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How four rogue satellites could change the spaceflight industry

Earlier this year, a company launched four tiny satellites into orbit without permission. These “rogue satellites” caused an uproar in the space community, and in ...

Old nuclear bomb tests are still haunting us today

In 1946, the American military detonated a nuke underwater in the Pacific Ocean to see what would happen to abandoned warships nearby. In this video, we ...

Sea level rise is so much more than melting ice

While researching climate change, we heard something confusing: the sea level in New York City is rising about one and a half times faster than the global ...

Are diamonds still precious if we can make them in a lab?

Diamonds have always been extremely rare and valuable...but that might change soon. Over the past five years, the synthetic diamond industry has exploded, ...

Building a lunar base out of Moon dust

Welcome to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Here, engineers are dreaming up new technologies that will help build settlements on the Moon or Mars via NASA's ...

We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

This week, we meet the very cute and very bizarre result of an almost 60-year-long experiment: they're foxes that have been specially bred for their dog-like ...

A microscopic look at why the world is running out of sand

Humans are using more sand than the Earth is naturally producing, and that's a problem for the global construction industry. But it turns out that the usefulness of ...

88,000 tons of radioactive waste – and nowhere to put it

The United States produces 2200 tons of nuclear waste each year…and no one knows what to do with it. The federal government has long promised, but never ...

What zero gravity really feels like in the “vomit comet”

We cover a lot of space stories at The Verge, but this is the closest we've gotten to actually going there. Join Loren Grush as she takes a ride on the infamous ...

Why Tesla is building city-sized batteries

We talked to the co-founder of Tesla, JB Straubel, about why giant batteries are crucial to the future of power grids everywhere. Batteries are becoming more ...

This monster plant is trying to take over. What if we let it?

Silicon Valley is home to tech giants, venture capital…and a years-long battle between an invasive species, a tiny bird, and a bunch of scientists trying to decide ...

Why we need all-new space suits to survive Mars

Not all space suits are created equal! Verge space reporter Loren Grush tries on a prototype suit that's custom-made for survival on the Moon, and a totally ...

How NYC plans to survive the next superstorm

Sandy hit New York City almost six years ago and the city is still recovering. As storms grow even more frequent and severe, cities around the world are ...

Why wildfire season never stops

In the Western United States, “fire season” isn't seasonal anymore — it's year-round. Because more and more, wildfires are a thoroughly man-made disaster and ...

Why graphene hasn’t taken over the world...yet

Graphene is a form of carbon that could bring us bulletproof armor and space elevators, improve medicine, and make the internet run faster — some day. For the ...

Your old phone is a veritable gold mine

E-waste is more than phones and laptops. There's gold, silver, copper, and lots of other precious metals powering your electronics, and that makes for some ...

Test firing a new rocket engine (and watching it explode)

With the rise of tiny satellites, or cubesats, there's a growing need for smaller rockets that can take miniature satellites into space. One rocket startup, Launcher, ...

Inside a volcano scientist’s campaign for Congress

The election of Donald Trump has spurred an unprecedented number of scientists to enter politics for the first time. More than 60 candidates with science ...

How this 50-year-old NASA material could kill cancer

Ferrofluid is a bizarre, NASA-engineered material that was created for spaceships but never used. In this “lab practical” video, we'll put ferrofluid through its ...

The microbial truth of how your cheese gets made

Cheese is delicious, beloved by many, and a teeming mess of microbes. Which microbes, exactly, has long been a mystery, but modern DNA sequencing tech is ...

How to memorize 70,000 digits of Pi

The “memory palace” is a famous technique that makes incredible feats of memory possible (the world record for “number of digits of Pi memorized” is a ...