Space Elevator. This painting by Alexei Sokolov is one of the earliest known images of a space elevator. It appears on page 25 in the book The Stars are Awaiting Us by Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov and Andrei Sokolov and was published (in Russian and English) in Moscow in 1967 by Mol. Gvardiia.

“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.”- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, оne of the fathers of rocketry and cosmonautics, along with Goddard and Oberth

From the Tower of Babel and Jacob’s ladder to the space race of the 20th century, we have strived to reach the heavens. Humanity has looked up at the stars and dreamt of conquering the cosmos. But it’s hard to get to space.

No matter how much we wish for it to be easy and cheap to float out and see our little blue marble in the vast darkness, right…

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Hundreds of millions of people across the globe will be at risk of losing their homes as whole cities sink under the rising sea levels over the next three decades, according to a Climate Central study published in the journal Nature Communications on October 29. Climate Central is a non-profit science and news organization providing information to help the public and policymakers make sound decisions about climate and energy.

The findings show that nearly three times as many people living in coastal areas are at risk from flooding than previously thought. Global sea levels are expected to rise between 0.6…

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A new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the impacts of climate change are increasing and inevitable. More than 100 scientists from around the world put together the findings, which is the most extensive look to date of the effects of climate change on the environment.

The report outlines the damage that climate change has already done to our planet’s oceans and ice sheets and forecasts the future of these crucial parts of our climate system. …

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When you open your newspaper or your newsfeed on your phone, what do you see? Take a second before you continue reading this to examine the type of news that cover the pages. Scroll down and read the titles. I’ll wait.

Every day we are bombarded by stories about war, terrorism, crime, pollution, inequality, drug abuse, oppression and more. It’s not just the headlines. It’s the op-eds and long form stories, the comedy news shows like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and your local news station. …

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The 2019 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded at the 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, on Sept 12, 2019, at the Harvard Sanders Theatre, which fits 1,110 people. These awards “honor achievements that make people laugh, and then think,” and that is the only criteria for winning. They are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative and stimulate people’s interest in science, medicine and technology.

The satirical prize has been awarded annually since 1991 to celebrate 10 unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. …

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A handful of transnational corporations have become a major force shaping the global intertwined system of people and planet, scientists say in a new report published on Sept. 16 in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

In this new study, an international team of researchers suggests that an elite team of dominant transnational corporations (TNCs) may have an exceptionally large influence over our planet and its inhabitants. TNCs are huge companies that do business in multiple countries such as Nestlé and many are richer than entire countries in the less developed world.

“The scale at which TNCs operate, and the speed and…

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Even while I sit here and write these words, I feel a procrastination monster in the back of my mind trying to jump out and take me away from this. It wants to go on an adventure to the infinite distraction possibilities on the internet, or the wondrous world of a good book or simply outside for a drink with my friends. This monster simply wants me to be doing anything but actually work, because it seeks instant gratification.

I’m sure that everyone has experienced this at some point or another, but as a professional procrastinator I struggle with this…

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In 1980 the US economy went into a recession. But that recession actually could have been predicted, if a very specific little line was taken into consideration.

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An international team of researchers led by the University of Tokyo has discovered a new material which, when rolled into a nanotube, generates an electric current if exposed to light. If magnified and scaled up, say the scientists, the technology could be used in future high-efficiency solar devices.

University of Tokyo Professor Yoshihiro Iwasa was exploring possible functions of a special semiconductor nanotube together with an international team of physicists, when he had a lightbulb moment. He shone the light (a laser) on the nanotube and discovered something enlightening — certain wavelengths and intensities of light induced a current in…

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Scientists have made a major breakthrough in quantum teleportation by successfully transferring the most complex data set yet. The high-dimensional teleportation that was achieved by Austrian and Chinese scientists could play a very important role in the future of quantum computers. The research teams report this international first in the journal Physical Review Letters.

Quantum teleportation is a strange and mysterious phenomenon that has information flung across space. It is very different from the teleportation that we see in science fiction, like Star Trek, where matter is moved through space. Instead the transfer is that of information about the quantum…

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