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Connecting to satellites is complicated, and Isotropic Systems wants to simplify it. Getty/NASA. Can you imagine the ancient Romans inspiring a potential revolution in space communications? In the fourth century, the Romans created a cup that shows red light when lit from behind, and green when lit in front. The Lycurgus Cup showed artists and innovators how to play with and bend light, using glass embedded with tiny flecks of gold. And that was 1,600 years ago, when the best long-distance communication available was through networks of fast horses and nimble riders. Nearly two millennia later, Isotropic Systems is building a satellite antenna to do the same thing as the cup: bend radio wa... Full story

24 September