The Future of Space Travel

Featured Image: It has been 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon, on 20 July 1969. But what about today’s efforts to conquer the final frontier?

Wednesday, 24 July 2019, New York, NY – 50 years and four days ago, the aggressive space race between the United States and the Soviet Union culminated in the Apollo 11 mission, when Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to land on the moon. “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”, Armstrong famously said as he bounced around on the lonely gray rock in the sky. That moment, being not just an incredible feat of human determination and skill, but also a firm defeat of the Soviets in the space race, marked a turning point in human space exploration. Fifty years later, we’ve never gone back. But that doesn’t mean we’ve slowed down.

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The Fermi Paradox

Featured Image: The beloved extraterrestrial from 1982 is quite relevant to our current search for intelligent life outside Earth.

Thursday, 23 May 2019, New York, NY – Some of you may have heard of the Fermi Paradox, the puzzling question of “Where are the aliens?”  It seems like a simple question, but despite decades of research and investment, we still haven’t found any evidence of alien life, and probably won’t for a very long time. Here are a few basics about the Fermi Paradox that you might not already know.

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The Blackout of 2003

Featured Image: New York City, which was most affected by the blackout.

3 October 2018, New York, NY – The top news stories have been exhausting, so let’s talk about something unrelated but still equally terrifying – the Blackout of 2003. This blackout represents one of the most widespread power outages in American history, affecting 55 million people in Ontario and the Northeastern United States. Since 2003 was not that long after the September 11 attacks, many people widely expected the outage as part of another elaborate terrorist attack. But no, not even close. This outage was actually cause by a felled tree in suburban Cleveland, Ohio.

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