Shots are strange things -- though small in the grand scheme of life and injuries, some of the most hardened folks among us turn jelly-knee'd at the sight of them. Perhaps there is some instinctual association between needles and poisonous stingers. Regardless, MIT has developed a potential solution, and it doesn't sound much more comforting: a pill with micro needles.
Both NASA and SpaceX have their eyes on Mars, both for seemingly very different reasons. While NASA is busy researching the planet to find out what secrets it holds, Elon Musk is looking towards a future where we establish human colonies on the Red Planet. Such a mission, he says, is vital for the future of humanity.
The concept of having or even wanting to leave Earth for good has long haunted humanity. Are we really destroying our planet, forcing decay acre by acre, or will the terra rebound and take its revenge? Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s attempt to answer the former without the latter, and the latest trailer for his film looks spectacular.
Not just for kids, mind you, are the collection of videos commissioned by the European Space Agency for the robotic space probe Rosetta. Named after the Rosetta Stone, translator of Egyptian scripts, Rosetta is placed in a number of cartoons that make learning fun. What could be better than that?
NASA has issued a new challenge, this one called the Balance Mass Challenge, which is seeking ideas from the public on payloads for the Mars Spacecraft. The challenge is detailed under the space agency's newly unveiled NASA Solve website, which was introduced at the World Maker Faire recently.
Google has previously come under fire for supporting the American Legislative Exchange Council, more commonly called ALEC, which skews towards the "denier" side of the climate change sciences. That changed today, with Google's Eric Schmidt saying the company's support was a "mistake".
This week the world’s first commercial launch complex designed specifically for orbital missions has been the subject of a groundbreaking in Texas. Elon Musk of SpaceX and Governor Rick Perry have spoken up on the subject, noting that construction on the project will likely begin by mid-2015.
Robotics seem like a great idea, but there’s always that Terminator scenario in the back of our minds. “What if the machines really do become self-aware?”, we ask silently while grinding our teeth to avoid bawling like scared children. If the machines someday do push us to the brink of extinction, it might be this one that ultimately seals our fate.