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NASA Teams Up With Hoverboard Producers to Develop Magnetic Tractor Beam

The creators of a working hoverboard have now teamed up with NASA. Using the company’s groundbreaking magnetic field technology, the space agency hopes to develop tractor beam technology. Marty McFly, meet the Death Star.

NASA contractors accused of swindling agency with tire repair scam

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Two contractors hired to manage NASA’s vehicle fleet at the Kennedy Space Center defrauded the agency of at least $387,000 for unnecessary tire replacements, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Florida. The complaint accuses URS Federal Services Inc of Maryland,...

Perfectly Skinned Watermelon Trick

Looking for a fun watermelon party trick? Here's one brought to you by NASA engineer Mark Rober.

Blow Your Guests Away With This Amazing Watermelon Skinning Trick

We all know how to cut watermelon into cubes and slices but how many times have your guests really been impressed with those shapes? One former NASA engineer, Mark Rober, figured out the coolest party trick that presents the fruit in...Show More Summary

Help Fund a Campaign to Reissue NASA's 1975 Design Manual

2 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The manual defined the look of the national space program for nearly two decades before it was abruptly repealed.

Own a historic NASA manual featuring 'the worm'

It won't teach you how to build a rocket or fly to Pluto, but this manual is a fascinating part of NASA's history, and it's seeking funding on Kickstarter now.

Peek inside NASA's fascinating 1975 design standards manual (pictures)

Featuring a now-discontinued logo known as "the worm," this manual offers an insider's look at a captivating piece of the space agency's history.

From NASA and the Makers of the Hoverboard: Tractor Beams

Image: Wikipedia Arx Pax, the California company that brought you the 90-pound magnetic hoverboard that actually works and lasts 10-15 minutes, has its eyes set on bringing a grander sci-fi trope to life. It’s teaming up with NASA to create small prototype tractor beams over the next few years, according to a statement released today. Show More Summary

Slate Blames Manmade Warming for Recently Rising Seas, Even Though It’s Been Happening for Centuries

The seas are rising and Sandy-like storm surges are going to be a “new normal,” according to Slate. Slate’s Bad Astronomy writer Phil Plait highlighted a NASA study that showed a rise in sea levels since 1992 in his Aug. 31 article.Show More Summary

CubeSats to the Moon

Casey interviews Dr. Craig Hardgrove about his lunar CubeSat, how it came together, and how NASA’s support for small missions are important for early career scientists like himself.

Here's What's Next For NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Two months after the New Horizon's spacecraft nailed the Pluto flyby, it's setting its sights on something new: a tiny icy object that sits in the asteroid belt past the dwarf planet. NASA's goal is to gather as much data as possible...Show More Summary

NASA Teams Up With Hoverboard Company to Build a Magnetic "Tractor Beam"

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

When Arx Pax unveiled its “hoverboard” last year, we had a hunch that this was but the first demonstration of the company’s new magnetic field technology. Why was Arx Pax really messing around with magnets? For one, to build a tractor beam. Read more...

Perfectly Skinning A Watermelon Is Your New Favorite Party Trick

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Want a juicy party trick to wow your friends? Former NASA engineer Mark Rober has just the thing. Tell your pals you’ve learned how to perfectly skin a watermelon and watch their jaws drop when you unveil this feat: Creeped out/amazed/entirely...Show More Summary

The Rise and Fall of NASA’s Beloved Worm Logo

2 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

It was the battle of the “meatball” and the “worm.” Or, not so much a battle, but a resistance against modernization. NASA had been using the logo that came to be known as the “meatball” for years when the Federal Graphics Improvement Program tried to modernize many of the old, ugly logos that various government agencies used, starting in 1972. Show More Summary

NASA Funds Plasma Rocket Technology for Superfast Space Travel

Superfast journeys to Mars may be one big step closer for humanity, as NASA has sponsored a private company to develop a high-tech, plasma engine. Ad Astra Rocket Company, specializing in the development of plasma rocket propulsion technology, has finished contract negotiations with NASA. As part of the Next Space Technology Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) award,

News: NASA Deploys Congressional Rover To Search For Funding

2 days agoHumor : The Onion

WASHINGTON—Calling the program “the most crucial in the agency’s history,” researchers at NASA announced Wednesday they have successfully deployed a Special Exploratory Rover to Congress as part of an open-ended mission to seek out any possible trace of funding on Capitol Hill. Show More Summary

Tech's most famous logo, the NASA worm, gets a second life

One of the most iconic science and technology logos, the minimalist NASA symbol, is being honored by having its design bible resurrected by fans Designed in 1974 by the Danne & Blackburn design firm, the 1975 NASA Graphics StandardsShow More Summary

Four Storms on the Move | NASA’s GOES-West satellite captured this image of four tropical cyclones a

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Four Storms on the Move | NASA’s GOES-West satellite captured this image of four tropical cyclones all at once in the Pacific Ocean. From left to right, there’s Typhoon Kilo, Hurricane Ignacio, Hurricane Jimena and Tropical Depression 14E. Read more...

Watch the Next Three Astronauts Launch to the ISS

NASA will stream the launch live starting at 11:45 PM east coast time. The post Watch the Next Three Astronauts Launch to the ISS appeared first on WIRED.

NASA Satellites Capture Three Hurricanes Marching Across Pacific

NASA satellites this week captured images of three simultaneous hurricanes over the Pacific Over near Hawaii, the first time in recorded history that three Category 4 storms march across the central and eastern Pacific Ocean at the same exact time. Show More Summary

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