Orion: Nasa's Moon-ship is attached to SLS megarocket

Nasa's next-generation spaceship is attached to the rocket that will return people to the Moon.

Oct. 21, 2021 ~3 min

Orion: Nasa's Moon ship ready to be attached to rocket

The Orion spacecraft is ready to be placed on top of a rocket that will send it towards the Moon.

Oct. 19, 2021 ~2 min

Star Trek star William Shatner ready to boldly go into space

The actor who played Captain Kirk in the classic TV show is due to launch above Earth for real within hours.

Oct. 13, 2021 ~4 min

Punishment for the people

Professor Lily Tsai’s new book explains how “retributive justice,” the high-profile sanctioning of some in society, helps authoritarians solidify public support.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 12, 2021 ~8 min

Distinguishing truth in communications

With a new National Science Foundation grant, Justin Reich and collaborators will apply information literacy research to communities outside the formal education system.

Andrew Whitacre | Comparative Media Studies/Writing • mit
Oct. 8, 2021 ~6 min

Clues to consciousness: how dopamine fits into the mystery of what makes us conscious – podcast

Plus, how a team of musicologists and computer scientists completed Beethoven’s unfinished 10th Symphony using AI. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.

Daniel Merino, Assistant Science Editor & Co-Host of The Conversation Weekly Podcast • conversation
Oct. 7, 2021 ~4 min

Captain Kirk: Bezos' Blue Origin to send William Shatner into space

William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk, is set to become the oldest person to fly to space.

Oct. 4, 2021 ~3 min

23,000-year-old human footprints are oldest in the Americas

The footprints offer hints of people's real lives 23,000 years ago. "What we see here is also activity of play, and of different ages coming together."

Kyle Mittan-U. Arizona • futurity
Sept. 30, 2021 ~7 min

Citizens emerge from the slums

PhD student Ying Gao's research reveals that the urban poor in the developing world are politically engaged and capable of effecting change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Sept. 28, 2021 ~8 min

Fossil footprints prove humans populated the Americas thousands of years earlier than we thought

The New Mexico findings could rewrite the history of human migration to the Americas.

Sally Christine Reynolds, Principal Academic in Hominin Palaeoecology, Bournemouth University • conversation
Sept. 23, 2021 ~7 min