Category: Science News

New Experimental EV Battery Design Can Charge in Just 10 Minutes

Battery technology has finally reached the point that you can drive an electric vehicle without constant range anxiety, but you still have to plan ahead for charging....

MIT Taught Self-Driving Cars to See Around Corners with Shadows

We’re inching ever-closer to a world where cars can drive themselves. The most advanced autonomous vehicles in testing by companies like Alphabet’s Waymo can drive...

A Vanished Martian Oasis Holds Clues to How the Red Planet Dried Out

The prevailing scientific wisdom on Mars, based on information gathered by the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers, as well as via multiple orbiting satellites, is...

NASA Tests Mars 2020 Robotic Arm With ‘Biceps Curls’

Slowly but surely, the Mars 2020 rover is taking shape at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Engineers have attached some of the rover’s many cameras, its...

SpaceX Successfully Launches, Partially Recovers Falcon Heavy

SpaceX completed a number of successful firsts with its STP-2 mission early Tuesday morning, which lifted off at 2:30 EDT on June 25. This represented the third mission...

NASA Awards $700,000 in Prizes for 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

All of humanity currently lives on (or in orbit very near) the planet Earth. A global catastrophe could wipe us all out, but having a “backup” of humanity on other...

Astronomers Spot Gargantuan ‘X-ray Chimneys’ in the Center of Our Galaxy

The monster black hole that anchors our galaxy is safely 28,000 light years away from Earth. That’s a good thing, too. The region around that back hole is overflowing...

NASA Snaps Stunning Photos of Supersonic Aircraft

Until Elon Musk can fly us around the world in a rocket, conventional air travel is the fastest way from point A to point B. It hasn’t gotten any faster over the...

NASA Halts InSight Drilling Instrument on Mars After Hitting Obstacle

Things have been going swimmingly for NASA’s InSight lander on the surface of Mars. After a textbook landing, InSight found itself in a nice, flat area perfect for...

FarFarOut Might Be the Most Distant Object in the Solar System

We used to think we had a pretty good picture of the solar system. There were nine planets, and Pluto was a little weird, but it was undeniably a planet. Then, we...