NASA’s pop-up robot can tackle tight spots where rovers can’t reach

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is pretty much a non-stop source of amazing things, and the latest is the PUFFER, or Pop-Up Flat Folding Robot. The design of the robot is inspired by origami, a

Crunch Report | Uber’s President Leaves Company

Jeff Jones, the president of Uber, leaves the company, Y Combinator launches a vertical for AI startups, according to Bloomberg, Apple assembles a team to work on new augmented reality device and Spac

SpaceX is working with NASA to identify landing spots on Mars

SpaceX is already thinking about when its spacecraft will first touch down on the surface of Mars -- either good planning or wishful thinking, depending on your perspective -- working with NASA to ID

In a Massachusetts warehouse, NASA’s Valkyrie robot helps lay the groundwork for Mars settlements

NASA’s Valkyrie (R5) robot will never slip the surly bonds of Earth. The humanoid space robot is destined to spend the rest of its days on terra firma with the rest of us. But like Robonaut before i

NASA’s interplanetary radar spots tiny derelict satellite in forgotten lunar orbit

Radar can detect things like asteroids millions of miles away, and it's easy to track satellites in Earth's orbit, but there are middle distances that aren't so easy to monitor. Lunar orbit is one of

Jeff Bezos wants Blue Origin to be the Amazon of the Moon

Not one to be left out, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is also making plans to go to the Moon, just like fellow space magnate Elon Musk . Bezos’ plan, uncovered by The Washington Post

Crunch Report | Snap Inc. Makes its Debut

Snap makes its debut on the New York Stock Exchange, NASA makes its software catalog public and one bitcoin becomes more valuable than one ounce of gold. All this on Crunch Report.

NASA released a ton of software for free and here’s some you should try

NASA has just published its 2017-2018 software catalog, which lists the many apps, code libraries and tools that pretty much anyone can download and use. Of course, most of it is pretty closely tied t

NASA’s support of SpaceX’s moon voyage highlights bigger ambitions

NASA released a statement in support of SpaceX following that company's surprise announcement that it will be sending two people around the moon sometime next year. The comment actually says a lot des

NASA’s concept Europa lander belongs on the cover of a sci-fi pulp

Long before any mission to another planet is undertaken, NASA and other space agencies commission reports on why and how we might want to go about it. The latest such report was issued this week regar

Origami-inspired radiator from NASA could change shape to warm or cool tiny satellites

The devices we're sending into space are getting smaller and lighter, which means there's less room for bulky and static components. Flexibility and compactness are coming into vogue, and this prototy

2016 is the new hottest year on record – how NASA takes the planet’s temperature

NASA announced on Wednesday that in 2016, Earth experienced the hottest surface temperatures in modern history. Separate, independent analysis at NOAA provided the same conclusion. This makes the thir

Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, has died at 82

On December 7, 1972, NASA’s Apollo 17 mission took off under the command of Gene Cernan. Four days later, the crew touched down on the lunar surface. It was Cernan’s third and final trip to space

Moth eyes inspired the design of this hypersensitive camera

If you wanted to see in the dark, you could do worse than follow the example of moths, which have of course made something of a specialty of it. That, at least, is what NASA researchers did when desig

NASA tech could track firefighters where GPS can’t reach

In the chaotic environment of a fire or disaster area, knowing where your fellow firefighters and first responders are is of the utmost importance, but GPS and other positional tracking systems aren't

The International Space Station’s network bandwidth will be doubled by new upgrades

The internet connection on the International Space Station and other platforms in orbit is getting a serious upgrade that will double its capacity, NASA announced today. But they aren’t sending

GIFs in space! NASA makes an official channel on Giphy

In addition to exploring the solar system and performing critical and fascinating research on the Earth itself, NASA produces a lot of cool imagery. And as we all know, GIFs are the best way to enjoy

SpaceX wins NASA launch contract for first-ever global survey of Earth’s water

NASA has selected SpaceX to provide the launch services for an April 2021 mission with the aim of surveying all of Earth’s surface water for the first time. The launch of the “Surface Wate

How data science and rocket science will get humans to Mars

President Obama recently re-affirmed America’s commitment to sending a manned mission to Mars. Think your data science challenges are complicated? Imagine the difficulties involved in mining data to

Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom for computing advances

President Obama awarded the country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to a batch of 21 deserving recipients, among them computing pioneers Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton
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