Beard-singed Taoist alchemists discovered the secret to blasting off.
Equipped with a marshmallow-shaped lump of plutonium for energy and rock-vaporizing lasers for eyes, NASA's Curiosity rover is en route to an ancient crater on the red planet.
Automated surveillance allows governments (and others) to data mine the physical world, yet little attention has been paid to the ethics of perpetual recording.
We've already tacked three decades onto the average lifespan of an American, so what's wrong with adding another few decades?
A company's plan to harvest off-world minerals is wild and exciting, but could its real promise lie in helping space science regain its footing, i.e. funding?
"I think at some point you need to provoke people. Science is meant to make people uncomfortable."
This isn't your grandfather's stargazing: The amount of data we have on our universe is doubling every year thanks to big telescopes and better light detectors.
Meet Jason Silva, the fast-talking, media-savvy "performance philosopher" who wants you to love the ecstatic future of your mind.
Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson are high priests, astronauts are like saints that ascend into heaven, and extraterrestrials are as gods -- benevolent, wise, and capable of manipulating space and time.
Wars fought by machines and on the Internet might change the moral calculus of how and when we fight.
Our mourning rituals are being adapted to -- and evolving because of -- our strangely persistent online personas. In this interview, a philosopher tries to make sense of death on the Internet.
From drugs to help you avoid eating meat to genetically engineered cat-like eyes to reduce the need for lighting, a wild interview about changes humans could make to themselves to battle climate change.
An Oxford philosopher argues that we are not adequately accounting for technology's risks -- but his solution to the problem is not for Luddites.
For its birthday, Svalbard will receive seeds from war-torn Syria and celebrate years of success preserving our inheritance from Neolithic times.
Andreas Tziolas is drafting a blueprint for a mission to a nearby star. Here, he discusses how we'll get there -- and why we try.
For decades, Robert Gray has been trying to duplicate the most surprising and still-unexplained observation in the history of the search for extraterrestrial life.
Using technology to enhance our brains sounds terrifying, but trying to better our abilities may be part of our human nature.
Hobbyists and tinkerers are testing out the future with a technology that you're probably going to have sooner than you think.
On the big questions science cannot (yet?) answer, a new crop of philosophers are trying to provide answers.
John Zerzan is defiantly anti-civilization and one of the few people who sees Steve Jobs as a negative force in the world