Scientists May Be One Step Closer to Figuring Out How Fast the Universe is Expanding

Scientists May Be One Step Closer to Figuring Out How Fast the Universe is Expanding

The universe is a big place, and it’s getting bigger all the time. Space itself is stretching out, expanding in all directions. But exactly how fast it’s expanding is still hotly debated, and that number is vital to understanding the scale, size, and age of our universe. The speed at which the universe is growing

We Just Found a MAJOR Clue About How Life Started in the Universe Thanks to Buckyballs

We Just Found a MAJOR Clue About How Life Started in the Universe Thanks to Buckyballs

Space isn’t as empty as you might think; in between the stars, there’s lots of dust and gas, what’s known as the interstellar medium. This is the stuff that makes planets and possibly, life. Most of the interstellar medium is made up of simple atoms, like hydrogen and helium, but there’s a lot more out

Inside NASA’s Challenge to 3D Print Future Habitats on Mars

Inside NASA’s Challenge to 3D Print Future Habitats on Mars

Right now, you’re looking at renderings of human settlements on Mars. These designs were part of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, a 4-year long competition aimed at engineering homes for another planet. The brightest architects and engineers from across the globe put their skills to the test, culminating this year in a nail-biting finale. Two

NASA’s Nuclear Drone Will Search For Life on Titan

NASA’s Nuclear Drone Will Search For Life on Titan

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is thought to have seas of methane with a landscape and atmosphere functioning much similar to our own. Which is why NASA is developing a nuclear-powered rotorcraft-lander, deemed Dragonfly, to send to Titan’s surface. This car-sized drone will investigate the organic-rich terrain like never before, revealing whether or not this moon

How Close Are We to Zero-Emissions Electricity?

How Close Are We to Zero-Emissions Electricity?

We’ve all heard the statements and stats about the ominous timeline our planet is on. To avoid the worst effects of climate change––from natural disasters to mass extinction––we know that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And fast. And when we stop literally lighting things on fire to power our world, we can

How Close Are We to Fusion Energy?

How Close Are We to Fusion Energy?

Coal is dirty. Nuclear is scary. Solar and wind aren’t always reliable. Hydrothermal and hydroelectric aren’t widely accessible. And we’ll eventually deplete our oil reserves. Okay, yes, this is all a bit of hyperbole, but the bottom line is that we don’t have a perfect source of energy. But, there might be hope. Around the

The dark history of "gasoline baths" at the border

The dark history of "gasoline baths" at the border

Everything we know about Carmelita Torres is from a few newspaper accounts in 1917. They called her an "an auburn haired Amazon." Just 17 years old. She led angry women in anti-American rioting and shut down the US-Mexico border. But hidden within her story…is somethingmuch bigger than a single riot. It’s a story about American

Vox Almanac is going on a road trip

Vox Almanac is going on a road trip

We're going on a road trip. You may have seenother Vox Almanac episodes about the Concorde — the snoot would droop — or bowling or medieval snails. We're trying something new. We're gonna be doing fiveepisodes on a theme. I've been spending a lot of time looking at how roads shapeour history and our culture

The New CRISPR Tool That Could ‘Delete’ Disease From Our DNA

The New CRISPR Tool That Could ‘Delete’ Disease From Our DNA

You’ve probably heard of CRISPR technologiesand their much-discussed ability to edit our DNA. For the most part, these stories probablyrefer to CRISPR-Cas9. But a new system, CRISPR-Cas3, has just beenused in human cells for the very first time…and offers a whole new set of tools that couldhave huge implications for curing previously incurable viruses. To

Tasting Some of the Wildest Fruit at Bogotá's Paloquemao Market  — Vox Borders

Tasting Some of the Wildest Fruit at Bogotá's Paloquemao Market — Vox Borders

I am in the beautiful mountain city of Bogota, Colombia The city sits at 8,600 ft above sea level It’s in the mountains and it is beautiful And today I’m on the search for some good fruit I’m here in one of Bogota’s biggest markets;it’s called Paloquemao This place is amazing, is full of some