Science & technology

In breakthrough, lasers re-create conditions in planets' cores

The scientists focused the huge laser's intense energy at targets of synthetic diamonds to create a kind of artificial gravity that in bursts of energy compressed the hard diamonds under immense pressures more than 50 million times greater than Earth's atmosphere.

Tech diversity? There's no app for that

Silicon Valley companies are supposed to disrupt cozy business relationships and empower the creative-minded with cutting-edge technology. But in one key respect — its hiring practices — Silicon Valley is very much the old guard.

47 Percent Of Americans Wouldn’t Last A Day Without Their Smartphones

Nearly half of all Americans admit that they would be unable to make it through a day without their smartphone, and many view the mobile devices as more important to their day-to-day lives than coffee, microwaves and television.

The Future Starts Here" Nominated for an Emmy Award!

"So excited to share that the first season of our show The Future Starts Here is nominated for an Emmy Award! The nomination, in the category New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture, was announced this week much to our surprise and delight. The first season of the series, for the AOL On Network, premiered last October. (You can watch all 8 episodes here)" -- Tiffany Shlain

Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek's "women shaping the 21st Century".

Tiffany's work is featured in ASTRA's EdTech Revolution in Education book, which is available for no charge at

Searching for alien life in the universe? Don't look for E.T.

For the first time in history, humanity is within reach of finding Earth-like planets where life exists, but these extraterrestrials may not take the form of intelligent beings, experts say.

US military awards contracts to design reusable spaceplane

The U.S. military said Tuesday it has awarded contracts to three companies to design an experimental spaceplane conceived as a reusable, unmanned booster with costs, operation and reliability similar to modern aircraft.

The Silicon Plains? Drone makers show off innovation at air show

Where California had Silicon Valley to drive its high-tech industries, America's central belt from North Dakota to Texas could become a new research and commercial center for the aviation industry — the Silicon Plains.

US too dependent on Russian rocket engines, experts tell lawmakers

Should the Russian government yank its supply of rocket engines for United States launches, critical national-security satellite missions could be delayed up to four years, experts told a joint Senate hearing Wednesday.

Al Franken at Free Press Panel: The Internet Is the First Amendment Issue of Our Time

Innovation and investment on the free and open internet didn’t just happen “while” net neutrality existed, but “because” net neutrality happened.

US House approves permanent ban on Internet access taxes

The House, in a voice vote Tuesday, passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, over the objections of some Democrats. In addition to permanently banning states and local governments from taxing Internet access, the bill would ban any other form of Internet-only taxes, although its aimed primarily at taxes on Internet access service. The bill does not address Internet sales taxes, a separate issue that Congress has debated for several years.

Johns Hopkins Students Working On Injectable Foam To Treat Battlefield Wounds

The idea is that when a medic is treating an injured soldier on the battlefield, they use a single plunger on the device to simultaneously inject the two liquids into the wound. As the liquids mix, a chemical reaction occurs. This causes them to transform into a polyurethane foam that expands to fill the wound cavity, and then hardens.

'Terminator 2' Revisited? Scientists Work on Shape-Shifting Robots

One day, robots might be able to shift shapes like in the movie "Terminator 2," thanks to a foam-and-wax material being developed by MIT engineers.

Wearable Tech's Dilemma: Too Much Data, Not Enough Insight

Analysts say as many as 130 million wearable tech devices will be sold by 2018. They promise to improve health, fitness and wellness. To have that impact, though, wearable tech must go beyond telling people things they already know.

NASA Honors Historic First Moon Landing, Eyes First Mars Mission

On Friday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, NASA TV will air a discussion about the future of space exploration between scientists and actor, director, and narrator Morgan Freeman, live from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The event also will include NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman participating from the International Space Station.

TechAmerica Foundation Launches Commission on Technology Convergence

The TechAmerica Foundation is launching a Technology Convergence Commission to bring technology leaders together to make recommendations to the U.S. Administration on the convergence of social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies and their ability to improve government efficiency, services and capabilities while driving innovation and the economy.


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