29 Sep 2022
NASA's DART Mission Hits Asteroid in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test
After 10 months flying in space, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) - the world's first planetary defense technology demonstration - successfully impacted its asteroid target on Monday, the agency's first attempt to move an asteroid in space.
29 Aug 2022
NASA's Webb Detects Carbon Dioxide in Exoplanet Atmosphere
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has captured the first clear evidence for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet outside the solar system. This observation of a gas giant planet orbiting a Sun-like star 700 light-years away provides important insights into the composition and formation of the planet.
22 Jul 2022
Wearables May One Day Help Predict Dementia
Wearable movement-tracking devices may someday be useful in providing early warnings of cognitive decline among older adults, suggest new findings.
30 May 2022
NASA-Supported Solar Sail Could Take Science to New Heights
As NASA's exploration continues to push boundaries, a new solar sail concept selected by the agency for development toward a demonstration mission could carry science to new destinations.
23 May 2022
Hubble Reaches New Milestone in Mystery of Universe's Expansion Rate
Pursuit of the universe's expansion rate began in the 1920s with measurements by astronomers Edwin P. Hubble and Georges Lemaître. In 1998, this led to the discovery of "dark energy," a mysterious repulsive force accelerating the universe's expansion. In recent years, thanks to data from Hubble and other telescopes, astronomers found another twist: a discrepancy between the expansion rate as measured in the local universe compared to independent observations from right after the big bang, which predict a different expansion value.
11 May 2022
Drones Can Help Dairy Farms Manage Methane Emissions
About 50% of the methane that California emits comes from dairy farms. In order to meet strict climate goals, the state has proposed ways to regulate dairy methane emissions. But these efforts run up against a big problem: There isn't currently a reliable way for dairy farmers to measure the amount of methane produced on their farm.
2 May 2022
Discovery of the One-Way Superconductor, Thought to be Impossible
Researchers have discovered one-way superconductivity without magnetic fields, something that was thought to be impossible ever since its discovery in 1911 - up till now. The discovery makes use of 2D quantum materials and paves the way towards superconducting computing. Superconductors can make electronics hundreds of times faster, all with zero energy loss.
6 Apr 2022
Kennedy Scientists Develop New Way to Plant, Nourish Seeds in Space
What started five years ago as a casual conversation among a small group at NASA's Kennedy Space Center recently showed results that one day may help feed astronauts on long-duration space missions. Plant researchers at the Florida spaceport had been chatting about new ways to plant crops in microgravity when they came up with the idea of a seed film.
1 Apr 2022
A Record Broken: Hubble Finds the Most Distant Star Ever Seen
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has established an extraordinary new benchmark: detecting the light of a star that existed within the first billion years after the Universe's birth in the Big Bang — the most distant individual star ever seen. This sets up a major target for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope in its first year
31 Mar 2022
Sensor for Faster, More Accurate COVID-19 Tests
A COVID-19 sensor developed at Johns Hopkins University could revolutionize virus testing by adding accuracy and speed to a process that frustrated many during the pandemic. In a new study the researchers describe the new sensor, which requires no sample preparation and minimal operator expertise, offering a strong advantage over existing testing methods, especially for population-wide testing.
14 Mar 2022
Using 3D Printed Tissues to Explore Causes of Neural Diseases
By using the most innovative 3D printing technologies to precisely control the architecture of these systems, an attempt can be made to reproduce the structural complexity of the cerebral cortex. The objective is to integrate the neural circuits with their intricate support system. This is a crucial aspect of the study, as it would allow to collect important biological data in a longer timeframe compared to the models available today.
22 Feb 2022
Successful Implantation of Wireless Visual Prosthesis Brain Implant
The Intracortical Visual Prosthesis, an implant that bypasses the retina and optic nerves to connect directly to the brain's visual cortex, has been successfully surgically implanted in the study's first participant. This surgery is part of a Phase I Feasibility Study of an Intracortical Visual Prosthesis for People With Blindness.
17 Feb 2022
Polaris Program Aims to Advance Human Spaceflight
The Polaris Program is a first-of-its-kind effort to rapidly advance human spaceflight capabilities, while continuing to raise funds and awareness for important causes here on Earth. The program will consist of up to three human spaceflight missions that will demonstrate new technologies, conduct extensive research, and ultimately culminate in the first flight of SpaceX's Starship with humans on board.
15 Feb 2022
Parker Solar Probe Captures its First Images of Venus' Surface
NASA's Parker Solar Probe has taken its first visible light images of the surface of Venus from space. Smothered in thick clouds, Venus' surface is usually shrouded from sight. But in two recent flybys of the planet, Parker used its Wide-Field Imager, or WISPR, to image the entire nightside in wavelengths of the visible spectrum - the type of light that the human eye can see - and extending into the near-infrared.
28 Jan 2022
Robot Performs First Laparoscopic Surgery Without Human Help
A robot has performed laparoscopic surgery on the soft tissue of a pig without the guiding hand of a human—a significant step toward fully automated surgery on humans.