Merging with machines is necessary for humans if the species hopes to remain relevant in the age of AI, says Elon Musk. He discussed the need for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) at the World Government Summit in Dubai, stating they'll address certain problems.
The first commercial airlock will be added to the International Space Station in two years. NASA has accepted a proposal from NanoRacks, a company that already operates two research platforms in the US' National Laboratory. NASA wants there to be commercial activity in space.
Investigators for the US government have reportedly uncovered a defect in SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets. According to The Wall Street Journal, the flaw involves cracking in the rocket's turbine blades. Those blades drive the turbopumps responsible for getting propellant into engines.
Researchers with MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have combined AI with a concept wearable from Samsung called the "Simband" to detect conversational tones. The wearable combines multiple sources of data in an attempt to detect emotions.
Scientists are worried the Trump administration may ignore climate change data and make research more difficult. As a partial solution, WikiLeaks is offering to protect data that it receives, although some may be wary of taking the organization up on its offer.
The finalists in Google's Lunar X Prize have been confirmed. Five teams will enter the final part of the competition in an attempt to send the first private spacecraft to the Moon. The winner will need to reach the Moon by December 1 and explore its surface.
SpaceX's next mission is scheduled for as early as January 30, at which point the company will likely use a non-reusable Falcon 9 for the last time. All of its launches after that point should involve rockets that'll land back on Earth, thereby saving SpaceX a lot of money.
Our planet has experienced three years in a row of the highest global temperatures on record. A report from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says 2016 was the hottest year on record. The UK's Met office confirmed that conclusion.
Japan's launch of the SS-520-4 on Saturday was a failure. The tiny rocket would have been the smallest rocket to ever bring a payload to orbit, but the mission wasn't successful. While the first part of the mission went fine, JAXA eventually lost communication with it.
SpaceX's first launch since its September 2016 explosion went as planned. Its Falcon 9 lifted off on Saturday, helped bring a payload to space, and returned to the company's drone landing barge. The rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile will receive an upgrade that'll enable it to easily spot exoplanets in Alpha Centauri. VLT is operated by the European Southern Observatory, which has signed an agreement with Breakthrough Initiatives, which is looking for ET life.
SpaceX's first Falcon 9 launch since its September accident is expected to take place on January 8. The company has been grounded for five months due to a rocket explosion in Cape Canaveral that destroyed a Falcon 9 and a $95 million internet satellite.
Researchers with the Israel Institute of Technology have created a simple breath analysis system that can detect 17 diseases, including cancer. It's not accurate enough for clinical use, but it has the potential to be a worthwhile noninvasive diagnostic tool.
As part of its serious commitment to space missions, China has reaffirmed its plan to soft land a Moon probe around 2018 and fully launch a Mars probe by 2020. The government has released a white paper that explains how it'll carry out space missions peacefully.
A Japanese startup competing in the Google Lunar X-Prize will attempt a moon landing next year. Team HAKUTO will work in collaboration with India's Team Indus, which already has a contract to launch its rover using a rocket developed by the Indian Space Research Organization.
Curiosity, a Mars rover operated by NASA, has collected more evidence supportive of Mars' potential habitability in the distant past. The rover is currently climbing up a mountain and has been collecting samples along the way. Analysis has yielded interesting results.
SpaceX's first manned launch with its Dragon capsule isn't going to take place until 2018. The company had planned to carry out a manned mission for NASA next year, but it says further evaluation of its Falcon 9 fueling system is necessary following the September explosion.
Using an H-IIB rocket, Japan launched a cargo ship carrying a "space junk" collector to the International Space Station (ISS). The system is based around an electrodynamic tether that can swing through Earth's magnetic field and slow down debris currently orbiting the planet.
Mars One, a project that'll probably never put humans on Mars, has adjusted its timeline yet again. Its manned mission has a new launch date of 2031, five years later than before. The delay will allow Mars One to raise additional money and avoid large expenses for a longer time.
SpaceX has pushed back its next launch until early January. It was reportedly planning to launch in mid-December, but it now says a Falcon 9 rocket will bring up the Iridium-1 satellite next month. This will be its first launch since a rocket exploded in September.