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Alan Boyle
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Lives in Bellevue, WA
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Blow this picture up big to see a spacewalker's smile, and don't miss the bonus pictures of "Swannie" and SpaceX's Dragon:
During Wednesday's fast-track spacewalk, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio complained that his arms were too short to take a selfie. But that didn't stop him f...
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Let's get kinky ... for science! 
Researchers have figured out how to create a natural helix that looks like the tangle in a telephone cord — and that discovery could lead to new kinds of cir...
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Blunt words about what NASA can (and can't) do when it comes to deep-space exploration:
For years, critics have been taking shots at NASA's plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASA's chief has a message for t...
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NASA Chief Bolden: "Reality is the budget," he said, "and we are not going to get 4 percent of the federal budget to go to Mars or any other place."

The budgetary constraint expressed by Chief Bolden is one of many reasons I join the advocacy for an increase in NASA's budget from 0.5 cent to 1.0 or a penny. In earnest, I'm for tripling NASA's current budget, but asking for a whole penny rather than the half NASA currently is allotted seems the place to start.

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Antarctica dreamin', on such a winter's day... 
Two newly published studies are helping scientists trace millions of years of Antarctica's climate history, including an age when parts of the continent were...
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Must-see meteor videos from Murmansk! This wasn't as big a deal as last year's Chelyabinsk blast, but it's still an awesome fireball: 
Dashcam videos from the northwestern Russian city of Murmansk show a fireball explosion much like the meteor that lit up the sky over Chelyabinsk in Siberia ...
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Must-see micro-videos! Congrats to all the winners of the Nikon Small World in Motion Competition: 
You can see the insides of a tiny quail in its egg, slice by virtual slice, in an amazing video that took top honors in the third annual Nikon Small World in...
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Keep up with today's quickie repair spacewalk:
Two spacewalkers prepared to take on a quick computer repair job at the International Space Station on Wednesday, which is shaping up as one of the busiest d...
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Get a look at places where incoming asteroids have sparked Hiroshima-scale aerial blasts since 2000:
SEATTLE — The meteor blast that injured more than 1,200 people in Russia last year may have been the most spectacular asteroid strike seen in the past centur...
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talk about climate change, eh...!
we can fret 'til we turn blue over Earthly concerns...
one stray rock and the party is over, kids...
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It's hard to resist a story about the looming battle between U.S. and Russian combat dolphins. Too bad it's not true:
The U.S. Navy says there's no truth to a widely circulating report that its mine-hunting dolphins are heading for the Black Sea, where the Russian Navy has r...
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Religious or sacrilegious? Something to meditate on for Holy Week:
Is heaven for real? And if so, which heaven? For some, heaven is the Christian kind of afterlife that was described by a 4-year-old boy in the book and movie...
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Thanks, Jeff... Hope you still got a kick out of the item. If "heaven" is a place where a part of you lives on (at least for the benefit of others), maybe cyberspace will someday qualify. Just watch out for Johnny Depp.
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    Science editor, present
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Iowa - New York, NY - Spokane, WA - Cincinnati, OH
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Science editor at NBC News Digital, blogger at Cosmic Log (est. 2002) and author of "The Case for Pluto" (2009). Always had a soft spot for the little guy.
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  • Columbia University
    Journalism, 1976 - 1977
  • Loras College
    English/Writing/Philosophy, 1972 - 1976
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