NASA's plucky Martian rover Curiosity has reached its next milestone, arriving at the foot of Mount Sharp after taking an unexpected detour across Mars. The traveling science lab will now gradually make its way up the mountain, which is more officially known as Aeolis Mons and rises to around 18,000 feet, exploring geological layers as it goes.
Google may insist on biodegradable cutlery in its free Googleplex cafeterias, but it's looking at a far more complicated spoon for its latest Google[X] acquisition. The company has snapped up Lift Labs, creator of a special tremor-canceling spoon that can help those with Parkinson's or other neurodegenerative diseases to eat without spilling their food.
More than a century ago, two British ships took off to explore the Arctic with a total of 129 men, seeking to chart the Northwest Passage. Unfortunately, both ships disappeared with all on-board, and for the past several years, the Canadian government has been searching for the ships' remains. Today it announced that one has been located.
Stories surrounding the Vikings are numerous, but may shift in time due to new discoveries and the implications they bring. As it turns out, a substantially high number of Viking women participated in early invasions of England, some being discovered in graves with swords and shields.
NASA has given the green light to develop the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in history and the method by which the US space agency expects to take humans to Mars. Under development for the past three years, the SLS is the first exploration-class vehicle to make it to development stage since the Space Shuttle, with NASA targeting the first test flight by November 2018 at the latest.
What more can you add to a totally huge, incredibly long, and absolutely bad ass roller coaster? Why add some Oculus Rift helmets, of course! This might be just a research project for University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern professor Thomas Wagner, but it could also mark the start of a revolution in VR-based theme parks.
The US military's latest test of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon ended with a premature bang this week, with officials having to hit the self-destruct button just four seconds after blast-off. Though designed to travel at around five times the speed of sound to take out any target in the world, as part of the US government's pledge to improve tactical defense after 9/11, the missile and its three-stage booster rocket only proved a danger to the launch facility in Alaska, which it fell back down onto.
Northrop Grumman has shown off what it believes the military spaceplane of the future should look like, a futuristic and reusable aircraft designed as part of a $3.9m DARPA contract. The Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 would automate a large percentage of flight, as well as kick-start hypersonic aircraft development once more, Northrop Grumman claims, though the company still has competition.
The idea of Glass doing face-recognition may not sit well with Google, but how about if the wearable could just give you a little more insight into how the person you're talking to is feeling? Fraunhofer IIS has loaded its SHORE emotion, age, and gender detection system straight onto Google's headset, giving real-time feedback on those around you.