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M. Kornmesser/Eso

Earth-Like Planet May Exist

European astronomers said Monday that they may have found a celestial body with the right characteristics to host life: a “Goldilocks” planet circling a star at a distance that is not too hot, not too cold, but just right for liquid water to exist.

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The Labyrinth of Life

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Journal of Cosmology

Evidence of Life on a Meteorite?

A NASA scientist claims to have found tiny alien fossils encased in meteorites that landed in Spain, sparking new interest in the possibility of life outside our planet.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / NASA

A New Twist in the Quest for Extraterrestrials

A young biochemist has caused a ruckus in the scientific community with her claim that one of the basic elements in the formula that has long been considered to define the building blocks of life may be swapped out—and for arsenic, no less.

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NASA

Still Searching for Water on the Backup Planet

Our ability to evacuate to Mars once we’re done wrecking the Earth depends on a lot, but the whole idea is a nonstarter if the fourth rock from the sun is dry. Ten years ago scientists discovered evidence of flowing water on Mars and we have reason to believe there’s plenty of the frozen variety, but we still haven’t caught Mars with its gullies wet.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Dodo-Bird (CC-BY)

Forget Polar Bears, We’re Killing Our Food

Scientists once thought all that carbon dioxide that humans have been pumping into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution kicked off might be good for plants (even if it hotboxes the planet in the process), but recent studies show we have a lot to worry about. (continued)

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE


When the Tough Should Get Going

The former Marine officer Matthew Hoh, who resigned his Foreign Service post in Afghanistan because he feels the war is pointless and not worth dying for, deserves all the attention he’s gotten and more.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


outer space
Wikimedia Commons/NASA/JPL-Caltech

What’s the Equation for Life?

Seeing as we’re not doing so well with our planetary preservation program here on Earth, it might be prudent to consider the possibility of shopping around the universe for a new home at some point in the not-too-distant future. But how do we know which heavenly bodies are ripe for the human ruination treatment?

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE



NASA

Methane Hints at Life on Mars

NASA scientists have discovered regularly replenished supplies of methane gas on the Red Planet. That raises two possibilities: The gas could be formed by geologic activity or, as anyone who has spent time around cows can tell you, it could be a sign of life.

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Reuters in 'Second Life'
From Reuters

Reuters Opening ‘Second Life’ Virtual Bureau

The news agency becomes the latest corporate brand to set up shop in the virtual online world. It will put out stories about this rapidly growing parallel universe. Amazing stuff.

  • Earlier: a big magazine piece on Second Life
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    Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Second Life graphic
    From Second Life (via Popular Science)

    It’s a Wonderful Second Life

    Check out this mind-blowing story on Second Life, the simulated online world where people socialize, shop for actual products, attend legitimate university classes, even buy virtual real estate—using real-world money.
    This head-spinning enmeshing of online/off-line interaction represents a new model for our Internet-addled society. It’s like “The Matrix” (Version 0.1).

     

    Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: Black American Males, or Short-Timers

    What does it say about our culture that African-American men living in the nation’s inner cities have a life expectancy roughly equal to that of people of similar age living in West Africa?

    Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Suzanne Vega's avatar
    From Wired News

    Live Musical Acts, Coming to a Sim Near You

    Now this is a cool sign of the times: Musicians are playing “live” concerts streamed through virtual reality environments like “Second Life.” Above, the avatar of Suzanne Vega plays in what was billed as “the first time a major recording artist performed live in avatar form.”

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Culture of Hypocrisy

    “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart seized upon Bush’s stem cell veto to explore the president’s “culture of life” inconsistencies.

    Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Andy Borowitz: Man in Coma for 19 Years Asks to Go Back to Sleep

    The political satirist reports that the patient asked to be made unconscious again after realizing that the person he was seeing on TV was the real president of the United States, not a “Saturday Night Live” impersonator.

    Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Birth Control Pill
    via Feministing

    ‘The Pill’ Turns 46 Years Old

    On May 9, 1960, the FDA approved Enovid, the first birth control pill, for clinical use. Many court cases, a sexual revolution and a fundamentalist backlash later, use of and access to contraceptives is still very much a hot-button issue in the U.S. Read a roundup of information and opinion relating to the release of an explosive report last week connecting a spike in unwanted pregnancies among the poor to decreased contraceptive use. (h/t: Feministing)

  • REPORT: A Tale of Two Americas for Women: The Contraception-Abortion Connection press release | PDF (Guttmacher Institute)
  • Timeline: The Pill (PBS)

  • Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


    A Writer’s Life

    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Zacarias Moussaoui
    From terrorismcentral.com

    Moussaoui Gets Life for 9/11 Role

    The so-called 12th hijacker escaped the death penalty and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Gay Talese
    Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

    Gay Talese: The Truthdig Interview

    The legendary father of New Journalism discusses his first new book in 14 years; the fallout of his wife’s publication of James Frey’s fabricated memoir; and how he may have spawned the “The Sopranos.”

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Male-Female Equality Boosts Sex Life

    University of Chicago researchers discover that in countries where men have a dominant status over women, people report lower satisfaction with their sex lives.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


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