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Everything You Need to Know About Project Starshot

Quora | Posted 05.24.2016 | Science

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Why Mars? The Allure (and Challenge) of Colonizing the Red Planet

Lab Notes | Posted 05.17.2016 | Science
Lab Notes

On May 30, Mars and Earth will get close. Really close. With a distance between them of only 46.8 million miles, it's the nearest the two planets will be to each other in their respective orbits.

Elon Musk Says SpaceX Is Going To Mars By 2018

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business

Just when you thought Elon Musk couldn't possibly aim any higher, the billionaire tech magnate's private space company unveiled plans Wednesday to beg...

NASA Wants To Grow Potatoes On Mars

The Huffington Post | Chantelle DMello | Posted 04.20.2016 | Science

NASA is taking a page out of "The Martian's" playbook and is researching ways to grow potatoes on Mars. The starchy spud is not just a good source of ...

Astronaut Scott Kelly Is Psyched About The Private Space Industry

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Business

NEW YORK -- The man who spent a year living in space couldn't be happier to welcome Silicon Valley to the final frontier. "It helps NASA do more deep ...

This Nano-Spacecraft Could Usher In A New Era In Space Exploration

The Huffington Post | Jo Confino | Posted 04.14.2016 | Science

Using a giant set of lasers to catapult thousands of miniature spacecraft 25 trillion miles to the Alpha Centauri star system may sound like the stuff...

This Lightweight Metal Foam May Be The Future Of Bulletproof Armor

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 04.12.2016 | Science

A composite metal foam that stops armor-piercing bullets in their tracks could be the future of bulletproof body and vehicle armor, scientists say. Af...

Throwing Shade at the Sun: Ranking All the Different Types of Stars

Inverse | Posted 04.07.2016 | Science

This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Neel V. Patel There are an estimated 1 billion trillion stars in the universe. (That's a 1 follo...

The Seduction of the (Planet) X

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 04.06.2016 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

Michael E. Brown, a researcher in planetary astronomy at Caltech is a servant of the 24th letter in the English alphabet, forever searching for the next big body in the Solar System, the yearned planet 'X'.

Blue Origin Rocket Sticks Third Landing Test

Reuters | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.04.2016 | Science

Jeff Bezos' space transportation company Blue Origin successfully launched and landed for the third time a suborbital rocket capable of carrying six p...

The Politics of Space Exploration

Leroy Chiao | Posted 03.23.2016 | Science
Leroy Chiao

Human kind is poised on the launch pad of the most exciting, transformational age of space exploration since the orbiting of Sputnik started it all, back in 1957. Despite the forces that are unleashing a race to the stars unlike any we have seen, the subject of space exploration and utilization has been conspicuously absent from the U.S. presidential campaigns.

These Mock Martian Crops Show We Could Grow Food On Mars

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 03.11.2016 | Science

Establishing a sustainable colony on Mars would come with incredible challenges, none more pressing than figuring out how to keep inhabitants from sta...

SpaceX Rocket Crashes During Drone Ship Landing -- Again

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 03.05.2016 | Science

After four delayed attempts, Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, launched its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, o...

5 Weird Ways Scott Kelly Will Have To Readjust To Life On Earth

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 03.03.2016 | Science

From the number of daily sunrises to preparing a cup of coffee, living in microgravity about 250 miles above the Earth is remarkably different from te...

Introducing "Moonshot," From Executive Producer J.J. Abrams (Trailer)

XPRIZE | Posted 03.03.2016 | Technology

Today, XPRIZE and Google announce a new digital documentary series from Academy Award-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, and Epic Digital.

Why Science and Philosophy Should Guide Today's Youth in Creating a More Sustainable World

Martin Rees | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
Martin Rees

We fret unduly about small risks -- air crashes, carcinogens in food, low radiation doses, etc. But we're in denial about some newly emergent threats, which may seem improbable but whose consequences could be globally devastating. Some of these are environmental, others are the potential downsides of novel technologies. We mustn't forget an important maxim: the unfamiliar is not the same as the improbable.

Space Exploration Could Herald the Beginning of the Post-Human Era

Martin Rees | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
Martin Rees

Even though we may wish to regulate genetic and cyborg technology on Earth, we should surely wish space pioneers good luck in using all available resources to adapt themselves and their progeny to alien conditions.

Pluto's Atmosphere Looks Like a Blue Dream Under Infrared Light

Inverse | Posted 02.03.2016 | Science

On Friday, NASA released a haunting new image taken by the New Horizons space probe during its flyby of Pluto: a look at Pluto's atmosphere under infrared wavelengths. The result is a serene blue glow that outlines the dwarf planet in a perfect circle.

The Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch and the $1 Trillion Mars Mission

Chris Carberry | Posted 02.03.2016 | Science
Chris Carberry

I have a confession to make: This article is actually only about the myth that sending humans to Mars will cost $1 trillion, but ironically, that myth...

Onwards to Jupiter, Breaking Records

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 01.19.2016 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

Juno broke the record recently when it traveled over the 493 million miles set previously by the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. It has still to reach Jupiter, where light from the Sun is 25 times weaker than on Earth.

Gdansk Metropolitan Area Universities to Train Specialists in Space Technology

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 01.11.2016 | Science
Pawel Adamowicz

In Tri-City, a new and unique course of study is being created -- a master's degree in space and satellite technology.

Outer Space Is Coming To Postage Stamps Near You

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 01.02.2016 | Science

Space buffs will have a lot to look forward to when it's time to send snail mail in 2016. The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a number of postage sta...

Our Solar System Is Even More Awesome Than We Realized

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.30.2015 | Science

We already know a lot about our solar system. It's nearly 4.6 billion years old, and consists of eight planets and five known dwarf planets, for start...

NASA Flight Controller Robert Frost Talks About Life on Other Planets

Quora | Posted 12.23.2015 | Technology

I am not aware of any evidence of life on other planets. I think there is, however, starting to be more and more evidence that the conditions to support life have existed and maybe do still exist, at locations other than Earth.

Immortality Bus Delivers Newly Created Transhumanist Bill of Rights to the US Capitol

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.21.2015 | Good News
Zoltan Istvan

The Immortality Bus at the US Capitol in Washington DC -- Photo by Zoltan Istvan After months of traveling across the country on a national bus tou...