Space the Final Frontier

‘Vulcan’ Voted Most Popular Name for Pluto’s Moons After a Twitter Campaign By Captain Kirk

But seriously that episode where Kirk and Spock fight on Vulcan is pretty good. (Photo: ussawesome.tumblr.com)

A couple of weeks ago, the SETI Institute asked the Internet to help name two tiny moons of Pluto. Well, the voting has now closed, and while no one hijacked the polls in favor of “Alderaan,” it was a name near and dear to science fiction nerds that took the top spot: Vulcan (a write-in) pulled 174,062 votes out of 450,324 total. Read More

Kickstart It

Calls for Kickstarter Project to Save Search for Aliens

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Mountain View’s SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life) Institute–responsible for crowdsourcing its work to citizens’ computers via a screensaver–needs money after losing government funding, the San Jose Mercury News reported today. “Honestly, if everybody contributed just .03 extra cents on their 1040 tax forms, we could find out if we have cosmic company,” one SETI scientist said. But another alternative has been repeatedly proposed on Twitter: Kickstarter! Read More