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How deaf researchers are reinventing science communication

How deaf researchers are reinventing science communication

Science is a language unto itself, and scientists rely on precise, standard terminology for common ground in their work. But for deaf researchers and students, American Sign Language isn’t “up to date” with terms for new concepts and ideas. The solution? Create new signs from scratch. We follow a deaf grad student who explains how…

SpaceX on the verge of mass space tourism

SpaceX on the verge of mass space tourism

SPACEX ON THE VERGE OF MASS SPACE TOURISM Ok, I’ve made a few videos on space tourism and the implications of what is very much industry in ascendance, talked about Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin’s plans, eve some less known companies who are promising space bonanza and opportunities for entrepreneurial spirit. However, so far I’ve…

This is Elon Musk’s key to Tesla’s future

This is Elon Musk’s key to Tesla’s future

Elon Musk’s Gigafactory is arguably the most important thing that Tesla makes. The 1.9 million-square-foot factory in Sparks, Nevada, is only 30 percent complete, but it’s already on track to make 60 percent of the world’s lithium ion batteries — and Tesla plans to build more Gigafactories around the world. The Verge took a look…

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…

Supersonic air travel is finally coming back

Supersonic air travel is finally coming back

Supersonic air travel is back. 15 years after the Concorde was grounded, everyone from aerospace companies to NASA to small startups is working to bring back ultrafast civilian aircraft. We take a look at the engineering challenges that make supersonic flight so difficult, and try to figure out what’s different about this new generation of…

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,…

How astronauts handle medical meltdowns in space

How astronauts handle medical meltdowns in space

When astronauts go into space they need to be in peak physical fitness, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get sick. And when they do, there is no clinic or hospital nearby. In this episode, Loren visits the STRATUS Center in Boston, where simulations are being developed to train astronauts on how to handle medical…

This monster plant is trying to take over. What if we let it?

This monster plant is trying to take over. What if we let it?

Silicon Valley is home to tech giants, venture capital…and a years-long battle between an invasive species, a tiny bird, and a bunch of scientists trying to decide what counts as “nature.” We put on the biggest boots we could find and headed out to the strange salt flats of the San Francisco bay to check…