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Links tagged with “space”

  1. The Fermi Paradox - Wait But Why

    Really good stuff explaining the many possible theories for why we haven’t heard from any alien races given the (potentially) very large number of intelligent civilisations in the galaxy. (via Kottke)

  2. “Peter Thiel pulled an iPhone out of his jeans pocket and held it up. “I don’t consider this to be a…”

    For the thought exercise of comparing the “breakthroughness” and impact of the Apollo programme and the iPhone, and Paul’s (for him) almost contrary (but not wrong) position.

  3. The Online Photographer: (OT) How Do You Build A Starship-Building Organization?

    About last September’s first conference by the 100 Year Starship foundation, starting to work out what kind of organisation would be required to launch a starship 100 years from now.

  4. Charlie’s Diary: The High Frontier, Redux

    Charles Stross on why space colonisation is a ridiculous idea. Colonising our own deserts and oceans is much, much easier but we’re in no rush to do that. (via Tom Taylor)

  5. Space Cadets - Charlie’s Diary

    Space colonisation would require a huge organised effort in an uninhabitable environment and so is “incompatible with both libertarian ideology and the myth of the American frontier.” (via Warren Ellis)

  6. Engage the x drive: Ten ways to traverse deep space - space - 21 December 2009 - New Scientist

    Different ways of powering travel to deep space, and how plausible they are. (via The Speculist)

  7. Quantum Rocketry » Blog Archive » thoughts on space battles

    “A Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering” on how spacecraft and space weapons could work in reality. Occasionally like in the movies, often different. (via John August)

  8. The Space Elevator Games

    $4,000,000(?) up for grabs at the current games. The beginnings of a possible bit of future right here.

  9. Systemic - Too cheap to meter

    Trying to calculate the monetary value of distant planets. I’d like to see calculations with a different example at the start, and different measures of inflation.

  10. Classic-Space LEGO: content / greebling: a closer look

    “Greebling” is my new favourite word. (via Infovore)

  11. Stone Cold Pimpin’: NASA’s Forgotten Ambient Albums

    “Space music” from 1992: “raw, uncatalogued space sounds data … we selected random information from the raw data and processed it to produce ‘Symphonies of the Planets’”. Ambient “music”.

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