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Japan just became the first country to deploy rovers on an asteroid

September 28th, 2018 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

The Hayabusa 2 mission is visiting an asteroid 200 million miles from Earth to collect samples. The mission profile involves a lot of robots, bullets, and explosives. In 2014, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft on a four year journey to Ryugu, an asteroid nearly 200 million miles from Earth. […]



A massive, ‘semi-infinite’ trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan

April 13th, 2018 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

Researchers have found hundreds of years’ worth of rare-earth materials underneath Japanese waters — enough to supply to the world on a “semi-infinite basis,” according to a study published in Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Reports. Rare-earth metals are crucial in the making of high-tech products such as electric vehicles and batteries, and most of the […]



The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t what you think it is

March 25th, 2018 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

It’s not all bottles and straws—the patch is mostly abandoned fishing gear. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of floating trash—and the most famous. It lies between Hawaii and California and is often described as “larger than Texas,” even though it contains not a square foot of surface on which to […]



The crowds are back. Now can the space industry build on the momentum?

February 8th, 2018 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

The crowd cheers at Playalinda Beach along the Canaveral National Seashore, just north of the Kennedy Space Center, during the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday. (Joe Burbank/AP)



The history of 2017 in seven charts

December 31st, 2017 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

When we try to remember 2017 (or more likely, try to forget it), there’s a list of names and places that immediately come to mind – Trump, Weinstein and Las Vegas, where the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history happened. But what were the broader trends of the year? Here we try to understand […]



Elon Musk has officially started digging a tunnel under Los Angeles

July 4th, 2017 at 10:59 pm » Comments Off

Elon Musk’s latest company is officially up and running. The Boring Company is building its own tunnel-boring machine, named Godot.



Drone fight clubs may be coming to a city near you

June 29th, 2017 at 8:44 am » Comments Off

Two drones go in, one comes out. This is the mantra for a new underground sport known as drone dueling. In it, quadcopters of all shapes and sizes take to the skies to duke it out until only one remains. For a pilot, the mission is simple: kill or be killed.



The difference between how millennials and baby boomers consume news, in one chart

June 27th, 2017 at 2:58 am » Comments Off

How you stay informed on what’s happening in the world probably depends on your age.



Self-driving doctor brings the doctor to you

June 24th, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Even those of us fortunate enough to have good health insurance will often put off seeing a doctor when we probably should. Often it’s simply a matter of logistics. We feel like we can’t take the time off work, or arrange transportation, or get childcare to make the trip. But what if the doctor just comes you? In […]



Scientists built an external womb to help premature infants survive

June 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

For expecting parents, 24 weeks is an important milestone. It’s a little more than halfway through pregnancy, and it’s at this age that the fetus has at least a fighting chance of surviving outside its mother’s body. The odds of survival aren’t great—only about half of babies birthed at this age survive—but it’s possible.



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