As part of the greenway opening celebration, one of the Loop Trolleys was on show, parked at the Kingsbury stop on DeBaliviere. Naturally, I went along to see it, and I also found out that the delayed 3rd trolley is due later this month. Test running has started along the eastern end of the route, and operator training is well underway.
I asked if a decision on pricing had been made yet, and was told that an official press release is due in the next few days, but that tickets would be $2 for 2 hours, or $5 for an all day pass. Cash would not be taken on the trolleys, and each stop would have a ticket machine, plus there would be an app to enable online ticket purchases. There will be discounts for the over 65, and very young children can ride free, but there are no plans for any concession for local residents.
Claire Harman says several of the Wuthering Heights author’s character traits – including a dislike of leaving home and bursts of frustration – could indicate autism
Source: Emily Brontë may have had Asperger syndrome, says biographer | Books | The Guardian
Interesting story here, and a good experiment. Of course, the difference psychologically is that the people knew they *could* leave if they needed to, whereas on Mares that option would not exist.
Six leave Mauna Loa dome seeking ocean and fresh food after simulated mission that was second-longest to 520-day Russian project
Source: Mars scientists leave dome on Hawaii mountain after year in isolation | Science | The Guardian
News Article: Would it be wrong to eradicate mosquitoes? – BBC News
I have just read this interesting article, and given the negative impact on human life by disease carried by some species of mosquitoes, it might seem crazy to even ask the question. But there are at least two reasons to hesitate.
The first is the “unintended consequences” issue. Lets say we did eradicate all harmful mosquitoes, this would leave a void in the environment. Those creatures that currently survive on mosquitoes would move on to other food sources, and what impact would that have? Without the competition from mosquitoes, other insect species would thrive, and what impact would that have on humanity?
But as well as this self-interest concern, there is a moral one. We as a species have wiped out a large number of species by lack of care, is it right to deliberately set out to destroy another? Even if there were no negative consequences, what give us a right to make extinct a whole species of creatures? And if we say we do have that right, are there boundaries, or is it unlimited?
A study I was reading the other day suggested a possible link between cat ownership and schizophrenia. Say this was shown to be the case, should we eradicate all cats too? Bears are are dangerous to humans, should we make them extinct too?
Life is a complex thing, and we should think long and hard before tampering with it.