Dubbed NASA App HD, the program is an updated version of the iPhone app the organization already offers. It includes thousands of images from the NASA picture bank, as well as videos documenting NASA's efforts. Folks who spend time watching NASA TV will be happy to hear that the app runs a live stream of the channel. And those who want to find out about NASA missions can do so from within the software.
We know it's hot up there, but NASA wants to know a bit more about the sun and its atmosphere. And so sometime before 2018, the agency intends to send a spacecraft into the solar atmosphere.
This will mark the first time that a spacecraft from Earth will actually visit a star.
The decision to chart a mission to the sun also realizes a dream that astronomers almost realized a half century ago, when the National Academy of Science's "Simpson Committee" in 1958 recommended a probe to investigate. Several studies were subsequently carried out to test … Read more
But the molecules of many drugs are too large to be delivered transdermally (through the skin), which is how conventional patches work, and would not fit through these newer microneedles.
Researchers at Purdue University, however, have developed a new type of pump that should exert enough force to squeeze drugs through microneedle patches, thereby reducing the need (at least in some instances) for injection via those … Read more
People who wear makeup (I would have typed "ladies," but this is 2010, after all) might have a new shopping buddy. A system that's powered by IBM technology and being marketed by a company called EZFace uses augmented reality to help customers try on makeup without having to actually use any.
A "virtual mirror" takes a photo of a shopper's face. It then allows shoppers to scan in the barcode of a specific mascara, foundation, eye shadow, blush, lip gloss, and so on, and see how they would look with that makeup applied. It … Read more
Locked in a massive horizontal test fixture near Promontory, Utah, a huge five-segment solid-fuel booster roared to life with a torrent of flame Tuesday, generating some 3.6 million pounds of thrust in a ground-shaking $75 million test of a rocket the Obama administration wants to cancel.
With engineers and spectators looking on from a safe distance, Alliant Techsystems' Development Motor No. 2, or DM-2, ignited at 8:27 a.m. PDT, blasting out a 600-foot-long jet of 5,600-degree flame and billowing clouds of exhaust as it consumed 1.3 million pounds of solid propellant.
NASA is now providing images detailing its early years on Flickr's Commons archive, the space agency announced on Monday.
NASA's new Commons page displays nearly 200 photos taken throughout the venerable organization's early history. They're arranged in three photo sets, including "Building NASA," "Launch/Takeoff," and "NASA Center Namesakes."
The photos available on Flickr aren't available exclusively on that site. In fact, since 2007, NASA has been working with the Internet Archive to display its historic photos. But according to NASA, it decided to bring some of those images … Read more
Search-and-rescue missions come with a built-in irony. Intended to save lives, they often occur in deadly conditions, where crews put their own lives at risk to rescue the endangered.
During maritime search-and-rescue operations, aircraft are often held back by gale winds and rough seas. But thanks to a prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being tested in Cyprus right now, the search part of search-and-rescue could soon be done via remote control.
A few months before its five ski resorts open for the season, the Colorado-based Vail Resorts has unveiled a preview of something called Epic Mix, a set of Web and mobile apps based on skiers' activity as logged by radio frequency (RF) readers around its resorts.
It'll go live when the first of Vail's resorts, Keystone, opens for the season in early November. Vail Resorts' season passes and lift tickets are already RF-enabled, but with Epic Mix, interested skiers can unlock "pins" in the manner of Foursquare badges, get ranked on a vertical-feet leaderboard, post all manner of ski-related updates to Facebook and Twitter, and--via a mobile app--see their friends' activity on the slopes in real time so that it gets way easier to meet up for beers at the lodge. There's also a kid-oriented site for children under 13, which limits sharing to the kids' parents and has its own set of kid-friendly pins.
A skier can turn off RF functionality entirely if he or she so chooses, the company explained.
Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz said in a New York press event Monday that the company had ruled out partnerships with existing "check-in" companies, or an emulation of those services, because of the fact that he said they did not want to require any additional behavior to participate--"We don't think that works while you're on vacation," he said.
Geminoid F, the uncannily lifelike fembot we saw in April, is back in a new PR vid from Kokoro, a Tokyo-based entertainment company that collaborates with Osaka University's Hiroshi Ishiguro in the creation of androids both feminine and creepy.
Geminoid F was so named because it's a nearly exact replica of a human female model, seen here. In the new video, the robot calls itself "Actroid F," as it has joined the ranks of other Actroid robots produced by Kokoro.
The air servo-powered fembots can be rented for trade shows and other events. While Actroid F … Read more