The impact of space agriculture on terrestrial farming applications.

By Davi Souza As the worldwide human population continues to increase, the concern to meet global nutritional demands is growing as well. A study in 2013 showed that current trends in yield improvement alone will not be sufficient to meet expected global food demand, and suggest that a further expansion of agricultural area may be required. Meanwhile, agriculture is the main driver of loss in biodiversity and a major contributor to climate change and pollution, and so further expansion may […]

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The limits of human exploration: Problems and solutions to cosmic space travel

by Oliver Kimmance Introduction The concept of traveling between stars throughout the universe has been envisioned by humanity for thousands of years. Until recently, this has purely been through our imagination, but with recent leaps in technological development in the last 50 years, this notion has turned from fiction into a real and exciting possibility. Not only this, interstellar space travel is becoming increasingly necessary as our pursuit to find and understand extraterrestrial life grows exponentially, and as we uncover […]

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Caves and Culture: El Malpais National Monument

by Daniel Runyan In the 1500s, Spanish explorers traveled across New Mexico searching for fabled cities of gold. They never did discover a city of gold, but one thing they did find was a treacherous, sprawling,  ancient volcanic landscape. They marveled at the land laid before them, and the sheer variety of basaltic formations and remnants of past lava flows made the place an absolute pain to navigate. Such a pain in fact that Spanish mapmakers named the barren volcanic […]

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Voyager 1: Humankind’s Creation in Deep Space

By Arpita Saha “The Earth is the cradle of Humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” Konstantin Tsiolkovsky What comes to your mind first when you hear the name of Voyager 1? Perhaps you’re aware that it’s the name of a spacecraft that has been traveling through space for a very long time. Perhaps you know of it due to the famous Pale Blue Dot image or because of it being the first thing created by humanity to […]

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Caves, Creatures, & the Cosmos

By: Reilly Sleater A cave is comparable to the oh-so-dreaded cavity your dentist may or may not find upon your next check-up. However, unlike a sugar-induced cavity, most caves were formed many thousands of years ago by Mother Nature! Caves can often be defined as natural openings or chambers in the Earth (sometimes also referred to as caverns when there is more than one chamber). There are many different types of caves, all categorized by how they were formed. For […]

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