When our cherished ideas are contradicted by the facts, we must avoid the human tendency to double down on those ideas
The federal government must step up funding of science and technology R&D
Identifying an interstellar meteorite— ‘Oumuamua’s cousin — required a national-security waiver...
A new idea in the quest to find life beyond Earth
No—the give-and-take that happens behind the scenes is an essential part of the scientific process
A search of a meteor-detection archive reveals a possible second interstellar visitor
Efforts to create new life-forms—and new universes—will raise profound questions
Thinking outside the box is as important for science as it is for a business start-up
Our descendants’ lives will be intertwined with advanced technologies—and that will revitalize non-technological disciplines such as philosophy
It would pose some dangers, of course—but it could also be fun!
It’s unlikely, and if we keep thinking otherwise, we might be missing some important clues about the existence of extraterrestrial life
We need to tread lightly if we encounter alien ecosystems
Our first encounter with E.T. technology could be as baffling to us as a smartphone would have been to a Neandertal
A spacefaring civilization can be expected to transform its home planet
The first interstellar object ever found provides an excellent test of the scientific process
On October 19, 2017, the first interstellar object, ‘Oumuamua, was discovered by the Pan-STARRS survey. The experience was similar to having a surprise guest for dinner show up from another country...
You should always listen to the experts—except when you shouldn’t
We should not accept our notions of reality as given, but always make them better
If they’re short-lived, we might be able to detect the relics and artifacts they left behind...
In some domains the two knowledge systems are complementary, but in others they might be headed for conflict...