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Who’s to blame for the neurotoxin poisoning the Pacific?

Who’s to blame for the neurotoxin poisoning the Pacific?

The crabbing industry in California is under siege: from toxic algae, climate change, and, some argue, Big Oil. We spent a day on a fishing boat to find out what’s really threatening commercial crabbing, and what can be done about it. http://bit.ly/2Fn7MQq Further reading: InsideClimate News: http://bit.ly/2CrJ1Rn Los Angeles Times: http://bit.ly/2TK6MP2 Supran, G., & Oreskes,…

How astronauts train for a worst-case spacewalk

How astronauts train for a worst-case spacewalk

Underwater space stations, Mars rover simulators, and space walk VR: NASA has built quite the futuristic playground to help its astronauts prepare for missions. Loren Grush visits NASA’s simulations lab and tries some scary space scenarios out for herself. This is an episode of The Verge’s original series Space Craft, and we thought you’d like…

Moon exploration is coming back in a big way

Moon exploration is coming back in a big way

You might think of old Apollo missions as the heyday of moon exploration, but that may soon change. After years of relative quiet in lunar missions, many governments have their sights set on some exciting new science on Earth’s satellite. But this time, they’ll be joined by newcomers: private companies who see a fortune to…

This is SpaceX’s very first human crew

This is SpaceX’s very first human crew

This year, if all goes well, astronauts will launch to space on a private craft for the first time in history. It’s SpaceX’s big chance to show NASA that it can be trusted with the work of ferrying astronauts to and from the international space station. We met the two astronauts selected for this historic…

NASA’s InSight Mars landing: what it really took

NASA’s InSight Mars landing: what it really took

After a six-month long journey, NASA’s InSight spacecraft successfully landed on Mars. The probe will now begin to collect data on Mars’ crust, mantle, and core, providing a never-before-seen look at the red planet’s inner workings. Getting a new spacecraft on the surface of the red planet is no easy feat – The Verge’s Loren…

Cryptocurrency Company Set to Mine Asteroids, Seeking Space Supremacy

Cryptocurrency Company Set to Mine Asteroids, Seeking Space Supremacy

Planetary Resources, which cryptofirm ConsenSys has recently merged with, announced over five years ago an ambitious mission of extracting water ice from asteroids and… Source: sputniknews.com SUBCRIBE & SHARE

We decoded NASA’s messages to aliens by hand

We decoded NASA’s messages to aliens by hand

In 1977, twin golden records were sent into space on the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. Still sailing through space at nearly 60,000 km per hour, the records contain sound, songs, and images from earth. But how did NASA include images on an analog record? Here, we decoded the audio, and see the images the…

How four rogue satellites could change the spaceflight industry

How four rogue satellites could change the spaceflight industry

Earlier this year, a company launched four tiny satellites into orbit without permission. These “rogue satellites” caused an uproar in the space community, and in the future, others like them could increase the risk of catastrophic collisions in orbit. We talked to some space experts about what’s at stake when no one knows exactly what’s…

A microscopic look at why the world is running out of sand

A microscopic look at why the world is running out of sand

Humans are using more sand than the Earth is naturally producing, and that’s a problem for the global construction industry. But it turns out that the usefulness of sand depends on the science of each tiny little grain. We went on a sand scavenger hunt to collect some samples, look at them under a microscope,…