Why the United Arab Emirates Is Building a Space Program From Scratch
It isn’t just about getting into orbit.
International Collaborations in Space Always Reflect Politics on EarthA brief history of the countries that send people to space, and why.
Humans Produce So Much Junk, We Are Creating a New Geological LayerThe technofossils we leave behind will create a mark on the planet.
Social Networks Need Clearer Terms of ServiceResearch shows how hard it is for users to know how their information is shared.
Keeping an Eye on Climate ChangePrivate satellite companies are providing critical information about sea-level rise and more.
The Proper Role of NASAThe space agency supports exploration. After that, private businesses should take over.
Russia’s Space Program Is Struggling MightilyIt’s the only country that regularly sends humans to orbit. But its long-term prospects don’t look great.
Why Engineers Should Refuse to Work on Trump’s WallToo often, engineers avoid engaging in ethical or moral issues. This time, they can’t.
Apocalypses NowThe Global Seed Vault may seem like a failsafe for end times, but it’s actually a reminder that the world is always ending.
Why America’s Current Approach to Cybersecurity Is So DangerousIt treats users like they are the problem, when they should be part of the solution.
The Terrestrial Challenges to Nigeria’s Ambitious Space ProgramThe country had early success with satellite launches, but it’s since been thwarted.
The Corrupt Personalization of NetflixThe company embodies one of the most seductive myths of the algorithmic age.
Are You Upset About Russia Interfering With Elections?If so, you should also worry about Russia’s domestic surveillance, and internet governance policy, and more.
What Biosecurity and Cybersecurity Research Have in CommonThey have similar dangers—and similar potential benefits.