Some 100,000 years ago, fifteen people, eight of them children, were buried on the flank of Mount Precipice, just outside the southern edge of Nazareth in today’s Israel. One of the boys still held the antlers of a large red deer clasped to his chest, while a teenager lay next…

Artist Illustration of BFR at stage separation (2018). Original from Official SpaceX Photos.

It’s finally happening. I’m sitting in front of the TV after a three-day of an excruciating wait. It looks like Starship is ready to launch and the excitement and exhaustion are palpable. From our different corners of the world, space enthusiasts (and everyone else we could drag in) watch in…

Due to kerosene-based jet fuel use, commercial aviation faces a variety of challenges. Although jets today are 80% more fuel-efficient per seat kilometer than those from the 1960s, there’s still no practical alternative mode of transport for long-haul flights. …

Image courtesy of Cristiano Firmani.

A year ago, no-one would have been able to foresee how 2020 would leave an indelible mark on our collective memory. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all areas of our lives, from how we work to how we communicate with each other. …

Drones are becoming increasingly popular. Over the past few years, these miniature pilotless aircraft have become indispensable for various businesses and government organizations due to their ability to increase efficiency and decrease workloads and production costs.

Because drones can be controlled by a remote or a smartphone app, they can…

Image courtesy of Markus Spiske.

Deepfakes are 21st Century Photoshopping. The name comes from the AI used to create them, deep learning — a process that involves neural networks called autoencoders. Deepfakes can place a person’s head on someone else’s body or create entirely fictional photos from scratch. …

Image courtesy of Bill Oxford.

The benefits of analytics applied to life science are manifested in the early detection of prescription and treatment patterns across the entire health system. With the help of digital technologies, companies can improve their R&D productivity, manufacturing capabilities, sales effectiveness, and compliance management.

Life science analytics capitalizes on big data…

December 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 makes its successful return, the first-ever reusable rocket. Since then, recovering SpaceX rockets has become routine, but this hadn’t been the case during the early decades of spaceflight.

All rockets, satellites, and space probes until that day had been single-use…

During the past few days, we’ve seen a Russian Soyuz rocket depart from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a Chinese Long March 4B rocket lift off from the Taiyuan launch in Shanxi, and a SpaceX Falcon 9 leave Kennedy Space Center in Florida. …

An empty Lovat Lane, in London. Photo courtesy of Simon Mumenthaler.

The first case of a person suffering from the COVID-19 virus was reported to the World Health Organization in December 2019. Since then, the pandemic has impacted economic activity worldwide and changed — perhaps permanently, the way we work and communicate with each other.

Very few people would have anticipated…

Yisela Alvarez Trentini

Anthropologist & User Experience Designer. I write about science and technology. Robot whisperer. VR enthusiast. Gamer. @yisela_at www.yisela.com

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