Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sex! Brains! Mystery! The Weirdies have ’em all

When the calendar turns, it’s time to reflect on the biggest sensations of the past year: Time’s Person of the Year, AP’s Top News Story, Hollywood’s Oscar picks — and, of course, the Weirdies. The Weirdies? Since 2008, my annual Weird Science Awards … Continue reading

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Stamps celebrate Pluto, planets and ‘Star Trek’

For the first time since 1991, Pluto and the solar system’s eight bigger planets are getting their own postage stamps – thanks to a U.S. Postal Service cosmopalooza that also spotlights Earth’s moon and “Star Trek.” The Pluto stamp pays … Continue reading

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Billionaire space club pits Musk vs. Bezos et al.

When Jeff Bezos welcomed SpaceX to the rocket landing “club” last week, it set off a round of twittering over whether Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and fellow billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX were really in the same league. What kind … Continue reading

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The Year in Aerospace, from drones to dwarfs

New Horizons is the name of the Pluto mission that reached its climax in 2015, but the name also provides an apt two-word description for the year’s big news in aviation and space exploration. You could argue that New Horizons’ … Continue reading

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How will Elon Musk get colonists to Mars?

In the wake of SpaceX’s successful rocket landing, some of the company’s most ardent fans are guessing at the shape of the biggest thing to come: the Mars Colonial Transporter. The MCT is a crucial piece in SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s … Continue reading

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Scientists: Oso landslide was no anomaly

A newly published analysis of the geological record for the area around the site of 2014’s Oso landslide shows that the slopes have been collapsing every 140 years or so on average. That’s significantly more frequent than previously estimated. Based … Continue reading

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Robo-reindeer bring holiday cheer and fear

Santa Claus is coming to town, pulled by robot reindeer. But is that a promise, or a threat? To celebrate the holidays, Boston Dynamics put out a video that brings a Futurama nightmare to life. The 28-second clip shows the … Continue reading

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