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Uncertain Future for Earth’s Biggest Telescope

(<i>Hear Nadia Drake interviewed live about the Arecibo telescope on Science Friday from Public Radio International, on Friday June 10 at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST</i>.)<p>Tucked into a sinkhole in the Puerto Rican jungle, the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope scans the skies for signs of distant …

NASA wants to reach the edge of our solar system with a 25 mile electrostatic solar sail

A consortium of scientists, academics, and government agencies have determined that advanced propulsion is the main technical obstacle standing …

Space Travel

Icelandic Cliffside Retreat By Visualising Architecture

As far as conceptual living goes, nothing is as outlandish as a home that seamlessly emerges from an Icelandic cliff face.<p>Besides scaring the hell …

Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka Now Publicly Available

Almost a year ago, the Museum announced that it had acquired papers and artifacts of Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), renowned science fiction author …

Science Fiction

Framework Building is pretty ordinary. That's why it's so exciting

The Wood Design Awards for 2016 have just been announced, and there is a lot to love and a lot to learn from them. Previously we showed the elaborate …

NASA: ‘Help wanted’ for future mission to Mars

NASA has put out the word — it’s hiring the next generation of astronauts, the first new class in four years.<p>But what makes this class particularly …

Astronomers finally have a way to track objects that don't emit light

Astronomy as we know it will never be same.<p>Today, February 11, scientists announced that we finally detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime known …

NASA releases even more of its fantastical space tourism posters

You might think NASA is a big bureaucratic agency that only operates according to rules, regulations, and process — and you'd mostly be right. But the space agency is also full of dreamers and thinkers like the ones who make up the design studio at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who were behind the …

Posters

This NASA spacecraft will set sail propelled entirely by sunlight

It took NASA’s Voyager I probe 35 years to reach the edge of our solar system and enter interstellar space. But a lot has changed in space technology since Voyager launched in 1977. NASA’s new space sail—propelled only by the sun—can make that same trip in 20 years.<p>On Tuesday (Feb. 2), NASA …

Space Travel

Man's hand-carved caves in New Mexico are underground castles

<b>Ra Paulette has spent decades digging out exquisite spaces with nothing more than hand tools</b>.<p>In 2014 the world was introduced to the work of Ra …

Space Exploration

Cracked walls, wrinkled faces: Paris' modernist housing estates and their elderly residents – in pictures

Photographer Laurent Kronental spent four years documenting the lives of older citizens living in the Grands Ensembles housing estates built around Paris after the second world war for his Souvenir d’un Futur project

France

New high resolution NASA images show Pluto's 'lava lamp' landscape

The New Horizons probe may have finished its Pluto flyby all the way back in July 2015, but NASA continues to receive new images from the spacecraft's slow, drip-feed data connection. The latest pictures add to our highest resolution mosaic of Pluto's surface, showing new detail of the Sputnik …

Solar System

When President Truman utterly gutted the White House

Gutting the White House<p>Nothing but a thin facade. Literally.<p>May 17, 1950<p>When President Harry S. Truman moved his family into the White House in 1945, …

Feel incredibly lonely as you stare at this photo of the Earth and moon drifting through space

On November 26, a Japanese spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and the moon from 1.9 million miles away, just drifting through the inky black void of space:<p>When you think about the scale of the universe, it's hard to imagine that most of it is made of empty space. Photos like this one help …

Space

Going interstellar: Space start-ups that will shape the future

Space was once a byword for fantasy and wonder, but it has been firmly bought down to earth.

Space Travel

Artist Builds Articulating Pneumatic Wings Fit for a Human

Artist Alexis Noriega of The Crooked Feather has designed a handmade pair of bird wings fit for an actual human. As a matter of fact, the artist's creation is equipped with pneumatic automation, which means that the wings can extend and retract through a sophisticated air pressure system, operated …

Paintball

World View tests a small version of its balloon-powered spacecraft

World View, the company that plans to offer relatively affordable trips to the edge of space using ginormous helium balloons, has successfully completed its first major test flight. While it aims to use balloons the size of a football stadium for the actual flights, the one it tested is a …

This '70s Artist Painted Our Future in Space

Before computer-illustrating software, aerospace engineers and astronomers turned to the skillful hands of technical illustrators to depict future …

These 'Lord Of The Rings' Illustrations Are Just Precious

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has published a book of J.R.R. Tolkien's sketches for the 60th anniversary of the series. Edited by Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond, <i>The Art of The Lord of the Rings</i> contains over 180 of Tolkien's drawings.<p>Only a few of the featured maps and landscapes were initially …

University of Oxford

Breakthrough for electrode implants in the brain

For nearly nine years, researchers at Lund University have been working on developing implantable electrodes that can capture signals from single …

2 men were just awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for unlocking the secrets of the strangest particle in the universe

The prize goes jointly to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen's University in Kingston, Canada "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass."<p>The two recipients were leaders of two major underground neutrino …

Physics

Amazon releases the 100 sci-fi and fantasy books you should read in your lifetime

Amazon’s book editors have been busy assembling collections of the 100 books everyone should read in their lifetime — and today they took on the …

Science Fiction

Paintings reveal what people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like

There are few things as fascinating as seeing what people in the past dreamed about the future.<p>"France in the Year 2000" is one example. The series …

Art

Images of Pluto and Charon continue to captivate Nasa: 'This world is alive'

The newest images and data from Pluto continue to astound Nasa scientists, lead researcher Alan Stern said on Monday, telling a university hall that “2015 will be a year in textbooks forever” as the point when mankind unveiled the world on the edge of its solar system.<p>“This world is alive,” Stern …

Solar System

Jaw-dropping images give us a first glimpse of Mars' liquid water

For years, a team of NASA scientists had pondered over the enigmatic dark streaks lining the inner and outer faces of craters on the Martian surface, shown below.<p>But no longer.<p>NASA announced the answer to the conundrum Monday: The streaks are evidence of flowing water.<p>Most mysterious about these …

Saltwater

8 Cities That Show You What the Future Will Look Like

Cities used to grow by accident. Sure, the location usually made sense—someplace defensible, on a hill or an island, or somewhere near an extractable …

Smart Cities