Space Guns

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Rockets have been seen as the best way to get things into space ever since Robert Goddard, Hermann Oberth, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Wernher von Braun’s pioneering work in the first half of the 20th century. But they’re not the only option.

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Is Gender Segregation in Sports Necessary?

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We accept, and expect, gender integration almost everywhere else — at work, in social spaces, and we’re even coming around to the idea of non-gender specific bathrooms. Yet sports remain segregated, and it’s worth examining what the social cost of that separation is.

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Street Wisdom Might Win the War on Drugs

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The tide has turned. Finally, it seems the United States is ready to look toward a decades-old harm reduction movement that makes it safer to use drugs and first and foremost champions saving lives.

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Does Siri Believe in God?

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A theological guide to chatbots and the world’s major religions.

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Chatbots Can Help Us Talk to Animals

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If I could talk to my dog while he’s at the kennel, that’s what I’d say. Eight short, simple words—a few huge, abstract concepts. Of all the mind-blowing applications offered by the Animal Internet, I keep coming back to this one emotional exchange.

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The City of the Future Looks Like a Former Military Bunker in Taipei

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On the south side of Taipei, nestled in the hills behind the Gongguan Metro Station, is a community with a rather unusual history.

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How to Move Towards a Guilt-free Smartphone

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With their sleek, shiny design, you might be forgiven for thinking the latest smartphones landed from space. Perhaps that’s the aesthetic their makers are going for.

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WATCH: Bumblebee Highways and Jaguar Corridors Help Wildlife Better Handle Cities

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Around the world, urbanization is destroying many of the green areas that wildlife depend on for survival. Even where parkland is deliberately preserved in a city, isolated animal populations trapped in these parks suffer from inbreeding and reduced genetic diversity.

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Consumer Wearables Measure Air Quality in the Most Polluted Cities

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The planet’s single largest environmental health risk isn’t climate change, chemical spills, or nuclear power plants — it’s air quality. 

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A Darker Future for All: the Battle Against Light Pollution

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As populations grow, the night sky is getting lighter. A 2001 study estimates that two thirds of Americans and more than 50 percent of Europeans have lost the ability to see the delicate clouds of the Milky Way with the naked eye.

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NY Prison Break: 6 High-tech Security Measures That Might Have Foiled It

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While the 170-year-old Clinton Correctional Facility — where two convicts recently drilled out of their cells and passed through an underground steam pipe to the other side of a concrete wall — may be undergoing constant renovations, the largest maximum security prison in New York State hasn’t yet joined the judicial, tech arms race. 

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Steven Johnson: How We Made the “Cold” Episode of How We Got To Now

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One of the episodes from “How We Got To Now” focuses on the idea of Cold. We asked Steven Johnson for some behind-the-scenes stories.

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Steven Johnson: How We Made the “Time” Episode of How We Got To Now

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One of the episodes from “How We Got To Now” focuses on the idea of time. We asked Steven Johnson for some behind-the-scenes stories.

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Urban Ecology in Your Concrete Jungle

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Our image of a city — stark stone edifices, featureless glass facades, pavement everywhere — might seem quite devoid of wildlife.

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Snowbot Wars - Can Robots Dig Us Out?

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In a small park, a little way off the central drag of the St. Paul Winter Carnival in Minnesota, a group of people have gathered to watch a small robot laboriously shoveling snow into a box. The robot’s creators are looking nervously on as it scans its surroundings to try and work out how best to clear the area rapidly, accurately and safely.

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How We Get to Next is our sister site, looking at the amazing ideas and incredible people shaping the future. We’re working with some of the world’s best science, innovation and technology writers, and we’ll be posting a sample of stories from the site on this blog. 

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