It's widely agreed upon that planning for the future is a smart thing to do. Imagine that we have two options: option a) involves sitting around playing video games all day and never even wanting to achieve anything more; option
I recently read through Plato's Timaeus—particularly the parts where he mentions the destruction of the city of Atlantis, alludes to asteroid strikes and tsunamis, and even discusses the catastrophic destruction of human civilization in recurring cycles.
Fifty years ago, scientists performed the first-ever cryopreservation procedure on a recently-deceased human patient: James Bedford, who had died of pancreatic cancer earlier that day. As per his will, his body was frozen in liquid nitrogen within hours of his
The Death Star, that moon-sized space station/terror-machine built by the Galactic Empire of the Star Wars universe, is about to feature prominently in its third—or fourth (if you count The Force Awakens' "Starkiller Base" as a
One of the more profound questions we're confronted with when pondering the cosmos relates to our identity as human beings. We consider this question every time we encounter ourselves in relation to the bigger picture of the cosmos: are we
Human beings may never achieve the level of rapid interstellar spaceflight portrayed in Star Trek. We may never achieve faster-than-light travel at all. We may remain forever limited to speeds that make traveling between stars take hundreds or thousands of