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Europe’s space agency plans to build its own micro-gravity moon base — on Earth

Artist’s rendering of the Luna facility. Before astronauts step foot in a rocket ship, they undergo grueling training in simulated environments meant to prepare them for the unforgiving space beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Everything is tested and accounted for, from the crew down to their tiniest tools. Now, the European Space Agency (ESA) is developing an […]

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Want to be the king of the world? Titanic II will set sail in 2022 — for real

[embedded content] Did you spend hours as a kid enjoying the Nintendo Power Glove II? How about those joyous weekends watching Showgirls: The Next Generation, or playing Superman 64 Returns? Of course you didn’t, because none of these things actually exist. Typically, only successful products get sequels, while horribly unsuccessful ones are discarded or written […]

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Scientists want to bore holes through clouds using lasers from satellites

Most information today travels through underground cables and from satellites beaming radio signals. In the coming decade, satellite information may instead be sent via lasers, which, among other advantages, are more secure and can carry more data. But lasers have a big weak spot those other technologies don’t have — lasers can’t pass through clouds. […]

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Biologists have found a protein that could make space farming possible

An off-Earth colony seems pretty promising with the rate climate change is going. But that’s easier said than done. Building a viable colony anywhere outside of Earth’s atmosphere will pose engineering and logistical challenges unlike anything we have experienced. Not only will we need to transport those space pilgrims, but we’ll also need to shelter […]