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Cream of the Cool

Hard science-fiction is the branch of the sci-fi genre which concerns itself chiefly with strict scientific plausibility. This should not be mistaken for strict scientific realism, as even the hardest sci-fi will still include technology far outside the current grasp of human ingenuity. Rather, hard sci-fi offers up a set of technologies and then strives to demonstrate how and why those technologies would be achievable, given an hypothetical starting condition that enables…

On October 19, 2017, the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope observed what appeared to be a new asteroid. Researcher Rob Weryk submitted it to the Minor Planet Center, and it was given the provisional designation of A/2017 U1. Once it was determined to be sufficiently interesting, it was renamed ‘Oumuamua (pronounced "oh-MOO-uh MOO-uh).

Further observations determined that it was not in orbit around the sun, but a wanderer from interstellar space. This makes it…

Well, I did it. I joined the Iron Noder challenge for the first time ever, even though I was sure I'd never complete it. Before joining, I looked at my track history of noding and how long it normally took me to node this year, and I felt confident I could probably push myself to complete 5 nodes within a month, and if I was very lucky and worked extra hard, I could maybe pie-in-the-sky hope for 10 nodes. 10 nodes was my own personal iron challenge to…

Crash blossoms are news headlines whose ambiguous sentence structure gives them multiple interpretations. Headlines are written in a telegraphic style that omits copulae and articles, making it fertile for syntactic ambiguity; without these, it sometimes becomes possible to interpret a word like "bite" as a verb, even though the writer intended it as a noun, and vice versa. Such verb-noun misinterpretation is the source of ambiguity for many…