10 Facts 

Frankenstein: Top 10 things you never knew about the legendary horror

1. The movie database imdb.com lists 70 full-length films with “Frankenstein” in the title, plus another 100 or so shorts or TV episodes. 2. Mary Shelley wrote the book when she and her not-yet husband Percy Shelley were visiting Lord Byron in Switzerland. 3. She subtitled it The Modern Prometheus after the mythologal Titan who is said to have created man from clay. 4. Despite the impression given by horror films, Mary Shelley’s monster was actually very eloquent. 5. The first edition was published anonymously and only 500 copies were…

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Space 

Op-ed | An argument for space fission reactors

This op-ed originally appeared in the Dec. 12, 2017 of SpaceNews magazine. America’s space program has long held a special place in the public’s imagination, but NASA missions are limited by budget constraints. NASA must use its funding wisely to implement balanced, cost-efficient programs to develop enabling technologies, such as technologies to power future NASA missions. Speaking as the former project manager of three successful missions — Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini — and the canceled Prometheus-Icy Moons Orbiter, I have a unique perspective to share. Space nuclear power has long…

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Space 

France, Germany studying reusability with a subscale flyback booster

WASHINGTON — Reusable rocketry in Europe took a step forward last year with a funding boost for Prometheus, a program meant to develop a reusable engine manufacturable at one-tenth the cost of the Ariane 5’s first-stage liquid engine. A parallel effort dubbed Callisto could test a European ability to launch, return and refly a rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in South America. The French and German space agencies (CNES and DLR, respectively) have for the past two years collaborated on a scaled-down rocket that would allow Europe to practice different…

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