Trial passengers Sara Luchian and Josh Giegel – who both work at Virgin Hyperloop – inside their pod VIRGIN HYPERLOOP Virgin Hyperloop has trialled its first ever journey with passengers, in the desert of Nevada. The futuristic transport concept involves pods inside vacuum tubes carrying passengers at high speeds. In […]

The cruise phase began after the spacecraft separated from the rocket, soon after launch. The spacecraft departs Earth at a speed of about 24,600 mph (about 39,600 kph). The trip to Mars will take about seven months and about 300 million miles (480 million kilometers). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Headed to the […]

An optical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, Camilo Mejia Prada, shines a light on the interior of a testbed for an instrument called a coronagraph that will fly aboard the WFIRST space telescope. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Matthew Luem When a new NASA space telescope opens its eyes in […]

Image of the experimental photoelectrosynthetic cell described in the new study. Technologies of this kind combine light-gathering semiconductors and catalytic materials capable of chemical reactions that produce clean fuel. Credit: Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University Securing enough energy to meet human needs is one of the greatest challenges society […]

Surface atoms on a dust particle (shown in red, white, pink and yellow) impose an arrangement on water molecules (blue) that can promote or inhibit ice formation. Credit: Sapna Sarupria and Ryan DeFever How does ice form? Surprisingly, science hasn’t fully answered that question. Differences in ice formation on various […]

The world’s smallest engine works due to its intrinsic spin, which converts heat absorbed from laser beams into oscillations, or vibrations, of the trapped ion. Credit: Professor Goold, Trinity College Dublin. Theoretical physicists at Trinity are among an international collaboration that has built the world’s smallest engine – which, as […]

Titanium is used in knee and hip replacements. Monstar Studio/Shutterstock To mark the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements we’re taking a look at how researchers study some of the elements in their work. Today’s it’s titanium, a metal known for its strength and lightness so it’s ideal for […]

Using ultrashort pulses of light enables extremely economical switching of a magnet from one stable orientation (red arrow) to another (white arrow). This concept enables ultrafast information storage with unprecedented energy efficiency. Credit: © Brad Baxley (parttowhole.com) Superfast data processing using light pulses instead of electricity has been created by […]

The researchers studied how much fuel could be generated by installing a proposed new type of air conditioner at a landmark office building in downtown Frankfurt, Germany. (Credit: Bildgigant/shutterstock) In the hot and sticky suffocation of summer, air conditioners are a breezy balm. And as climate change heats Earth, the need for […]