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Might it have been better for the universe as a whole if the Enterprise had never left earth and earth hadn’t meddled in matters beyond its own solar system? As our country contemplates future military interventions, as well as ambitious efforts to someday colonize other planets, Americans would be smart to address this fundamental question.

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In case you missed it, in November, io9 reported that physicist Harold White was working on the concept for an engine that could transport a ship through space at warp speeds without violating Einstein’s law of relativity.

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Although the tawdry videos that cost U.S. Navy Capt. Owen Honors his position on the USS Enterprise as of Tuesday weren't exactly top secret before, they clearly had enough of a shelf life to generate a fresh scandal -- and to spur the Pentagon to tuck Honors away in an administrative post.

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This one's going to be hard to top. A competitor in Stephen Colbert's patriotic "Make McCain Exciting Challenge" has thrown down the gauntlet big-time with a creative adaptation of Madonna's "Vogue" video from her infamous cone-bra era. Only one thing could top it, and that can be summarized in one word: Whitesnake.

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