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Traffic Around Mars Gets Busy

May 5, 2015 | by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Comments

NASA has beefed up a process of traffic monitoring, communication and maneuver planning to ensure that Mars orbiters do not approach each other too closely. Last year's addition of two new spacecraft orbiting Mars brought the census of active Mars orbiters ... 

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Google is Starting Small, Thinking Big With 'Project Fi'

May 5, 2015 9:48 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press | Comments

Google wants the wireless services that connect mobile devices to digital content to be cheaper and more reliable.  The reason has as much to do with the pursuit of profit as with trying to make smartphones more useful...


Combining Computer Vision and Brain Computer Interface For Faster Mine Detection

May 5, 2015 9:06 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have combined sophisticated computer vision algorithms and a brain-computer interface to find mines in sonar images of the ocean floor. The study shows...


Photos of the Day: An All-Electric, 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra

May 4, 2015 1:57 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Department of Energy unveiled this bad boy back in January to celebrate the Shelby Cobra’s 50th anniversary. The all-electric, 3D-printed Cobra is constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced ABS from the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine at the Oak ... 


Pilot to Fly Solar Plane Across Pacific for 5 Days, 5 Nights

May 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | Comments

A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and five nights ... 


Summer Camps with a Mission: To Create Cybersecurity Experts

May 4, 2015 11:18 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | Comments

At Vermont's Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they'll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will be given ... 


SpaceX Mile-High Escape Test Will Feature 'Buster' the Dummy

May 4, 2015 10:56 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed to save astronauts' lives. Buster, the dummy, is already strapped in for Wednesday's nearly mile-high ride from Cape Canaveral, Florida. He'll be alone as the mock-up ... 

Google Embeds Engineers as Professors

May 4, 2015 10:13 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | Comments

Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until ... 


Algorithm Combines Videos from Unstructured Camera Arrays into Panoramas

May 4, 2015 9:47 am | by Disney Research | Comments

Even non-professionals may someday be able to create high-quality video panoramas using multiple cameras with the help of an algorithm developed by a team of Disney researchers. Their method smooths out the blurring, ghosting and other distortions ... 


Photos of the Day: Amazon CEO Launches Unmanned Test Flight

May 1, 2015 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

In the latest development in the commercial space race, the private space company founded by CEO Jeff Bezos launched their unmanned spaceship in its maiden test flight ... 


Tesla Charges Into Home Battery Market Despite Challenges

May 1, 2015 11:09 am | by Michael Liedtke, Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writers | Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages. Musk announced Tesla's expansion ... 


Engineering a Better Solar Cell

May 1, 2015 10:01 am | by University of Washington | Comments

One of the fastest-growing areas of solar energy research is with materials called perovskites. These promising light harvesters could revolutionize the solar and electronics industries because they show potential to convert sunlight into electricity more efficiently ... 


“Fingerprinting” Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

May 1, 2015 9:47 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

It’s often said that no two human fingerprints are exactly alike. For that reason, police often use them as evidence to link suspects to crime scenes. The same goes for silicon chips: Manufacturing processes cause microscopic variations in chips that are unpredictable ... 

Photo of the Day: MESSENGER Spacecraft's Impact Region on Mercury

April 30, 2015 12:24 pm | by NASA | Comments

On April 30th, this region of Mercury's surface will have a new crater! Traveling at 3.91 kilometers per second (over 8,700 miles per hour), the MESSENGER spacecraft will collide with Mercury's surface, creating a crater estimated to be 16 meters (52 feet) in ... 


MIT Research Showcased at Singapore’s First Tech Carnival

April 30, 2015 10:31 am | by Pauline Teo, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology | Comments

As Singapore aims to become a "smart" nation, discovering and harnessing innovations from research institutes, and other industry players, may be a key to success. Against this backdrop, three MIT research projects — robotic stingrays, driverless golf carts, and a device ... 

Russia's Spinning Cargo Capsule for Space Station Total Loss

April 30, 2015 10:21 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

A Russian supply capsule that went into an uncontrollable spin after launch was declared a total loss Wednesday, but astronauts at the International Space Station said they will get by without the delivery of fresh food, water, clothes and equipment. "We should be ... 



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