Meet the next four people headed to the Moon – how the diverse crew of Artemis II shows NASA’s plan for the future of space exploration

The Artemis II mission will send four astronauts on a flyby of the Moon. NASA Wendy Whitman Cobb, Air University On April 3, 2023, NASA announced the four astronauts who will make up the crew of Artemis II, which is scheduled to launch in late 2024. The Artemis II mission will send these four astronauts […]

3D printing promises to transform architecture forever – and create forms that blow today’s buildings out of the water

House Zero in Austin, Texas, is a 2,000-square-foot home that was built with 3D-printed concrete. Lake Flato Architects James Rose, University of Tennessee In architecture, new materials rarely emerge. For centuries, wood, masonry and concrete formed the basis for most structures on Earth. In the 1880s, the adoption of the steel frame changed architecture forever. […]

What happens if an engineered virus escapes a lab? [Science Video]

Researchers have been creating superbugs since the 1970s. Although such research may assist in preparing us for future outbreaks, the potential consequences of these terrifying experiments are not to be trifled with. If a dangerous virus were to escape from a lab, it could trigger a worldwide pandemic. So what can we do to minimize […]

The Continents are Moving. When Will They Collide?

Alfred Wegener’s Continental Drift theory, which emerged in the early 20th century, paved the way for our current understanding of plate tectonics. What’s even more intriguing is that Pangea was merely the most recent in a series of supercontinents, and there will be others in the future. In this video from Ted Ed, delve into […]

Four Volcanic Hotspots in the Solar System

Io has volcanism. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Gareth Dorrian, University of Birmingham Evidence for current volcanic activity on the planet Venus has recently made the news. But Venus is far from the only world beyond Earth to exhibit signs of volcanic activity. In fact, having volcanic activity (volcanism) on planets is quite common. Here are four […]

How do superconductors work? A physicist explains what it means to have resistance-free electricity

Magnetic levitation is just one of the interesting attributes that make superconductors so interesting. Mark Garlick/Science Photo Library vie Getty Images Mishkat Bhattacharya, Rochester Institute of Technology The modern world runs on electricity, and wires are what carry that electricity to every light, television, heating system, cellphone and computer on the planet. Unfortunately, on average, […]

Releasing Invasive Species on Purpose [Science Video]

Throughout history, some people have proposed combating invasive species by introducing additional invasive species. This approach, known as biological control, has had its fair share of catastrophic failures in its initial stages, but on occasion, it can be a successful technique to safeguard agriculture and indigenous flora and fauna, albeit not always. Watch this video […]

Star Wars: Earth will never be an ‘ecumenopolis’ like Coruscant, but our cities are devouring the world

Juan Miguel Kanai, University of Sheffield Any fan of the galaxy far, far away will have loved the newest information gleaned from The Mandalorian about life on the planet-city Coruscant. The latest instalments of Disney’s streaming series, now in its third season, have seen a new storyline take root in the galactic capital of the […]

Understanding the Benefits of Dyslexic Thinking [Science Video]

Reading isn’t a natural function of the brain, and it requires explicit instruction to activate different areas responsible for vision, sound, and meaning. Fluent readers possess a complex reading circuit comprised of neural pathways of white matter, allowing them to process words in milliseconds. However, individuals with dyslexia exhibit a different reading circuit. For the […]