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Opportunity rover takes in view from top of Martian hill

January 8, 2015 9:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA's Opportunity rover is soaking in the view from its perch atop a Martian hill as engineers continue to fix a problem with its computer memory. The aging rover beamed new images to Earth on Wednesday, confirming it reached the hill informally called Cape Tribulation.

Drones at CES: Sky's the Limit

January 8, 2015 9:00 am | by HAVEN DALEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

When you're searching for the hottest gadgets on the floor of this year's consumer electronics show, be sure to look up. For the first time ever, there's an International CES section dedicated to drones. More than 20 companies are showing off dozens of different models...

This is a jaw-dropping view of Andromeda

January 7, 2015 11:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

This is the definition of breathtaking. Earlier this week, NASA released the sharpest large composite image ever taken of Andromeda. Though this galaxy is technically our neighbor, it's also over 2 million light-years away, which makes this picture even more incredible...

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Astronomers to Earth: You've got some newly found near-twins

January 7, 2015 8:55 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Earth has a few more near-twin planets outside our solar system, tantalizing possibilities in the search for extraterrestrial life. Astronomers announced Tuesday that depending on definitions, they have confirmed three or four more planets that are about the same size as Earth...

NASA’s Kepler marks 1,000th exoplanet discovery

January 6, 2015 1:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study -- the 1,000th of which was recently...

Hubble captures the Pillars of Creation twenty years on

January 6, 2015 9:29 am | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured many breathtaking images of the Universe, but one snapshot stands out from the rest: the Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation. In 1995 Hubble's iconic image revealed never-before-seen details in the giant columns and now the telescope is kickstarting...

Electromagnetic waves linked to particle fallout in Earth's atmosphere

January 6, 2015 9:04 am | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

In a new study that sheds light on space weather's impact on Earth, Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues show for the first time that plasma waves buffeting the planet's radiation belts are responsible for scattering charged particles into the atmosphere. The study is the...

SpaceX calls off launch to space station at last minute

January 6, 2015 8:55 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX called off its planned flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble. The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was halted with just over a minute remaining. The soonest SpaceX can try again is Friday morning...

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‘Iron Sun’ key explanation of how stars transmit energy

January 6, 2015 7:31 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have been able to determine experimentally, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from the center of the sun to near the edge of...

NASA detects record-breaking outburst from Milky Way’s black hole

January 5, 2015 5:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises questions about the behavior of this giant black hole and its surrounding environment.

Student scientists ready to launch experiments to ISS

January 5, 2015 2:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Students will look to the skies this week when SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station lifts off at 6:18 a.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 6, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will carry scientific research...

NASA explores inflatable spacecraft technology

January 5, 2015 9:04 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the Red planet is just one of many engineering challenges the agency faces as it eyes an ambitious goal of sending humans into deep space later this century.

US says NKorea sanctions step 1 in Sony response

January 5, 2015 9:02 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States says its new round of sanctions against North Korea is just the opening salvo in its response to an unprecedented cyberattack on Sony. Yet there may be little else the U.S. can do to further isolate a country that already has few friends in the world.Even the latest...

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N. Korea blasts US for sanctions over Sony attack

January 5, 2015 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea on Sunday criticized the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures — the latest fallout from a Hollywood movie depicting the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...

11 Technologies that could shape the future

January 2, 2015 10:41 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When GE opened its first research center in 1900, it employed three people and fit inside a barn behind the chief engineer’s house in Schenectady, N.Y. It burned down a year later. The lab then relocated to “safer premises” and become a dynamo...  

Second missile defense radar deployed to Japan

January 2, 2015 10:33 am | by U.S. Department of Defense | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense and Japanese Ministry of Defense announced last week (Dec. 26) the deployment of a second Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2) radar in Japan to Kyogamisaki to enhance sensor coverage for ballistic missile defense of Japan and the U.S. homeland.

Boeing completes successful 1st flight in KC-46 program

January 2, 2015 10:26 am | by Daryl Mayer, 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

The KC-46 Pegasus development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) aircraft #1 Dec. 28. EMD #1 is a provisioned 767-2C freighter and the critical building block for the KC-46 missionized aerial refueler. The maiden flight...

NACA's space legacy: The Cold War and beyond

January 2, 2015 10:19 am | by Mark Wright, NASA | News | Comments

Engineers from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), who joined NASA after its creation, tested, developed, and recommended one of the most vital technologies that the United States needed in order to successfully launch the Saturn rockets in the 1960s.

Poland to search for its famous WWII submarine

January 2, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Polish teams will search this year for the Polish submarine ORP Orzel, which disappeared in the North Sea in May 1940 during a mission with the Allies in World War II. The two searches will be conducted by the Culture Ministry and the Maritime Museum in the Baltic port of Gdansk.

Key decisions on drones likely from congress

December 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said ...

Photos of the Day: 15 best drone images from 2014

December 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

The drone enthusiast community has been very inspired this year. With thousands of stunning pictures published on our platform, the future of photography is in good hands. Here are the best photos that drones took in 2014 all over the world....

Army takes another step toward self-sustainment

December 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

The Army took another step toward increasing self sustainment, while saving energy at its contingency bases overseas.Army researchers recently completed Demonstration 1, the first in a series of demonstrations looking at energy-saving technologies, which will ...

Giant blimp to patrol skies for missile threat

December 29, 2014 10:21 am | by C. Todd Lopez | News | Comments

The army plans to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base just north of Baltimore in late December, 2014.The aerostat, part of the "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor" system, referred to as JLENS for short ...

The 20 greatest engineering feats of 2014

December 29, 2014 9:58 am | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Blogs | Comments

As we’ve done in 2012 and 2013 we’re bringing you what we think were this year’s biggest engineering feats. But, as our writer Kal astutely pointed out, “2014 is, like, a whole year. A lot of stuff happened.” So we’ve expanded from our previous lists of ...

Drones afoot: It’s going to be a very unmanned 2015

December 29, 2014 7:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Drones, drones, and more drones. It’s going to be a very merry, very unmanned 2015. OK, and there’s probably a few other technologies on the verge of a breakout year. ECN has spilled voluminous quantities of ink (digital and otherwise) trumpeting ...

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