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SPACEX JUST LAUNCHED HUMANS TO SPACE FOR THE FIRST TIME
Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, just successfully launched its first two people into orbit, ushering in a new age of human spaceflight in the United States. SpaceX is now the first company t.
THE CORONAVIRUS IS MUTATING. BUT DON’T FREAK OUT YET.
The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is mutating. It’s true, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It sounds concerning — if the virus is changing, that could imply that it’s getting worse. That’s not th.
MASKS, VENTILATORS, SWABS: HOW MAKERS ARE FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS
3D printers across the country have been churning out protective medical equipment to fight coronavirus while traditional manufacturing lags. Masks and ventilators are just some of the supplies bei.
THE PROBLEM WITH TRACKING FEVERS DURING CORONAVIRUS
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have worked a new routine into our lives: temperature taking. It’s understandable since fever is an extremely common symptom of COVID-19. But.
WHY URBAN COYOTE SIGHTINGS ARE ON THE RISE
In the past century, coyotes have been on a tear across North America. They’ve become particularly well-adapted to living in cities, which puts them in closer proximity to humans than ever before. .
SEE HOW THE CORONAVIRUS SPREADS SO EASILY
While we’re stuck in self-quarantine, we thought we’d try and visualize how the novel coronavirus spreads through a controlled environment like an apartment. Here’s how transmission happens, and wh.
WHY MODERN CHEMISTRY STILL NEEDS GLASSBLOWERS
Lots of modern chemistry research still relies on unique, hand-blown glass instruments. Step inside a scientific glassblowing workshop and see a third-generation glassblower in action. . Read more: .
OUR (SLIGHTLY DOOMED) FLIGHT TO AN ATMOSPHERIC RIVER
Atmospheric rivers are important but poorly understood weather phenomena that supply the West Coast with up to 50% of its annual precipitation. In an effort to understand them better, scientists ha.
WHY LABS ARE PRINTING THE CORONAVIRUS GENOME
The world is struggling to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. But thanks to new genetic material sequencing and synthesis technology, scientists are able to identify and study this virus quicker.
THE ERA OF SATELLITE-REPAIRING ROBOTS IS HERE
As orbit becomes more crowded with satellites, the risk of catastrophic collisions grows. We explore the burgeoning industry of satellite repair: companies hoping to rendezvous with and repair faul.
IS ALUMINUM BETTER THAN PLASTIC? IT’S COMPLICATED.
Recycled aluminum is coming for your water and your iPad. From laptops to water bottles, aluminum is being touted as an eco-friendly answer to the global crisis in plastic waste. But is aluminum re.
HOW TIME ZONES ARE SUBTLY MESSING WITH YOU
Time zones help enable modern communication and commerce, but they mess with a lot more than just your TV schedule. In this video, we take a look at the ways we draw time zones and the surprising e.
INSIDE THE RISKY VENTURE OF SPACEPORT AMERICA
In the middle of the New Mexico desert lies Spaceport America, a glittering, alien structure advertised as the very first purpose-built commercial spaceport. It’s home to Virgin Galactic, a space s.
TESTING OUT AN ASTRONAUT’S EXERCISE REGIMEN
The environment of the International Space Station isn’t exactly hospitable to the human body. In this video, Loren Grush tries out some of the specialized machines astronauts use to workout in spa.
THE SCIENCE AND CONTROVERSY BEHIND YOUR LIGHTBULBS
The tech that powers your lightbulbs has made huge leaps forward in the past few years, and is making a big difference in home energy use. But shifting political winds are now threatening the light.
THE DARK SIDE OF ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING
Electronic waste is a hazardous and difficult form of garbage to manage. Though a lot of e-waste can be recycled responsibly, many e-waste processors choose instead to ship it overseas for junkyard.
INSULIN SHOULD BE CHEAP. HERE’S WHY IT'S NOT.
The cost of insulin has skyrocketed over the past few years, putting increasing pressure on millions of diabetics who rely on the drug to survive. We look at how insulin is made today, explore what.
THE INFURIATING TRUTH BEHIND ELEVATOR BUTTONS
The elevator buttons in our office building are slowly driving us all insane. We dropped everything to figure out what was going on and a little science happened along the way. . Read more: http://b.
HOW TO FIND THE MICROPLASTICS IN YOUR SEAFOOD
Tiny bits of plastic waste have found their way to the farthest corners of the planet — from the deepest ocean trenches to the Arctic Circle. But, pervasive plastic pollution also hits much closer .
WHY COMPANIES ARE MASS-PRODUCING EDIBLE INSECTS
Around the world, two billion people eat insects regularly. In the US and Europe? Not so much. But, some entrepreneurs think it’s time. We take a tour of the startup cricket farms trying to kicksta.
CARBON NANOTUBES BUILT THIS BIZARRE ULTRABLACK MATERIAL
Carbon nanotubes are a lot like graphene: both are super-hyped materials that haven’t changed the world the way we hoped they would. At least, not yet. But while producing nanotubes, one research t.
THE COSMIC SECRETS INSIDE THIS TINY METEORITE
Earlier this year, Verge Science went hunting for space dust on a rooftop in Brooklyn. The hunt turned up some promising samples, but looking at them under a microscope led to inconclusive results .
WHY NASA HASN’T GONE BACK TO THE MOON
NASA has big plans to return to the Moon by 2024, and it’s banking on the historic Space Launch System (SLS) to get them there. But after years of delays and cost overruns, skeptics are questioning.
IS THE “INSECT APOCALYPSE” REAL?
This week, we hit the road in rural Texas for our weirdest experiment yet. We’re collecting all the bugs that splat on our car’s windshield. It’s a silly project that hints at a very serious issue:.
THE REAL REASONS THE US REFUSES TO GO METRIC
In 1975, the US had their shot at going metric. but we blew it. Over 40 years later, we’re still entangled in mass confusion. In this video, we take a look at why our old system of measures has h.
A YEAR OF VERGE SCIENCE
Verge Science is a Webby award-winning deep dive into the future of science. We do experiments and explore stories on energy, space, nature, the human mind and body, AI, foxes, and a lot more. Subs.
NASA NEEDS YOUR HELP TO IMPROVE ITS SPACE LASER
NASA recently launched a new satellite with an ambitious goal: it will measure the height of every forest on the planet. It’s part of an effort to figure out how much carbon is locked up in trees a.
ON BOARD VIRGIN ORBIT’S FLYING LAUNCHPAD
Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit is taking an unusual approach to putting satellites in space: the company wants to launch them in midair off the wing of a Boeing 747. We toured the prototype jet tha.
THIS IS WHAT SEA LEVEL RISE WILL DO TO COASTAL CITIES
Sea level rise is already redrawing coastlines around the world. What happens when the coast retreats through a major city? We look at how the world map will change in the year 2100, and what coast.
THE AT-HOME DNA TEST CRAZE IS PUTTING US ALL AT RISK
Investigators have begun solving violent crimes through a new kind of DNA search — one that relies on DNA data from popular at-home DNA tests like 23andMe and AncestryDNA. But, as consumer DNA data.
UNLOCKING THE SECRETS HIDDEN INSIDE YOUR VOICE
Your voice says a lot about you, and it has nothing to do with what you’re saying. Your voice’s tone, pitch, pace, and other “vocal biomarkers” can reveal much about your mood, and even your decisi.
THE UNDERGROUND LIFE FORMS THAT HAVE TAKEN OVER CENTRALIA
Centralia, Pennsylvania was a town destroyed by a nightmarish, decades-long subterranean fire. While there are almost no people left there, scientists have discovered some new residents: heat-lovin.
EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THE YOUNG BLOOD INJECTION CRAZE
The FDA recently issued a bulletin warning people not to buy injections of “young blood.” Why on Earth does the government even need to say such a thing? The answer involves some misunderstood scie.
WHO’S TO BLAME FOR THE NEUROTOXIN POISONING THE PACIFIC?
The crabbing industry in California is under siege: from toxic algae, climate change, and, some argue, Big Oil. We spent a day on a fishing boat to find out what’s really threatening commercial cra.
HOW ASTRONAUTS TRAIN FOR A WORST-CASE SPACEWALK
Underwater space stations, Mars rover simulators, and space walk VR: NASA has built quite the futuristic playground to help its astronauts prepare for missions. Loren Grush visits NASA’s simulation.
WE TESTED NYC WATER FOR LEAD AND THE RESULTS WERE CONFOUNDING
Lead contamination got a lot of national attention because of the crisis in Flint, Michigan. But today, lead pipes are still tainting tap water across America. In this episode of “Trial & Error,” w.
MOON EXPLORATION IS COMING BACK IN A BIG WAY
You might think of old Apollo missions as the heyday of moon exploration, but that may soon change. After years of relative quiet in lunar missions, many governments have their sights set on some e.
THIS ALGORITHM DECODES RAT SQUEAKS AND COULD REVOLUTIONIZE ANIMAL RESEARCH
Rats are social and chatty critters, but most of their chatter is above the frequency that human ears can hear. If researchers could listen to what rats are “saying,” it could change countless expe.
IS GALLIUM NITRIDE THE SILICON OF THE FUTURE?
The global electronics industry has been fueled by silicon from the get-go, but that may soon change. Products are slowly appearing that replace silicon with gallium nitride, a material that promis.
TINY METEORITES ARE EVERYWHERE. HERE’S HOW TO FIND THEM.
Tons of tiny meteorites fall to Earth every day, but are next to impossible to find once they land. At least, that’s what the science community thought. In this pilot episode of our “Trial & Error”.
CAN AI HELP CRACK THE CODE OF FUSION POWER?
Practical fusion power, as the joke goes, has been “decades away.for decades.” But recent advancements in advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence promise to speed up the slow, slow progre.
YOUR FUTURE TECH MAY RELY ON DEEP-SEA MINING
As the demand grows for the metals that power electronics, we may have to look farther and farther for mining opportunities. The next big mining frontier is the deep sea: along the seafloor, myster.
THIS IS SPACEX’S VERY FIRST HUMAN CREW
This year, if all goes well, astronauts will launch to space on a private craft for the first time in history. It’s SpaceX’s big chance to show NASA that it can be trusted with the work of ferrying.
WHY DOCTORS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE APPLE WATCH EKG
The Apple Watch Series 4 learned a new trick: it can now perform an EKG, or electrocardiogram. It’s a test that can detect heart problems, and it could save lives. But it could also have some unint.
TRAINING FOR MARS ON AN ACTIVE VOLCANO
There’s no way to know what life at a Mars colony will really be like — but on the side of an active volcano in Hawaii, NASA has built the next best thing. We visited a remote habitat on the island.
THE KILOGRAM HAS CHANGED FOREVER. HERE’S WHY.
In November, scientists from around the world met in Paris to do something remarkable: they redefined the kilogram. This standard of measure was once based on a hunk of metal under lock and key in .
HOW DEAF RESEARCHERS ARE REINVENTING SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
Science is a language unto itself, and scientists rely on precise, standard terminology for common ground in their work. But for deaf researchers and students, American Sign Language isn’t “up to d.
WE SURVIVED A (SIMULATED) SPACE CATASTROPHE
When astronauts go into space they need to be in peak physical fitness, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get sick. And when they do, there is no clinic or hospital nearby. In this episode of Space .
NASA’S INSIGHT MARS LANDING: WHAT IT REALLY TOOK
After a six-month long journey, NASA’s InSight spacecraft successfully landed on Mars. The probe will now begin to collect data on Mars’ crust, mantle, and core, providing a never-before-seen look .
THE NEW SUPERCOMPUTER BEHIND THE US NUCLEAR ARSENAL
“Sierra” was just crowned the second-most powerful supercomputer on the planet. And while most of its peers use their power for climate simulations, astrophysics, and other civilian work, Sierra is.
SUPERSONIC AIR TRAVEL IS FINALLY COMING BACK
Supersonic air travel is back. 15 years after the Concorde was grounded, everyone from aerospace companies to NASA to small startups is working to bring back ultrafast civilian aircraft. We take a .
WHAT THE WORLD LOOKS LIKE TO AN ALGORITHM
Artificial intelligence is governing more and more of our lives, but the way it sees and understands the world is completely different from you or me. For this video, we found a way to look around .
WE DECODED NASA’S MESSAGES TO ALIENS BY HAND
In 1977, twin golden records were sent into space on the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. Still sailing through space at nearly 60,000 km per hour, the records contain sound, songs, and images from eart.
SHOULD YOUR PHONE PUSH YOU TO TAKE YOUR PILLS?
There’s a surprising problem in American health care that doesn’t get discussed much: up to 50% of patients don’t take long-term medication properly. “Medicine non adherence” costs money and lives .
HOW FOUR ROGUE SATELLITES COULD CHANGE THE SPACEFLIGHT INDUSTRY
Earlier this year, a company launched four tiny satellites into orbit without permission. These “rogue satellites” caused an uproar in the space community, and in the future, others like them could.
OLD NUCLEAR BOMB TESTS ARE STILL HAUNTING US TODAY
In 1946, the American military detonated a nuke underwater in the Pacific Ocean to see what would happen to abandoned warships nearby. In this video, we trace the far-reaching consequences of that .
SEA LEVEL RISE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN MELTING ICE
While researching climate change, we heard something confusing: the sea level in New York City is rising about one and a half times faster than the global average. We couldn’t figure out what that .
ARE DIAMONDS STILL PRECIOUS IF WE CAN MAKE THEM IN A LAB?
Diamonds have always been extremely rare and valuable.but that might change soon. Over the past five years, the synthetic diamond industry has exploded, producing large and perfect diamonds to ri.
BUILDING A LUNAR BASE OUT OF MOON DUST
Welcome to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Here, engineers are dreaming up new technologies that will help build settlements on the Moon or Mars via NASA’s experimental “Swamp Works” lab. With everyon.
WE MET THE WORLD’S FIRST DOMESTICATED FOXES
We met the very cute and very bizarre result of an almost 60-year-long experiment: they’re foxes that have been specially bred for their dog-like friendliness toward people. We do a little behavior.