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Twilight for the Golden Age of Earth Observation?

Twilight for the Golden Age of Earth Observation?

NASA’s new geosensing satellites may be on the chopping block. The timing could hardly be worse Illustration: Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA Illustration: Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA Orbital Ice Spy: IceSat-2 would fire six lasers earthward to measure changes to the polar ice, glaciers, and forests. When leaders of the congressional committees that approve NASA’s missions(...)

Hackaday Prize is Looking for Products—and Profitability

Hackaday Prize is Looking for Products—and Profitability

The 2017 contest puts a renewed emphasis on projects that could become succesful businesses iStockphoto The 2017 Hackaday Prize launched earlier this week. And the general theme is similar to what it’s been since the contest’s beginnings in 2014: “Build something that matters.” But the organizers are especially keen this year to inspire folks to design(...)

Meet Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the Writers Behind the Sci-Fi Horror Movie Life

Meet Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the Writers Behind the Sci-Fi Horror Movie Life

The International Space Station becomes a hunting ground for a Martian creature Photo: Eric Charbonneau/Invision/Sony Pictures “Life” screenwriters Paul Wernick [left] and Rhett Reese [right] Opening around the world this weekend is Life , a “hard” science fiction movie set in the near future starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson. It opens when(...)

How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

Open hardware systems could make robots more affordable and easier to build Image: IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine The latest issue of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine features a special report on open-source robotics hardware and its impact in the field. We’ve seen how, over the last several years, open source software—platforms like the Robot Operating System(...)