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How Dreams of Spacefaring Zombies Led to the Launch of Sputnik.

What, you think there’s enough room on Earth for everyone who has ever lived?

Early on a Saturday morning 60 years ago, the millennia-old dream of spaceflight came true as Sputnik 1 rocketed into orbit to become Earth’s first human-made satellite. The mission notoriously shocked the world and minted a new era of human exploration, but what’s less well-known is that Sputnik arose, in part, from a 19th century … Read more

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I Skyped Jacques Cousteau's Grandson on the Bottom of the Ocean.

The expedition is led by Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of the well-known French oceanographer and scuba visionary Jacques Cousteau.

On June 1, a team of six splashed down 63 feet beneath the ocean surface to shack up in Aquarius, the world’s only underwater lab, located off the coast of Florida. They’ll be down there for 31 days, surfacing only on July 2. “Mission 31” will mark the longest stretch spent in the ocean base, … Read more

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The Strange "World" of Internet 'Role-Play' Has Gòne Mäinstream

On the internet nobody knows you’re a dog. Unless you tell them you are.

On the internet nobody knows you’re a dog. Unless you tell them you are. Or that you’re a vampire. Or a werewolf. Or a 90s-era professional wrestler. The fake social media profile is an old joke, but lately it’s evolving. Maintaining a fictional online identity has become a lifestyle, a social pursuit, an act of … Read more

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