Are science and commerce the only legitimate pursuits off-planet—and who gets to decide? Source: Science News

NASA’s ban on scientific contacts doesn’t apply to all academics. Source: Science News

Humans are going to live on the moon eventually. So how are we going to *move around* there? Source: Science News

Sending a robot into the icy depths and getting it back alive can be more challenging than communicating with a Mars rover millions of miles away. Source: Science News

Just like groups of birds or insects, these drones organize themselves into cohesive groups—a so-called “emergent” property of their individual actions. Source: Science News

In just 15 years, roughly 4,000 miles of fiber-optic cables in US coastal cities could go underwater. Source: Science News

Crypto-developers—ironically, a community devoted to eliminating centralized authority—could use more traditional vetting structures. Source: Science News

It’s retreated, but the risk of what happens with a grounded iceberg is almost luck of the draw. Source: Science News

Eleven of them behave a lot like Jupiter’s other moons, but the twelfth one is weird (in a good way). Source: Science News

It took thousands of years for humans to breed a pea-sized fruit into a beautiful beefsteak tomato. Now, with gene editing, scientists can change everything. Source: Science News

You can make a physics model that teaches you tons about running. Source: Science News

Extreme heat already kills more than a hundred New Yorkers yearly. It’s on track to kill thousands by 2080. Source: Science News

You don’t typically find philosophical bickering at an FDA public meeting. But then again, lab-grown meat is no ordinary topic. Source: Science News

Evidence mounts that organisms without nervous systems can in some sense learn and solve problems, but researchers disagree about whether this is “primitive cognition.” Source: Science News

A new online sim computes how and where a robot should grip objects like vases and turbine housings. You can even upload designs of your own objects. Source: Science News

Celmatix sells a genetic test for reproductive health, and it’s looking to expand. Source: Science News

A new study investigates the intersection of climate change and real estate, and finds that higher elevations bring higher values. Source: Science News

Container ships sometimes have a handful of passenger cabins—the peak of carbon emissions frugality. Source: Science News

Astrophysicists have traced the origin of some of Earth’s cosmic rays to a blazar 4 billion light years away. Source: Science News

In Denver, engineers have built an architecturally identical twin for Orion, NASA’s next next launch vehicle—and they’re putting it through its paces. Source: Science News