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Are There Moons Full Of Life?

Back in the 1970’s, NASA was just sending the first wave of robotic explorers into the outer solar system. Thanks to a fortuitous alignment of the planets, and some amazing astro-navigational feats by the folks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory ...

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If it’s not painfully clear yet, climate change is going to end our civilization and kill us all. All that’s really left is for BuzzFeed to make a quiz so we can all find out how we’ll die. Since this is print, we can’t really do that, so let’s ... Read more

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Here’s the thing about Science: It’s never afraid to admit when it doesn’t know the answer to a question. In fact, saying, “I don’t know” is the fuel that allows the engine of Science to creep our civilization forward. The simple act of humbly ... Read more

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On January 25th, 2004, I was sitting at the family computer (an eMac, remember those?) with my daughter, anxiously awaiting news from the surface of Mars as to the fate of a robotic lander named “Opportunity”. Even though Opportunity’s sister ... Read more

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I try my best to keep this column grounded in scientific fact. And I always try to go by the rule, “It’s never aliens.” But, two different stories have been making the rounds the last month or so, and “aliens!” seems to be a possible (if remote) ... Read more

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Oh my. It’s been a big month in space exploration, with lots of exciting developments on a lot of different fronts. So, let’s get right to it. After a six-month journey from the Earth to Mars, NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars on ... Read more

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Did you know that just four forces make everything in the Universe work? It’s true! These are known as the “Fundamental Forces of Nature”, and this month, I’m going to give you a quick rundown of each one, starting with… Read more

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