The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost

Martian dry lake with organics

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is once again making the headlines in the science press. It has drilled into the ground in a place that appears to have been a lake in ancient times. The soil samples from what once was wet mud contained unexpected amounts of organic carbon. Read more here — link >>>>

The origin of these carbon compounds is however still not clear. On Earth, there are “stone-eating” microorganisms that survive in oxygen-free environments by using a process called chemolithotrophy. The quest for alien life om Mars continues.

Curiosity’s Martian drill hole

Post-apocalyptic vehicles

This is a follow-up to the recent post about Sillof’s Road Wars, in which Star Wars characters are re-imagined in a Mad Max context.

Zombie Blog has an interesting post (with plenty of photos) about vehicles re-fitted for survival in a post-apocalyptic environment — link >>>

Blogmaster James writes from a zombie apocalypse perspective, but those vehicles will fit nicely in many similar contexts, such as Wastelands or Falling Skies.

One example of a zombie-fighting vehicle. Design and picture by Donal O’Keeffe.