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Stunning design for vertical launch plane looks like something straight out of science fiction
Trent Moore

We’ve been flying airplanes for more than 100 years, and we’re still waiting for something like the retro future of our dreams. Well, the aviation firm XTI hopes to change that.

The cutting edge tech NASA will use to pinpoint an eventual manned Mars landing
Trent Moore

It’s a funny thing: We have the technology to launch and fly a craft all the way from our planet to other parts of the solar system, but one of the trickiest parts is sticking the landing.

Stephen Hawking's new theory gives us hope if ever stuck in a black hole
Jeff Spry

Entering the most destructive force in the universe may have an unexpected outcome.

This ambitious university VR project is basically The Matrix built inside a holodeck
Trent Moore

Researchers at the University of Michigan have been tinkering with virtual reality for years, but the makeshift holodeck just got a major upgrade.

Why a Tokyo company just sent a case of booze to the International Space Station
Trent Moore

A Tokyo company is shipping a case of booze to the International Space Station, and they actually have a pretty good reason for it.

The Martian’s Ridley Scott and Matt Damon talk space exploration with real NASA scientists
Trent Moore

Much like recent sci-fi hits Interstellar and Gravity, Ridley Scott’s The Martian is attempting to tackle as much real science as possible. So, what better way to get the details right than to chat up some real-life NASA astronauts?

Scientists offer new theory on how two moonlets created Saturn's strange F Ring
Jeff Spry

Learn how an ancient collision formed the icy region of Saturn's outermost ring.

Video tour of rare, 30-year-old home automation system is a peek at the 1980s retro future
Trent Moore

Several tech companies are working right now to capitalize on the home automation bandwagon, but there have actually been working systems on the market for decades. Here’s a walk-through of the future of home automation, circa 1985.

Solar-powered Mayflower set to cross the Atlantic Ocean, 400 years after the original
Trent Moore

Approximately 400 years after the original Mayflower transported English settlers to the New World, a solar-powered ship is set to make the same journey — and quite possibly be the first unmanned vessel ever to make the trek.

High-tech glasses allow the colorblind to see pigments for the first time
Trent Moore

Colorblindness affects millions of people across the globe, though a new pair of high-tech shades could help improve the muddled world.

Tech company proposes inflatable, 12-mile high elevator to get us to space cheaper
Trent Moore

One of the most expensive things about space travel is the cost of fuel, specifically the fuel needed to lift a crazy-heavy rocket and crew capsule off the ground. But what if we could start off a dozen or so miles above the ground?

Image of the Day: Plunge into a stunning new shot of the Lagoon Nebula
Jeff Spry

Here's a stunning new shot showing a majestic corner of the Milky Way.

Astronomers discover enormous Jupiter-like gas giant 96 light years away
Jeff Spry

A new planet has popped up on scientists' radar, and it's humongous!

Check out the Navy's new amphibious drone, which can fly then act as a submarine
Trent Moore

The U.S. Naval Research Lab has built a flying drone that can land on water, then dive and continue on as a submarine. Want to see it in action?

Retro NASA concept art reveals the unrealized dreams for the space shuttle program
Trent Moore

Witness the beautiful, retro future that was denied us all. As the few remaining space shuttles gather dust in mothballs at NASA facilities and museums, take a peek at what could’ve been if the program had been given time and attention to flourish.