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Weekend Coffee: Reusable Rockets

Reading Time: 2 minutes The news was nearly overshadowed by Christmas, but Elon Musk’s SpaceX pulled off an incredible feat of technology this week: The company’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral to carry a set of communications satellites into orbit. While the second stage of the rocket delivered its payload, the initial booster stage turned around […]

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The World in the Dark

Reading Time: 3 minutes Human beings have always been explorers, and this week, we pushed the boundaries of our exploration one step further. NASA’s far-roving New Horizons spacecraft has completed the most important phase of its mission, making the first-ever close-up observations of Pluto. New Horizons was launched on January 19, 2006 (which means the mission is just a […]

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Repost: The Age of Wonder

Reading Time: 5 minutes [Author’s Note: I’m reposting some old favorites while I’m away on vacation this week. This post was originally from November 2008.] If you search the internet, it’s not hard to find New Agers and others who think that the dawning of the age of reason was a mistake. They envision a more “holistic” approach, one […]

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Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand vs. Carl Sagan

Reading Time: 5 minutes Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter II The decay of Colorado is accelerating. Men that Dagny knows personally, men who love their jobs and swear that they’ll never leave, that they’ll resist whatever blandishment or temptation is claiming their fellows, or at the very least that they won’t disappear without an explanation, are vanishing one after […]

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TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 9

Reading Time: 4 minutes Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 9, “The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth” At the beginning of its run, Cosmos tended to alternate excellent episodes with mediocre ones, which made me wonder if that would be the pattern for the whole series. But I’m happy to say that the show has hit its stride: the last […]

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