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NASA’s Smart SPHERES robot teams up with Project Tango

By DW Wheeler
May 30, 2014

I work in the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) at NASA Ames Research Center, and when we got the chance to collaborate with our next-door neighbor Google on their new Project Tango, we knew exactly what to do: we’re sending the …

Podcast: quantum computing with Pete Worden and Bob Lee

By Jon Bruner
July 26, 2013

At Sci Foo Camp a few weeks ago we recorded a conversation with Pete Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, and Bob Lee, CTO of Square. Among our topics on this wide-ranging podcast: quantum computing, which Ames is pursuing …

NASA launches second International Space Apps Challenge

By Alex Howard
January 31, 2013

From April 20 to April 21, on Earth Day, the second international Space Apps Challenge will invite developers on all seven continents to the bridge to contribute code to NASA projects. Given longstanding concerns about the sustainability of apps contests, …

The miracle of a thumbnail image from Mars

By Julie Steele
August 6, 2012

Last night, I stayed up late to watch the NASA livestream of the Curiosity rover landing. It seems to have been an unmitigated success: each step of the entry and landing process, even that crazy sky-crane maneuver, was performed flawlessly. …

They promised us flying cars

By Alasdair Allan
August 3, 2012

We may be living in the future, but it hasn’t entirely worked out how we were promised. I remember the predictions clearly: the 21st century was supposed to be full of self-driving cars, personal communicators, replicators and private space ships. …

Developer Week in Review: NASA says goodbye to big iron

Developer Week in Review: NASA says goodbye to big iron
By James Turner
February 16, 2012

This week, NASA marked the end of an era, as the last of its big iron is retired. Microsoft continues to signal that its forays into open source are legitimate. And a new open source gaming project has a little extra horse-power, thanks to the fans behind it.

Open source is mission critical for NASA

Open source is mission critical for NASA
By Alex Howard
April 7, 2011

NASA's commitment to open source and its gameplan for open government were discussed at the recent NASA Open Source Summit. Here's a look at the open source issues and opportunities the agency faces.

The NASA Make Challenge

The NASA Make Challenge
By Dale Dougherty
March 1, 2011

Makers can participate in a new kind of space program, one that expands beyond NASA to include commercial space collaboration.

Open sourcing space

Open sourcing space
By Dale Dougherty
November 3, 2010

The space race has been reignited, but in a much different way. With off-the-shelf components and your own initiative, you can now launch a satellite or weather balloon. Dale Dougherty looks at this new wave of roll-your-own exploration.

Tracking the signal of emerging technologies

By Alex Howard
August 26, 2010

The first NASA IT Summit featured deep views into the future, including an interplanetary Internet, the evolution of computational computing and Gartner's top emerging technologies.

Space IT, the final frontier

By Alex Howard
August 20, 2010

The first NASA IT Summit showcased the technology of today and the potential of the future. We take an in-depth look at the event and discuss NASA's IT shifts with NASA CTO for IT Chris Kemp and NASA CIO Linda Cureton.

Data as a climate change agent

By Alex Howard
August 10, 2010

Following in the footsteps of GPS and weather data, climate data services could enable citizens, businesses and nations to make more informed decisions about infrastructure, lifestyles and urban planning. Here's a look at where climate data and its nascent services stand.

OpenStack offered as Rackspace's answer to calls for an open cloud

OpenStack offered as Rackspace's answer to calls for an open cloud
By Andy Oram
July 20, 2010

When Rackspace and NASA announced OpenStack, I thought of it as either a PR or yet another attempt to impose some pet project on the world as a standard. But it may actually a newsworthy intervention into the furiously evolving cloud industry.

The Watering Hole - Forget the Women, Mars Needs Tow Trucks!

The Watering Hole - Forget the Women, Mars Needs Tow Trucks!
By James Turner
February 5, 2010

Next time, JPL should make sure to get the towing package with their rover insurance.


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