A Giant Leap Towards Conspiracy

Contributing writer Julie Cukier explores the small step for man that led to one of the biggest conspiracy theories of mankind.   On the 16th of July 1969, Neil Armstrong said “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, and set what is considered one of the most believed conspiracy theories in […]

Space Colonisation, Crops and Cork

The traction on the idea of space exploration has gone from a mere dwindling flame to raging fire in the last number of years. Sam Golden tells Motley why.   Interest on the subject of space has not seen as much activity since the days of the space race in the 1950’s. However, unlike the […]

Poetry: 3:01 am, Monday 24 Oct

if tonight be our last and the skies fall and the universe splits in two I would like to go with the imprint of your head leaning on my shoulder the sound of your laugh filling my eardrums and blocking the impact the shatter of everything falling off the shelves as you sigh and make […]

Celestial Fairy Tales

Contributing writer Emily O’Sullivan explores the value of looking up in wonder.    Some things, like stars, you hear about first in fairy tales. They grant wishes or fall from the sky. Nothing science can do will rip away the magical veneer, try as it might to show the gas balls behind the curtain.    […]

Gravity vs Entropy: what will ultimately determine the fate of the universe

“Where do we come from?” and “Where are we going?” are two questions that humans have been pondering for centuries. Savni Mahesh Kodilkar tackles one of the age-old questions for Motley.   These questions can be viewed from a religious, anthropological, philosophical, or a cosmological standpoint and since this is the “space” issue I have […]

NASA and the Crowd

Ashlin O’Sullivan talks Motley readers through the crowd labour used in to find new discoveries in our galaxy.   In 1930, Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto after spending more than 7000 hours staring into a blink comparator, a device used by astronomers to compare images of the same part of the night sky over time by […]