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Can you hear me now? NASA to test laser communication system

By Sharon Gaudin | 18 April, 2014 20:44

The SpaceX cargo spacecraft will be carrying equipment needed for astronauts on the International Space Station to test optical laser communications to its scheduled launch today.

Sorry, Facebook, Google snatches up drone maker

By Sharon Gaudin | 15 April, 2014 06:13

Google, which has been looking for new ways to deliver Internet connectivity, has acquired Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based company known for making solar-powered drones.

As pings go silent, Robotic sub joins search for Malaysian jet

By Sharon Gaudin | 15 April, 2014 04:18

Failing to hear any further pings from the missing Malaysian airliner, searchers today began using an autonomous underwater torpedo-shaped robot.

What you need to do about Heartbleed

By Sharon Gaudin | 11 April, 2014 06:35

The Heartbleed bug has affected about two-thirds of the world's websites, meaning virtually everyone should be taking steps to protect themselves now.

Torpedo-shaped robot joins search for missing Malaysian flight

By Sharon Gaudin | 10 April, 2014 00:40

As the hunt for missing Malaysian flight 370 narrows, searchers are preparing to use the Bluefin 21, a 16-foot-long autonomous robot, to look for wreckage beneath the ocean's surface.

Google pushes I/O registration deadline back to April 15

By Sharon Gaudin | 09 April, 2014 01:08

If you thought you'd spend part of today signing up to attend this year's Google I/O, think again.

Building your own rocket or robot? NASA has code for you

By Sharon Gaudin | 09 April, 2014 00:56

Ever wish you could get your hands on the software that NASA used to launch its Apollo lunar missions or to get robots working on Mars? If so, NASA has something for you.

Google gets practice flying its high-altitude balloons in Project Loon

By Sharon Gaudin | 05 April, 2014 04:53

Google, which has been testing balloon-powered Internet access in underdeveloped area, said one of its balloons circled the Earth in 22 days.

Scientists battle cancer with nanoballoons and lasers

By Sharon Gaudin | 04 April, 2014 06:52

Scientists are working with nanoballoons that are popped by lasers to target chemotherapy treatments directly at cancerous tumors.

Testing life on Mars but here on Earth

By Sharon Gaudin | 03 April, 2014 07:59

A six-astronaut crew has begun a four-month "mission" in remote area of Hawaii to investigate how they would interact and survive long-duration space exploration, such as a trip to Mars.

US Navy to test humanoid robotic firefighters

By Sharon Gaudin | 02 April, 2014 07:24

Some day, if there's a fire on a US naval ship, a humanoid robot may rush in to put it out.

Yahoo reportedly launching YouTube rival

By Sharon Gaudin | 01 April, 2014 08:08

Reports are circulating that Yahoo is looking to launch a video site that would go up against Google's behemoth YouTube.

'Significant' solar flare may affect communications, GPS on Wednesday

By Sharon Gaudin | 01 April, 2014 06:06

The sun emitted what NASA is calling a "significant" solar flare on Saturday that could affect communications systems on Earth on Wednesday.

NASA's humanoid robot to get a leg up on space station

By Sharon Gaudin | 27 March, 2014 20:08

A pair of robotic legs will be heading to the International Space Station.

Facebook may lure teen users back with virtual reality promise

By Sharon Gaudin | 26 March, 2014 20:15

With its acquisition of virtual reality gaming company Oculus VR , Facebook may have found a way to lure back younger users to the social network.

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