Space Tourism — That Much Closer

Back in October, I wrote about space tourism. Recently, two companies have made steps to bring that dream a little closer. New Mexican Spaceport At a Sept. 27, 2004, press conference announcing the formation of Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin suite of companies including Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic, boldly […]

Happy Friday the 13th

Are you a friggatriskaidekaphobe (in other words, a person with an overwhelming fear of Friday the 13th)? Well, then, what’re you reading this for? Go back to bed! 🙂 For those of us who thinks it’s all in fun, here are some interesting facts: The word “friggatriskaidekaphobe” has its origins in Nordic mythology and ancient […]

Upcoming Events: January 2006

The following are some events that you might be interested in checking out if you’re in the area: Now Through March 6, 2006 Robots: The Interactive Exhibition Chicago Children’s Museum www.chichildrensmuseum.org/exhibit_special.cfm This educational and multimedia exhibit lets visitors interact with characters from the 20th Century Fox animated movie Robots, as well as learn more about […]

Support Your Local Museums

Last week, the results of the Heritage Health Index (HHI) were announced, and they weren’t pretty. As you read this, millions of artifacts stored in museums, libraries and other institutions across the United States are slowly disintegrating, due to improper storage. The HHI, the first comprehensive survey ever to assess the condition and preservation needs […]

Northern Lights Might Be Packing Their Bags

If you’ve always wanted to visit Alaska to see the aurora borealis, you’d better hurry. Scientists at the American Geophysical Union meeting last Thursday said that because the Earth’s magnetic pole is drifting away from North America toward Siberia, the Northern Lights might be leaving Alaska’s skies for a new home in Siberia. “This may […]

Nebula Award Weekend Honors Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison — a name that conjures a plethora of emotions from those who say his name. I can say this, because I was recently at a con where his name came up often and with much respect as well as rolling of eyes. Ellison has been called irascible, curmudgeonly and a great writer. Since […]

More Upcoming Events: December 2005

The following are some events that you might be interested in checking out if you’re in the area or putting in your tickler file for next year: December 1, 2005 The National Humanities Center Lecture Series “Historical Counterfactuals and Alternate History Novels” Catherine Gallagher from the University of California, Berkeley will discuss the alternate history […]

Learn How to Hunt for Asteroids

This Saturday, Nov. 19, Andrew Lowe will present a free web-based seminar titled “Using the Internet to discover Asteroids.” The seminar, which is a public service of RAS (Remote Astronomical Society) Observatory, will start at noon MST. To participate and learn more, you will need to join a Yahoo! group specifically setup for this meeting, […]

New Science Center Has Coolness Factor in Droves

Next Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, the Bishop Museum’s Science Adventure Center in Hawai’i will open its doors for the very first time. This 16,500 square-foot facility focuses on “the natural wonders of Hawai’i and the world through science exploration,” and it does this in a very immersive and interactive way. There’s an interactive volcanic vent, […]