Perhaps it is due to it being 2012 that such weirdness and insanity is being allowed to make it into the mainstream media. I actually had not heard anything about it until listening to some news commentators making jokes about it a few hours ago. So, I decided to browse The Internet to find out what all of the hullaballoo was about.
OH NO! A ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE!!! It was this past weekend, Saturday, and somewhere in Miami, where a supposed zombie was spotted! A man that was identified as being homeless was wandering the streets of the southern Florida metropolis, buck naked. He actually was on a bridge, and he was in the process of chewing upon another man’s face!
Miami Police arrived at the scene after reports about this strange and startling man were made. Calls were made to the police by a driver who saw this man, wearing no clothing, and getting his munch-on with the face of another man! Yes, an act of cannibalism was occurring, leading some people to describe the event as the actions of a zombie!
One Miami policeman arrived at the street location, and he saw what was happening. The officer approached this nude man, instructing him to move away from his victim. However, the “zombie” ignored the officer, as he growled, then he continued with his oral assault. When this naked and homeless man did not abide by the command of the policeman, he was shot and killed!
Examinations of the unfortunate man that was being eaten revealed that his face had been mutilated. His eyes and his nose were eaten out of and off of his face! He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he remains in treatment for severe injuries. The reports of the attack say that this man’s face now is damaged beyond recognition!
The zombie attacker was identified as Rudy Eugene, aged 31. He was a suspected cocaine addict, likely which lead him to commit such an horrific action. When he was approachead by the policemen, Eugene was growling, while continue to eat skin and human flesh! One shot was fired at him, yet he was apparently unphased, as he continued to gnarl upon his victim, tearing skin and chewing body parts. Following shots were made, and Eugene was eventually killed.
Eugene had been arrested several times before this incident. Yet, reports reveal that this was Eugene’s only recorded episode of eating a person. He had been arrested once before, on charges of battering his now ex-wife. She stated that Rudy Eugene felt as if the world was against him!
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As the idea of space travel is discussed, the thought of actually reaching distant locations comes into focus. Outer space is very vast, with any prospect of going to a planet within our solar system, or anywhere beyond it, becoming somewhat difficult to conceive. However, there are scientists and related researchers currently collaborating with ideas on how to reach areas far, far away within speculatively reasonable amounts of time.
A lot of conjecture has surrounded the thought of using the Saturnian moon Titan as a base site. Saturn itself fluctuates betweeen 794 million miles and 979 million miles from Earth. A trip to our solar system’s fifth world, as based upon Voyager technology, is projected to take a little over three years. Yet, work is being done to experiment with methods that will allow for reaching extended distances at reasonably faster speeds.
Travelling into outer space inevitably leads to the topic of interstellar travel. The nearest planet which is not in our solar system is located around the star Epsilon Eridani. This world is roughly 10.9 light years, or 63 trillion miles, from Earth! It is a gas giant, which is not a habitable planet for anything that we currently recognize as life. However, it could have moons that are habitable, which possibly could be homes to something alive!
Right now, we do not have the technology to reach interstellar distances in any reasonable amounts of time. Getting to Mars is estimated to be a nine month journey, just one way. It is the closest location from Earth that humans would venture to explore. The planet fluctuates between 34.6 million miles and 249.4 million miles from our world, so reaching this planet will require precise timing and trajectory to get to and from it at reasonable rates.
That is just to Mars! Current scientific studies are saying that it will take between 85 years and 81,000 years to reach to reach the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, which is roughly 4.22 light years to 4.37 light years away. This is based upon the use of various forms of propulsion that could be used with a manned vessel from Earth. No information about worlds to explore within orbits of that location have been discussed.
There are speculations about habitable worlds within the Gliese 581 system. This red dwarf star is twenty light years from us. It has an estimate of six worlds in orbit around it. At least three of them have been speculated as candidates to be habitable for some forms of life. The worlds Gliese 581c and Gliese 581d are said to be similar to Mars, having been decimated by greenhouse effects. This would not allow these planets to support life. Yet, Gliese 581g is being reviewed, as it is supposed to orbit Gliese 581 at a position between Gliese 581c and Gliese 581d. It is situated within the habitable zone, possibly having liquid water.
The Gliese system is twenty light years from Earth. That is 11,720 trillion miles away from us! Based with our current technological capacity, this trip would take 180,000 years! Yet, of course ideas with conjuring reasonable and faster methods of travel using scientific methods are being studied. This includes nuclear propulsion, antimatter propulsion, and fusion rocket travel. Manipulations with light speed are proposed, allowing Gliese to be reached within twenty-three years. Other speculative ideas include time dilation, which is the manipulation of space-time in conjunction with the distances between the locations of travel.
As for right now, we are not even getting back to our own moon. Most of this talk about interplanetary, or even interstellar travel, is high conjecture. Granted, there is a lot of factual information about the actual possibility for completing this manner of feat, yet several obstacles currently prevent it from getting into full gear. A large aspect is the cost of all of what would be needed to go forward with such a task, and I have not looked into what sites are saying about how anyone would propose to pay for any efforts toward actual space travel.