Science & technology

What I Learned By Asking 100 School Kids About The Future Of Work

I really didn’t have any expectations, save for feedback like ‘flying cars’, ‘moon based offices’, like a cross between the Jetsons and Star Trek. What I got back was so grounded and well thought out its made me challenge just how we seem to approach our own thinking about the future.

Ghost Fleet Depicts War Between China, U.S.

Tech like virtual reality, robotics and increasingly fast Internet is changing the way we live, but how will it evolve a generation from now, or even change the way we fight a global war? The new science fiction thriller “Ghost Fleet” takes on questions like that by drawing inspiration from real-life prototypes and emerging sectors of technology to depict how both war and everyday life look in the future just a few decades from now.

From hip-hop to computers, Smithsonian museum honors US innovation

The National Museum of American History opened a $63 million wing on Wednesday celebrating the rich U.S. history of innovation and invention, from 19th century revolvers to hip-hop music and Silicon Valley computers. The 45,000-square-foot (4,180-square-meter) Innovation Wing is designed to show how for more than 200 years the United States has provided a fertile environment for turning new ideas into reality.

F-35 fighter jet nails Olympic-worthy 'ski jump' takeoff

When a fighter jet takes off from a runway the same way that a skier launches gracefully off a jump, the result can be surprisingly beautiful. Earlier this month, an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet performed one of these Olympic-worthy launches at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. The unconventional liftoff, which was a first for this kind of aircraft, was part of a series of trials designed to test the plane's "short takeoff" abilities.

First FAA-approved drone deliveries coming July 17

Drone deliveries in the U.S. will soon be an official, government-sanctioned activity. On July 17, the Federal Aviation Administration will allow a collaboration between NASA, Flirtey and Virginia Tech to fly unmanned aircraft to deliver pharmaceuticals to a free medical clinic in West Virginia. The fixed wing aircraft from NASA Langley and multi-rotor delivery drones from Flirtey will become the world's first autonomous aerial delivery services.

Drone swarms join the Navy

Just like how locust swarms can cause devastating natural disasters, the U.S. Navy’s Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) drones could devastate adversaries. A fitting acronym, the Navy’s LOCUST is a new revolutionary technology where swarms of compact drones can work together and execute missions autonomously.

The 4 'Things' Driving Innovation in Wearable Technology

Wearables have hit the market in a big way, especially in the past three years. But technology that we wear has had an even longer history in academic labs and specific niche verticals such as the military and sports science. Four key advancements are driving wearables out of the lab and into the mainstream, making it easier for startups and makers to create hardware and for consumers to adopt the technology.

Veteran NASA Spacecraft Nears 60,000th Lap Around Mars, No Pit Stops

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft will reach a major milestone June 23, when it completes its 60,000th orbit since arriving at the Red Planet in 2001. “This orbital milestone is an opportunity to celebrate Odyssey’s many achievements,” said Jim Green, NASA’s director of Planetary Science. “Odyssey will continue to help lay a foundation for the first humans to Mars in the 2030s through NASA’s Journey to Mars initiative.”

Does a black hole create a hologram copy of anything that touches it?

According to Samir Mathur. professor of physics at The Ohio State University, the recently proposed idea that black holes have “firewalls” that destroy all they touch is wrong. He believes that a black hole converts anything that touches it into a hologram — a near-perfect copy of itself that continues to exist just as before.

What will it be like to live on Mars? Inflatable and super sustainable

NASA plans to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, and it's Larry Toups' job to make the planet habitable once they get there. To do so, he looks to not-quite-alien environments like submarines, Antarctic research stations, and oil rigs. He also builds upon what he learned as part of the team constructing the International Space Station. The habitable satellite is a proving ground for future Mars technology, too.

Is the US Still First in Technology?

Japan has the highest budget when it comes to research and development as opposed to the United States which dropped its own R&D budget below 12%. Japan however, keeps many of its advancements for local use.Despite that disturbing budget news, the US is still second to Japan in most lists when it comes to technological superiority.

Women’s Place in Space

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space when the space shuttle Challenger launched on mission STS-7 from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-7 crew consisted of astronauts Robert Crippen, commander, the first two-time space shuttle astronaut; Frederick H. Hauck, pilot; and three mission specialists -- Ride, John M. Fabian and Norman E. Thagard. After she retired from NASA, Ride founded Sally Ride Science, a company she hoped would make science fun and interesting for young girls and boys. She headed up the firm until her 2012 death at age 61.

NASA Astronauts Headline Public Events in Washington, Virginia, Maryland, Online

NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Barry “Butch” Wilmore will be making several stops in the Washington area June 22-26 to share with many audiences their experiences aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Pluto just 4 weeks, 20 million miles away for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft; flyby on July 14

Four weeks from Tuesday — on July 14 — New Horizons will make its closest approach to Pluto. The spacecraft will fly within 7,750 miles, inside the orbits of Pluto's five known moons. That's the approximate distance between Seattle and Sydney. It will be the first spacecraft to explore the tiny, icy world once considered a full-fledged planet.

Do Not Fear The Robot Apocalypse

The fears of science fiction—robots subjugating humanity, cities destroyed by machine wars, humans made nearly extinct and forced to live underground in some sort of 1990s New York City rave culture—have expanded from the fantasy world of books and films to fact-based conversations at TED and on Twitter and in the blogosphere.


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