"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
After the rogue star came through, and took the Earth away from the sun and left it floating in interstellar space with nothing to keep it warm, the atmosphere was different. More compact.
Compare to barrel of air from The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1828) by Jane Webb Loudon, the oxygen hip flask from Earth (1990) by David Brin and the airmaker from Ringworld (1970) by Larry Niven.
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Trash Sorting AI Robot Presages Skynet, Thanks A Lot
Keep your head down, Kyle Reese.
Electric Unicycle Is A Tumblebug
'A tumblebug does not give a man dignity, since it is about the size and shape of a kitchen stool, gyro-stabilized on a single wheel.'
Another Soil Bacterium Eats Plastic
'...the plastic was dissolved before his eyes.'
reLive Memorial Come Back As A Tree
'It was time - time to go again. She touched the leaf. She was wanted.'
Engineered Living Building Materials
'... it was the cheapest building material known.'
Draw Circuits With Conductive Ink
'It's rewiring things... squeezing silver toothpaste in a ribbon along the printed circuitry.'
Arkangel: Automatic Visual Censoring
It's whatever the Party says it is, Winston.
NASA Competition To Design A Bucket Drum For Moon Mining
'There was a heap of discarded ore where Grantline had carted and dumped it...'
Medical Assistant Robot May Roam The Halls Of Hospitals
'Take care, sir.'
No Autonomous Trucks? Wait, What?
'...it resembled conventional human-operated transportation vehicles, but with one exception -- there was no driver's cabin.'
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