Every Type of Satellite Data Gathered from Earth, In One Amazing Video

Imagine that you're orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station. What if you could access a heads-up display, offering multiple views of the planet below, as seen through the eyes of NASA's fleet of Earth observation satellites? This stunning simulation reveals what it could look like. » 9/30/14 3:23pm Today 3:23pm

At Long Last, An Invisibility Cloak We Can Believe In

By using simple, inexpensive, and readily available materials, researchers at at the University of Rochester have developed an optical system that can actually hide objects in the visible spectrum of light. » 9/30/14 2:39pm Today 2:39pm

California's Ongoing Drought Linked To Climate Change

Using a sophisticated combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques, scientists at Stanford University have shown that the extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's lengthy drought are likely caused by today's global warming conditions. » 9/30/14 3:52am Today 3:52am

Vintage Cigarette Boxes Feature Designs From The Soviet Space Program

In earlier decades, when someone reached for a smoke, they might shake out a cigarette from a box featuring the cosmonaut dog Laika, Sputnik, or the Soyuz. These largely Russian cigarette packages are a retro look at a time when even a quick hit of nicotine would remind us of our spacefaring dreams. » 9/30/14 3:51am Today 3:51am

Are There Any Good Reasons Why We Should We Explore Space?

It's difficult to look up on a clear night and not feel the pull to get out there, anywhere, and see a little more of the universe than the little blue marble that we've anchored ourselves on. But, when faced with the need to justify the money, time, and tech to get us there, what are the best reasons to explore space? » 9/30/14 3:51am Today 3:51am

ISS Astronauts Recreate Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Poster

In a tradition dating back to the space shuttle era, NASA has created mock movie posters to promote its missions. Previous posters have included Reservoir Dogs and Pirates of the Caribbean. But, for ISS Expedition 42 — the answer to life, the universe and everything — there could only be one choice. » 9/29/14 2:35pm Yesterday 2:35pm

The Shrinking Aral Sea Has Been Reduced To A Mere Sliver

Dry conditions have caused the Aral Sea's eastern lobe to completely dry up for the first time in modern history. It was once the fourth largest lake in the world, but owing to a disastrous irrigation project, it's all but gone. » 9/29/14 2:34pm Yesterday 2:34pm

New Evidence That Aquatic And Land-Based Archosaurs Fought One Another

During the Late Triassic, some huge reptiles lived on land, others lived in the water, and it's long been believed that they didn't typically interact with one another. But the discovery of a tooth lodged in a 220-million-year-old thighbone reveals that two prehistoric carnivores frequently skirmished across… » 9/29/14 2:34pm Yesterday 2:34pm

The Orion Spacecraft Is Almost Ready For Testing!

Today the prototype Orion spacecraft made its final move before heading to the launch pad for testing in December. The monster machine was carefully shuffled around the Kennedy Space Center, leaving its fuelling station and heading to the installation of the Launch Abort System. » 9/28/14 8:30pm Sunday 8:30pm