Closer, Smaller, Earth-Like Planets

Twenty years of hunting exoplanets has given us nearly 2000 chunks of non-fusing rock and gas.  It’s also given us the statistics to show that the galaxy is likely to be filled to the brim with other worlds, giving incredible potential for finding other Earths and maybe even other life.  The latest discoveries involve the use of better technology, more intuitive methods, and more comprehensive searches.  This means that we aren’t just discovering planets that are further from Earth, we are finding the ones that are nearby, but small enough to have been hidden, until now. The red dwarf star...

Motivation Monday: The Dark Side of the Self

Pop Culture is saturated with the old story of a Hero’s journey.  The Hero is a great person, capable of so much good, but their strength also leaves them capable of great evil.  They undergo a journey of great struggle and are tested, seduced by the darkness, the easier path.  In the end they always come out on the side of good.  Star Wars was a perfect example of this, but you can find the same lines of thought in most heroic adventures. But our fascination with the light and dark sides of the self are because of our intimate...