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Pluto’s Moons Raise New Puzzles for NASA’s New Horizons Mission

For a long time, Pluto was considered an oddball planet — and although that perception has changed, astronomers now report that its tiniest moons rank among the oddest in the solar system.<p>"The Pluto system is more interesting than we thought," said Mark Showalter, a planetary scientist at the SETI …

Solar System

This tiny robot head replaces your mouse with a laser-projected one

If you don't want to be reliant on (or still don't really like using) a trackpad, and tire of dragging a full-sized mouse around, then the Odin, a laser-projected mouse, might be worth a look. You've seen (even very recently) laser projected interfaces that cover keyboards, but the team that made …

Buran: The Soviet Space Shuttle

The Buran spacecraft was a space shuttle developed by the Soviet Union in response to NASA's space shuttle program. Buran, which means “snowstorm” in …

'Plane hacker' Chris Roberts claims he hacked into the International Space Station

Chris Roberts, who claimed he hacked into planes, has also boasted about hacking into Nasa<p>An American computer expert who boasted about hacking into a plane's systems to steer the aircraft from his seat has also claimed he hacked into Nasa.<p>Chris Roberts, a researcher at One World Labs, caused alarm …

Coding the future: What will the future of computing look like?

<b>It has been three years since the credit-card sized Raspberry Pi launched.</b><p>The Pi, and its community web pages, try to tempt the public and students to burrow beneath the bonnet of their computers, beyond Facebook, and try their hand at coding.<p>And with five million sold, it is today Britain's …

Raspberry Pi

Atlas robot gets pushed, doesn’t fall, doesn’t fight back

Sometimes you’d think that it’s “tests” like these that would have robots rebelling against their cruel human masters in the future. But for now, …

Robotics

NASA made an incredible 10-engine electric plane that takes off like a helicopter

But NASA has a lot more going on than futuristic space travel designs, and one recent test flight showed that the minds at NASA are still working on innovative designs for flight systems that operate in Earth's atmosphere.<p>The Greased Lightning 10, or GL10, is a remotely piloted, ten engine aircraft …

Here's the futuristic piece of tech that NASA is betting all its Mars chips on

When you're planning a trip, one of the most important things to remember is factoring in the transportation cost. And that's especially true for space travel.<p>Traveling to Mars is going to be expensive, so NASA is betting on the future development of a more efficient and less costly type of …

Watch NASA's New Electric Rover Car In Action

Fast, furious, and designed for other planets<p>NASA tends to be better known for their spacecraft than their cars, but the awesome-looking Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) might just change that.<p>In the video above, you can watch NASA put the electric vehicle prototype through its paces, showing off its …

Remote Controls

Why Google's got big problems in Europe

Google has run afoul of the European Union, with regulators on Wednesday accusing the company of antitrust violations. Although consumers won't see any changes for a long time, if at all, the allegations target two of the biggest parts of Google's business: its search engine and Android operating …

Android News

Wi-Fi on planes opens door to in-flight hacking, warns US watchdog

Hackers on commercial flights could now bring down the plane they are on by using the on board Wi-Fi, a US government watchdog has warned.<p>The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) does not suggest it would be easy to do but it points out that as airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration …

FAA

What Is a Robot, Anyway?

Quick — think of a robot, any robot.<p>If you’re into movies, you might imagine the android from the new movie <i>Chappie</i>, a machine with artificial intelligence that learns morally questionable behavior. If you think more about industry, you might imagine a mechanical arm programmed to install parts on a …

So Close! Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Land on a Ship

Space Travel

Motion-powered 'smart' fabric could charge your electronics

A new type of fabric is designed to collect and store static electricity in order to give your personal devices a power boost.<p>Options for a wearable, portable charging solution include a jacket with solar panels stuck on the back and shoes that collect kinetic energy -- but a new type of fabric …

Clean Energy

Weird Bright Spots on Dwarf Planet Ceres Still a Mystery in New Maps

Strange bright spots on the surface of the Ceres continue to mystify scientists even as NASA's Dawn spacecraft is beaming the best maps yet of the …

13 Mesmerizing Photos That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Place In The Universe

There's no picture more humbling than one that shows us how small we are in the universe.<p>On this 25th anniversary, TASCHEN has compiled the most breathtaking deep-space images that the Hubble Space Telescope has ever produced, in a remarkable full-color book, <i>Expanding Universe: Photographs from the</i> …

Cosmology

NASA's journey to Pluto: Here's what might go wrong

After a journey of 9.5 years across 3 billion miles of space,<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is about three months away from its closest approach to the dwarf planet Pluto.<p>The mission has gone according to plan so far, but NASA officials said hazards could emerge as the spacecraft plunges deeper …

Solar System

Scientists Find No Obvious Signs Of Life In 100,000 Galaxies

Bummer<p>Just a week after NASA scientists announced their certainty of finding alien life within the next 20 years, a team of scientists say they've found no obvious signs of advanced extraterrestrial life after searching 100,000 galaxies.<p>How does one look for advanced alien life that's so far away? …

Galaxies

Would You Buy This Apple Drone Concept?

We’re still waiting for the long-awaited Apple HDTV, but now that the Apple Watch is finally a reality, speculation on the next product category that the behemoth might try to remake in its own image continues. Like, why not an Apple quadcopter?<p>A graphic designer in Germany by the name of Eric …

Drones

Earth, neighbors weren’t the first rocky planets in the solar system

Earth and its neighbors aren’t the first rocky planets to circle the sun, a new study suggests. Jupiter might have had a hand in flushing an earlier …

Unique alien life different from that on Earth might exist on Saturn's moon Enceladus, reveals Nasa scientist

As the hunt for alien life continues, top scientists have come to believe that unlike Earth - where one look at its surface makes it easy to …

Solar eclipse 2015: EasyJet airline staff photograph solar eclipse at 37,000ft in the air

Amazing images have shown today’s solar eclipse from a completely different perspective.<p>Captured from the flight deck of EasyJet’s service from …

Stunning image of Earth seen from ISS during total solar eclipse 2015

NASA's beautiful photograph taken by Expedition 12 crew members on board the International Space Station, observing Earth during a total eclipse of …

International Space Station: Facts, History & Tracking

The International Space Station (ISS) is a multi-nation construction project that is the largest single structure humans ever put into space. Its …

Space Exploration

12 chores we wish robots could conquer (pictures)

11 Marvelous Mars Missions

At the Lunar Planetary Science Conference in Houston earlier this week, Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA, discussed …

Space Exploration

DIY robotics device developed

<b>KRAKOW: It’s a revolution in robotics that is making the dream of owning a personal robot a reality for the masses.</b><p>A new device developed by Polish …

Scientists want to halt gene editing in humans

A breakthrough gene-editing process developed in 2012 could potentially be used to eradicate genetic diseases in humans—or make a person more intelligent or attractive. The Crispr-Cas9 or "DNA scissors" technique involves making DNA-altering changes to sperm, eggs, or embryos that could then be …