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NASA Building Flying Space Drones

August 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA is building robots to explore other planets, and drone technology for Earth. The logical next step: robot drones in space. New research out of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center shows that the agency is working on ways to explore other planets and asteroids using robots that can fly to places...

FDA Approves First 3-D Printed Drug

August 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 3D printing, a technology still in search of a market, may have just found a home in the world of medicine. The US Food and Drug Administration approved an epilepsy medicine called Spritam that is made by 3D printers, making it the first 3D-printed product that the FDA has approved...

NASA Wants to Experiment With Drones That Can Fly in Space

August 3, 2015 NASA is building robots to explore other planets, and drone technology for Earth. The logical next step: robot drones in space. New research out of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center shows that the agency is working on ways to explore other planets and asteroids using robots that can fly to places...

There's Now an X-Ray Pill You Can Swallow

July 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Going to the doctor is rarely a pleasant experience. Beyond the sterile atmosphere and high prices (at least in the US), there’s the poking, the prodding, the injecting, and the inserting. According to the American Cancer Society, everyone over the age of 50 should get a colonoscopy to be screened...

The Slow Death of Google Plus

July 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The slow death of Google+ continues. Today Google announced that it will be slicing out its social network from the rest of its services, meaning users won’t be forced to set up a Google+ account to comment on YouTube videos or use Google Photos. Soon, you’ll be able to use...

The Scientists and Technologists Who Want To Keep AI Out of Weapons

July 27, 2015 Maybe we should take the warnings of RoboCop more seriously. Famous scientists, engineers, and businessmen are banding together to call for a ban on autonomous weapons development. In an open letter published today by the Future of Life Institute—a research group concerned with making sure humanity stays in charge of...

Here's What Its Like to Pilot a Giant Fighting Robot

July 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a massive square-city-block building in West Oakland called American Steel. It used to be a repair shop for huge cargo ships. But as the industry left Oakland, the giant, rusted hull of a building took on a new purpose, housing artists, tinkerers and makers who need space to...

The 3-D Printer That Can Print Circuits Right Into Other Objects

July 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite all the fanfare, 3D printing has yet to hit its stride. Up until now, its best uses have been in designing, prototyping, and making creepy copies of yourself. This tends to stem from the fact that you can generally only print with one material at a time, and in...

The First National Drone Racing Championship Is Underway in California

July 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There was a buzz in the air over a parched field in northern California. Amidst the dragonflies and hawks, a new type of aerial competition—the first of its size and scale—took to the skies yesterday (July 16). The first national drone racing championship started at the California State Fair in...

Google Wants to Make Your Cellphone Screen Disappear

July 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even with all the obsessive marketing and design awards handed out over the years, most smartphones pretty much look the same. They’re all basically colored rectangles with a smaller black rectangle for a screen on the front. But a new patent awarded to Google suggests the phones of the future...