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September 03, 2015
Let’s Get Small
I'm a small guy, at 5'5" I think some people almost find it alarming how...
August 31, 2015
How Mars One is Like a Björn Borg Clothing Line
[This post has been updated with some really brilliant insight from the author.] Mars One,...
August 28, 2015
Consider a superintelligent agent with actuators connected to a nanotech assembler.
I'm reading Nick Bostrom's Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, about the possible capabilities and potential threats posed...
July 08, 2015
Neal Stephenson’s “Seveneves”: Thoughts on an Impact Event
I’ve been deeply affected by Neal Stephenson’s latest novel Seveneves. While I am often a slow...
May 17, 2015
We Didn’t Find Any Type 3s Because There Aren’t Any: Imagining Galactic Civilizations
Where all the galactic empires at??? This is actually not a ridiculous question. Lee Billings,...
March 17, 2015
Here Come the Apologetics from “Some” Mars One Candidates
The true believers of Mars One have begun to respond to the criticism the program...
March 16, 2015
Mars One is Amway-Meets-Heaven’s Gate
In November I wrote about an investigative piece by Elmo Keep on the Mars One...
December 04, 2014
Oh Shit, Earth Actually is Flat
That is, if you're a cosmic particle traveling at 99.9999999999991% the speed of light. What...
November 15, 2014
Mars One: Interplanetary Travel on Underpants Gnome Principles
There are two new fascinating articles about the Mars One mission, in which a small...
November 13, 2014
The Martians’ Singularity: Thoughts on “The War of the Worlds”
I’ve just read H.G. Wells’ original The War of the Worlds, and it was nothing...
October 06, 2014
Mars, Musk, and a Meditation
Ross Andersen’s interview with Elon Musk at Aeon, on Musk’s ambitions for Mars colonization, is...
September 05, 2014
The Moore’s Law Express Hits the Great Ceiling: A Possible Hitch to Alien Contact
Amid the discussions of the potential for contact with extra-terrestrial civilizations, there’s one big buzzkill...
September 04, 2014
Measuring the Immeasurable Heavens
In this video from Nature, we are introduced to Laniakea, the incomprehensibly vast supercluster of...
May 15, 2014
Dreaming of Ice-Roofed Worlds
I have been moved. Lee Billings at Aeon writes about the decent chance for life on Europa,...
August 24, 2013
We Will Be More Space-Dwellers than Planet-Dwellers
Ian O'Neill covers a high-minded conference discussion about the best protocols for potential encounters with...
May 22, 2013
OSIRIS-REx Will Use TAGSAM to Get a NEO
Gesundheit. But seriously, folks. In 2016 NASA's going to launch a probe, OSIRIS-REx, to make...
February 15, 2013
Near-Earth Object, Too Close for Comfort
From the NYT report on the Siberia meteor: “I opened the window from surprise —...
August 01, 2011
Trojan Asteroid Follows Earth, Reinforces My Insecurities
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