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NASA Gives MIT a “Valkyrie” Robot That Looks Suspiciously Like Iron Man - MITony Stark.

last weekHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Not content to let robots rule merely the Earth, NASA will help them reach for the stars above, as well. To that end, they've given the "Valkyrie" robot to MIT, so they can play around with it and work on algorithm for eventual dominance over trips to Mars.

Study: Fires Seem to Observe Religion, the Work Week

And on the seventh day, the wildfires rested. That’s what Australian researchers discovered after using NASA satellite images to track global fires—both naturally occurring and human-caused—from 2001 to 2013 as part of a new study. They found that there are fewer fires on Sundays—the Christian day of...

Winter Is Coming and This NASA Aircraft Will Help Study It

Everybody knows and loves the U-2: the mighty US spyplane. But they may not be as familiar with Lockheed’s matte black ultra-high altitude reconnaissance jet aircraft–nicknamed Dragon Lady–has a beautiful sister: NASA’s ER-2 that I think of as Snow White. Read more...

Watch swirling magnetic loops on the sun in mesmerizing NASA video - CNET

An entrancing set of swirls on the sun's surface gets even brighter thanks to a perfectly placed eruption.

Watching Earth Breathe Is Very Soothing

NASA recently released a two-minute video that shows an average year of plant life on Earth. Jason Kottke calls it “The Breathing Earth,” and he’s right. It’s undeniably beautiful to see our little blue marble bloom with life and exhale as the sun retreats. Read more...

Gravity, who needs it?

What happens to your body in space? NASA's Human Research Program has been unfolding answers for over a decade. Space is a dangerous, unfriendly place. The risks for a Mars mission are many, but NASA has been working to solve these problems with some of the most brilliant minds in the field. Rest assured, when we take the next giant leap to Mars, we will be ready.

American Voices: NASA Gives Robots To Universities To Aid Mars Mission

last weekHumor : The Onion

Research teams at MIT and Northeastern University have been given a prototype of NASA’s Valkyrie humanoid robot, a machine designed to withstand the harsh conditions of space, to test how it might best be used in an upcoming mission to Mars. What do you think?

MIT and Northeastern University will test NASA’s humanoid robots for future space missions

NASA's Valkyrie robot is heading to college to learn some new tricks for space missions.

NASA sets the challenge: Get this android Valkyrie ready for Mars - CNET

MIT and Northeastern teams will compete to make NASA's 6-foot-tall humanoid robot, also called R5, more useful for space exploration.

NASA Awards R5 Valkyrie Robots to MIT and Northeastern

Robotics labs at MIT and Northeastern will both get their very own "superhero robot" on loan

The Breathing Earth

last weekHumor / odd :

From NASA, an animation of the yearly cycle of the Earth's plant life. The data is taken from satellite measurements (plant density for land and chlorophyll concentration for the ocean) and averaged over several years. From DecemberShow More Summary

These neighboring moons look totally different: Here's why - CNET

Two of Saturn's moon step into the NASA spotlight with a Cassini image highlighting their differences.

NASA is sending two humanoid robots to college

Two universities will help develop the R5 robots to someday assist astronauts in extreme environments

The First Time NASA Docked with a Soviet Spacecraft in Orbit

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Two spacecraft drifted closer to one another far above planet Earth, as they prepared to dock. It was July 17 th, 1975, and they were about to make history. For the first time, a United States Apollo and Soviet Union Soyuz spacecraft...Show More Summary

Kid confesses his dreams to Humans of New York, gets response from NASA.

last weekHumor / odd : Happy Place

A plucky youngster was out walking the streets of New York with his father when he came across Brandon Stanton, the photojournalist behind the ultra-popular blog Humans of New York. Stanton, who has become extremely popular for his slice-of-life profiles of people he meets on the street, took a picture of the boy and asked him about his life goals. Show More Summary

At NASA's Johnson Space Center, Preparing for the Future of Human Spaceflight

As NASA kicks off a multi-decadal effort to send humans to Mars, the agency's traditional human spaceflight centers have had to adapt to new challenges—often more programmatic than technical.

Gravity, who needs it?

What happens to your body in space? NASA's Human Research Program has been unfolding answers for over a decade. Space is a dangerous, unfriendly place. Isolated from family and friends, exposed to radiation that could increase your lifetime...Show More Summary

NASA sees In-fa become a Typhoon near Micronesia

Tropical Storm 27W intensified into a typhoon near Micronesia in the western North Pacific Ocean as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead providing visible and infrared data to forecasters. On Nov. 18 Tropical Storm 27W intensified quickly to typhoon strength. Show More Summary

NOAA: October Warmest On Record

NOAA has just followed JMA and NASA in reporting on October’s average global surface temperature. The surface temperature is the combination of thermometer-at-head-height data and sea surface temperatures, averaged out for the planet. Several groups track this data, and though there is much overlap in the instruments used, each group has its own way of…

NASA: "MIT to Create Algorithms for Humanoid Robot for Space Missions to Mars & Beyond"

NASA announced today that MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is one of two university research groups nationwide that will receive a 6-foot, 290-pound humanoid robot to test and develop for future space missions. The MIT team is...

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