NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission Zeroes in on “Wet” Landing Sites

February 16, 2017 – The successor to NASA’s Curiosity rover is Mars 2020, a mission that seeks locations on the Red Planet where life may exist or did in the past. Using ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: On Mars What Will Substitute for Bees? – Possibly Sticky Drones

February 13, 2017 – Here on Earth we rely on pollinators to ensure that the vegetables, fruits and staple crops we plant reproduce. Among the most prolific pollinators are bees. ... Continue Reading →

We Are Growing Crops in Space But What About Animal Protein?

January 17, 2017 – NASA is experimenting with growing edible plants in space. The first vegetables have already been harvested from the Veggie Plant Growth System on the International ... Continue Reading →

Igloos May Be Our Best Bet for Martian Habitats

January 3, 2017 – Not quite the ice block igloos built by Inuit in the extreme north here on Earth, NASA is contemplating something it calls a Mars Ice Dome as a suitable home ... Continue Reading →

What Technologies Will Hold the Disruptive Keys to 2017?

December 20, 2016 – It is always fun to look ahead to the New Year and do a little bit of crystal ball forecasting. Technological innovation continues to disrupt existing paradigms ... Continue Reading →

Why is Methane Spiking in the Atmosphere and What Can We Do About It?

December 12, 2016 – More potent in the short term than carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) has recently spiked in the atmosphere reaching concentrations of 1,830 parts per billion. ... Continue Reading →

Japan Puts Experimental Space Junk Removal Technology into Orbit

December 12, 2016 – The Electrodynamic Tether (EDT) has just been sent into orbit by JAXA, the Japanese space agency. On the JAXA website it refers to EDT and its purpose as a ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: 10 Days Left to Fund a Space Telescope to Find Another Earth

December 10, 2016 – The target planet is the newly discovered one circling our nearest stellar neighbours, Alpha Centauri A and B and their nearby companion Proxima Centauri. ... Continue Reading →

Is Planetary Habitability the Key to Evolution of Life?

December 6, 2016 – In the latest revelations about Mars in the past researchers at Penn State University have modeled the planet’s climate showing that atmospheric carbon ... Continue Reading →

German Entry in Google Lunar X Prize Plans Visit to Apollo 17 Landing Site

December 1, 2016 – The competition among 16 remaining teams for the Google Lunar X Prize continues to heat up with one entry, a multi-country German-based  Part-Time Scientists ... Continue Reading →