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This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Geologic processes, like your mother, are both fundamentally responsible for life as we know it and probably something you don’t think about very much. (You did call your mother on Sunday, right?) Geologists are interested in the geological activity going on across the solar system because we know these processes on Earth have fundamentally shaped

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. After the Lion Air 610 disaster last year, we learned the Boeing 737 Max 8 was equipped with a new system designed to automatically prevent stalls under certain conditions. Pilots had never been trained on or told the system existed. After Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed, these points have all been revisited. Did the pilots

ISS at Increased Risk of Impact After Indian Anti-Satellite Weapon Test

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. All technologically advanced nations have at least a few space-based assets. In modern military conflict, those objects could become targets. Several countries have conducted tests with satellite-killing weapons, most recently India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last week that the Mission Shakti test had successfully destroyed a satellite in low-Earth orbit. Now, NASA is expressing

Trump Grounds All 737 Max Flights After Ethiopian Airlines Disaster

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. President Trump has ordered the grounding of all 737 Max flights in the United States several days after an accident on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 resulted in the loss of all passengers and crew. Prior to his order, the FAA had steadfastly refused to take the plane out of service. More than a half-dozen nations

NASA Halts InSight Drilling Instrument on Mars After Hitting Obstacle

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Things have been going swimmingly for NASA’s InSight lander on the surface of Mars. After a textbook landing, InSight found itself in a nice, flat area perfect for deploying its seismic sensors. The weather monitoring package even allowed NASA to set up the first interplanetary weather report. It wouldn’t be a robotic mission on another

Mars Rover Resumes Science Mission After Computer Glitch

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. It’s a massive undertaking to get a rover to the surface of Mars, so NASA designs its robots to last for at least a couple of months. Luckily, most of them operate for much longer. Opportunity was recently declared lost after 15 years on the red planet. Curiosity is still going strong after more than

After 15 Years, NASA Officially Ends Opportunity Mission on Mars

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. NASA’s Opportunity rover far exceeded all expectations, but it’s finally time to say goodbye. The agency confirmed today that the mission has officially ended. After months of trying to make contact with Opportunity following a planet-wide dust storm, NASA is calling it quits. This is not a time to be sad, though. Opportunity was only

Foxconn’s Wisconsin Factory Is Supposedly Back On After Call With Trump

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Yesterday, we reported that Foxconn had effectively canceled its plans to build a major factory in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin, despite the promise of $ 4.5B in total tax credits, utility costs, incentives, sales tax exemptions, worker training, road improvements, and local government grants. Now, that plan is supposedly back on following a conversation between President

After Telltale’s Implosion, The Walking Dead: The Final Season Returns

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. After the awful demise of Telltale Games last year, the majority of the staff was left out in the cold, and the fate of the current season of The Walking Dead was up in the air. Many months later, this last season is back on track at a different company, and some ex-Telltalers are ready

Drone Safety After Gatwick: More Regulations May Not Work

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Yesterday’s dramatic closure of the UK’s Gatwick airport because of drone activity has raised the interest in additional UAV regulation to a new level. The airport remained closed for nearly an entire day after at least 50 reports of drones over or near the runways, and around 1,000 flights have been canceled — so the