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“BACK TO THE FUTURE NASA’S NEW NUCLEAR VISION” was the headline emblazoned on the cover this past month of the leading U.S. aerospace trade pu…

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Last week a SpaceX rocket exploded in a fireball at the SpaceX site in Texas. “Fortunately,” reported Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News, “no one…

GREENBELT – Earth’s global surface temperature in 2018 was the fourth hottest since 1880, continuing a streak of record high temperatures, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The causes are varied, but according to Gavin Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the rise in temperature is primarily […]

Earth’s global surface temperature in 2018 was the fourth hottest since 1880, according to NASA and NOAA officials. (Courtesy Photo)

I woke up to hope for the first time in a while this morning – a different America than I’ve experienced in the last year and it wasn’t just because the people of Alabama decided not to elect a racist who despises blacks, gays, and Muslims – oh and is accused of being a serial pedophile.

Sure that was part of it, but in the last few days I admit I’ve been waking up more hopeful because of several actions. Looking beyond the daily Twitter litter, I believe President Trump is part of this hope, as is Joe Biden, the Democrats and the Republicans.

For those who are looking for the curve ball, that’s not what this is about – well keep your eye on the ball just the same.

People who are convinced of the absolute righteousness of their single cause on any issue are as enjoyable to have a conversation with as discussing the actuary table with an insurance agent.

It’s a long, slow boring march into the obvious with the chance of being distracted by the obtuse and miscellaneous.

There are few exceptions to this rule. Zealots of any brand, whether religious or otherwise are among the least enjoyable people to be around on the planet.

Politicians in Washington D.C. are the poster children for this sentiment – and I care little if we’re discussing the far left or far right.

This past weekend scientists marched for common sense in several cities across the country – not convinced of the righteousness of a single cause – but convinced the country shouldn’t abandon the process of scientific research – you know the research which in the past has given us every technological, medical and other advance we hold dear to our heart.