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Virgin Galactic Test Flight Crashes, Killing One Pilot And Injuring Another, Details Here

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

Tuesday’s news about Orbital Sciences’ rocket explosion was bad, but the silver lining was that no one got hurt. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the said today. A Virgin Galactic spaceship has crashed in the Mojave Desert, resulting in the death of one pilot and injuries to the other.

This is a developing news story, so more details will come to light after we post this, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed of any developments. Right now, we’re checking a number of different sources trying to round up what know for sure. As with any catastrophe, there is contradictory information out there, and scant information there has been more investigation.

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Interstellar Wants To Send You Into Space, Here’s How To Enter

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interstellarInterstellar is hitting theaters next week, and while you’re probably going with the intention of seeing Christopher Nolan’s next brain-numbing display of visual effects and epic storytelling, there’s a bigger opportunity at play here. One in which you might be able to play the role of Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper in real life. You might be able to go to space!

In what I’ll assume is the most amazing movie contest ever, Paramount Pictures is teaming with Fandango, XCOR Aerospace, and Motherboard to give Interstellar viewers the chance to go into space, as well as receive a solid payday. All you need to do to enter is purchase your ticket for Interstellar through Fandango and you’re automatically entered. But if you’d prefer to handle things without buying tickets, you can just fill out an application for it. If I’m the person in charge, though, I’m automatically excluding anyone who takes “No Purchase Necessary” as gospel.

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The Pope Embraces Evolution And The Big Bang, Here’s Why

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pope-francis7-578x891I have to say, Pope Francis seems like a pretty cool guy. I think it’s awesome that the Pope is from Argentina—he’s the first one not from Europe in over 1,200 years. He’s also tolerant and progressive—for a Pope. Earlier this week, he addressed the notion of the Big Bang from a vantage point that might surprise most people: he accepted it as the likely origin of the universe, and argued that such a belief was consistent with a belief in God.

Of course, the Pope would never say that Earth or the universe came to be without the help of a divine creator, but he doesn’t seem to be a conventional creationist, either, as he maintains that one can both believe in evolution and believe in God as creator. Even those of us who don’t share both of those beliefs can appreciate his refusal to turn the debate into an either/or scenario.

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Smart Deodorant—Because We Can’t Be Trusted With Our Own Hygiene

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clickstickSeriously, when will the smart trend end? Pretty soon we’ll have smart forks to help us eat…oh wait. Okay, so pretty soon someone will come up with a smart bra…no, that won’t work either. Damn. Well, if there’s anything out that there hasn’t been turned into a smart gadget, your time is coming. Proof? We now have smart deodorant.

I’ve always really struggled with deodorant. That twisting you have to do to get the deodorant stick up over the plastic container, the remembering to put it on every day. It’s been on the top of my list of concerns for a while, and finally, someone’s figured out a way to simplify the process. Meet the ClickStick, an eco-friendly deodorant with a “magic button.” Hey, it was designed by a couple of aerospace engineering grad students at Princeton — this is rocket science deodorant!

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Unmanned Rocket Bound For ISS Explodes

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antares explosionOne of Orbital Science’s Antares rockets exploded yesterday, just seconds after launch from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Orbital Sciences is one of the private companies contracted to bring supplies to the ISS — it was the second private company to complete a cargo run to the ISS (SpaceX was the first). Yesterday’s flight would have been the third such mission for Orbital Sciences, but instead, it’s entering the record books for another, grimmer reason.

While the explosion shook those near the launch site and was by some likened to a small earthquake, no one was injured. It isn’t clear yet what happened, and today an investigation team began sifting through data, while another started sorting through debris near the crash site. Frank Culbertson, Orbital Sciences’ executive vice president, says the company will “get things back on track,” and that such an occurrence is, unfortunately, all too common, but they’ve “all seen the teams recover from this, and we will do the same.” Of course, that can’t happen until damage to the launch pad and other infrastructure is repaired, so it might be a while.

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This Brewery Uses A Stormtrooper To Help Fight Lucasfilm’s Lawsuit

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With all of the Star Wars parodies out there in the world, you wouldn’t think that Lucasfilm would balk at a beer paying respects to the most successful film franchise on the planet. Yet, they’re currently bringing a lawsuit against New York-based Empire Brewing for their product Strikes Bock, and Empire is being a “trooper” about the whole thing, as you can see in the video below.

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