March 28, 2013

Leavin' on a Martian Jet Plane

Pilots and amateur aviation enthusiasts alike use desktop flight simulators like Laminar Research‘s X-Plane to polish their skills and fly new aircraft in different places—we’ve used it to design […]
March 27, 2013

James Cameron donates sub to research institution

Canadian director James Cameron is donating the submarine he helped build for his journey to the bottom of the sea to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. […]
March 26, 2013


Navigating space isn’t easy—there’s no air, water, or earth to push your spacecraft in another direction. Rocket fuels and gravity assist have been our best tools […]
March 25, 2013

Who is Afraid of the Big Black Hole

Black holes are violent phenomenon, and there is an element of respect when we consider them, certainly there would be fear if we had to approach […]
March 24, 2013

Lockheed Martin wants to use a quantum computer to develop radar, aircraft systems

Lockheed Martin is looking at several challenging applications for the quantum-computing hardware it has purchased from from D-Wave Systems, the New York Times reported Friday. The use of quantum […]
March 22, 2013

Scifi to SciFact #8: The Skin Gun

The Skin Gun was developed by Jörg C. Gerlach and colleagues at Stem Cell Systems GmbH in Berlin. After taking a sample of a second-degree burn […]
March 22, 2013

That's reassuring: Nasa chief Charles Bolden's advice on asteroid heading for Earth: just pray

Last year, in an effort to tackle the myths surrounding the belief that the world would end on December 21st, Nasa set up a website to […]
March 8, 2013

Luca Goes EVA

As Expedition 36/37 flight engineer, Luca will conduct maintenance tasks, replace a camera mounted on Japan’s Kibo module and retrieve science payloads. One of his spacewalks […]
March 8, 2013

If Earth Were Hosting An Alien Species, This Is What It Would Look Like

The unkillable tardigrade rears its tiny, weird-looking head. In 2011, the European Space Agency launched Earth’s weirdest creature, the tardigrade, into orbit for twelve days on […]