The boosters are the pride and flair of any rocket. Without these powerful and fiery plumes, a rocket is nothing more than a tall hunk of metal, fuel, and wasted engineering. However, once their job is finished, boosters become a massive burden that an ascending rocket needs to quickly shed.
NASA has made plans to test the applications of the world's blackest material - a carbon-nanotube coating that absorbs nearly all of the light thrown its way. This could have stunning implications for future orbital telescope technologies, for which stray light can often be a nuisance.
Engineers from the University of Michigan have created starfish-like shells that could lead to advanced technologies, according to new research.
Mirrors in the real world can sometimes behave in surprising and unexpected ways, and one recently developed magnetic mirror is doing just that, lighting the way for new infrared technologies.
The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded just last week to the three experts who brought revolutionary blue LEDs into our lives. However, a new team of physicists from Japan are saying that they have already crafted a more efficient and nature-friendly alternative light source.
Soil moisture is apparently NASA's secret weapon in a fight to better understand water availability and prevalence around the globe. That's why the space agency is prepping to launch its latest planet-monitoring spacecraft, designed specifically to measure this elusive factor.
Just last week the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences decided to award scientists Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura the Nobel Prize in physics for their invention of blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Now researchers are saying that these revolutionary lights could have some adverse effects on nature.
Telling adolescents juggling several electronic devices to "focus on the task at hand" may in fact hinder their performance, according to new research.
A type of carnivorous plant, called the pitcher plant, may soon be saving more lives than it takes. The unusual insect trap has inspired the creation of a new coating for medical devices that could potentially prevent deadly clotting and infections in vulnerable patients.
Last Wednesday, Christopher Schmidt was flying his remote-controlled quad-blade helicopter in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an angry hawk came swooping out of the blue to take the drone out.
Google Street View cameras have ridden on cars, boats, and even gone underwater, but for the first time one will hitch a ride on an animal - a 10-year-old camel, to be exact.
A unique slithering robot is revealing the secrets of the sidewinder snake, whose ability to quickly climb sandy slopes has long puzzled scientists, according to a new study.
Like a scene straight out of "Star Wars," future scuba divers might simply have to slip a thin mask over their face to gain the ability of breathing under water - no oxygen tank required. That's at least one of the dreams fueled by the creation of a new material that can absorb and store massive amounts of oxygen.
Last Wednesday, NASA's Earth-observing Rapid Scatterometer was turned on for the first time, immediately launching into a mission that will collect data on the speed and direction of the Earth's all-important oceanic winds.