Ian Markolf

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The Time America Almost Nuked Arkansas

The new documentary Command and Control highlights the precarious state of nuclear safety.<p>All it took to nearly blow up the state of Arkansas was wrong kind of wrench.<p>In 1980, a 19-year old safety technician was working at the Titan II Launch Complex 374-7, just north of the small town of Damascus, …

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8 essential books to read before starting your first job in finance

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>But your business education does not begin and end in the classroom. Once graduated, there is still a need to stay sharp and prepare …

How NASA Pulled off the Craziest Stunt on Mars, From the Guy Who Led the Team

Just a normal interplanetary jaunt involving supersonic parachutes and Sky Cranes.<p>When it comes to outrageous stunts, Evel Knievel has nothing on the Mars Curiosity rover. On August 6, 2012, this robotic daredevil hurtled into the Martian atmosphere at 13,200 miles per hour, deployed a supersonic …

Seven Expeditions You Can Actually Join

Legend has it that, in 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton placed a classified seeking men to help him become the first person to cross the continent of Antarctica. Fact or fiction, more than a hundred years later his risky appeal resonates with adventurous types who dream of contributing to a new …

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The world just got closer to a 'hypersonic space plane' that will transform 'the economics of space'

BAE Systems, the globetrotting defence and aeronautics giant, just bought 20% of the firm, and it's making a major investment in Reaction Engines' most promising ideas.<p>The idea is an unpiloted and reusable hypersonic space plane. It's called Sabre. Here's how Reaction Engines describes it:<p>A new …

An American voter’s guide to the dirty truth about oil

<i>What does “oil” make you think of? Do “invasions” and “emissions” top your list? Why have leaders thought it worth spilling so much blood for the sake of this pungent mud? And why has it been so hard to switch away from this fuel that is harming our one and only environment? Here are the real facts</i> …

The 25 Essential Books for Every Entrepreneur’s Library

No matter what stage you’re at in the entrepreneur journey, whether you just launched your first startup or have started several successful …

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Homo Spaciens: How humanity will leave Earth behind

Welcome to a BBC Future special series about how we will live beyond Earth.<p>In the timeline of human history, our species’ time spent exploring the Universe outside our planet is a mere blip.<p>Yet in the few short decades since we first ventured into space, our ambitions have switched from simply …

13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

How Farming on Mars May Help Us Farm Earth

In case this week’s report on NASA’s successful experiment growing lettuce on the International Space Station left you wondering what all the fuss was about—consider the implications. Mars One is scheduled to launch four humans to the red planet in 2025–people who will live their remaining days as …

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32 Books That Are Guaranteed To Give You Wanderlust

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9 Books You Shouldn't Overlook

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Stop saying 'space is hard'

It makes us feel good, but it also makes us weak<p>On June 28th, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket meant to deliver supplies to the International Space Station exploded en route. It was the third cargo resupply mission to fail within the past year. In October 28th, 2014, Orbital Sciences’ uncrewed Antares …

What Space Does to Your Body and Mind

Expedition 44 to the International Space Station has been successfully completed after three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan. The mission saw a …

21 Must-Read Fall Books

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>21 Must-Read Fall Books<p>Follow Kirkus on Twitter: www.twitter.com/KirkusReviews