New cameras keep coming to market with more pixels than I can imagine any earthly use for -- but here comes astronomy to the rescue. See (from Space.com) "Alien Moons May Be Easier to Photograph Than Planets." The basic concept: tidal flexing of a moon by its primary generates heat, and that heat is in addition to all solar heating. And heat shows up in infrared imaging ...
How will you get to distant worlds? Odds are, not by beaming
there à là Star Trek. For a mathematical look at the (im)probability of
human teleportation, see (from Slate) "Bad News, These Physicists Say That Teleportation is Unworkable." Assuming you
want to arrive wherever knowing what you knew when you set out, the
trillions of tiny synapses in your head are a big challenge.
Speaking of your head ...were you ever accused of having it in the clouds? (I may be dating myself with that turn of phrase. So be it.) And have you succumbed to the trend of keeping lots of your data there? Then (from PC World), be forewarned (and appalled by metaphor abuse): "Attackers reported seeding cloud services with malware.
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I'm a physicist and computer scientist (and an MBA, of less relevance to most of these posts). After thirty years in industry, as everything from individual technical contributor to senior vice president, I now write full-time. Mostly I write science fiction and techno-thrillers, now and again throwing in a straight science or technology article.