Wole Soyinka in Zero G

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka would like to use a Zero G ticket. This is the weightless experience that Stephen Hawking recently took as shown at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmurxp8m9Dk.
 
Wole has a compelling story. From his bio:
Wole has played an active role in Nigeria’s political history. In 1967, during the Nigerian Civil War he was arrested by the Federal Government and put in solitary confinement for his attempts at brokering a peace between the warring parties. While in prison he wrote poetry which was published in a collection titled “Poems from Prison”. He was released 22 months later after international attention was drawn to his imprisonment. His experiences in prison are recounted in his book “The Man Died: Prison Notes”.
Wole is a 74-year old in above average shape. And as he says: “Is ready to give up on one or two indulgences to pass physicals if required.”
 
For $4,000 we could accomplish this goal. Would you like to help out?
 
Update: Wole lifted off on July 11, 2009 in San Jose, California. Wole said: “Hitchless flight. Thank you again for the remarkable experience which I’m still digesting.”
 


Nanotech-Now.com was inspired by our Zero G fundraising to cause the following:
 
The Lifeboat Foundation is launching a monthly column addressing the ethical issues that scientists and consumers of nanotechnology will face. It will be written by our Summer Johnson, who is Executive Managing Editor of The American Journal of Bioethics and Chief Operating Officer, Bioethics Education Network.
 
Summer says “The literature in this area is not growing at nearly 1/10th of the pace of the nanoscience literature itself and it is my belief that ethicists, scientists, and lay people should be aware of these issues (sooner rather than later).”
 
Nanotech-Now.com has agreed to run this column. They will give us front and center placement once a month for 24 hours then a rotation down the homepage as their other columns load their articles. Google News indexes their columns every 15 minutes.
 

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