The Case for Life on Enceladus

Scientists have been trying to explain how life got started on Earth since Darwin upended biology over 150 years ago. This same question persists in planetary science today: we explore our Solar System largely because we want to figure out if life also started up somewhere else. And if so,…

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SpaceX and the Future of Space Travel

In case you hadn't been following along, rocket technology is on the cusp of changing human civilization forever. Over a decade ago, SpaceX started out with the goal of drastically reducing the cost of spaceflight. How? By reusing flown rocket boosters. How? Well, no parachutes—upon releasing its cargo into…

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Thoughts About 'Life'

I went and saw Life this past weekend, and it left me quite disappointed. Here are a few brief thoughts I had about this film upon (not so) careful reflection. WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. What's with that lock-down procedure? I thought the laboratory was supposed to be sealed, but…

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A Brief Overview of Space Law

Humanity is on the precipice of a space age. The Space Foundation estimated the value of the global space economy at $330 billion USD in 2014, growing at nearly 10% annually. At this rate of growth, the space industry could be worth over one trillion dollars (equivalent to the total…

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