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billionaires are starting a new space race. so, what happens to the rest of us?
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billionaires are starting a new space race. so, what happens to the rest of us?

The next big space race isn’t the United States vs. China, it’s Musk vs. Bezos. And who wins has the potential to change our lives.

how the lack of gravity can scramble your brain
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how the lack of gravity can scramble your brain

When you’re not being firmly planted onto a solid surface by gravity, it’s not just your bones and muscles that suffer. It takes a toll on your brain too.

are we really all martians?
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are we really all martians?

As the international race to explore Mars heats up, some writers are resurrecting an old hypothesis that life on Earth really started on the red planet.

forget giant domes, cities on other worlds will fit their environments
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forget giant domes, cities on other worlds will fit their environments

There are good reasons why designs for human outposts on other planets are starting to look nothing like the typical science fiction tropes with which we’ve grown up.

when stars become cannibalistic parasites
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when stars become cannibalistic parasites

When stars get too close to each other the encounters can end in cannibalism, massive explosions, and even parasitic infestations.

why neutron stars may be the coolest objects in the universe
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why neutron stars may be the coolest objects in the universe

Neutron stars’ thunder is usually stolen by black holes, but these bizarre objects living on the edge of physics create plenty of fascinating phenomena all on their own.

in an ironic twist, ocean worlds could be hostile to life
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in an ironic twist, ocean worlds could be hostile to life

Water usually means life. But could too much water snuff out life before it has a chance to evolve?

asteroid mining will lose a lot of money. we should do it anyway.
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asteroid mining will lose a lot of money. we should do it anyway.

Today, nothing can replace terrestrial mining. But if make the necessary long-term investments, our reward will be nearly infinite cheap resources, and a cleaner, healthier Earth.

why we may want to settle on the moon and titan before mars
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why we may want to settle on the moon and titan before mars

Science fiction taught us that humanity’s next destination in space should be Mars, but science disagrees.

why space travel makes you more of an environmentalist
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why space travel makes you more of an environmentalist

Astronauts get a very rare and unique perspective on our planet, one in which our world isn’t just a steppingstone to the stars, but a fragile home to be protected.

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