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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Science

NASA Television Coverage Set for Orbital Resupply Mission to Space Station

Yesterday - NASA
Orbital Sciences Corp. will launch its next mission to resupply the International Space Station Monday, Oct. 27, and NASA Television will broadcast live coverage of the event, including pre- and post-launch briefings and arrival at the station

Sandia Labs Reveals New Sniper Sight [Video]

Yesterday - Pop Sci
U.S. Special Forces Demonstrate RAZAR Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories In the tense moments of a long-range gun battle, unnecessary movements can give away a combatant's position, cause them to lose sight of the enemy, and possibly lead to fatalities. For America’s special forces, Sandia National Laboratories has devel... by Kelsey D. Atherton

Coming Soon To A Coast Near You: Vertical Tsunami Shelters

Yesterday - Pop Sci
TCF Architecture via GSA What do you do in a tsunami? For people living in areas prone to tsunamis, the advice is simple: get to higher ground as fast as possible. But for one town in Washington, safety will soon be as close as the local elementary school. The artist rendering above might look like an average school building, but it has a seco... by Mary Beth Griggs

Audi Claims Self-Driving Car Set Speed Record At 149 MPH

Yesterday - Pop Sci
A 2014 Audi RS7 According to Audi, a driverless version of this car set a driverless speed record. Sarah Larson, via Wikimedia Commons A major selling point of self-driving cars is what they remove from the road: human error, driver exhaustion, distracted driving because someone has to keep reminding the urchins in the backs... by Kelsey D. Atherton

NASA Awards Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

Yesterday - NASA
NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, of Azusa, California, for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission

New Fabric Softener Tech Promises Clothes That Never Stain

Yesterday - Pop Sci
A Sofft Marketing Image Sofft Detergent, prepare to be disrupted. The makers of a new fabric softener, Sofft, say they want our clothes to join us in the fight against stink and stains. While mixing with your clothes in the washing machine, Sofft coats organic and plastic fibers in a thin protective layer of hydrophobic molecules... by Rafi Letzter

Two Families Of Exocomets Found Circling A Nearby Star

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Exocomets Around Beta Pictoris An artist's impression of the two families of exocomets surrounding Beta Pictoris ESO/L. Calçada About 63 light years from our Sun, you’ll find a relatively young star called Beta Pictoris. A mere 20 million years old, Beta Pictoris is surrounded by a very active and eclectic mix of objects... by Loren Grush

Sorry, Cat Haters, Science Isn't On Your Side

Yesterday - Pop Sci
"Unfeeling" Cats Jetske via Flickr, CC BY 2.0 Some people just don't like cats. That's okay. Some people don't like pizza. Or dogs. Or Harry Potter. But some cat-haters aren't satisfied with not owning cats themselves. They need to drag the rest of us down with them. "Those who hate the cat hate him with a malignity which, I think, o... by Rafi Letzter

NASA TV Broadcasts Space Station Cargo Ship Activities

Yesterday - NASA
NASA Television will broadcast live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) Monday, Oct. 27, as well as the launch and docking of its replacement Wednesday, Oct. 29

Stegosauruses Were Champion Fighters With Their Spiked Tails

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Kabacchi via Flickr With it’s teeny-tiny head and massive spiked tail, the Stegosaurus is instantly identifiable to dinosaur fans. But to predators like the Allosaurus, the Stegosaurus would have been identifiable as lunch.  Unfortunately for the Allosaurus, it turns out that those spikes on the Stegosaurus tail weren’t just for show. Ev...

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