February 2013 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

I’m excited to see we’re continuing to get new registered members!

I still promise to get a ‘prettier’ format for these newsletters in the near future.  After speaking with a friend, Brian Rubin of the Space Game Junkie blog (highly suggest checking it out if you’re into our game, you’ll probably enjoy what he has to say), I’m strongly considering just turning each of our newsletters into a WordPress so you can easily check back on older content.  Anyway, for now, I’ve added a few tweaks to the newsletter, so if you’re actually reading these and not just auto-deleting, feel free to give us a shout as to what you think.

February’s ‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ Panel Overview


  • Science Focus: Paleobotany
  • Author: Jamie Boyer
  • Overview: Jamie gives a brief overview on the evolution of life on Earth, and how that information can be used to make a model for early life on Titan.
  • Up Next Month: Growing Edibles on Titan
  • Science Focus: Neuroscience
  • Author: Robert Hampson
  • Overview: Robert takes this month to discuss the possibility of using surgical implants to stimulate the brain to improve on the body’s natural abilities.
  • Up Next Month: Driving by the Seat of Your… Cortex?
  • Science Focus: Astrobiology
  • Author: Jacob Haqq-Misra
  • Overview: This month Jacob mixes things up for us by taking a peek at something other than Titan by giving us a quick overview of its nearby moon, Rhea.
  • Up Next Month: Iapetus: The Yin-Yang Planet
  • Science Focus: Astrophysics
  • Author: Amitai Bin-Nun
  • Overview: Amitai used this month’s post to take a look into the lighter side of the “heavy” (sorry, had to) topic of Black Holes.
  • Up Next Month: Enceladus, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede – Water on Moons
  • Science Focus: Atmospheric Geology
  • Author: Sanjoy Som
  • Overview: In this month’s guest post, Sanjoy offers our readers a peek through the atmospheric haze on Titan so we can understand what the surface would actually look like.
  • Up Next Month: Amy Teitel

This Month in Science
I’ve decided to start each month’s newsletter with a “this month in science” link so even if you’re not a big science person, you can catch some cool science news.  I had one all lined up, but who could have expected such a monumental event like what happened in Russia?  So just in case you’ve been living under a rock, I’ve decided to note two science articles.

So first off, here is a cool little article I stumbled across covering science-fiction ideas which science has made come true during 2012!

And now for the crazy, but true, news that gives credence to our game’s core philosophy that the cosmos still has dangers we aren’t prepared for – the Russian Meteorite.

That’s all for now!
That’s it for this month.  I’ll be writing you from San Francisco as part of our Insomnia Tour to announce our Kickstarter!  More on that in our ‘Company’ Newsletter, which will be sent tomorrow – not registered for it?  Register here!

Thanks everyone,
-Tyler

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