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Alan Boyle
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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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Will SpaceX's space station resupply mission get off the ground today? Watch what happens: 
Florida's weather cast a lingering cloud over Friday's countdown for SpaceX's long-delayed commercial cargo run to the International Space Station.In the run...
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Get the scoop on the coolest technologies riding on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket:
SpaceX's cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station is due to send a host of innovations into orbit on Friday — ranging from a laser communica...
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Bottom line: there is no "new technology" that can make a rocket significantly faster or cheaper to operate. The earth's gravity/friction well and the limits of chemical/atomic forces are the limiting factors. To space cultists, this rocket is a symbol to be used as a way to justify further fanaticism towards sci-fi fantasies that are themselves motivated by un-resolved emotional needs and fears and the average existential angst that has always fueled belief systems, paradise fantasies, and the standard escapes from mortality and impotence. A rocket in no way shrinks even the shortest trips in our solar system to human exploration scales. Self-landing propulsion stages don't change any of the factors that limit human exploration of even the closest rocks in our own little planetary neighborhood. Ego and existential angst are fueling the hysteria that is continued interest in Musk's childish endeavors. Did Richie Rich do science? 
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What futuristic invention would YOU like to have? Which futuristic invention would you ban?
A newly published survey suggests that Americans expect the next 50 years to bring innovations of science-fiction proportions — including old standbys like f...
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we have had flying cars for a loong time ... we just call them airplanes.
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Choosy chimps choose Ugandan ironwood: 
Chimpanzees can be as choosy as humans when it comes to the beds they sleep in — and they prefer a firm, stable, resilient place to flop.That's what research...
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You need a pretty hardy SUV to handle some of the roads around Spaceport America:
Virgin Galactic's customers will be riding Land Rover vehicles over rugged roads en route to their rendezvous with outer space, thanks to a newly announced p...
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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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Could the brain-uploading wizardry shown in the movie "Transcendence" actually happen? +Keith Wagstaff does a reality check:
In the new science-fiction thriller “Transcendence,” Johnny Depp uploads his mind to a powerful computer, melding his consciousness with artificial intellige...
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“Will what we see in the movie be happening in 30 years? I would have to say no, because we don’t even understand what consciousness is,” Jose Carmena told NBC News.

This.  To say "upload your consciousness into a computer" is LITERALLY Step Two in the Underwear Gnomes Financial Plan!
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Fascinating! Scientists confirm the existence of an Earth-size planet that orbits in the habitable zone around a mini-sun, thanks to #Kepler data: 
Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an e...
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+Randall Lee Reetz These are the questions to ask! Except the last one... That one will take care of itself once we conquer and exploit the hopefully large and blue population! But if this planet hosts the other iteration of Aliens that James Cameron put to film... Then I'll sit that one out. :-D 
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+Devin Coldewey toasts Kanzi, the bonobo who does sign language, FaceTime ... and marshmallows:
Kanzi, a great ape renowned for his intelligence, demonstrated his fire-building and marshmallow-toasting skills on camera for a new BBC show, "Monkey P...
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    Science editor, present
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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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