Science

Man jumps off 45-story building with rocket pack from Go Fast

Man jumps off 45-story building with rocket pack from Go Fast

Today you’re going to see a story about a man jumping off a 45-story building with a rocket pack from sources that have no idea why he’s doing it. You’ll see these sources suggest that this is the first time a rocket pack like this has been used, and you’ll only get tiny mentions of the flags flying around the building he’s "jumping off" of. You are not reading one of those sources here and now.

Continue Reading

NASA catches vast solar eruption in unprecedented detail

NASA catches vast solar eruption in unprecedented detail

NASA has caught a vast solar eruption - huge outpourings of energy from the sun, exploding at 1.5 million miles per hour - on camera in unprecedented detail, taking advantage of a new satellite. IRIS, or the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, was launched back in June 2013 on a mission to document activity in the lowest levels of the sun's atmosphere, and the new footage - which you can see after the cut - is the first time it has spotted a coronal mass ejection.

Continue Reading

NASA ForceShoes keep tabs on astronaut exercise

NASA ForceShoes keep tabs on astronaut exercise

Exercising is an important part of daily life, more so for astronauts than us gravity-bound folk. To ensure those aboard the International Space Station get exercise that is both extensive and of adequate quality, the space agency has developed a pair of sandals called ForceShoes that are able to measure load.

Continue Reading

Researchers teleport data using diamonds, quantum mechanics

Researchers teleport data using diamonds, quantum mechanics

You’re not going to teleport anywhere — the application has been proven impossible. For data, though, teleportation is real, and Researchers at TU Delft’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience have accomplished the feat. A team there has sent one quantum bit of information three meters, all without having actually traveled through the space between the two points.

Continue Reading

Forget Google’s self-driving car: NASA’s Morpheus aces autopilot test

Forget Google’s self-driving car: NASA’s Morpheus aces autopilot test

NASA's pogoing Morpheus spacecraft has been showing off its nighttime landing skills, putting Google's self-driving car to shame by showing how the unmanned pod could set down autonomously on a distant planet. The test was the first time Morpheus had used its self-piloting descent system at night, proving the technology would work even in situations where the surface of a planet or moon might not be visible to the naked eye.

Continue Reading