When NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory wanted a spokes-AI to explain how fusion and fission work, they tapped GLaDOS, the science-loving antagonist from the Portal games. But once GLaDOS gets inside NASA, can anyone stop her? Read more...
It's not quite Star Trek communications—yet. But long-distance communications in space may be easier now that researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have designed a clever detector array that can extract more information than usual from single particles of light. read more
Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory say new images from the surface of Mars may hold evidence that flowing water exists on the planet.
Learn all about what's going on with Mars and NASA's Mars rovers right from scientists thanks to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sorry. Still no aliens.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created RoboSimian, a four-footed disaster relief robot that can also stand on two feet, similar to primates. The robot, affectionately known as “Clyde,” took fifth place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge in December 2013 where it proved that it could turn a valve, cross uneven terrain, clear debris, and open [...]
Developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, RoboSimian shows off its abilities for climbing over obstacles, opening doorways and clearing debris. Though it looks more like a spider than a monkey when negotiating those cinder bloc...
Robotics is advancing at a staggering pace. Even without Boston Dynamics’ rising robot army, NASA is still turning out lots of robots. The latest is RoboSimian, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and who is misleadingly named because that’s a freaking spider robot! Don’t believe us? Here’s RoboSimian competing at the DARPA robotics challenge held recently.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory drew some raised eyebrows when it first announced its latest hi-tech robot, based on primates, called Robosimian. But now it's being put into action—and it's amazing. Read more...
Astronomy Asteroid hits Earth! (Almost.) ‘First 2014 Asteroid Discovered,’ NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory While Washingtonians were welcoming the new year in blissful ignorance, an observatory on a mountaintop in Arizona photographed...Show More Summary
With the last 12 months being exceptionally dry, the U.S. Drought Monitor states that almost 95 percent of California is in some level of drought. And Bill Patzert, a climatologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, states that rainfall in the Los Angeles area has been below average for seven of the last ten years. Show More Summary
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been on the hunt for a more natural way to maneuver robots in space for some time now, resulting in cool experiments like using a Leap Motion to remotely control a Mars rover and using an Oculus Rift plus a...
A giant crane will tower above NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., shooting out of a hilly mesa like an oversized erector set, ready to help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. read more
"Organic materials, which are important building blocks for life, are often found in comets and primitive asteroids," said Jim Shirley, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Finding the rocky residues of this comet crash on Europa's surface may...
Juno is an unmanned spacecraft launched by NASA to study the planet Jupiter. As Miss Cellania mentioned yesterday, it recently flew by Earth to make use of its gravity and slingshot toward Jupiter. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recruited ham radio operators across the world to send a coordinated message that could be picked up by Juno. Show More Summary
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced today that the geologists on both Mars rover teams -- Opportunity and Curiosity -- have named landmarks at their field sites after the late Bruce Murray.
It's 7:30 on a Monday morning, and a crowd has started to gather at the gates of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We're linked by two common factors: We all use social media, and we're all really, really into space.
Last year NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory revealed a Spiderman-inspired grippy claw that would let spacecraft easily grab onto passing asteroids and comets. Since then the technology has been further refined and now integrated into a rock-climbing robot called the LEMUR IIB that could put Sir Edmund Hillary to shame. Read more...
Get all the space you can handle directly from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today in a two-hour, live streaming event to discuss three upcoming Earth observation missions. The event runs from 1PM to 3PM EDT and will bring you information about the missions straight from the mouths of the engineers and scientists who work on them.
Here’s a video of the annual Pumpkin Carving contest at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Each participating team had only one hour to create their masterpiece. [Mark Rober]
(YouTube link) The annual pumpkin carving contest at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory had all the geeky elements you'd expect: power tools, laser etching, gears, animation, lights, smoke machines, and spaceships. They also had a couple...Show More Summary