Once again we list some interesting science news items, we believe are relevant for future orbital space settlements.
As the primary goal of space colonization should be improving the overall quality of life, the designers of space settlements should takes this particular study into account.
Nowadays most solar cells are made of silicon. However, Belgian scientists have made a new material, so-called perovskites, that offer a higher efficiency. This is an important line of research for orbital space colonization as solar power will be the primary source of energy.
Space colonization is only possible because there are resources in outer space. Through the use of microbes, space mining might become a lot easier and probably a lot less expensive.
Related to the previous item, Near Earth Asteroids are the most likely sources of materials for orbital space settlements. Therefore more information about them will be highly beneficial.