Never Forget: The US Tried To Put A Ring Around Earth To Stop Communism

In 1961 the US government decided that the best way to to stop the rapid advance of communism was to shoot a bunch of really tiny antennas into space to make a metal ring of radio signal around the world. Because if the Soviets tried to cut off our long distance communications we could give […]

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Could We Make a Black Hole If We Wanted?

It might not be a good idea, but if we wanted to make a black hole on Earth, would it be possible and how would we do it? On September 10, 2008, it was widely speculated the world would come to an end. A black hole would explode from the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, consume […]

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Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks About Your Ego and Its Place in the Universe

To some, the massive nature of the space and universe beyond our Earth’s atmosphere is a source of anxiety and fear. The fact that we are so small in a universe so large can accentuate our frailty and insignificance. But this crippling view, like so many, is mostly a matter of misguided perspective. In a […]

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Intergalactic Pin-Ups: The Galaxies Next Door Get High-Res Glamour Shots

“Well hey, good looking,” is a line I seldom use unless I am chatting up neighboring galaxies. Thanks to NASA’s ultraviolet survey, two of the Milky Way’s galactic neighbors the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds have been photographed and mapped, and though they look stunning, as galaxies are wont to do, they are way out […]

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Whatever & Ever Today: A Crowdfunded Telescope, The Smith Family Saves The World, & James Murphy Is Still Awesome

Asteroid miners want to make a telescope by the people, for the people; Will Smith and Family are Earth’s true saviors; and James Murphy geeks out.

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Whatever and Ever Today: Thursday, March 21, 2013

In The Airspace’s mission of exposing the most promising and important points in technology, culture, and scholarship, there is little room to talk about the daily churn of current events known as the news. Well we’re trying it out today for the first time. “Whatever and Ever Today” is a recap of the day’s noteworthy events. It’s a mix of important stories as well as some items you might find in our commentary ticker. But each piece is distilled down to its essential parts and explained as simply as possible. Think of it as a daily briefing hand-picked and produced to keep you informed.

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Is There Life on Mars? Curiosity’s Secret Discovery Might Say So

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found something important and possibly historic on its trek across the red planet. But the scientists involved are staying silent until they can confirm their claims. Sourcing from geologist John Grotzinger of Caltech, Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) is believed to have picked up a sample with massive consequences. “This […]

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“Fearless Felix” Falls 23 Miles to Earth, Shatters Records

On October 14, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from a balloon-suspended capsule nearly 23 miles in the sky to break the sound barrier as he fell back to Earth. The 128,100 foot jump, sponsored and paid for by energy drink company Red Bull, broke three world records for the highest manned balloon, and the first man to break the speed of sound without mechanical aid. The jump was streamed live on YouTube and brought in a record-breaking 8 million viewers. Nine minutes three seconds after jumping, Baumgartner gracefully landed back on Earth, fell to his knees, and raised his fists in triumph.

The Austrian adventurer hit a an unofficial top speed of 834 mph—Mach 1.24—when he fell 119,846 feet during the 4 minute 20 second free fall. While Baumgartner jumped from 128,100 feet, the free fall represents the portion of the jump before he opened his chute, where the only forces acting on him were gravity and air resistance.

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Curiosity Gets its Feet Wet (Kind of): Ancient River Bed Found on Mars

On September 15, the Curiosity Rover on Mars wheeled past a particularly beautiful rock formation. Curiosity took a series of photos with its 2-megapixel MastCams which graphic designer Ed Truthan stitched together to give us earth-folk a full view of the mass of rock. The rock was nicknamed Hottah and serves as the first in […]

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The Deepest View of the Universe Revealed After 10 Years of Image Collection

The Hubble Space Telescope has been busy for the past decade, and there’s an image to show for it; the most far-reaching image of the universe ever seen by human eyes.

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Commentary Ticker

  • Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain
    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

  • Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project
    July 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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