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History Just Happened and You Should Care

T-minus 13 minutes. It’s 2:31 in the morning. I have important exam things tomorrow. But tonight–or really, very early this morning, history is being made. The first privately owned spacecraft is launching to dock with the International Space Station. I am watching it happen, sharing predictions and capital-letter updates with …

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Dinosaurs In Space: Why The Hell Not?

I wonder how many of you remember what the ‘advanced alien dinosaurs from space’ story was actually about. I must confess to having a slight problem with remembering what the actual science was, and with good reason, because the science of the story had absolutely nothing to do with Argonians, …

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Teen Skepchick Interviews: Gwynne Shotwell

This post is part of the Teen Skepchick Interviews series, where TS writers talk with amazing women scientists, skeptics, and feminists about life, the universe, and everything. Gwynne Shotwell is the powerhouse President of SpaceX, (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation), a space transport company founded in 2002. She was the seventh employee to …

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John Carter on Mars
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Science Sunday: Jumping on Mars and Other Extreme Sports

On March 8th, 2012 Disney’s John Carter was released in theaters to the general public.  Adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1917 pulp novel, A Princess of Mars, the movie’s plot follows the swashbuckling antics of John Carter, a disillusioned Civil War veteran who is transported to Mars after he kills …

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Awe-stronomy Day

Today is Astronomy Day! Today is a day for stargazing and telescope pointing and squinting into eyepieces and being grouchy when clouds get in your way. It's a day for awe at the night sky, and watching others' faces light up under the stars. So today, let's talk some history, some …

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The ICD-10: Struck by a Turtle

Let's set the scene. And while we're at it, let's be dramatic.  A nurse calls, frantically across a crowded room 'Doctor, I've got a W5922XA! Come quickly!' She (In this story, we have gender-stereotype-kicking docs) looks up from a ghastly ill patient and calls back 'Are you sure?! Not a …

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