Category: Technology

In Order for Asteroid Mining to Become a Reality, We’ll Need Better Telescopes

In Order for Asteroid Mining to Become a Reality, We’ll Need Better Telescopes

The idea of mining asteroids for precious mineral deposits has gained steam in recent years, with space mining startups focusing on logistics and governments like Luxembourg positioning themselves as big funders of the sector....

Why Russia Did Not Put a Man on the Moon – The Secret Soviet Moon Rocket

Why Russia Did Not Put a Man on the Moon – The Secret Soviet Moon Rocket

At the time the soviets were leading the space race, they had already started with the launch of Sputnik, then launched several probes to the moon, including one in 1959 that orbited and taken...

Watch This Guy Build a Massive Solar System in the Desert | Short Film Showcase

Watch This Guy Build a Massive Solar System in the Desert | Short Film Showcase

The vastness of space is almost too mind-boggling for the human brain to comprehend. In order to accurately illustrate our place in the universe, one group of friends decided to build the first scale...

NASA Prepares to Crash Cassini Probe Into Saturn for Mission’s ‘Grand Finale’

NASA Prepares to Crash Cassini Probe Into Saturn for Mission’s ‘Grand Finale’

NASA’s veteran Cassini mission will officially kick off its farewell tour of the Saturn system on April 22 with a final close encounter of the ringed planet’s largest moon, Titan. Five months later, on...

Energy poverty is a real problem. Coal is a bogus solution.

Energy poverty is a real problem. Coal is a bogus solution.

Some 1.2 billion people around the world lack access to electricity. 2.8 billion burn charcoal, wood, or other biomass to cook and heat their homes. Lack of access to clean, reliable energy services, or “energy poverty,”...

NASA has found 16,000 asteroids near Earth. Don’t panic.

NASA has found 16,000 asteroids near Earth. Don’t panic.

There are millions of such rocks, called asteroids, in the solar system. An estimated 1 million to 2 million large asteroids exist in the space between Mars and Jupiter.  Sometimes these asteroids collide with...

Solar power is already saving lives in the US. Here’s how.

Solar power is already saving lives in the US. Here’s how.

Solar power is still a fairly tiny portion of US electricity, but it is growing incredibly fast. This is exciting to people for all sorts of reasons — economic development, jobs, local/democratic/decentralized power, and...

China just built a solar power array that looks like a panda

China just built a solar power array that looks like a panda

A Chinese solar power company has just completed the first phase of an ingenious PR stunt: building a 100MW solar power plant in the shape of a panda bear. According to a release from...

A new book ranks the top 100 solutions to climate change. The results are surprising.

A new book ranks the top 100 solutions to climate change. The results are surprising.

For all the hand-wringing on climate change over the years, discussion of solutions remains puzzlingly anemic and fractured. A few high-profile approaches, mainly around renewable energy and electric cars, dominate discussion and modeling. But...