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  • Capt. Xerox 10:53 pm on October 1, 2014 Permalink

    Elon Musk thinks Mars colonization will ensure mankind's future. http://t.co/pM9qT8hB45

  • Capt. Xerox 9:40 pm on August 6, 2014 Permalink

    NASA's next Mars rover will make oxygen from CO2. A good factoid for your next sci-fi story set on the Red Planet. http://t.co/O22WkyH0bw

    • Lazarus 11:35 am on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m sure a lot of thought went into this. I mean coming up with the acronym MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-situ resource utilization Experiment). ;)

  • Capt. Xerox 2:49 pm on May 30, 2014 Permalink

    Scientists predicted robots would pave the way to Mars 35 years ago and they're sticking to their predictions. http://t.co/lSvO4XTEgG

  • Capt. Xerox 3:19 pm on May 27, 2014 Permalink
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    Neat story about how NASA has teamed p with the Kerbal Space Program. At least that's one way to get to the moon. http://t.co/hNYIpF54Ir

  • Capt. Xerox 1:37 pm on May 27, 2014 Permalink
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    How will we ever communicate with aliens? Don't worry, NASA's got it covered and there's even an ebook to show how. http://t.co/iWx2Rv2vBD

  • Capt. Xerox 6:59 pm on May 23, 2014 Permalink  

    Scientists are drawing up plans for a space ark so we'll ready to leave this rock when the time comes. http://t.co/lwf7KFdFAe

  • Capt. Xerox 12:35 pm on April 25, 2014 Permalink  

    How many people would it take to colonize a nearby star system? How about 10,000. You'd need a pretty big starship. http://t.co/mgdhvr9xqO

  • Capt. Xerox 11:35 am on April 9, 2014 Permalink

    Can you build a stable solar system? Give it a try with the Super Planet Crash game. http://t.co/OvSaTjk3jb

  • Capt. Xerox 11:05 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink  

    NASA is eyeing a trip to one of the moons of Jupiter, Never mind that they haven't been back to our own moon. http://t.co/NYns9nca8t

  • Capt. Xerox 11:33 am on March 31, 2014 Permalink  

    “We are suspending life, but we don’t like to call it suspended animation because it sounds like science fiction.” http://t.co/h0unNuPDsq

  • Capt. Xerox 1:48 pm on February 26, 2014 Permalink  

    The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia. Wouldn't have that been great? http://t.co/up4hDqBX5r

  • Capt. Xerox 11:21 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink  

    When you laugh at the idea of space elevators, you make scientists cry. They want you to know that they could happen. http://t.co/Yv8Y3iS451

    • Lazarus 1:27 pm on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great article. I was only vaguely familiar with the space elevator concept until I read “The Fountains of Paradise” which just blew me away. Aside from being a great piece of literary fiction, I was also enthralled by the technical aspects. You don’t usually get both done so well in a single novel. We’re probably (realistically) still further away from an actual elevator, but we certainly are getting closer from the technical side of things. Sad to say, but with the possibility of terrorist targeting such a endeavor, I wonder if anyone would be brave enough to even try.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:51 pm on February 18, 2014 Permalink

    India sent a satellite to Mars that cost 3/4 the budget of the movie Gravity. That’s great, but will it win an Oscar? http://t.co/BpyP3JKtsb

  • Capt. Xerox 11:20 am on January 9, 2014 Permalink

    If you thought drone warfare was scary, imagine what happens when the drones no longer have human operators and are making life-and-death decisions on their own.

    All signs are pointing to a new arms race in killer robots and that has some forward thinkers very afraid.

    Get the chilling details at http://ow.ly/sqlrg.

    • Capt. Xerox 7:16 pm on January 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No, I get the same feeling that we are sleepwalking into something we don’t understand. Autonomous killer robots don’t sound like they would ever be a good idea.

    • Jeffrey Allan Boman 3:23 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m sure I’m not the only person to get a Skynet vibe?

  • Capt. Xerox 11:17 am on January 9, 2014 Permalink  

    I’m still not sure what the purpose of the International Space Station is, but the Obama administration has continued funding it until at least 2024.

    This coming from a president who cancelled the last president’s NASA-led mission to return astronauts to the moon. In other words, the extension is subject to being killed in future budgets.

    Extending the space station’s life will, according to the press release, “allow us to maximize its potential, deliver critical benefits to our Nation and the world, and maintain American leadership in space.”

    That still doesn’t tell me what the ISS is actually good for.

    Get more details at http://ow.ly/sqjN7.

  • Capt. Xerox 10:16 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink

    This BBC Timeline of the far future reminds me of Olaf Stapeldon’s science fiction novels. http://ow.ly/smT17

  • Capt. Xerox 6:25 pm on January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Probably the best evidence that time travel doesn’t exist is that we haven’t seen any time travellers yet. An infinite amount of them would have visited all moments of time by now and we’d surely have found some trace of their existence.

    Researchers thought that if they scoured social media on the internet for signs of people accurately predicting the future, then they might detect time travellers.

    They looked, but, not surprisingly, didn’t find any. In other more practical research news, we still don’t have a cure for cancer.

    The time travel study can be found here: http://ow.ly/se0aE

  • Capt. Xerox 3:26 pm on December 29, 2013 Permalink  

    Foreign #scifi has always intrigued me which is why I was drawn to this article about China’s sci-fi output. http://ow.ly/s83X9

  • Capt. Xerox 9:46 am on December 21, 2013 Permalink
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    Has China sparked another space race, this time to the moon and all of its resources? http://ow.ly/rYOic

  • Capt. Xerox 8:04 am on December 21, 2013 Permalink

    Asimov’s laws of robotics were cool when he wrote them, but aren’t really followed in today’s robot age. http://ow.ly/rYJtd

  • Capt. Xerox 10:43 pm on December 16, 2013 Permalink

    Terraforming Mars sounds good in theory, but would probably be a lot more problematic than we think. http://ow.ly/rOHiG 

  • Capt. Xerox 9:41 am on December 10, 2013 Permalink

    This time-lapse video of the view outside of the International Space Station is mesmerizing. http://ow.ly/rucSH 

  • Capt. Xerox 7:57 am on November 25, 2013 Permalink

    The atomic bomb should never have been built, but we built one anyway. Are killer robots similarly inevitable? http://ow.ly/qRTRt 

  • Capt. Xerox 9:32 am on November 2, 2013 Permalink  

    First time I’ve ever heard this story about how Playtex built spacesuits for Apollo. http://ow.ly/qkjBt 

  • Capt. Xerox 1:23 pm on October 11, 2013 Permalink  

    Real-life astronauts like Gravity despite some of the liberties the movie takes with science. #scifi http://ow.ly/pCAdy

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