I've been working on lyrics to a Gilbert and Sullivan pastiche about the Drake Equation, but it's going a bit slowly. In the meantime, here is my version of "Wild Rover", which I sang at our local Chantey Sing a while back (the Chantey Sing is a get-together where people take turns leading the group in singing old sailors' work songs and other nautical music.) As I explained to the folks there, these days the exploration of unknown…Continue
As you may know, the oceans of Europa are sequestered underneath a layer of ice which is probably ten or twenty kilometers thick. This makes them a little tricky to access, especially given the limited resources available to a logistically-feasible lander. So I was intrigued by this article about a highly miniaturized submersible vehicle that wouldn't require much energy to transport…Continue
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Last month I went to see a talk by Annalee Newitz of io9.com about her new book, Scatter, Adapt and Remember. In the talk, she went over some of Earth's previous mass extinctions and their notable survivors, and discussed how humanity might manage to make it through the next one, whatever its cause might be.
It was an excellent talk and it inspired me to write the…
Sanjoy is following
Footsteps our old mentor
Carl had tread
Building a website where
And help science spread
Added by Regina Carns on June 4, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments
I wrote the following on The Universe Today on their article on "NASA Looks at 3-D Food Printer for Star Trek-like Replicator''
Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/102328/nasa-looks-at-3-d-food-printer-for-star-trek-like-replicator/#ixzz2UiwisVAw
I think this is all a waste of money and very strange that normally…Continue
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La pregunta milenaria.
Tal vez desde que el ser humano es consciente de su propia conciencia se ha preguntado si está solo en este lugar que se llama universo, misma pregunta que hasta nuestros días prevalece. La ciencia actual, es consciente de que esta pregunta tardara mucho o durará por siempre sin contestar, pero sin perder la esperanza en tener una respuesta para…Continue
Below is a comment I wrote on
The problem with panspermia is that if life on Earth came from some other location in outer space, where did it come before that and so on with no end. Water, the universally…Continue
Added by Andrew Planet on February 28, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
This is a comment I made on the matter of long term space exploration, viable on
Interplanetary and future deep space exploration entails engaging in technological…Continue
Added by Andrew Planet on February 28, 2013 at 8:55am — No Comments
Have you ever had an untested idea, which could be right or wrong, written meticulously about it on a webpage article and then have that page replaced by another purportedly back dated? It happened to me quite curiously. I'm sure of it because the posting service the webpage provided allowed for the user to re-edit the comment which I did several times revisiting the page. Then one day, after a couple of weeks I visited the webpage again to see whether anyone had commented on my post and…Continue
Added by Andrew Planet on February 15, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Space suits ought to have a liquid within for self sealing punctures from inside them just like the sealant I use in the wheel air chambers for my own motorbike's wheels. I have not had a puncture in years. The sealant I use can handle pencil width holes. I mean the sealant that you place inside a deflated new wheel chamber before inflating it, not the sealant used after a puncture. …Continue
Added by Andrew Planet on February 9, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Notes written on the Google hangout video NASA & SpaceX Hangout viewable onContinue
Added by Andrew Planet on February 8, 2013 at 11:45am — No Comments
I've been thinking a lot lately on how science and science fiction continually inspire each other. Science comes out with a new discovery that revolutionizes the way we view things, science fiction takes that idea and runs with it. The converse is true, too! Doubly so!
The Submarine - American inventor Simon Lake had been captivated by the idea of undersea travel and exploration ever since he read Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand…Continue
The Apollo missions were the result of a political response to the Cold War with Soviet Russia, this everyone knows. But if not for this reason would we have gone at all? Would we have gone by now? This question is certainly unknown and quite possibly unknowable altogether. It's frustrating that such endeavors were the result of super-powers flexing their political muscles instead of genuine curiosity about the universe, but nonetheless, it got us to space and has spurred many missions…Continue
Sorry that these posts are lagging a bit behind my activity, it's been pretty crazy around here.
In my first post, I told you a little bit about arriving and the science that's being done here in Antarctica and the excitement of arriving and getting swept up in the mix. Now I figured I'd introduce you to a little taste of life out here in the wild white yonder.
To say that "Safety First" is a mantra around here would be a serious understatement. And that's…Continue
So, I decided that I should create an introduction to who I am and why I came here. I'm Sam, evidently, fifteen years old, and Carl Sagan is a major influence in my life. I'm currently reading Cosmos, and have seen a few episodes of the television series, and I can't put the book down. My favorite fields of Science include astrobiology, astronomy, psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and biology. I always feel obligated to…Continue
Added by Samantha (Sam) Stephens on December 10, 2012 at 3:24pm — No Comments
I can remember being drawn to natural science and science in general at an early age. Sure, I was like most kids and watched Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Today’s Special and many other children’s programming. I think my first *real* exposure to science was from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, where he would visit other people and their jobs. He taught from the get-go that learning was a good thing and to never be afraid to ask questions. I was always asking questions about how things worked I would…Continue
Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 5:04pm — No Comments
This is a fantastic video! Stunning beauty that only a select few will ever get to see, at least at this moment in time. Hurtling around the Earth at 17,500mph (nearly 5 miles per second), gazing down upon the Auroras and looking out into the Milky Way Galaxy.
Humans are barraged with centrisms their entire life, but when one understands the true scale of things, all of those centrisms…Continue
Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Many Americans have a favorite sports team; teams for whom they cheer when they take on rivals. When a group of people congregate to root on their favorite football team, say in a local pub, the energy involved and the sense of camaraderie experienced can be spine-chilling. Even if the sports team loses, the sense of connection remains and is still indescribable; through ups and downs all leading up to the point to where your team has either succeed or they have not.
This is how I see…Continue
Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 4:55pm — No Comments
The distribution of funds through the US government needs a change, and fast. NASA currently runs on just half-a-penny on the dollar from the tax payers. Look at what we can accomplish with that pitiful amount and think about what WILL be possible if that amount was raised to just a penny. The only limiting factor with what’s possible is the amount of money funneled into NASA; it has been said that for every dollar you invest into space exploration you get back ten. Sounds like a worth-while…Continue
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