The Challenge of the 21st Century – Reflections on 2,000 Postings to this Blog Site

March 28, 2017 – It has been seven years of writing, this journey of mine. Today marks the 2,000 entry to the site which I began back in October of 2009. I’ve enjoyed sharing ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Scalable Ion Engine That Could Transform Space Travel

March 26, 2017 – Accion Systems, a Boston, Massachusetts-based technology company, has developed a space propulsion system that uses electric fields and ions to move spacecraft. ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Applying Origami to Robotics Has Significant Advantages

March 25, 2017 – Transformers are toys that change from cars into bipedal machines. They make for great movies and toys. But there is another side to the idea behind them. What ... Continue Reading →

An Infrequent Space Phenomenon May be Indications of Alien Civilizations

March 10, 2017 – This week reports came out from radio astronomers who speculated that fast radio bursts (FRBs), only recently discovered, could be a power source used by alien ... Continue Reading →

Proposal to Deploy Magnetic Shield Around Mars to Restore Oceans and Atmosphere

March 7, 2017 – In science fiction writers can come up with planet-wide magnetic shields and Death Stars. But in reality? At the recent Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop, ... Continue Reading →

Jeff Bezos Wants to Use Amazon to Ship to the Moon

March 3, 2017 – In the battle of private space companies, the Moon has become the focal point. This time it isn’t Elon Musk, but Jeff Bezos, of Blue Origin, manning up with ... Continue Reading →

SpaceX Has the Moon as its Next Destination Before Mars

March 1, 2017 – Elon Musk enjoys giving NASA a kick every once in awhile. He’s managed to do it with the development of a reusable first stage for his Falcon 9 rockets. ... Continue Reading →

NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission Zeroes in on “Wet” Landing Sites

February 16, 2017 – The successor to NASA’s Curiosity rover is Mars 2020, a mission that seeks locations on the Red Planet where life may exist or did in the past. Using ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: On Mars What Will Substitute for Bees? – Possibly Sticky Drones

February 13, 2017 – Here on Earth we rely on pollinators to ensure that the vegetables, fruits and staple crops we plant reproduce. Among the most prolific pollinators are bees. ... Continue Reading →

We Are Growing Crops in Space But What About Animal Protein?

January 17, 2017 – NASA is experimenting with growing edible plants in space. The first vegetables have already been harvested from the Veggie Plant Growth System on the International ... Continue Reading →