Star Trek: Discovery, episode 4

Well, I'm still watching. This episode, once again, keeps dragging me along like an abusive relationship. I get a little hint of interesting in that the deadly creature in the Captain's chambers is somehow a giant Tardigrade. This is a super cool idea because Tardigrades are super interesting and I don't think I've seen a Tardigrade …

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Endless stories

There are so many books out there I'll never read. So many characters I'll never know, places I'll never imagine, idea's I'll never entertain. Imagining this infinite landscape of fiction gives me a sense of exploration and openness--anything-is-possible-ness--that I used to get from playing open world video games. The slight sadness that I'll never get to …

Alien worlds in our own backyard

I watched this TED talk the other day and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. It is exciting to think of so much unknown still in our world, even if I myself will likely never do any of the discovering. There are millions of miles of unexplored caves beneath us. Untouched by humanity. …

Pluto!

It's been all over the news and social media for the past few days, but in case you haven't heard somehow, the New Horizons probe has taken some amazing pictures of Pluto, after nearly a decade of travel and three billion miles. Distances like this are so hard to grasp, the numbers are just so huge …

Europa

NASA's budget for 2016 was announced on Monday, and within the 18.5 billion they received, is 30 million specifically for a robotic mission to Europa. Europa has always been the hot spot for the possibility of life in our solar system, and now we may be able to catch a glimpse of anything living beneath …

Cloud City on Venus

NASA has plans for a Cloud City on Venus, seriously.  Our nearest neighbor, Venus, is always ignored when it comes to explorations, probably because the surface is around 465C (870F). Venus is very similar to Earth otherwise, though, and is called Earth's twin. It's nearly identical in size and composition and gravity, we just can't …

Kepler 186F

Astronomers announced yesterday that they've found what they think is an Earth-like planet, 490 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, orbiting the star Kepler 186. The planet is only slightly bigger than Earth, rocky, and orbits its star in the so-called 'Goldilocks zone', making it likely hospitable for life. Though the planet is too far …