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  1. pigfarmer

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    Quick read, very informative. You want to know how we made plutonium and have a concise description of the race for the Bomb, etc this is is. Dry toward the end, it's really devoted to the Hanford, WA site. Good book for a long flight or something
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    Excellent book on the birth of the US Navy, War of 1812. Anything Ian Toll writes is good. Makes me want to go Boston to see the USS Constitution
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    Heard Howard Hughes interview the author. Sounded really interesting so I just picked it up. Not as much stuff written from the Soviet side of the space race.
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    So here's the punch line., not really a spoiler just one of those tidbits. DuPont was the contractor that built everything. They did it for cost plus one dollar.

    Finished the contract early. Gov't Accounting Office gave them 68 cents .....................................
     
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    Astrobiology, Andrew May

    So much seems to depend on how life is defined. NASA, in the 1990s, used
    'Life is a self-sustaining chemical system capable of Darwinian evolution'.
    And SETI uses the word intelligence in a different way to most scientists. If you look for biosignatures, Earth has had life for billions of years but technosignatures for only about 100.
    Relative Likelihood of Success in the Searches for Primitive...

    Also has some interesting links:
    What Happens Next If We Find Proof of Space Aliens?
    In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the Center for Theological Inquiry, an ecumenical research institute in New Jersey, to study “the societal implications of astrobiology
    If we made contact with aliens, how would religions react?
     
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    I would expect the Vatican to be pretty laid back with it all only because I am aware of their astronomy interest. Maybe the whole Galileo thing weighs on their conscience.

    As for everyone else ............
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