The Frontier Channel website edited by Richard Leis provided news and commentary about the “Great Frontiers of cyberspace, outer space, the ocean, and destinations in between.” Frontier Channel frequently covered digital media, planetary science, transhumanism, and emerging technologies like artificial general intelligence (AGI), the Metaverse, nanotechnology, radical life extension, cybernetics, the Technological Singularity, and mind uploading.
Since the late 1990s the site has undergone a few name change and several redesigns. Frontier Channel was primarily a static HTML news site from 2004 through 2006, with an emphasis on planetary science. I also briefly hosted RADIO Frontier Channel, a podcast. During the summer of 2007, I merged Frontier Channel with my Cybernudism transhumanist blog and migrated to WordPress, a content management system.
By December 28, 2008, various pieces had come together to relaunch Frontier Channel with an improved design, including ads, a donation page, better readability, and a new effort to begin updating old entries with minor fixes, new headers, and their original images (lost during the transition to WordPress.) In 2009, I retired the Coppermine Photo Gallery software as WordPress made key improvements in media management.
In 2014, I merged Frontier Channel with the blog on my personal website.
The following images are public domain, or used with permission and kind courtesy of the copyright holders.
- NASA, ESA, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University) – “Gas Pillars in the Eagle Nebula (M16): Pillars of Creation in a Star-Forming Region“
Large Hadron Collider
- NASA Ames Research Center via Wikimedia Commons – “Fullerene Nanogears“
Planetary Science and Astrophysics
- NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington – “MESSENGER’s First Look at Mercury’s Previously Unseen Side“
- Pioneer Venus Orbiter Team, NASA – “Ultraviolet image of Venus’ clouds as seen by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter (Feb. 5, 1979)“
- Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth – This view of Earth’s horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crew member onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible.” [Credit from Wikipedia]
- NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington – “Americas, Part 1 Color” from the August 2, 2005 Earth flyby
X PRIZE Cup 2007 Coverage
- ESA – “Moon right after the end of eclipse totality“
- NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington – “MESSENGER Earth Flyby“
- Scaled Composites – “SpaceShipOne ignites its engine after being released by the White Knight mothership.” Video Capture Credit: Courtesy of Vulcan Productions / Discovery Channel