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Gecko grippers get a microgravity test flight

There are no garbage trucks equipped to leave the atmosphere and pick up debris floating around Earth. But what if we could send a robot to do the job? Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are working on adhesive gripping tools that could grapple objects such as orbital debris or defunct satellites that would otherwise be hard to handle.

Surge the rescue robot is RoboSimian's more human-like sibling

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

It looks like the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team responsible for RoboSimian's existence has been busy this year, creating its possible substitute for the DARPA Robotics Challenge finale. The result? A robot that stands upright at 4.5 feet and we...

A Study Of Antarctica Ice Glaciers Reveals Cause For Concern

Antarctica ice glaciers are melting much faster than had been previously thought, according to the results of recent studies on the region. Newly analyzed data of 21 years of ice glacier study at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in conjunction...Show More Summary

Smart dust could put telescopes in a spray can

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Good things come in small packages – and sometimes in aerosol cans. To prove this, researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California are working on technology...Show More Summary

Inflation of the Cosmic Kind

Last March, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made a finding that supports Einstein’s last untested prediction about the Theory of General Relativity. According to Einstein, even in the void of space-time, empty of stars and galaxies, ripples known as gravitational waves can move across space in much the same way that ripples spread [...]

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Explains Why the Oceans of Jupiter’s Moon Europa May Contain Life

4 weeks agoOdd : Laughing Squid

In a video by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, astrobiologist Kevin Hand explains why the oceans of Jupiter’s moon Europa may contain life. Hand also explains the characteristics of Europa that allow it to have a liquid ocean despite being so outside the Sun’s “Goldilocks Zone.” Scientists believe there is an ocean hidden beneath the surface of […]

The Big Picture: our clearest view yet of Europa, Jupiter's icy moon

It's going to be a long, long time before anyone gets to see Jupiter's moon Europa first-hand, but NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory just provided the next best thing. It has released a "remastered" image of the icy celestial body that shows what it...

Marshall Space Flight Center: A tour through NASA's hidden gem

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

One of NASA’s more off-the-radar facilities is responsible for some of the organization’s most important research. Kennedy Space Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory may get the lion's share of attention, but Marshall Space Flight...Show More Summary

Caltech prof says Israeli scientist passed NASA rocket secrets to his government

A professor of physics at Caltech says that an Israeli scientist at the school shared secrets from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, with Israeli government rocket scientists in violation of federal law, but that when she reported the matter to Caltech authorities, she was punished for the disclosure.

The 2014 Edition of NASA’s Pumpkin Carving Contest [Video]

Watch as the people at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory show you exactly why they are the best at what they’re doing by crafting some of the most brilliant and inventive carved pumpkin designs I’ve ever seen. [Mark Rober]

The Astonishingly Sophisticated Techno-Pumpkins Created at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pumpkin Carving Contest

2 months agoOdd : Laughing Squid

Former NASA engineer Mark Rober recently stopped by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California to observe the research and development center’s annual pumpkin carving contest. To say that the pumpkins created by JPL scientists and engineers transcended the typical jack-o’-lantern is an understatement. Among the entrants: a Death Star with a functioning laser, a […]

The Astonishingly Sophisticated Techno-Pumpkins of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pumpkin Contest

2 months agoOdd : Laughing Squid

Former NASA engineer Mark Rober recently stopped by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California to observe the research and development center’s annual pumpkin carving contest. To say that the pumpkins created by JPL scientists and engineers transcended the typical jack-o’-lantern is an understatement. Among the entrants: a Death Star with a functioning laser, a […]

NASA’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

2 months agoOdd : Neatorama

(YouTube link) Carving a Jack-o-Lantern isn’t rocket science -unless you make it so! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a pumpkin carving competition every year in which their best scientists and engineers do things to pumpkins that you’d never think of. Show More Summary

Cults Week: The Pasadena Haunts of the Occultist Who Cofounded JPL

It's Cults Week at Curbed LA! Join us. Jack Parsons (legally, John Whiteside Parsons) helped found Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and made major contributions to rocketry, but he is also remembered for his occult beliefs and generally bohemian behavior. So...

WATCH: NASA excitedly prepares for ‘once in a lifetime’ viewing of comet narrowly missing Mars

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are preparing all of their assets orbiting and roving Mars to observe and collect data from what they call a “once in a lifetime” viewing of a never-seen-before comet passing within 87,000 miles of the surface of the planet. Comet...

100 Years On: The Forgotten Founder of JPL

Last week, (October 2), marked the 100th birthday of Jack Parsons, a founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Aerojet-Rocketdyne and the inventor of the solid fuel that put man on the moon. In a display of pure serendipity this week, (October...Show More Summary

JPL Releases a Big, Bold Website Redesign

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a major overhaul of its website. Here's a closer look.

Hackaday 10th Anniversary: Hacking Your Way To NASA

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

[Steve] drives spacecraft for a living. As an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he’s guided probes to comets, asteroids, Mars, and Jupiter, figured out what happens when telemetry from these probes starts looking weird, andShow More Summary

Bad News for the alarmists: 'Missing Heat' from Non-Existent 'Global Warming' isn't Hiding in the Ocean After All

The cause of climate alarmism has been struck another near-fatal blow by a new study from a NASA research team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Using a combination of satellite observations and direct measurements...Show More Summary

No, the missing heat isn’t hiding in the deep ocean, either

NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory admits the atmosphere hasn’t been warming - and the “missing” heat isn’t hiding in the deep ocean, either: …

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