| Sep 13, 2013
| 5:39 PM
While the main campus of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is open and inviting, there is another division of the school that discourages visitors.
The Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is tucked miles away in Laurel, with building access...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Comet ISON is sweeping past Mars more closely than it will ever get to Earth on Tuesday, providing an observing opportunity that could show whether the comet will be visible in our night sky later this year.
The comet is passing within 0.07 astronomical...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 2:14 PM
The impact of the federal government shutdown Tuesday is likely to have an impact well beyond the boundaries of Aberdeen Proving Ground and the 23,000 civilians, contractors and uniformed military who work at the military installation.
Not only is APG...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:43 PM
For years, R. Todd Stevens drove by the old Crownsville Hospital Center and wondered about the closed psychiatric facility.
The hospital shut down in 2004, two years before Stevens moved just a couple miles down the road. He was surprised to learn the...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:09 AM
I recently had a chance to watch the space-themed film "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Leaving aside the multitude of technical errors in the film, as someone who has consulted in the space business for a number years, I always...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 4:20 PM
If there is a good health insurance plan out there for Baltimore scientist Luke Goembel, it's as big a mystery as the space he studies.
Goembel, a self-employed physical chemist who has worked for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA,...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 4:47 PM
After 36 years of space exploration and months of heated argument among scientists, NASA officials confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 entered into interstellar space more than a year ago.
The final piece of evidence that led scientists to conclude that...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:54 AM
Bravo to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his speech last week outlining plans for further curbing greenhouse gases in the state of Maryland ("O'Malley says state has 'moral obligation' to avert climate change," July 25)!
Have you seen the maps of Maryland...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 1:20 PM
The block of ice was flung so high in the air that some thought it might melt in Thursday's hot summer sun.
Instead, it plopped and then disintegrated in space No. 540 in North County High School's stadium-side parking lot, setting off a raucous cheer...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 3:32 PM
For passengers waiting to catch a plane or folks waiting for someone on a plane, the surroundings at BWI Marshall Airport improved Friday morning with the opening of the two-story observation gallery near Concourse C.
The waiting area, part of the $100...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 2:00 AM
A comet looping behind the sun right now could emerge this fall as a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle that shines in the sky so brightly, it is visible with the naked eye around the world — if it survives.
Comet C/2012 S1, dubbed Comet ISON in honor...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 9:01 AM
A private contractor is launching a NASA mission into space bound for the moon, and it will be visible in the night sky across hundreds of miles of the Northeast on Friday, including all across Maryland.
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment...