Sony is working with NASA to turn Project Morpheus, its new virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4, into both a science and an entertainment tool. The collaboration, revealed at GDC 2014, will take the feeling of "presence" to new levels, Sony's Dr Richard Marks of the R&D team working on Project Morpheus, said, kicking off with content beamed back from Mars.
Mercury is shrinking, its radius reduced as much as 4.3 miles over the past four billion years, scientists have confirmed, with the planet contracting as its iron core cools. The gradual reduction had been expected but unconfirmed until NASA's Messenger spacecraft beamed back photos of Mercury's surface, with previous - incomplete - footage of the closest planet to our sun showing far less shrinkage than the models predicted.
In July of 2011, NASA launched an interesting application that was only for iOS users. The application was called the NASA Visualization Explorer and it allowed iPad users to explore the Earth and see all sorts of cool NASA content and animations. The app features real satellite data along with tons of cool photos that NASA is famous for.
Last year, NASA introduced its partnership with Planetary Resources and upcoming Grand Asteroid Challenge, which pits humanity against the race to protect our planet from potentially devastating asteroids. On Monday, the space agency will kick off its first contest under the challenge: Asteroid Data Hunter.
In early August of 2012, a massive sinkhole formed in Bayou Corne, Louisiana. The sinkhole was gigantic measuring 750-feet deep and spanning nearly 15 acres of land. This particular sinkhole was caused by the collapse of an underground salt dome cavern and was related to operations by a company called Texas Brine Co.
In 2011, a pair of physicists from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette announced that they had completed research that suggested another planet orbiting in a solar system beyond Pluto. The two professors called the theoretical planet Planet X or Tyche. The duo hoped that when NASA completed its WISE or Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer observations the planet would be confirmed.
Scientists believe that one of the most likely places in the solar system to harbor life, other than Earth, is one of Jupiter's moons called Europa. Europa is covered by a thick sheet of ice over its surface, but scientists believe that under that ice are oceans of liquid. That subsurface ocean is believed to be kept liquid by tidal flexing.
NASA has deployed a flock of CubeSat miniature satellites from the International Space Station, sharing an image of the NanoRacks hardware being released from the end of a customized robotic arm. The satellites - each around the size of a loaf of bread - are part of a 33-strong fleet the majority of which will be used by Planet Labs for its project to provide open access to high-resolution imagery of Earth.
NASA's Kepler mission has made an exciting discovery and subsequent announcement: the discovery of 715 new planets orbiting 305 stars. Says the space agency, about 95-percent of the newly discovered planets are smaller than Neptune, making them more or less around the size of Earth, and makes for a "significant increase" in known small planets.