Scientists jumped out of a plane to create a new wonder material

Scientists jumped out of a plane to create a new wonder material

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything is made from some form of material, whether it be organic or inorganic, which means the right breakthroughs can change industries forever.   Most people don’t care about materials – even self-healing materials, or state of the art programmable materials, or materials that will...

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A creative AI designed NASA’s next spider-like interplanetary lander

A creative AI designed NASA’s next spider-like interplanetary lander

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As humans we tend to believe that creativity is our exclusive domain, but AI is muscling in in a big way, and creative machines are improving all the time.   Over the past couple of years I’ve been banging the drum, through my articles and...

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NASA starts assembling the spacecraft that will save Earth from an asteroid strike

NASA starts assembling the spacecraft that will save Earth from an asteroid strike

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Somewhere out there there’s an asteroid withEarth’s name on it, and NASA’s new spacecraft will be the one to try to deflect it.   Within near-Earth space there are a crazy 18,000 asteroids whose orbit occasionally brings them close to Earth. Over the course of millions of...

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Scientists produce smart windows that generate their own electricity

Scientists produce smart windows that generate their own electricity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The use of glass is increasing around the world and scientists are trying to find new ways to enhance its properties.   Recently we saw new research that lets windows turn into mirrors at the flick of a switch, and now researchers from the Institute...

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Step inside the SpaceX capsule that will take astronauts to the ISS

Step inside the SpaceX capsule that will take astronauts to the ISS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Since the end of the Space Shuttle program the US has had to rely on rides from the Russians to get to the ISS, this marks America’s return to its own manned spaceflight.   After making history in 2012 as the first commercial spacecraft company...

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Jeff Bezos wants to colonise the Moon and move heavy industry off Earth

Jeff Bezos wants to colonise the Moon and move heavy industry off Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are an increasing number of billionaires who believe heavy industry should be moved off of Earth and onto the Moon, and Bezos might be one to help make it a reality.   Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is convinced that one day “we are going...

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3D printed Graphene Aerogel, stronger than steel and 99.8% lighter

3D printed Graphene Aerogel, stronger than steel and 99.8% lighter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s materials will be lighter, stronger and more flexible than todays, and that opens up a whole host of new applications.   The world’s lightest 3D printed structure, a Graphene Aerogel, is so lightweight that it can be placed on top of a cotton ball...

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IBM’s “flying brain” Watson heads into space

IBM’s “flying brain” Watson heads into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the space industry steps looks to explore more space and even colonise and mine new planets the demands on astronauts is increasing, so CIMON and its descendents will be used to help lighten their load and make them more productive.   IBM Watson is...

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SpaceX launches the world’s most powerful rocket into space

SpaceX launches the world’s most powerful rocket into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not only is the SpaceX Falcon Heavy the world’s most powerful rocket, but it’s also destined to be the one that takes colonists to Mars and help Musk realise his ambitions to ferry people around the world in under thirty minutes or less.   SpaceX’s...

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NASA inspired tech designed for outer space triples crop yields on Earth

NASA inspired tech designed for outer space triples crop yields on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Earth’s population grows by another 2 billion in the next few decades scientists are coming up with new ways to feed them and produce food in previously unimaginable ways.   Over the next few decades it’s estimated that the Earth’s population will grow by...

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NASA’s tests its new interplanetary space internet system, sends a selfie to the ISS

NASA’s tests its new interplanetary space internet system, sends a selfie to the ISS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As humanity reaches for the stars and pens its plans to become an interplanetary species today’s Earth bound internet system just won’t hack it, so an alternative  is needed.   As humanity reaches for the stars, and to colonise Mars from 2024, NASA used a...

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Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike rocket preps for take off

Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike rocket preps for take off

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s rockets are two stage rockets, ARCA’s new revolutionary single stage rocket will cut the cost of space launches by up to 80 percent increasing our access to space.   ARCA Space Corporation, who are funded by NASA, has announced that their revolutionary linear...

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NASA’s new ion thruster smashes all the records

NASA’s new ion thruster smashes all the records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Chemical rockets are big, bulky and expensive, and once they run out of fuel they’re useless, Ion thrusters operate without fuel and could help propel humanity beyond our solar system.   A thruster that’s being developed for a future NASA mission to Mars broke several records during...

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Lockheed show off their orbiting Mars station concept

Lockheed show off their orbiting Mars station concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for Mars is on and companies are now lining up to get astronauts into orbit, and onto, the red planet, and it’s only a matter of time before it happens.   At the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, last week rocket companies,...

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Inside NASA’s plan to stop the next Yellowstone supervolcano eruption

Inside NASA’s plan to stop the next Yellowstone supervolcano eruption

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day a Supervolcano like Yellowstone will erupt, plunge the Earth into the next ice age and potentially wipe out much of life on Earth, but now NASA has a plan to stop it   Nature is as awesome as it is destructive, and it’s...

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NASA 4D prints new materials and mulls printing self-assembling space stations

NASA 4D prints new materials and mulls printing self-assembling space stations

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Transporting equipment into space is very, very expensive so NASA has turned to 4D printing to help it create new materials and types of space craft.   Space is a harsh unforgiving environment and just getting into orbit is still, despite Elon Musk and SpaceX’s...

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NASA gets ready to trial SEXTANT, its galactic navigation technology

NASA gets ready to trial SEXTANT, its galactic navigation technology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are no accurate maps of deep space but now NASA are creating their own deep space Galactic Positioning System (GPS) using pulsars as galactic beacons.   If you want to travel in deep space, for example, aboard Stephen Hawking’s interstellar spaceship, which admittedly might...

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Space adventurers could be the first true ‘Designer humans’

Space adventurers could be the first true ‘Designer humans’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space is the harshest environment known to man and the idea of creating the world’s first genetically altered humans who can survive its extremes “naturally” without the need to take their artificial environments with them is gaining traction.   At last year’s International Astronautical Congress in...

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Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike powered rocket set for 2018 launch

Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike powered rocket set for 2018 launch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s rockets are expensive, complex multi stage systems, but ARCA’s new Aerospike powered rocket will be the world’s first single stage rocket to travel from Earth to orbit.   Today, every rocket that’s launched into space is what is known in the industry...

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Explorers wanted: American government tells NASA to get humanity to Mars

Explorers wanted: American government tells NASA to get humanity to Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The falling cost of space exploration and grand visions are pushing organisations to take the next giant leap – to make us an interplanetary species.   Last week, perhaps in response to the growing interest in Mars from companies such as Boeing, and SpaceX, as well...

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