The bubble-head space suit is an icon, an emblem of great innovation and achieving big dreams. But it's also entirely too puffy for its own good. The gas pressure that keeps the astronauts safe inside also restricts movement.
For better or worse, the traditional spacesuit's days may be numbered. Read MoreBlue Sky SolutionsCould lasers help cool a warming Earth?
Grand problems like climate change need grand solutions. But lasers, really? That's the proposed solution for a warming Earth from researchers at a geo-engineering conference held in Berlin this week, Brian Marchant at Motherboard reports.
Today they're scuttling around the parking lot of the Kennedy Space Center looking for barcoded scraps of paper. But one day, NASA hopes to use similar robots to comb the surface of the moon, or Mars, or an asteroid, looking for fuel or other valuable material underground. Read MoreOUTTA THIS WORLDProgrammed by middle-schoolers, robots battle on space station