Found: G-waves; hope for humanity

(There were so many incredible pictures to chose from for this one. But I’m going with Einstein because: Hello, most beloved scientist of all time! Congrats on being right about everything!!!) I’m up in Springfield, Massachusetts working on a long-form piece about inner-city preschools, when a friend starts texting me a bunch of stuff on gravitational waves. I’m a bit … Continue reading Found: G-waves; hope for humanity

25 Years Later: You are still here, “on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam”

Phil Plait (one of my favorite science bloggers) pointed out that yesterday marked the 25th Anniversary of this famous photograph. It’s a picture of Earth, taken by the Voyager 1 Spacecraft, from more than six billion kilometers away. It is the image that inspired this bit of brilliance from Carl Sagan: From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not … Continue reading 25 Years Later: You are still here, “on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam”

Meet the people who’ve volunteered to die on Mars…

So I think we’re still quite a long ways off from sending humans to Mars. But apparently we’re not so far off that some people haven’t begun seriously thinking about it. Back in 2012, when Mars One, a non-profit dedicated to making interplanetary travel a reality, announced that it was accepting applicants for the first manned flight to Mars (room … Continue reading Meet the people who’ve volunteered to die on Mars…