10 years after Fukushima, safety is still nuclear power's greatest challenge

On the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, two experts explain why human choices are more important to nuclear safety than technology, and why the job is far from finished.

Najmedin Meshkati, Professor of Engineering and International Relations, University of Southern California • conversation
March 5, 2021 ~12 min

Japan to build wooden satellites to cut space junk

One of Japan's largest companies has partnered with Kyoto University in what would be a world first.

Dec. 29, 2020 ~3 min

Asteroid capsule landing point detected

A search is under way for a capsule carrying the first large quantities of rock from an asteroid.

Dec. 5, 2020 ~2 min

Rocks from an asteroid set for delivery to Earth

A Japanese spacecraft is set to deliver its precious sample cache to the Australian outback.

Dec. 4, 2020 ~3 min

Hayabusa 2: returning asteroid sample could help uncover the origins of life and the solar system

If the building blocks of life were present at the time that Earth was born, this could mean life is common in the universe.

John Bridges, Professor of Planetary Science, University of Leicester • conversation
Dec. 4, 2020 ~7 min

200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction

For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.

Alessandro Antonello, Senior Research Fellow in History, Flinders University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~8 min

Mauritius oil spill: Satellite images show removal operation

Satellite images capture tug boats trying to remove the broken vessel, which spilled tonnes of oil.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 19, 2020 ~2 min

Particles from Fukushima meltdown contained plutonium

Almost ten years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, researchers report that the particles from power plants contained plutonium.

Stanford • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Scientists revive 100 million-year-old microbes from the sea

The organisms had been in a dormant state in the seabed in the South Pacific since the age of dinosaurs.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 28, 2020 ~2 min

The UAE's Mars mission seeks to bring Hope to more places than the red planet

A new country launches a mission to Mars. A space expert explains what this means for the Middle East and the African continent.

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~6 min