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Today, NASA confirmed that Jupiter's moon Ganymede (Jupiter's largest) has a 60-mile thick saltwater ocean under its surface. Everyone on Earth where you find liquid water, you find life. So add Ganymede to the list of possible places to look for life.
Thought occurs to me, I throw it out there to the space geeks among us. (STAND UP AND BE PROUD.) I'm appointing each of you Czar of NASA, and challening you to fund one and only one mission to a non-Earth destination, with enough equipment to find whatever life is there (whatever kind of life it is). Which one do you think has the highest probability of life, if it's anywhere off of Earth, which destination would you choose? But also consider, how difficult would the trip be to get there, and how hard would it be to get to wherever you'd expect to find the living organisms.
Your most likely candidates in mostly alphabetical order, but you can add any others:
Enceladus -- medium/small moon of Saturn, also has ice surface with undersurface water ocean, and very recently alleged to have underwater heat vents (which is particularly yummy for life, because they provide energy/food -- e.g. vents at bottom of Earth oceans harbor extremophiles).
Europa -- 4th largest moon of Jupiter; ice surface with huge flowing water ocean underneath; sometimes has holes/cracks in the ice that let its undersurface ocean spew into space; NASA is already talking about a mission to Europa. One thought isn't to actually land on Europa nor burrow through the ice (although NASA is thinking of doing that), but to send a ship thru the geysers that form when water spews out of the cracks -- and see what is in that water.
Ganymede -- 2d largest moon of Jupiter, has 60-mile thick salt water ocean under surface -- but, that surface is about 95 miles of rock and ice, so what would be the source of food/energy for life down there; and is the water too briny, and how would you get through the surface?
Mars -- the only planet on this list, has frozen ice for sure, and there are photographs that hint of water that sometimes flows down hillsides, suggesting there could be buried liquid water not terribly far below surface. "Easiest" trip (relatively speaking) on this list, for sure -- we've already had plenty of robots there.
Titan -- largest moon in the solar system, orbits Saturn; has clouds, rain, oceans, rivers, and lakes...but made of methane, not water; temperature is 100 degrees below zero...in Celcius; yet, on Earth some anerobic bacteria thrive on methane or other hydrocarbons, like in tar pits, so it's not out of the question life could live on Titan.
Columbus, OH -- hey now, I didn't ask about finding intelligent life, so it's not a valid option for this particular question. I think we can all agree that the green/brown gunk you scrape off the underside of the seats in the Big Horseshoe is some form of life.
Encore is running old Bond movies every night at 8:00 throughout March. Last night as I sat through some of "Live and Let Die", I asked myself if Yaphet Kotto's Dr. Kanaga was the worst Bond villain ever. After thinking it over, I came to the conclusion that while bad, there have been far worse villains portrayed in the Bond series:
5 - Karl Stromberg (Curd Jurgens, The Spy Who Loved Me) - You know he's bad because he never smiles, won't shake your hand, and speaks in a clipped, monotone manner. Not a very original protrayal.
4 - Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray, Diamonds Are Forever) - While Blofeld is arguably the greatest Bond villain, Gray's portrayal of him is just flat, lacking the creepiness of Donald Pleasance or the badassedness of Telly Savalas.
3 - Renard (Robert Carlyle, The World is Not Enough) - Preposterous character backstory coupled with zero charisma, Carlyle's Renard is just a boring thug.
2 - Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens, Die Another Day) - As if the Renard backstory wasn't preposterous enough, we have a guy who was born Korean only to be genetically altered to be a preening, sneering Englishman.
1 - Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce, Tomorrow Never Dies) - The least threatening of all the Bond villains, Pryce's Elliot Carver is essentially a ridiculous internet tough guy on steroids.
Bond fans - discuss....
It is a very slow time of year re: Michigan sports, and everyone seems to like our recent convo's about some personal stuff so lets push on. Today's question is: Where are you going for your Easter/Spring break this year? If you are staying put, then detail a favorite spring trip you took, but no MTV house party stories (is that still a thing?), we want to be gracious to our lady Mgobloggers.
It is hard to believe but the Softball season is nearly half way completed. We have finished the first segment of the schedule which is primarily weekend tournaments. The second segment of the schedule is the home series with Kent State then the start of the Big Ten Season.
We are currently 22-3 with loses to #1 Florida (twice) and #22 ASU. We are 7-3 over ranked teams, with wins against #3 Alabama (twice), #6 Florida State (twice), #9 Baylor and #21 ASU (twice).
We are ranked #3 this week in the Coaches Poll although we are tied with LSU, who are undefeated along with #1 Florida. Florida remained #1, and Oregon remained #2. We dropped to #4 in the USA Softball poll primarily due to the loss to ASU this past weekend.
Here are some of the team statistics and the national rank (in parentheses)
Batting Average: .345 (20th)
Home runs per game: 1.76 HR/G (4th)
OB %: .448 (13th)
Runs per game: 7.84 (15th)
Slugging %: .619 (5th)
Team ERA: 1.62 (10th)
One area of the game that we are certainly down as compared with previous years is overall team speed. We do not rank high in any of the typical "speed" catagories such as stolen bases, double per game and triples per game. This is a departure for Coach Hutch as she has always had great overall team speed. However, with the offense we have, the team speed is not as important because the timely hitting does enough damage.
We have a player that rank nationally in some important categories. Romo ranks in the top of 6 categories (10 games min).
B/A: 545 (6th)
Slugging %: 1.109% (4th)
OB %: .705 (2nd)
RBIs: 30 (20th)
Runs/game: 1.28 (8th)
HRs: 9 (T-6th)
As you can see, our offense is centered around Romo. The good thing is our 4, 5 and 6 hitters are good enough to bring her in as evidenced by Romo's Runs/Game statistic. If opposing teams choose to pitch to her, great. She will handle her business. If they choose to walk her, great. We have hitters behind her to bring her in.
I just hope more people realize what a very special player we have in Romo. We have not seen the likes of her in over a decade.
In the Individual pitching catagories, we have players in the following:
Ks per 7 innings (10 App min): Megan; 8.5 (32nd)
ERA (20 Inns min): Sara; .78 (9th)
BB per 7 Innings (10 App min): Haylie; 1.24 (17th)
It is great to see all three pitchers rank nationally. This is our core moving into the Big Ten season. Our bats will not be hot in every single game; however, we have 3 awsome pitchers that will keep us in games. This will lead to wins in tight games.
Overall a very good first half of the season. The first loss to Florida was tough to take, then the loss to ASU was heartbreaking. However, we had some very good wins that could have went the other way as well.
My prediction is we will lose one game each to Minny, Maryland and maybe PSU for a 27-3 second half record (20-3 B1G). This puts us at an overall record of 49-6. We will remain in the top 8 and host a Regional and then the Super Regional.
My prediction for the Regional (#3 Seed): Central Michigan (MAC Champ), Notre Dame (ACC Runner Up) and my dark-horse for Champion of the Horizon League: Oakland University.
The Super Regional will be at Alumni Field against La-Lafayette (#14 Seed).
There is no way the NCAA is going to let this go. Apparently this allows you to by pass NCAA rules and pay a player or team for certain things. Make a pledge, for example, that if they win you will give $20. Want a player to stay until they graduate, make a pledge for any amount you want and upon graduation the player will recieve the money. Like the idea, but how long before the NCAA puts it's foot down?
Hey Folks, I'm exploring EMBA programs with my final interviews to take place over the next two weeks. EMBA programs are pretty costly. I'm interested in hearing from the MGOCommunity on how an EMBA has impacted your career or the career of someone in your network. Examples of salary increases, promotions, increased exposure, global network and job opportunities, etc. would be great. Assume I will attend a top 15 program in the US.