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Selected images from a 70s NASA brochure <i>Space Station: Key to the Future</i>, via this article by David S. F. Portree of Wired.<p>From my Maddd Science tumblr. It’s an interesting read, too, if you’re interested in the USA’s approach to space exploration in the 70s/late 60s.

Chris Foss concept art for the commercial towing spaceship Nostromo from the 1979 film Alien

Chris Foss concept art for the commercial towing spaceship <i>Nostromo</i> from the 1979 film <i>Alien</i>. The ship was designed last minute, and ended up looking very different from Foss’s concepts. The final picture here very similar to the concept art, and was used as the cover for this 1978 art book – it’s probably the closest we’ll get to a completed Chris Foss <i>Nostromo</i>.

NASA releases amazing space colony concepts from the ’70s

NASA has always dreamed big, but has also unfortunately been somewhat embarrassed about that fact. They receive a lot of tax-payer money, after all, …

The Dropping Cost Of “Grid Defection” Means You Could Soon Ditch Your Electric Company

Solar panels and battery energy storage are getting cheaper and easier. Soon, off-the-grid living could go mainstream.<p>The killer app? That would be solar panels plus batteries. When you put the two together, homeowners don’t need utilities anymore, and perhaps not the grid either.<p>A new report …

Solar Power

The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science Fiction

Why do so many readers still look down on the genre of Orwell and Atwood?<p>When I’m introduced to someone as a writer, a now familiar pattern of events often follows.<p>“Oh, really! How interesting!” the someone—let’s call her Jane—says, sounding quite enthusiastic. “What do you write?”<p>“Science …

"The Universe May be Permeated by an as Yet Unknown Field"

All the particles we know to exist make up only about five per cent of the mass and energy of the universe. The rest – "Dark Matter" and "Dark …

The Coolest Spaceships Ever Built, Compared by Size

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20 Years of Mind-Bending Art From Omni, the Best Sci-Fi Mag of Our Time

Before there was <i>WIRED</i>, there was <i>Omni</i>, the forward-looking monthly magazine where a sci-fi piece by William S. Burroughs could share page space with …

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Nearly 40 Teams At Starting Line Of Inspiration Mars Mission Competition

It won’t be long before we start to get the technical details of Inspiration Mars’ daring proposition to send a married couple on a round-trip …

Affordable habitats means more Buck Rogers for less money says Bigelow

Robert Bigelow, founder and President of Bigelow Aerospace, believes that cost effective habitats and transportation systems are key to America’s …

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to</i> <i>entrepreneurs and business owners</i>. The article below was …

ThinkGeek: The nerd company at a crossroads

<b>Correction:</b> A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Rob Malda as a strategist at The Washington Post. He is chief strategist and editor-at-large for Trove, formerly known as WaPo Labs. This version has been corrected.<p><b>On a drizzly Tuesday morning</b> in a Fairfax office, a dozen …

Can-Do vs. Can't-Do Culture

Don’t hate, create.<p><i>“God, body and mind, food for the soul<br>When you feeding on hate, you empty, my n!*$a, it shows.” — Rick Ross</i><p><i>“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable</i> …

NASA's Warp-Drive Solution for Faster-Than-Light Space Travel (A 2013 Most Popular)

“Space has been expanding since the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago,” said Dr. White, 43, who runs the research project told the New York Times. “And …

When Will We Become Interstellar?

<i>Dr. Ian O’Neill is one of the coolest scientists we know, so we sat him down at the YouTube spaces and asked him a real zinger – when will we humans</i> …

The World Outside My Window - Time

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Earth Views from Space Station Star in Stunning Time-Lapse Video

Astronauts have beamed down their views of the Earth from the International Space Station for years, but a new video shows their unique sights in a …

NASA JSC Unveils Valkyrie DRC Robot

When teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) were announced last year, almost all of them provided reasonably detailed renderings …

Robotics

Innovations that will transform home of the future

Innovation is transforming low-tech products like toilets and heralding new ones such as solar canopies and windows that can be tuned like engines. Here are major trends for the home of the future.<p>Magnets will soon do more than display kids' artwork on refrigerators. They'll actually be inside …

Does the future of space travel lie with NASA or space entrepreneurs? | The Washington Post

Published on November 23, 2013<p><b>MOJAVE, CALIF. — The air is so clear</b> the mountains in the distance look almost fake, as if added digitally. The desert floor is runway-flat, with a few Joshua trees popping up randomly, like lost cowboys. The dominant feature is the sky, preposterously vast, beckoning …

Are We Alone?

The search for life among the stars<p>There are two stories, both of great consequence, that Lee Billings tells in his new book, the excellently titled <i>Five Billion Years of Solitude</i>. The first concerns the recent discovery of planets circling distant stars, and our ongoing struggle to find life on …

The Future Is Here: How 3D Printing Is Opening The Door To Space Colonization

*This blog cowritten with Mike Chen, Made in Space cofounder and chief strategy officer.<p><b>The Future Is Finally Here</b><p>Back before we had smartphones and internet apps, we had assumptions about what life would be like in the 21st century. We assumed flying cars. We assumed (thank you <i>Jetsons)</i> robo-maids. …

Knowledge for earnings’ sake

THERE are few policy questions to which improving the quality of education is not a reasonable answer. Yet assessing teachers is far from …

Education

NASA Will Face Solomon's Choice in 2014

Dennis Wingo: There is a story in the Old Testament that illustrates wisdom - the wisdom of King Solomon. Solomon was the king of Israel and had been …

Watch: Take a 70,000-Foot Ride in the Sky With Virgin Galactic Test Pilots

Author: Jason Paur. Jason Paur Autopia<p>Date of Publication: 09.06.13.<p>Time of Publication: 1:45 pm. 1:45 pm<p>We’re a sucker for anything that puts us in …

Space Station Science: Could Humanity Really Build 'Elysium'?

In the new movie "Elysium," Earth is beyond repair, and the rich and powerful have decided to leave it behind.<p>Instead of three to six highly trained …