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International Space Apps Challenge – After Action Report!

This past weekend, StartupBus joined over 100 other government agencies and organizations all over the world by participating in the first ever International Space Apps Challenge hackathon. http://spaceappschallenge.org/blog/2012/04/23/results-international-space-apps-challenge/ The numbers really speak for themselves:  8 government agencies and 103 organizations, … Continue reading

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The Drake Equation and Extraterrestrial Life

The Drake Equation is a thought experiment meant to provoke thoughtful consideration about extraterrestrial life. It’s an equation of factors that you multiply together to produce the “number of civilizations” in the galaxy we could communicate with.

When you make astronomical or universal calculations, you really have to think in orders of magnitude, or “powers of ten”. You may recall that short film of the same name that goes up and down in scale multiplying by 10 or -10, and seeing how quickly things jump when you keep adding zeroes to the beginning or end of a number. Interestingly, this is also very true of the Drake Equation, and really gets one thinking about the scale of things above and beyond our single, lonely planet. The factors that make the biggest impact on the equation are the number or stars, and the fraction of stars with planets around them.

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Safe From A Supernova?

Currently wondering: if humanity starts colonizing space now, will there still be enough time for members of the species to get outside the radius of a theoretical supernova of our sun?

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