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NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

When we first heard about the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) - a proposed flower shaped solar power energy collector that beams down concentrated microwave energy

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NASA to Use Giant 3D Printing Spider Robots to Construct Huge Spacecraft

NASA to Use Giant 3D Printing Spider Robots to Construct Huge Spacecraft

It has always been theorized that the construction of large spacecraft would have to be done in orbit. However, a US company called Tethers Unlimited (TUI), which specialises in additive manufacturing and

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NASA Maps Out the Shape of Wildfires to Come

NASA Maps Out the Shape of Wildfires to Come

Every year, it seems that wildfires get a little more frequent and a lot more devastating. And it makes you wonder, as the planet continues to get warmer and the land becomes drier, just how bad will

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NASA Seeks Congressional Support for Near-Earth Asteroid Mining Initiative

NASA Seeks Congressional Support for Near-Earth Asteroid Mining Initiative

Asteroid mining has long been proposed as a way to source and extract precious metals and rare minerals that are rapidly running out here on Earth. Although the concept seems like science fiction, past

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NASA Approves First 3D Printer for Use in Space

NASA Approves First 3D Printer for Use in Space

3D printing technology has quickly claimed an integral role in the design world, and now the first 3D printer is set to make its way out to space. NASA just approved the first 3D printer for use aboard

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NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

From giant mechanical jellyfish and manta rays to birds, the field of robotics is quickly moving up the evolutionary chain. In response to DARPA's Robotics Challenge, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has

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NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA's autonomous polar rover, the GROVER, has completed its initial tests in Greenland, coping with some of the harshest environments on the planet. GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and

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House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

Interplanetary exploration is certainly a noble endeavor, but when it comes to caring for a planet, politicians should begin by rooting for the home team. A recently introduced bill in the House of

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New Satellite Map from NASA and NOAA Shows All the World’s Vegetation

New Satellite Map from NASA and NOAA Shows All the World’s Vegetation

Just how much greenery covers the Earth? Now we have an answer, thanks to a new interactive map produced by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that shows how much of

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NASA and LEGO Launch Design Competition to Create Futuristic Spacecraft

NASA and LEGO Launch Design Competition to Create Futuristic Spacecraft

There are no two greater names in the worlds of adventure and imagination than NASA and LEGO. Now the famous toy-maker and space agency have teamed up to launch a design competition to help inspire the

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NASA Backs Star Trek-Style Replicator That Could 3D Print Pizza In Space!

NASA Backs Star Trek-Style Replicator That Could 3D Print Pizza In Space!

In preparation for Star Trek: Into Darkness, we have been rewatching all of the old Next Generation episodes. One of the series' most memorable moments is when a crew member casually walks over to a

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NASA Sends ‘Grover’ Solar-Powered Rover Right Over Greenland’s Shrinking Arctic Ice Sheet

NASA Sends ‘Grover’ Solar-Powered Rover Right Over Greenland’s Shrinking Arctic Ice Sheet

NASA's Mars Rover might have captured headlines, but a new bot deployed in Greenland might be doing even more important work. NASA's newest scientific rover, a robot known as GROVER, is on its

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ÖKO’s NASA Filtration Bottle Turns Sickly Soda into Drinkable Water

ÖKO’s NASA Filtration Bottle Turns Sickly Soda into Drinkable Water

Swiss company ÖKO has utilized NASA filtration technology to create a bottle that can turn sodas (or anything else) into water. Made from super-light materials, the water bottle provides easy access to

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NASA Could Use a Solar-Powered Satellite to Capture an Asteroid

NASA Could Use a Solar-Powered Satellite to Capture an Asteroid

Last week, NASA unveiled a $17.7 billion spending plan for 2014 that included proposals to capture a small asteroid and position it near the moon so that astronauts could explore it by 2025. In order to

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James Hansen Retires from NASA to Focus on Fighting Greenhouse Emissions in the Courts

James Hansen Retires from NASA to Focus on Fighting Greenhouse Emissions in the Courts

Climate scientist James E. Hansen has championed global warming awareness for the length of his career - and he just announced that he plans to retire from NASA to focus on fighting greenhouse emissions

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Chinese Air Quality is So Bad, Traffic Police Ordered to Wear Anti-Smog Nasal Filters

Chinese Air Quality is So Bad, Traffic Police Ordered to Wear Anti-Smog Nasal Filters

Image: weibo.com China's cities are experiencing record-breaking levels of air pollution. Fearing for their health, Shanghai's traffic police department has distributed nasal smog filters to more than

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NASA Launches Air Pollution Study Over California Bay Area as Part of DISCOVER-AQ Study

NASA Launches Air Pollution Study Over California Bay Area as Part of DISCOVER-AQ Study

NASA is currently running a five-year study known as DISCOVER-AQ — which stands for Deriving Information on Surface conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality

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NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014

NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014

NASA has announced plans to launch the world’s largest solar sail in 2014 - and it will be travelling an incredible two million miles from Earth. The giant solar sail will use photons from the sun for

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NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft

NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft

Researchers at NASA have developed a revolutionary flying wing aircraft that uses 50% less fuel than standard planes. The new manta ray-esque X-48C is based on the X-48B Blended Wing Body aircraft, which

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New NASA Report Shows Scientific Consensus on Global Warming From Four Independent Institutions

New NASA Report Shows Scientific Consensus on Global Warming From Four Independent Institutions

For those who still harbor a shred of doubt about the reality of climate change, a recent report released by NASA should put those doubts to rest. According to the report, four independent institutions

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NASA Releases Satellite Images of Beijing’s Record-Breaking Air Pollution

NASA Releases Satellite Images of Beijing’s Record-Breaking Air Pollution

NASA’s Earth Observatory has released startling new satellite images of the thick layer of smog that engulfed Beijing over the weekend. Two images, taken on January 14 and January 3, 2013, show the

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NASA To Combat Astronaut Insomnia with Programmable LED Bulbs

NASA To Combat Astronaut Insomnia with Programmable LED Bulbs

When it’s your job to work in space, there is no such thing as a simple day in the office—and with all the challenges astronauts face, they also often struggle with a shortage of sleep. About half of

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NASA Image Shows a Year’s Worth of Record-Breaking Wildfires

NASA Image Shows a Year’s Worth of Record-Breaking Wildfires

According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, an incredible 9.1 million acres burned in the United States this year. That makes 2012 the third most blazing year since 1960. However,

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NASA Releases Amazing New Images of Earth at Night

NASA Releases Amazing New Images of Earth at Night

Scientists from NASA and NOAA just unveiled a series of breathtaking new images of our planet glowing at night. Thanks to high-res composite data acquired by a new sensor, the Visible Infrared Imaging

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Will Have a Brother on Mars by 2020

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Will Have a Brother on Mars by 2020

NASA has announced that it is building a successor to the Curiosity rover currently roaming Mars. Building on the success of the ongoing exploratory mission on the red planet, the space agency will

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Researchers are Using NASA Satellites to Track Air Pollution Over Major Cities

Researchers are Using NASA Satellites to Track Air Pollution Over Major Cities

Tracking air pollution from the ground isn’t always accurate, due to the wide variation in tracking tower location and positioning. But Tel Aviv University Professor Pinhas Alpert is changing that by

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NASA Designs Ironman-like Robotic Exoskeleton For Astronauts And Earthlings

NASA Designs Ironman-like Robotic Exoskeleton For Astronauts And Earthlings

Ironman kicks ass. And not just because that's Robert Downey Jr. inside. The idea of an impermeable exoskeleton has fascinated humans since medieval knights designed the first metal armor. Now, NASA is

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NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

Mars image from Shutterstock Engineers at NASA's Synthetic Biology Initiative are creating the building blocks of life - or rather, using life to create building blocks. Instead of shipping

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NASA Records Earth’s “Dawn Chorus” Produced By The Planet’s Magnetosphere

NASA Records Earth’s “Dawn Chorus” Produced By The Planet’s Magnetosphere

Previously we reported on the work of two researchers who recorded the 'sounds of smog' in and around California, but now NASA has successfully recorded the sound of the entire planet! Using twin

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NASA is Working on a Real-Life Star Trek Warp Drive

NASA is Working on a Real-Life Star Trek Warp Drive

Warp drive - or travel at speeds faster than light - has long been one of the cornerstones of science fiction, however top NASA scientist Dr. Harold "Sonny" White recently stated that "a Star Trek

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