In March 2013, six people will spend four months on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano simulating a Mars mission. Funded by the NASA Human Research Program, HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) is focused on what future astronauts might eat during long space adventures like a trip to the red planet. More than 700 people with a variety of science/tech/space/health backgrounds applied to participate in the study. Science journalist Kate Greene, a former editor at Technology Review, was one of those selected to be an astronaut "analog." Kate says, "In particular, we are examining the hypothesis that astronauts cannot live by rehydrated foods alone: we will be cooking and baking with shelf-stable ingredients as astronauts on future Mars missions might." Kate will be writing about her experience in various places, including her blog. "Simulated Mars Mission"
Back in 2012, a mystery object blocked most of the slight from a distant star in our galaxy named VVV-WIT-08. The star was dim for around 200 days before becoming fully visible again. The weird phenomenon hasn't been observed since. What caused this strange vanishing act? Astronomers are exploring a few possibilities but haven't found… READ THE REST
The Blue Abyss is a deep sea and space research training facility that will be constructed near the Cornwall Airport Newquay in England. Holding nearly 1.5 million cubic feet of water, the Blue Abyss will be the world's largest and deepest swimming pool of its kind. Unfortunately, it's unlikely most of us will have a… READ THE REST
Blue Origin (and Amazon) founder Jeff Bezos will head to space next month and likely back after an 11 minute flight. He's taking one of the cushy seats aboard the New Shepard suborbital spacecraft expected to launch on July 20, the 52nd anniversary of the first moon landing. New Shepard doesn't require a pilot as… READ THE REST
Is there such a thing as too much information? In the world of stocks and investing, you might be surprised to find that sometimes, the answer is yes. Traders and the regular rank-and-file investors have so many indicators and other market signposts to monitor that it can turn into information overload, a sort of white… READ THE REST
With a world full of travel options starting to reopen as we speak, is it still really worth it to tote around a big, bulky suitcase or carry-on bag for getting all of your important stuff from Point A to Point B? Especially if there's an option that might just serve you better? Of course,… READ THE REST
You don't have to be Tony Stark to have a whole lot of fun conceiving and building electronic gadgets and doohickeys. Tony knew enough not to give the Vision active reproductive parts — and we're sure you'll show just as much restraint as you start cobbling together a whole bunch of nifty little coding and… READ THE REST