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  • Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight

    A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester “solar sail.” It’s been the stuff of scientists’ dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality. The idea [

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  • The Handmaid’s Tale revisits old territory in good ways and bad

    Janine, a woman driven to a place of sweetness and singular focus by extreme hardship and physical and psychological abuse, seems to vibrate in place. She’s guileless, all raw emotion and pure need, with so much love pouring forth that to look at her can be difficult. This is not a world built for such a person, even though it made her this way; she acts on pure, sweet impulse, and the world reacts with violent force. Again. So June steps up. Again. And Aunt Lydia seems totally flummoxed by the...

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  • NASA’s first SpaceX astronauts ready for ‘messy camping trip’ to space

    HOUSTON – The first U.S. astronauts chosen to fly aboard a SpaceX capsule built for NASA shrugged off a spate of design and test mishaps, saying such setbacks were “part of the process” and the new technology was far more advanced than the space shuttle program that ended eight years ago. Space shuttle veterans Bob

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