In the near vacuum of outer space, each rare morsel of matter tells a story. A speedy proton may have been propelled by the shock wave of an exploding star. A stray electron may have teetered on the precipice of a black hole, only to be flung away in a powerful jet of searing gas.
Since 2011, the International Space Station has housed an experiment that aims to decipher those origin...
Even an Iron Chef couldn’t master what a food-centric cadre of NASA scientists do every day: Devise tasty, healthy meals for astronauts to take into low-Earth orbit and beyond — perhaps even to Mars.
Feeding people in space is harder than it sounds. Meals have to contain enough nutrients to keep the human body functioning in near-zero gravity. Slicing, dicing...
Science & the Public
Sen. John McCain at last has submitted answers to the 14 written questions posed to each candidate by the Science Debate 2008 organization. The Republican senator’s responses confirm that he’s bullish on research and technology, albeit more fiscally conservative than Obama when it comes to federal funding of research and development.
To date, McCain’s tech stance has been...