China Is Turning a Remote Reef Into an Artificial Island With a Runway

A remote archipelago in the South China Sea has come under an extraordinary amount of scrutiny lately. Here, China is building up small reefs and atolls into whole artificial islands—all in hotly disputed territory. In the clearest sign yet of its military intentions, one of those islands now has an airstrip. » 4/21/15 2:30pm 4/21/15 2:30pm

Robotic Insects Could Build Human Habitats on Mars Before We Arrive

Move over bristlebot » 10/29/08 4:00pm 10/29/08 4:00pm: Europe's I-SWARM program is developing some similarly small but much smarter micro 'bots that could be used to build human colonies on Mars. The tiny machines would be dispersed in huge numbers, working automatically and independently, and also collaborating together to form larger compound 'bots…