Science

July 12, 2017

Finding Extraterrestrial Life May Rely on Identifying Traces Rather Than Aliens

Taking inspiration from the work of Leonardo da Vinci, a new paper suggests focusing on how to look for trails, tracks, burrows, and other signs that […]
July 11, 2017

Calm Seas on Saturn’s Moon Titan Offer a Smooth Landing for Future Missions

Waves on the seas of Titan are less than a one-quarter of an inch high, which would provide a calm landing surface for probes. The liquid-hydrocarbon […]
July 7, 2017

The surface of Mars is probably too toxic for bacteria to survive

But the search for life on the red planet isn’t over yet. Mars is not a very welcoming place. It’s cold, there’s hardly any atmosphere, and its […]
July 1, 2017

Did Life on Earth Come From Outer Space?

A look at the scientific evidence for panspermia. Where did life come from? It remains one the biggest questions in biology, and has preoccupied scientists for […]
June 22, 2017

Is It Time to Rethink How We Search for Alien Life?

WASHINGTON — From the lovable, candy-munching E.T. to the deadly Xenomorphs from the “Alien” movies, science-fiction stories are bursting with all kinds of alien encounters. But […]
June 20, 2017

Made in Space Talks ‘Teleporting’ and the Future of Space-Borne 3D Printing

NEW YORK — The California company Made In Space, known for providing the first 3D printer on the International Space Station, has big goals for space-borne […]
June 19, 2017

Ten ways that astronauts are helping you stay healthy

Astronauts on the International Space Station are growing crystals that could help develop new drugs for use on Earth. Here are ten healthcare technologies that have already come […]
June 17, 2017

Spooky action at a record-breaking distance

Entangled particles remain linked over 746 miles apart From a Chinese satellite drifting through suborbital space, a laser beamed pairs of entangled photons to two separate […]
June 15, 2017

Electric-Powered Lunar Space Tug Could Facilitate Future Moon Missions

To make moon flights cheaper, a new paper proposes that NASA use an electrically powered lunar space tug that would operate between Earth and the moon. […]