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Gearing up space robots with metallic glass

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

In a quest to give robots human-like grace even in the frozen wastes of space, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California is looking at exotic gears made out of exotic materials. In a pair of papers, technologistShow More Summary

For the Record

JPL anniversary: In the Nov. 1 California section, an article about the 80th anniversary of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said its successes included the first orbiting spacecraft in 1968. JPL launched the first U.S. orbiting spacecraft in 1958. Nissan GT-R: In the Oct. 29 Business section, an...

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory marks its 80th anniversary

It was Halloween 1936 when seven young men convened in the San Gabriel Mountains to turn the idea of a working rocket from fantasy to reality. That effort helped usher in the Space Age and marked the founding of one of the world’s leading centers for robotic exploration of the solar system, NASA’s...

NASA’s Incredible Pumpkin Carving Contest Wins Halloween

last monthHumor / odd : Geekosystem

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was formed on October 31, 1936, so some pretty read Halloween celebrations are no doubt in order for the organization that works with robots on the giant space pumpkin, a.k.a. Mars. Last week, they showed...Show More Summary

Just To Make You Feel Inadequate On Halloween: NASA’s High-Tech Pumpkin Art

“You can holler with delight here on Earth, especially if you were at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory last Thursday for its annual pumpkin carving contest. Although calling it a ‘carving competition’ seems off: It’s more like a science fair on steroids.”

NASA's Halloween Pumpkins Are Simply Out Of This World

last monthNews : Huffington Post

NASA employees take pumpkin-carving to an extraterrestrial level. Staff at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, busted out their best jack o’lanterns for its annual Halloween competition. And the entries...Show More Summary

NASA's Hi-Tech Pumpkins 2016

last monthHumor / odd : Neatorama

They have a workplace pumpkin-carving contest every year, but this are no ordinary pumpkin art, because the workplace is NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Let's take a look at what rocket scientists do with pumpkins. (YouTube link) These...Show More Summary

You Have to Watch NASA’s High-Tech Pumpkins in Action

For the last five years, the engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been putting your pumpkin carving skills to shame in their annual contest. The post You Have to Watch NASA's High-Tech Pumpkins in Action appeared first on WIRED.

Image: First pass of Echo 1 satellite over the Goldstone Tracking Station

This photograph shows the first pass of Echo 1, America's first communications satellite, over the Goldstone Tracking Station managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, in the early morning of Aug. 12, 1960. The movement of the antenna, star trails (shorter streaks), and Echo 1 (the long streak in the middle) are visible in this image.

This Is Why You Should Take Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Very, Very Seriously

Back in June, after installing a new lithium-ion battery into its ape-inspired RoboSimian and plugging it into charge, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory had their lunches cut short when the battery suddenly exploded in a spectacular fireball that completely torched the bot. More »      

NASA's carved pumpkins put everyone else's to shame

That jack-o'-lantern you worked on all weekend doesn't look like much compared to the feats of engineering these NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers put into their annual pumpkin carving contest. This year's entrants brought itShow More Summary

This Is Why You Should Take Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Very, Very Seriously

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Back in June, after installing a new lithium-ion battery into its ape-inspired RoboSimian and plugging it into charge, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory had their lunches cut short when the battery suddenly exploded in a spectacular fireball that completely torched the bot. Read more...

Samsung Isn’t the Only One with Lithium Ion Battery Problems. Just Ask NASA

A RoboSimian robot at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory blew up thanks to its lithium ion battery. What would happen if it went to space? The post Samsung Isn't the Only One with Lithium Ion Battery Problems. Just Ask NASA appeared first on WIRED.

UCI and NASA document accelerated glacier melting in West Antarctica

(University of California - Irvine) Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory use satellite data to measure the alarming rate at which three massive glaciers in West Antarctica are retreating. The research is helping scientists make better predictions of Antarctic ice loss and global sea level rise.

Hear the sounds of space in StudioKCAs NASA Orbit Pavilion in Los Angeles

Created in collaboration with Shane Myrbeck of Arup and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, StudioKCA’s NASA Orbit Pavilion debuted at the World Science Festival at New York University in the summer of 2015. The Huntington invited StudioKCA...Show More Summary

Something Went Wrong With the Juno Spacecraft's Engine

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A critical moment in NASA’S Juno mission has been postponed while engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory attempt to sort out a mysterious engine issue. If the problem is not resolved quickly, it could reduce the amount of high-quality data the Jupiter-orbiting probe is able to collect during its scientific mission. Read more...

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory --"Machines Will Soon Have Their Own Consciousness"

Rich Terrile, a scientist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said research shows that consciousness, a product of the brain, can be reproduced. "Soon there will be nothing technical standing in the way to making machines that have their own consciousness,"...

Team evaluates new data collection method after age-related issue

Mission managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, are evaluating an alternate way to collect and process science data from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) instrument on NASA's Aura spacecraft following the age-related failure of a critical instrument component. Show More Summary

Historical records may underestimate global sea level rise

(University of Hawaii at Manoa) New research from scientists at University of Hawai'i at M?noa, Old Dominion University, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows that the longest and highest-quality records of historical ocean water levels may underestimate the amount of global average sea level rise that occurred during the 20th century.

Rosetta's final moments: Watch live as the spacecraft closes in on comet 67P

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission is about to come to an end, and you can watch for the final signal live, right here. NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be streaming live from ESA’s European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, where scientists from around the world...

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