Debate swirls around claims an asteroid impact lies behind the behind the biblical story of Sodom.

Sodom and Gomorrah afire, by Jacob de Wet II, 1680.
Sodom and Gomorrah afire, by Jacob de Wet II, 1680.

One simple equation promises both catastrophic war and endless clean energy.

The Castle Bravo atomic blast at Bikini Atoll, the most powerful hydrogen bomb ever detonated by America. Source: United States Department of Energy.

Astronomers spot a massive flare in a nearby solar system. Could the same one day happen to Earth?

Credits: NASA, ESA and D. Player (STScI). Shared under CC BY 2.0.

When we let go of time, reality soon comes crashing down.

Véronique Le Guen with Michel Siffre in 1990. Like Siffre, Le Guen spent months underground exploring the effects of darkness and isolation on time. Months after returning from the caves, Le Guen committed suicide, aged just 33. Shared under CC BY-SA 4.0.

A pair of mysterious signals tell astronomers a dark story

The death of sunlike stars is often beautiful, as this photo of a distant dying star shows. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC; Ultraviolet: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC; Optical: NASA/STScI(M. Meixner)/ESA/NRAO(T.A. Rector); Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Su. Shared under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Scientists speculate about the possibility of life on truly alien planets

Credit: ESO/N. Bartmann/

Scientists finally came to close to achieving a real breakthrough in nuclear technology.

A color-enhanced image of the inside of a NIF preamplifier support structure. Credit: Damien Jemison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Despite floods and fires, 2021 will look like a good year compared to what comes next.

Photo by Joanne Francis on Unsplash

Gravitational waves, Lucy hunts for asteroids, the origins of Oumuamua, and Boeing’s problems on the launchpad

Oumuamua, an artists impression. Credit: European Southern Observatory/M. Kornmesser

Once I studied physics and distant galaxies. Now I fly satellites instead, and spend my time thinking and writing about trends in space and technology.

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