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Dragon-Eye View of SpaceX Pad Abort Launch

On May 5, 2015, SpaceX tested its launch abort system: A set of powerful rockets on the Dragon space capsule that can pull the Dragon away from the Falcon rocket underneath in case of catastrophe. SpaceX just released video taken from a camera on the Dragon capsule, and it’s pretty dang dramatic. Show More Summary

US SPACE Act extends easy ride for commercial space ventures

The House of Representatives has voted to exempt the fledgling space industry from much regulation for 10 more years, but critics say it doesn't protect passengers

Crash Course Astronomy: The Lord of the Rings

Who out there doesn’t need a little more Saturn in their life? I can deliver. This was a cool one to record. Even though we’d done 17 episodes before, I like to play with the format a little bit. I was a little more relaxed when we shot this, leaning back in the chair more and just having more fun with it. Show More Summary

How John Williams Will Approach the Music For Star Wars The Force Awakens

The master composer talks about working with JJ Abrams on The Force Awakens Film Star Wars Star Wars The Force Awakens John Williams George Lucas JJ Abrams

George Romero's Zombies Return With Empire of the Dead

The creator of the modern zombie is back via Marvel Comics George Romero Empire of the Dead Night of the Living Dead Dawn of the Dead Marvel

The Crow Remake Coming Together

And a major villain in the series gets a sex change Film The Crow Brandon Lee Birdman Andrea Risenborough

There Will Be a World War Z 2

The follow up to Brad Pitt's biggest hit will hit theaters in 2017 Film World War Z World War Z 2 Brad Pitt

Vesta has no moons – is it unlucky or did it eat them?

The second-heaviest asteroid in the solar system has no orbiting companions, even though hundreds of smaller asteroids do. Where did they go?

LightSail Update: All Systems Nominal

It's been 24 hours since The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft was deposited into space yesterday afternoon. All systems continue to look healthy.

Chromebook sales on the rise

According to a new study by Gartner, Chromebook sales are expected to jump to 7.3 million units this year Mobile Chromebook iPad gartner

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I’ve been listening to electronica music for a long time (like, a really long time; as in I have Isao Tomita albums), and it’s interesting to me that variations of it are still popular. I can’t keep up with kids these days (STAY OFFShow More Summary

The Cliffs of Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The Rosetta spacecraft hasn’t been in the news much lately, but wow, is it the gift that keeps on giving. Check out this magnificent view of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, looking past the Seth region on the big lobe to the towering Hathor cliffs on the small one: Oh, my. 67P is a double-lobed beast, a 4-kilometer-long cosmic rubber ducky. Show More Summary

Lando Calrissian May Return to the Star Wars Universe One Day

Billy Dee would love one more go 'round Film Star Wars Star Wars The Force Awakens Billy Dee Williams Lawrence Kasdan Lando Calrissian

Pixar Reveals Their Future

The future looks bright for the animation giant Film pixar Finding Dori Inside Out toy story Finding Nemo

Heath Ledger Could Have Been Mad Max

The mind boggles Film Mad Max Heath Ledger Mad Max Fury Road Tom Hardy

LightSail Sends First Data Back to Earth

LightSail is sending home telemetry following a Wednesday commute to orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket.

Supernova space bullets could have seeded Earth's iron core

Stellar explosions seed the universe with heavy elements, and they might have produced dense clouds of iron that went on to form other stars and planets

The big bang blip: Solving the mystery of why matter exists

Matter and antimatter should have wiped each other out at the universe's birth. The upgraded Large Hadron Collider aims to find why matter alone survived

Get Thing Explainer

A great drawing person has made a book talking about cool stuff using only the ten hundred most used words. He is a friend of mine and very funny and brain-good, and his drawing stuff is a lot of fun to look at. Hundreds of hundreds of hundreds of people love what he does, and I do too. Show More Summary

Liftoff! LightSail Sails into Space aboard Atlas V Rocket

The first of The Planetary Society’s two LightSail spacecraft is now in space following a late morning launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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