Soon, Humanity Won’t Be Alone in the Universe

This opinion piece was published as an invited op-ed in Newsweek June 21, 2022 “It’s alive!” Viktor Frankenstein shouted in that classic 1931 film. Of course, Mary Shelley’s original tale of hubris—humans seizing powers of creation—emerged from a long tradition, going back to the terracotta armies of Xian, to the Golem of Prague, or even […]

Weightless on Earth with VIVALDI

Science & Exploration 21/09/2022 376 views 25 likes During missions on the International Space Station, astronauts’ bodies go through a wide array of changes due to lack of gravity – everything from vision to cardiovascular health to bone density is affected. Though astronauts exercise and take supplements to mitigate some of these effects, understanding more […]

Mars Rover Sampling Top Prospect for Signs of Ancient Microbial Life

NASA’s Perseverance rover is collecting many organic material rich rock-core samples. They are sampling a top prospect for finding signs of ancient microbial life on Mars. The rover has collected four samples from an ancient river delta in the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater since July 7, bringing the total count of scientifically compelling rock samples […]

Nightmares in Middle Age Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

According to new research, people who experience frequent nightmares in middle age are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia later in life. Most of us consider nightmares pretty harmless, but apparently, they can be a bad sign. According to research at the University of Birmingham, people who experience frequent bad dreams in middle age […]

The Space Force wants more ‘indigenous software experts’ that can write code

Gen. Jay Raymond appears at the 36th annual Space Symposium. (Space Foundation) AFA 2022 — The head of the Space Force wants to build “indigenous software experts” that know how to write code as it strives towards being a digital and data-focused service. Speaking at the Air and Space Forces Association conference today, Chief of […]

Scientists Have Long Dreamed of a Memory Prosthesis. The First Human Trials Look Promising

Memories are finicky. I’ve been touring Atlantic Canada for the past three weeks, and already my recollection of the trip—dates, places, foods, adventures—doesn’t match up with pins on Google Maps or journal entries. My brain was learning new experiences and encoding memories—just not strongly enough to last even a week. Memory retention gets worse with […]

Will rapid COVID tests be able to detect new variants?

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. New research evaluates how rapid tests will perform when challenged with future SARS-CoV-2 variants. The availability of rapid antigen tests has significantly advanced efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. But every new variant of concern raises questions about […]

Draft solicitation for national security space launch services expected in early 2023

Brig. Gen. Stephen Purdy said DoD has to approve the strategy before a draft request for proposals can be released NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Space Force is working to finalize a procurement strategy for the next national security launch services contracts expected to be awarded in 2024.  A draft request for industry proposals […]

Hezbollah smuggling weapons to the West Bank amid surge in militant activity

Amid a major uptick in militant activity in the West Bank, FDD’s Long War Journal has confirmed with a senior Israeli military official that Hezbollah has been smuggling weapons into the West Bank. The story, first reported by Shira Rubin at The Washington Post, implicates Hezbollah – and to an extent – Iran in supporting […]