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Video: What Crazy Tech Idea Could Become Real?

October 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of tech experts what crazy inventions we can expect in the future. "I actually think that we will develop some kind of technology that allows us to just communicate directly through thought," says interactive artist Jonathan Harris. Other panelists include...

When Will Robots Take Over the World?

July 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of futurists, technology experts, and artists to predict the future of robotics. So, will machines revolt against humans? Maybe not, but as Duke University professor Missy Cummings explains, they may have already won. "We don't even realize where robots are...

Robots of Yore: Lab Footage From the 1980s to the Present

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wiggling robots, juggling robots, and even flying swarms of quadrotor robots—engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a menagerie of bots over the decades. This short video focuses on work by Daniel E. Koditschek, Vijay Kumar, and Mark Yim, drawing from old video clips. Highlights include a six-legged robot...

The Most Beautiful Video of Yosemite Ever Made

January 31, 2013 Nothing beats the escapism of watching a gorgeous nature video in full-screen HD. The latest episode of Yosemite Nature Notes hits the spot; 30 photographers tell the story of a day in the life of the park from different perspectives on June 26, 2012. There's a park ranger and his...

Video: Psychedelic explosions on the sun's surface

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a new video, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory uses a gradient to reveal a gorgeous swirl of coronal loops and cooler "moss" patterns. The SDO has been observing our home star and the "space weather" it generates since it launched in February, 2011, sharing some of the amazing images it...

How Keeping a Diary Makes You Happier and Better at Your Job

September 24, 2012 Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile's research reveals the many benefits of keeping a diary about work. Speaking at the 99U Conference, Amabile describes a study that analyzed thousands of daily diary entries from more than 200 professionals. The research showed that keeping track of challenges, successes, and other experiences...

Video: The Jet Propulsion Lab is way weirder (and awesomer) than you even imagined

September 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For a center of cutting-edge scientific research, Caltech's Jet Propulsion Lab seems to be a pretty wacky place. Luke Johnson, a graphic designer at the lab, set out to explore and map the campus on a dare, which became a much more ambitious project than he expected. He documents his...

Curiosity, the sequel: What's in store for NASA's next Mars lander

August 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's InSight mission, planned for 2016, will examine the geophysics of our neighboring planet. In this short documentary, scientists from the project describe what they'll be looking for on our neighboring project. NASA describes the scope of the project on their site: InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and...

Watch this anthropomorphic robot strut to 'Stayin' Alive'

August 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Boston Dynamics' PETMAN robot finally gets the soundtrack it deserves from video editor Tim Trusler. PETMAN was developed to test "chemical protection clothing," so it can walk, crawl and perform "a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents." No wonder the bot's got moves. See more video...

Video: Lieutenant General Mary Legere on military intelligence

July 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "There is no killer app. Understanding the threats and the challenges that confront the United States is complex work," Legere explains. From the Aspen Ideas Festival, the senior Army intelligence officer at the Pentagon outlines the opportunities and dangers new technologies pose in conflicts around the world. Read more at...

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