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…

Why wildfire season never stops

From Verge Science. In the Western United States, “fire season” isn’t seasonal anymore — it’s year-round. Because more and more, wildfires are a thoroughly man-made disaster and are technically a misnomer. Here, we take a car and drone tour through some of the most fire-prone parts of California, and see firsthand the causes and effects…

Why graphene hasn’t taken over the world…yet

From Verge Science. Graphene is a form of carbon that could bring us bulletproof armor and space elevators, improve medicine, and make the internet run faster — some day. For the past 15 years, consumers have been hearing about this wonder material and all the ways it could change everything. Is it really almost here,…

Your old phone is a veritable gold mine

From Verge Science. E-waste is more than phones and laptops. There’s gold, silver, copper, and lots of other precious metals powering your electronics, and that makes for some valuable “e-waste”. And a recent study proposed that it’s now more cost-effective to dig minerals out of old electronics than out of the Earth. We crack open…

Test firing a new rocket engine (and watching it explode)

From Verge Science. With the rise of tiny satellites, or cubesats, there’s a growing need for smaller rockets that can take miniature satellites into space. One rocket startup, Launcher, is joining the revolution with just four employees in a quiet corner of Long Island. They’re building an all-new rocket engine, and if it passes its…

Inside a volcano scientist’s campaign for Congress

From Verge Science. The election of Donald Trump has spurred an unprecedented number of scientists to enter politics for the first time. More than 60 candidates with science backgrounds are running Congress in 2018, and if they win, they’ll challenge a longstanding taboo against science in partisan politics. We follow Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist, as…

How this 50-year-old NASA material could kill cancer

From Verge Science. Ferrofluid is a bizarre, NASA-engineered material that was created for spaceships but never used. In this “lab practical” video, we’ll put ferrofluid through its paces, and explore some of the even stranger places it may yet be useful. Wanna know how we shot this video? Here’s the behind the scenes in 4K:…

The microbial truth of how your cheese gets made

From Verge Science. Cheese is delicious, beloved by many, and a teeming mess of microbes. Which microbes, exactly, has long been a mystery, but modern DNA sequencing tech is allowing researchers to take a peek behind the microscopic curtain. We visit a professional cheese cave, test (and taste) some cheddar, and wait a year for…

How to memorize 70,000 digits of Pi

From Verge Science. The “memory palace” is a famous technique that makes incredible feats of memory possible (the world record for “number of digits of Pi memorized” is a whopping 70,000). And yet, most of us struggle to remember a new phone number. We perform some simple tests on ourselves to make better use of…

Blood types are a 20-million-year mystery

From Verge Science. Do you know what your blood type is? It’s a pretty basic health question with a pretty bizarre history. We take a look at some ill-fated blood experiments from yesteryear, and try to figure out why it is that all blood isn’t alike. And, our intrepid video director Cory Zapatka takes the…