Gaming

Laika: Forget historic tragedy, this first space dog saves alien planets

[embedded content] Trailer for Laika The story of Laika—the first pup launched into space—has been documented everywhere from Ars Technica to Arcade Fire songs. This decidedly tragic tale starts with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev wanting to press his country’s perceived space advantage over the United States after the USSR’s Sputnik had beaten US efforts into […]

Emerging Tech

NASA’s planet hunter satellite gets first hit in its search for another Earth

Relocating is complicated enough when you’re simply moving to a new city. Scientists at NASA have taken property searches up an infinite number of levels, however, as they search for another Earth. NASA’s planet-hunting team turned up a potential relocation candidate on the first pass with a new satellite. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) uses four […]

Gears & Gadgets

Project Loon signs its first deal for Internet-delivering balloons—in Kenya

[embedded content] At the AAAS 2018 conference, Loon’s Sal Candido shared this video aid when the time came to explain how Project Loon functions. “The team back in Mountain View knows presentations aren’t my strength.” Project Loon, the Internet-delivering balloon system that grew out of Alphabet’s Project X division, has announced its first commercial deal. […]