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…

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…

Building a lunar base out of Moon dust

From Verge Science. 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 everyone from NASA to Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos looking to send people to the Moon and beyond, the Swamp Works engineers…

We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

From Verge Science. This week, we meet 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 research of our own, and discover what scientists continue to learn from the world’s most famous experiment in…

Why Tesla is building city-sized batteries

From Verge Science. We talked to the co-founder of Tesla, JB Straubel, about why giant batteries are crucial to the future of power grids everywhere. Batteries are becoming more useful at powering bigger things like bikes, cars, and soon, entire cities. We explore some of the zanier forms of energy storage already in use around…

Why we need all-new space suits to survive Mars

From Verge Science. Not all space suits are created equal! Verge space reporter Loren Grush tries on a prototype suit that’s custom-made for survival on the Moon, and a totally different model for Mars. It isn’t easy. This video is part of the Verge’s Space Craft series, and we thought you’d like it as much…

How NYC plans to survive the next superstorm

From Verge Science. Sandy hit New York City almost six years ago and the city is still recovering. As storms grow even more frequent and severe, cities around the world are struggling to prepare themselves for the worst. We took a behind-the-scenes look at New York’s subway system to see all the disaster-grade gear the…