Life Is Short

They say life is short. They don’t mean to be depressing when they say it. On the contrary, they intend to encourage appreciation for the fullness of the moment. The exquisite preciousness of it all. But what if “life is short” is not an abstracted universal truth? What if your doctor essentially tells you, that…

Speaking of Mars. . .

We have so many operations there right now Phoenix, Spirit, Opportunity, Odyssey — can you believe it? The bodies of old missions like Pathfinder all the way back to the Viking missions that got my imagination all fired up as a kid… Mars is littered with Earth technology. If there is water on Mars, perhaps…

the long habit of invention

After initially stumbling on clumpier-than-expected Martian soil, the Phoenix lander has successfully revised its soil-delivery methods to fit the conditions on the ground, so its research can continue. What’s awe-inspiring about that (aside from the fact that we have robots smart enough to fly to Mars, navigate the atmosphere to land properly, explore the surface,…