I'm excited that The Martian did a pretty great job of representing science and engineering accurately and trusting the audience to be smart enough to enjoy that. Despite a few minor technical arguments, I give The Martian an "A" in engineering, but a big fat "F" in econ.
America is between mythologies. Gone are the days of a Superpower High Noon. Gone are the days when the biggest is equated with the best. Until recently, part of the glory of America was that it didn't need to know who it was.
"Mars Show Signs of Having Flowing Water, Possible Niches for Life, NASA, Says" was the headline (NYT, 9/29/15) On October 30, l938, Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air presented an adaptation of H.G. Welles' The War of the Worlds.
Now is the time to elevate engineering as key to innovation. While we can't all be Sally Ride or John Glenn, we can learn enough about engineering to thrive in our complex technological world. Let's make the Orion spacecraft, designed to take humans into deep space, a real first step toward Mars.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Peruvian Amazon forests disappear, so does this insect, and webs of amazing be...
There are many challenges and many benefits of growing food on Mars. For a long-term mission, it isn't cost effective to haul food to Mars if we can grow it there. And with the reports of Martian salt water this week, we can start a biological life support system by filtering the salt out of the water that is already there.
Both actors can handle comedy and drama, have been in a nice mix of Oscar contenders and crowd pleasers, do funny stuff on late night shows, and both display an effortless, non-threatening, regular-guy appeal that makes them easy to relate to and root for.
"There is no doubt that those Martians perished while waiting to get on the ride," says professor Irwin Lafferdean of the Institute of Interplanetary Amusement. "Can even advanced species survive the quest for reasonably-priced fun for all ages? I don't know. Damn it, I just don't know."
About a month ago, there were two things that I considered to be steadfastly and unavoidably true. The first was that I loved Matt Damon. The second was that I had a feeling significantly less than love for science fiction.
No organization is better at taking advantage of positive press. They are able to leverage their product in a way that would make any Fortune 500 CEO blush. Here are three-and-a-half ways your company can harness the NASA magic.
Water on Mars! Highballs in time for the Holidays?
Truth be told, while much of what my fellow botanists and I do is pretty cool (and often challenging), there isn't much that would find its way into a blockbuster hero film. That is, until now.
Italy is a country of contradictions. But then, everything and everyone who is even remotely interesting to me is a mix of old and new, good and bad, mild and passionate -- with every nuance of feelings and experiences in between.
As a nation we sometimes have to take on very high-risk-ventures whose risk-returns are not acceptable to the private sector. NASA's Apollo program is a very good example.
Ultimately, the Republican Party is unlikely to win the White House if front runners continue to deny climate change. A poll released this year revealed that 77 percent of Americans, including 48 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of independents believe Congress needs to take bold action.
Let's get this over with once and for all: We are going to Mars. The only questions are: When? Who? How? Which way? And, of course, why?