Scientists Flew Sperm In Microgravity to See if Babies Could Be Born In Space

“In the future, having gametes and embryos stored in a bank outside the Earth will be very important.”


The Plan to Seed Life on Alien Planets

The 50th anniversary of "Earthrise" is the perfect opportunity to think about sending Earth's life to the stars.


Tech Billionaires Are Building Their Utopias Without Asking Us

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are charting humanity's future, and there's little the rest of us can do to influence them.


American Capitalism Is Suffocating the Endless Possibilities of Space

In April the US House of Representatives passed an Act that says, “Outer space shall not be considered a global commons.”


We Lost Ursula K. Le Guin When We Needed Her Most

Her novels and stories spoke with the breath of her politics, a graceful and humanist blend of lyrical environmentalism, feminism, and anticapitalism.


More Than 750 American Communities Have Built Their Own Internet Networks

A new map shows that more communities than ever are building their own broadband networks to end big telecom's monopoly.


The Last Pinball Doctors

We met with the people repairing the games fueling America's pinball resurgence.


Theoretical Physicists Are Getting Closer to Explaining How NASA’s ‘Impossible’ EmDrive Works

The EmDrive propulsion system might be able to take us to the stars, but first it must be reconciled with the laws of physics.


Future Humans Will Colonize the Deep Sea

As sea levels rise, might humans simply go under it?


Bitcoin Gold's Website Was DDoS'd Into Oblivion Immediately After the Fork

Bitcoin Gold's debut has some quirks.


Latest iOS Update Shows Apple Can Use Software to Break Phones Repaired by Independent Shops

"Non-genuine replacement displays may fail to work correctly."


Pity the Lonely Chatbot

Robots can't pass the Turing Test yet, but they still deserve our empathy.