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NASA installs VPN to protect Deep Space Network

The VPN allows data to be transferred three times faster than before and supports near real-time communications, while also securing the data.

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NASA forges ahead with robotic space mechanic

The project is designed to lead to a greener, more sustainable space program since the satellites could be refueled and their lives greatly extended.

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Flexible solar panels are vastly increasing drone endurance

Flexible, thin-film solar panels from a Silicon Valley company are allowing drone makers to keep their craft in the sky for hours longer than is possible with batteries alone.

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Mars lander goes silent, but scientists remain hopeful

All seemed well as the European Space Agency's robotic explorer Schiaparelli closed in on its Mars landing Wednesday. Then it went silent.

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Obama touts tech R&D, fist bumps man with mind-controlled robotic arm

President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke at the White House Frontiers Conference and talked up the need for innovation in the U.S.

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Obama sets goal of establishing a Mars habitat

President Barack Obama has set a goal of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and getting them safely home again. It will likely be one of the topics discussed at the White House Frontiers Conference set for Thursday in Pittsburgh.

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Musk's SpaceX spaceship will take us to Mars...and beyond

Elon Musk says space travel throughout our solar system will be made possible with SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS).

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Wireless power systems could one day beam electricity from space

Forget smartphone charging. When it comes to next-generation wireless power, engineers in Japan are working on a system that can send large amounts of electrical power over considerable distances.

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Want to live on Mars with 1M of your closest friends?

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, envisions the day when there is a working, thriving, self-sustaining civilization of a million people on Mars.

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A robot fish is helping the Navy improve underwater movement

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University have developed a robot fish to mimic the motion of real animals, in hopes of improving the movement of underwater vehicles.

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Researchers strive to create underwater vehicles that swim like fish

The Navy has given researchers at Florida Atlantic University a $258,008 grant to study the movement of fish in order to enhance the motion of underwater vehicles.

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Star Trek tech: From science fiction to science fact

When Star Trek first made its TV appearance 50 years ago this week, it showed us cool technologies and gadgets that people could only dream about in the 1960s. Today, many of those are a reality.

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50 years of <i>Star Trek</i>: Boldly inspiring generations of scientists

For many science, technology and space researchers today, the original Star Trek fueled their passions.

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This Bluetooth Star Trek ComBridge turns fantasy to reality

ThinkGeek's Star Trek TNG ComBadge functions connects to your phone via Bluetooth, letting you answer calls with with a tap.

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Star Trek turns 50!

Who knew that a TV series that debuted on Sept. 8, 1966 would have such a lasting impact on the world? Star Trek premiered on that date "to boldly go where no man has gone before."

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SpaceX launch pad explosion also destroys Facebook’s satellite

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its commercial satellite payload, which Facebook planned to use to beam Internet connectivity, exploded today on the launch pad.

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NASA to send spacecraft on 1.2B-mile journey to asteroid

NASA next month will launching a spacecraft designed to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth for the first time.

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NASA $1M contest intent on sending robots to Mars

NASA engineers want humanoid robots to help astronauts living and working on Mars to help build habitats, grow food and make potable water.

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