Science & technology

Stanford Researchers Making Progress On Pure Lithium Batteries

Virtually all of your gadgets tote lithium ion batteries—but while they're the best you can hope for at the moment, new engineering means that pure lithium batteries are now a possibility, and they could double the life of your phone.

Dark Matter Search Enters Round 2

Three experiments will begin upgrades that could help them corner the particles responsible for the universe’s missing mass.

Cassini Spacecraft Reveals 101 Geysers and more on Icy Saturn Moon

Scientists using mission data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus.  Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water to reach from the moon’s underground sea all the way to its surface.

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

Nasa Seeks Private Help to Connect Mars Data With Earth

In a bid to broaden participation in the exploration of the Red planet, Nasa has called for a new, privately-owned communications network to be set up on Mars.

Schumer calls on feds to look into safeguarding airlines from missiles

Sen. Charles Schumer called on the federal government Sunday to look into the possibility of installing anti-missile technology on commercial aircraft in light of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine.

FCC to Web providers: We're watching you

Under the FCC’s regulations, broadband companies are required to disclose “accurate information” about the services they offer, including cost and Internet performance. In recent months, consumers have sent in hundreds of complaints about misleading or inaccurate details, leading to Wednesday’s notice.

NASA’s Mars Spacecraft Maneuvers to Prepare for Close Comet Flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.

6 smart robots taking over the world

While humankind might not be too happy, the tech is making its way into robots. And many of these are already fully operational.

Scientists Question the Big Price Tags of Big Data

More than 450 researchers have already signed a public letter criticising the Human Brain Project, citing a “significant risk” that the project will fail to meet its goal. One neuroscientist called the project “a waste of money”, while another bluntly said the idea of simulating the human brain is downright “crazy”. Other big data ­projects have also been criticised, especially for cost and lack of results.

Rep. Issa takes aim at FTC ‘inquisitions’

In a hearing over the agency’s enforcement powers, Issa accused the commission of making “often erroneous inquisitions” into small businesses doing their best to protect people’s data.

Chinese man pleads guilty to US military technology smuggling

Bo Cai, an employee of a Chinese technology firm, was accused along with another Chinese national Wentong Cai, 29, of trying to illegally export military sensors out of the US.

Mini-drones to night-vision phones: 5 cool military tech gadgets

Electronics that dissolve on the battlefield and tiny, hummingbird-size drones that perform aerial reconnaissance are just a few of the sophisticated technologies the U.S. military is developing these days.

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

These so-called “hot Jupiters” are so close to their star they have temperatures between 1,500 and 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, however, the planets were found to have only one-tenth to one one-thousandth the amount of water predicted by standard planet-formation theories.

NASA team lays plans to observe new worlds

A team led by scientists and engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is now studying the scientific and technical requirements and costs associated with building a successor to Hubble and the Webb telescope.

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