December 5, 2014

Who’s Out There—Right- or Left-Handers or Both?

The artificial life research tide may be shifting at last, from dry  robots and clever software back to wet chemistry. Gerald Joyce and Jonathan Sczepanski at the […]
December 2, 2014

NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

NASA is about to launch a new spaceship into orbit, and Mallory Loe has never heard of it. “I mean, technically, NASA doesn’t have another spaceship, […]
November 30, 2014

Cool NASA Animation Beautifully Details Every Step of Orion’s First Launch!

It’s not Science Fiction! It’s Not Star Trek! No. It’s a really, really big NASA Mission!  It’s Orion! In fact it the biggest and most important development […]
November 26, 2014

Is the Wormhole in 'Interstellar' Possible?

Sci-fi fans who hope humanity can one day zoom to distant corners of the universe via wormholes, as astronauts do in the recent film “Interstellar,” shouldn’t […]
November 22, 2014

How NASA Plans to Land Humans on Mars

On a warm, fall, southern afternoon, William Gerstenmaier stood in line at a lunch buffet on the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville. The […]
November 18, 2014

Four Bizarre Prototypes of Cold War Weapons

The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union took place at the same time as the so-called “Space Age” or “Atomic Age,” a […]
November 5, 2014

Four More Weird Cryptids

The number of undiscovered species on Earth is estimated to be in the millions, if not the billions. For all of the biodiversity that our planet […]
October 25, 2014

Who’s Out There?—Something Somewhere Not In Thermodynamic Equilibrium?

In his 1992 book Steps Toward Life, Nobel Prize winner and Director of the Max Planck Institute, Manfred Eigen, focuses on the origins of life. He introduces the […]
October 17, 2014

NASA Investigating Deep-Space Hibernation Technology

Manned missions to deep space present numerous challenges. In addition to the sheer amount of food, water and air necessary to keep a crew alive for […]