Science & technology

US Needs a New Robotics Agency or the Machine Overlords Will Win … Or Something

The U.S. government’s “hopelessly piecemeal” approach to robotics could allow other countries to leapfrog us in innovation, warns a scholar who argues for the creation of a new federal agency.

Former DHS chief offers cyber insurance package

Ridge on Monday announced a new cyber insurance package that he said should make it easier for companies to safeguard their networks and their bottom lines.

Mission impossible? White House looks for new CIO

As President Obama seeks a new U.S. Chief Information Officer, it's time to examine the opportunities and obstacles associated with this important role.

NASA Study Finds Earth’s Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

The cold waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.

Sikorsky reveals first S-97 Raider helicopter prototype

Sikorsky's record-breaking X2 Demonstrator helicopter may be a museum piece these days, but the technology that went into it is still alive and kicking as the United Technologies subsidiary takes the wraps off the first of its two S-97 Raider helicopter prototypes. According to Sikorsky, this event marks the beginning of the armed reconnaissance ‘copter’s flight tests aimed at providing the US Army with its next generation of combat rotorcraft.

Global seafloor map reveals stunning details of Earth's depths

Scientists have devised a new map of the Earth's seafloor using satellite data, revealing massive underwater scars and thousands of previously uncharted sea mountains residing in some of the deepest, most remote reaches of the world's oceans.

NASA Mission Points to Origin of “Ocean of Storms” on Earth’s Moon

Using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission scientists have solved a lunar mystery almost as old as the moon itself. Early theories suggested the craggy outline of a region of the moon’s surface known as Oceanus Procellarum, or the Ocean of Storms, was caused by an asteroid impact.

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft, Rocket Move Closer to First Flight

Orion was moved Sunday out of the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Delta IV Heavy rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, made its move Tuesday night, to nearby Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It was raised Wednesday from the horizontal position into its vertical launch configuration.

NASA Invites Public to Participate in #SkyScience for Earth Science Week

NASA is inviting people around the globe to step outside during Earth Science Week, Oct. 12-18, observe the sky and share their observations as citizen scientists. Using the hashtag #SkyScience, participants are encouraged to post their cloud and sky photos and observation experiences to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr. Throughout the week, NASA will share some of the most interesting photos on the agency’s social media accounts.

What's keeping America's private drone industry grounded?

Regulators try to crack the riddle of how to integrate drones into America’s skies without jeopardizing record for air safety – but pioneers describe a ‘frustratingly long wait’ for a solution.

World's Broadband Gets Broader, but U.S. Still Lags Many Countries

The U.S. falls behind East Asia, ranking somewhere in the middle, with the Nordic countries, in terms of broadband speed and penetration. Inside the U.S., Delaware appears to be the place to be.

Maryland University Opens $71 Million Technology Building

“This is one of the most technologically advanced learning centers in the United States. Every inch of this building fosters learning,” said Jonathan Gibralter, FSU president. The center has 10 classrooms, 16 computer labs, 21 conference rooms and collaboration studios, a 120-seat conference room, a roof terrace and observatory, full kitchen, a faculty and student research lab, 55 offices and advanced television and radio studios.

How Cities Can Transform into Hubs of Innovation

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors fall meeting, President and Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson said cities must embrace technology in order to move forward.

Data-Driven Cities: Urban Innovation Goes National

With fewer bureaucratic hurdles than both the federal or state governments, and the opportunity for charismatic mayors to drive local change, cities around the United States and the world are experimenting with new ways to use technology to create business opportunities and improve citizens’ lives.

NASA TV Previews, Broadcasts U.S. Space Station Spacewalks

Three astronauts of the International Space Station Expedition 41 crew will conduct two spacewalks outside the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 15 to replace a failed power regulator and relocate a failed cooling pump. NASA Television will provide comprehensive coverage, beginning with a preview briefing Friday, Oct. 3.

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