Science Watch: Ring the Alarm! Another Seal Is Dying

Hamilton Nolan · 09/29/15 04:25PM

Food energy! Fossil colors! Marine sanctuaries! Tiny snails! Quantum computers! Dead seals! And two black holes, dancing in a sexy way! It’s your Tuesday Science Watch, where we watch science—more or less!

What Is NASA Hiding? Aliens?

Kelly Conaboy · 08/11/15 12:20PM

Steven Tyler once sang, “Pink it’s my new obsession, pink it’s not even a question.” How wrong he was. A pink UFO was allegedly spotted hovering above the International Space Station in footage shot by NASA last week. A moment after the pink spot appears, NASA’s live stream cuts out. The nerve of NASA is astounding.

You're Not Going to Become Weightless on January 4th

Jay Hathaway · 12/26/14 02:20PM

You may have a seen a story going around Facebook that promises you'll be able to float in the air on January 4th as a result of a planetary alignment that will "decrease gravity" for 5 minutes. Unfortunately, it is total bullshit.

Here's the First Vine from Space

Allie Jones · 06/09/14 08:29AM

First, Vine showed us illicit acts with a Hot Pocket, and now, Vine shows us space. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted the first Vine from the International Space Station over the weekend, which shows one 92-minute Earth orbit compressed into 6 seconds.

NASA's Moon-Orbiting LADEE Will Crash Land This Month

Kelly Conaboy · 04/05/14 04:30PM

NASA's moon-orbiting LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) spacecraft is expected to make a crash landing on the moon sometime this month, after having explored its thin atmosphere and lunar dust environment since October.

Heart of Blandness: A Walking Tour of Silicon Valley

Ken Layne · 02/28/14 05:19PM

Walking is the only pleasant form of traveling by land. You need no special equipment, training, money, e-tickets, antidepressants, or Twitter followers. Whatever clothes you're wearing will do fine; a hat and shoes are optional. When I've got a few days to spend somewhere, I spend them walking around. So I spent a few days walking around Silicon Valley.

Senators Make NASA Build a Useless $350 Million Spacepad, Just Because

Adam Weinstein · 01/10/14 01:26PM

That thing in the picture isn't an old granary of the side of I-95. It's a half-finished state-of-the-art test stand for a series of planned space rockets that the U.S. decided not to construct. But the stand is getting finished anyway. Enjoy it, America! You paid more than a third of a billion dollars for it.

Jordan Sargent · 12/26/13 08:42PM

[Above is a stunning aerial shot of an eruption of the Japanese volcano Sakurajima taken this January from the International Space Station. Wired has more of NASA's best photos of 2013.]

Lacey Donohue · 11/19/13 09:01PM

[The U.S. Air Force launched an Orbital Sciences Minotaur 1 Rocket into orbit from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., on Tuesday night. According to photographer Louis Suarato, this is the rocket as seen from Albany, N.Y. Photo via Twitter]