Self-Healing Coating Could Remove Car Scratches Using Sunlight

Self-Healing Coating Could Remove Car Scratches Using Sunlight

“Self-healed surface of a model car after scratching when exposed to focused sunlight with a magnifying glass (upper) or to sunlight directly (down).”Image: Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) Like a screen protector for your entire car, a new protective coating developed by researchers at the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology could actually … Read more

How Are Webb Telescope Images Colorized?

How Are Webb Telescope Images Colorized?

On the left is a monochromatic image showing infrared data from Webb of the Southern Ring Nebula. On the right is a processed image showing the same view in full color.Image: Gizmodo/NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI On July 12, the first full-color images from the Webb Space Telescope showed countless nebulae, galaxies, and a gassy … Read more

Fix to Malfunctioning Lucy Probe Good Enough to Complete Asteroid Mission, NASA Says

Fix to Malfunctioning Lucy Probe Good Enough to Complete Asteroid Mission, NASA Says

Lucy is equipped with a pair of 22-feet-wide solar arrays on either side.Photo: NASA Just a few hours into its 12-year journey to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, the Lucy spacecraft ran into a problem. One of its solar arrays refused to fully open and mission controllers have been working on the problem ever since. There’s good … Read more

Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts Its First Direct Launch to the Moon

Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts Its First Direct Launch to the Moon

A Falcon 9 rocket during launch this past July. Photo: SpaceX South Korea is embarking on its first lunar mission, and SpaceX has been brought in to help. You can catch this historic launch live right here. Hard to believe, but the upcoming launch marks the first time that SpaceX will directly send a payload … Read more

NASA Is Changing Its Rules for Private Astronauts

NASA Is Changing Its Rules for Private Astronauts

The four-man crew of Axiom Space’s Ax-1 mission arrived to the ISS on April 9.Image: Axiom Space As more private astronauts venture out into space, NASA is seeking to better regulate their journeys to Earth orbit. The space agency recently announced some updates to the set of rules required for upcoming private astronaut missions, including … Read more

Private astronaut missions to the ISS will soon require a NASA chaperone

Private astronaut missions to the ISS will soon require a NASA chaperone

During the mission, dubbed AX-1, the four-member crew spent nearly two weeks off of Earth’s surface, at least in part conducting experiments and other scientific work. Other space tourism companies like Blue Origin or Virgin Galactic only offer customers short trips that allow for a few minutes of microgravity. Among the most notable new policies … Read more

Ocean-exploring robot could search for lost cities and shipwrecks

Ocean-exploring robot could search for lost cities and shipwrecks

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Wonder Theory newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. CNN — The ocean is full of mysteries that lead to legendary lore. During a recent moonlit harbor excursion, conversation quickly turned to tales of piracy and exploration. A guide shared stories from … Read more

Scientists Are Using Dead Spiders as Horrifying Claw Grabbers

Scientists Are Using Dead Spiders as Horrifying Claw Grabbers

We’ve likely all killed a spider or two in the past, but what if that arachnid’s corpse could be repurposed into something useful? Well, researchers at Rice University in Texas think it can and are pioneering the field of “necrobotics” by injecting dead spiders with air to use them to grasp small objects. When Rice … Read more

Scientists Create Necrobotics to Turn Dead Spiders into Undead Zombie Robots

Scientists Create Necrobotics to Turn Dead Spiders into Undead Zombie Robots

If you think spiders are creepy when they’re alive, just wait until you see what they can do when they’re dead. A team of engineers at Rice University in Texas successfully reanimated dead spiders to serve as mechanical grippers. That’s right. In proof that we have permanently strayed from God’s light, the team published a … Read more

Walking on Asteroid Bennu Would Be Like Stepping Into a Ball Pit, NASA Says

Walking on Asteroid Bennu Would Be Like Stepping Into a Ball Pit, NASA Says

In October 2020, a small spacecraft briefly touched down on an asteroid to snag a piece of it to bring to Earth. Almost two years later, scientists have learned that if the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft had extended its stay even a tiny bit longer, it would have sunk right into the asteroid. That’s because asteroid Bennu … Read more