Author Archives: Terry Hancock

About Terry Hancock

Terry Hancock is the producer and director of "Lunatics" ( http://lunatics.tv ). He is also a regular columnist for Free Software Magazine ( http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/articles_by/5 ), and a lifelong advocate for space, science, and technology. More at http://terryhancock.narya.net

What if Earth is a Really Atypical Abode for Life?

Recent space missions have raised some interesting ideas about exobiology for me. The Galileo and Cassini results on Europa and Enceladus, respectively have revealed evidence for liquid water oceans under their surface ice, providing a remarkably clement environment for life … Continue reading

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Nearest Star Has a Potentially Habitable Planet!

The “Pale Red Dot” campaign at ESO has just announced a discovery that is truly extraordinary!  This would have been my dream discovery as an astronomer! I feel really lucky (and a little giddy) to have gone from simply wondering … Continue reading

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Review: Zardoz

I have been seeing stills and even a few clips from “Zardoz” since way back in the 1980s, with the general impression that it was a cheesy B-grade sci-fi movie. And while I appreciate that Sean Connery in a red … Continue reading

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Living with Risk

One of the most messed-up things in modern American culture is that we don’t cope well with risk — or at least the knowledge of risk. Risk is UNAVOIDABLE. The risk of terrorism, police violence, crime, car accidents, and falling … Continue reading

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Pluto’s Place in the Solar System

When New Horizons​ launched, its mission in the public imagination was to complete the set of the nine planets. No doubt this helped the mission get funded, and I respect that. By the time it arrived, though, we had accumulated … Continue reading

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What might it mean if Pluto is geologically active?

This week, we saw this on Pluto: This surface has no yet-identified impact craters in it. Instead, there are very tall mountains of unknown geology, some weird puffy deposits near the limb, obscuring underlying geology, a rille I cannot explain, … Continue reading

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Three Kinds of Poverty

I’ve seen a number of nonsensical conflations of different poverty issues go by in various social media feeds today. I think a major problem is that people seem to think that poverty is just one issue — and they keep … Continue reading

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