New York to LA in Just Over Two Hours

Wired: A new generation of supersonic private jets could trigger a boom in luxury high-speed flight — without the sonic boom normally associated with breaking the sound barrier. Lockheed Martin’s advanced Skunk Works unit is designing a small, 12-seat passenger jet that would travel at 1,200 mph (Mach 1.8) but which would produce only a […]

I Heart Pluto

Tim Kreider had an amusing op-ed in yesterday’s NY Times regarding the recent controversy surrounding Pluto’s classification as a planet. Pluto is what my old astronomy textbook rather judgmentally called a “deviant,” and I’ve always felt a little defensive on its behalf. I’ve long regarded Saturn’s misty tantalizing moon Titan as the Homecoming Queen of […]