NASA’s InSight Mars landing: what it really took

From Verge Science. 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 at the red planet’s inner workings. Getting a new spacecraft on the surface of the red planet is no easy feat –…

The new supercomputer behind the US nuclear arsenal

From Verge Science. “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 purpose-built for an entirely different mission: nuclear weapons. We took a tour of this massive system, and found out why the US…

Supersonic air travel is finally coming back

From Verge Science. 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 look at the engineering challenges that make supersonic flight so difficult, and try to figure out what’s different about this…

We played Pictionary with AI – and lost

From Verge Science. 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 inside AI’s “brain.” First, we asked fellow humans to guess paintings made by a computer program.…

What the world looks like to an algorithm

From Verge Science. 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 inside AI’s “brain.” First, we asked fellow humans to guess paintings made by a computer program.…

We decoded NASA’s messages to aliens by hand

From Verge Science. In 1977, twin golden records were sent into space on the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts. Still sailing through space at nearly 60,000 km per hour, the records contain sound, songs, and images from earth. But how did NASA include images on an analog record? Here, we decoded the audio, and see…

Should your phone push you to take your pills?

From Verge Science. 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 every year, and recently, technology is swooping in to help. More smartphone apps are hitting the market that monitor patients as they…

Rogue satellites are putting space travel at risk

From Verge Science. 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 increase the risk of catastrophic collisions in orbit. We talked to some space experts about what’s at stake when no one…

Old nuclear bomb tests are still haunting us today

From Verge Science. 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 test. It leads all the way to the present day; to a major American city; and to a nuclear scandal…

Sea level rise is so much more than melting ice

From Verge Science. 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 meant. Isn’t the sea level…flat? So we called up an expert and went down the rabbit hole. And,…

Are diamonds still precious if we can make them in a lab?

From Verge Science. 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 rival anything that comes out of the Earth. We look at the technology making this possible and ask, “When diamonds are no longer…