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Survey Reveals American’s Attitudes About Science and Technology

Posted February 14th, 2014 at 9:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Americans like scientists.  They’re really interested in learning all about the latest scientific breakthroughs too.  But, unfortunately, it appears that a number of them can also use some tutoring to learn and better understand science. This bit of insight into the American public’s perception and understanding of science was determined by a survey of more […]

Rainy-day Drivers Become Precipitation Gauges

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 8:39 pm (UTC+0)
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German scientists plan to use moving vehicles to measure precipitation on rainy days, after noticing that drivers control the speed of their windshield wipers according to the intensity of rainfall—faster for heavy rain and slower for light rain or drizzle. Writing in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, the University of Hanover scientists say they will […]

Scientists Make Progress on Artificial Limbs That Can Feel

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 6:13 pm (UTC+0)
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Chicago researchers have made significant progress developing prosthetic limbs that can feel and touch. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers say they’ve established a foundation to develop touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs. This research could lead to a direct interface with the brain that could someday allow those who have lost […]

Scientists Track Happiness with Cell Phones

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 7:35 pm (UTC+0)
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Every day it seems that people are coming up with new and innovative ways to use mobile devices like cell phones and smartphones. Researchers at Princeton University are looking for new ways to measure a person’s sense of well-being with mobile devices. To gain a better understanding of how cellphones and other mobile device can […]

NASA Builds Bridge to Future with LEGOs

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 5:30 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA is teaming up with LEGO to  inspire a new generation of space explorers. The US space agency and the LEGO group, creator of the popular building brick and model construction kits, are challenging young people to envision the future through a competition called NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build. The contest calls on young people […]

GROVER Robot Provides New tool for Exploring Greenland

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 8:01 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA‘s newest rover could help scientists better understand changes in the massive Greenland ice sheet. Last summer, higher-than-normal temperatures caused surface melting across about 97 percent of the ice sheet. Scientists expect the robot to detect the layer of the sheet, which is buried beneath two miles of ice, that formed after last year’s extreme […]

Atoms Star in Smallest Movie Ever Made

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 4:45 pm (UTC+0)
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The World’s Smallest Stop-action Movie (IBM) Bigger is often better in Hollywood, but IBM is drawing lots of attention for making the smallest movie ever. A Boy and His Atom is a stop-motion, animated movie made with thousands of precisely positioned atoms in nearly 250 motion picture frames.  The folks at Guinness World Records®  verified […]

Telephone Inventor’s Voice Heard in Restored Recording

Posted April 26th, 2013 at 8:01 pm (UTC+0)
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A 128-year-old voice recording made by Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, has been recovered by Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution. Although the voice on the restored recording sounds a bit faint with some hiss and noise in the background, it is now possible to hear Bell speak for the first time. Before the restored […]

New Robot Crawls Like a Sea Turtle

Posted April 23rd, 2013 at 11:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Researchers have designed a robot that crawls like a sea turtle which could help inspire future multi-terrain robots that would also be able to swim and walk. The new robot, dubbed “Flipperbot,” was designed to allow scientists to learn more about the locomotion of animals such as seals, sea turtles and mudskippers. Its creators, from […]

NASA Wants to Speed Journey to Mars

Posted April 9th, 2013 at 5:05 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA wants to shorten the journey to Mars. It took about eight months for its Mars rover, Curiosity, to reach the red planet. And now, the US space agency is looking for ways to cut the travel time for future manned missions there. Researchers in Washington State say that might be possible through a unique […]

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