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The Big Sleep: Suspended Animation and the Potential Benefits of Human Hibernation

The extreme survival tricks of hibernators could help us overcome life-threatening injuries.

A Conversation With


Should We Colonize the Moon? And How Much Would It Cost?

Sorry, Russia. Establishing a moon colony would require no less than tens of billions of dollars and the cooperation of numerous countries.



NASA Attempts to Conquer One of the Great Challenges of Space Travel: Menu Fatigue

Meet the six-person team working high on the dry, volcanic terrain of Mauna Loa—an area remarkably similar to the Martian landscape—to develop new foods for astronauts.



Building an Elevator to Space

We traveled to Seattle’s Museum of Flight for the annual International Space Elevator Consortium to meet the engineers and space hippies that are working hard to realize the dream of one self-taught Russian scientist.


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A Giant Leap Forward

Forced to go it alone into space, China has reaped the benefits of building an aerospace industry from the ground up. Now that the future of America’s program looks most uncertain, China may be poised to slingshot ahead.


Moon Above Politics


Rules for Dining with Astronauts



Researchers & Discoveries: Black Hole Hunter

Astrophysicist Andrea Ghez on black holes and the center of our galaxy.


Nuclear Renaissance in Space

As the U.S. prepares to relaunch domestic production of plutonium-238, the space community wishes to assure the public of its safety. Are they right?


Las Cumbres Helps Confirm Planet With Two Suns

A retired Google exec’s dream of ringing the planet with telescopes available to kids and professional astronomers has assisted in some recent discoveries.


What Columbus Can Teach Space Program

Historian Stephen Pyne of Arizona State University talks about the future of manned space exploration and what it can learn from the past.


Launching Pad: Obama Gives Space Plans Some Gravity

President Obama visited Cape Canaveral to address his critics and clarify his canceling of the Constellation program meant to send Americans back to the moon, and his vision for the future of space exploration.


Beating Back Space Invaders

Giant rocks or snowballs in space, while more likely to hit in Hollywood than anywhere else on Earth, remain a threat that policymakers are taking seriously.


Gas on Mars Silent But Not Deadly

Scientists weigh the possibility that methane gas on Mars comes from microorganisms in the soil.


Snagging Free-Range Solar Power in Space Is an Option

Floating solar cells far above Earth and beaming the energy to the grid has shifted from loony to funded.


2 BD, 1 Bath, Nice View of Earth

The lure of colonizing space has moved from science fiction to the hard work of figuring out how to do it and what we get out of it.


Colonizing Space, 40 Rats at a Time

In preparation for colonizing space, a crack crew of middle-aged rats is colonizing a patch of Barcelona.


Spacefarers Need A Wiki

Merely identifying all the stuff orbiting Earth isn’t enough to prevent mishaps. We need to know where it’s going in data everyone can interpret.


The Search for Intelligent Light

Planet hunter Geoff Marcy scans the skies for answers to the universal question of other life.


Solar Cells From Space to Earth

How the in-space success of the world’s first solar cell-powered satellite encouraged their commercialization across the globe.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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