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Something old and something new

I'm sure many of you already know of the new and 'final' Star Wars coming out. This seems to be causing concern amongst fan conventions. Not only that, but the recent departure of Star Trek: Enterprise leaves many to wonder the future of Star Trek as well. Though I missed about all but three episodes of the most current series, the finale of Enterprise was actually well done.

Ironically, while both of these issues are receiving wide press the newest scientific discoveries are getting much less attention. We finally have evidence of a black hole forming. Not only that, but we finally have photographic evidence of planets around other stars. Perhaps people would rather be entertained or perhaps black holes (and distant planets) are not very practical... or maybe a series that has been running for 40 years is simply more influential than a real life search in the cosmos for 30 years.

In any case, I'm sure the recent discoveries are a blip in scientific terms and benefit very few while the departing sci-fi franchises make up a bulk of the entertainment industry's lifetime and some people's lives. I suppose there is a certain amount of elitism in advocating current scientific discovery over imagining science so take this with a grain of salt. Mine was particularly measured out in the smallest amount of untruth.

"Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts."
Brian Aldiss

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