Are you a high school teacher of science, technology, engineering, or math? Do you like space? Do you know that, with the advent of private space companies, NASA won’t be the only way to get there? If so, there’s a workshop just for you…and 139 others just like you.
Space is a dirty place. Over 16,000 pieces of debris over 10 cm wide have been left behind since Sputnik took to the skies in 1957. And now the Swiss want to do something about it. Scientists with the Swiss Space Center at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, are developing a “janitor” satellite, known as CleanSpace One, to make space tidier.
Crickets chirp to attract mates and warn off the competition, and crickets 165 million years ago chirped (technically, “stridulated”) for the same reasons. But Jurassic-age crickets, Archaboilus musicus, were Jurassic shaped, with different forewings—which crickets rub together to produce their familiar sound—and therefore produced an altogether different song.
On February 7, 2012, SpaceX, the private space transportation company, will be launching its reusable spacecraft, Dragon, to the International Space Station (ISS). Because you and I won’t be riding the Dragon just yet, I have the next best thing to being there: a panoramic view of its interior.
When Dom Perignon first created sparkling champagne, he supposedly said, “I’m tasting stars.” But for those who drink Meteorito, a Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s close to truth: this Chilean red has been aged with a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite that came from the Asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter.
When Richard Garriot de Cayeux, the founder of the Ultima series of computer games and the world’s sixth space tourist, went to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2008, he didn’t just kick back and bask in zero gravity. No, during his twelve-day journey he conducted experiments on the crystallization of protein molecules, took photographs, conducted an art show (really) and…made a horror movie.
You find all sorts of strange things in drawers. Broken pencils. Bits of string. Charles Darwin’s slides. An even more broken pencil sharpener. Wait … what was that third thing?
Movie budgets have been skyrocketing to absurd rates ever since Kevin Costner spent $175 million in 1995 dollars to make Waterworld. But you know which movie’s budget wasn’t absurd? Star Wars. As we all know, spent $11 million to make his epic science fantasy film, known to geeks like me as Star Wars Episode IV: […]
Sure, terrorism is a threat, but it’s not the kind of bowel-weakening specter of doom we know in our hearts we ought to be worrying about. Luckily, science fiction is a rich source of improbable worst-case scenarios, any one of which is bound to suit all you paranoiacs out there who just can’t go to bed at night without the comfort of knowing that something, somewhere, somehow is going to get you.