Since its founding in 1999, Bigelow Aerospace has focused on building inflatable space modules that provide habitats in low-Earth orbit with more breathing room. Now, the Las Vegas-based space company has launched Bigelow Space Operations (BSO), a spinoff venture dedicated to marketing and operating these inflatable space habitats, which could be used as space hotels.…
February 24, 2018
If you were to travel all the way to the northwest tip of a remote peninsula along the northwest coastline of rural Alaska, you’d find an isolated town sitting around 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of the Arctic Circle.   But Kotzebue (pop. ~3,300) isn’t just remarkable for its faraway vantage point near the top…
February 22, 2018
It’s a place that almost seems too magical to exist: the world’s largest underwater cave, spanning an incredible 347 kilometres (216 miles) of subterranean caverns, discovered in Mexico a month ago.   When archaeologists unveiled this immense, immersed labyrinth, they said it wasn’t just a natural wonder, but an important archaeological find set to reveal…
February 21, 2018
Regular earthquakes are bad enough. Volcanoes too. But an earthquake swarm at a supervolcano? That really sounds like it could be scary, and scientists say they’ve just detected such a phenomenon at the site of Yellowstone caldera.   According to geophysicists with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the past fortnight has seen Yellowstone supervolcano…
February 21, 2018
In the 21st century, misinformation has spread across the internet like a virus, making it harder for people to distinguish fact from fiction. Now, Cambridge University researchers have released an online game that aims to “vaccinate” people against fake news.    “A biological vaccine administers a small dose of the disease to build immunity. Similarly,…
February 21, 2018