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  • Bernie Sanders has a colossal climate plan

    Bernie Sanders has a colossal climate plan

    Bernie Sanders’ climate plan, one of the biggest of the already big climate plans, dropped Thursday. The strategy (which is the largest by strictly financial measures) outlines ambitious and politically radical change, including a rapid transition from fossil fuels to wind, solar, and geothermal power over the next decade. But that unprecedented effort is precisely […] More

  • The Amazon Is On Fire. Bummer If You're A Fan Of Oxygen.

    We would hate to sound like alarmists, but it’s probably a very bad thing that massive wildfires are destroying huge swaths of the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon has seen enormous rates of deforestation since rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro took office January 1, and Bolsonaro’s response so far has been 1) to accuse the government agency […] More

  • NASA’s new HPE-built supercomputer will prepare for landing Artemis astronauts on the Moon

    NASA’s new HPE-built supercomputer will prepare for landing Artemis astronauts on the Moon

    NASA and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have teamed up to build a new supercomputer, which will serve NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and develop models and simulations of the landing process for Artemis Moon missions. The new supercomputer is called ‘Aitken,’ named after American astronomer Robert Grant Aitken, and it can run simulations at […] More

  • Second docking adapter for commercial crew vehicles installed on International Space Station

    Second docking adapter for commercial crew vehicles installed on International Space Station

    The International Space Station is now more than ready for crew-carrying spacecraft flown by commercial companies to pay it a visit: The second planned International Dock Adapter (IDA) was installed on the Space Station during a spacewalk by NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan earlier today. The dock adapter, actually IDA-3 since the first […] More

  • Watch live as NASA astronauts spacewalk to install a new automated docking ring on the ISS

    Watch live as NASA astronauts spacewalk to install a new automated docking ring on the ISS

    NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan are setting out today to perform the installation of a new International Docking Adapter (IDA) on the International Space Station that will provide another way for futuer crew craft flown by commercial providers to bring astronauts to the orbital research platform. This is the second IDA to be […] More

  • Researchers look into keeping autonomous vehicles from becoming mobile vomitoriums

    Researchers look into keeping autonomous vehicles from becoming mobile vomitoriums

    If you’re like me, and I’m just going to assume most of you are, motion sickness is a serious consideration on any car trip where you’re not driving. So what are we supposed to do in self-driving vehicles? Researchers are finally looking into this question with an experiment designed to see just what makes people […] More

  • NASA confirms mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to explore its icy oceans

    NASA confirms mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to explore its icy oceans

    NASA has confirmed a mission to Europa, one of the Moons of Jupiter, will indeed happen. The mission was initially explored starting in 2017, with the space agency looking for reports on how it might proceed, and now NASA has said it will go ahead and move to the key stop of finalizing mission design, […] More

  • Smoky Anchorage has the worst air quality in the U.S.

    Smoky Anchorage has the worst air quality in the U.S.

    Anchorage’s smoky summer won’t relent. As of Tuesday morning, the most populated city in Alaska had the worst air quality in the nation, according to the World Air Quality Index.  A number of late-season wildfires have perpetuated Anchorage’s hazy summer, which has been the city’s smokiest summer on record. On Tuesday morning, smoke levels ranked […] More

  • MIT develops a sensor that can work underwater without a battery and send back data

    MIT develops a sensor that can work underwater without a battery and send back data

    MIT researchers have created a new underwater sensor and communication system that doesn’t require batteries, and barely uses any power at all. This could help set up an underwater ‘internet of things’ according to MIT, which would allow for real-time sea temperature and marine life monitoring, without requiring regular equipment and power swaps to make […] More

  • SpaceX’s spacefaring Tesla Roadster has made a full trip around the Sun

    SpaceX’s spacefaring Tesla Roadster has made a full trip around the Sun

    Somewhere in space, a mannequin wearing a SpaceX spacesuit and driving a cherry red original Tesla Roadster that once belonged to Elon Musk is celebrating its first trip around the sun. The absurd ‘Starman’ and Roadster combo was launched last year aboard the first Falcon Heavy test flight from Kennedy Space Center, and has now […] More

  • The Trump administration can't gut the Endangered Species Act

    The Trump administration can't gut the Endangered Species Act

    In 1973, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Endangered Species Act by a stark vote of 355 to 4.  Forty-six years later, over 80 percent of Americans support the nation’s bedrock conservation law, which is responsible for resurrecting the once-doomed bald eagle, chosen by the Founding Fathers to represent the fledgling United States on the country’s national […] More

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