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´┐╝In 1977, NASA sent a pair of unmanned probes named Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 into space. Among the infrared spectrometers and radio receivers included on each probe were identical copies of the same non-scientific object: the Voyager Golden Record. Sheathed in a protective aluminum jacket, the Record is a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing…

Peripheral Vision

I believe the world is a complex phenomenological experience that can be explained, rationalized, and lived in myriad different ways. The way I see it, we all begin with the same fundamental mystery — why are we here? what is life? — and we attack this problem with whatever tools we find work best; some…

Weird Stars!

What are stars? Despite their ubiquity in our universe, their praises often go unsung. A friend admitted to me once that he hadn’t realized — you know, really viscerally realized — that our sun was itself a star until he was in his twenties. From that moment forward, however, every glance at the night sky…

Whew, The World: Or, GOOD Blog

Maybe it’s the upcoming election and the potential change that it portends. Or perhaps it’s the Large Hadron Collider, bogged down with electric failures, that has ceded the science-news space to other subjects. In any case, the last week has seen a slew of exciting, weird, and prescient science news too exciting to ignore, and…