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Adam Savage, Still Untitled

My Close Personal Friend Adam Savage™ does a lot of fun stuff with the folks at, including a podcast with Tested founders Will Smith and Norman Chan called “Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project”. The three of them ostensibly...Show More Summary


Back in the olden days, when the Sun was slightly cooler and the Universe a fraction smaller, I lived in Virginia. At the time (and apparently still today), for a little extra money you could purchase a “vanity” car license plate, with up to seven letters on it. Show More Summary

A threesome may explain behaviour of galaxy’s most bizarre star

The odd behaviour of the Eta Carinae star system has puzzled astronomers since the 1800s, but now we might finally have an explanation

Black Friday… on Mars

Today is the day after American Thanksgiving, considered to be the first shopping day of the Christmas season. Due to the onslaught of eager shoppers to stores, it’s been nicknamed Black Friday. It’s not restricted to the US, though....Show More Summary

Happy Goatsgiving

There’s a very long list of things I feel thankful for this holiday, far too many to actually itemize. But somewhere on that list, well above the median line, would be these goofy creatures: We moved out to the country outside of Boulder...Show More Summary

How Can We Write About Science When People Are Dying?

Stories about exploration and wonder can be powerful antidotes to seemingly endless suffering and destruction.

In Pictures: LightSail Cameras Prepped for Flight

LightSail's flight cameras are being prepped for installation after receiving a software upgrade and checkout from their manufacturer.

Flying gold knocked the moon off course and ruined eclipses

The same space rocks that brought precious metals to Earth's surface also knocked the moon's orbit off-kilter, robbing us of twice-monthly eclipses

On the Anniversary of Two Scientific Revolutions

This week marks the (very round number) anniversaries of two of the most important scientific papers ever published. One you’ve heard of — or at least, you’ve heard of the author and its concepts. The other you probably haven’t. YetShow More Summary

ISS Crosses Suns Disk Adelaide 26 November 2015

Path of the ISS as it crosses the Sun's disk as seen from Adelaide on November 26 at around 10:41 amThis is much more difficult than a Moon crossing, as this is telescope only, you have to use special solar filters, use EXTEREME CAUTION...Show More Summary

Blue Origin’s Rocket Launches, and Lands

Jeffrey Bezos’s company sent a rocket more than 100 kilometers in the air, which then fired its engines and returned to the launchpad.

Blue Origin Milestone: Rocket Lands Safely After Trip to Space

Jeff Bezos’s rocket company Blue Origin just surprised everyone by revealing their New Shepherd rocket reached an incredible milestone yesterday: In a test run, the rocket took off vertically, reached space, then landed again vertically...Show More Summary

Blue Origin Lands Spent Suborbital Rocket Stage in Texas

Secretive spaceflight company Blue Origin flew its New Shephard launch vehicle to the edge of space, deployed a suborbital spacecraft and returned the spent booster rocket to Earth for an upright landing.

2015 Reviews of childrens' books about space

Continuing an annual tradition, Emily Lakdawalla reviews children's books about space -- what's out there, how we explore, and why. Many of the books on this list aren't just for kids!

Just Another Day on Pluto

Pluto is an odd little beast. You knew this, if you’ve been paying attention at all these past few months. But one thing that struck me recently is its 6.4-day rotation rate. That’s weird; most free bodies in the solar system spin either much faster than Earth or much slower. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday November 26 to Thursday December 3

The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday December 3. Jupiter, Venus and Mars form a line in the morning sky. C/2013 US10 Catalina is low in the morning sky, and a telescope only object.The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday December 3. Evening sky on Saturday November 28 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 21:00 ACST. Show More Summary

Watch Blue Origin’s surprise rocket launch and safe landing

The rocket firm owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has just announced a successful test and historic landing of its New Shepard rocket

Space, the Frontier Right in Front of Us

Art, architecture and music were altered by the idea that space is not just a void, but an aesthetic force of its own.

A Century Ago, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Changed Everything

The equation that describes fundamental workings of the universe is as compact and mysterious as a Viking rune.

Ep. 392: The Standard Model - Intro

Humans, cars and planets are made of molecules. And molecules are made of atoms. Atoms are made of protons, neutrons and electrons. What are they made of? This is the standard model of particle physics, which explains how everything is put together and the forces that mediate all those particles.

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