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6 of the most amazing things that were 3D-printed in 2018

December 29th, 2018 at 1:52 am » Comments Off

  From bridges to cars, 3D printing proved this year that it’s still relevant and exciting. The hype may have died down a little, but 3D printing was still creating waves in manufacturing in 2018. On the important-but-boring side, manufacturing companies are using the tech for things like weight reduction and cost savings. More interestingly, […]



19 trends we’ll be obsessing over in 2019

December 28th, 2018 at 6:46 am » Comments Off

Last year was dizzying, with exciting moments that were both good (the Central Park duck! Lena Dunham’s comeuppance!) and bad (tiny sunglasses! market volatility!). But if the experts who track social change are to be believed, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Next year promises even bigger surprises both in real life and online…



Rocket launch in New Zealand brings quick, cheap space access

December 11th, 2018 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Launch sends Rocket Lab to lead in global space competition Six satellites carried into low orbit from sheep farm launchCheap, quick access to space has officially arrived — and in some serious style.On a late Sunday afternoon in New Zealand, Rocket Lab successfully launched its third rocket. Dozens of employees gathered at the company’s headquarters […]



Is Colonizing Mars the most important project in human history?

December 3rd, 2018 at 5:41 am » Comments Off

The Red Planet is a freezing, faraway, uninhabitable desert. But protecting the human species from the end of life on Earth could save trillions of lives. The Earth and Mars are a bit like fraternal twins that slowly grew apart. Four billion years ago, both planets were warm, sheathed by protective atmospheres, and carved with […]



Jeff Bezos predicts we’ll have 1 trillion humans in the solar system, and Blue Origin wants to help get us there

October 26th, 2018 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

Blue Origin’s aim is to lower the cost of access to space, Jeff Bezos said during a surprise appearance at Wired’s 25th anniversary conference. Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association’s Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD, on September 19, 2018. Blue […]



This crazy ambitious timeline shows when and how Elon Musk and Space X plan to colonize Mars

October 25th, 2018 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk is hell-bent on colonizing Mars. That’s the spirit with which he founded SpaceX, his rocket company, in 2002. Musk was frustrated that NASA wasn’t doing more to get people to the red planet – and concerned a backup plan for humanity wasn’t being developed (for when Earth becomes an uninhabitable wasteland). Since then, […]



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. […]



Elon Musk is building a spaceship that’s so ambitious that some experts are calling it ‘science fiction.’ Here’s what SpaceX and its engineers are up against.

September 20th, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk plans to blast a tourist around the moon in a ship made by his rocket company, SpaceX. The private lunar mission is meant to demonstrate a new two-part launch system called Big Falcon Rocket, which is designed to eventually bring humans to Mars. Engineers are said to be building a prototype of the […]



A revolutionary new space launch idea: Introducing The Pythagoras Sling

September 14th, 2018 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

The Pythagoras Sling uses a lengthy graphene string pulled via two hoops suspended from simple parachutes to rapidly accelerate a projectile into orbit. Graphene string will likely become widely available over the next two decades. If it works as expected, the Pythagoras Sling launch system could greatly reduce the cost of getting into space compared […]



Can we get into space without big rockets?

September 4th, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Since humans began putting satellites into orbit in the 1950s, we’ve relied upon big, powerful rockets to escape Earth’s gravity and get into space. But big rockets have a major downside, in that they make space launches expensive. Case in point: NASA’s Space Launch System heavy lift rocket, which is scheduled for its maiden flight […]



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