Space Photos of the Week: Cassini’s Curtain Call

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini’s Curtain Call

In 1997, NASA launched a spacecraft to Saturn. This intrepid explorer, called Cassini, spent the better part of 13 years orbiting Saturn and studying it and the planet’s many moons. The craft not only found odd-shaped storms in Saturn’s atmosphere, it also discovered new small moons around Saturn, observed geysers of water shooting out from…

On Starships, Humans Will Not Be Pulling the Trigger

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Would actual space battles in the future need skilled pilots? Not if artificial intelligence can take the controls.20th Century Fox/Courtesy Everett CollectionIn Max Barry’s new novel Providence, a four-person crew sets out into deep space to battle aliens. It’s a scenario that recalls many classic science fiction…

It’s Not Just the Extreme Heat. It’s the Extreme Humidity

It’s Not Just the Extreme Heat. It’s the Extreme Humidity

This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Intolerable bouts of extreme humidity and heat that could threaten human survival are on the rise across the world, suggesting that worst-case-scenario warnings about the consequences of global heating are already occurring, a new study has revealed.Scientists have identified thousands of…