Science & technology

Watch out college professors, the robots are coming for your jobs

The current thinking about the automation of the workplace is that the jobs that require the most creativity will be those that are safest from the robot overlords when they come for our jobs. That might be true, but the erudite university professor with the rumpled corduroy jacket and scholarly spectacles might soon be headed for extinction as well.

Apple's HomeKit Is An Innovation Killer

The point is this: Products already exist to give you everything Apple HomeKit does, and most don't require the products you use to pass some test from Apple. A test which, presumably, has at least something to do with whether the vendor has a product that competes with Apple.

NASA wants you to design the next big thing in aerospace technology

NASA wants to expand its study of the universe, particularly human exploration of Mars, and it wants your help. The Early Stage Innovations team at NASA is looking for proposals from American universities for technology that would benefit NASA's space program and the wider aerospace community.

US Air Force confirms Boeing's electromagnetic pulse weapon

For the last few years, the creative minds of Hollywood had seemingly outpaced the reality of technological and scientific advances in the weapons field. But no longer. Stepping out of the realm of science fiction and into reality is the joint U.S. Air Force and Boeing electromagnetic pulse weapon, capable of targeting and destroying electrical systems without the collateral damage often associated with traditional firepower.

NASA Begins Testing Mars Lander in Preparation for Next Mission to Red Planet

The lander is called InSight, an abbreviation for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is about the size of a car and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the interior structure of the Red Planet.

Dawn captures Ceres mysterious bright spots in closest-yet photo

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is getting closer to the dwarf planet Ceres by the day, and that means we’re getting a closer look at those mysterious white spots. The only thing astronomers can say for sure at this point is that the glowing spots are some sort of reflective substance on the surface.

Commercial Crew Milestones Met; Partners on Track for Missions in 2017

The Commercial Crew Program ordered its first crew rotation mission from The Boeing Company. SpaceX, which successfully performed a pad abort test of its flight vehicle earlier this month, is expected to receive its first order later this year. Determination of which company will fly its mission to the station first will be made at a later time.

Radical, science fiction-inspired reasons humans should colonize Mars

It's not uncommon to hear people involved in cosmology and space exploration talk about science fiction. And there's a good reason for that, according to a panel of award-winning science fiction writers at the recent Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, D.C.. "We try to inspire other people to dream," science fiction writer Catherine Asaro said.

How Will We Get to Mars: Elon Musk or NASA? (Why Not Both?)

In the wake of shifting governmental priorities, the United States’ push to land men and women on Mars has been taken over by the private market. What was once a distinctly American act and a government accomplishment, defined by a photo-op with the American flag, is becoming steadily snatched up by companies and non-profits with the freedom and budgets to go where no man (or government) has gone before.

Northrop CEO: Defense R&D Investment Lags

The US ranked sixth in the world in the 2014 Global Innovation Index, with China far behind at 29th, Bush said. But from 2009 to 2012, China's defense R&D spending as a percentage of its GDP rose by about 18 percent annually as China's overall economy grew by 9 percent annually. Over the same period, the US GDP grew by a modest 1 percent, but defense R&D spending shrank by about 7 percent each year.

Why we should be embracing new technology

We need to remember that computers, algorithms and the data that feeds them are here to help. The success of our future society will depend entirely on our ability to grasp the potential they offer us and for us to avoid, where possible, simply replicating old ways of working. As a result, our aspiration should be to do things differently, not the same things slightly better.

NASA Television to Air U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony May 30

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the 2015 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 2 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30. The ceremony will take place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction in Florida. Joining the hall of fame this year are NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld, and former astronauts Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger, and M. Rhea Seddon. Their induction brings the total number of space explorers enshrined to 91.

NASA Brings Science of Space Down to Earth for 2015 World Science Festival

From mega space telescopes to space navigation, NASA is bringing a variety of interactive, hands-on activities and exhibits to the more than 100,000 visitors who will attend this year’s World Science Festival in New York Wednesday, May 27 through Sunday, May 31.

Robots master skills with ‘deep learning’ technique

UC Berkeley researchers have developed new algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks by trial and error, using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn. They demonstrated their technique, a type of reinforcement learning, by having a robot complete various tasks...

How robots are helping Marines save lives on battlefield

Marines are known for risking their lives on the battlefield, but more and more, robot technology is helping to avoid those dangers and save lives. One of those machines, the Mark II Talon is proving to be a crucial robot for Marines in the field.


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