Sol 1 marks the first day of operations for NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. To usher in the start of its 98-week mission, Curiosity was kind enough to send along the first color photo of the Martian landscape around it since landing.
Skydivers from all over have been trying out, training for and washing out of an effort to break the world record of 108 synchronized skydivers. After several months and 15 attempted jumps, the record was finally smashed on Friday after 138 divers came together to form a giant snowflake.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory couldn't have hoped for a more perfect Mars landing for Curiosity. The complex descent went off without a hitch, and not only did Curiosity start sending postcards from Mars immediately, but the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had a surprise for the world, too.
Remember when hearing about the next big video game consoles sent shivers all through you? Mega64 remembers, too, and really nails the rift today between perceived casual and hardcore games, and a schizophrenic industry that tries to cater to both.
In the future, police may analyze highly detailed, glowing fingerprints instead of dusting a crime scene. A research team in China has developed a process by which fingerprints both old and new are not only more detailed, but could allow authorities to pick up extra evidence, such as drug use.
Mars is the new Moon. Any ol' space program can hit up the Moon these days, but the real prize lies with getting a little red sand on your boots. Will that day ever come? Will Wright, creator of games such as SimCity, The Sims and recently Spore, envisions "Marstown," a settlement 8,000 strong in the year 2047.
NASA is all-systems-go to land its 2,000 pound Curiosity rover on the Red Planet this coming Monday. Want a refresher of what it's all about? NASA has prepared a video covering the Mars Science Lab's approach, landing and operations on the Martian surface, and got none other than William James T. Shatner Kirk to tell you all about it.
Project Phoenix is DARPA's plan to use robots in orbit to pilfer the functional bits off of dead satellites to create working ones. It's one of the crazier ideas DARPA's put out there (in a while), and the agency looks...
For a robot, the benefits of having a body like a snake are different than what snakes enjoy for being snakes. A snake can't coil around a pole and then rotate individual segments of its bodies to scale said pole, for instance. A robot snake can do that just, and it's pretty darn creepy (and impressive) to watch.
Google Fiber, the company's 1 gigabyte-per-second network that's "100 times faster than today's average broadband," just finished rolling out in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Or, rather, Fiber finished rolling out in just the pair of Kansas cities. This is what your net on Google looks — or could look — like.