Renewable energy was the exclusive power source for all of China's Qinghai region from June 17 to June 23. That region received all of its power from solar, wind, and hydropower for a week, demonstrating how far renewables have come. Chinese is testing the viability of the tech.
SpaceX's busy weekend of launches was entirely successful. The company launched and recovered two rockets during a 48-hour period, a first for any company in the industry. On Friday, SpaceX used a Falcon 9 for its BulgariaSat1 launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered at least 10 more potentially habitable Earth-sized planets, which are part of a batch of 219 planet candidates. The findings were announced at the Ames Research Center, with NASA noting the data has big implications.
Google has modified the technology on some of its Street View vehicles to collect detailed pollution data in parts of the US. It's been working on the project for years and it's finally opening up access to some of its collected data. Scientists can request access.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed a plan to reach and explore Mars' moons by 2024. Its "Martian Moons Exploration" mission involves sending robotic spacecraft to Phobos and Deimos. Tools on-board the spacecraft will investigate the moons.
SpaceX's latest mission to bring internet delivery satellites from Immarsat into orbit has seen a successful launch. The company's Falcon 9 rocket had a successful take off and the mission has so far gone according to plan. This is the Falcon 9's largest payload.
Germany broke a local record during the last weekend of April by getting 85% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. That electricity came from wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric. Germany's coal-based power stations basically stopped working.
After using the Falcon 9 for its first national security mission on behalf of the US military, SpaceX has landed the first stage of its rocket system. SpaceX landed the rocket on land in Florida following the mission on May 1. This is the tenth time it has landed a rocket.
The first launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), a heavy rocket that could one day bring humans to Mars, has been pushed back to 2019. It was last said to be headed for a late 2018 launch. It'll be quite a few years before a flight to Mars takes place.
One of the initiatives underway at Facebook's Building 8, a facility based around moonshots, is a brain-computer interface (BCI) system that'll quickly decode speech based on brain activity. The system could transfer thoughts into words on a computer or mobile device.
Space agencies in China and Europe are speaking about building a moon base. Those discussions were confirmed by Pal Hvistendahl of the European Space Agency (ESA). The agencies are thinking through a "moon village" that'd contain humans and facilitate missions.
Saturn's moon Enceladus has all of the core ingredients required for life and a habitable environment, NASA has found. As part of the Cassini mission, NASA has learned the moon contains carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur in some areas.
A secret team within Apple is working on noninvasive sensors that can continuously monitor glucose levels in people with diabetes. CNBC reports Apple had been working on the project for five years and it's already begun feasibility trials. This tech could improve diabetes care.
SpaceX spent "less than half" of what it normally would on the first-stage of a Falcon 9 by relaunching one of its recovered rocket last week. Although reducing expenses is known to be a benefit of reusing rockets, SpaceX hasn't fully revealed the difference in price.
SpaceX has released a video of its historic Falcon 9 rocket landing from last week. For the first time, the company reused and recovered a rocket, paving the way for lower launch costs in the future. The mission was also the sixth successful Falcon 9 landing overall.
When the Falcon Heavy rocket launches for the first time this summer, SpaceX may try to recover its upper stage. CEO Elon Musk confirmed the rocket would launch this summer and that the company will attempt to recover the upper stage during the demo.
SpaceX's first mission with a reused Falcon 9 went perfectly. The core mission was successful and the rocket was recovered once again. CEO Elon Musk called this an "incredible day" and said it's part of a "huge revolution in spaceflight." Reusing rockets can reduce costs.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has launched a new company, Neuralink Corp. It's going to develop "neural lace" technology that'll enable humans to merge their minds with computers and more specifically, AI. Musk has been interested in the technology for years.
President Trump has signed a NASA funding bill that was recently passed by Congress. This bill both authorizes funding for the space agency and directs it to create a plan that'll enable it to send a "crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s." NASA will get $19.5 billion.
SpaceX is working with US space agency NASA to find landing spots on Mars that it could utilize during its own private missions. Speaking at a conference in Texas, SpaceX's Paul Wooster revealed the company is working with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.