The Martian: Putting the Science in Science Fiction

The Martian book

Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering co-editor There’s a good chance you’ve heard about the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster The Martian. But before you assume it’s just another high-profile science fiction story set in a distant future of intergalactic wars and alien species, consider this: prior its world premier at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the […]

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Spacesuits: Helping Us Float into the Great Beyond

Space Stamp

Sri Ray-Chauduri,Technology & Engineering co-editor With the recent safe return of another crew of astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS), what better time to consider the spacesuit: a marvel of engineering that has allowed such otherworldly pursuits. It was 50 years ago on March 18, 1965, that Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first […]

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Space Exploration (or, Engineering on a Budget)

Sri Ray-Chauduri and Aadita Chaudhury, Technology & Engineering co-editors Last week marked the 14th annual UN-declared World Space Week (WSW). Celebrated from October 4-10, it was started in 1981 by the World Space Association as “Spaceweek” to commemorate the moon landings. The dates of WSW were selected to coincide with the anniversary of Sputnik-1 which was […]

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