.

The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in Nature Communications, showed that despite close contact with symptomatic infected parents, including one child sharing the parents’ bed, the children repeatedly tested negative for COVID-19 and displayed no or minor symptoms.

MCRI’s Dr Shidan Tosif said compared to adults, children with COVID-19 usually have very mild or asymptomatic infection, but the underlying differences between children’s and adults’ immune responses to the virus remained unclear.

In other words, children are completely immune from COVID-19. Moreover, they don’t even get infected, which means they can’t even give anyone else the disease. There is absolutely no reason not to reopen all schools immediately, allowing children to return to normal activity, without masks.

Granted this study only observed a single family, but its data must not be ignored. Note too that both parents also completely recovered, which is not surprising as this virus doesn’t appear to kill anyone unless they also have other very serious chronic illnesses. Just like the flu.


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  • John C

    I know! I have it right now, been 6 days since I lost my sense of taste. Been playing with my 3.5 year old daughter every day for hours on end and she has no symptoms.

  • Lee Stevenson

    It’s an interesting case study Bob, and even though I think you are probably right, it is never right to take a scientific standpoint from a sample size of one.
    Interesting case study, but don’t compromise your scientific credentials by citing a study with a P of 1 as proof of your theory.

  • Lee: You are correct, it is only one family. I noted that fact. I also however also linked to previous research that got the same result. If I had wanted to spend the time, I could have found more links to other research that also confirmed the same thing.

    All data on COVID-19 and children has consistently come back the same: They are essentially immune, and don’t pass the virus on to anyone.

    Doesn’t matter though. We are in an era where facts can be ignored.

  • Andrew M Winter


    But that story will never become “public knowledge”, because the main stream media will simply ignore it.

  • That’s why I’ve pretty much determined NOT to get the vaccine. I had a childhood filled with colds, flu, and just about every major child’s disease – measles (both kinds), mumps, chicken pox, etc.
    I figure I’ve got the constitution of a horse by now. I’m just not inclined to take another vaccine, one that hasn’t a long track record.
    Even if it means that I can never travel on a plane again, or work, or even be able to visit a doctor again (or use my Medicare benefits). Just – no.

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