What’s Being Done to Protect Astronauts From Radiation in Deep Space?

In 1982, author James Michener published his sprawling Space Race novel, Space. In it, he describes a fictional Apollo 18 mission to the Moon. While the astronauts are on the surface, the Sun unleashes a huge storm, trapping them outside of their protective capsule. The two men get blasted by lethal amounts of radiation before … Read more

What’s your zodiac sign? (It may not be what you think it is)

Whether you believe astrology is simply a hold-over from less enlightened times before our understanding of the cosmos burgeoned, or you believe that the position of the stars and planets actually hold influence over our day-to-day lives and can even determine our character , there is no denying the influence astrology has had in society. … Read more

Voyager turns 45: What the iconic mission taught us and what’s next

Forty-five years ago, on Aug. 20, 1977, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a Titan III-Centaur rocket, embarking on a “grand tour” of the solar system that would include visits to the Jupiter and Saturn systems and would make it the first spacecraft to visit the ice giants Uranus and Neptune … Read more

What’s the future of drones in counterterrorism operations and the Ukraine war?

Counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine underscore the importance of unmanned aircraft to future military capabilities, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist Nicholas Grossman, the author of “Drones and Terrorism: Asymmetric Warfare and the Threat to Global Security.” . Credit: L. Brian Stauffer University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor Nicholas … Read more

What’s new under the sun? Researchers offer an alternate view on how ‘novel’ structures evolve

The freshwater crustacean Daphnia (water flea) is a common research organism in ecology, toxicology, evolutionary developmental biology, and other fields. Credit: Proyecto Agua Many crustaceans, including lobster, crabs, and barnacles, have a cape-like shell protruding from the head that can serve various roles, such as a little cave for storing eggs, or a protective shield … Read more

A 25-ton Chinese rocket booster will crash to Earth today. What’s the risk?

The core stage of a Chinese Long March 5B rocket is set to tumble uncontrollably back to Earth today in a reentry that China is tracking closely and has said poses little risk. The roughly 25-ton (23 metric tons) rocket stage, which launched on July 24 to deliver the Wentian laboratory cabin module to China’s … Read more

What’s behind Europe’s spate of deadly wildfires?

A local resident fights a forest fire with a shovel during a wildfire in Tabara, north-west Spain, July 19, 2022. Major wildfires in Europe are starting earlier in the year, becoming more frequent, doing more damage and getting harder to stop. And, scientists say, they’re probably going to get worse as climate change intensifies unless … Read more

What’s causing the devastating floods in China, India, and Bangladesh?

Indian Navy ” width=”637″ height=”287″/> Flood relief teams offer assistance in Chennai, India, during flooding in November 2021. Credit: Indian Navy In central and southern China, tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes due to flooding from extreme rainfall. The Guardian reports that approximately a million people have seen their homes … Read more

What’s it like to be on Venus or Pluto? We studied their sand dunes and found some clues.

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. Andrew Gunn (opens in new tab)Lecturer, Monash University What is it like to be on the surface of Mars or Venus? Or even further afield, such as on Pluto, or Saturn’s moon … Read more