Tony Mansour

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The Voyager Golden Record Finally Finds An Earthly Audience

The Golden Record is basically a 90-minute interstellar mixtape — a message of goodwill from the people of Earth to any extraterrestrial passersby who might stumble upon one of the two Voyager spaceships at some point over the next couple billion years.<p>But since it was made 40 years ago, the sounds …

Cassini at Saturn: A Retrospective

A historic exploration of the ringed planet, unprecedented in magnitude and spectacle, comes to an end

The College Try

“Hey,” the text began. It was from the friend she’d been crashing with for the past few nights.<p>“Would you move back into your godmoms until you find …

The Deadly Call of the Amazon

Emma Tamsin Kelty spoke often of her 'can-do' hat. The expression pops up in the 43-year-old British adventurer's correspondence with experienced …

The Genius of the Playboy Interview

Hugh Hefner was a complicated individual whose notions of sexuality and human relationships were at once woke and predatory, who stumbled upon a …

Space Rocks Delivered One-Two Punch to Ancient Earth

SAN FRANCISCO<p>Scientists link a rare, double impact crater in central Sweden to a 470-million-year-old cataclysm in the asteroid belt.<p>Around 470 million years ago, what is now central Sweden was covered in a shallow, ancient sea inhabited by tiny, plankton-like organisms. The placid scene would soon …