NASA’s Juno spacecraft made all the headlines these past few days as it successfully went into orbit around Jupiter after a five-year journey — and deservedly so. But not many people realised the significance of the name.
History has left us with many wonders, sometimes buried in elaborate vaults or ornate tombs. Other times, artefacts of times past are found in somewhat sophisticated surroundings. Take for instance, the Museum of the American Revolution’s latest 82,000-piece haul — found in 300-year-old toilets in Philadelphia.
A stunning structure built 241km inside the Arctic Circle will serve as a crucial research centre for glaciologists. But perhaps more importantly, it will be a place where humans can travel to see the real-time impact of climate change.
Celebrity cheese puff and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a problem: Climate change. Despite dismissing our global planetary crisis as a Chinese hoax, the real estate mogul’s prized real estate is directly in the line of fire. In 30 years, Tump’s Mar-a-Lago club could be under 30cm of water.
Beer has been around for 500 glorious years, and yet, we still don’t know much about its origin. Sure, we know how it’s made and how to drink more than our doctors recommend, but researchers have always been unclear about where exactly the domesticated hybrid yeast used to make lager came from.
Like humans, robots often need to learn things the hard way. For super complex automatons, like Boston Dynamics’ Atlas, that can mean understanding the complexities of human bullying. But in the case of this bumbling bot named MARLO, it’s just something as simple as trying — and failing — to walk across a hilly field.
Saturn’s moon Titan is a frigid hellscape by Earth standards, but it’s also one of the most hopeful spots for discovering alien life in our solar system. A new scientific paper hints that conditions on Titan’s surface might be favourable for the chemistry of life to emerge.