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NASA’s pop-up robot can tackle tight spots where rovers can’t reach

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is pretty much a non-stop source of amazing things, and the latest is the PUFFER, or Pop-Up Flat Folding Robot. The design of the robot is inspired by origami, and folding is its speciality. The...Show More Summary

Could leftover heat from last El Nino fuel a new one?

Some climate models are suggesting that El Niño may return later this year, but for now, the Pacific Ocean lingers in a neutral "La Nada" state, according to climatologist Bill Patzert of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. Show More Summary

"Intrigue of Icy Enceladus" --NASA Astronomers Probe Its Warm Underground Ocean

“Finding temperatures near these three inactive fractures that are unexpectedly higher than those outside them adds to the intrigue of Enceladus,” said Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “What is the warm underground ocean...        

NASA finds missing spacecraft using ground-based radar

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Two unmanned probes lost in space have been located by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Too small to be seen with optical telescopes, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Indian Space Research Organization's...Show More Summary

Homeworld Creators Reveal Collaboration With NASA's JPL

Blackbird Interactive Inc. teams up with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for an interactive simulation.

Meteorology: High winds add to extreme deluges

last monthAcademics : Nature

Narrow bands of water vapour that typically travel over the ocean and dump huge volumes of rain on land, often causing flooding and landslides, come with another hazard — extreme wind.Duane Waliser of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Bin Guan of

Homeworld: Deserts Of Kharak's Creators Worked With NASA On A Cool Mars Project

Blackbird Interactive, developers of the excellent Deserts of Kharak, have teamed up with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to create an interactive tour of a concept Mars base. Read more...

US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Sidd Bikkannavar, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), still doesn't know why he was detained by US Customs and Border Patrol and compelled under duress to give agent's the access PIN to his NASA-owned mobile phone. From The Verge: Seemingly, Bikkannavar’s reentry into the country should not have raised any flags. Show More Summary

American-Born JPL Scientist Forced to Unlock a NASA Phone by U.S. Customs and Border Protection?

last monthHumor / odd : Snopes

On 5 February 2017, American-born NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientist Sidd Bikkannavar published a Facebook post asserting that he was detained by United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officials while he was returning to the U.S. from Chile, who seized his phone and demanded access to its stored data: Sorry for the absence. … Continued

UFO Sighted At NASA JPL Lab: Google Earth Image Shows ‘Flying Saucer’ On Runway

2 months agoHumor / odd : The Inquisitr - Odd

Images from Google Earth that supposedly show a “flying saucer” or some disc-shaped UFO at the end of a runway at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been the focus of worldwide headlines for the last couple of days. Show More Summary

NASA develops supersensitive test to seek out life on ocean worlds

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Life isn't just where you find it, but how you find it. Because any extraterrestrial life in the Solar System may be very rare, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena is looking at a new technique that is 10,000 times more sensitive than the ones used in the current generations of deep space probes. Show More Summary

Citizen scientists needed for new Mars project

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Zooniverse are asking for the public’s help in learning more about Mars’ ancient, watery past. Through the Planet Four: Ridges project, armchair scientists can comb through images from the Mars...

Extra Curricular Tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Last week, Hackaday had the chance to tour NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Tours are given all the time at JPL, but ours was special. Steve Collins invited us, and acted as our tour guide, and a new friendship...Show More Summary

Hacking Your Way Through NASA

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

The 2016 Hackaday SuperConference took place last month in sunny Pasadena, California. Also calling Pasadena home is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the place where Mars rovers are built, where probes are guided around the solar system,...Show More Summary

Gearing up space robots with metallic glass

4 months 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

5 months agoHumor / 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

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“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

5 months agoNews : 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

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