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True story:   The first servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope was in December 1993. Very shortly after that, in January, the results of that servicing (which was to install the corrective optics

Ask me lightsaber color and I reach for spectral line wavelengths, which is an aspect of deep geekery you innocent children should be spared.

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In the retreat from Moscow, with two labs left to grade. Plus some inevitable stray miscellaneous papers that were in the wrong piles.

 

Also sent "Hey, have the aliens released you yet?" emails to the two people who were no-shows at the final.

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The expanded version of that quote, from Sagan's book "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle In the Dark":

 

We've arranged a global civilization in which the most crucial elements — transportation, communications, and all other industries; agriculture, medicine, education, entertainment, protecting the environment; and even the key democratic institution of voting, profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

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