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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Oil, Gas, Coal & Policies

Eco-friendly Policies may become the wave of the future, as we see more environmental degradation. Federal Policy tends to follow that which was proposed at the G 8 meeting in Germany -- voluntary reductions, a failed policy incorporated in Texas by the current White House Occupant. (For merely one example, North Central Texas will likely lose all Federal Highway funds for failure to reduce airborne pollutants by 2010.)

One particular magazine has taken a decisive step in furthering the discussion about the effect of man made pollution and global warming. Rolling Stone magazine, (Issue 1029, June 28, 2007) presents three article of particular interest to anyone who cares about environmental issues.

The typical audience for Rolling Stone is rather young and wants to learn more about music and celebrities than about science and technology. However, the Editors have chosen to regularly include at least one in-depth article every issue, which may be political, environmental, social issues, etc.

In the current issue Eric Bates and Jeff Goodell interview Al Gore and discuss his hopes for a worldwide awakening about Global Warming and how much of the situation will need political solutions (for a part of the interview, check out www.rollingstone.com/algore ). "Six Years of Deceit, by Tim Dickinson, uses interviews with former White House Insiders to discuss the discordance between Promises made and Realities. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. wrote "What Must Be Done," an article which details some actions that can not only stop all oil dependence in America, but also create a bumper crop of jobs -- and a booming economy.

Any honest discussion about such problems as Global Warming, Oil Imports, fuel efficient vehicles, etc. should be welcomed. And any discussion that can involve the youth of the nation can also help to shape what form that future might become.

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Travel to other worlds ... UTA Planetarium

Immersive full-dome 3-D Digital planetarium show narrated by Ewan McGregor (Obi wan Kepobi from Star Wars) - Astronaut takes you exporing the worlds of inner and outer space. The movie is projected all around you. You recline in specially constructed chairs which enables you to comfortably view the immersive full-dome planetarium show. Astronaut! (produced from the National Space Centre in England) goes beyond the stereotypical space movie. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of the astronaut. Float around the international Space Station moving thorugh the microscopic regions of the human body! Discover the beauty and perils as "Chad", the test astronaut experiences everything thrown at him.

Summer Schedule (June 2-August 26):


shows at the UTA Planetarium.

Wed. through Saturdays at 11 a.m.
and Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Cosmic CSI

shows at the UTA Planetarium 3-D Digital Dome.

Wed. through Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Rock Hall of Fame 1 (The Original)

shows at the UTA Planetarium.

Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

Read more (Warning their flat dull website doesn't give much of a glimmer of the multi-dimensional experience you'll have once you enter the dome of the UTA Planetarium!)

Admission: Adults: $5.00

Seniors, Students, Children: $4.00

UTA Faculty, Staff & Alumni (with ID): $3.00

UTA Studens (with ID): $2.00

Groups of 10 or more with reservation: $3.00

Call 817 272-1183 or e-mail planetarium@uta.edu