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Pluto Probe to Awaken from Hibernation

↳ Posted on November 19th, 2014 by Ben Spera

imageNext month NASA’s New Horizons probe will wake up from it’s final hibernation in order to begun preparation for it’s arrival in the dwarf planet’s vicinity. The probe has travelled nearly 3 billion miles since launching in January of 2006. NASA will use the remaining travel time to test all of the probe’s systems and scientific gear before performing tests and observations on the dwarf planet and it’s moons beginning in January of 2015.
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Nasa Warp Drive Prototype Concept Art

↳ Posted on June 24th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14305613177_3c42ed0e74_bNASA’s Advanced Propulsion Team Lead Dr. Harold White hooked up with conceptual artist Mark Rademaker and produced some exciting concept art for the warp drive NASA is currently working on. The drive White and his team are working on is a modified version of the theoretical Alcubierre drive. Read more…

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Nasa Developing Faster-than-light Warp Drive

↳ Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Ku-xlarge(5)NASA is currently working on a theoretical propulsion drive which will allow humans to travel not only faster than light, but much faster. Most current proposals offer near light-speed at best, but this idea goes even further, making interstellar travel very feasible within the lifetime of a single human. It is extraordinary in the fact that it will make the universe much smaller, allowing us to reach out and physically touch our celestial neighbors. Read more…

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6a00d8341bf7f753ef01630172b8a8970d-500wiA nearby galaxy known as Messier 82, or colloquially called the “cigar galaxy,” is harboring an astronomical enigma that scientists have yet to explain. The galaxy is roughly 12 million light-years away, relatively close, located in the constellation Ursa Major. The radio emissions abruptly began within a few days of the object first appearing in May of 2009, and have been going ever since. Read more…

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Nasa Asteroid Threat Map

↳ Posted on February 9th, 2014 by Ben Spera

image All of those horribly inaccurate end-of-days movies don’t seem quite so ridiculous once you let the data represented in this graphic sink in. This graphic was made by NASA and represents the orbit of all of the known asteroids within our own solar system. Now compare the numerous asteroid orbits with our beloved Earth’s lone orbit which is highlighted in white. It demonstrates the real plausibility of the dinosaurs’ extinction-by-asteroid theory, and it almost makes you wonder how we haven’t been battered to extinction yet. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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What Would Our World Look Like with an Extra Dimension?

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Extra_dimensionAn article from Learning Mind addresses this question by analyzing the novel Flatland. The book uses the oft-quoted illustration of 2-dimensional creatures being surprised by the interjection of 3-dimensional creatures. This example is used in many science programs, such as Through the Wormhole and The Universe, to simplify string theory and make the issue of multiple dimensions more palatable to laymen. However, I believe there are a few problems with the conclusions the author, Anna Lemind, presents from these sources. Read more…

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