Discovery

January 19, 2016

Astronauts just made flowers bloom in space – but they’re not actually the first

NASA is celebrating a space plant victory: Over the weekend,  astronaut Scott Kelly showed off zinnia flowers he’d grown and coaxed back to health on board […]
January 19, 2016

'Tipped over': Why SpaceX rocket exploded on ocean barge touchdown

LOS ANGELES – After successfully delivering a U.S.-European ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit, a SpaceX rocket made a hard landing on a floating barge in the roiling […]
January 18, 2016

Time Dilation

Einstein’s theory of relativity is probably one of the most intriguing theories ever conceived of; and probably the most interesting aspect of this is the phenomenon […]
January 17, 2016

Who’s Out There—Life’s Struggle On Earth

When we take life for granted, we put ourselves in danger of missing out on its most amazingly complex manifestations. For example, trees (when they “realize” […]
January 17, 2016

NASA's Not Ready to Go to Mars, Panel Finds

The new annual report from the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an external advisory group that makes safety recommendations for NASA, strongly questions whether the space […]
January 16, 2016

Researchers propose method for teleporting creatures' memories

Teleportation is one of those future technologies I wish for almost every day–and never more longingly as when I wait for the delayed crowded subway to […]
January 15, 2016

Inside NASA’s Plan To Radically Redesign How We Fly

It’s probably been a long time since flying amazed you. Air travel tends to feel like an inconvenience these days—not a miracle of engineering. This is […]
January 15, 2016

British astronaut Tim Peake 'exhilarated' to make first spacewalk

LONDON — British astronaut Tim Peake will make his first spacewalk on Friday to carry out work on broken solar units that need to be repaired. […]
January 15, 2016

NASA says yes to Dream Chaser

During a televised briefing on Thursday (January 14, 2016), NASA announced its new round of commercial contracts extending through 2024. The big news is the addition […]