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Laser etching and origami creates a surprisingly strong paper donut

March 31, 2015 - 11:15 pm in Science

We don’t generally think of things that are made out of paper as being all that sturdy. This origami donut, however, is actually quite strong. The reason it’s able to withstand the compressive force that’s being applied to it is the precise pattern of…


NASA: hydrothermal activity suggests an environment for life on Enceladus

March 26, 2015 - 11:03 pm in Science

Enceladus is only Saturn’s sixth largest moon, but it’s also one of its most interesting due to the sheer amount of geological activity happening…

NASA and ESA measure strength of wind from a supermassive black hole

March 8, 2015 - 1:05 am in Science

We tend to think of black holes pulling things in rather than blowing them out, but the tremendous space-warping forces at play in the vicinity of the…


NASA reduces its footprint on Earth by renting an airfield to Google for 60 years

November 12, 2014 - 5:40 pm in Science

Google has this week signed a mutually beneficial rental agreement with NASA that sees it take control of a massive airfield and buildings in Silicon Valley. The deal lasts 60 years with Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures LLC agreeing to pay $1.16 billion…


Curiosity rover has just reached Mars’ Mount Sharp

September 16, 2014 - 6:39 pm in News

It takes time for the Curiosity rover to get anywhere on Mars – after all, you don’t want to send it rolling across the craggy surface of the Red Planet only to end up stuck on a rock or at the bottom of a ravine. That’s why Curiosity has just now completed…


See all 135 NASA Space Shuttle launches in one video montage

August 22, 2014 - 9:50 am in Science

America is still without a dedicated orbital spacecraft following the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. Still, the Shuttle had a pretty good run, having made its first flight way back in 1981. Now you can check out every one of the 135 Shuttle launches…


NASA designs sandals to make sure astronauts are getting exercise

June 5, 2014 - 1:56 pm in Science

Don’t like to exercise? Well, no one’s forcing you, unless you’re an astronaut. NASA allots two-and-a-half hours each day for astronauts to exercise while in space, and the health consequences of skipping it for a few days are much more severe than that…


Tonight, look to the sky for a genuine meteor storm

May 24, 2014 - 9:37 pm in Science

Good thing it’s a Friday! Astronomy buffs and cool-sight lovers across the Northern hemisphere will be staying up past their bedtimes tonight to watch a meteor shower projected to break records for the sheer number of shooting stars. Called Camelopardalids,…


NASA announces futuristic spacesuit design picked by online vote

May 13, 2014 - 12:43 pm in Science

NASA has been due for a spacesuit upgrade for a long time, and the newest prototype of the latest in astronaut fashions is finally being shown off. The public even got a chance to (sort of) design this one. The Z-2 Spacesuit is the product of years of research…


Now you can see what it’s like to be standing on Mars

May 8, 2014 - 12:30 pm in Science

No, Google Street View didn’t come to Mars (but we’re thinking about pre-writing the story anyway for when that inevitably happens). Instead, panoramic photographer Andrew Bodrov put together a Street View-like image that allows you to pan around Mars…