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Immune System Dazed, Confused During Spaceflight

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by NASA Videos Comments

Researchers have a good idea what causes immune system changes on Earth— things like stress, inadequate sleep and improper nutrition. New research suggests that spaceflight may temporarily alter the immune system of crew members flying long-duration missions aboard the ISS.

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Old Batteries Could Be Recycled into Solar Cells

August 19, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, David Chandler Videos Comments

A system proposed by researchers recycles materials from discarded car batteries— a potential source of lead pollution— into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.

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NASA to Investigate Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Loss

August 18, 2014 7:00 am | by NASA Videos Comments

A new field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. The Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) will conduct research flights Aug. 28 through Oct. 1, covering the peak of summer sea ice melt.

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This Week @ NASA, August 15, 2014

August 15, 2014 12:00 pm Podcasts Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Carbon Observatory’s First Data A month after its launch, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide – has reached its final operating orbit and returned its first science data. “First light” test data were collected on August 6 as OCO-2 flew over central New Guinea -- confirming the health of the spacecraft’s science instrument’s.

Harvard Creates Robot Flash Mob

August 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Harvard Univ. Videos Comments

Through commands, autonomous devices arranged selves into vast, complex shapes in the first 1,000-robot flash mob.

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Lunar-landing Rocket Research Hits Milestone

August 14, 2014 7:00 am | by Purdue Univ. Videos Comments

A student team has designed, built and tested a critical part of a new rocket engine as part of a NASA project to develop spacecraft technologies needed to land on the moon, Mars and other cosmic venues.

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Tattoo Batteries are Powered by Sweat

August 13, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS Videos Comments

In the future, working up a sweat by exercising may not only be good for your health, but it could also power your small electronic devices. Researchers are reporting today that they have designed a sensor in the form of a temporary tattoo that can both monitor a person’s progress during exercise and produce power from their perspiration.

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Tractor Beam on Water Could Contain Oil Spills

August 12, 2014 7:00 am | by The Australian National Univ. Videos Comments

Physicists have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach.

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Venoms Hold Potential to Fight Cancer

August 12, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS Videos Comments

Bee, snake or scorpion venom could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs, scientists say. They have devised a method for targeting venom proteins specifically to malignant cells while sparing healthy ones, which reduces or eliminates side effects that the toxins would otherwise cause.

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Symposium Explores Wine

August 11, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS Videos Comments

Location. Location. Location. The popular real estate mantra also turns out to be equally important for growing wine grapes in fields and storing bottles of the beverage at home or in restaurants, according to researchers. Those are just two of the topics that will be covered in a symposium on wine this week.

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This Week @ NASA, August 8, 2014

August 8, 2014 12:00 pm Podcasts Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Orion recovery test update

Robots See Through Walls with Wi-Fi

August 8, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Santa Barbara Videos Comments

Researchers are using Wi-Fi to look through solid walls and see every square inch of what’s on the other side. Built into robots, the technology has far-reaching possibilities.

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Study of Camouflage Sheds Light on Vision

August 8, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge Videos Comments

How do animals see? It’s a question that vexes biologists and fascinates anyone who has watched animals go about their business: what does the world look like through their eyes? Scientists are attempting to answer some of these fundamental questions by studying the success of bird and egg camouflage.

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Tortoises Can Use Touchscreens

August 7, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Lincoln Videos Comments

Tortoises have learned how to use touchscreens as part of a study that aimed to do so. A researcher gave tortoises treats, such as strawberries, when the reptiles looked at, approached and then pecked blue circles on the screen. Two of the tortoises went on to apply their knowledge to a real-life situation.

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New Microscopic Structures Bend Like Hair

August 7, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Jennifer Chu Videos Comments

Engineers have fabricated a new elastic material coated with microscopic, hair like structures that tilt in response to a magnetic field. Depending on the field’s orientation, the micro-hairs can tilt to form a path through which fluid can flow.

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