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Double Take: NASA’s Twin Study

In the sci-fi novel Time for the Stars, Robert Heinlein explores something called the “twin paradox,” an Einstein-inspired thought experiment involving the splitting up of identical twins. One rockets off into space while the other remains on Earth. Even though … Continue reading

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The Worms Crawl In, the Worms Crawl Out

The recent discovery of a habitable, earth-like planet has renewed buzz and speculation not only about the possibility of humans living on other worlds, but also about whom or what else is living out there. Are there Vorlons out there … Continue reading

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Make Your Next Car a Beamer

Ever taken a much-needed break and found yourself thinking that a beer would be the perfect thing–if only you didn’t have to get up and get it? There might be a solution…in space. We may not be ready to beam … Continue reading

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In Event of Cosmic Radiation, Please Take the Stairs

Even though the privatization of space flight might make it possible for (extremely rich) people to realize their dreams of travelling to space, I’m waiting for the day when I can step into an elevator and push the button for … Continue reading

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Just What Do You Think You’re Doing, Dave?

I’d rather be stuck in an elevator with Freddy Kruger than with HAL. Cool as a cucumber, mind-bogglingly capable, and unfailingly and often maddeningly reasonable, HAL appears to be the perfect spaceship computer. Among other things, HAL can speak, recognize … Continue reading

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Doing the Time Warp

Have you ever noticed that humans seem to be waiting for aliens to visit us, rather than the other way around? The reason for this is the commute. At its closest, Jupiter is roughly 390 million miles away. Alpha Centauri, … Continue reading

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