Russia’s space weapon: anti-satellite systems are indiscriminate, posing a risk to everyone’s spacecraft

Destroying satellites in space can lead to cascades that are hard to predict.

Dafydd Townley, Teaching Fellow in International Security, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Feb. 19, 2024 ~7 min

Termites inspire shelters for life on the moon

Researchers are developing smart, robot-built sandbag shelters for NASA astronauts on the moon inspired by termite mounds.

Katy Smith-U. Arizona • futurity
Feb. 19, 2024 ~7 min

Is Russia looking to put nukes in space? Doing so would undermine global stability and ignite an anti-satellite arms race

Russia isn’t likely to put nuclear missiles in space, but their reported anti-satellite weapon is just as alarming. An expert on nuclear strategy explains.

Spenser A. Warren, Postdoctoral Fellow in Technology and International Security, University of California, San Diego • conversation
Feb. 17, 2024 ~9 min

Asteroid strikes could be the answer to ‘Snowball Earth’ mystery

Asteroids hitting Earth may have caused "Snowball Earth" periods where ice covered the planet's surface for thousands or millions of years.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
Feb. 15, 2024 ~5 min

Newborn gas planets may be surprisingly flat – new research

The observation could fill in gaps in our knowledge about planet formation.

Dimitris Stamatellos, Associate Professor in Astrophysics, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
Feb. 12, 2024 ~5 min

A new generation of spaceplanes is taking advantage of the latest in technology

Spaceplanes seemed out of favour when the shuttle was retired in 2011; they now seem to be making a comeback.

James Campbell, Reader, Brunel University London • conversation
Feb. 8, 2024 ~9 min

Cosmic surprise: Black holes existed at universe’s birth

"This could completely shake up our understanding of how galaxies form," says Joseph Silk.

Roberto Molar Candanosa-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Feb. 6, 2024 ~7 min

Russian Cosmonaut Sets Record for Time in Space

VOA Learning English • voa
Feb. 5, 2024 ~3 min

Studying lake deposits in Idaho could give scientists insight into ancient traces of life on Mars

While NASA rovers on the surface of Mars look for hints of life, researchers back on Earth are studying ‘echoes of life’ from ancient basins – hoping that the two sites might be similar.

Robert Patalano, Lecturer of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Bryant University • conversation
Feb. 5, 2024 ~7 min

Lunar science is entering a new active phase, with commercial launches of landers that will study solar wind and peer into the universe’s dark ages

Projects under NASA’s CLPS program will probe unexplored questions about the universe’s formation.

Jack Burns, Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Feb. 5, 2024 ~8 min