An exceptionally important stage in the building of the Orion spacecraft has finally been completed. Heat shielding to protect the craft from the intense temperatures of an atmospheric reentry has been tiled to its outside, preparing Orion for the live testing that it will undergo by the end of this year.
Researchers are literally lacing electronics through living moths, making "biobots" that could one day redefine the face of search-and-rescue operations. This early work in what seems like the beginnings of the cyborg technology from science fiction is detailed in a recent study.
Researchers claim to have developed an inexpensive and eco-friendly bio-plastic that degrades at a more acceptable rate, compared to traditional plastics. The plastic, they say, is made from vegetable waste and the byproducts of rice and cocoa production, meaning that it will place no new demand on the Earth as well.
In a sort of win-win situation, researchers at MIT have found a way to create solar panels from old recycled car batteries, providing a source of long-lasting, emissions-free power.
Many octopus and cuttlefish have the remarkable ability to change the hue of their skin to better reflect their surroundings. Now soldiers may one day be able to pull off the same feat, blending into their environment no matter where they go.
Earlier last month, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully landed a new and reusable version of the Falcon 9 rocket's booster stage. The private space-faring company has just released a video of the reusable rocket in action, showcasing technology that might help usher in a new age of space exploration.
Just last week, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) drove a car-sized rover back on Earth during a demonstration of the European Space Agency's (ESA) latest advancements in remote communication software.
Researchers have crafted a small bio-sensing tattoo that can also convert a chemical in sweat into power. Right now, this "bio-battery" only powers the tattoo itself, but experts hope to one day use this technology to power small electronic devices.
Bigger isn't always better. Incredibly small satellites, no larger than a loaf of bread, are the next generation of high-tech satellites, according to engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. These little guys are pioneering new technologies and are due to be at the forefront of future climate investigations.
Scientists have developed the first "flash mob" of more than 1,000 tiny robots that can assemble themselves into various shapes, such as those of sea stars or letters of the alphabet.
In what NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is calling a "unique crossover of art and culture and technology," researchers are proposing that the space agency's next generation of solar panels reflect some of the astoundingly efficient principles of origami.
The Danish city of Copenhagen has decided to host a massive experiment to determine the effectiveness of so-called "smart lights" - energy efficient street lamps that could cut carbon emissions and even help monitor an urban setting.
Researchers are suggesting the marijuana plant can be used for more than just medicine and recreation, claiming that hemp-based fibers might just usher in the next age of electronics.
The Smithsonian, the largest assembly of museums and research complexes in the world, has made plans to start digitizing its entire collection, making it available to anyone with a connection to the internet. However, they've already run into a snag in this plan, and are now asking everyone and anyone for help.
NASA and the US Navy could be found splashing in the Pacific Ocean early last week. However, this wasn't the deserved downtime you might think it was. The agency and military branch have been exhaustively running scenarios for the re-entry and landing of the new Orion spacecraft, which is expected to splashdown at the conclusion of its flight test in December.