Fringe

April 2, 2020

Astronaut Pee Will Help Build Bases on the Moon

In the next few decades, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), China, and Russia all plan to create outposts on the lunar surface that will allow […]
March 25, 2020

SpaceX reports problem during Crew Dragon parachute test

WASHINGTON — SpaceX said March 24 that one of the final parachute tests for its Crew Dragon spacecraft went awry, a problem it blamed on the […]
March 16, 2020

Who’s Out There–Anyone Need Water?

First a quick review of the “Firsts” that NASA has reported. Planet Hunter found the first “Earth-size Habitable Zone World.” Their TESS mission found the first […]
March 11, 2020

Did German physicists accidentally discover dark matter in 2014?

What if dark matter was sitting in data from a German laboratory all along? Could we have already discovered dark matter? That’s the question put forth in […]
March 9, 2020

This gas-giant exoplanet has water-rich clouds. Here’s why it thrills astronomers.

Three teams of astronomers have been fascinated by an alien world known as K2-18b. But what’s all the fuss about? In September, two teams announced that they had found signs […]
March 2, 2020

Scientists Are Starting to Take Warp Drives Seriously, Especially This One Concept

It’s hard living in a relativistic Universe, where even the nearest stars are so far away and the speed of light is absolute. It is little […]
February 28, 2020

Possible new ‘minimoon’ discovered orbiting Earth

It’s been with us for three years, astronomers say. Sadly, it’ll probably be gone by spring. Tumbling through Earth’s increasingly crowded orbit are about 5,000 satellites, […]
February 26, 2020

Can a rogue star kick Earth out of the solar system?

Earth is safe from such a catastrophe — almost. It’s a dangerous universe out there, and life on any planet faces numerous existential threats — including […]
February 23, 2020

‘Mad Mike’ Hughes, daredevil who built a homemade steam rocket, dies in launch attempt

Daredevil “Mad Mike” Hughes died Saturday (Feb. 22) during his latest attempt to launch into the sky on a homemade rocket powered by steam. Hughes, 64, was […]