Satellite

climate change

Scientists Used Satellites to Spot Arctic Methane From Space

An experimental technique for measuring potent methane emissions in the Arctic proved successful.
Sarah Emerson
12.13.18
antarctica

Data From a Dead Satellite Reveals Lost Continents Under Antarctica

“These gravity images are revolutionizing our ability to study the least understood continent on Earth—Antarctica.”
Becky Ferreira
11.7.18
china

A Chinese City Wants to Replace Streetlights With an Artificial Moon

The city of Chengdu could be illuminated by a fake moon as early as 2020.
Sarah Emerson
10.18.18
Lasers

Scientists Want to Punch Holes in Clouds With Ultra-Hot Lasers from Space

The satellite laser communication revolution is just around the corner, but it has one especially obstinate foe—overcast weather.
Becky Ferreira
10.17.18
space war

‘Very Abnormal’ Russian Satellite Escalates Fears of Orbital Arms Race

Russia and China have been ramping up their military presence in space in order to keep up with American capabilities.
Becky Ferreira
8.16.18
Dear Future

An Artist Is Launching a 100-Foot Satellite That Will Be Visible to the Naked Eye

"Space art" will become a whole new level of public art.
Samantha Cole
9.28.17
To the Moon

Bitcoin Now Comes From Satellites In Space

Well OK then.
Jordan Pearson
8.15.17
Internet Insecurity

British Hacker Pleads Guilty to Hacking US Military Satellite Phone And Messaging System

A 25-year-old broke into a DoD satellite communication system and doxed around 800 Department of Defense employees.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.15.17
i spy

GeoVisual Lets You Visually Search Earth’s Entire Surface

Using years’ worth of publicly available satellite imagery, Descartes Labs has developed a machine learning platform that can identify visually similar objects around the world.
Daniel Oberhaus
3.7.17
spoofing

Europe Has Its Own GPS Satellites, and They're More Secure than America's

Implementing the new authentication protocol will ensure that hackers can’t spoof GPS signals.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.14.17
nasa

African Villagers Use Satellite Data to Help Save Wild Chimpanzees

NASA used to send chimps to space. Now, it’s satellites are helping save chimps on Earth.
Becky Ferreira
1.30.17
News

GPS Is Sending Runaway Trucks Through a Tiny Arkansas Town

Is over-reliance on machines to blame?
Jordan Pearson
1.3.17
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