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9 Nonfiction Books About Space Travel

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9 Nonfiction Books About Space Travel

From the historic beginnings of NASA to colonizing Mars, there's always more to discover in space.

by Sarah Mangiola

5 Otherworldly Deep Sea Creatures of the Mariana Trench

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5 Otherworldly Deep Sea Creatures of the Mariana Trench

As extreme as deep-sea habitats may sound, the more researchers look, the more unbelievable species they discover.

by Jen Huizen

5 Facts About Katherine Johnson, the Groundbreaking 'Human Computer'

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5 Facts About Katherine Johnson, the Groundbreaking 'Human Computer'

In honor of Johnson's 100th birthday, let's celebrate the achievements of one of NASA's most extraordinary pioneers. 

by Swapna Krishna

The 5 Coolest Technologies from Hard Science Fiction

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The 5 Coolest Technologies from Hard Science Fiction

These are some of the most fascinating pieces of tech ever envisioned in hard science fiction — and they might become reality sooner than you'd think. 

by Chris Mahon

8 Times<em> Star Trek</em> Accurately Predicted Future Technology

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How Isaac Asimov's <em>I, Robot</em> Prepares Us for a Future Controlled By AI

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How Isaac Asimov's I, Robot Prepares Us for a Future Controlled By AI

The short stories in Isaac Asimov's I, Robot may prove useful when it comes time to welcome our robot overlords. 

by Chris Mahon

<em>Strange Angel</em> Explores the Wild Life of Scientist-Magician Jack Parsons

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Strange Angel Explores the Wild Life of Scientist-Magician Jack Parsons

A new show reveals the unbelievable true story of Jack Parsons, sex magician and pioneering rocket scientist. 

by Carolyn Cox

Get Science and Space Reads at a Huge Discount with Humble Bundle

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Get Science and Space Reads at a Huge Discount with Humble Bundle

For a limited time, enjoy extraordinary savings on great titles — all while supporting a worthy cause! 

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5 Disaster Movies Seen Through a Scientific Lens

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5 Disaster Movies Seen Through a Scientific Lens

These blockbuster disaster movies should be taken with grain of salt the size of The Rock. 

by J.C. Breen

Have an Out-of-This-World Weekend at Escape Velocity 2018

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Have an Out-of-This-World Weekend at Escape Velocity 2018

The Maryland convention celebrates the best in science and sci-fi—and right now they're offering a 20% discount to Portalist readers! 

by The Portalist Staff

15 of the Weirdest Things People Have Left on the Moon

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15 of the Weirdest Things People Have Left on the Moon

Golf balls, an original Warhol, and bags of poop — humans have left a lot of strange things on the lunar surface. 

by The Portalist Staff

8 Physics and Math Books to Read for Pi Day

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8 Physics and Math Books to Read for Pi Day

Cut yourself a piece of pie and cozy up with one of these engrossing reads. 

by Carolyn Cox

5 Technologies from <em>Neuromancer</em> That Are Almost Here

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5 Technologies from Neuromancer That Are Almost Here

The tech that William Gibson predicted 30+ years ago in "Neuromancer" feels closer to reality than fiction in 2018.

by Chris Mahon

How the Internet Amplifies Cognitive Errors

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How the Internet Amplifies Cognitive Errors

The Internet has brought us many great things. But as author Sarah Tarkoff reveals, it also magnifies some common cognitive errors that are all too human.

by Sarah Tarkoff

Immortality Has a Steep Price in Joe Haldeman's <em>Buying Time</em>

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Immortality Has a Steep Price in Joe Haldeman's Buying Time

From the award-winning author of "The Forever War" comes a sci-fi mystery set in a world where death is optional—as long as you can pay.

by Carolyn Cox

Colonizing Mars: Comparing the Facts and the Fiction

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Colonizing Mars: Comparing the Facts and the Fiction

Here’s how the most popular of today’s Mars-set science fiction stories line up with today’s science.

by Mika McKinnon

Modern Cyborgs Aren't Waiting Around for Evolution

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Modern Cyborgs Aren't Waiting Around for Evolution

"We realize that we have to be willing to build the future ourselves."

by Maggie Grimason

Day 12: Science &amp; Space Books

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Day 12: Science & Space Books

Explore the mysteries of the natural world with these out-of-this-world nonfiction science books.

by The Portalist Staff

Out-of-This-World Space Gifts

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Rachel Ignotofsky on Celebrating Overlooked Women in Science

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Rachel Ignotofsky on Celebrating Overlooked Women in Science

The author of "Women in Science" and "Women in Sports" explains why she's driven to make the untold stories of incredible women more accessible.

by Carolyn Cox

It's Only a Matter of Time: Time Travel in Fiction and Real Life

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It's Only a Matter of Time: Time Travel in Fiction and Real Life

Time travel is more than just a far-fetched possibility—it's already a reality, in real life and in fiction.

by David Bernstein

The Voyager Golden Record: Humanity's Message to the Stars

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The Voyager Golden Record: Humanity's Message to the Stars

In 1976, NASA and a crack team led by Carl Sagan had a message for aliens — and the people of Earth.

by Mika McKinnon

The Science of Sci-Fi: How Fiction Predicted the Future of Genetics

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Elon Musk: &quot;Until People See Robots Going Down the Street Killing People, They Don't Know How to React&quot;

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Elon Musk: "Until People See Robots Going Down the Street Killing People, They Don't Know How to React"

The SpaceX founder says the need to regulate artificial intelligence is now more urgent than ever.

by Chelsea Gohd

Watch the Top Indie Sci-Fi Films From the 2017 Philip K. Dick Film Festival

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Watch the Top Indie Sci-Fi Films From the 2017 Philip K. Dick Film Festival

The spirit of Philip K. Dick is alive and well in these new films.

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Virgin Galactic Describes What a Private Spaceflight Will Look Like

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Virgin Galactic Describes What a Private Spaceflight Will Look Like

Looking to the future at Silicon Valley Comic Con.

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Universal Language: The Science Behind 'Arrival'

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Universal Language: The Science Behind 'Arrival'

Unpacking the science behind the sci-fi at Silicon Valley Comic-Con.

by Chris Mahon

Wanted: One Paleontologist, Willing to Travel Through Time

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Wanted: One Paleontologist, Willing to Travel Through Time

Serious possibility of violent death. Must be willing to relocate to the Mesozoic.

by Carolyn Cox

Japan's Autonomous Robot Fighting League Is Cute and Terrifying

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We Finally Know More About the NASA Mars Mission

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We Finally Know More About the NASA Mars Mission

After years of waiting, the agency has shared concrete details about how they plan to put humans on the red planet.

by Swapna Krishna

NASA Launched a Massive Search Engine Full of Space Photos

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NASA Launched a Massive Search Engine Full of Space Photos

In the middle of tremulous times here on planet Earth, NASA has offered us a way out. Well, at least a look out.

by Kat Stubing

Chris Hadfield Is Proof of the Power of Sci-Fi

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Chris Hadfield Is Proof of the Power of Sci-Fi

The astronaut says his career is evidence of science fiction's influence on real-life space travel.

by Carolyn Cox

Footage From These Atomic Blasts Was Almost Lost Forever

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Footage From These Atomic Blasts Was Almost Lost Forever

"I think that if we capture the history of this and show what the force of these weapons are ... then maybe people will be reluctant to use them."

by Chris Mahon

9 Weird International Space Station Facts

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9 Weird International Space Station Facts

Learn the strange secrets of the ISS—a symbol of global unity and the power of science.

by Carolyn Cox

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