Science and Technology Archive
Sciency Words: Belts and Zones
If you’ve ever looked at Jupiter, you’ve noticed that it has stripes. The stripes are so
Sciency Words: Orbital Resonance
Three of Jupiter’s moons, Io, Europa, and Ganymede, have a special relationship with each other. For
Sciency Words: Rubble Pile
“Rubble pile” is not a formal part of any asteroid classification system, but it appears so
Sciency Words: M-TYPE ASTEROIDS
A typical M-type asteroid could be worth billions upon billions of dollars.
Sciency Words: Siliceous Asteroids
It’s a tale of two asteroids, one in the inner asteroid belt, the other in the
Sciency Words: Carbonaceous Asteroids
As the name implies, carbonaceous asteroids have lots of carbon and carbon-containing compounds.
Sciency Words: Panspermia
According to panspermia, life - in the form of bacterial spores, tardigrades, or whatever - spreads
Sciency Words: Extremophiles
In the mid-1960’s, a field biologist by the name of Thomas Brock was conducting research in
Sciency Words: Biopoiesis
To rephrase a line from The Wrath of Khan: put simply, biopoiesis is life from lifelessness.
Sciency Words: Astrobiology
It’s not science fiction. It’s a young but important branch of science focused on the study
Sciency Words: Entomophagy
Yes, my friends, we’re talking about eating bugs.
The term yestersol was apparently coined during NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity rover missions. Scientists and engineers
Sciency Words: Opposition and Conjunction
Mars, like pretty much everything in space, is a moving target. Sometimes, it’s fairly close to
Sciency Words: The Gaia Principle
A strict interpretation of the Gaia principle would tell us that if life fails to alter
On Earth, the inhalation of silica dust can cause a respiratory disease called silicosis. Symptoms include
Gilbert Newton Lewis proposed jiffy as a unit of time defined as the amount of time
The only way the Moon can hold on to its water is to keep it well
Sciency Words: Thalassocracy
Future space-faring societies might end up behaving more like ancient thalassocracies than modern nation-states.
Sciency Words: Ideal Rocket Equation
Escaping Earth’s gravity is far easier said than done. The high, high cost of getting to
Sciency Words: Oxygen Catastrophe
In the beginning, Earth had an atmosphere composed mainly of carbon dioxide. Life thrived in this