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Unfortunately, the "brief history" went for the obvious and missed a number of earlier precedents. Among the most important of these was "The Future Eve," a novel by Villiers de L'isle-Adam. Originally published in 1886, it was one of the first detailed descriptions of a mechanical human being, especially one endowed… » 8/16/14 3:04am Saturday 3:04am

What is unfortunate is that many halo phenomena are not all that rare. Sundogs, for instance (which are just segments of a halo) can be seen most Winter days...and even on some days during the rest of the year. It's just that people don't look at the sky very much. » 8/11/14 3:25pm 8/11/14 3:25pm

Not only is it disturbingly Eurocentric (let alone the suggestion that the continent was "unsettled," considering that anywhere from 2 to 7 million people were already living here before Columbus arrived...and in some cases in permanent cities and villages), what exactly was the criteria for "prominence"? » 8/01/14 8:47am 8/01/14 8:47am