Science & technology

NASA rockets to explore the northern lights

The aurora borealis, one of nature's most spectacular displays, will get a visit from several unmanned NASA research rocket probes in Alaska over the next couple of weeks. The missions will look at the roles the aurora plays in Earth's weather and their impact on the planet's atmosphere.

IBM Added to Patent Horde in 2014

In the world of U.S patents, one company stands alone. For the last 22 years, IBM has been granted more U.S patents than anyone else and 2014 was no exception. In 2014, IBM was issued 7,534 U.S. patents, dramatically outpacing every other technology vendor.

SpaceX deserves praise for audacious rocket landing attempt, say experts

The firm’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Jan.10, successfully taking its Dragon supply ship on a mission to the International Space Station. In a bold experiment, SpaceX attempted to land the first stage of the unmanned Falcon rocket on a platform floating a couple of hundred miles off Florida’s northeastern coast. The booster, however, came down too hard and broke apart, according to SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

Chevy Tips Bolt EV Concept With 200-Mile Range

Last week's CES had a number of car-related announcements, but Chevrolet waited until this week's North American International Auto Show to show off its latest electric vehicle innovations. The General Motors-owned car maker today introduced the Bolt EV concept—a long-range, all-electric vehicle designed with a 200-plus-mile range and a starting price tag of $30,000.

World's Most Powerful Camera Receives Funding Approval

The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received key "Critical Decision 2" approval from the DOE.

Nissan and NASA Team Up on Self-Driving Car Technology

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously. Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development partnership for autonomous vehicle systems so they can eventually be applied to commercially sold cars.

iPhone anniversary marks new day for Apple

Friday was the anniversary of the debut of the iPhone's introduction in 2007 and it marks a new market share push from Apple. Former Apple executive Steve Jobs entertained the crowd at the MacWorld 2007 conference by introducing what he described as a revolutionary product.

Redirecting Asteroid Not Top Objective of Asteroid Redirect Mission, NASA Official Says

Asteroid redirection has dominated public discussion of ARM, both in the press and in the halls of Congress, since NASA unveiled the proposed mission with great fanfare almost two years ago. Yet now, according to Johnson, NASA might not even make redirection of a boulder or asteroid a requirement for mission success.

Elon Musk Won’t Send You Into Orbit Looking Frumpy

SpaceX has grand ambitions of commercial missions to the moon and to Mars. In the process, the company wants its future travelers’ spacesuits to be not just safe, but also snappy. “We are putting a lot of effort into design aesthetics, not just utility,” SpaceX founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said of the suit on Jan. 5 in a Reddit “ask me anything” session. “It needs to both look like a 21st century spacesuit and work well. Really difficult to achieve both.”

Otronicon tech conference to draw 12,000 attendees

Tech heads, science geeks and gamers are gearing up for Orlando Science Center's annual Otronicon conference. And this year, guests can expect more exhibits, a rocking concert and a 10-year look into the future of technology.

Drone Revolution Draws Near, but Big Obstacles Remain

Not as flying deliverymen that bring diapers, books or soup cans to your home, a vision put forth by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to much fanfare a little more than a year ago. Instead, drones will help spray crops, inspect high-voltage power lines and hover over movie sets to provide directors with new vantage points. They will also work for insurance companies, real estate agencies, ski resorts and dozens of other businesses.

Intel tech brings us closer to the world of Minority Report

At the heart of many of the demonstrations during his keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show was Intel's RealSense 3D, the company's depth-sensing camera technology. Intel is banking heavily on the future of RealSense. If successful, it could mean a radical change in how we interact with computers.

15 Worst Tech Predictions Of All Time

For almost all technology predictions there is the usual debate about the actual wording or context of the prediction or even if the attribution is correct.  Sometimes the debate turns out to be more fun than the prediction itself. And then there are predictions that become famous simply by how wrong they actually turned out to be, such as IBM Chairman Thomas Watson’s famous 1943 quote that “… there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

NASA Previews Yearlong Space Station Mission in Jan. 15 Briefing

NASA will hold two briefings Thursday, Jan. 15 at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, to preview the upcoming Expedition 43 mission aboard the International Space Station and the launch of the crew embarking on a yearlong mission. NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast the briefings live.

The US Government Is Still Using Floppy Disks

Megan Smith, the White House chief technology officer, faces a daunting challenge: moving the federal government into 2015, technology-wise. Despite using technology that would be considered outdated and clunky in Silicon Valley, Smith is optimistic. “We’re on it,” she told The Times, of trying to bring the federal government up to speed on modern technology. “This is the administration that’s working to upgrade that and fix it.”

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