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Announcing Sacred Mounds, a novel of Magical Realism and Historical Fantasy from Jim Metzner, with a foreword by Hutke Fields, principal chief of the Natchez Nation.
Cyclonic hordes of insects, a telepathic despot, body-swapping sex - just a few of the surprises Salvador Samuels encounters when he is swept back to pre-colonial times, walking in the moccasins of a blind Indian - who, in turn, has been transported into Salvador's body in present-day America. Sacred Mounds Book Cover Four hundred years apart, they are bound by a mission to rescue our world, aided by the mysterious presence of the mounds. Thousands of these ancient earthworks once dotted the landscape of North America. We still don't know why they were created. Sacred Mounds suggests they are as important today as when they were made over a thousand years ago. Sacred Mounds weaves the stories of two men, each a stranger in a strange land. With the help of two remarkable women, they must find a way to save our planet and return home.
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Kids' Science Challenge: Drake - Why We Search: The Pulse of the Planet daily radio program offers free legal online mp3 downloads, exploring the world of sound in nature, culture and science, with audio adventures, world music, extraordinary sound portraits, science diaries, and nature ring-tones; an amazing sonic experience.

Airdate: Feb 09, 2009
Scientist: Frank Drake

Kids' Science Challenge: Drake - Why We Search

Kids' Science Challenge: Drake - Why We Search
For decades we've been searching for extraterrestrials, but why?



“We may learn very useful information, for instance, how to produce power through controlled nuclear fusion in a clean way and solve our energy crisis. It would be nice if somebody said, send us a handbook for how to do it.’”

Well, if our own scientists on earth haven’t mastered clean energy technologies, then who’d write the handbook? It’s time to think out of the box. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

“It’s the last great adventure open to us. We’ve explored every place on Earth. It would be even more exciting to explore another world with intelligent creatures, perhaps who have lived millions of years longer than ourselves and are much more advanced than we are.”

Ah, yes. Extraterrestrials. Aliens. Well, Frank Drake’s been looking for life in outer space since he helped found SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, in 1960. He’s a pioneer in the field, and he now collaborates with a team of astrobiologists at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. Well, it’s clear to Frank Drake and others at SETI that sharing spec sheets on clean energy would be reason enough to befriend an alien, but why else do we search?

“We do have a hunger to know what the meaning of life is. We have learned enough about biology and evolution to know that we are not necessarily the optimum intelligent species in the universe, that evolution could surely lead to other forms than ourselves, and we hunger to know what these are like.”

Kids intuitively think outside the box, and if you know of any 3rd to 6th graders with ideas about searching for life in outer space, have them check out the Kids’ Science Challenge. That’s a nationwide competition where kids get to see their science ideas turned into realities. That’s at kidsciencechallenge.com.

Pulse of the Planet is made possible by the National Science Foundation. I’m Jim Metzner.