Tom Cheredar

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Meet the heroes keeping us safe from space junk

The film <i>Gravity</i> starts with a bang: A satellite explodes, sending a deadly wave of debris hurtling toward two astronauts repairing the Hubble Space …

The problems with talking to aliens

In the constellation Boötes, a star a bit smaller than our sun flares sporadically, dimming and brightening, but still too faint to be seen with the …

How we learned to love anthropomorphic space probes

Asked to name a famous astronaut, you’ll probably look back to the heyday of the space race: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Yuri Gagarin, Sally Ride. …

Behind the indie video game sensation that caught NASA’s attention

“Here let’s zoom in so you can see your Kerbal floating above Kerbin,” my boyfriend suggests before hitting the “M” key on his keyboard.<p>He’s helping …

A brief history of DIY spaceflight

Spaceflight is not usually considered to be a DIY pursuit. It costs approximately $10,000 to send a single pound of payload to orbit, and the whole …

25 iconic images from the Hubble Space Telescope

A quarter of a century ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into Earth’s orbit, giving us a revolutionary view of our universe. The joint …

How astronauts turn their pee into coffee

If you woke up on planet Earth this morning, there’s a good chance you took your daily cup of coffee for granted. But when you live on the …

This visual map shows every manned spacecraft drawn to scale

While we love comparison charts mapping fictional spaceships, this one is arguably much cooler. That’s because all of these ships actually …

How trolls chip away at women

I long suspected that I hadn’t yet earned my feminist writer credentials when I would hear about the relentless onslaught of online harassers who …

How Le Reddit Armie conquered YouTube

YouTube comments ain’t what they used to be—and that’s no accident.<p>Let your eyes wander below a popular video, and you’ll see her: Berta Lovejoy, …

LinkedIn is for being a professional troll

If LinkedIn were a classmate, it’d be the one who always sat in the front row and took copious notes but still managed to do not so great on the …

Why Christopher ‘moot’ Poole is leaving 4chan

As any father can tell you, the hardest part of raising children is watching them grow up and away from you.<p>Christopher “moot” Poole, then a teenager …

Here’s what happens when you mislabel people’s politics

It started out as a prank—and maybe that’s all it ever was.<p>Comedy writer Zach Heltzel, a friend of mine, told me about a new feature he discovered on …

How to win friends and infuriate people

If we’re going to talk about Ed Zitron, we have to talk about updog.<p>(What is updog? Nothing much. What’s up with you?)<p>Zitron works in public …

Let’s call ‘trolling’ what it really is

I started studying trolls in the summer of 2008, just before I began my Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon. I was primarily focused on trolls …

Why it’s time for the FBI to get involved in Gamergate

I need to tell you something terrifying. If someone threatens to murder you on the Internet, the odds are all but certain that law enforcement will …

How Facebook is changing the way we think and feel

In 1996, a group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University began a study of the effects Internet usage on psychological well-being and social …

Why Facebook’s Internet.org faces backlash in India

When the Facebook-backed Internet.org launched in Indonesia on April 20, it partnered with the country’s major telecom providers to provide a basic …

Facebook’s long and winding road into China

Mark Zuckerberg has made no secret of his keen interest in China, and in recent months he’s subtly signalled his desire to overcome the ban placed on …

Why Facebook still has a problem with breasts

Take a close look at the following illustration. Do you find it offensive or generally not safe for work?<p>It’s part of ThirdLove’s Breast Shape …

Facebook knows even more about you than you realize

I’ve been on Facebook since 2007, which means I’ve been giving the social network bits and pieces of myself for three quarters of a decade already. …

How to turn off everything you hate about Facebook

Facebook sucks. It lets your friends spam you with annoying app invites, tells all your contacts when you’re online so they can harrass you, and bugs …

How Facebook is like 1990s-era AOL

There was a long span of time during which the tech world assumed Facebook would be just another Myspace. That’s because nearly every social network …

What it’s like to have a father who’s Facebook famous

When you have a parent with a terminal illness, who is in and out of the hospital and may only have days or weeks left, it is a heart-wrenching and …

Why do we hate cosmetic surgery?

Some people get hand lifts to improve how their hands look in ring selfies. Some people get plastic surgery to look like their favorite pop singers …

In defense of WebMD

Picking up diseases was my mother’s favorite pastime. Some parents joined the PTA, formed book clubs, or became dedicated groupies for whatever sport …

Meet the YouTube star behind the Booty Revolution

This past May, singer-songwriter Meghan Tonjes took the booty selfie heard round the world.<p>For Tonjes, this act wasn’t any different than the …

How brain-altering devices went mainstream

It feels like a long time since the quantified self movement caught us in its clutches. The first fitness bands and their corresponding apps sucked …

The augmented, customizable human body

“Fleshy machine.” That’s how Descartes once described the human body. Today’s biohackers and transhumanists would likely agree. For them the body is …

What my friend Aaron Winborn taught me about living and dying

I met Aaron Winborn on a sunny summer day in 2013, at his ranch-style home in a grassy, tree-lined neighborhood in Harrisburg, Penn. It was early …