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How Will We Get Off Mars?

We know how to get to Mars. We know how to land on Mars. Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to leave.<p>When NASA engineers look at Mars, they see a planet-sized Venus flytrap.<p>It lures us with the promise of scientific discovery—but the moment we land there, gravity and a harsh climate will …

Space Science

NASA Digs This Idea for Robots to Build Igloos on Mars

Well before NASA announced that liquid water exists on Mars, a team of designers from Clouds Architecture Office and Space Exploration Architecture …

Igloos

A company just booked a ride to space for the first private moon landing

A private company aiming for the moon now has a contract for a rocket ride to the lunar surface.<p>The spaceflight company Moon Express penned an …

Space Exploration

Dream of humans on Mars persists despite challenges

Mars or Bust.<p>That's the message, neatly stamped in bold red letters, on a small button pinned to Hum Mandell's khaki shirt. And it's an ethos the …

Space Science

How fast could humans travel safely through space?

The current speed record has stood for 46 years. When will it be beaten, asks Adam Hadhazy.<p>We humans are obsessed with speed. Recent months, for instance, brought news that students in Germany have broken the record for the fastest accelerating electric car, and that the US Air Force plans to …

How to shoot the Perseid meteor shower with your phone

Stargazers are on the lookout for Perseid meteors streaking through the sky this week.<p>The meteor shower should peak tonight and into the wee hours of …

Mobile Photography

Saturn Spacecraft Returns to the Realm of Icy Moons

A dual view of Saturn's icy moon Rhea marks the return of NASA's Cassini spacecraft to the realm of the planet's icy satellites. This follows nearly …

Op-ed | Why the U.S. Gave Up on the Moon

Recently, several space advocacy groups joined forces to form the Alliance for Space Development. Their published objectives include a mention of …

Space Exploration

7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

<i>By K. Aleisha Fetters, DETAILS</i><p><i>(photo: Eric Ray Davidson)</i><p>While marathon sweat sessions can certainly kick your metabolism into high gear, there's a faster, better way to rev up your fat-burning potential. Below are seven seriously simple moves that will slash through more calories than minutes.<p>"Your …

3 Ways To Make A Star On Earth

Fusion: It's a blast!<p>Last fall, Lockheed Martin divulged a new fusion reactor design--one it claimed could power homes and cars in a decade. The wildly optimistic claim is reminiscent of that old trope: Fusion is just 10 years away ... and always will be. Still, experiments suggest we’re getting …

Nuclear Energy

Google's New Chromebit Computer Is Ridiculously Small

An inch or two longer than the typical USB drive.<p>Google's newest computer is about the size of an inhaler and could easily be mistaken for one were it not for its Chrome branding. It's called the Chromebit and it will be one of the smallest computers on the market when it ships this …

Nasa plans mission to land on asteroid and explore deep space

Nasa is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it – a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars.<p>The space agency Wednesday unveiled details of the $1.25bn plan to launch a solar-powered unmanned spaceship to an asteroid …

Space Exploration

US-led coalition pounds ISIL targets in Tikrit

US-led coalition warplanes have launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Tikrit, in a boost to Iraqi forces fighting alongside Iran-backed militia on the ground.<p>A US defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that …

Watch SpaceX test its amazing SuperDraco rockets from a few feet away

The Space Shuttle was cool in action, but on paper it sounded like a particularly capacious way to get to work in the mornings. Spaceships should really have cooler names. Elon Musk's SpaceX understands this — the private company's newest Dragon craft is equipped with four SuperDraco pods, each …

Space Exploration

Saturn's day is shorter than once thought, scientists say

How long is a day on Saturn? This apparently simple question has dogged scientists for years, but a new study has revealed that the days on this ringed gas giant are shorter than we thought.<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature, help settle a long-standing mystery and could help researchers …

India’s Mars probe has fuel for extended mission

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was expected to end on March 24. But it turns out that the probe could have another 6 months of life left in it.<p>By …

Facebook's Messenger platform will let you download apps, message businesses

During his F8, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the next phase in Facebook Messenger: Messenger Platform. According to Zuckerberg, the app is now an ecosystem that can now be used to create and share content in line and independent of the News Feed.<p><b>An entire ecosystem built into Facebook Messenger</b><p>Going …

Former Beats Execs Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor Leading Development of Apple's New Music Service

Rumors about a revamped Apple-branded Beats streaming music service have been circulating since September of last year, but as the launch of the service draws nearer, information on pricing and content has been leaking out.<p>In a detailed report on the upcoming service published today, <i>The New York</i> …

Solar eclipse 2015: When the light sinks and suddenly goes out

Science might explain the total solar eclipse – but nothing prepares us for its sheer beauty<p>This morning, those in the Faroe Islands will experience one of nature’s grandest spectacles – <b>a total eclipse</b>. Darkness and quiet will descend as the moon moves across the face of the sun, blocking its light …

Astronomy

A new audio app claims to treat tinnitus

Tinnitus affects the ears but it originates in the brain. The condition, which causes ringing in the ears, is mainly triggered by age-related hearing loss and prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise. But neuroscientific studies reveal that tinnitus is a symptom of abnormal hyperactivity in the …

Music Production

Solar eclipse: Will Friday's astronomical event be ruined by cloudy weather?

The most spectacular solar eclipse to be visible from Britain since 1999 is in danger of being hidden by cloud<p>The most spectacular solar eclipse to be visible from Britain for 15 years <b>takes place this week</b>.<p>But like the disappointing <b>1999 total eclipse</b>, when thousands travelled to western Cornwall, …

Solar Eclipse

40 years and counting: the team behind Voyager’s space odyssey

On a chilly March morning, Steve Howard, aged 65, is at work in his office on the northern edge of Pasadena, California. Two computer screens are squeezed on to his corner desk along with family photos, a tissue box and tins of Altoids Curiously Strong Peppermints. The office is in a quiet business …

Space

A Hundred Million Stars in 3 Minutes

Universe

AeroMobil flying car set to take off in 2017, autonomous version to follow

AeroMobil has been around for five years, pursuing the dream of building a functional and (somewhat) practical flying car. Its third-gen prototype was revealed last October, and today at SXSW, AeroMobil CEO Juraj Vaculik revealed a bit more about the company's past and future and the challenges …

Flying Car

Underground ocean on Jupiter’s largest moon

An ocean below the surface of Jupiter’s large moon Ganymede has more water than all earthly oceans, according to evidence from the Hubble Space …

The Outsider

Elizabeth Warren wants to be the most powerful Democrat in America—without running for president.<p>A <b>sk Elizabeth Warren for her first impression of</b> Hillary Clinton, and she doesn’t hesitate: She jolts forward to the edge of her seat, snaps her fingers and describes her as “quick!”<p>Clinton, of course, …

Sandisk’s 200GB MicroSD Card Will Turn Android Phones Into Portable Hard Drives

The world's highest capacity MicroSD card<p>Let's face it: Storage devices aren't exactly the most exciting pieces of hardware. They either work or they don't. And when they don't work, they can cause major headaches. For the last decade, SanDisk has prevented those type of headaches by providing some …

8 Surprising Things We Might Find On Ceres

Who knows what might be lurking on this weird, tiny space rock<p>When NASA’s Dawn mission gets to Ceres on March 6, it’ll be our first up-close look at a dwarf planet. The spacecraft will spend the next year or so orbiting this big rock, snapping photos, scanning its interior, and trying to make sense …

Astronomy