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NASA rover closing in on Mars to hunt for life clues

July 30, 2012 9:19 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - NASA's Mars rover was on its final approach to the red planet on Sunday, heading toward a mountain that may hold clues about whether life has ever existed on Mars, officials said.

China aims to land probe on moon next year

July 30, 2012 9:18 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - China aims to land its first probe on the moon in the second half of next year, state media reported on Monday, the next step in an ambitious space progam which includes building a space station.

Cybercom chief: U.S. unprepared for serious cyber attacks

July 27, 2012 8:57 am | by Claudette Roulo, American Forces Press Service | News | Comments

The United States is not adequately prepared for a serious cyber attack, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told the audience at the Aspen Institute's annual security forum today. Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who also serves as the director of the National Security Agency and the chief of the Central Security Service, said that, in terms of preparation for a cyber attack on a critical part of its network infrastructure...


NASA X-ray concept inspired from a roll of Scotch® tape

July 27, 2012 8:45 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The inspiration behind NASA scientist Maxim Markevitch's quest to build a highly specialized X-ray mirror using a never-before-tried technique comes from an unusual source: a roll of Scotch® tape.

NEMA Type 6 enclosure protects electronic equipment in shipboard applications

July 26, 2012 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Equipto Electronics new N6 heavy-duty NEMA Type 6 enclosure is especially designed and constructed to protect electronic equipment in military shipboard applications and other situations where sensitive equipment must be protected from hostile environments. Because of its ruggedness and flexible design, the N6 has been enlisted by the US Navy, on-board the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford.

Homemade South Korean satellite to go boldly into space

July 26, 2012 8:42 am | by Eunhye Shin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Years of rummaging through back-alley electronics stores will pay off later this year for a South Korean artist when he fulfills his dream of launching a homemade, basement-built satellite into space.

Anti-matter universe sought by space-based detector

July 25, 2012 3:41 pm | by Robert Evans, Reuters | News | Comments

A seven metric ton particle detector parked for over a year on the International Space Station (ISS) aims to establish whether there is an unseen "dark universe" woven into the cosmos, the scientist leading the project said on Wednesday.

Gabrielle Giffords tours European physics lab

July 25, 2012 9:59 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press | News | Comments

Former U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords toured the European particle physics laboratory Wednesday, cheerfully facing reporters but saying little during her first trip abroad since being shot in the head last year.


Air Force-funded research and the Higgs Boson

July 24, 2012 4:02 pm | by Robert P. White, Ph.D. Air Force Office of Scientific Research | News | Comments

On 4 July, scientists at Geneva-based CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced they had found the Higgs boson, or something significantly like the Higgs boson. This piece of subatomic matter, dubbed the "God Particle," in physicist Leon Lederman's 1993 book of the same name, has been hunted since the early 1970s, but theorized about for many years prior.

UK to rule in October on Pentagon hacker U.S. extradition

July 24, 2012 9:24 am | by Peter Griffiths, Reuters | News | Comments

A British computer hacker accused by the United States of breaking into top secret military and space agency networks will learn the result of his six-year fight against extradition within three months, a court heard on Tuesday. Gary McKinnon faces up to 60 years in jail if convicted in American courts for what one U.S. prosecutor has described as the "biggest military computer hack of all time".

NASA successfully tests hypersonic inflatable heat shield

July 24, 2012 9:03 am | News | Comments

A large inflatable heat shield developed by NASA's Space Technology Program has successfully survived a trip through Earth's atmosphere while travelling at hypersonic speeds up to 7,600 mph. The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) was launched by sounding rocket at 7:01 a.m. Monday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

New Russian space station docking gear test fails

July 24, 2012 8:43 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - A test of new spacecraft docking gear for Russian flights to the International Space Station failed, the U.S. and Russian space agencies said on Tuesday, casting doubt on the automated system meant to simplify missions to the orbiting outpost.

NASA says test flight of new heat shield a success

July 23, 2012 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An experimental heat shield for future spacecraft landings successfully survived a test launch Monday that brought it through the earth's atmosphere at speeds of up to 7,600 mph, NASA said.


New lab working on security shoe sole to ID people, experts say it raises privacy questions

July 23, 2012 8:38 am | by Kevin Begos, The Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- High-tech security? Forget those irksome digital eye scans. Meet the biometric shoe.

NaCl to give way to RockSalt

July 20, 2012 1:31 pm | News | Comments

Cambridge, Mass – July 20, 2012 – A team led by Harvard computer scientists, including two undergraduate students, has developed a new tool that could lead to increased security and enhanced performance for commonly used web and mobile applications.

NASA's Mars rover may be in for blind landing

July 20, 2012 1:17 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA's new Mars rover is heading for a risky do-or-die touchdown next month to assess conditions for life on the planet, but the U.S. space agency may not know for hours whether it arrived safely, managers said on Monday.

Colorful science sheds light on solar heating

July 20, 2012 8:49 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A crucial, and often underappreciated, facet of science lies in deciding how to turn the raw numbers of data into useful, understandable information – often through graphs and images. Such visualization techniques are needed for everything from making a map of planetary orbits based on nightly measurements of where they are in the sky to colorizing normally invisible light such as X-rays to produce "images" of the sun.

NASA hires SpaceX for science satellite launch

July 20, 2012 8:44 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA hired Space Exploration Technologies to launch an ocean monitoring satellite, a key win for the start-up rocket company that also wants to break into the U.S. military's launch business, NASA officials said on Thursday.

Former Kennedy Space Center director dies

July 19, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Forrest McCartney, a former director of Kennedy Space Center who was crucial in getting NASA's shuttles flying again after the Challenger tragedy, has died. He was 81

Harvard's Wyss Institute to develop smart suit that improves soldiers' physical endurance

July 19, 2012 2:43 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that it has received a $2.6 million contract (including option) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a smart suit that helps improve physical endurance for soldiers in the field. The novel wearable system would potentially delay the onset of fatigue, enabling soldiers to walk longer distances, and also potentially improve the body's resistance to injuries when carrying heavy loads.

NASA sees sun send out mid-level solar flare

July 19, 2012 2:18 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on July 19, 2012, beginning at 1:13 AM EDT and peaking at 1:58 AM. Solar flares are gigantic bursts of radiation that cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to harm humans on the ground, however, when strong enough, they can disrupt the atmosphere and degrade GPS and communications signals.

NRL brings inertia of space to robotics research

July 18, 2012 12:46 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Spacecraft Engineering Department's space robotics research facility recently took possession of a one-of-a-kind 75,000 pound Gravity Offset Table (GOT) made from a single slab of solid granite. To emulate the classical mechanics of physics found in space on full-scale replica spacecraft on Earth requires not only a hefty amount of air to 'float' the object...

UCF discovers exoplanet neighbor smaller than Earth

July 18, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

The University of Central Florida has detected what could be its first planet, only two-thirds the size of Earth and located right around the corner, cosmically speaking, at a mere 33 light- years away. The exoplanet candidate called UCF 1.01, is close to its star, so close it goes around the star in 1.4 days. The planet's surface likely reaches temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Autonomous robot maps ship hulls for mines

July 18, 2012 8:52 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — For years, the U.S. Navy has employed human divers, equipped with sonar cameras, to search for underwater mines attached to ship hulls. The Navy has also trained dolphins and sea lions to search for bombs on and around vessels. While animals can cover a large area in a short amount of time, they are costly to train and care for, and don't always perform as expected.

The electric atmosphere: Plasma is next NASA science target

July 18, 2012 8:50 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Our day-to-day lives exist in what physicists would call an electrically neutral environment. Desks, books, chairs and bodies don't generally carry electricity and they don't stick to magnets. But life on Earth is substantially different from, well, almost everywhere else. Beyond Earth's protective atmosphere and extending all the way through interplanetary space, electrified particles dominate the scene. Indeed, 99% of the universe is made of this electrified gas, known as plasma.

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