How Close Are We to Living in the Ocean?

DO YOU EVER GET THE URGE TO JUST BUILD A NEW WORLD? LIKE, FROM SCRATCH? TO RE-THINK THE UNSUSTAINABLE PATTERNS THAT LED TO OVERCROWDED CITIES, DWINDLING NATURAL RESOURCES, AND THE DRAMATIC IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE? SOME SAY WE SHOULD JUST CUT OUR LOSSES AND MOVE TO MARS. AFTER ALL, WE’RE QUICKLY RUNNING OUT OF FRONTIERS […]

The Risks of Aramco’s Record-Setting IPO, Explained | WSJ

– [Narrator] So, you’re an investor, you’re looking for places to put your money, and you keep hearing about what could be the biggest IPO of all time. Saudi Aramco. – [Man] The world’s biggest share offering. – [Woman] The biggest IPO in history. – [Narrator] To be clear, the share sale is happening on […]

How Close Are We to Launching the James Webb Space Telescope?

And liftoff of the Space Shuttle Discovery with the Hubble Space Telescope. Before the Hubble Space Telescope launched in 1990, we didn’t know how old the universe was. We had never seen a planet outside of our solar system. We didn’t even know about dark energy! Hubble taught us a lot, but it can only […]

The World’s First Photo of Quantum Entanglement Could Disprove Einstein’s Theory

Albert Einstein was, there’s no other word for it, a genius. The man conceived of special and general relativity, theories that have been breaking brains since the early 1900s. But when it came to the idea that two particles can be entangled, and an effect on one could be instantaneously felt by the other even […]

Continents Are Cracking, What Will They Look Like in the Future?

You’re probably too young to remember, but at one point, almost all the Earth’s landmass was clumped into one gigantic supercontinent called Pangea. Land was like you and your friends from high school: one tightly knit bunch. But then you graduate, people move away, you lose touch, and suddenly it’s 250 million years later and […]

How Close Are We to Downloading the Human Brain?

Someday our bodies are going to break down and we’ll die. Our brain will decay and disappear forever.But, what if it didn’t have to? Right now there are scientists around the world working on technology that could one day take your brain, and possibly your consciousness, and upload it onto a computer. This would be […]

How Big Is a Proton Anyway? This Decade-Long Debate May Have Just Been Solved

The subatomic realm can be a confusing place, but you would think that we’ve studied atoms long enough to at least understand their most basic properties. Things like how big a proton is. And based on several experiments, scientists had thought they had a pretty good handle on it too. Until an ingenious 2010 experiment […]

This 3D Quantum Gas Clock Could Redefine Time

Jun Ye: “The reason we get very excited talking about clocks is not just really making time, but really about exploring the frontier problems of quantum physics. Clock, is, I feel, one part of the human endeavor. You can actually turn that into a quantum physics playground.” Inside this basement lab a team of physicists […]

This Nuclear Robot Could Tunnel for Alien Life on Europa

Right now, you’re looking at a rendering of a nuclear-powered tunneling robot designed to find life on Europa. Look at that big ol’ alaskan bull worm! At the American Geophysical Union’s conference in December 2018, scientists gathered from around the world to present their concepts for future space missions. There were dragonfly inspired drones for […]

The UK Is Racing to Build the World’s First Commercial Fusion Power Plant

We’re struggling to figure out what the future of sustainable energy looks like on our planet, and there are a lot of different directions we could go. The UK, however, made a bold move when they recently announced a huge investment in a prototype fusion power facility that could be functioning as a commercial power […]