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Computing Paths to Future Asteroid Exploration

July 2, 2014 10:05 am | by NASA | News | Comments

As left over building blocks of the solar system's formation, asteroids are of significant interest to scientists. Resources, especially water, embedded within asteroids could be of use to astronauts traveling through deep space. Likewise, asteroids could continue to be destinations for robotic and human missions as NASA pioneers deeper into the solar system, to Mars and beyond.

Grand Dorado Swirl

July 1, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

This new Hubble image shows NGC 1566, a beautiful galaxy located approximately 40 million light-...

Saucer-Shaped Test Vehicle Pre-Flight

June 27, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars is shown in...

ISS Solar Array

March 31, 2014 4:18 pm | News | Comments

The sun shines through a truss-based radiator panel and a primary solar array panel on the Earth...

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Newfound Pink World Lurks at Solar System Fringes

March 28, 2014 2:45 pm | by Alicia Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun. It's the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland.   

Antares Rocket Ready for Launch

March 27, 2014 3:53 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen on launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. The Antares will launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.          

NASA Spots Tropical Cyclone Gillian's Eye Closing

March 26, 2014 7:27 pm | by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

At 06:45 UTC on March 23, NASA's Aqua satellite flew overhead and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument captured a visible image of the storm. In the image, Gillian's eye had already started to fill in with clouds and was surrounded by a thick band of thunderstorms wrapping around the center of circulation.

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Soyuz Rocket Ready to Deliver Olympic Torch

January 23, 2014 9:57 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket, adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee and other related artwork, is seen in this long exposure photograph, as the service structure arms are raised into position at the launch pad on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASA Center Renamed in Honor of Neil A. Armstrong

January 20, 2014 9:32 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This photograph shows Neil Armstrong next to the X-15 rocket-powered aircraft after a research flight. President Barack Obama has signed HR 667, the congressional resolution that redesignates NASA's Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center, into law. The resolution also names Dryden's Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range.

In the Eye of the Computer: Understanding Collective Animal Behavior

January 16, 2014 6:13 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

No machine is better at recognizing patterns in nature than the human brain. It takes mere seconds to recognize the order in a flock of birds flying in formation, schooling fish, or an army of a million marching ants. But computer analyses of collective animal behavior are limited by the need for constant tracking and measurement data for each individual; hence, the mechanics of social animal...

Nobel Foundation Adopts MATLAB, will use Models for 30-year Risk Scenarios

January 16, 2014 2:59 pm | by MathWorks | News | Comments

MathWorks announced that The Nobel Foundation has adopted MATLAB to support the asset-liability management strategies of its $500 million (3.3 billion kronor) portfolio and meet its long-term goal of providing monetary awards to future Laureates.

US Air Force Research Laboratory Orders 20 Teraflop Rugged Computer System

January 14, 2014 2:49 pm | by GE Intelligent Platforms | News | Comments

GE Intelligent Platforms announced that it has received an order from the High Performance Systems Branch (RITB) of the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate (RI) for a HPEC (High Performance Embedded Computing) system that will enable the development and deployment of advanced neuromorphic architectures and algorithms for adaptive learning, large-scale dynamic data analytics and reasoning.

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Battelle-R&D Magazine Global Funding Forecast Predicts Cautious Growth

January 2, 2014 3:20 pm | by Battelle-R&D Magazine | News | Comments

Global research and development (R&D) spending is forecast to grow by 3.8 percent — or $60.0 billion — to $1.6 trillion in 2014, according to the closely watched annual forecast by Battelle and R&D Magazine. After a flat year of R&D spending in 2013, the U.S. is projected to show modest growth while China is expected to continue its two-decade upward trajectory in R&D investment.

Celebrating 15 Years of the International Space Station

January 2, 2014 11:22 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Astronaut James H. Newman waves during a spacewalk preparing for release of the first combined elements of the International Space Station. The Russian-built Zarya module, with its solar array panel visible here, was launched into orbit 15 years ago on November 20, 1998. Two weeks later, NASA's space shuttle Endeavour launched Unity. During three spacewalks, the two space modules were joined together in space.

NASA to Broadcast Live Coverage of Cygnus Mission

January 2, 2014 10:51 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the Jan. 7 launch of the Cygnus cargo spacecraft mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).                            

Mars One Closes Round Two Selection, Aims to Televise Final Results

January 2, 2014 10:42 am | by Mars One | News | Comments

Across the globe, 1058 hopefuls have been selected as candidates to begin human life on Mars in 2025. Details of the 2014 selection phases have not been agreed upon due to ongoing negotiations with media companies for the rights to televise the selection processes.

NORAD Tracks Santa Logs 19.58M Web Visits

December 27, 2013 12:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command's Santa-tracking program logged 19.58 million unique visitors to its website on Christmas Eve.                              

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Lockheed Moves Forward in "Elite Eight" Following DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials

December 24, 2013 10:24 am | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) recently completed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge trials at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Lockheed Martin-led team, which includes the University of Pennsylvania and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, guided an Atlas humanoid robot through a number of tasks designed to simulate disaster response scenarios.

NORAD: How We Track Santa

December 20, 2013 3:15 pm | News | Comments

For more than 50 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and its predecessor, have tracked Santa’s flight using three high-tech systems- radar, satellites and Santa Cams.                   

Loudspeaker is First-ever 3D-printed Consumer Electronic

December 16, 2013 5:34 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Cornell University researchers have 3D printed a working loudspeaker, seamlessly integrating the plastic, conductive and magnetic parts, and ready for use almost as soon as it comes out of the printer. It’s an achievement that 3D printing evangelists feel will soon be the norm; rather than assembling consumer products from parts and components, complete functioning products could be fabricated at once, on demand.

China to Launch Moon Rock-Collecting Probe in 2017

December 16, 2013 2:53 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China says it is on track to launch a fifth lunar probe with the aim of bringing back lunar soil and rock samples following the successful moon landing of a space probe. The new mission planned for 2017 would mark the third and final phase of China's robotic lunar exploration program and pave the way for possibly landing an astronaut on the moon after 2020.

TACC Claims Student Cluster Competition Overall Win

December 6, 2013 11:10 am | by TACC | News | Comments

Sponsored by Raytheon and coached by staff of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, Team Texas won the 8th annual Student Cluster Competition this year at the Supercomputing Conference (SC13) in Denver. The University Tower was lit orange to acknowledge this accomplishment.

Willis Ware, Computer Pioneer, Helped Build Early Machines and Warned about Security Privacy

December 4, 2013 4:15 pm | by RAND | News | Comments

Willis Ware, a RAND Corporation engineer who in the 1960s predicted the ubiquity of the personal computer, the ways it would propel people into lives of perpetual change, and the perils it would pose for personal privacy, has died. Ware helped build the Johnniac computer, a clone of the IAS machine that helped propel the use of computers forward.

Cubesats Released from Space Station

December 3, 2013 12:02 pm | News | Comments

Three nanosatellites, known as Cubesats, are deployed from a Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) attached to the Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm at 7:10 a.m. (EST) on November 19, 2013. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata monitored the satellite deployment while operating the Japanese robotic arm from inside Kibo.

A Sunny Outlook for NASA Kepler's Second Light

November 26, 2013 2:06 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

You may have thought that NASA's Kepler spacecraft was finished. Well, think again. A repurposed Kepler Space telescope may soon start searching the sky again. A new mission concept, dubbed K2, would continue Kepler's search for other worlds, and introduce new opportunities to observe star clusters, young and old stars, active galaxies and supernovae.

Satellite Trio to Explore the Earth's Magnetic Field

November 22, 2013 11:17 am | by FZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre | News | Comments

In a dense fog, a Russian Rockot rocket on 22 November 2013 cleared the launchpad of the Baikonur Cosmodrome on schedule at 13:02:15 CET. In the tip of the rocket: three identical satellites to measure the Earth's magnetic field. A good hour and a half later, at 14:37:48 CET, the report of success: all three satellites separated seamlessly from the carrier rocket and the ground stations Kiruna...

Cray Awarded $30M to Expand XC30 at Stuttgart HPC Center

November 19, 2013 4:25 pm | by Cray Inc. | News | Comments

Cray Inc. announced the company has signed a $30 million contract with the University of Stuttgart to expand the Cray XC30 supercomputer, nicknamed “Hornet” at the University’s High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS).       

Expedition 38 Lifts Off

November 15, 2013 10:21 am | News | Comments

The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket is launched with Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency onboard, Thursday, November 7, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

Stingray Movement Could Inspire the Next Generation of Submarines

November 13, 2013 6:21 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Stingrays swim through water with such ease that researchers from the University at Buffalo and Harvard University are studying how their movements could be used to design more agile and fuel-efficient unmanned underwater vehicles. The vehicles could allow researchers to more efficiently study the mostly unexplored ocean depths, and they could also serve during clean up or rescue...

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