NASA’s Gold Box Will Make Oxygen on Mars

The Martian atmosphere is ninety five percent carbon dioxide, about a few percent nitrogen, a few percent argon, trace amounts of everything else. But there’s still a lot of CO2, and so that’s probably the most abundant resource on Mars other than dirt. CO2 has oxygen bound in it. And if we can liberate that […]

This 3D-Printed Bunny Could Be the Future of Data Storage

This rabbit contains the instructions for how to replicate itself, just like all our living cells do. Even though it’s very clearly not alive, its instructions are encoded into DNA and then embedded into this 3D-printed plastic object. This… is an advanced proof of concept for DNA as data storage. Think about it: just like […]

Meet the Autonomous Insect Robots That Will One Day Swarm the Skies

It has wings, a “brain,” and is the world’s first insect-sized drone able to wirelessly take flight. It’s RoboFly: a member of an entirely new class of flying robots. And its specialties aren’t limited to the sky: it can navigate obstacles on land and in the water, too. The team behind this latest innovation is […]

Your Cells Send Trillions of Messages Every Second, Here’s How

Let me know if this sounds familiar. You’re texting someone, nothing all that timely or important, you’re just having a friendly chat about your day at work, catching them up on some office gossip. While you’re texting, you check social media and see that the friend you’re texting with posted a video of their new baby […]

Graphene ‘Wonder Material’ Can Now Be Made Using TRASH

Graphene is cool stuff. The single-atom thick layer of carbon has a number of properties that make it almost endlessly useful. Because of all the neat tricks it can do, it’s popularly dubbed a “wonder material,” but over a decade and a half after it was first isolated, the only thing I’m wondering is: where […]

Meet the Xenobot, the World’s First-Ever “Living” Robot

You’re looking at the world’s first “living” robots. That’s right, these micro-machines are in fact brand new programmable lifeforms that researchers believe could help clean microplastics from our oceans or even repair organs inside our bodies. So what exactly are these little things and should we expect to see them whizzing through our bloodstreams any […]

‘Ghost Particles’ Erupting from Antarctica Could Shatter Standard Physics

You may think scientists stationed in Antarctica are just playing with penguins or studying leopard seals. But some of them are down there to fly balloons or watch ice cubes. Special balloons and special ice cubes. Like the balloon-based experiment ANITA, which has seen things we thought weren’t possible, and could show us that our […]

Can Jeff Bezos’ Billions Stop Global Warming? (feat. Dr. Joe Hanson)

This Massive Black Hole Is Blasting a Jet at 99% the Speed of Light

In April of 2019, astronomers revealed they had successfully taken the first picture ever of a black hole. Well, you know, the black hole’s silhouette at least, since it’s impossible to take a photo of a black hole itself without crossing the event horizon and getting spaghetti-fied. Now, astronomers have announced that the same black […]

Light Pollution Is One of the World’s Biggest Buzzkills…Here’s Why

Have you ever come home from a long day to find your front door swarmed by flying insects? Or more accurately, your front door’s light? Turns out, that’s more than a minor inconvenience. Light pollution is contributing to worldwide insect decline and that’s actually a huge problem. Insects may seem pesky. They bite and sting […]