After DART’s incredible asteroid impact, the science is only beginning

NASA’s DART mission has successfully slammed into Dimorphos, obliterating the spacecraft and giving the asteroid an almighty whack that scientists hope has altered its orbit around its larger companion and proven that we have the ability to deflect incoming hazardous asteroids. Mission over? Not by a long shot! Now that DART has done its job, … Read more

The horseracing industry is ignoring what science says about whipping

Is it time to rethink whipping in horse races? Credit: Lukas Gojda/Shutterstock When the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) released its recent whip consultation report, it claimed to have consulted the science. But it insists whipping doesn’t hurt horses and fails to recommend that the racing industry changes its approach. The BHA recognizes two uses of … Read more

A new way to teach science

Around the world, in all the best university engineering programs, students encounter at some point a class different from all the others. This is the engineering design class, within which, instead of being tested as individuals on their mastery of lectures and texts, the class is challenged to work as a team to design a … Read more

Using science to solve a 1,300-year-old art mystery

Dancing Horse, 608-907 CE, China, Tang Dynasty, earthenware with pigments, Cincinnati Art Museum, Gift of Carl and Eleanor Strauss, 1997. Credit: Cincinnati Art Museum The Cincinnati Art Museum turned to a scientist at the University of Cincinnati for help solving a mystery 1,300 years in the making. The museum’s Chinese dancing horse sculpture is so … Read more

It’s not just rocket science — hidden chemistry powers moon launches and sustains life in space

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Curtis Ho (opens in new tab)Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Tasmania Many around the world will watch eagerly this Saturday as NASA launches Artemis 1 (opens in new tab)the agency’s first moon … Read more

Science Fiction was an Inspiration for Many Professional Astronomers

What do MINBAR, TARDIS, Cardassian Expansion, BoRG, DS9, Tatooines, and ACBAR all have in common? They’re names of astronomical surveys and software created by astronomers who say that science fiction (SF) influenced their careers. Those names are just one indicator of widespread interest in SF in the science community. It’s not surprising considering how many … Read more

Artemis 1 science: Moon mission will aid deep space exploration

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is about to launch its biggest rocket since the famous Saturn V took Apollo astronauts to the moon — and that’s where this new mission is headed as well. The agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is set to lift off from Pad 39B here at Kennedy Space Center on … Read more