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This was a very fun talk to give! A few weeks back, I was invited to speak  to the Writers and Illustrators of the Future at their annual award gala. It was an impressive gathering of science fiction authors and illustrators, including both those well known (Niven, Card, Anderson, Powers, and more) and the new talent who were the focus of the evening.

https://youtu.be/LfIdZJRDLZc
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For my non-space geek friends curious for the latest results from Diana's mission: Curiosity recently detected a brief but large surge in levels of methane on Mars. Here on Earth, methane is often (but not always) generated by living organisms. Although this finding is not proof of life on Mars by any stretch of the imagination, this is a really exciting result that lends support to the idea that there may once have been--or maybe even currently is--microbial life on Mars.
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A recent study found "a strong and highly consistent association between generous practices and various measures of personal well-being like happiness, health, a sense of purpose in life, and personal growth."

If you are feeling in a giving mood, and if you believe that humanity needs to explore space, I encourage you to do what Diana and I have already done and donate to the world's largest student-run space organization, SEDS-USA (or its counterparts in the UK or India, if you prefer). If you visit the link below and target your donation for the Endowment, your donation will be doubled, as part of a matching campaign. 

http://seds.org/donate/

(Source for the quote: http://www.vox.com/…/60781…/giving-money-away-makes-us-happy)
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I appreciate the love and support from everyone. I am more passionate than ever, and in that way and others I am not alone.
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Lots of exciting incentive prize news this week, including a new $15M competition from XPRIZE (Global Literacy), a new $10M prize for cleaning up the Everglades, and a new $500K prize from the FDA for detecting salmonella on fresh produce. If you are a Redditor, please join the conversation here: http://www.reddit.com/r/xprize/

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Great milestone for the company today!
+Spaceport America  from above! We flew WhiteKnightTwo from California to New Mexico today for some important training exercises. This is a great opportunity for not only our pilots and ground crews, but also for our friends at the New Mexico Spaceport Authority and at some of the other important local partners to get in some practice for what it's like to support operational flights.

The Gateway to Space building looks beautiful, and our team in New Mexico is happy to have WhiteKnightTwo home for a visit! 
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Good luck to all of the teams!
The teams for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE have been announced! Find out who’s helping save our oceans: http://oceanhealth.xprize.org/
Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE
Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE
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Southern California friends: the 2014 +NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory  Open House will be held October 11th and 12th. If you haven't gone before, I definitely recommend you go this year--particularly if you have kids!
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If want a better idea about what my wife  actually does at work, this article will definitely help. It's a great recap of what actually goes into making +Curiosity run.
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