This Huge Engineering Project May Be Our Best Chance At Colonizing Space

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that’s both expensive and environmentally unsustainable.… » 2/04/15 2:32pm 2/04/15 2:32pm

These Tiny Diamond Nanothreads Could Someday Support a Space Elevator

A team of scientists just strung a tone of the world's smallest diamonds into superstrong nanothreads. That makes for one impressive (and basically invisible) necklace, but the applications of these nanothreads don't end there. They could someday help string up an elevator to space—just like in science fiction. » 9/22/14 5:55pm 9/22/14 5:55pm

Invisible, Near-Weightless Nanotubes Could Support Humans, Buildings,…

In what sounds like the result of the lamest Truth or Dare party ever, scientists have calculated how many nanotubes it would take to support the weight of one human. The discovery unto itself isn't that impressive-a nanotube rope that's one centimeter in diameter could do the trick. But when you realize that the rope… » 7/21/08 11:15am 7/21/08 11:15am

Japanese Team Creates Working Space Elevator... Made of Lego Blocks

For those of you who know what a space elevator is, you also know how difficult (some would say impossible) it will be to create one. Well, don't tell that to the starry-eyed guys in Redmond this weekend, who are attending the annual Space Elevator Conference 2008. And they have a blog! And in this blog today I… » 7/20/08 1:00pm 7/20/08 1:00pm