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 December 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 we’ll be offering a selection of writings that we managed to save from the ether.

December 2003 to June 2006

NBCNews.com has a Cosmic Log Archive that covers this period, week by week.

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.

June 2006

July 2006

August 2006

September 2006

October 2006

November 2006

December 2006

January 2007

February 2007

March 2007

April 2007

May 2007

June 2007

July 2007

August 2007

September 2007

October 2007

November 2007

December 2007

January 2008

February 2008

March 2008

April 2008

May 2008

June 2008

July 2008

August 2008

September 2008

October 2008

November 2008

December 2008

January 2009

February 2009

March 2009

April 2009

May 2009

June 2009

July 2009

August 2009

September 2009

October 2009

November 2009

December 2009

January 2010

February 2010

March 2010

April 2010

May 2010

June 2010

July 2010

August 2010

September 2010

October 2010

November 2010

December 2010

January 2011

February 2011

March 2011

April 2011

May 2011

June 2011

July 2011

August 2011

September 2011

October 2011

November 2011

December 2011

January 2012

February 2012

March 2012

April 2012

May 2012

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

September 2012

October 2012

November 2012

December 2012

January 2013

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013

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.

June 2013

July 2013

August 2013

September 2013

October 2013

November 2013

December 2013

January 2014

February 2014

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.

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