Articles by

Eric Niiler

It’s Finally Time to Take Out the Space Trash

Junk satellites can pose risks to other objects in Earth’s orbit. Startups are testing out ways to...

Offshore Energy Gets a Second Wind Under Biden

New turbines proposed for a development off Cape Cod could provide green energy, but the science of...

The Tide Is High—and Getting Higher

A trove of historic records show that dredging and sea level rise are making nuisance high tides...

Can Technology Open Spaceflight to Disabled Astronauts?

The European Space Agency wants to make sure its new astronaut class is more diverse. But it...

Researchers Are Studying These Worm Blobs to Build Robots

These crawlers form clumps to protect the collective. Understanding their movement gives engineers a model for shape-shifting...

NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts

As the agency considers sending people to the moon and Mars, it’s taking a fresh look at...

The US Rejoins the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?

Biden’s first-day actions signal that he’s serious about global warming. But he’s got to make up for...

The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage

The robo-vessel will map the ocean floor, and its solar-powered sensors will sample fish DNA and collect...