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Will.i.am to Broadcast New Song on Mars via Curiosity Rover [UPDATED] August 27, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

Tomorrow, for the first time in history, a song will be broadcast from Mars by none other than will.i.am. The Curiosity rover will be pumping out his new song, “Reach for the Stars,” a new composition about the artist’s passion for science, technology, and space exploration. At the same time will.i.am’s charity, i.am.angel, in partnership with Discovery Education, will announce a new program that brings NASA into K-12 classrooms. [UPDATED with a video from the event]

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Science Saturday: Lava Flows in the Quad + Curiosity Updates + Neuron Video + New Space Planes + More August 25, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

The post Vegas Con blues had got us down for a while, but now we’re back in action with a brand spanking new edition of Science Saturday! This week: see real live lava flows moving through New York, get the latest updates on our newest Martian friend Curiosity, watch proteins swimming through neurons, hop on the next Dream Chaser flight into orbit, and more! All this, plus our gadget of the week, in which a real hovercraft takes a test-drive!

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Science Supplemental: Mars Curiosity Lands Tonight at 10:31PM PST August 5, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

Tonight at 10:31pm Pacific time, NASA will attempt to land the largest, most powerful, and most complicated instrument ever to set wheels on the surface of Mars. Curiosity (aka Mars Science Laboratory), which weighs about as much as a Mini Cooper and has the wheel base of a Hummer H2, will be on Mars tonight. Whether it lands safely or leaves a Hummer-sized crater remains to be seen.

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Watch: Wil Wheaton & William Shatner’s Dueling Narrations For NASA’s New Mars Rover July 30, 2012

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Celebrity,Science/Technology,Shatner,TNG,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , comments closed

Once again NASA looks to Star Trek to help tell their story. Today the space agency released two versions of a video about the Curiosity Rover (aka Mars Science Laboratory) which is scheduled to touch down on the surface of Mars next week. And to satisfy fans of different generations one version of the video is narrated by original Star Trek star William Shatner and the other has Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton. Watch both below.        

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Science Saturday: 5th Pluto Moon + Higgs Boson Party + Solar Storm + New Tricorder + More July 14, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

Welcome back to Science Saturday! This week, discover Pluto’s 5th (yes, 5th) moon with a little help from Hubble; Celebrate the Higgs Boson discovery, and learn why you should care; prepare for intense, low-latitude aurorae thanks to a solar storm currently bombarding Earth; and detect brain injuries with a modern Tricorder. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: animated augmented reality app for Android devices.

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Science Saturday: V’Ger’s Journey + Near-Miss Asteroid + Colored Poo + Planetrise + More June 23, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

This week on Science Saturday, get the latest update on Voyager and her journey into interstellar space; witness video captured of a near-miss asteroid; diagnose your ailments by checking the color of your poo; and see ‘planetrise’ from exoplanet Kepler-36c. All this, and more, plus our gadget of the week: The USS Enterprise turn table!

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Science Saturday: Voyager in Interstellar Space + First Woman Taikonaut + Jules Verne-like Research Vessel + More June 16, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

Welcome back to Science Saturday! This week, journey into interstellar space with Voyager 1, join Liu Yang, China’s first woman astronaut in space, explore Earth’s oceans in a Jules Verne-esque research vessel, and more! Plus, see our gadget of the week: the ArduSat open-source, crowdfunded satellite.

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Science Sunday: Move to Mars + Extreme Microbes + Chinese Taikonaut Launch + Nanodiamonds + More June 10, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

Welcome to this week’s late edition of Science Sunday! This week, join Mars One and fly to (and live out the rest of your days on) Mars; discover some extreme microbes in the Mars-like south american desert; witness China’s next manned (and perhaps womanned?) space launch; and create diamonds by burning a candle. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: the self-making bed!

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Science Saturday: Venus Transit + Track Scotty + Earhart Mystery + Galactic Collision + More June 2, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

This week on Science Saturday, witness a rare transit of Venus this Tuesday, track Scotty’s ashes in space, help unravel the Amelia Earhart mystery, prepare for a galactic collision, and more! All this, plus our video of the week: Didgeridoos in Space!

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Science Saturday: SpaceX Docks + Real Hypospray + VISOR Tech + Robo Dance + More May 26, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

Start your weekend with some science! This week, help astronauts unload cargo after SpaceX Dragon’s historic docking with the ISS, get a hypospray injection from a modern day Bones, and don a pair of glasses second only to Geordi’s VISOR. All this and more, plus our gadget(s) of the week: synchronized robo dancers!

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Picard, Kirk, and Friends Journey into Space on Gigantic Balloon May 22, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Fandom,Science/Technology,Toys , comments closed

Captains Kirk and Picard have officially made it into space! Aboard a high altitude balloon, that is. A few weeks ago we reported one man’s quest to kickstart a campaign to send action figures of Captains Kirk and Picard (and their friends) 100,000 feet into the upper atmosphere. Well, he’s done it with the help of a large team of friends and cameramen. Hit the jump for photos!

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Science Saturday: Treknology for a Modern Starship Enterprise May 19, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

What might a modern day Enterpsie look like? This week we take a look at some up and coming technologies that draw some intriguing parallels to 23rd century Star Trek. The line up: Google’s Knowledge Graph as the Enterprise computer; New military translation tech as the ship’s UT; Antimatter engines to fuel the Enterprise; Pulsar navigational charts for use in Stellar Cartography; Asteroid mining and hazard mitigation; and quantum teleportation for use in the ship’s communications array.

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Science Saturday: New Old Mayan Calendar + Vesta Views + Build The Enterprise + Transparent Aluminum + More May 12, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

Welcome to another exciting Saturday filled with Science! This week: how the earliest known Mayan calendar does NOT predict our doom this December, the fascinating miniplanet of Vesta, a guy on the internet says we can build the Enterprise in 20 years, and a quick look into the world of transparent aluminum (hello, computer!). All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: the 3D Cylindrical Display.

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Send Captains Kirk and Picard to Space April 30, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology,Star Trek (2009 film),TNG,Toys , comments closed

Meet Logan Kugler, a space enthusiast/trekkie with one simple goal: to send Captains Picard and Kirk into near-space — well, their action figures at least! Kugler has started a now fully funded (but still taking pledges for the next 24-hours) Kickstarter project to finance a high-altitude balloon that will send action figures of Captains Kirk and Picard along with their respective starship models (and a few of their friends) to a height of 120,000 feet along with cameras to capture the entire event. They are even selling the Kirk action figure and the model of the USS Enterprise that he flies to space on for the next 24-hours on their Kickstarter page!

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Leonard Nimoy Welcomes Shuttle Enterprise To New York April 27, 2012

by Frank Jay Gruber , Filed under: Celebrity,Nimoy,Science/Technology , comments closed

After being delayed due to weather earlier in the week, today the Space Shuttle flew (atop a 747) from Washington DC to New York City, on its way to a new home. And none other than Star Trek’s original Spock, Leonard Nimoy was there to greet it. Full report, pictures and video below.

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Science Saturday: Meteor Shower Tonight + Solar Flare + Asteroid Mining + Popocatépetl Erupting April 21, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

This week in Science Saturday, watch the peak of tonight’s Lyrid meteor shower, watch an explosion on the sun, look forward to asteroid mining becoming a reality in the near future, and feel the volcanic tremors of Popocatépetl volcano. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: the high-speed evacuated tube transport system.

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Science Saturday: Fuzzy Dinos + Martian Elephants + Diamond Computing + Paschal Moon + More April 7, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

Welcome back to another fact filled edition of Science Saturday! This week: unearth T-Rex’s feathery ancestors, see elephants on Mars, build a computer inside of a diamond, and learn about the astronomy of Easter. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: Google’s Project Glass.

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Science Saturday: Really Real Tricorder + Apollo 11 Salvage + Feeling Robot Skin + Inside Out Star + More March 31, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

Welcome back to another knowledge-packed edition of Science Saturday! This week: see the realest “real” tricorder ever, hoist huge Apollo 11 engines from the sea floor, give an android skin that can feel, and witness a star explode and then turn itself inside out! All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: the Marshall mini fridge.

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Science Saturday: Real Universal Translator + Io Moon Map + Solar Storms on the Rise + How to Blow Up Stars + More March 24, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , comments closed

Hello and welcome back to another exciting (and long overdue) edition of Science Saturday! This week: hear Microsoft’s real-life universal translator, map out the volcanic moon Io, feel the heat from increased solar activity, and make stars blow up with the help of NASA. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: the indoor cloud machine.

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Trek Meets Science: $10 Mil Tricorder Prize + Star Trek TNG Guest Star To Lead Starship Project January 12, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Electronics/Gadgets,Science/Technology,Trek Franchise , comments closed

This week brings a couple of interesting intersections of real science and Star Trek. First up the X Prize Foundation has launched a new $10 million competition for the development of a real "Tricorder," like those seen on Star Trek. Plus DARPA is continuing with its 100 Starship project and this week has awarded a contract to lead the project to a foundation headed by a former astronaut (and former Star Trek guest star).

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