Team cracks the case of the universe’s ‘missing matter’

Researchers have solved a decades-old mystery of "missing matter"—material long predicted to exist in the universe but never detected—until now.

U. Washington • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space galaxies matter science-and-technology radio-waves

Milky Way’s ‘satellite galaxies’ may shed light on dark matter

Satellite galaxies orbiting the Milky Way galaxy may give researchers insight into dark matter and even the origins of our universe.

Nathan Collins-Stanford • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space dark-matter galaxies featured science-and-technology

Wiggly ‘Mini Rover’ can handle otherworldly sand traps

A new kind of "mini rover" moves in could go places that other wheeled rovers couldn't, such as up a sandy hill.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: space planets robots mars movement featured science-and-technology

Could alien microbes make their way to Earth?

A new report digs into plans to protect our planet from alien microbes or cross-contamination from other worlds, also known as "planetary quarantine."

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space microbes astronauts viruses alien-life featured health-and-medicine

Solar wind flows in ‘switchbacks and spikes’

The Parker Solar Probe data clarifies the sun's magnetic activity—and may bolster our ability to predict dangerous solar wind events, researchers say.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
May 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space nasa sun science-and-technology solar-wind

Astronaut advice: how to cope with social distancing

If you think social distancing is tough, imagine doing it in space. Veteran astronaut Michael E. Fossum offers some tips on coping with isolation.

Texas A&M University • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space covid-19 astronauts isolation science-and-technology coping-skills

Fleets of ‘nanocardboard’ aircraft could explore Mars

Tiny nanocardboard probes that weigh less than a fruit fly could levitate through the Martian skies to gather data.

Evan Lerner-Pennsylvania • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space aircraft planets nanotechnology mars science-and-technology

Machine learning makes building rocket engines easier

"Trial and error" doesn't work for testing whether rocket engines can handle flight. A new machine learning method could make things simpler and safer.

John Holden-UT Austin • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: machine-learning space spacecraft science-and-technology engines

Astronomers say exoplanet was actually a dust cloud

The exoplanet Fomalhaut-b likely never was, say astronomers. Their work suggests an expanding cloud of dust instead.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space exoplanets planets stars science-and-technology dust

Milky Way may fling stars from its center

The Milky Way may be catapulting stars into its outer galactic halo, researchers say. The finding could change how we think about how star systems are born.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space galaxies stars milky-way science-and-technology supernova

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