Fireball Is Werner Herzog’s Ode to Space Rocks

Fireball Is Werner Herzog’s Ode to Space Rocks

Written and directed by Werner Herzog , the documentary aims to make sense of extraterrestrial geology, to trace all the ways meteorites have made impressions far beyond the edges of any individual crater.

See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut

See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut

Satellites have been capturing all the ways we’ve been transforming this planet, images that authors Benjamin Grant and Timothy Dougherty have compiled into the fascinating new book Overview Timelapse: How We Change the Earth.

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In fact, China’s push to continue cleaning up its air in the future could warm the entire northern hemisphere by 0.1 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, making it even tougher to keep the Earth’s temperature below the 1.5 Celsius degree (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warming limit that scientists say is necessary to avoid severe weather disruptions, increased rainfall, sea level rise, droughts, and other disastrous climate change effects by the year 2100.

Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

And back in March, a paper by an international team of scientists suggested that astronauts setting up a base on the moon could use the urea in their urine as a plasticizer to create a concrete-like building material out of lunar soil.

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

First, there are Mother and Father, two androids dispatched by their creator to raise human children to be pacifist atheists after religious wars destroyed Earth.Campion, a boy raised by Mother and Father on Kepler-22b on a vegan mono diet of tubers (scurvy who?

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life

But some scientists think phosphine—a humble pyramid of three hydrogen atoms bonded to a phosphorus—may be a useful biosignature: a sign, if you see it on a solid-surface terrestrial planet, that life might live there.

The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The first trailer for Dune begins much like the book on which it’s based: with Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) revealing he has dreams that often come true.Where Jodorowsky would’ve made an hours-long film to work in all of Herbert’s detail, Villeneuve is splitting the book into two movies.

Elon Musk Is About to Show Off His Neuralink Brain Implant

Elon Musk Is About to Show Off His Neuralink Brain Implant

“There’s a lot of uncertainty in the whole field as to whether [Neuralink] is ever going to be successful,” says Sid Kouider, a former neuroscientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who has since started his own neural interface startup, NextMind.

This Cobalt-Free Battery Is Good for the Planet—and It Actually Works

This Cobalt-Free Battery Is Good for the Planet—and It Actually Works

Although the team is not the first to develop a cobalt-free or high-nickel cathode, Manthiram says it’s the first one that doesn’t also have major performance drawbacks like short battery life and low energy density.

Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won’t Fix Climate Change

Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won’t Fix Climate Change

Writing today in the journal Nature Climate Change, an international team of scientists calculates that the coronavirus lockdown may only cool the planet by about 0.01 degree Celsius by the year 2030.

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

The skycrane is outfitted with eight small engines that start firing when the rover is about half a mile up to rapidly slow its fall to just a few miles per hour.“These particular engines are actually a derivative of the original engines developed for Viking landers in the early ’70s, but we've made very significant upgrades,” says Fred Wilson, a propulsion expert at Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company that made the propulsion system for the Perseverance landing system.

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

Perseverance is only the second Mars rover to use nuclear power as its main source of electrical energy.Starting with Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012, NASA engineers switched to nuclear power as the rover’s main source of energy.

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

“I see it as kind of a Wright brothers moment on another planet,” says Bob Balaram, the chief engineer for the Mars helicopter project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

When she’s not hunting for ancient life on other planets, Bosak studies the earliest life on our own, a process she says is analogous to what Perseverance will be doing on Mars.

The Epic Siberian Journey to Solve a Mass Extinction Mystery

The Epic Siberian Journey to Solve a Mass Extinction Mystery

“I really wanted to find this place that was rumored where there were a lot of rocks that result from explosive volcanic eruptions,” Elkins-Tanton says, “because that's the only way that we know of that you can effectively drive chemicals into the upper atmosphere where they'll get spun around the whole planet.” She was closing in on the geological signals of apocalyptic climate change.

New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

New measurements from the ocean under the centre of the Ross Ice Shelf have significantly improved our understanding of the complex processes that drive melting in Antarctica.

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

You can see the windy bands of Jupiter, as well as the series of white storms also called the “String of Pearls.”Photograph: Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSThis is the view from only 11,000 miles above the surface.

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteLooking down from a great height of one million miles, this view of Saturn’s north pole reveals its hexagon-shaped storm and different windy bands.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteIn this deep dive, Cassini provided a breathtaking view from below Saturn’s rings.

The World Is Still Producing More Oil Than It Needs. Why?

The World Is Still Producing More Oil Than It Needs. Why?

Van Oort says the amount of time a well is closed doesn’t really affect how much damage the shut-in inflicts on the reservoir.If producers have to repeatedly shut the well, the damage can compound over time and reduce productivity even more.

How Much Energy Does It Take to Blow Up a Planet?

How Much Energy Does It Take to Blow Up a Planet?

This position is measured in pixels, but we can convert it to distance by scaling it to a known object in the scene.But if I only plot its pixel position, I’ll underestimate the distance traveled and thus the speed.

NASA Wants to Photograph the Surface of an Exoplanet

NASA Wants to Photograph the Surface of an Exoplanet

Turyshev’s plan would take advantage of this effect by sending a telescope on a 60 billion-mile journey to the sun’s focal region to photograph a habitable, Earth-like exoplanet that is up to 100 light years away.

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

Photograph: NASA/JPL/USGSThe ancient Romans named this planet Venus, after the goddess of love and beauty, because it shined so brightly and beautifully in the sky.

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

China’s new magnetic levitation train, the world’s fastest, will reach speeds of 373 mph, carrying passengers more than 600 miles in two hours while putting out less than half the emissions of a regional flight.

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Humans saw the Earth from space for the first time in 1946 from a V-2 rocket, and subsequent images of the planet can make people feel a little, well, protective.Photograph: NASA/JPLEach of NASA’s Apollo missions had a shot list of photos to take, but this image, Earthrise, was not one of them.

Can Toads Heal Themselves of Deadly Chytrid Fungus?

Can Toads Heal Themselves of Deadly Chytrid Fungus?

Sitting in the Sun. Like most researchers, Barille, a University of Wyoming PhD student, started his project with a question: Why were boreal toad populations in the western portion of Wyoming persisting with chytrid but populations of the same species were crashing in other areas?

Plane Contrails Have a Surprising Effect on Global Warming

Plane Contrails Have a Surprising Effect on Global Warming

Of the varied conspiracy theories regarding contrails—you know, chemtrails—one stands out for being especially wrong: the belief that the plane-made clouds are chemicals the government is secretly spraying to battle climate change , to the peril of those on the ground.

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Photograph: NASA/JPLNASA’s Pioneer Venus Orbiter studied the planet for over a decade and while it was there, it captured this stunning photo.Photograph: NASAMost terrestrial planets have channels like the ones we see here: On Earth they are mostly formed by water, on Mars by lava flows.

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

As the moon rotates around its host planet, this charged gas swipes across Jupiter’s magnetic field lines “like plucking strings on a guitar,” said Nichols, who studies space-based magnetic fields.

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

In an Monday, the world’s richest man committed $10 billion of his personal fortune to set up the new Bezos Earth Fund, which would support “scientists, activists, NGOs—any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” The announcement was light on specifics, and it’s not clear yet how the money will be spent .

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Lightning—a phenomenon more suited to places like Florida—is now striking within 100 miles of the North Pole .All the while, researchers are racing to quantify how the plant species of the Arctic are coping with a much, much warmer world.