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Why innovation needs both art and science

Like many aspects of the digital age, this idea that innovation resides where art and science connect is not new. Leonardo da Vinci was the exemplar, and his drawing of the Vitruvian Man became the symbol, of the creativity that flourishes when the humanities and sciences interact.

Apple-1 computer sold at auction for $905,000

The computer, which went under the hammer for $750,000 at Bonham’s History of Science auction in New York Wednesday, was bought by The Henry Ford museum complex in Dearborn, Mich. The buyer's commission took the computer's total price to $905,000. “It has actually been on our collecting plan for many, many years,” Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford, told “To have this Apple-1 is very important because our collection focuses on innovation, ingenuity, and resourcefulness, which are great American traditions.”

Women fall back in tech; reasons not entirely clear

No one knows for certain why the drop in women in tech has been so steep, though there are theories. "I think that is the big question that the entire technology industry is trying to figure out and trying to solve," said Susan Harker, vice president of global talent acquisition at

Microsoft Plans To Launch A Wearable Device Within Weeks

With a battery that lasts more than two days, Microsoft could get a leg up on big-name competitors who have entered the wearables space. Battery life is frequently cited as one of most important factors that consumers consider when buying a smartphone, yet the topic was conspicuously glossed over at Apple’s Watch announcement last month.

Welcome to wearable tech

One device seems to embody all of the potential of wearable electronics for both convenience and cyborglike strangeness. Google Glass is a wirelessly connected, voice-controlled, head-mounted computer that displays search results, navigation directions and even recipes in the user’s peripheral vision.

Nine real technologies that will soon be inside you

Wearables will have their moment in the sun, but they're simply a transition technology. Technology will move from existing outside our bodies to residing inside us. That's the next big frontier.

Why wearable tech could pose health risks

Internet-connected glasses, smart watches and health monitoring gadgets put wireless technology right on the body, increasing exposure to radio waves among consumers who are already carrying wireless smartphones, tablets and laptops. The good news is that most wearables use Bluetooth technology, which emits much lower levels of radiofrequency, or RF, than cellular-based smartphones and other devices that use Wi-Fi.

Newman Reportedly Expects To Advocate For STEM As NASA Deputy

President Obama has nominated Dana Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to become the next deputy administrator of NASA. Newman, who was born and raised in Helena MT, must be confirmed by the Senate before she can take the position.

NASA eyes SpaceX soft-landing technology for future Mars missions

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has been working to develop technologies to increase capabilities in terms of spaceflight – while keeping related costs down. One such effort, the use of descent capabilities on the first stage of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 booster – has caught NASA’s attention.

25 Years Since Galileo: A Recent Look at NASA Technologies

For decades, the operations of NASA have been incredibly innovative and inspirational to inventors of all kinds. The agency is still involved in various programs for scientific research, especially involving Mars. NASA recently announced a partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to work collaboratively on future missions to explore Mars.

U.S. FCC to look into new-generation wireless networks

In question are frequencies above 24 gigahertz (GHz), sometimes called millimeter waves, that have previously been deemed technically unweildy for mobile connections, though have the potential to carry large amounts of data and give the promise of lightning-fast speeds.

U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

The federal government will temporarily stop funding any new studies that could make three high-risk infectious diseases even more dangerous. The government is asking all scientists involved in this research now to voluntarily halt their current studies. The unusual move comes after a long controversy over experiments with mutant forms of a bird flu virus.

University of Maryland researchers begin human trials of Ebola vaccine

Usually vaccines can take months or even years to develop and administer to a population. Although the test vaccine was developed quickly, it will be a few months before it is available in small quantities, Levine said.

Top Science Policy Issues for Congress

Top Science Policy Issues for Congress is an interactive website created by the American Geophysical Union that "allows members and the public to learn about the most pressing science policy issues facing their state, handing them the knowledge they need to effectively discuss issues surrounding drought, extreme weather, energy, water resources, space science, and many more."

Google tests waters for potential ultra-fast wireless service

It is unclear from the heavily redacted filing what exactly Google intends to do, but it does signal the Internet giant's broader ambition of controlling Internet connectivity. The technology it seeks to test could form the basis of a wireless connection that can be broadcast to homes, obviating the need for an actual ground cable or fiber connection, experts say.


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