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Europe's Mars rover takes shape

Jonathan Amos @BBCAmos on Twitter<p><b>So, here it is. Europe's Mars rover. Or rather, a copy of it.</b><p>This is what they call the Structural Thermal Model, or STM. It is one of three rovers that will be built as part of the European Space Agency's ExoMars 2020 mission to search for life on the Red Planet. …

Mars Rover

This new 3D-printed house was built by a portable robot in just 48 hours

There are a lot of 3D-printed houses popping up these days, but this is the first time an architect with the renown of Massimiliano Locatelli of CLS …

3D Printing

Hubble Releases Mind-Blowing New Images of the Lagoon Nebula to Honor Its 28th Anniversary

NASA has released incredible new images of the Lagoon Nebula taken by the Hubble space telescope, in honor of its 28th anniversary and presumably …

Cosmology

These are the planets you’d want to live on in the star system most like ours

If you were going to design a laboratory for answering questions about solar systems, you could hardly do better than TRAPPIST-1. The system, just 39 light-years away, comprises a dim red sun orbited by seven rocky Earth-size worlds — almost as if someone had designed an experiment in planet …

Science

When is a planet too big to be called a planet?

There have been quite a few discussions on what makes a planet (and what doesn't) in the past, the most famous of which resulted in the infamous demotion of Pluto from planet status. But now, there's some rumblings on the upper end of things. This week, Kevin Schlaufman published an article in <i>The</i> …

Universe

Don't know where to start? The essential novels of Ursula K Le Guin

From the fantasy of Earthsea to ambisexual planets, these masterpieces offer brilliant introductions to a dazzling writer who broke entirely new ground<p>News: Ursula K Le Guin dies aged 88 Ursula K Le Guin, by Margaret Atwood: ‘One of the literary greats of the 20th century’<p><b>A Wizard of Earthsea</b><p>“From …

Literature

How Does Life Start? Meteorites Have Brought Ingredients of DNA to Earth

It’s not easy to catch a shooting star, so scientists try to make the most out of every meteorite they can find, peering inside to try to learn its …

Images: A Collection Of Concept Art For Blade Runner 2049, Alien: Covenant, And More From Emmanuel Shiu

This is a collection of sci-fi concept art from Emmanuel Shiu, based out of San Francisco. The pieces feature concept art from <i>Blade Runner 2049,</i></i> …

Construction

Rinspeed's concept EV puts swappable pods on a 'skateboard'

Rinspeed has been dreaming up insane vehicles for years -- from scuba cars plucked from James Bond's garage to modded self-driving rides. Even if they never make it to the public, the concepts are at least fun to check out, and the Rinspeed Snap is no different. Essentially a modular vehicle in two …

This Levitating Moon Changes Color at the Push of a Button

It's much more than just a paperweight.<p>If your desk could use a touch of the celestial, this is the ornament you've been looking for.<p>The Levimoon captures the beauty of the real moon in stunning detail and clarity, is the world’s first levitating moon light, and it's on sale for 30 percent off at …

NASA Releases New Photos of Jupiter That Look Just Like Watercolor Paintings

A series of surreal new images, courtesy of NASA, show Jupiter’s surface which will have you questioning what exactly you’re looking at.<p>Since 2011, …

Tesla will reveal its first electric big-rig tonight — here's what to look for

Tesla will reveal its big-rig semi-trailer in Los Angeles on Thursday evening, and I'll be at SpaceX headquarters to check it out. Check back with Business Insider for full coverage.<p>The Tesla semi was anything but a 10-4-good-buddy move for Tesla. While many observers expected a pickup truck to …

Tesla

One of the best tips I've learned for being a good boss is the one managers tend to skip

There's so much to learn and master when managing a team: how to give feedback effectively, how to run an effective 1:1, how to delegate, how to develop your team, and more.<p>One of the secrets I've found in managing effectively is also one of the steps that managers skip most often. It's making sure …

Snacks

Take in the Surreal Beauty of Jupiter in These Incredible New Images

On November 6th, NASA released the raw images from its Juno Probe’s 8th flyby of the solar system’s largest planet. The images are interesting, but …

Take a look at what experts think our martian homes will look like

Before you sign up for any mission to Mars, be prepared to say goodbye to the concept of the bedroom as you know it.<p>On Mars, as in outer space …

This is what the entire universe looks like in one image

The universe is so vast it's almost impossible to picture what it might look like crammed into one field of view.<p>But musician Pablo Carlos Budassi …

Universe

GM's SURUS fuel-cell truck platform could be a disaster-relief hero

Autonomous truck chassis concept could form the basis for a mobile power station, ambulance or delivery truck.<p>Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico's infrastructure, including its power and water supplies, as well as its medical, transportation and food distribution networks. The natural disaster's …

Fuel Cell

Bjarke Ingels proposes Mars simulation city for Dubai in race for space colonisation

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has revealed designs for the Mars Science City, which will operate as a space simulation campus near Dubai where …

Space Exploration

Lockheed Martin unveils Mars space station and surface lander

Elon Musk wasn't the only one dishing new details on a mission to Mars at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. Lockheed Martin, which too plans to send humans to the Red Planet in the next decade, also dropped a bunch of new info about its ambitious project. The defense …

Space Exploration

Live: Everything Elon Musk just unveiled about his plans to colonize Mars

Excitement Down Under<p>Every year, the who’s who of the space industry gathers at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to celebrate all …

Int-Ball is a bit larger than a softball, can float and maneu…

<b>Int-Ball</b> is a bit larger than a softball, can float and maneuver by itself but also be controlled remotely, can take high resolution images and videos, and is not related to Hello Kitty. Int-Ball was delivered to the ISS in early June and is designed to allow ground-control to increase the monitoring of ISS equipment and activities while decreasing time demands on human astronauts. Int-Ball moves by turning on small internal fans and sees with a camera located between its two dark eyes.<p>•The …

The Top 5 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Apps for Architects

<i>This article was originally published by Archipreneur.</i><br>Virtual reality and augmented reality tools for the AEC industry are getting increasingly …

Augmented Reality

An art project forces people to consider online recommendations in the real world

What do online recommendations mean for our decisions in the real world?<p>You’ve seen them on Amazon.com or places like Facebook: “helpful” recommendations for other, similar products, games, or even content that you might like, based on your internet history. According to two artists, the algorithms …

New Zealand

NASA goes Steampunk for its future Venus probes

NASA knows better than any of us that what seems normal today was once science fiction. So, it isn't afraid to bet some cash on some fanciful space projects via the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) symposium. This year, the agency looked at projects it calls "little more than ideas," …

Space

Alexander Semenov Expedition to Shoot Creatures of the Deep

Alexander Semenov is a marine photographer and biologist leading an incredible project aiming at discovering and shooting never-seen-before marine …

Drones

An 'absolutely phenomenal' discovery hints 4 Earth-size planets may orbit the closest sun to our own

Astronomers may have just hit a crucial milestone in the search for other Earth-like planets. Scientists from the University of Hertfordshire and University of California, Santa Cruz announced they've discovered four planets orbiting a nearby, sun-like star — two of which may be …

Science

A First Look at the Spacesuits of the Future

After years of anticipation, Elon Musk has finally revealed the design that could take humans to a new level of space exploration.<p>In true Elon Musk fashion, the latest SpaceX creation has been revealed with dramatic flair.<p>Posting on his Instagram account early Wednesday morning, Musk unveiled the …

Snow Falls on Mars in the Summer

The red planet gets a dusting from unexpected bursts of snow flurries, according to new atmospheric simulations.<p>In the Martian north, summer brings a nightly dusting of snow.<p>This surprising scene comes courtesy of new simulations of flip-flopping layers in the Martian atmosphere, which mix more …

Astronomers capture best image yet of a star other than the sun

See that photo above? It might look a lot hazier than the HD photos you're used to, but it's the best and most detail image of a star other than our own sun that we've captured thus far. A team of astronomers led by Keiichi Ohnaka have used ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer in Chile to map …