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An artist's concept of OSIRIS-REx flying over the asteroid Bennu. | Image courtesy of NASA/Goddard Send a Message to an Asteroid … and Back!

Want to send a message to the surface of an asteroid? Here’s your chance — and you’ve got until September 30th to make it happen. In 2016, NASA will launch a spacecraft called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, a.k.a. “OSIRIS-REx.”

The orbits of over 1,000 potentially hazardous asteroids (aka the scariest Spirograph). | Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech Back to the Asteroid Mines: Further Reading

Depending on which branch of the science/entertainment media you consult, asteroids are either the resource megamarts of the future or Earth’s impending doom. Reality, as per the usual, lies somewhat widdershins to both concepts. As we researched that reality for

They're out there, just waiting for us to harvest their precious space-blood. | Image courtesy NASA There’s Platinum in Them Thar Asteroids

Asteroid mining may not be as far out as you think. It turns out some asteroids are absolutely loaded with materials that could be really useful to us, particularly in space exploration and colonization missions. You can find everything from

NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Asteroid Mining Econ 101

In the Fw:Thinking video about the future of water, Jonathan mentioned the possibility that humans will set up mining operations in space to harvest resources, including water, from asteroids. Well, I think it’s official: The asteroid mining industry now has

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Explore the physical science of the Prius v with these videos from HowStuffWorks.

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Read from topics in the driver’s guide to fuel economy at HowStuffWorks.

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Learn how to decode the new EPA fuel economy labels with this interactive infographic.

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Read about car trends and innovations at HowStuffWorks.

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Study for your future with the latest Fw:Thinking videos.

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