Tag: Science & Tech

Comet makes rare, close pass by Mars

A comet made a rare pass by Mars on Sunday, passing just 87,000 miles from the planet, less than half the distance between Earth and the moon. NASA said the comet, which is believed to be a first-time visitor to the inner solar system, passed 10 times closer to Mars than any known comet has…

Bionic Hands Restore Sense of Touch

A team of scientists at Case Western Reserve University report that two patients with sensors attached to artificial hands have had a restored sense of touch for more than a year. They are even able to pluck the stalks out of cherries. At the same time, a Swedish team announced it has made a separate…

Nobel physics prize awarded for LED discovery

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to 3 scientists for their work in inventing blue LED lights, allowing a new generation of bright and energy-efficient lighting. Two scientists from Japan and one from the U.S. won the Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for their invention of an environmentally friendly light source. Isamu…

Nobel Prize In Medicine Awarded To Brain Cell GPS Research Neuroscientists

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded on Monday to American-British neuroscientist John O’Keefe, and Norwegian scientists May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awards the prize annually to “the person who shall have made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine.” It is…

3 Companies Get Calif. Self-Driving Car Permits

Volkswagen’s Audi brand on Tuesday was the first automaker of three companies to get new permits issued by California for the testing of self-driving, or autonomous, cars on all the Golden State’s roadways. Mercedes-Benz and Google also got permits on the day that California’s new laws governing the testing of automated vehicles take effect, according…

NASA awards contracts to Boeing, SpaceX To Create ‘Space Taxis’

NASA announced Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The contracts are worth a potential $6.8 billion in the long run, according to NASA administrator Charles Bolden. Kathy Lueders, the program manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, said having two contracts will help NASA make…

[VIDEO] Rare Solar Storms Now Hitting Earth, Could Disrupt Technology

A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted. Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections wouldn’t warrant special warnings, but their unusual close timing and direct path toward Earth spurred the National Oceanic…

Guy Descend Into Volcano To Take Selfie With GoPro Cam [VIDEO]

George Karounis went down into the Ambrum Volcano. “it was like a window into hell”. Sam Cossman and George Kourounis guided by volcanic pioneers Geoff Mackely and Brad Ambrose become among the first explorers to step foot inside the worlds most dangerous and inaccessible volcano, Marum Crater.The footage was taken with a GoPro, as well…

Astronauts ‘dangerously sleep deprived’

Astronauts struggle to sleep in space, potentially putting their lives at risk, a new study has found. “The ability for a crew member to optimally perform if awakened from sleep by an emergency alarm may be jeopardised by the use of sleep-promoting pharmaceuticals,” the study said. [itv]

Rosetta Probe goes into orbit around comet after 10-year journey

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe made its historic rendezvous with a comet on Wednesday after a 10-year, 4 billion-mile journey. The car-sized Rosetta probe was launched in 2004, and woke up from hibernation in January for its final approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photo: An artist’s conception of the Rosetta probe. [nbc]

NASA says it is making progress on asteroid-netting technology

NASA said on Thursday that it is making progress on technology that could protect the earth from incoming asteroids. The Asteroid Retrieval Mission aims to net an asteroid by the mid-2020s so that scientists can run experiments on it. Photo: This concept image shows ARM robotic capture Option A, in which the robotic vehicle deploys…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Didn’t Ask Obama to Intro Cosmos [VIDEO]

Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Didn’t Ask Obama to Intro Cosmos In an interview with Grantland, pop scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals that his production crew did not approach President Obama to introduce the first episode of the Cosmos reboot earlier this year. Instead, Tyson said, the president’s camp made the request, perhaps in an attempt…

Geeks Show Obama Their Skill At White House Science Fair

Science education went to the head of the class at the White House on Tuesday, with President Barack Obama announcing a $35 million competition for teacher training programs — and checking out an all-star lineup of science fair projects. [nbcnews]

Neil deGrasse Tyson Hosting Private Spaceflight

This year’s Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History will be focused “selling space” and private spaceflight. It will be hosted by none other than Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, so if you can’t wait for this week’s Cosmos for your Tyson fix, watch here at 7:30PM EDT. Proceeds from…

Creationist Outrage Over Cosmos With Neil DeGrasse Tyson

A creationist has reviewed the new “Cosmos” reboot, featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and it may come as no surprise that she wasn’t terribly impressed. “If the first segment is any indication, [“Cosmos”] will attempt to package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create interest in science,” said Dr.…

Happy Pi Day Smartass

Happy Pi Day math lovers. It is pie day because the date – the 14th of March – is styled March 14 or 3/14, which is the first three digits of pi.

The Ratings Are in for Cosmos and They’re Amazing

Numbers are in: 12 million Cosmos viewers in the US alone, 17.5 million with DVR! Thanks to you all! — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 11, 2014 It was pretty clear on Sunday night that a lot of people were watching Cosmos from all the tweets and Facebook updates about it, but according to a tweet…

A Device That Help You Turn Water Into Wine At Home

Jesus made water into wine; with all the technology we have available today why can’t we do the same? Kevin Boyer and Phillip James, two wine industry executives now at CustomVine, have discovered a way to turn water into wine with the creation of the Miracle Machine, a fermentation chamber that makes wine with “a…

Scott and Mark Kelly discuss year-long NASA space mission

Identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly spoke on The Today Show about their upcoming year-long trip to the International Space Station, the longest time any American has ever spent aboard the orbiting outpost, to study the effects long-term space missions have on the human body. “For me, having flown a long-duration flight before, on…

Five Finalists Selected For The Google Lunar XPrize Competition

Five international teams are moving forward from a field of 33 proposals with the goal of performing a robotic landing on the moon, followed by a short drive and high-quality video mooncast, all as part of the Google Lunar XPrize competition to incentivize a new novel, low-cost era of lunar exploration. gizmag

The Exosuit: What Tony Stark Would Wear Underwater

Meet the Exosuit. It’s a $600,000 atmospheric diving suit capable of taking a human 1,000 feet underwater at surface pressure, and it’s the first of its kind. If you have dramatic music handy, you should go ahead and play it, because this thing is insane. It’s what Tony Stark would wear to go hang out…

Watch Live Spacewalks continue to fix ISS cooling system

WATCH THE NASA LIVE STREAMING SPACEWALK CLICK HERE TO WATCH Two NASA astronauts began a high-stakes series of spacewalks to repair the International Space Station’s cooling system on Saturday, outfitted for the first time with snorkels in their helmets to keep them from drowning. Photo: Backdropped by Earth, the International Space Station is seen in…

Google buys new robots which run faster than humans: meet Wildcat

THEY run faster than people and are agile over rough surfaces and terrains that are challenging for most human beings. Wildcat is the latest mobile robot acquired by Google to join BigDog, Cheetah and Atlas. The internet giant has bought the machines in an acquisition of US company, Boston Dynamics, which has designed mobile research…

NASA scientists build robotic woman — ‘Valkyrie’ — to accompany astronauts in space

Meet Valkyrie, a 6-foot-tall human-like robot built at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Valkyrie will soon be a contestant in The Department of Defense’s Robotics Challenge where the world’s best robot will win a $2 million prize. 17 teams will compete in the Challenge at Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway, December 20-21. One winner will be chosen…