Antimatter Could Unlock a Radical New Future of Interstellar Travel : ScienceAlert

Interstellar travel is only something humanity has achieved in science fiction — like Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, which used antimatter engines to travel across star systems. But antimatter isn’t just a sci-fi trope. Antimatter really exists. Elon Musk has called antimatter power “the ticket for interstellar journeys,” and physicists like Ryan Weed are exploring how … Read more

The Y Chromosome Is Vanishing. A New Sex Gene May Be The Future of Men. : ScienceAlert

The sex of human and other mammal babies is decided by a male-determining gene on the Y chromosome. But the human Y chromosome is degenerating and may disappear in a few million years, leading to our extinction unless we evolve a new sex gene. The good news is two branches of rodents have already lost … Read more

This astronaut took 5 spacewalks. Now, he’s helping make spacesuits for future ISS crews (exclusive)

The next generation of spacesuits for astronauts just went parabolic. Collins Aerospace tested its new spacesuit design, built for International Space Station spacewalks, on a parabolic flight that simulated microgravity conditions. The goal was to fulfill requirements for a NASA contract aimed at replacing the long-standing extravehicular mobility units (EMUs) now used on the orbiting … Read more

Small Spaces in the City review: Can we thrive in a smaller future?

Takeshi Hosaka’s micro-home, Love2 House, in Tokyo, features in the Small Spaces in the City exhibition. © Takeshi Hosaka Small Spaces in the City: Rethinking inside the box ROCA London Gallery, until 16 March 2024 “Cook’s at it again,” reads one Antarctic station log entry from the 1970s. “Threw a lemon pie and cookies all … Read more

SLIM lander’s precise ‘moon sniper’ tech will lend itself to future lunar missions

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Mariel Borowitz is an Associate Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Nunn School Program on International Affairs, Science, and Technology. Japan landed its Smart Lander for … Read more

China puts models of its future crewed moon landing spacecraft on display

China is displaying models of the rockets and spacecraft it is developing to send its astronauts to the moon. The event, the “Exhibition of Achievements in China Manned Space Program,” opened in Shanghai at the New International Expo Center on Dec. 29. The exhibition features the Long March 10 rocket, a lunar lander spacecraft and … Read more

Retinal images could predict future risk of heart or lung disease

A retinal scan might reveal important information about your future health Yuri Arcurs / Alamy Want to know more about your future risk of developing heart or lung problems? Your retinal thickness might hold important clues. Researchers have previously established links between retinal thickness and whole body health, but a new study provides more detail … Read more

What does Ukraine’s million-drone army mean for the future of war?

A batch of DJI Matrice 300 RTK drones, part of Ukraine’s “Army of Drones” project Evgen Kotenko/Ukrinform/NurPhoto/Shutterstock Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has promised that in 2024 the country’s military will have a million drones. His nation already deploys hundreds of thousands of small drones, but this is a major change – a transition to a … Read more

Family Sizes to Dramatically Decline in The Near Future, Scientists Predict : ScienceAlert

Scientists are predicting a worldwide fall in family sizes before the end of the century, as families get more ‘vertical’ – meaning more grandparents and great-grandparents, and fewer cousins, nieces, and nephews. In a new study by an international team of researchers, mathematical models were used alongside existing population records and projections to calculate an … Read more