A Tax On Smartphones Could Help Pay For The Removal Of Space Debris

So far, governments have opted to deal with the problem of space junk by implementing policies to reduce the creation of more debris. But that alone won't cut it — we also need to be removing stuff from orbit. One way to cover the high costs of space junk disposal would be a $1 tax on every GPS chip in a smartphone. » 12/15/14 1:40pm 12/15/14 1:40pm

Now you can do almost anything with a personal space satellite

We've entered the Dr. Seuss phase of space satellites. Using the Cubesat model, they're so easy to make and launch that we've actually gotten an adorable infographic showing what they can do — sort of an Oh the Places You'll Go for the personal space age. Check it out, and learn more on the DiY Space Exploration… » 7/24/13 10:40am 7/24/13 10:40am

This satellite can detect earthquakes from space

Some earthquakes are so powerful they can actually be felt up in space. Looking to take advantage of this phenomenon, a group of researchers have created the world's first seismometer in orbit around the Earth. Well, to be more accurate, they're re-purposing a satellite originally designed to measure gravity fields… » 3/07/13 1:52pm 3/07/13 1:52pm

This machine helped predict the weekend's giant blizzard

All up and down the east coast of North America, news of an incoming blizzard has been brewing for days. Before it hit, people from New York and Connecticut to Ontario knew in advance to expect over a foot of snow. We take this kind of accurate forecasting for granted, but we shouldn't. Our ability to predict the… » 2/08/13 1:19pm 2/08/13 1:19pm