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5 Body Parts Scientists Can 3-D Print

FYI: Can Staying Positive Extend Your Life?

Maybe, but no one has ever proved it.<p>The belief that optimism can keep you alive—or at least stave off cancer—gained traction after the release of a study in the Lancet medical journal in 1979. The study followed six dozen recovering breast-cancer patients for five years. Researchers found that …

Tomorrow's robots drive, climb, and drill through walls at DARPA trials

BEHOLD THE FUTURE: Dog Translator Available for Pre-order

Just because you can pre-order something doesn’t mean it’ll be awesome when it’s finally ready. The folks behind the No More Woof dog translator seem …

The Future Is All Robots. But Will We Even Notice?

We’ve watched the rising interest in robotics for the past few years. It may have started with the birth of FIRST Robotics competitions, continued with the iRobot and the Roomba, and more recently with Google’s driverless cars. But in the last few weeks, there has been a big change. Suddenly, …

China's Jade Rabbit rover makes crucial tracks in space and on Earth

Hours after settling on the surface of the moon, the Chinese lander lowered a ramp and the Jade Rabbit rover trundled away on a three-month mission to explore the Bay of Rainbows, a lava field regarded as one of the most beautiful features on Earth's natural satellite.<p>The touchdown last Saturday …

Budget space trips planned from Canary Islands

A group of European space companies plans to offer "budget" trips to space tourists from Spain's Canary Islands.<p>Grégoire Loretan of Swiss Space Systems, the company leading the push, said trials were expected to begin in 2020 of technology that would allow the public an experience previously …

The NSA Has Been Infiltrating Online Games

Looking for terrorists in World of Warcraft<p>The National Security Agency, still under the microscope because of leaks from former employee Edward Snowden, has been straddling the line between terrifying digital panoptican and almost comically inept government institution. Now, in the latter …

Maryland High School Now Offers Drones 101

A shop class for the future<p>In the classroom are two teachers, 12 students and four flying robots. At South River High School, located in the Annapolis, Md., suburb of Edgewater, a group of upperclassmen is learning how to make and fly quadcopters. The new course, "Introduction to Unmanned Aerial …

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How Will Space Commuters Navigate A Thicket Of Air Traffic?

American air traffic controllers oversee more than 50 million plane operations each year. How will they adjust to a commercial space industry blasting off through the flight paths?<p>"When space traffic becomes routine, there's going to be significant conflict between commercial air traffic and space …

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One-Way, Manned Mission To Mars Just Got Closer To Reality

Mars One announces deals with Lockheed Martin and SSTL to develop technology to colonize the Red Planet by 2025.<p>Yesterday, Netherlands-based private spaceflight project Mars One announced the companies it hopes will build the technology necessary for the first private mission to Mars. Lockheed …

Soldier controls bionic arm using power of thought

A soldier whose arm was blown off by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan has become the first person in the UK to master a prosthetic limb controlled by thought.<p>Corporal Andrew Garthwaite, 26, has spent two years learning how to move the arm and grip objects after a six-hour operation to have …

Mars One has ethical questions to answer about one-way trip to red planet

Mars One is back in the news. On Tuesday the company held a press conference in Washington DC to announce that it is working with two other companies – Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology – to launch a robotic mission to Mars in 2018. The idea is that this unmanned mission will help lay …

NASA's Valkyrie robot is a 6-foot 'superhero' designed to save you from disasters

NASA has created a robot for DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge Trials. The Valkyrie is a 6-foot-2-inch humanoid machine with detachable arms, sonar sensors, mounted cameras, and a glowing Tony Stark-esque circle in the middle of its chest. The space agency says it's mobile and dexterous enough to …

NASA Plans A Moon Garden

The space agency revealed plans this week to grown basil, turnips and a small flowering plant called arabidopsis on the moon. Host Rachel Martin talks with Robert Bowman, a senior scientist with Lockheed Martin who is working with the NASA Ames Research Center, about plans to germinate plants on …

Mars One Announces Unmanned Mission To Mars, Launches Indiegogo Campaign For Lander And Satellite

Mars One has already started to recruit astronauts for its manned mission to Mars, scheduled for 2024, but the nonprofit announced an unmanned …

Life on Mars: How a One-Way Martian Colony Project Could Work

LONDON — It's a one-way ticket, but don't worry: You'll live there longer than back home on Earth, says Bas Lansdorp. After all, on Mars you can't …

India's mission to Mars gets under way

India's orbiter spacecraft breaks out of the Earth's orbit and begins 300 day journey towards the red planet<p>India's Mars orbiter mission ventured out of Earth's sphere of influence early Sunday in an attempt to reach the red planet's orbit after a critical manoeuvre.<p>The Bangalore-based Indian Space …