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  1. NASA Tests Reportedly Show “Physics-Defying” EM Drive Might Actually Work to Propel Spacecraft

    *Crosses all fingers.*

    The "EM Drive," an engine that creates thrust by bouncing microwaves around inside a chamber, confounds physicists because it manages to produce thrust without expelling any propellant—seemingly defying the law of conservation of momentum—even in a vacuum. That ability was tested by NASA's "Eagleworks" at the Johnson Space Center, and the results have them optimistic about the drive's future in space travel.

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  2. It’s 2015, Where’s My Flipping Flying Car? Bill Nye and VSauce Explain

    And sharks still look fake.

    Sigh. If Bill Nye himself thinks there are legitimate scientific reasons for why I'm not eating an instant pizza and riding my hoverboard through the Mars colony right now, I guess I'll have to take his word for it.

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  3. Interstellar Is Going to Shoot One Lucky Fan Into Space (Yes, Really!)

    Will a spirited rendition of "Rocket Man" raise our chances? Offer's on the table, Fandango.

    Interstellar makes pretend outer space look pretty neat, but why stop there? Why not just go to outer space for real and see it for yourself? Fandango is running a contest for you to win a round-trip ticket to the final frontier—and you don't even have to have the entire fate of humanity resting on your shoulders!

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  4. Comedian Lauren Reeves Still in the Running for Mars One Mission That Will Never Happen [VIDEO]

    she blinded me with science

    Mars One is essentially a reality show posing as space mission to establish a human colony on Mars. It's kind of a joke, so it's only fitting that comedian Lauren Reeves' submission to join the mission has beat out thousands of others and is still in consideration.

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  5. Health Risks Of Mars Mission May Be Unethical, Exceed NASA’s Capabilities

    I volunteer as tribute! Do you hear me? I VOLUNTEER!

    NASA wants to send a mission to Mars by 2030--but first they asked the Institute of Medicine to analyze the health risks and ensuing ethics of sending humans deeper into space than ever before. According to a new report today from a panel of medical experts, it looks like my Mars Colony fantasies may be compromised.

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  6. Space Farts Could Be Silent But Deadly Astronaut Killers

    Houston, we have a problem. A butt problem.

    Given the recent resurgence of interest in the cosmos, it's natural for us Earthlings to worry about the safety of the men and women bravely exploring the final frontier. But are we concerned enough about space farts? The risks posed by flatulence in a confined area are more than just hot air.

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  7. Let’s Hear From the Lady Astronaut Who Taught Gravity‘s Sandra Bullock About Life in Outer Space

    she blinded me with science

    We've been a bit obsessed with Gravity as of late, for several reasons: Space! A lady astronaut! Alfonso Cuarón! All those amazing, terrifying trailers! So, needless to say, we were very interested when an interview with Cady Coleman crossed our path. You see, Coleman is the NASA astronaut who taught Gravity star Sandra Bullock about living in space… from space.

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  8. What Will Being Born in Space Mean for Future Generations? Nothing Good, Probably

    With humans continuing our long, slow journey into space, it's only a matter of time before children are conceived and born in space, whether it's on a space station like the ISS or a colony on Mars. But future generations of space babies -- and perhaps Martians, technically speaking -- could run into a number of problems. Humans are pretty good at having babies on Earth, because we've been doing it for quite some time, but other environments might not be so kind to developing fetuses, which couldn't be expected to recover from the stretched spines and swollen faces that astronauts return to Earth with so easily.

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  9. At Least 78,000 Want Off Earth, Sign Up For One-Way Ticket To Mars

    To Boldly Go

    An application went out two weeks ago from a Dutch non-profit organization called Mars One. They were looking for a few people who want to go to Mars. Forever. They had 78,000 people respond. 

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  10. Learn How To Be One Of The First Mars One Astronauts Live This Afternoon [Live Stream]

    Do you want to be one of the first astronauts to go to Mars? Are you ready to give up on life here on Earth and do your duty helping mankind establish a place for itself among the stars? Well, tune in today at noon EDT where you can find out what it will take to get yourself a one-way ticket to the Red Planet. That's when the Mars One team will make the official announcement detailing their astronaut selection program, and you can watch it live with us right here

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  11. Star Wars Has Lied to Us: Traveling Through Hyperspace Would Actually Look Pretty Boring

    she blinded me with science

    Also, there is just no way you can measure Force sensitivity with a blood test. I refuse to accept that. George Lucas, you've tricked me for the last time. Physics students at the University of Leicester took it upon themselves to discover what the view from a spaceship traveling near the speed of light would actually look like. And… well, it's the right side of the image up above. Just a blurry circular gradient. Bummer.

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  12. Could Space Travel Make Us All Better Human Beings? [Video]

    Space travel for the masses is something that's continuously moving toward becoming reality. That isn't to say it's here, or that we're even all that close, but it's something that's closer to happening than it is to not. For those that have already made it to space, the experience has had a profound effect. It's been described as this encompassing feeling of unity and enhanced perspective. It's an interesting phenomenon, to be sure, which is why PBS Idea Channel, with host Mike Rugnetta, asks the question: Will space travel save us all?

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  13. Star Trek’s Captain Kirk Tweets At CSA’s Commander Hadfield

    To Boldly Go

    It's one thing to see science and science-fiction collide in something like the real sonic screwdriver, but it's another when characters are involved. Star Trek's own Captain Kirk, William Shatner, was recently spotted tweeting at the Canadian Space Agency's Commander Chris Hadfield. About space. While Hadfield was actually in space headed for the International Space Station. It doesn't get much better than this, folks. (Why Evolution is True via Tipster Rebecca) Previously in Star Trek

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  14. Dreams Dashed: Radiation From Space Travel May Cause Brain Damage

    If you're anything like me, you still haven't given up on that dream of being an astronaut one day, breaking the surly bonds of Earth and experiencing the wonder and vastness of space firsthand. That's why I bring you the following story with a heavy heart -- according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, the list of dangers involved in space travel just got a little longer, with "alien attacks," "insane computer AIs," and "being sucked out of an airlock" joined by a new hazard to space flight -- an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.

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  15. Nefertiti the “Spidernaut” Dies Shortly After Returning From 100 Days in Space

    Ladies and gentlemen, today we mourn the loss of a real hero. With a lump in our throats and a tear in our eye, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History announced that their resident space-traveling red-backed jumping spider, Nefertiti, passed away yesterday, five days after returning from a 100-day and 42-million-mile journey to the International Space Station. We promised ourselves we wouldn't cry, but here come the waterworks.

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  16. AirBorne Cannot Help You Here: Space Travel Can Change How the Immune System Develops

    Any sort of travel can stress out your immune system, expose you to unfamiliar bugs, and generally make you more likely to get sick. Take it from a guy on what is now officially on week two of a plane flight induced common cold. A study published in The FASEB Journal suggests that space travel could wreak even more havoc on the immune system, even changing the way the immune system develops in embryonic animals.

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  17. Astronomic Unit Simplified So Astronomy Won’t Be So Confusing For Freshmen

    The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has voted to officially change the Astronomical Unit (AU) -- a measure of the distance from the Earth to the Sun -- from a variable value to a more convenient constant. Because if you're the IAU and you have a meeting without voting on anything, it looks kind of bad, we guess? Kidding! It's because the IAU is made up largely of people who teach astronomy for a living, and people who teach astronomy for a living are, as a whole, just sick to death of teaching a new legion of bong-addled freshmen a mostly obsolete equation that most of them will never use outside of scribbling it on their hand to pass their astronomy final.

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  18. Warp Drive Might Actually Become a Real Thing; We’ll Wait

    The Final Frontier

    Well, we already have communicators and hyposprays; Microsoft is working on the Holodeck; and now it looks like humanity might invent the warp drive in the (probably still not very near) future.

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  19. NASA Did It – We’re One Step Closer To Vacations On Mars


    "Nothing like this has ever happened before," said James Holdren, President Barack Obama's space advisor. "It's an enormous step forward in planetary exploration." After sailing through space for more than eight months, the Mars Science Lab--also known as Curiosity--touched down on Mars last night, landing inside a really ancient space crater. 

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  20. China’s First Woman Astronaut Triumphantly Returns From Space

    Good News Everyone!

    Remember Liu Yang, China's first female taikonaut, who blasted off into space earlier this month? She returned to Earth today when the the Shenzhou-IX spacecraft landed safely in Inner Mongolia at 10:05 local time (02:05 GMT).

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