UC Berkeley Was About to Launch a Satellite. Then PG&E Said It Was Cutting Power

UC Berkeley Was About to Launch a Satellite. Then PG&E Said It Was Cutting Power

Milano, who helps run the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley, had been gearing up for a satellite launch.Normally, NASA wouldn’t let mission control run on anything less than a stable grid connection, says Steven Beckwith, the lab’s director.

The Former Soviet Union's Surprisingly Gorgeous Subways

The Former Soviet Union's Surprisingly Gorgeous Subways

Chris Herwig rode the rails for his new book Soviet Metro Stations, a whirlwind spin through 15 subway systems in seven countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union.

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Sojourn Around Saturn

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Sojourn Around Saturn

And while this image is incredibly detailed, Cassini was a whopping 870,000 miles above the plane of the rings when it took this photo in 2014.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteThis maelstrom on Saturn is one of the biggest storms ever observed on the planet.

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

In 1990, the state tightened its standards again, and added a new component: Its Low-Emission Vehicle program required that automakers sell some zero-emission vehicles, as in battery and fuel-cell electric cars.

VW's ID Buggy Is an Electric Dune Dominator

VW's ID Buggy Is an Electric Dune Dominator

The idea is to that, like the old Beetles enthusiasts turned into dune buggies, today’s electrics can become just about anything.“In the 1960s people took the Beetle and built onto it, including most famously dune buggies like the Meyers Manx.”.

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

The lunar library includes thousands of high-resolution images of book pages compressed into just a few square inches.Spivack says that adding the DNA-filled resin to the lunar library at the last minute was a major risk, because any mistakes in how it was incorporated could have ruined the nickel engravings.

How a 6,000-Year-Old Dog Cancer Spread Around the World

How a 6,000-Year-Old Dog Cancer Spread Around the World

Published today in Science , it not only traces these cells’ prolific colonization of human’s best friend, it also begins to unravel the mystery of the cancer’s bizarre evolutionary success, offering a glimpse of how humans might one day tame their own.“Human tumors don’t have much time to evolve—years, maybe decades—so they exhibit very strong competition,” says Adrian Baez-Ortega, a PhD student in Murchison’s lab and the study’s lead author.

The FTC Wants More Privacy, Less Zuckerberg, at Facebook

The FTC Wants More Privacy, Less Zuckerberg, at Facebook

“Millions of Americans entrusted personal information to Facebook with the understanding that Facebook would respect the laws governing consumer privacy, but Facebook’s many privacy missteps made clear that it lacked a culture of compliance in this area,” FTC commissioner Christine Wilson said at a press conference announcing the settlement Wednesday.

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing . Our lunar adventures are nowhere near done, though it might be a some time until we can all collectively share the awe that the world felt 50 years ago.

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

Carrying improvements like seats that swivel between patient-bearing stretchers and enemy-facing machine guns, the Combat Rescue Helicopter could enter service next year. The new Combat Rescue Helicopter, as the Air Force dubs it, comes with a suite of improvements over the HH-60 Pave Hawk it’s replacing, some of them long needed.

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

European Union regulators have recently revealed a flurry of actions against US tech companies, starting last month with an investigation into chipmaker Broadcom over whether it used exclusivity agreements to fend off competitors.

The Best Remaining Prime Day Deals, a Deadly App, and More News

The Best Remaining Prime Day Deals, a Deadly App, and More News

The Best Remaining Prime Day Deals, a Deadly App, and More News. There are still lots of Amazon Prime Day deals to be had, hackers made a killer app to prove a point, and it's the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

There’s an entire lab at the Johnson Space Center dedicated to the culinary arts, where NASA chefs—ahem, food tech­nologists —spend their days designing meals that strike the right balance between taste and nutrition.

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers. In late August and early September of 1977, NASA launched twin spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2. However, after their revolutionary discoveries, NASA extended the missions and sent Voyager 2 onward to Uranus and Neptune.

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Jupiter's moon Europa is like the Brigadoon of the solar system: an idyllic moon with an ice-covered ocean that may hide some form of life, even though plans to send a spacecraft there keep receding farther and farther away into the Jovian mists.

NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk

NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk

On July 20, I will celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s moon landing with my mother, an astronomer at Princeton University and the former chief scientist of NASA ’s Space Telescope Science Institute.

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

The Dragonfly mission will spend two years flying around the surface of Titan, studying the moon’s composition and searching for signs of life. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will send a spacecraft to the surface of Titan , Saturn’s largest moon and one of the leading candidates for finding extraterrestrial microbial life in our solar system.

A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine

A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine

The couple were both enrolled in the Martian Medical Analogue and Research Simulation, a continuing-education course for medical professionals who wanted to learn about health care in space by pretending to practice medicine in pretend space .Here's how that marital rift came to pass: About seven miles outside of Hanksville, Utah, a man stood inside a grain-silo-like building that he and the crew called the Hab. On the other side of the door stood his wife.

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News. SpaceX is taking on its most complicated mission yet; an illegal Airbnb ring has been unearthed in New York City; and WIRED wants to free you from streaming subscription hell.

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

The Planetary Society pressed on and a decade later launched the LightSail 1 into low Earth orbit. In 2010, the Japanese space agency launched IKAROS , which used solar sailing as its only form of propulsion on a mission to Venus and demonstrated that the technology actually worked for the first time.

Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art

Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art

This boat is light and fast, and folds origami-style into a 30-inch square that’s just 15 inches deep—small enough to fit in a car trunk or hall closet. The 40-pound Haven is one of the only tandem kayaks light enough for one person to carry.

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Shortly after noon on July 20, 1969, as they orbited some 70 miles above the surface of the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin detached their lunar lander from the Apollo 11 command module in preparation for descent.

Argentina's Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Argentina's Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Extreme weather events are a leading cause of blackouts around the world and the blackout in Argentina is a reminder that our electric grids aren’t ready to handle the increasing intensity of storms resulting from climate change.

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Though the White House has not opposed specific legislation coming out of Congress—the president has signed all the cybersecurity bills sent to his desk—it also has not demonstrated an overarching strategy necessary to combat this pressing issue.

Weather Forecasts Will Soon Use Weird, Bendy GPS Signals

Weather Forecasts Will Soon Use Weird, Bendy GPS Signals

Known as the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (or COSMIC-2), the mission takes advantage of a weird property of GPS radio signals: They actually bend and slow down slightly as they travel through the atmosphere.

Neptune Is a Windy, Chilly, and Baffling Planet. Let's Go!

Neptune Is a Windy, Chilly, and Baffling Planet. Let's Go!

In light of this dilemma, some planetary scientists have already started discussing what a flagship mission to the outer solar system might look like, so that if the decadal survey green-lights a mission to an ice giant, they can start working on it immediately.

A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans

A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans

“We literally sat in a room next to a plastic jug of it when we were fueling the satellite,” says Chris McLean, an engineer at Ball Aerospace and the project lead on NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission.

A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag

A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag

Now, the United States Federal Election Commission may apply the same laws to block a cybersecurity firm from offering free or low-cost defense services to campaigns, at a time when those protections are badly needed .During the 2016 US presidential election, Russian hackers not only threatened election networks and voting systems, but wreaked havoc by targeting campaigns and political parties, particularly the Democratic National Committee, and leaking troves of sensitive data.

The Fake Faces in 'Mission: Impossible'? The CIA Has Some of Its Own

The Fake Faces in 'Mission: Impossible'? The CIA Has Some of Its Own

The CIA Has Some of Its Own. From the agents of the Mission: Impossible franchise to Arya Stark on Game of Thrones , characters in movies and TV shows have been able to pull off some serious stunts while wearing the faces of others.

Absolutely Everything at ThinkGeek Is on Sale Today

Absolutely Everything at ThinkGeek Is on Sale Today

Absolutely Everything at ThinkGeek Is on Sale Today. The site is packed with oddball toys and gear from the most popular series around, from Star Trek to Game of Thrones to Fortnite . Putting all the math aside, if you're shopping for geeky gifts, ThinkGeek is worth a look today.