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Sea Crime
Sea Crime

Satellites Are Zeroing in on Poachers and Traffickers in the ‘Outlaw Ocean’

Some vessels use ocean rendezvous to exchange contraband, and even captive crew. But big data tools are finding new ways to track these activities from outer space.
Becky Ferreira
6.8.18
space trash
space trash

Watch These Scientists Remotely Operate a Space Garbage Robot

Why we need space-based litter police.
Becky Ferreira
4.3.18
cow control to major tom
cow control to major tom

This Farmer Sent a Message to Tesla’s ‘Spaceman’ Using Cows

Derek Klingenberg's “cow art” is a clever mix of math and cattle.
Samantha Cole
3.15.18
illegal fishing
illegal fishing

Why Do Fishing Vessels ‘Go Dark’ In Certain Regions of the Ocean?

A new report by the nonprofit Oceana spotlights weird cases of fishing vessels switching off their public trackers.
Becky Ferreira
3.13.18
propulsion
propulsion

Scientists Successfully Test an Air-Breathing Satellite Thruster

How to make atmospheric drag work for satellites, instead of against them.
Becky Ferreira
3.7.18
Broadband
Broadband

SpaceX Just Launched Its First High-Speed Internet Satellites Into Orbit

The goal, to create a constellation of more than 12,000 satellites, is part of a project called Starlink.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.22.18
Star Wars
Star Wars

The US Air Force Wants More Money to Defend Its Satellites

The 2019 budget for Air Force space equipment and R&D, including new satellite defenses, represents a 9-percent increase over 2018.
David Axe
2.16.18
Geosynchronous
Geosynchronous

The Dangerous Downside to DARPA’s New Repair Satellite

One country's orbital mechanic could be another’s saboteur.
David Axe
1.8.18
what on earth
what on earth

This Strange Sensor Russia Sent to the ISS Is Baffling US Military Experts

"I think the appropriate reaction is 'mild curiosity' rather than 'worry.'"
David Axe
10.18.17
eyes on the universe
eyes on the universe

Astronomers Are 'Racing Against Time' as Humanity Clogs the Air With Radio Signals

Interference is playing havoc with radio telescopes.
Jacob Dubé
10.17.17
Mysteries
Mysteries

A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened Up in Antarctica

“We’re still trying to figure out what’s going on.”
Kate Lunau
10.10.17
AI FRom space
AI FRom space

Play God With this New AI that Predicts Wealth from Space

Rewild whole neighborhoods or go full Robert Moses—the choice is yours with the newly launched Penny platform.
Becky Ferreira
7.25.17