Fringe

March 10, 2017

Could Mysterious Cosmic Light Flashes Be Powering Alien Spacecraft?

Bizarre flashes of cosmic light may actually be generated by advanced alien civilizations, as a way to accelerate interstellar spacecraft to tremendous speeds, a new study […]
February 17, 2017

Organic Material Discovery Suggests Life Could Exist on Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn mission has detected tar-like organic compounds on the dwarf planet’s surface, bolstering prospects for life on the largest body in the asteroid belt. Scientists […]
February 16, 2017

This Is Why Sending Messages to Aliens Might Be a Good Idea

Although there’s some fear surrounding the act of sending messages to hypothetical extraterrestrial intelligences, it could be one of the most important things humanity could do […]
February 15, 2017

The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on Mars

A little more than 40 years ago, Dubai was a tiny pearl-fishing village lined with dirt roads. Now it’s the largest and most futuristic city in […]
February 8, 2017

Three decades after Challenger, a soccer ball finally reaches space

As ever, the world spins, time passes, and things come back around. When Ellison Onizuka made his second flight as a mission specialist aboard space shuttle Challenger […]
February 7, 2017

NASA’s Rover Curiosity Reveals Something Weird About Mars’ Ancient Atmosphere

The mystery of how Mars could have once had water flowing on its surface has deepened — the Red Planet‘s early atmosphere likely possessed hundreds of […]
February 5, 2017

Calculating what it would take to park a solar sail at Alpha Centauri

Breakthrough Starshot is an initiative that hopes to send miniature spaceships on a high-speed jaunt to the Centauri system sometime within the next few decades. Doing […]
February 3, 2017

IF EARTH’S ORBIT IS SO CROWDED, WHY DON’T WE SEE SPACE JUNK IN PHOTOS OF THE EARTH?

Sometimes, when we post a cool picture of the Earth taken from space,Popular Science gets questions about why, if there’s so much garbage in space, we […]
January 18, 2017

WHAT WAS THE CARRINGTON EVENT?

Isn’t modern society great? With all this technology surrounding us in all directions. It’s like a cocoon of sweet, fluffy silicon. There are chips in my […]