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Worried About the Safety of Drone Delivery? NASA Has Your Back

September 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The prospect of seeing phalanxes of drones buzzing overhead, maneuvering around one another they drop off packages or survey the landscape, has just inched a bit further toward becoming reality. NASA has announced that it successfully tested a prototype system that allows unpiloted drones to detect and avoid other aircraft...

Tech Experts Predict What 2025 Will Look Like

September 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In ten years time, you may well be answering a call on your implanted iPhone 43S about your blockchain tax audit as you are driven along in a self-driving car en route to the robot-run pharmacy. At least, that’s what a group of over 800 IT executives and scientists surveyed...

This Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Robot Arm Lets You Actually Feel What it Touches

September 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government said today (Sept. 11) that it’s successfully made a Luke Skywalker-like prosthetic arm that allows the wearer to actually feel things. At a conference in July, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) presented the achievements it’d had to date in building a robot arm that...

Inside the New SpaceX Spaceship

September 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SpaceX just showed off the interior of its new Crew Dragon ship that will transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The launch video released today looks like something a luxury car manufacturer might use to show off a new sedan. And SpaceX’s website has a similar car-company-like tone: Crew...

Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Today’s Apple Event

September 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Thousands of reporters, Apple employees, and spectators crammed into the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco today (Sept. 9) for what Apple CEO Tim Cook called a series of “monster announcements.” Apple definitely had a lot to share, detailing updates to its watches, phones, tablets, and set-top box....

NASA is Researching Technology to Make a Tractor Beam Out of Hoverboards

September 5, 2015 It’s looking like 2015 won’t be the year we actually get Back to the Future-style hoverboards, but one of the companies working on them is now partnering with NASA to use their technology to build tractor beams (a beam of energy used to move or suspend objects, most famously on...

NASA Is Working on Making a Tractor Beam out of Hoverboards

September 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's looking like 2015 won't be the year we actually get Back to the Future-style hoverboards, but one of the companies working on them is partnering with NASA to use their technology to build tractor beams (a beam of energy used to move or suspend objects, most famously on Star...

NASA Creates New Quick 'Self-Healing' Material

September 2, 2015 Hurtling through the endless void of space in a thin aluminum can as debris zips around in every direction may have just gotten a little safer. NASA and the University of Michigan have designed a new “skin” that can heal itself within seconds of being punctured. In a study published...

NASA Creates New 'Self-Healing' Material

September 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hurtling through the endless void of space in a thin aluminum can as debris zips around in every direction may have just gotten a little safer. NASA and the University of Michigan have designed a new “skin” that can heal itself within seconds of being punctured. In a study published...

This Might Be the Best New Drone to Buy for Beginners

September 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Don’t be like Enrique Iglesias. In May the multi-platinum singing sensation was playing a sold-out show in Tijuana, Mexico, when a drone dropped down near the stage to get some close-up shots. He reached out to it to pull it closer and sliced his fingers open on the spinning propellor...