2012: A Self-Fulfilling Apocalypse?

Since the dawn of humanity, we have wondered about our origins, mused upon our purpose, and worried for our end. Countless prophecies have come and gone without incident, natural disasters and technological catastrophes have either been avoided or survived. We are still here. And yet, next year, once again we’ll ...

How Far Have We Traveled Into Space?

December 8, 2011 Space

Right now, NASA’s nuclear-powered spacecraft Voyager 1 is careening through dense solar winds on its way into interstellar space. It could take months, if not years, but eventually (barring any unfortunate turns) Voyager 1 will become the first human spacecraft to successfully leave our solar system. Video: NASA’s Voyager 1 to ...

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The Search For A New Earth

December 7, 2011 Space

Orbiting a sun slightly smaller and dimmer than our own, a planet just over twice the size of Earth has been discovered in a position that, like Earth, would allow for the formation of liquid water and a temperate atmosphere. It lies in what is referred to as the “Goldilocks” ...

Life On Mars? There Might Be, Now…

December 5, 2011 Space

Oops. Turns out NASA didn’t thoroughly follow their guidelines for preventing contamination on other planets. At least, not leading up to the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory mission on November 26. Curiosity, the “largest and most advanced rover ever sent to the Red Planet,” almost made it into space ...

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Apocalypse, CA

December 5, 2011 Entertainment

The Apocalypse. Just in time for the holidays. The doomed cast of characters in the upcoming indie film Apocalypse, CA have one week left on Earth before a planet-killing asteroid wipes them from existence. But this isn’t your usual end of the world, apocalyptic examination of the human condition; not ...

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All I Want For Christmas Is The Higgs Boson

December 5, 2011 Science

Physicists at CERN may have observed the ghost of the Higgs Boson at 125 GeV. This would be an exciting development for multiple reasons: The Higgs Boson is the hypothetical particle said to give all other particles their mass, and finding it would be a giant leap in our understanding of ...

New Planets To Be Revealed Monday

December 4, 2011 Space

It’s difficult to believe that the first verifiable detection of an extrasolar planet didn’t occur until 1992. Granted, that was about 20 years ago, but in the grand scheme of human progress, we’ve only recently ventured beyond the confines of our own little section of the galaxy. And only through observation, ...