Wian Erlank (North-West): Rethinking Terra Nullius and Property Law in Space. Paul Stephen Dempsey (McGill): The Emergence of National Space Law. Sarah Fecht on how we could be living on the Moon in 10 years or less — and it wouldn’t actually be that expensive, thanks to robots, 3D printing, and SpaceX. Ziyaad Bhorat on Silicon Valley and the future of democracy: When Elon Musk talks about governance on Mars, what’s really scary are the implications for democracy on Earth. Honey I shrunk the space settlement: Taylor Genovese on Dunbar’s Number and radical politics in space. Seth D. Baum (GCRI): The Ethics of Outer Space: A Consequentialist Perspective. Do no harm to life on Mars? Kelly C. Smith on the ethical limits of the “Prime Directive”. Constantin Zaman on Christianism and extra-terrestrial life.

Mark Adams on the $100 million hunt for alien life: A Russian billionaire and his renegade scientists are launching the most advanced search for extraterrestrials in history (and more and more). Intelligent alien life almost certainly existed somewhere else, study says. Yes, there have been aliens: They may not exist now — but new discoveries imply that they once did. Ria Misra on one of the best explanations for why we haven’t found alien life. Why haven’t we met aliens yet? Because they’ve evolved into AI. Why do we imagine aliens as “little green men”? Mindy Weisberger investigates. How could we build an invisibility cloak to hide Earth from an alien civilization?

Ryan Mandelbaum on how the largest map ever made will unlock the history of the universe. Ethan Siegel on the limits of how far humanity can go in the universe. “Our universe may be an island in a cosmic archipelago”: James Temperton interviews Martin Rees on space, robots and Brexit.

Simon Caney (Oxford): Political Institutions for the Future: A Five-Fold Package. Elizabeth Scarbrough (FIU): Visiting the Ruins of Detroit: Exploitation or Cultural Tourism. Putin and Erdogan, both isolated, reach out to each other. Hakan Topal on pre-coup, coup and the media intellectuals in Turkey. Harry J. Kazianis on America’s aircraft carriers, submarines and stealth weapons: All obsolete? Transformational change: Critics of Obama’s efforts in Africa abound, but they may be rushing to judgment — and missing the bigger picture. Why we tweet: “We’re all going to die and our lives are so wholly lacking in meaning that we cry out for any sign of recognition, no matter how cheapened and valueless”. Copacabana’s natural sand is just right for Olympic beach volleyball.

From FiveThirtyEight, the polls aren’t skewed: Trump really is losing badly. Trump campaign has spent $0 on television advertising. Donors for Bush, Kasich and Christie are turning to Clinton more than to Trump. A poll finds Republicans want the “Trump Party”, not “Ryan Party”. Donald Trump gives the game away: GOP leaders will tolerate Trump so long as he promises huge tax cuts, and GOP voters will tolerate him so long as he's a bigot. Ezra Klein on Donald Trump’s worst-of-both-worlds campaign. Why Republicans endorse a president who threatens democracy. Will there be Trumpism after Trump? He has put his mark on buildings and businesses that might last a lifetime, but could he more effectively gain immortality by adding his name to the language? We are hearing the term “Trumpism”. Many people are saying Donald Trump gives money to pedophiles. NAMBLA becomes Donald Trump’s birther moment.

Todd Purdum on why the 2016 race isn’t about issues — it’s about character. Ed Kilgore on how Trump’s assassination “joke” was thinly veiled sedition. A Ku Klux Klansman will stop Trump from facing charges for inciting violence against Clinton. Joe Scarborough on why the GOP must dump Trump. From Trump’s controversial words, a pattern: Outrage, headlines and then denial.

Donald Trump ally and former campaign strategist Roger Stone claims he is in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. With Roger Stone and Julian Assange in cahoots, Hillary Clinton should prepare for an October surprise. WikiLeaks is fanning a conspiracy theory that Hillary murdered a DNC staffer. Robert Mackey on what Julian Assange’s war on Hillary Clinton says about WikiLeaks.

Christopher T. Robertson (Arizona): A Trojan Horse? How Expansion of the First Amendment Threatens Much More than the Regulation of Off-Label Drugs. Massimiliano Simons (Leuven): Beyond Ideology: Althusser, Foucault and French Epistemology. Car makers pour money into Spain: Country has emerged as Europe’s second-biggest production hub, with flexible labor laws and a vast network of local suppliers. Think tank scholar or corporate consultant? Acting as independent arbiters to shape government policy, many researchers also have corporate roles that are sometimes undisclosed. Kate Abbey-Lambertz on how the gorgeous language of maps helps us understand the world. From National Review, Austin Yack interviews independent candidate Evan McMullin. Eli Lake on why #NeverTrump conservatives are also #NeverGaryJohnson. The Democratic Party wants to change how tipping works.

Fabienne Peter (Warwick): A Human Right to Democracy. Nicole Curato, John S. Dryzek, and Selen A. Ercan (Canberra) and Carolyn M. Hendriks and Simon Niemeyer (ANU): Twelve Key Findings in Deliberative Democracy Research. Ian O’Flynn (Newcastle) and Didier Caluwaerts (VUB): Deliberation in Deeply Divided Societies. Christopher Hobson (Waseda): Democracy: Trap, Tragedy or Crisis? James Chamberlain (Mississippi State): Minoritarian Democracy: The Democratic Case for No Borders. Norbert Paulo (Salzburg) and Christoph Bublitz (Hamburg): Pow(d)er to the People? Voter Manipulation, Legitimacy, and the Relevance of Moral Psychology for Democratic Theory. Steven Klein (EUI): Between Charisma and Domination: On Max Weber’s Critique of Democracy. Arnaldo Goncalves (UCP): The Role of Intellectuals and Political Oratory in Modern Democracies. Jean Pisani-Ferry on why democracy requires trusted experts.

Roberto Stefan Foa (Melbourne) and Yascha Mounk (Harvard): The Danger of Deconsolidation: The Democratic Disconnect. Democracy’s IKEA: Aziz Huq reviews Political Political Theory: Essays on Institutions by Jeremy Waldron. Who rules? Richard Marshall interviews David Estlund, author of Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework.