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ESA
Designing the Interplanetary Web
Apr 14, 2012 16:26 PM E
Reliable Internet access on the Moon, near Mars or for astronauts on a space station? How about controlling a planetary rover from a spacecraft in deep space? These are just some of the pioneering technologies that ESA is working on for future exploration missions.
Star treck
Scientist Beams up a Real "Star Trek" Tricorder
Apr 14, 2012 15:45 PM E
Starships, warp speed, transporters, phasers. Think "Star Trek" technology is only the stuff of fiction? Think again.
NASA
Webb Science: The End of the Dark Ages: First Light and Reionization
Apr 13, 2012 09:04 AM E
Until around 400 million years after the Big Bang, the Universe was a very dark place. There were no stars, and there were no galaxies. Scientists would like to unravel the story of exactly what happened after the Big Bang. The James Webb Space Telescope will pierce this veil of mystery and reveal the story of the formation of the first stars and galaxies in the Universe.
Space
Envisat Services Interrupted
Apr 12, 2012 14:47 PM E
After 10 years of service, Envisat has stopped sending data to Earth. ESA's mission control is working to re-establish contact with the satellite.
Power Without the Cord
Power Without the Cord
Apr 12, 2012 09:39 AM E
For more than 50 years, pacemakers have set the rhythm for many hearts. The engineering of microelectronic implants has since advanced by leaps and bounds: they have become ever-smaller and more technologically sophisticated. The trend is moving toward miniaturized, intelligent systems that will take over therapeutic and diagnostic functions.
Tsunami
Tsunami Alerts Pass Indonesia Quake Test, with Luck
Apr 12, 2012 05:56 AM E
Damage was light - the quakes were horizontal rather than vertical - and the big waves never came, unlike eight years ago when walls of water roared across the same ocean and ploughed into seaside communities in 13 countries without warning.
Golden Crowned Sparrow Female
New Technology Tracks Sparrow Migration for First Time from California to Alaska
Apr 11, 2012 15:19 PM E
Using tiny tags to track a bird's location, biologists from PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO) have unlocked the mystery of where Golden-crowned Sparrows, which overwinter in California, go to breed in the spring. Published this week in the journal PLoS ONE, the study reveals for the first time the exact migration route of this small songbird to its breeding sites in coastal Alaska.
NASA
World's Greatest Piggyback Ride
Apr 11, 2012 13:06 PM E
Imagine flying from Florida to D.C. with nowhere to sit, no air conditioning, no place to store your bags -- not even a bathroom. Imagine flying anywhere under those conditions.
Canada
Royal Canadian Mint Launches Mintchip(TM) Developer Challenge
Apr 11, 2012 12:13 PM E
The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to announce that it has launched a program for developers from across North America to test and challenge a digital currency technology and to determine its applicability to the current marketplace. The MintChipTM Developer Challenge, which will accept submissions from April 4 until August 1, is part of the Mint's ongoing research and development efforts.
ESA
Learn to Dock ATV the Astronaut Way
Apr 11, 2012 08:01 AM E
Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? ESA is making actual astronaut training available on your computer and tablet, so you can see for yourself.
App
European Satellite Navigation Competition Opens for App Developers
Apr 10, 2012 16:24 PM E
The 2012 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ENSC) launches to the UK public to find the home-grown ideas that will drive innovation in the space sector and the everyday application of its data in technologies like smart phone apps and location-based services.
£6 Million Boost for UK Space Technology Industry
Apr 10, 2012 16:18 PM E
The Government is to grant nearly £6 million to co-fund major new British research that will develop commercial products and services using space technology and data from space-based systems.
Chips
Chips as mini Internets
Apr 10, 2012 14:56 PM E
Computer chips have stopped getting faster. In order to keep increasing chips' computational power at the rate to which we've grown accustomed, chipmakers are instead giving them additional "cores," or processing units.
Light, Tough, Inexpensive Climate Sensors
Miniature Sandia Sensors May Advance Climate Studies
Apr 10, 2012 12:44 PM E
An air sampler the size of an ear plug is expected to cheaply and easily collect atmospheric samples to improve computer climate models. "We now have an inexpensive tool for collecting pristine vapor samples in the field," said Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ron Manginell, lead author of the cover story for the Review of Scien...
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