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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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NASA and Mongabay Create Global Forest Disturbance Alert System to Track Deforestation

NASA and Mongabay Create Global Forest Disturbance Alert System to Track Deforestation

Deforestation Image via Shutterstock A collaboration between NASA researchers at Ames laboratory in California and the environmental news and watchdog site, Mongabay has created a tool that tracks

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Former NASA Engineer Develops mWater App to Test Water Quality

Former NASA Engineer Develops mWater App to Test Water Quality

Environmental engineer John Feighery always wanted to be an astronaut, but instead he ended up designing the bathroom for the International Space Station. That project gave him a unique perspective on

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NASA Provides $100,000 Funding For Supersonic, Fuel-Efficient Ninja Star Jet

NASA Provides $100,000 Funding For Supersonic, Fuel-Efficient Ninja Star Jet

An engineer from the University of Miami has received $100,000 from NASA to develop a fuel-efficient supersonic aircraft shaped like a ninja star. Working with a team from Florida State University,

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NASA To Power New Fleet of Satellites With Android Smartphones

NASA To Power New Fleet of Satellites With Android Smartphones

Just how smart are smartphones becoming? A team of scientists at NASA’s Ames Research center in California are currently working on a fleet of miniature satellites that are powered by Android devices.

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NASA: New Ultra-Thin, Flexible Aerogels Could be Used to Make Super-Insulated Clothing

NASA: New Ultra-Thin, Flexible Aerogels Could be Used to Make Super-Insulated Clothing

Aerogel is a space-age material famed for having the lowest bulk density of any known porous solid - it is has been described as "solid smoke" due to its lightness and has been used to create everything

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NASA’s Attempt at Developing a Greener Planetary Lander Crashes During Test Flight

NASA’s Attempt at Developing a Greener Planetary Lander Crashes During Test Flight

Last week, NASA pulled off one of its greatest feats ever by safely landing a one-ton robotic rover named Curiosity over 150 million miles away on Mars. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the space

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NASA Engineer Makes Mini Mars Curiosity Rover Out Of LEGO Bricks!

NASA Engineer Makes Mini Mars Curiosity Rover Out Of LEGO Bricks!

The successful landing of the Mars Curiosity rover last week has inspired people around the world. A few enterprising geeks at BattleBricks decided to immortalize it in LEGO form, and now a NASA designer

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NASA’s New Z-1 Spacesuit Cools Astronauts Using the Same Principle as Sweating

NASA’s New Z-1 Spacesuit Cools Astronauts Using the Same Principle as Sweating

NASA has developed a brand-new spacesuit to replace their current version, which has been in use since 1992. The Z-1 spacesuit is currently a prototype, but it is hoped that it will play a key role in the

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NASA’s James Hansen: Data Proves Global Warming is Causing Crazy Weather

NASA’s James Hansen: Data Proves Global Warming is Causing Crazy Weather

James E. Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, declared Aug. 3 that a new study by him and colleagues Makiko Sato and Reto Ruedy proves global warming is causing the extreme

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NASA Testing Space-Based 3D Printers to Create Tools on Trips to Mars

NASA Testing Space-Based 3D Printers to Create Tools on Trips to Mars

When something breaks in space, ordering a replacement part can be an astronomical inconvenience.  Yet, what if astronauts could simply produce the components they needed on demand? NASA is

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NASA Astronauts On Mars Mission Will Eat 100% Vegan Menu

NASA Astronauts On Mars Mission Will Eat 100% Vegan Menu

As NASA gears up for its proposed manned missions to Mars in 2030, the space administration's Advanced Food Technology (AFT) project is ensuring that the crew will have a completely vegan diet of fresh

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NASA Team Discovers Massive Algal Bloom Under Arctic Ice

NASA Team Discovers Massive Algal Bloom Under Arctic Ice

A NASA team, led by a leading biologist from Stanford University, have found an phytoplankton bloom beneath ice in the Arctic. The team believes the algae is a result of major changes in Arctic

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NASA To Turn Former Spy Satellites Into Galactic Observers

NASA To Turn Former Spy Satellites Into Galactic Observers

Two satellites, formerly owned by the National Reconnaissance Office (who operate all of the US spy satellites), have been given to NASA for use. The satellites, which are approximately the same size as

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The Green Wheel is a NASA-Inspired Rotary Hydroponic Garden

The Green Wheel is a NASA-Inspired Rotary Hydroponic Garden

The Green Wheel by DesignLibero is a NASA-inspired rotary hydroponic garden. NASA has come up with many ideas over the years, but due to budget and time constraints a lot have been discarded. Among them

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NASA’s New LEED Platinum Sustainability Base is the Greenest Federal Building in the US – PHOTOS

NASA’s New LEED Platinum Sustainability Base is the Greenest Federal Building in the US – PHOTOS

Situated at Moffet Field in Mountain View, California, the $25 million NASA Sustainability Base features a front facade that takes design cues from the International Space Station. At a media unveiling

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NASA Climate Scientist Compares Climate Change to Slavery

NASA Climate Scientist Compares Climate Change to Slavery

This week, NASA climate scientist James Hansen described climate change as a “great moral issue” similar to the movement to end slavery. He linked the climate change debate with the 19th century

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NASA-Funded Scientists Find That The World’s Clouds are Getting Lower

NASA-Funded Scientists Find That The World’s Clouds are Getting Lower

Chicken Little might have been onto something. Scientists at a NASA-funded university study in Auckland have found that the billowy clouds that cover our Earth are getting lower. Over the past decade,

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