Sending A Boat To Cruise Around A Liquid Methane Lake On Saturn Moon Titan. Should We Even Bother?

It's boating season on Saturn's moon Titan.Sener Aerospace has a ginormous idea – they’d like to float a boat on one of Titan’s liquid methane lakes and collect samples. Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, was previously visited by the Huygens spacecraft in 2005 but its liquid methane lakes remain a mystery. That’s why scientists at Sener sent a proposal to the European Planetary Science Congress advancing the idea of sending a boat probe to Titan.

Science is great and what’s even better is that this proposed project, between a private Spanish company and a European space agency, will not cost me a dime.

But I have to suggest a move in the awesome direction: why not focus on our own planet first, help get it in order, and then figure out how to paddle around the methane lakes on a distant moon? To me, expending the resources in order to hit the prime boating season on Titan just seems likes something you would do after you have your shit together on your own planet. It even makes the colonizing Mars idea sound less crazy. Sorry Hudson. [CNET Crave]


Carbon Neutral Indoor Ski Resort Makes Everything Else Carbon Neutral Suck More

Ok, we survived Seattle’s Snowmageddon last week but had to suffer another post-free week. Of course I blame my kids for this and will now find a way to put them to work furthering the Jubbling cause.
Proposed Carbon Neutral Indoor Ski Resort in Barcelona
What did we miss? How about the proposed indoor carbon neutral ski resort that is planned for 2015 in Barcelona Spain. Yes, they need snow because it’s not available year round and to appease and appeal to the green folks, they’ll make it carbon neutral by using the cool energy that is generated when sub-zero liquefied natural gas is converted back to its gaseous state. In addition to the converted natural gas, the indoor ski resort will use solar and plant waste to power the facility. Dutch company SnowWorld, builder’s of Dubai’s indoor Ski Dubai, will be construct the facility in partnership with B01 Arquitectes of Barcelona.

Jubbling’s take: Nature defying projects like this kill us. Yes, they are making an effort to consume less resources and we normally see good in those kind of efforts. But this “tickle and slap” faux environmental-sensitivity drives us nuts! Save the layer of green paint, take a step back and just admire the amount of sucking that goes into a project like an indoor ski resort built in a city that most people want to escape to during the winter months. Instead of figuring out how to build it, they should really wonder why. []