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Robot dragonfly takes flight

Researchers at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands today unveiled a small, remote-controlled aircraft weighing just 0.11 ounces (three grams) and with a four-inch (10-centimeter) wingspan--just large enough to accommodate an onboard camera...

July 23, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

NASA plans GPS-like system for return to the moon

NASA has coughed up $1.2 million for a navigation system that will help astronauts find their way around the lunar surface when they return in 2020. The Lunar Astronaut Spatial Orientation and Information System (LASOIS) is designed to function  much the same way as a global positioning system (GPS)...

July 22, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Hackers convene Last HOPE conference in the Big Apple

  Computer programmers, researchers and students descended on New York City's Hotel Pennsylvania today for the HOPE conference, a forum for all things related to security, including a healthy dose of sessions devoted to breaking security...

July 18, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

A constellation of problems for shuttle's replacement

Problems are mounting for the Orion spacecraft that is supposed to replace the retiring space shuttle fleet and carry U.S. astronauts to the moon by 2020. Among the most severe, according to a 117-page internal NASA report posted on Nasawatch.com this week: an $80-million overrun on development of a single motor; a hard-to-open hatch door; and the potential that the stack (craft and Ares 1 rocket) will vibrate itself to pieces during takeoff...

July 18, 2008 — JR Minkel

Gore challenge: 100 percent renewable power in 10 years

Former vice president Al Gore today challenged the U.S. to go from getting more than half its electrical power from greenhouse gas-spewing coal-fired power plants to getting all of it from 100 percent carbon neutral sources in a decade...

July 17, 2008 — David Biello

Happy anniversary, B-2 Stealth Bomber

Nineteen years ago today, the U.S. Air Force flew a B-2 Spirit bomber—better known as the Stealth Bomber—for the first time. The flight came at a cost of billions of dollars, as the sophisticated technology that allows the bomber to evade radar detection required far more development than the Air Force had budgeted...

July 17, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

Radiohead launches new camera-less video

The Oxfordshire band known for taking digital risks has done it again. 

Last October Radiohead released their album In Rainbows as a digital download with a pay-whatever-you-want price tag...

July 15, 2008 — Christie Nicholson

Space shuttle: 10 flights to go before retirement

NASA has set target launch dates for the final eight space shuttle flights before the program is mothballed in 2010. That makes a total of 10 flights between now and retirement: one mission in October to upgrade and repair the Hubble Space Telescope, followed by nine more to finish assembly of the International Space Station (ISS), starting in November with a mission to repair faulty rotary joints in the station's movable solar panels...

July 11, 2008 — JR Minkel

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