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  • We see the universe from a human point of view. We could hardly be expected to do otherwise. But that doesn’t help if we’re trying to assess the prospects for life, even intelligent life, to have developed on other worlds. It could be that life elsewhere is not even remotely as we know it, and our human way of looking at the cosmos is a serious obstacle to knowing that it’s there.

    An Alien Earth

    We see the universe from a human point of view. We could hardly be expected to do otherwise. But that doesn’t help if we’re trying to assess the prospects for life, even intelligent life, to have developed on other worlds. It could be that life elsewhere is not even remotely as we know it, and our human way of looking at the cosmos is a serious obstacle to knowing that it’s there.

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  • Destroying the Cassini spacecraft by plunging it into the cloud-covered surface of Saturn in September seemed a rather dramatic way of ending such a productive mission – perhaps a little like the ending of a grand Wagnerian opera – but it made good sense. The risk of a dead or dying probe careering around the Saturnian system and possibly crashing into one of the moons, and maybe contaminating a potential habitat for extraterrestrial life such as Enceladus or Titan, was too high.

    Contaminate! Contaminate!

    Destroying the Cassini spacecraft by plunging it into the cloud-covered surface of Saturn in September seemed a rather dramatic way of ending such a productive mission – perhaps a little like the ending of a grand Wagnerian opera – but it made good sense. The risk of a dead or dying probe careering around the Saturnian system and possibly crashing into one of the moons, and maybe contaminating a potential habitat for extraterrestrial life such as Enceladus or Titan, was too high.

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  • It’s going to be tough out there in space.  In the 2009 film that relaunched the Star Trek franchise, showing how the original crew began their adventures...

    The Essence of the Human Spirit

    It’s going to be tough out there in space. In the 2009 film that relaunched the Star Trek franchise, showing how the original crew began their adventures...

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  • Linking the human brain directly to the Internet is bound to happen sooner or later.  Whether out of necessity...

    Brain Drain

    Linking the human brain directly to the Internet is bound to happen sooner or later. Whether out of necessity...

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  • Boyajian’s Star continues to be something of a mystery.  The fluctuations of light coming from that...

    Questions in the Void

    Boyajian’s Star continues to be something of a mystery. The fluctuations of light coming from that...

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  • Space travel will involve careful planning of all the necessities for a safe and successful journey...

    Survival of the Ruthless

    Space travel will involve careful planning of all the necessities for a safe and successful journey...

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  • The thought of being marooned in some desolate, remote place, far from any likely rescue, brings mixed emotions. On the one hand, there is a sense of being lost and, quite possibly, hopeless.  But there is still the challenge of trying to survive in what may be a hostile environment.

    Making the Best of a Bad Situation

    The thought of being marooned in some desolate, remote place, far from any likely rescue, brings mixed emotions. On the one hand, there is a sense of being lost and, quite possibly, hopeless. But there is still the challenge of trying to survive in what may be a hostile environment.

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  • Our Moon is a constant source of inspiration in the drive to develop space travel...

    Inspiration in the Sky

    Our Moon is a constant source of inspiration in the drive to develop space travel...

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  • Possibly one of the most contentious subjects in science today is the quest for a theory to unify...

    Access Denied

    Possibly one of the most contentious subjects in science today is the quest for a theory to unify...

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  • Life on Earth can take an astonishing range of forms. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that familiar creatures such as […]

    A Sea of Troubles

    Life on Earth can take an astonishing range of forms. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that familiar creatures such as […]

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