All posts by Darren Beyer

Augmented Reality – Yes, It’s a Real Thing

When Google Glass was unveiled in 2012 and launched in 2013, many thought it would revolutionize the way people live their lives. Google announced its new wearable technology in style. Vogue devoted a 12-page spread, models […]

Halloween Skull Comet – Close Call or Business As Usual

Don’t you just love cosmic coincidences? Today (Halloween), a comet with a very skull-like appearance is passing very close to the Earth – about 1.3 times the distance to the moon or just more than 300,000 […]

Aliens? Or Just Dust?

Last week a star about 1400 light years away made some headlines with its unusual characteristics. That it garnered attention from SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) and many in the astronomy community, is noteworthy. That […]

Millennium Falcon vs. The Stellarator

If you found your way to this site, then you probably know the Millennium Falcon, the iconic spaceship depicted in the Star Wars films. The Stellarator is likely just slightly less well known, though bears […]

Dangers of Space Travel: Launch and Reentry

Space travel is dangerous – mostly during launch and reentry. Of the four fatal accidents during space flight, one happened during launch (Challenger), and three happened during reentry (Soyuz 1, Soyuz 11 and Columbia). The two […]

Aliens: Closer Than We Think?

The latest images of Enceladus (pronounced en-SELL-la-duss) sent by the Cassini space probe are nothing short of amazing. Enceladus is Saturn’s sixth largest moon, measuring only about 500km in diameter. The moon is cold, very […]

A Concorde, Rail Gun and Air Hockey Table Walk into a Bar – Out Walks a Hyperloop

At the D11 Tech Conference in 2013, Elon Musk gave an interesting interview. He talked at length about Tesla, his iconic electric car company; SpaceX, his private space company; and his concept of a hyperloop. […]

Is There Anything Quite So Cute as a Baby Elephant? How About One Free of Cancer?

I’ve always been fascinated by elephants. As a young child I had a lot of exposure to the majestic creatures. My family lived in India and at the time they were everywhere. I can even […]

Technology: Movies Getting it Right – And Wrong: The Martian

Being a techie I really enjoy science fiction movies. What ruins one for me is a technical inconsistency or failure to get a technology correct. This post is my second in a series on the subject […]

Hyperium – Enabling Interstellar Travel

In writing my book, Artifice Bridge, one of my dilemmas was coming up with a reasonable way to accomplish space travel that could realistically happen within one-hundred years. Enter hyperium. The following is a fictional […]