An interview with biologist Alex Rogers on ocean exploration and the future quest for knowledge with the biggest research superyacht in the world.

Behold REV Ocean — the world’s largest superyacht, but one dedicated to science.

An awesome ship, in any terms. At 183 meters, it’s the world’s largest ‘yacht’ — but even more impressive will be its technological and scientific abilities. REV Ocean is actually a state-of-the-art research laboratory, capable of hosting up to 55 scientists, along with a 35 men crew, and a lot of modern science equipment.

Named, for now, from the initials of Research Expedition Vessel


A conversation with Dutch astronaut André Kuipers, on the thrill of space flight, the future of exploration, and the fragility of “Spaceship Earth”.

“The view is absolutely superb, but it also scares you, because the planet seems so small…”

Born in 1958, André Kuipers is a Dutch physician and former ESA astronaut, with two space travels to the International Space Station (ISS). In April 2004, he flew as a member of DELTA mission, spending 11 days in space (9 on the ISS) working on various scientific experiments onboard the station.

In December 2011, he returned in a second mission, this time for 6 months, working in over 50 experiments in orbit around the planet. He was…


A conversation with former American astronaut Richard N. Richards, on space exploration, the awe of space flight, and risk management.

Richard Richards was the commander of the STS-64 mission, in 1994.

Born in 1946, Richard N. Richards was a highly experienced test pilot, logging over 5,300 hours of flight, on 16 different types of aircraft, especially on carriers, and a NASA astronaut, with four space flights in the ’80s and ’90s, for a total of 33 days, 21 hours and 32 minutes ‘off world’.

In his first mission, back in August 1989, he was the pilot of Columbia Shuttle, then a commander for three other missions, in 1990, 1992, and 1994…


A short Q&A with the famous author of maybe the greatest ‘life management’ book ever published, on exploration, fear, and dreams.

Chris Hadfield, singing David Bowie’s Space Oddity onboard the ISS.

We got to talk to famous space explorer (and social media star & guitar player) Chris Hadfield, about his adventures on the ISS and also about his great book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, which is basically one of the greatest ‘life management’ books of all time.

Here are four bits of wisdom from one of the most accomplished space explorers of our time:

“It’s in our nature to explore.

It comes from basic curiosity, which then turns into scientific curiosity. We won’t stop at Low Earth Orbit, with the ISS, but we’ll go to the Moon, then…


A conversation with physicist Lawrence Kidder, senior research associate at Cornell University and co-leader of the Cornell-founded Simulation of eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaboration group.

On October 3rd, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 to physicists Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne, for “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.”

The announcement was celebrated, even if it was predictable, because astronomers are super-excited about this new type of telescope, “a new window in astronomy”, that guarantees scientific surprises. …


A conversation with astronomer Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Principal Investigator.

Forget about science fiction!* There’s a new mission that’s going to a truly alien place, a world made of metal, possibly the inner core of a planet — a true journey of “genuine exploration and discovery”, according to Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Principal Investigator of Psyche Mission.

The target is asteroid 16 Psyche. Orbiting in the outer region of the Main Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, 16 Psyche was, as its name indicates, the 16th asteroid ever discovered and one of the biggest, with a diameter of 200 km and a very…

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