Articles by

Eric Niiler

West Point Chemists Re-Create Medieval Gunpowder Recipes

Following an antique manuscript, researchers mixed up (and then blew up) some early formulations to learn how...

An Outdated Grid Has Created a Solar Power Economic Divide

Utilities have upgraded the infrastructure for rooftop power in richer neighborhoods, but low-income areas don't have the...

Titan’s Strange Chemical World Gets Simulated in Tiny Tubes

A research chemist mixed nitrogen, methane, and other molecules to re-create the conditions that might harbor life...

The Next Big Challenge for Lunar Astronauts? Moon Dust

NASA is trying out sonic waves, electrostatic devices, and extra-slick coatings as ways to repel pesky space...

The Cost of Preventing Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat

A new formula measures the “mortality cost of carbon” and how much would have to be removed...

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

An extraordinary drought in the West, plus dry lakes and reservoirs, mean there will be less water...

Biologists Mask Up to Protect Bats (Yes, Bats) From Covid-19

New federal guidelines ask scientists to wear protective gear to keep the virus from jumping back into...

How Risky Is It to Send Jeff Bezos to the Edge of Space?

Today's commercial spacecraft have a safety advantage, thanks to simpler designs and suborbital missions. But with rockets,...