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Semiautonomous Cars Have Flaws. That's Why They Need Tests

August 09, 2018

These days, modern cars come with sophisticated driver assistance tools, like adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from the car in front, and active steering, which keeps a vehicle in its lane. They can also brake automatically if the driver doesn’t spot a stopped object ahead, and warn when there’s a motorbike hovering in a driver’s blind spot.

Curiosity Rover Begins Its 7th Year on Mars Still Going Strong

August 09, 2018

It was a crazy idea on the face of it -- sending a $2.5 billion robot to another planet with a complex rocket sled contraption to get it safely to the surface. It worked, though, and Curiosity began its exploration of the red planet six years ago. As the rover begins its seventh year on Mars, let’s look at how it got there and where it’s going.

NASA names nine 'American hero' astronauts for SpaceX, Boeing missions

August 08, 2018

NASA has announced the nine astronauts that will crew the test flights and first missions of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. Crew for the Starliner test flight are NASA astronauts Eric Boe and Nicole Aunapu-Mann and Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been selected to take part in the Crew Dragon test flight.

Department of Energy Announces $36.4 Million for Fusion Energy Sciences Research

August 08, 2018

The research is designed to help lay the groundwork for the development of nuclear fusion as a future practical energy source. The research focuses on high priority challenges in what is called “magnetic confinement” of plasma (a hot soup of ions and free electrons) on the pathway toward eventual development of a contained, self-sustaining fusion reaction.

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