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Science and Hollywood: When the Martian Met the Earthlings

Michael Shermer | Posted 08.21.2015 | Science
Michael Shermer

If the NASA scientists are right, The Martian could translate to a new generation of scientists from the ranks of young people sure to flock to this action-adventure science fiction film.

Love and Rockets

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 06.17.2015 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

The statement, "It's not Rocket Science," has less to do with the comparable complexities of achievements than it does with the fact that rocket science, despite resting on that solid and known foundation of mathematics and physics, is still to most an arcane and unfathomable practice.

Spectacular Video Lets You Fly Around Ceres

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Science

NASA has released a dramatic new video of the dwarf planet Ceres (above). The black-and-white animation lets viewers fly around the mysterious...

'Remastered' Photo Shows Icy Moon Just As Human Eye Would See It

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.24.2014 | Science

It's the most extraordinary image ever of Europa. NASA's newly "remastered" photo of Jupiter's icy moon (below) shows the satellite's geology in s...

Scary New Asteroid Map Shows Space Rocks Hit Us 'All The Time'

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Science

If you're the sort of person who worries about asteroids, a new map from NASA's Near Earth Object Program is unlikely to offer much reassurance. It sh...

100 Years On: The Forgotten Founder of JPL

Scott Hobbs | Posted 12.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Scott Hobbs

Last week marked the 100th birthday of Jack Parsons, a founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Aerojet-Rocketdyne and the inventor of the solid fuel that put man on the moon. In a display of pure serendipity this week, his widow Cameron, will be honored with the first-ever retrospective of her art at MOCA Pacific Design Center.

WATCH: NASA 'Saucer' Flies Near Space

AP | Posted 08.09.2014 | Science

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sending heavier vehicles and, eventually, humans to Mars requires first testing new technologies to see if they actually work. B...

NASA Scrubs Flying Saucer Test, Sets New Date To Try Again

AP | Posted 06.11.2014 | Science

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. space agency has postponed its plan to send a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be u...

New Data Suggest Theory About Black Holes Was All Wrong | Mike Wall | Posted 03.30.2014 | Science

The gigantic black holes that lurk at the hearts of galaxies were apparently born big. The central black holes in dwarf galaxies — the "seeds" th...

Celebrating Women's History Month -- On Mars

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

We're halfway through Women's History Month and since no one has mentioned any Martian females of historical significance, I'd like to recognize a few who exemplify "character, courage and commitment," this year's theme as chosen by the national women's history project.

A Tobor the 8th Man Valentine: My Secret Superhero Romance Revealed!

Devra Maza | Posted 04.27.2015 | Entertainment
Devra Maza

We've all had impossible loves. As RoboCop romped across the Valentine's weekend silver screen, I was reminded of an earlier android amour of my own. For years, I have kept his identity, like my unquenchable ardor for him, locked in my heart. He was my secret obsession, my guilty pleasure, but it's time I confessed.

WATCH: NASA's New Robot Shows Its Versatility

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released video of the latest addition to its growing line-up of robots, RoboSimian! Nicknamed "Clyde," the odd...

Gravity: A Triumph for Women, Science, and 3D Cinema

Govindini Murty | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

It's truly refreshing that Sandra Bullock's character, Dr. Ryan Carter, is depicted in Gravity as an intelligent professional.

Finding Movie Inspiration in NASA's Real Science: The Case Study of Europa Report

Govindini Murty | Posted 11.21.2013 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

Hollywood is in the midst of a science-fiction boom, yet few of its sci-fi movies are based on real science. That's a shame, because the scientific discoveries emerging from NASA these days are as exciting as any Hollywood blockbuster.

NASA's "Mohawk Guy" Celebrates Mars Curiosity Rover Anniversary and Discusses Life On Other Planets

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.07.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

NASA's Bobak Ferdowsi, aka Mohawk Guy, VSauce2's Kevin Lieber, Sourcefed's Meg Turney and Nerdist's Matt Mira join the Geek Week Brainiac Day panel ...

WATCH: Giant Space Rock Headed Our Way

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.18.2013 | Science

A gigantic asteroid will fly by our planet at the end of this month, making its closest approach for at least the next two centuries on May 31. But, d...

'Curiosity' Team Finds Workaround For Glitch That Halted Rover

Posted 03.01.2013 | Science

NASA's Curiosity rover made it all the way to Mars without major setbacks, but now a computer glitch has stopped the robotic vehicle in its tracks. ...

Curiosity Chooses Target For First Drilling Effort

Posted 01.30.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 01/30/2013 08:50 AM EST on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is sizing up a target rock and flexing its robotic arm...

The Great Martian Mystery Revealed... Sort of

Rod Pyle | Posted 02.04.2013 | Science
Rod Pyle

We are dealing with the beginnings of what could end up being life, or pre-life, or at least simple organics on Mars. Whether the agency will step up to the plate and properly seize this priceless moment is an open question.

Has Mars Rover Made Major Discovery?

Posted 11.21.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 11/20/2012 01:35 PM EST on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery "for the history bo...

Reading the History of the Universe

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 11.25.2012 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

When I got an email saying that Dr. Charles Elachi would be speaking at MIT on September 17th, I knew I didn't want to miss it.

Weird Rock To Get Close Look From Mars Rover

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.24.2012 | Science

Curiosity's robotic arm is set to get its first workout. It's been tasked with examining a football-sized rock whose odd pyramidal shape caught the ey...

Paul Brady

What's Up With Those Circular Marks On Curiosity? | Paul Brady | Posted 09.01.2012 | Science

It's a question that's vexed casual observers, Mars lovers, even curious Redditors and computer engineers: What the heck are those circular markings a...

WATCH: 'We’re NASA And We Know It' Music Video

| Posted 08.17.2012 | Science

By Carin Bondar So Curiosity has landed, we loved, we laughed, we cried. We admired the ‘mohawk guy’ at the control panel, and we felt his elat...

Landing on Mars Takes the Right Stuff

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 10.12.2012 | Science
Dr. Philip Neches

"Rocket science" is more than propulsion, navigation, and imagination. It is the discipline to analyze very complex things in order to identify every risk. Some risks can be designed out. Some can be reduced by a back-up system.