NASA backs demo that will 3D-print spacecraft parts in orbit

NASA is expanding its efforts to bring 3D printing to space. The agency has given Made In Space a $73.3 million contract to demonstrate the ability to 3D-print spacecraft parts in orbit using Archinaut One (shown above), a...

Scientists close to eliminating male embryos in mice

Genetic researchers — and perhaps heroes to misandrists everywhere — have created a way to prevent male offspring from being born … in mice, at least. The reproductive study, published in the molecular biology journal EMBO Reports,...

X-rays help astronomers detect spinning black holes

It can be tricky to measure the spin of a black hole, particularly when it's hard to see them, but astronomers have pulled off just such a feat. They've gauged the spins of five supermassive black holes through...

TV is over the moon with specials recounting 1969 landing

The 1969 moon landing turned an achievement seen only in the imagination and sci-fi movies into a most improbable television event, a live broadcast starring Neil Armstrong and a desolate landscape. The astounding images from more...

NASA says now is the best time in two centuries for space exploration

When you’re planning on taking a trip it pays to plan ahead, and one of the first things you should do is check the weather forecast. The same is true for space travelers, and with...

NASA orders the first piece of its lunar outpost

NASA has awarded space technology company Maxar a $375 million contract to develop the first Lunar Gateway segment that's flying to space. Maxar, which (according to Ars Technica) now has bragging rights for being the...

How to see the full blue moon set to rise this weekend

On Saturday, May 18, you can see a blue moon — but don’t expect it to actually be blue. The name is just what scientists call an “extra” full moon. An astronomical season — between solstice and...

US-built capsule with a dummy aboard docks at space station

A sleek new American-built capsule with just a test dummy aboard docked smoothly with the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing the U.S. a big step closer to getting back in the business of launching...

AI can write disturbingly believable fake news

AI is getting better and better at writing convincing material, and that’s leading its creators to wonder whether they should release the technology in the first place. Elon Musk’s OpenAI has developed an algorithm that can generate plausible-looking fake news stories on...

Bees know how to do basic math

Bees apparently have a grasp of basic math, including addition and subtraction, a new study has discovered. The study, published in Science Advances, reveals that bees have incredibly powerful brains for their size and suggests that...

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