Science & technology

NASA Exploration Forum to Showcase Human Path to Mars

NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other agency leadership will showcase NASA’s human exploration path to Mars at an Exploration Forum from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29. The forum will be held in NASA Headquarters' Webb Auditorium at 300 E St. SW in Washington. The event is open to the public and will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Spacewalking astronauts complete crucial repair job

Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength.

Milky Way's structure mapped in unprecedented detail

Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like.

Driverless cars can’t come soon enough

Even now, while driverless cars remain a dream for the future, technology is creating tools to help avoid car accidents. Several car models now provide lane-drifting alarms or seat vibrators to warn drivers of impending danger.

NASA’s lofty goal of a manned Mars mission doesn’t match budget reality

Budget realities require a modest approach to human space exploration and not an Apollo-style moonshot. Yet NASA officials admit humans won’t reach Mars at current funding levels, and it’s difficult to see where extra money will come from in an age of shrinking budgets.

Pentagon introduces Atlas, its new "robo sapien"

The military on Tuesday showed off its new robot that one day could take on missions deemed too dangerous for humans.

The Latest "Cosmos" Explains How Corporations Fund Science Denial

The story centers on on Clair Patterson, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology whose personal research trajectory explains this surprising overlap. Watch episode

Inside The Lab Where They Build Robots That Are Smaller Than Pennies

Sarah Bergbreiter is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, and she and her team build tiny robots.

Smartphone innovation has stalled, but that's OK

It's been more than seven years since Apple introduced the original iPhone and reset our expectations for what a smartphone should be. But Steve Jobs was right on the money. It took some five years for the competition to catch up to the iPhone.

UTSA to host first Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council meeting in U.S.

Later this month, the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development will host the first Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) meeting held in this country.

Purdue students pitch moon colony plan to NASA

A 40-member team of aeronautics and astronautics students outlined its plan Thursday to a crowded room, including a few NASA administrators listening in via speakerphone from Houston.

Survey finds Americans largely optimistic about science

Americans are generally optimistic about the future of science and technology, though they're concerned about some of the details, according to a new poll by the Washington-based Pew Research Center.

Will the Internet of Things Become the Internet of Broken Things?

Cisco Systems estimates that the number of devices connected to the Internet will reach 50 billion by 2020. This brings promise for users, corporations and vendors but also a major challenge...

NASA Administrator and Senior Leaders to Outline NASA's "Path to Mars"

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will outline NASA's human exploration path to Mars during a keynote address at the Humans to Mars Summit 2014 at 9 a.m. ET, Tuesday, April 22. The conference, sponsored by Explore Mars, will be held April 22-24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lisner and Betts Auditoriums at George Washington University in Washington and will be carried live on NASA TV.

NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.


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