Writing Realistic Research Labs

By Jenny Ballif This article on writing realistic research labs is part of the Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy blog series. Each week, we tackle one of the scientific or technological concepts pervasive in sci-fi (space travel, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, etc.) with input from an expert. Please join the mailing list to be notified every time new content is posted. About the […]

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We Can Navigate Using Pulsars: Where to Now?

By Robbie Gonzales HALF A CENTURY ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable regularity. So consistent was the object’s signal that astronomers jokingly nicknamed it LGM-1, short for “little green men.” It wasn’t long before scientists detected more signals like LGM-1. That decreased the […]

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Physicists Have Created an Artificial Gamma Ray Burst in the Lab

By Matt Williams On July 2nd, 1967, the U.S. Vela 3 and 4 satellites noticed something rather perplexing. Originally designed to monitor for nuclear weapons tests in space by looking for gamma radiation, these satellites picked up a series of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) coming from deep space. And while decades have passed since the “Vela Incident“, astronomers are still […]

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Happy Holidays!

I hope this holiday season brings you food, friends and family (in that order; sometimes family is a mixed blessing!)  However you choose to celebrate, Happy Holidays!

Enjoy this awesome playlist I found of geekish holiday songs and videos!  And may you and yours find all the best in the New Year!

(And by the way, if you want some awesome space holiday cards like the ones in the blog image, you can get them here! No, I didn’t make them, just found them online and thought I would share!)

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