Surprise Asteroid + “Fake News” =

The article pictured above mentions an asteroid large enough to mimic a nuclear airburst, noticed only a day before a close flyby of Earth. A day. Right now, in the US and UK at least (likely elsewhere, but I'm not politically knowledgeable enough to point fingers in those directions) it's fashionable to holler "fake news!"... Continue Reading →

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Lightsail Probes: Not Just For Seeking Out New Life

So, yesterday on Twitter I got to thinking about laser-launched lightsail nanoprobes: https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/890591962973208577 https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/890593221902053378 Currently, the big idea is to launch teeny-tiny lightsail probes at neighboring stars to get a look around -- current thought is that technology as it is now could handle boosting some 1 gram probes attached to 20 meter lightsails up... Continue Reading →

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