Europa Report: Maybe We Should’ve Just Sent Another Robot

An optimistic crew of space explorers? The watery depths of Europa’s sub-surface ocean? Sharlto Copley? What could possibly go wrong? The above trailer gives us our first real taste of Europa Report, an upcoming science fiction film that follows six astronauts on their journey to Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. As you would expect, things go …

A Space Between Dreams and Nightmares: The Daily Doodles

Oh, it started as a simple thing on Facebook. A doodle a day. No big deal. Then it moved to Tumblr. What’s this? Followers? A handful maybe. Nothing to write home about. The doodles marched on, drawings accompanied by weird stories about ghosts and parallel universes and space exploration…and the terrors of a normal life, …

They’re Looking For Us, We’re Looking For Them

Do you ever wonder what goes on in other worlds? Somewhere, beyond the distance our eyes can see, it’s possible that intelligent life is out there. And right now they’re looking up into their night sky and at the stars and wondering if they, too, are alone in the universe.

Disease From Space?

Chandra Wickramasinghe is no stranger to extraordinary claims: he, along with Fred Hoyle, worked on the original panspermia hypothesis, the idea that life is “seeded” through the cosmos by things like meteors and rogue planets. More recently, I wrote about his findings regarding a meteorite in Sri Lanka, which may have contained a fossil diatom, …

Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby

Asteroid 2012 DA14: Too Close For Comfort?

On February 15, 2013, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will glide past Earth, coming within 27,700 km (or 17,200 miles), closer than our orbiting geosynchronous satellite ring. As you can see in the above animation created by NASA, this will definitely be a close encounter.