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…

The dark side of electronic waste recycling

From Verge Science. Electronic waste is a hazardous and difficult form of garbage to manage. Though a lot of e-waste can be recycled responsibly, many e-waste processors choose instead to ship it overseas for junkyards in poorer nations to deal with. Remarkably, exporting e-waste is perfectly legal in the US…but thanks to a scrappy nonprofit…

Insulin should be cheap. Here’s why it’s not.

From Verge Science. The cost of insulin has skyrocketed over the past few years, putting increasing pressure on millions of diabetics who rely on the drug to survive. We look at how insulin is made today, explore what’s preventing it from being produced more cheaply, and visit a DIY lab where biohackers are trying to…

How to find the microplastics in your seafood

From Verge Science. Tiny bits of plastic waste have found their way to the farthest corners of the planet — from the deepest ocean trenches to the Arctic Circle. But, pervasive plastic pollution also hits much closer to home: in the water we drink and the food we eat. In this episode of “Trial &…

Why companies are mass-producing edible insects

From Verge Science. Around the world, two billion people eat insects regularly. In the US and Europe? Not so much. But, some entrepreneurs think it’s time. We take a tour of the startup cricket farms trying to kickstart a new industry, and sample some insect snacks ourselves. The Verge’s sponsors play an important role in…

Carbon nanotubes built this bizarre ultrablack material

From Verge Science. Carbon nanotubes are a lot like graphene: both are super-hyped materials that haven’t changed the world the way we hoped they would. At least, not yet. But while producing nanotubes, one research team accidentally found something else: one of the blackest materials on the planet. We explore how nanotubes help comprise Vantablack,…

The cosmic secrets inside this tiny meteorite

From Verge Science. Earlier this year, Verge Science went hunting for space dust on a rooftop in Brooklyn. The hunt turned up some promising samples, but looking at them under a microscope led to inconclusive results — even from the world’s foremost micrometeorite hunter. To get to the bottom of things, we took a trip…

Why NASA hasn’t gone back to the Moon

From Verge Science. NASA has big plans to return to the Moon by 2024, and it’s banking on the historic Space Launch System (SLS) to get them there. But after years of delays and cost overruns, skeptics are questioning whether SLS should remain the biggest priority for NASA. As the 50th anniversary of the Moon…