An ultra-light aerogel made using waste beer could help us live on Mars

[embedded content] Any project which starts with beer and ends with colonizing Mars has our attention. At its highest level, that describes new research coming out of the University of Colorado Boulder — where scientists have developed a new super-insulating gel, created from beer waste, which could one day prove useful for building greenhouse-like habitats … Read moreAn ultra-light aerogel made using waste beer could help us live on Mars

Omega Centauri hosts 10 million stars and probably not an ounce of life

The search for life in outer space is like the holy grail of astronomy. But with some 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe, where do we even begin? How about with the bright, Christmas lights-like stars of the densely packed globular cluster Omega Centauri? Surely something so spectacular could harbor life. Not so. According … Read moreOmega Centauri hosts 10 million stars and probably not an ounce of life

Spacesuit-inspired streetwear collection celebrates NASA’s 60th birthday

Previous Next Some kids dream of being astronauts. Others dream of styling them. For streetwear designer Heron Preston, that latter dream has finally come true. Sort of. After contacting NASA five years ago, offering to design their future spacesuits, Preston managed to swing a collaboration with the agency, releasing a new line of outerwear to … Read moreSpacesuit-inspired streetwear collection celebrates NASA’s 60th birthday

Astronomers finally confirm general relativity around a supermassive black hole

Previous Next This artist’s impression illustrates gravitational redshift as the star swings by the supermassive black hole. ESO/M. Kornmesser ESO/M. Kornmesser For the first time, astronomers have confirmed Einstein’s century-old theory of general relativity by observing action near a black hole. Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, an international team … Read moreAstronomers finally confirm general relativity around a supermassive black hole

NASA’s winners of its habitat competition offer a glimpse of Martian living

Previous Next When astronauts finally touch down to establish a community on the moon or another planet, they will have to quickly erect unique structures to shelter them from the elements. The architectural design of these habitats will depend on their location, including what resources are available and what conditions are like outside. And, since it’s … Read moreNASA’s winners of its habitat competition offer a glimpse of Martian living

Mars is as near to Earth as it’s been in 15 years, so Hubble took some photos

Previous Next NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC) and the OPAL Team, and J. DePasquale (STScI) NASA, ESA, and STScI NASA, ESA, and STScI For the past 28 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured some of the most iconic images of outer space. Now, as Mars and Saturn swing by Earth this summer, the legendary … Read moreMars is as near to Earth as it’s been in 15 years, so Hubble took some photos