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Aerospace
Reusable Rockets: Making Space More Affordable
reusable rockets
Aerospace
Reusable Rockets: Making Space More Affordable
Reusable rockets, like those developed by SpaceX, are ushering in a new, cheaper era in space exploration
November 28, 2020

Reusable rockets, like those developed by SpaceX, are ushering in a new, cheaper era in space exploration

Engineering
Scientists Want to Use a Laser Beam to Control Lightning
control lightning
Engineering
Scientists Want to Use a Laser Beam to Control Lightning
A new laser beam may allow scientists to control lightning, allowing them to divert a bolt to strike where it’s less likely to cause a wildfire.
November 21, 2020

A new laser beam may allow scientists to control lightning, allowing them to divert a bolt to strike where it’s less likely to cause a wildfire.

Aerospace
The Plan to Convert Space Debris Into Labs for Astronauts
space debris
Aerospace
The Plan to Convert Space Debris Into Labs for Astronauts
Space services company Nanoracks plans to convert space debris into orbiting “Outposts” that could serve as hotels, research parks, and more.
November 16, 2020

Space services company Nanoracks plans to convert space debris into orbiting “Outposts” that could serve as hotels, research parks, and more.

Transportation
Experimental Hyperloop Pod Transports Passengers for First Time
virgin hyperloop pod
Transportation
Experimental Hyperloop Pod Transports Passengers for First Time
Virgin Hyperloop has transported two passengers in a hyperloop pod, a milestone in the development of the high-speed transportation system.
November 10, 2020

Virgin Hyperloop has transported two passengers in a hyperloop pod, a milestone in the development of the high-speed transportation system.

Oceans
Mapping the Ocean Floor with an Underwater “GPS”
ocean floor mapping
Oceans
Mapping the Ocean Floor with an Underwater “GPS”
MIT researchers have developed an underwater, sound-based navigation system that could make it possible to map the entire ocean floor.
November 7, 2020

MIT researchers have developed an underwater, sound-based navigation system that could make it possible to map the entire ocean floor.

Clean Energy
Nuclear Fusion Machine Turns on for the First Time
nuclear fusion machine
Clean Energy
Nuclear Fusion Machine Turns on for the First Time
A new spherical tokamak in the U.K. could overcome one of the biggest hurdles to nuclear fusion power: the “exhaust problem”
November 1, 2020

A new spherical tokamak in the U.K. could overcome one of the biggest hurdles to nuclear fusion power: the “exhaust problem”

Insects
The "Iron Man" of Beetles Could Inspire Super-Durable Cars and Planes
Diabolical Ironclad Beetle
Insects
The "Iron Man" of Beetles Could Inspire Super-Durable Cars and Planes
The diabolical ironclad beetle could be the next big thing in biomimicry, inspiring the design of extra-durable planes, cars, and more.
October 26, 2020

The diabolical ironclad beetle could be the next big thing in biomimicry, inspiring the design of extra-durable planes, cars, and more.

Aerospace
Nokia Is Building a 4G Network on the Moon
4g network
Aerospace
Nokia Is Building a 4G Network on the Moon
As part of NASA's "Tipping Point" program, Nokia will establish a 4G network on the moon to help astronauts communicate with each other and Earth.
October 20, 2020

As part of NASA's "Tipping Point" program, Nokia will establish a 4G network on the moon to help astronauts communicate with each other and Earth.

Engineering
Super Bright X-Ray Lets Doctors See the Atoms Inside Viruses
x-ray synchrotron
Engineering
Super Bright X-Ray Lets Doctors See the Atoms Inside Viruses
The x-ray beams produced by the Extremely Brilliant Source, a new synchrotron, are so bright, they can be used to create images with atomic-level detail.
September 29, 2020

The x-ray beams produced by the Extremely Brilliant Source, a new synchrotron, are so bright, they can be used to create images with atomic-level detail.