Meteorologists in St. Louis were baffled last week when radar images showed a strange butterfly-shaped cloud passing overhead on its way south. The cloud was shifting its shape dramatically on what otherwise
An interior view of Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft, which features LED lighting and tablet technology, is seen in an undated NASA handout image. REUTERS/NASA/Robert Markowitz/Handout WASHINGTON (Reuters)
Graphene's most problematic superlative is its cost. It was so simple. Take a small flake of graphite and put it on piece of regular old Scotch tape. Pinch it in between the tape, peeling off layer after
Robotics designers in the US have long gotten their inspiration from both science fiction and biology, and Chinese engineers are no different, most especially those working on walking combat robots. Dai
Earlier this week, two spacecraft arrived at the planet Mars. One came from India, the other from the U.S. Both are now in orbit and collecting data. But the Indian probe is conducting its mission at tiny
NASA's MAVEN is entering Mars orbit, kicking off a rush of countries putting their own robots and orbiters on the planet. Mars is getting crowded. A new NASA orbiter slips into Mars orbit on Sunday, followed
Specifically, bubbles may be to blame. Three American soldiers* may have died in Afghanistan’s battle of Takur Ghar because of disruptions caused by plasma bubbles – a form of space weather – according
U.S. Agricultural Research Service scientists have applied to release exotic Eurasian fungi to kill invasive tumbleweeds in the American West. Dana Berner wants to start an epidemic among tumbleweeds.
This month’s roundup of the best space-related imagery in the known universe includes a dramatic solar flare, a cosmonaut’s selfie and an improbable marriage between technology and the ancient Japanese
Will NASA be required to fund the Dream Chaser? With the recent retirement of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, NASA has been in desperate need of some space taxis -- vehicles designed to transport astronauts
PBS explains the physics of space skirmishes If humanity brings war into space, what will those battles look like? Well, if our understanding of physics is anything close to correct, they won’t look at
Simple and powerful The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has released printable files that will help turn your smartphone into a microscope of up to 1000X magnification. If you have access to an printer--which
Just a bucket of this stuff can steal all of the oxygen in a room. It only takes about 10 liters of a newly-developed form of crystalline cobalt salt to steal the air from a room, or at least the 21 percent
A map featuring the UK made entirely of Minecraft blocks has had an upgrade. Created by Ordnance Survey (OS), the original map re-created 224,000 sq km (86,000 sq miles) of Britain using more than 22 blocks.