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People Will Die For Space Tourism… And That’s Okay
Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two

It was a bad week for private spaceflight and some critics declared that people shouldn’t be dying for it. Well… they’re wrong. And here’s why.

By Colin Andrew Ferm November 10, 2014 Tags: , , , ,
Adding New Story Ideas To the Generator
Unified Republic of Stars Podcast Cover

Yes! You too can add your own suggestions for violence, death, and mayhem to the story generator. It might be a little complex at first but, hey, that’s part of the challenge, right?

By Colin Andrew Ferm November 9, 2014 Tags: , ,
Law Enforcement Decry Mobile Encryption, Imply Only Perverts Would Want It
Eric Holder AG

The law enforcement establishment is trying to gin up public support against encryption, implying that only people who want to hurt kids would be interested in a locked phone. Because, there are no legitimate reasons to keep them out, are there?

By Colin Andrew Ferm October 3, 2014 Tags: , ,
Behind the Podcast Scenes

Colin shares a little of what it took to make the new URS podcast happen and some of what it takes to make an episode every week.

By Colin Andrew Ferm September 26, 2014 Tags: ,
A Russian Redesigns NASA’s Logo
The most basic of Lapteff's proposed NASA logo designs.

A guy in Russia is redesigns NASA’s logo and it’s pretty good. But is NASA’s logo really the problem?

By Colin Andrew Ferm September 5, 2014 Tags: ,