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Friday, August 1, 2014


The Week In Numbers: Space Linguistics, The War Of The (Ant) Worlds, And Much More

5 hours 16 minutes ago - Pop Sci
4,861,706: number of words in NASA's Astronautics & Aeronautics Chronology, started in 1959. Popular Science and the Office for Creative Research went through 11,000 pages of NASA history to find 4,000 discrete phrases that illustrate the agency's evolving linguistics over the last 55 years. 53.5: weight, in tons, of China's upcoming TA-600 sea... by Neel V. Patel

NASA Awards Flight Dynamics Support Services II Contract

10 hours 24 minutes ago - NASA
NASA has awarded the Flight Dynamics Support Services (FDSS) II contract to Omitron, Inc. of Beltsville, Maryland

Effect Of Fracking On Wildlife Is Basically Unknown

6 hours 29 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Natural gas wells in Wyoming. Ecoflight Hydraulic fracturing has increased seven-fold across the United States since 2007. Over that time period, scientists' knowledge of the environmental impacts of fracking has not progressed nearly this much. Startlingly little research has looked at biological effects of this process on the environment and w... by Douglas Main

A Full-Metal Dress for Electric Exhibitions

7 hours 36 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Photograph by Kyle Cothern Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht has taken fashion to a shocking new level: She recently donned a custom-built metallic dress and zapped herself with nearly half a million volts of electricity. The stunt came about when she met ArcAttack, a band that makes music with giant Tesla coils. Together they decided to craft a sho... by Jessie Geoffray

6 Weird Ways To Hunt For Aliens

9 hours 24 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Dyson Sphere Anders Sandberg via Flickr CC By 2.0 At a meeting in July, NASA scientists predicted that humans will detect extraterrestrial life within the next 20 years. The Kepler telescope has churned up thousands of new exoplanet candidates over the past few years, and now scientists estimate that there could be upwards of 100 billion planet... by Sarah Fecht

Quantum Paths Of Desire And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

11 hours 24 minutes ago - Pop Sci
A Path Of Desire In one way or another, we've all heard of the path of least resistance, or path of desire. In physics, this means that an object will travel from one point to another in the most efficient way possible. But for quantum particles, the laws of classical physics go out the window. After decades of fine-tuning the right tools and con... by Alexandra Ossola

NASA Awards Mission Operations Support Contract Extension

10 hours 24 minutes ago - NASA
NASA has awarded a contract extension to Lockheed Martin Corporation of Gaithersburg, Maryland, for the Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC) at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston

Fuel-Less Space Drive May Actually Work, Says NASA

12 hours 38 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off, using fuel from its external tank. NASA/Scott Andrews Whenever NASA’s space shuttle was launched into orbit, it made the trip with the help of a very important tagalong: the external tank.  Acting as the shuttle’s “gas tank,” the massive orange chamber housed all of the liquid hydrogen fuel that powered... by Loren Grush

The Week In Drones: Shotgun Salesmen, Contraband Couriers, And More

13 hours 23 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Bird's-Eye View of the Union Stock Yards An example of aerial photography before airplanes, likely taken on a tall extension ladder or from a balloon. Martha Stewart references a photograph similar to this one when describing her love of drone photography. Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views, via Wikimedia Commons Here's a round... by Kelsey D. Atherton

NASA Awards Modification for Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Contract

10 hours 24 minutes ago - NASA
NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. (SGT) of Greenbelt, Maryland to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy (GGSG) Support Services contract

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