Southern California was freaking out this past weekend when this appeared in the skies: Read more >
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October 1, 2015 2:48 PM EDT
The concept of zombies, coopted and corrupted as it has been over time, seems to follow the cultural moment. Apparently, the idea of a creature that persistently gets up after it’s good and knocked down really resonates with Americans. (I agree with the commentators who suggest we have reached “peak zombie.”) Clearly, however, Congress is not on the cultural vanguard, and seems not to have gotten the message that we are all set with the undead. Read more >
September 30, 2015 11:15 AM EDT
With little fanfare beyond a State Department press release, the United States on Monday began bilateral discussions with China on civil space cooperation.
You would be forgiven for not thinking that’s remarkable, since the United States and China are the two biggest space players. Why wouldn’t they be talking at a high level about space debris, how to avoid satellite collisions, and ways to collaborate on space science or coordinate weather observations?
But in fact, it has been extraordinarily difficult to get this to happen and it deserves a bit of applause. Read more >
September 12, 2015 9:14 PM EDT
July 7, 2015 11:06 AM EDT
“Of all the places where conflict could erupt, space might seem the least likely, except in movies.”
So says a very good New York Times editorial “Preventing a Space War” this week. Sounds right, if X-Wing fighters come to mind when you think space conflict. But in reality conflict in space is both more likely than one would think and less likely to be so photogenic. Read more >