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Why NASA is sending an inflatable house to space

The International Space Station is getting some new real estate.<p>NASA is sending a giant inflatable house to space this spring, testing a new type of habitat that could one day give astronauts more living room in space. Of course, this isn't your average inflatable bouncy house:<p>Inflated, the Bigelow …

Space Exploration

Palmyra, before and after the ISIS takeover

Over the weekend, Syrian regime forces recaptured the historic Syrian city of Palmyra from ISIS, dealing a major blow to the Islamic State’s territorial organization.<p>The city represented a strategic crossroads, linking Syria’s capital to ISIS strongholds in the country’s east. The group’s retreat …

Archaeology

This 3-minute cartoon explains why nuclear weapons still pose a very real threat

Nuclear weapons are something so scary and so dangerous — thousands of weapons explicitly designed to be powerful enough to destroy the world many times over, perpetually deployed, and able to be fired with the push of a few buttons, like a gun forever left to the world's head — that I'm sometimes …

Northrop Grumman

The unprecedented coral bleaching disaster at the Great Barrier Reef, explained

The scientists who study the Great Barrier Reef are shocked and horrified by what they're seeing right now.<p>Record hot temperatures in the Pacific Ocean — driven by global warming and a powerful El Niño — have fueled the worst coral bleaching event ever seen along the northern third of Australia's …

Great Barrier Reef

Cyberpunk Sunday! Listen to a Radio Dramatization of William Gibson’s NEUROMANCER

Open Culture found this radio adaptation of William Gibson’s 1984 cyberpunk novel <b>Neuromancer</b>.<p>You can listen to it below…but in case you need any more …

The best recent science fiction novels – review roundup

Eric Brown on Alastair Reynolds’ Poseidon’s Wake, Sarah Lotz’s Day Four, Kit Reed’s WHERE, Ian Whates’s Pelquin’s Comet, Amanda Downum’s Dreams of Shreds and Tatters and Stefan Mohamed’s Bitter Sixteen<p>A former astronomer with the European Space Agency, Alastair Reynolds writes expansive, …

Books
Space Travel

Review - 'Ex Machina' Is A Sci-Fi Masterpiece

Writer Alex Garland has impressed with his previous cinematic efforts as screenwriter for <i>28 Days Later</i>, <i>Sunshine</i>, <i>Never Let Me Go</i>, and <i>Dredd</i>. His writing mixes smart science fiction elements with emotional characterization, thrilling action, and poignant themes about humanity. But his latest film — …

Box Office

You can now play Super Mario 64 in your browser

The first level has been remade in beautiful high definition<p><i>Super Mario 64</i> is still an amazing game, but nearly 20 years after it first launched on the Nintendo 64, it looks pretty dated. But with a little love, it can look amazing. Computer science student Erik Roystan Ross recently decided to …

Retrogaming

Lewis Dartnell at The Interval: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch on March 24 02015

<b>Tuesday, March 24, 02015</b> <b><br>Lewis Dartnell</b> <br>(University of Leicester / European Space Agency)<i>The Knowledge: Rebuilding Our World From Scratch</i> <br>at The …

TV shows

Largest Recorded Explosion On Moon Excavates 60-ft. Crater

Two years ago March 17 an object the size of a small boulder <b>hit the surface of the moon</b> in Mare Imbrium and exploded in a flash of light nearly 10 …

Astronomy

Latest 'Ghost In The Shell' Anime Movie Gets New Trailer

As this year marks the 25th anniversary for the publication of the original Ghost in the Shell manga, it’s hardly surprising that we’re getting a new anime movie. The slightly sad thing is that it seems to be based on the recent Arise series, which wasn’t that great.<p>With the previous trailer it …

Anime

Terry Pratchett Dead: Bestselling 'Discworld' Author Dies Aged 66 After Suffering From Alzheimer's Disease

Terry Pratchett has died after a long illness, it has been confirmed.<p><b>Read more:</b><p>Stars Pay Tribute To ‘Discworld' Author On Twitter<p>Terry Pratchett's …

Books

NASA tests parachute-like space brakes to de-orbit satellites

Getting into space is difficult, but getting home again is no picnic either. True, it's all downhill, but velocity still needs to be reduced if a …

Philip K. Dick was right: we are becoming androids

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired the film Blade Runner, a bounty hunter pursues a group of androids …

Philip K. Dick

Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Remembering him with the science of the TV show<p><i>Sad news today: Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. Nimoy was many things—an actor, a poet, a singer of hobbit songs, and someone who understood what it was like to be alienated. At</i> Popular Science, <i>we, like many others, will remember him</i> …

Europe's Newly Tested Space Plane Aims for Next Launch in 2019

With one reportedly flawless test flight already under its belt, officials are already planning a European space plane for its next test.<p>The manager …

The dark future of American space exploration - Vox

NASA's golden age is about to come to a thudding halt<p>One by one they flickered to life. Venus, first, in 1962, and two and a half years later, Mars. Our spacecraft flew by those planets, orbited them, and became manmade meteors streaking toward the first soil we couldn’t generically call "earth." …

Astronomy

NASA Is Making Parking Spots On The Space Station For Commercial Taxis

It's so hard to find a decent place to dock in low Earth orbit<p>The International Space Station is getting a makeover starting this week. On Friday, astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts will conduct the first of a series of spacewalks to reconfigure the outside of the station to create …

Space mission ends with a bang for European cargo ship

<i>Good bye #ATV5! Arrivederci ATV5!</i><p>That was the send-off tweet from European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti as an unmanned automated …

10 Reasons Why Asteroid Redirect Mission Is Worth Doing

<i>Full Disclosure: My space startup, Altius Space Machines, is being paid under the Asteroid Redirect Mission Broad Agency Announcement to do a study</i> …

Gigantic, High-Altitude Plume On Mars Leaves Scientists Puzzled

On March 12, 2012, a group of amateur astronomers observed a gigantic plume, visible as a small protrusion, above the surface of Mars. What made this …

The best sci-fi and fantasy shows you need to watch

Live-action comic book dramas, classic science-fiction remakes, instant zombie cult hits and all manner of geekdom have taken over TV.<p>These stories …

2014's best science fiction and fantasy

Locus magazine has published its annual recommended reading list, which signposts the best in science fiction and fantasy from the previous year.<p>I …

Science Fiction

Space 2020: What does the future hold?

What will our space ambitions actually look like a decade from now? Three experts tell Richard Hollingham.<p>Space has not been this exciting since the 1960s.<p>Nasa recently launched Orion, its first new spacecraft to carry astronauts since the Space Shuttle, and is developing a massive new rocket to …

Space Science
Asteroids

When you wish upon a star: nuclear fusion and the promise of a brighter future

Decades in the making, Iter, a huge experimental nuclear fusion reactor in rural France, could be the site of breakthroughs that will provide limitless, clean energy and secure the planet’s future<p>The countryside of Saint-Paul-lez-Durance in Provence is a serene terrain of thickly wooded hills. On …

Nuclear Energy

No, This Isn't Scifi. It's an Actual Spaceplane, Getting Fuelled Up.

The European Space Agency is about to launch its unmanned experimental spacecraft on February 11th, from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. …