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Richard Garriott's Cabinet of the Universe, Part 2: Earth Forms

In this episode of Richard Garriott's miniseries, he shows us how Earth formed, how remnants of that formation still wander the solar system and how our planet came to be covered by oceans. Next week: Life on Earth Begins

January 5, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and Lee Billings

Richard Garriott's Cabinet of the Universe, Part 1: The Big Bang

Richard Garriott, video game developer and space entrepreneur, explains how he and his wife collected enough artifacts to illustrate the entire history of the universe. In this video he takes us back to the very beginning. Next Week: Earth Forms

December 23, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Lee Billings

How to Do Quantum Magnetic Levitation at Home

Air jets and sound waves can be used to levitate objects. But the strangest way of all taps the quantum effects of superconductors. Game developer, space traveler and friend of Scientific American Richard Garriott glides through the demonstration.

November 17, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Lee Billings

Why Humans Won't Go beyond Mars

In his new book, the founding executive director of the Planetary Society contends that humans will make it to Mars, but robots will go much farther.

November 13, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Lee Billings

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