A year of Verge Science

A year of Verge Science

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On board Virgin Orbit’s flying launchpad

On board Virgin Orbit’s flying launchpad

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit is taking an unusual approach to putting satellites in space: the company wants to launch them in midair off the wing of a Boeing 747. We toured the prototype jet that’ll send the first satellites into space, and asked Virgin Orbit’s pilot what it’s like to fly a jumbo jet with…

The underground life forms that have taken over Centralia

The underground life forms that have taken over Centralia

Centralia, Pennsylvania was a town destroyed by a nightmarish, decades-long subterranean fire. While there are almost no people left there, scientists have discovered some new residents: heat-loving microbes who have appeared to capitalize on the fire. In this “Trial & Error” episode, we collect and regrow some of the mystery microbes from Centralia, and try…

Everything wrong with the young blood injection craze

Everything wrong with the young blood injection craze

The FDA recently issued a bulletin warning people not to buy injections of “young blood.” Why on Earth does the government even need to say such a thing? The answer involves some misunderstood science, overblown news reports, and sketchy entrepreneurs. We interviewed some scientists about why young blood to reverse aging became hyped, and what…

We tested NYC water for lead contamination

We tested NYC water for lead contamination

Lead contamination got a lot of national attention because of the crisis in Flint, Michigan. But today, lead pipes are still tainting tap water across America. In this episode of “Trial & Error,” we explore how lead enters the water supply, how to test for it, and find out whether our own homes are at…

We tested NYC water for lead and the results were confounding

We tested NYC water for lead and the results were confounding

Lead contamination got a lot of national attention because of the crisis in Flint, Michigan. But today, lead pipes are still tainting tap water across America. In this episode of “Trial & Error,” we explore how lead enters the water supply, how to test for it, and find out whether our own homes are at…

This algorithm decodes rat squeaks and could revolutionize animal research

This algorithm decodes rat squeaks and could revolutionize animal research

Rats are social and chatty critters, but most of their chatter is above the frequency that human ears can hear. If researchers could listen to what rats are “saying,” it could change countless experiments. This week, we try our hand at recording ultrasonic rat squeaks, and visit some scientists who built their own software to…

Is gallium nitride the silicon of the future?

Is gallium nitride the silicon of the future?

The global electronics industry has been fueled by silicon from the get-go, but that may soon change. Products are slowly appearing that replace silicon with gallium nitride, a material that promises to shrink technology down while making it more efficient. We take a look inside one of these products to find out how gallium nitride…

Tiny meteorites are everywhere. Here’s how to find them.

Tiny meteorites are everywhere. Here’s how to find them.

Literal tons of tiny meteorites fall to Earth every day, but are next to impossible to find once they land. At least, that’s what the scientific community assumed. In this pilot episode of our “Trial & Error” experiment series, we go on a hunt for micrometeorites with the help of the amateur scientist who showed…

Your future gadgets might rely on metals from the seafloor

Your future gadgets might rely on metals from the seafloor

As the demand grows for the metals that power electronics, we may have to look farther and farther for mining opportunities. The next big mining frontier is the deep sea: along the seafloor, mysterious vents shoot scalding hot fluid into the ocean. These vents are a haven for miraculous and unique sea life, but they’re…