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Into the Deep

by EdHannigan / May 10, 2010 10:08 PM PDT

If you are interested in old-time whaling, check out this PBS how:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/whaling/

One thing that struck me was that they said something I've been saying about Moby-**** for years... It's very much like a science fiction story. A group of intrepid men embark on a technologically unusual ship into the unknown to confront an alien, possibly intelligent life form.

I'm trying to find out if it's true that the Hubble telescope really uses whale oil as a lubricant because it doesn't gum up like "normal" petroleum in the extreme conditions of space. Some say yes, some say no.

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If you trust treehuggers................
by Mike_Hanks / May 11, 2010 8:23 AM PDT
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I saw that site
by EdHannigan / May 11, 2010 12:22 PM PDT

one of the Yes votes.

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Interesting...
by EdHannigan / May 11, 2010 12:27 PM PDT

in a harrowing, depressing sort of way. But it's the kind of thing I enjoy.

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Whale oil
by Willy / May 11, 2010 8:57 AM PDT
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I would like to think that NASA tried to use other oils or alternatives if it could. NASA probably found nothing that whale oil does that can't be reproduced. It's stuck having to use the best materials at hand to complete their missions. In no uncertain terms, I don't think its improper for such materials can't be used when attempts have been made to find a replacement. -----Willy Happy

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we need a whale response team.
by James Denison / May 11, 2010 10:11 AM PDT
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One that can show up immediately upon news of a stranded or distressed whale and make an observation if the whale can be saved or not. If not, then a quick death and harvesting of the whale fat for rendering to support those specific needs where it can be used. That would avoid those who distress the whale prior to it's death by trying to drag it back out to sea, and make it's passing quick and merciful.

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I suppose it says a lot about me that as fascinating as the
by Ziks511 / May 13, 2010 12:20 AM PDT
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program is, and as revealing as it is about the economic history of the early US, and religious beliefs as they interact with business and the exploitation of nature, I felt very depressed by the terrible slaughter of God's creatures, creatures of unknown but believed to be high intelligence.

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