Category Archives: Travel

Meet the thousands of people ready to die on Mars

Mars One is a private space mission that hopes to send a group of people to Mars in a decade and leave them there to foster the first human colony. It has received endorsement and support from the likes of Gerard 't Hooft, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. But it has also been criticized on several… Read More »

20-foot boat that drifted to California is tsunami debris

The barnacle-covered boat with Japanese lettering spent 758 days at sea before it drifted onto a Northern California beach. Nearly three weeks after the 20-foot boat washed ashore in Crescent City, about 20 miles south of the Oregon border, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determined it was from the 2011 tsunami, the first confirmed… Read More »

Applicants wanted for a one-way ticket to Mars

Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet. Uncharted waters, mountains or far away lands have always drawn explorers. History books show that desire for adventure, even in the… Read More »

Game meant to be played in 2,000 years gets buried in desert

The cathedrals of Europe took centuries to build, surviving political upheavals for the benefit of future generations. Can a board game created today also last that long? That’s what game designer Jason Rohrer was shooting for when he unveiled A Game for Someone, winner of the Game Design Challenge at the recent Game Developers Conference… Read More »

Samoan airline says pay by weight plan fairest way to fly

A Samoan airline that says it is the world’s first carrier to charge passengers by their weight rather than per seat defends the plan as the fairest way to fly, in some cases actually ending up cheaper than conventional tickets. Samoa Air, which opened in 2012, asks passengers to declare their personal weight during booking,… Read More »

Mars or Bust: Dennis Tito Plans to Send Couple on 2018 Mission

In 2001 the millionaire Dennis Tito became the first paying space tourist — he bought a flight to the International Space Station from the Russian space agency. Inspiration Mars Foundation Now he’s aiming higher. He and a group of fellow space entrepreneurs announced today that they will try to mount the first-ever flight to Mars,… Read More »

‘Odd-even’ gas rationing to be instituted

Nassau and Suffolk counties announced Thursday that they are imposing “odd-even” gasoline rationing to ease congestion and frustration at filling stations. The counties will join with New York City to impose the new system beginning at 5 a.m. Friday, in the wake of a shortage that began after superstorm Sandy hit the region. Under the… Read More »

Road cleared for self-driving cars in California

  California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill clearing the way for self-driving cars to jockey with human-operated vehicles to test the technology on the state’s roads. “Autonomous vehicles are another example of how California’s technological leadership is turning today’s science fiction into tomorrow’s reality,” Brown said during a signing ceremony at the… Read More »

Game makers accused of spying in Greece transferred to Lesbos

  Two game developers visiting Greece have been arrested on suspicion of spying. The two men, who work for developer Bohemia Interactive, were arrested outside a military base on the island of Limnos. A Bohemia spokesman said the pair had simply been on holiday on Limnos. The Prague-based game maker has clashed with the authorities… Read More »

Samuel Arbesman’s Milky Way Transit Authority Map

  Our galaxy is unimaginably vast, and we really have no idea what is out there. We are discovering new planets in other star systems all the time, learning new facts about the galactic core, and even learning about whole new portions of the galaxy. This map is an attempt to approach our galaxy with… Read More »

1 boy dead, another missing in Yosemite river

A 10-year-old boy died and his 6-year-old brother was missing after they were swept away along a popular but treacherous boulder-strewn stretch of the Merced River, Yosemite National Park officials said Thursday. The two victims were part of a family visiting from Southern California that was hiking near the Vernal Fall Footbridge. Group members were… Read More »

1 Man Dead From Rodent Disease at Yosemite

A man died and a woman became seriously ill after contracting a rare rodent-borne disease that might have been linked to their stay at a popular lodging area in Yosemite National Park, officials said Thursday.The man was the first person to die from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome contracted in the park, though two others were stricken… Read More »