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Ocean Fail vs. Space Fail: Is America the New China (Circa 1492)?

Speculating about counterfactuals is always dicey, but historians have long noted that, over the past 600 years, the course of human events might well have played out starkly different if China, in the 1400s, had not been so isolationist and uninterested in ocean … Continue reading

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40 Years Ago, on July 20, 1969, Human Beings Stepped onto the Moon

And here’s what the front page of the New York Times looked like on July 21, 1969: I can’t help but hear, in the headline, an echo of the ancient Roman Imperium: We came, we saw, we conquered. And here’s … Continue reading

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