Darren Orf is a writer and editor with an unceasing passion for science and the natural world. He covers space science, technology, physics, and everything in between — including science fiction.
Darren lives in Portland, Oregon, with his cat named Dune. His writing can be found at Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, Esquire, and many other small pockets of the internet.
Blue Origin rocket suffers severe malfunction in flight
At least it’s a good test of safety systems.
A sneaky interloper behind our galaxy’s center complicates the search for dark matter
Is it dark matter or pulsars giving off weird gamma rays?
After quitting the ISS, Russia reveals its next-gen space station
Meet ROSS, Russia’s new space station.
The Webb Telescope will drop everything to observe the next interstellar object
Comet? Asteroid? Alien? Webb could suss out these strange interlopers.
How the Webb Telescope will unveil the mysteries of cosmic star-making factories
Scientists know galaxy mergers play a big role in forming today’s universe. They just don’t know how they work.
The answer to the Planet Nine mystery could come sooner than you think
Is it a planet, a black hole, or a group of planets? One astronomer has an ambitious idea to find out.
Scientists just laid the cornerstone of our quantum internet future
And the mortar holding it together is teleportation.