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SpaceX shows you what a 0-to-345 mph rocket ride could look like: 
Based on a newly released video from SpaceX, riding on the Dragon crew capsule is something people might pay for even if they're not going into space.
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Fade to black? Right at splash down? Everyone is a bullshitter? Or, just Elon Musk?
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Congrats to SpaceX on the Dragon's successful return after a cargo run to the space station: 
A robotic SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, ending a resupply mission to the International Space Station.
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Chicken From Hell? Cartwheeling spider? What's your favorite on the Top 10 New Species list?
Get a look at a giant walking stick, a circle-making pufferfish, the "Chicken From Hell" and other newly named species from the past year.
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Relive the launch of the Air Force's secret space plane and the Planetary Society's solar sail. 
A hush-hush military space plane and a widely publicized solar-sail experiment shared a ride into space on Wednesday aboard an Atlas 5 rocket.
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Advanced LIGO will be to gravitational waves what the LHC was to the Higgs boson:
The Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatories were dedicated on Tuesday at the LIGO Hanford facility near Richland, Washington.
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Only if it finds some. ;-)
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What was that Drink of Death? It's one of the less unsettling questions raised by "Game of Thrones" this week.
The latest episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones" delivers a shocker, but it also explores the issues surrounding lethal substances and euthanasia.
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Here's a morale-boosting milestone for the SpaceShipTwo team after last year's tragedy: 
Nearly seven months after a fatal breakup destroyed Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, the second SpaceShipTwo reached a construction milesto...
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As Kurzweil prophesied, the heavens opened ... four rich assholes tossed their lunch, each wondering if they'd get a chance to fuck the cute co-pilot before flying their private jet to Milan for breakfast with Conrad Hilton. Science never smelled so much like a well appointed suite in Monico. The future is now. 
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"Humanized yeast" sounds like a scary phrase, but the technology could lead to better medications. 
Biologists say they swapped human genes into the genetic code used by yeast cells — and found that the cells could continue to function and grow.
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It's a "good bet" that Ceres' white spots are made of ice, but where'd they come from?
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has provided an even closer look at bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres — but those darn spots are still posing puzzles.
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+Marcin W. have you seen how big Ceres is? its smaller than our moon. If there was going to be any sort of geological activity, it would be small, and probably only in one maybe two places on it given its size. 

Its and oddity sure, but jumping to irrational conclusions when we have the chance to get a closer look still, is just silly. 
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An amazing find, but mysteries remain: Who made the world's oldest stone tools? And what for?
Scientists say an array of crude stone tools unearthed in Kenya date back 3.3 million years, which makes them the oldest such artifacts ever found.
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Find out how solar sails are turning science fiction into science fact:
The LightSail mission is one small step for a science-fictionish technology called solar sailing, but it's a giant leap for the Planetary Society.
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Balancing rocks look like magic tricks, whether they're on Earth or on a comet millions of miles away.
Three rocks on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko seem to be balanced on their tiptoes in a cosmic pas de trois, as seen in images from the Rosetta mission.
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Yup, you're right ... probably easier to balance rocks on the comet than it is on Earth. 
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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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