One rocket launch can’t unify America

From Verge Science. In May, SpaceX and NASA launched their historic DM-2 mission while protests over the death of George Floyd roiled the country. Can the space industry hope to unite Americans behind a common cause, when it largely ignores the division and injustice here on the ground? See Leland Melvin’s full video message about…

SpaceX just launched humans to space for the first time

From Verge Science. Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, just successfully launched its first two people into orbit, ushering in a new age of human spaceflight in the United States. SpaceX is now the first company to send passengers to orbit on a privately made vehicle, and the flight marked the first time astronauts have launched…

The coronavirus is mutating. But don’t freak out yet.

From Verge Science. The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is mutating. It’s true, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It sounds concerning — if the virus is changing, that could imply that it’s getting worse. That’s not the case. Although it’s true that the coronavirus is mutating, that doesn’t mean it’s getting more dangerous. In fact, it…

Masks, ventilators, swabs: how makers are fighting coronavirus

From Verge Science. 3D printers across the country have been churning out protective medical equipment to fight coronavirus while traditional manufacturing lags. Masks and ventilators are just some of the supplies being printed. We spoke with makers, researchers, and 3D printing companies to hear firsthand what this push has been like during the COVID-19 pandemic,…

The problem with tracking fevers during coronavirus

From Verge Science. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have worked a new routine into our lives: temperature taking. It’s understandable since fever is an extremely common symptom of COVID-19. But if you take your temperature regularly, you’ve probably noticed that your body is rarely 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (or 37 degrees…

Why urban coyote sightings are on the rise

From Verge Science. In the past century, coyotes have been on a tear across North America. They’ve become particularly well-adapted to living in cities, which puts them in closer proximity to humans than ever before. We follow a government ecologist as he tracks a semi-famous coyote across San Francisco’s green spaces, and find out what…

See how the coronavirus spreads so easily

From Verge Science. While we’re stuck in self-quarantine, we thought we’d try and visualize how the novel coronavirus spreads through a controlled environment like an apartment. Here’s how transmission happens, and what you can do about it. Read more: http://bit.ly/2U3RQdq Check out the EPA’s list of cleaners thought to be effective against the novel coronavirus:…

Why modern chemistry still needs glassblowers

From Verge Science. Lots of modern chemistry research still relies on unique, hand-blown glass instruments. Step inside a scientific glassblowing workshop and see a third-generation glassblower in action. Read more: http://bit.ly/2PXCiW3 Subscribe: http://bit.ly/2FqJZMl Like Verge Science on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2hoSukO Follow on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Kr29B9 Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com Community guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D0hlAv Subscribe to…

Our (slightly doomed) flight to an atmospheric river

From Verge Science. Atmospheric rivers are important but poorly understood weather phenomena that supply the West Coast with up to 50% of its annual precipitation. In an effort to understand them better, scientists have partnered with the Air Force to fly directly into these weather systems and study them. Verge Science collaborated with CalMatters to…

Why labs are printing the coronavirus genome

From Verge Science. The world is struggling to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. But thanks to new genetic material sequencing and synthesis technology, scientists are able to identify and study this virus quicker than ever before. Will it be enough? Correction: An earlier version of this video title and description referred to the coronavirus genetic…

How time zones are subtly messing with you

From Verge Science. Time zones help enable modern communication and commerce, but they mess with a lot more than just your TV schedule. In this video, we take a look at the ways we draw time zones and the surprising effects that time zones have on your health, your economic outlook, and even your identity.…

Inside the risky venture of Spaceport America

From Verge Science. In the middle of the New Mexico desert lies Spaceport America, a glittering, alien structure advertised as the very first purpose-built commercial spaceport. It’s home to Virgin Galactic, a space startup that promises to send tourists into orbit as early as next year. But even if that milestone happens, it will follow…

Testing out an astronaut’s exercise regimen

From Verge Science. The environment of the International Space Station isn’t exactly hospitable to the human body. In this video, Loren Grush tries out some of the specialized machines astronauts use to workout in space to stay healthy in microgravity. This is an episode of The Verge’s original series Space Craft with Loren Grush, and…