On January 20, 2014, nearly 500 million miles from the Sun, the hibernating satellite Rosetta blinked back to life. Over the coming year, in an epic series of firsts, Rosetta will land a probe on the icy surface of a comet in hopes of learning about the cosmic chemistry that gave rise to life on Earth. Elliott School professor Pascale Ehrenfreund, who is working on two of the instruments that will study the comet, discusses what this brazen mission means for the future of international space exploration -- and what it might mean about the past of our own planet.
By Danny Freedman
Question: How do you pack a pre-Columbian apron with a real toucan’s head attached to the front of it? Answer: Very carefully.
By Mary A. Dempsey
Three years into the revolution that has cascaded across the Arab world, a trio of experts offers a country-by-country analysis of the movement and where it may be headed. By Tara Medeiros
The word “lucky” is rarely uttered in the same breath as “Auschwitz.” But GW Law professor Thomas Buergenthal, one of the youngest survivors of the notorious Nazi concentration camp, indeed considers himself a lucky man.
By Jamie L. Freedman