Astrophysicists prepare weather forecasts for planets beyond our solar system
"Cloudy for the morning, turning to clear with scorching heat in the afternoon."
NASA funds SwRI instrument to date moon and Mars rocks
NASA has approved $2.6 million to advance development of Southwest Research Institute's (SwRI) Chemistry, Organics, and Dating Experiment (CODEX) instrument. The device will allow unmanned rovers to analyze the decay of radioactive ...
Controlling swarms of robots with light and a single finger
Using a smart tablet and a red beam of light, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a system that allows people to control a fleet of robots with the swipe of a finger. A person taps the ...
Why shaking hands matters (even when it's with a robot)
There's new evidence that shaking hands really does matter when it comes to striking the best deal in negotiations.
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Impending Pluto visit is the first encounter with a new class of worlds
After an epic journey across the breadth of the solar system, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is finally nearing its destination: the Pluto system, a staggering 3 billion miles from Earth. In December, after ...
Amazon drone patent has tracking, talking details
Solar power storage units reduce costs of the Energiewende
The increasing share of electricity based on solar and wind power results in an increasing load of distribution and transmission grids. At the 'Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) for Electrochemical Energy Storage', ...
A new way to measure friction between highly ordered pyrolytic graphite materials
Quantum shortcut could speed up many quantum technologies
Zurich team shows high-speed tethered quadrocopters (w/ Video)
Startup turns old shipping containers into farms
The food tech startup Freight Farms is giving new life to old shipping containers, and at the same time giving impetus to locally grown food.
Ancient star raises prospects of intelligent life
Can life survive for billions of years longer than the expected timeline on Earth? As scientists discover older and older solar systems, it's likely that before long we'll find an ancient planet in a habitable ...
The role of "planet traps" in solar system formation
A team from the Astrophysics, Instrumentation and Modelling laboratory at Paris-Saclay (AIM – CNRS/CEA/Université Paris Diderot) has developed a new model that represents the evolution of protoplanetary disks over millions ...