Science & technology

F-35 pilots to wear $400,000 helmets that can see through the plane

Pilots who climb into the cockpit of the F-35 stealth fighter to fly the costliest military plane ever built, will be wearing a helmet straight out of a science fiction movie. These pilots, flying at Mach-1 at 50,000 feet, will have the ability to essentially look through the floor of the plane and see the ground, The Washington Post reported in its series on military advancements called The Arsenal.

IBM to invest $3 billion in Internet of Things

"Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result," says Bob Picciano, senior vice president, IBM Analytics. "This is a major focus of investment for IBM because it's a rich and broad-based opportunity where innovation matters. Over the next decade, integration of IoT in business operations and decision-making will transform business."

Our Solar System and Beyond: NASA’s Search for Water and Habitable Planets

NASA Television will air an event from 1 – 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 7, featuring leading science and engineering experts discussing the recent discoveries of water and organics in our solar system, the role our sun plays in water-loss in neighboring planets, and our search for habitable worlds among the stars. The event, which is open to the public, will take place in the Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW in Washington.

‘Internet of Things’ in education, health care dependent on regulatory framework

In recent testimony before the Committee on Energy and Commerce and Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, Dan Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, suggested that by 2020, as many as 40 billion objects will be connected to the IoT, and that number is only likely to grow in the coming decades.

The iPad: 5 years of innovation

April 3 will mark the five-year anniversary of the very first iPad's release in the US. Since then, we've seen the launch of 9 different tablets, 9.7 and 7.9 inches in size. The release of a tenth model is imminent.

Over 100 years, NASA's top 5 tech advances

"We continue to see the NACA's influence in many areas of our work …, " said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "Just as the NACA did in 1915, NASA today finds solutions to challenges facing the aerospace community that help the nation reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind. I'm proud of our heritage and the innovative work NASA continues to do in aeronautics."

Women In Technology: The Rise Of The Female CDO

The Chief Digital Officer is one role where women are outpacing men by two to one, according to a FierceCIO article citing research by Gartner , which also notes that the number of CDOs who are women has been growing dramatically every year. There are certainly some prominent examples, including Rachel Haot, CDO for New York State (and previously the City of New York), who was chosen Chief Digital Officer of the Year in 2014 by the CDO Club.

Why the U.S. Gave Up on the Moon

The tendency to want to skip a lunar settlement is not a new phenomenon. Even before the first landing on the moon, U.S. and NASA political leadership was contemplating the future of manned space, and few of the visions involved a lunar base. The early space program was driven by Cold War competition with Moscow, and the kinds of ideas that circulated at the time involved milestones that seemed novel such as reusable spaceplanes, nuclear-powered rockets, space stations and missions to Mars. When the United States was on the verge of a series of landings on the moon, building a permanent base just didn’t seem like much of a new giant leap.

NASA Announces New Partnerships with U.S. Industry for Key Deep-Space Capabilities

Building on the success of NASA’s partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and small satellites. Through these public-private partnerships, selected companies will partner with NASA to develop the exploration capabilities necessary to enable commercial endeavors in space and human exploration to deep-space destinations such as the proving ground of space around the moon, known as cis-lunar space, and Mars.

Pentagon S&T Workforce - Smaller Older

The United States has seen its technological edge erode as other nations caught up while the U.S. was preoccupied with counter-insurgency. Of equal concern to Alan Shaffer, the Pentagon's principal deputy assistant secretary for research and engineering, is that "the DoD has lost 10,000 scientists and engineers since 2011." Also, beginning in 2013, the average age of DoD S&Es started to climb. See his and other R&D officials testimony.

Source: Department of Defense congressional testimony.

Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

Astronaut Kelly launches on record-setting trip

Astronaut Scott Kelly's year in space has begun. Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, commander of the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft who will visit for a standard six-month expedition, joined them on the ride up.  By doubling that mission duration for two crew members for the first time on the International Space Station — four cosmonauts lived for at least a year on Russia's Mir station — NASA and its partners hope to learn more about the issues astronauts might face on even longer voyages to Mars. An eventual mission to Mars would last at least 500 days.

White House pushes STEM, marks broadband milestone

Obama took the occasion of the fifth annual White House science fair to make the announcement, making the case that high-speed Internet access and education in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math are critical to the country's economic future. The new Broadband Opportunity Council, which will include representatives from more than two dozen departments and agencies, is billed as a coordinated government effort to work with the private sector to develop a policy landscape that fosters investment in high-speed networks.

NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover Finishes Marathon, Clocks in at Just Over 11 Years

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon Tuesday -- 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers) – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.

How does a long time in space affect human health?

As NASA astronaut Scott Kelly launches for the International Space Station Friday, March 27, Northwestern University scientists will be watching with more than a passing interest. Scott Kelly is half of their experiment. A Northwestern-led research team is one of 10 NASA-funded groups across the country studying identical twins Scott and Mark Kelly to learn how living in space for a long period of time — such as a mission to Mars — affects the human body. While Scott spends a year in space, his brother, Mark, also a veteran NASA astronaut, will remain on Earth, as a ground-based control.

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