Hurricane season is a fearful and anxious time of year for many people. Tropical cyclones and storms occur in a geographical belt affecting mostly US coastal states, but the physical and financial destruction they cause mean that science must improve constantly to minimize their effects on society.
Spider silk is one of nature's wonder materials, more flexible than nylon, thinner than a human hair, and, for its weight, stronger than steel. Webs and nests are spun from this incredible natural protein and spiders use thin threads to glide through the air and escape from predators. Now science is looking to exploit silk's properties as a way to deliver medicines and heal our bodies.
What’s your favorite planet? Before you decide, here are some key facts about each of the candidates.
Discovered in late March, Comet NEOWISE has shown itself in the skies all over the world. Dr. David Schleicher, Senior Astronomer at Lowell Observatory gives us some details about this cool comet gracing the night skies.
A few years ago, after the successful deployment of the Curiosity rover on Mars, the folks at NASA envisioned a bold new plan to send another mission to the red planet. The mission was scheduled to depart in the then-futuristic year of 2020.
Okay, stars die in all sorts of interesting and cosmically expressive ways (except the red dwarf stars, who just sort of…stop).
One of the unintended positive consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is a reduction in air pollution.
Recently a weak spot in the Earth's magnetic field over the southern Atlantic Ocean has been getting weaker, which could signal the beginnings of a global magnetic reversal event. Or not. It’s complicated.
Bridging the gap between simple automation and robots that can empathize and interact with humans naturally is a big challenge, but major progress has been made in the past few years.
With eclipses, meteor showers, and more, it's a busy month in the night sky this July. Take some time this summer to look up and enjoy these cosmic wonders.
Updated July 1, 2020 Six Days. Two spacewalks. Both Successful.
As most people now spend around 90% of their time indoors, digging into dust holds up a microscopic mirror to our everyday lives.
Starlink is a growing network of satellites capable of providing high-speed internet access across the globe. On August 7 at 1:12 AM EDT, a new batch of satellites will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
NASA announced Wednesday, June 24th that NASA's Washington, D.C. headquarters will now be named for Mary W. Jackson, the first black, female engineer at NASA.
The United States Space Force may have a somewhat silly name, but it's very, very real. And it just launched a semi-secret mission into space.