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October 2013 ISSUE

Difficulties of an Asteroid Capture Mission

2013 is shaping up to be the Year of the Asteroid.
On February 15th a 10,000 ton meteor, undetected until it streaked through the sky, exploded above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. According to National Geographic, the shock wave from the explosion circled the entire globe twice before dying down.
Coincidentally, it came on the [...]

August 2011 ISSUE

Inconstant Constants

Science changes our understanding of the universe all the time. We move from vacuum tubes to integrated circuits to quantum computers. Hypotheses are proposed and then tested. But for the last hundred years or more, there’s been an important assumption that all scientists share: there’s nothing different about one patch of space compared to another [...]