Cosmic Log Archives

Destiny and the Cosmic Log

From Weird Mystery Tales #1, DC Comics

The Cosmic Log has gone through many incarnations, starting with Weird Mystery Tales #1, a 1972 DC comic in which Destiny documented the “follies and mysteries of mankind.” Since 2002, Alan Boyle has documented quantum fluctuations in space, science and society in Cosmic Log.

Cosmic Log has appeared on the websites of MSNBC and NBC News, but the current CosmicLog.com is not associated with those websites or any other NBC Universal ventures. Many Cosmic Log items still appear on NBCNews.com, but many of them do not. Here’s an attempt to bring together all the available archives going back to the origin story in 2002. Because of the limitations of the archiving process, some videos and interactives may be missing or non-functional.

May 2002 to November 2003

These posts were originally created using a now-defunct authoring tool, then moved to the now-defunct MSN Spaces, then moved to the now-defunct Multiply archive. Many of the posts were lost in transition, but click on this link for a 306-page Word document that offers a selection of writings we managed to save from the ether:

Download the Word document for Cosmic Log Archive 1.

We’ll flesh out the early entries and republish them as month-by-month Web pages in an upcoming update of the archives.

December 2003 to June 2006

The Internet Archive preserves a week-by-week Cosmic Log Archive for this period. Here’s the full lineup, presented in reverse-chronological order for now because it’s easier to do it that way:

Cosmic Log: June 2-5, 2006
Andromeda Galaxy shines in a new infrared portrait … Fire your sasers.

Cosmic Log: May 27-June 2, 2006
Space Adventures’ CEO discusses the acquisition of a spaceship-building company. Plus: Egyptologists strike gold … Footprints on Mars … Bigelow’s big move … Seismic setback … Invisibility unmasked.

Cosmic Log: May 20-26, 2006

Readers weigh in on both sides of the longevity debate. Plus: A prize for Mr. X Prize … Name that rocket plane … Russia’s SpaceShipOne … Quasar quintuplets … Infrared eye in the sky.

Cosmic Log: May 13-19, 2006

A scriptural scholar says ‘The Da Vinci Code” raises interesting authority issues. Plus: An army of planet hunters … Time for Humans 2.0? … One-way trips to Mars … Worlds on your desktop.

Cosmic Log: May 6-12, 2006
The topic of rogue waves makes a big splash in “Poseidon.” Plus: Must-see comet TV, musings on Mars, the potato chip galaxy, Nigeria’s space program, “Idol” update, Hollywood rockets.

Cosmic Log: May 1-5, 2006
X Prize backer Anousheh Ansari surfaces as a backup cosmonaut in Russia. Plus: The future of space sails … Inside the rocket factory … Carl Sagan’s spiritual quest … H Prize on fast track.

Cosmic Log: April 22-30, 2006
A 6.5-ton robotic combat vehicle called Crusher gets a Hollywood-style rollout. Plus: Off-season ghost stories … A masked ball for galaxies … Broken-hearted comet … Hubble’s sweet sixteen.

Cosmic Log: April 15-21, 2006
Which robotic TV star is the People’s Choice? Plus: Inconstant constant … Regolith rush … “Idol” update … Space station test fizzles … Liftoff for space challenges … Spaceport setback in California … Watching for the Little Ones.

Cosmic Log: April 8-14, 2006
Readers weigh the promise and peril of nanotechnology. Plus: Iranian in space? … Good Friday feedback … Paparazzi at Mars …  Small step for a space hotel … DARPA linked to rocket prizes … Remembering the shuttle’s first day.

Cosmic Log: April 1-7, 2006
The military X-37 plane lands autonomously after its first free flight but goes off the runway. Plus: “Idol” predictions 2.0 … More shuttle delays? … SpaceShot’s first stage … Religious science on thin ice … Dark matter of a different kind … Blue Origin update … Zero-G at KSC … Science in high-def … and more.

Cosmic Log: March 25-31, 2006
Researchers go beyond the oohs and ahhs in the eclipse zone. Plus: Blue Origin on the move … When black holes collide … Pros and cons of hydrogen … Silver linings in space.

Cosmic Log: March 18-24, 2006
Congressman calls for a $100 million “H-Prize” Plus: Countdown for SpaceX … Science “Idolized” … Mystery of the missing moon.

Cosmic Log: March 11-17, 2006
The Pentagon picks 10 technologies for rapid deployment. Plus: Your views on the problem with programming … Galaxy on fire … Starry river found … The science of office pools … See Mars on your desktop.

Cosmic Log: March 4-10, 2006
There are plenty of places to look for extraterrestrial life, but why should we bother? Plus: SpaceX raises its sights … The MPG Prize and other ideas for the auto industry … Mars of a different color.

Cosmic Log: Feb. 25-March 3, 2006
Colorized galaxy cluster rattled by sonic boom. Plus: Jupiter’s Little Red Spot … Proofs for pickup lines … See the 3-D sea … Round-the-moon rescue? … Visions of Venus …  A grand galaxy … Asteroid alert … The Altair era … Olympic gold for economists … Deals in the space race.

Cosmic Log: Feb. 21-24, 2006
SpaceX’s fourth attempt to pull off its first launch is tentatively scheduled for March. Plus: Search engines for shapes … Take me to your funder … Rules for lunar landers … The neutrino hunters … GloveSat and more.

Cosmic Log: Feb. 11-20, 2006
Space Adventures confirms planned spaceport network will extend to Singapore and an Arab emirate. Plus: Kliper’s wings clipped … Play it again, SuitSat … The science of pickup lines … Next floor for the space elevator.

Cosmic Log: Feb. 4-10, 2006
NASA rocket contest planned for X Prize Cup. Plus: NASA and the Olympics .. Geeks bearing gifts … Predicting the Olympics … Olympics from space …  Galaxy-go-round … Big Bang politics … Microscopic Mars.

Cosmic Log: Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2006
Readers share insights on ethanol and other alternative-energy futures. Plus: The science of hibernation … Latest chapter in small-fish story … Microfossils mapped … Three years after Columbia.

Cosmic Log: Jan. 21-27, 2006
Maybe NASA’s next spaceship is deserving of the name from the space effort’s glory days. Plus: Mars movie update … Prime time for Saturn … A deal for Rocketplane … Spots on space shots … Feedback on methane and native languages.

Cosmic Log: Jan. 14-20, 2006
How a linguist reconstructed a language for “The New World.” Plus: Rocket home on the range … Powered by methane … Do astronauts and alcohol mix? … Testing the space hotel … Rocketplane’s pacts … Pluto’s lighter side.

Cosmic Log: Jan. 7-13, 2006
Take a virtual tour of the Saturnian moon’s surface. Plus: Agony and ecstasy, triskaidekamania, Pluto’s planethood, new constellations, galactic glories, hyperspace hype and “Survivor” spaceman.

Cosmic Log: Jan. 1-6, 2006
Hyperspace hype … Pluto pros and cons … Visit a celestial cavern … Farewell to a sea-watching satellite … The politics of stem cells … Still dry in space … Getting set for SpaceShot … Mummy mystery tour … Real sea monsters.

Cosmic Log: Dec. 24-31, 2005
NASA’s twin-rover mission to Mars gets the big-screen treatment in “Roving Mars.” Plus: Scientific hit parades for 2005, and a time-warp book list.

Cosmic Log: Dec. 17-23, 2005
A winter wonderland on the Web … E really does = mc2 … Feedback on intelligent design … The expanding podiverse … Our galaxy’s center in focus … Supernova hunters wanted.

Cosmic Log: Dec. 10-16, 2005
’Tis the season for name-a-star schemes. Plus: Stem cell snafu … Orbital movie review … Assessing the year in science.

Cosmic Log: Dec. 3-9, 2005
Snags could well rule out shuttle launch in May. Plus: Literary adventures … Dark matter in detail … Orbital prize studied … Moonstruck meteors …  Rules for space winners … Seeing space storms … Hearing science.

Cosmic Log: Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2005
Denizens of the hurricane zone strike back at those who think New Orleans is sunk. Plus: Crab feast for the eyes … Einstein-a-thon …  Santa-tracking season … Science re-Seeded.

Cosmic Log: Nov. 19-25, 2005
Einstein’s “biggest blunder” may be the right answer to dark-energy riddle. Plus: Is New Orleans sunk? … Spirit’s Martian birthday … Moonrock memories … 3-D delights.

Cosmic Log: Nov. 12-18, 2005
Use those 3-D glasses to explore Mars.  Plus: Lord of the Einstein rings, Deja vu spaceship, kids make space contact, Newton renewed, and more.

Cosmic Log: Nov. 5-11, 2005
How the Net helps vets … Plus: Silver space salute …  Strange science explained … Watching the elections … Space dreams deferred … and more.

Cosmic Log: Nov. 1-4, 2005
A galactic supergroup gets rowdy…Look for meteors and Mars … The dunes of Titan … Sex and science … The tree of alien life … Ghost stories.

Cosmic Log: Oct. 22-31, 2005
Ghosts on the rise … Spooky space sounds … A telescope is born … Visit a virtual moon … It’s just a string theory … Getting mad isn’t that bad … Dispatches from the evolution debate.

Cosmic Log: Oct. 15-21, 2005
Titanic weather studied on Saturn’s moon … The road to Pittsburgh … Space station snags … A black hole’s banquet … Visual tricks and treats.

Cosmic Log: Oct. 8-14, 2005
Evolutionary turnabout … China’s place in space … Mars makeover …  Galactic lady in red … Mining the moon … Tips for space tourists … Einstein in prime time.

Cosmic Log: Oct. 1-7, 2005
“Liftoff” for Interorbital venture … A sharper sunspot … Rocket reaction … Ghost of a supernova … To zap or not to zap?

Cosmic Log: Sept. 24-30, 2005
Debating intelligent design … Intelligent-bleep theory … How to zap a hurricane … Partying with Einstein … Questions about the space lift.

Cosmic Log: Sept. 18-23, 2005
“Cosmos” reborn at 25 … Unnatural disaster … Techies stand up to the storm … Brane food … A contest for robo-diggers … Re-creating the moon.

Cosmic Log: Sept. 10-17, 2005
Making sense out of a 10-dimensional puzzle.

Cosmic Log: Sept. 3-9, 2005
Solar activity on the upswing, forecasters say.

Cosmic Log: Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2005
Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath spark questions.

Cosmic Log: Aug. 20-26, 2005
After three years off, rocket plane gets back in the game.

Cosmic Log: Aug. 13-19, 2005
PlanetSpace aiming to start escape-tower tests in fall.

Cosmic Log: Aug. 6-12, 2005
$100 million ride sounds ‘fantastic’ … or ‘absurd.’

Cosmic Log: Aug. 1-5, 2005
Aerodynamic effects add to space shuttle spectacle.

Cosmic Log: July 23-31, 2005
Rocket scientists test prototype for Red Planet flight.

Cosmic Log: July 16-22, 2005
Building a better space glove … and much more.

Cosmic Log: July 9-15, 2005
As NASA struggles, thoughts turn to SpaceShipOne.

Cosmic Log: July 2-8, 2005
Cometary crash created cloud of ‘talcum powder.’

Cosmic Log: June 25-July 1, 2005
125 questions reveal what scientists don’t know.

Cosmic Log: June 18-24, 2005
Scientists call for wind-hydrogen power play.

Cosmic Log: June 11-17, 2005
Statistics can be reassuring in wake of California’s quakes.

Cosmic Log: June 4-10, 2005
Trace Arlene’s path from hundreds of miles above.

Cosmic Log: May 28-June 3, 2005
Do-it-yourself DNA bank may be the best option.

Cosmic Log: May 21-27, 2005
Trainee may have had trouble with G-forces.

Cosmic Log: May 14-20, 2005
Definitions can be a matter of life or death.

Cosmic Log: May 7-13, 2005
How will the debate over Darwin evolve?

Cosmic Log: May 1-6, 2005
How consensus plays a role in research.

Cosmic Log: April 23-30, 2005
Blend old hands and new faces for success.

Cosmic Log: April 17-22, 2005
1927 footage shows scientific meeting of the minds.

Cosmic Log: April 9-16, 2005
Space telescope’s 15th birthday nears.

Cosmic Log: April 2-8, 2005
Enjoy a double dose of outer-space celebration.

Cosmic Log: March 26-April 1, 2005
Readers weigh in on big-screen science.

Cosmic Log: March 19-25, 2005
Your views on an unorthodox Easter.

Cosmic Log: March 12-18, 2005
Would you pay to send messages into space?

Cosmic Log: March 5-11, 2005
Rover spots whirlwind on Red Planet plain.

Cosmic Log: Feb. 26-March 4, 2005
Saturn probe captures close encounter.

Cosmic Log: Feb. 19-25, 2005
How to get the coolest cosmic images on the Web.

Cosmic Log: Feb. 12-18, 2005
Hubble scientists compared to Old West romantics.

Cosmic Log: Feb. 5-11, 2005
Maybe we should keep our interstellar mouth shut.

Cosmic Log: Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2005
Beyond the Super Bowl, there’s plenty to watch online.

Cosmic Log: Jan. 22-28, 2005
Some casualties don’t show up on NASA’s list.

Cosmic Log: Jan. 15-21, 2005
Could space telescope be fixed? Should it?

Cosmic Log: Jan. 8-14, 2005
Ruling on textbook stickers reignites discussion.

Cosmic Log: Jan. 1-7, 2005
‘White Noise’ focuses attention on spooky sounds.

Cosmic Log: Dec. 25-31, 2004
Rocket scientists help assemble space float for Pasadena pageant.

Cosmic Log: Dec. 18-24, 2004
Take a look at some modern Christmas ‘stars.’

Cosmic Log: Dec. 11-17, 2004
Professor campaigns for day-and-date switch in 2006.

Cosmic Log: Dec. 5-10, 2004
SPIRIT would use space railway to study cosmic origins.

Cosmic Log: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2004
Red-nose alert: NORAD on heightened holiday status.

Cosmic Log: Nov. 21-27, 2004
Suggestions for fans of the final frontier.

Cosmic Log: Nov. 14-20, 2004
Private spaceflight legislation moves on to Senate.

Cosmic Log: Nov. 7-13, 2004
Darwin’s doubters and defenders have their say.

Cosmic Log: Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2004
Alternative-energy prize could be a winner.

Cosmic Log: Oct. 24-30, 2004
Homegrown ghost stories for Halloween.

Cosmic Log: Oct. 17-23, 2004
Vote for your favorite political future.

Cosmic Log: Oct. 10-16, 2004
Cosmic Log: Oct. 3-9, 2004
Cosmic Log: Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2004

Cosmic Log: Sept. 19-25, 2004

Cosmic Log: Sept. 12-18, 2004

Cosmic Log: Sept. 5-11, 2004

Cosmic Log: Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2004
Cosmic Log: Aug. 22-28, 2004
Cosmic Log: Aug. 15-21, 2004
Cosmic Log: Aug. 8-14, 2004
Cosmic Log: Aug. 1-7, 2004
Cosmic Log: July 25-31, 2004
Cosmic Log: July 18-24, 2004
Cosmic Log: July 11-17, 2004
Cosmic Log: July 4-10, 2004
Cosmic Log: June 27-July 3, 2004
Cosmic Log: June 20-26, 2004
Cosmic Log: June 13-19, 2004
Cosmic Log: June 6-12, 2004
Cosmic Log: May 30-June 5, 2004
Cosmic Log: May 23-29, 2004
Cosmic Log: May 16-22, 2004
Cosmic Log: May 9-15, 2004
Cosmic Log: May 2-8, 2004
Cosmic Log: April 25-May 1, 2004
Cosmic Log: April 18-24, 2004
Cosmic Log: April 11-17, 2004
Cosmic Log: April 4-10, 2004
Cosmic Log: March 28-April 3, 2004
Cosmic Log: March 21-27, 2004
Cosmic Log: March 14-20, 2004
Cosmic Log: March 7-13, 2004
Cosmic Log: Feb. 29-March 6, 2004
Cosmic Log: Feb. 22-28, 2004
Cosmic Log: Feb. 15-21, 2004
Cosmic Log: Feb. 8-14, 2004
Cosmic Log: Feb. 1-7, 2004
Cosmic Log: Jan. 25-31, 2004
Cosmic Log: Jan. 18-24, 2004
Cosmic Log: Jan. 11-17, 2004
Cosmic Log: Jan. 4-10, 2004
Cosmic Log: Dec. 28, 2003-Jan. 3, 2004
Cosmic Log: Dec. 21-27, 2003
Cosmic Log: Dec. 14-20, 2003
Cosmic Log: Dec. 7-13, 2003
Cosmic Log: Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2003

June 2006 to June 2013

The Internet Archive retains most of these posts in their various forms. Some individual posts have been listed to fill gaps, and there is some overlap between archived items. If a picture or video doesn’t work in one file, it may work in the overlapping file. And if the version you find isn’t up to snuff, do a search on the headline or a key phrase in the text and you may find a different version more to your liking.

Many of these archived files are twitchy, in that you have to wait for the full file to flow into your browser window … and then “stop” your browser (as in hitting the red X button) to follow links. If there’s a “Read More” link, you may want to click on that rather than clicking on the headline to read the full item.

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June 2013 to February 2014

Posts from this period are hit-or-miss, so we’re providing links to every item as preserved by the Internet Archive and NBCNews.com. Some of the associated YouTube videos are hidden in the Internet Archive versions, but if you’re quick enough, you can figure out how to get to them on YouTube.

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February 2014 to July 2015

This period covers the unveiling of SpaceX’s Dragon 2.0 capsule, the buildup over SpaceShipTwo and the tragedy of its destruction, the weird flash on Mars, NASA’s mission to Pluto and lots of posts about “Game of Thrones.” The Cosmic Log Google+ page links to it all, if you’re willing to scroll down far enough.

To save you some effort, we’re adding links to postings, working backwards from Cosmic Log’s last day at NBC News on July 18, 2015. This is going to take a while…

July to August 2015

After the end of the MSNBC/NBC era, Cosmic Log became a clearinghouse for Alan Boyle’s contributions to GeekWire, Universe Today, Forbes and Science News. Here are GeekWire offerings from mid-July to the beginning of August 2015, when Cosmic Log was relaunched.

August 2015 onward …

Cosmic Log postings since August 2015 are available by clicking on the month-by-month archive links on the right side of the page.

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