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Citizen scientists star in TV documentary

It’s fitting that a four-hour documentary series about citizen scientists, titled “The Crowd and the Cloud,” is available to the crowd via the cloud a week before its debut on public television. The first episode makes its TV debut on … Continue reading

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Stephen Colbert dons Boeing’s spacesuit

Let history record that America’s first late-night astronaut is … Stephen Colbert? In a pre-recorded bit due to be broadcast tonight on CBS’ “Late Show,” Colbert wears the spacesuit designed for crews on Boeing’s Starliner space taxi and does his … Continue reading

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PBS’ ‘Nova’ gets into the Kickstarter spirit

Kickstarter has given a boost to science projects ranging from satellites to “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” but now it’s opening a new frontier for crowdfunding: “Nova” documentaries for public TV. Today marks the start of a 30-day “Make Science for All” campaign, … Continue reading

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Need for nuclear option explained, with toasters

If renewable energy is on the rise in America, why should we even bother with nuclear power? Seattle tech maverick Nathan Myhrvold, who’s backing a next-generation nuclear venture called TerraPower, explains the rationale in terms of toasters. Myhrvold lays out … Continue reading

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Amazon wins share of Golden Globes spotlight

Amazon’s billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, is becoming a regular at Hollywood award ceremonies like tonight’s Golden Globes, and now he’s becoming an inspiration for the jokes as well. Bezos is attending the free-wheeling festivities by virtue of the 11 nominations … Continue reading

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How to get water on Mars? Cook it out of the soil

Scientists say there’s enough water in just one region of Mars to fill up Lake Superior – if only it could be extracted from subsurface ice. So how can future Red Planet settlers take advantage of those deposits to produce the drinkable … Continue reading

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Red Planet tech plays a role in ‘Mars’ TV show

The Red Planet mission that’s depicted in National Geographic Channel’s “Mars” miniseries may be purely fictional, but it draws upon decades’ worth of technological development for real-life interplanetary odysseys. One of the technologies was proposed by researchers at the University … Continue reading

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