The best way to stop a hive mind from killing you

The great ships were hive minds, concatenations of thousands of smaller ships that swarmed together so closely you couldn't tell where one ended and another began. They were supposed to be unstoppable, but they had one vulnerability: internal dissent. If you could talk a few ships into separating from the whole, you… » 11/06/13 5:54pm 11/06/13 5:54pm

Get Obsessive With These Size Comparison Charts

Size matters. Especially when it comes to starships, giant monsters, buildings, and . . . well, pretty much anything else that you can obsessively categorize using common measurement systems. Here are some of the most outrageously detailed size comparison charts you'll ever see. » 10/07/13 3:23pm 10/07/13 3:23pm

Astounding Spaceship Designs From Before The Space Age

Long before we were building spacecraft, we were dreaming of them. And some of our earliest ideas about space vehicles were pretty fanciful, or even downright bizarre. Here are the most astonishing and baffling spaceship designs from before we had spaceships. » 8/15/13 3:08pm 8/15/13 3:08pm

NASA Scientist to Scour Kepler Data in Search of Alien Technologies

The Kepler space telescope may be dead in the water, er space, but the data it has collected over the years lives on. A new initiative is set to use this data in an effort to locate alien spaceships, Dyson spheres, and a galactic laser internet — and they've been given $200,000 to make it happen. » 7/26/13 2:40pm 7/26/13 2:40pm

The View Doesn't Make Up for a 20-hour Shift in the Orbital Refinery

When you're forging new molecules, there's nothing better than working in space. That's why MesoMaxx built this factory out here, at Lagrange 1, locked into a gravitational web spun by Earth and the Sun. It sounds fancy, but mostly we just work double shifts to knit carbon nanotube ribbons for new space elevators. » 7/10/13 9:21pm 7/10/13 9:21pm

Amazing Before-and-After Photos of Starfleet Shuttlecraft Restoration

The Gallileo-7 shuttlecraft was a proud vessel, that served the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise well on several episodes of Star Trek — most notably the episode that bears its name. But sadly, this amazing piece of space engineering had fallen into disrepair, until it was finally restored to spaceworthiness. » 6/26/13 11:46am 6/26/13 11:46am

Spaceship concept art that will blow your post-apocalyptic mind

Check out some sleek, beautiful spaceships from our distant interplanetary future. Concept artist Colie Wertz developed some incredible ship designs for After Earth, for the near future "abandoning the Earth" sequences as well as the far-future space wars. Even if you didn't like the movie, Wertz's designs are really… » 6/04/13 4:00pm 6/04/13 4:00pm

Win These Bids And Build Your Own Historic Spacecraft

Space auctions are awesome events where you're sure to find a few rare gems from the American or Soviet space programs. The recent "Space & Aviation Auction" at RR Auction is going to start on May 16 and end on May 23 and you can bid on 858 items. These lots cover a large portion of the US space program from the Mercury… » 5/09/13 12:31pm 5/09/13 12:31pm