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NASA Spinoff for Android is packed with information, purple

NASA has released an Android application, called NASA Spinoff. The app is very purple, as you can see from the screenshots above, and it basically intends to be a mobile version of the NASA Spinoff publication, which features successfully commercialized NASA technology. Inside the app, you can glance at a timeline of NASA innovations, all the way from 1958, when the agency was founded, to the...

Google sends Android astronauts into space

Google, with the aid of some weather balloons and Nexus S handsets, has successfully launched the Android OS into the stratosphere, all in the name of science. Well, ostensibly in the same of science. Yes, there were some interesting findings -- the Nexus S only works below 60,000 ft (18km) and above -50C -- but really it was all about the photos and videos. There's a Picasa album with a bunch...

Google now monitoring Earth's environment with Google Earth Engine

Google is now using its Google Earth technology, including satellite imagery and historical data, to help scientists monitor changes in the Earth's environment. Google Earth Engine, now in Google Labs, combines Google Earth's data and Google's cloud computing infrastructure into a powerful environmental analysis package. Google Earth Engine can be used to measure all kinds of data about the...

Phylo: crowdsourcing genetic analysis through gaming

Projects like Stanford's Folding@Home have utilized your games console's free cycles for biological research for a few years, and with great success. But now a team from the Bioinformatics department of McGill University in Canada has put gaming itself to an even better use: matching DNA, RNA or protein sequence alignments in an effort to help biologists better understand the link between...

Open a new tab and forget what you were about to do? Brain-stimulating skull electrodes may be the solution

In recent months I've been losing my mind. I don't know if I actually have something wrong upstairs, but I have been finding it increasingly hard to keep things -- ideas, snippets, variables -- in short-term memory. I think, though, that it's just a symptom of Information Overload. I sit here, hour after hour, day upon day, scanning RSS feeds, IRC rooms and forums. The amount of new data, videos...

Backing up your brain is becoming a reality

New Scientist is running a story this morning about immortality -- not the physiological, philosopher's stone variety, though: digital immortality. What if, rather than dying, you could live on... inside a computer? Physically we might die, but if an accurate representation of our brain and all of its associated memories can be recreated inside a digital computer, stored in digital memory, can...

pElement is an awesome periodic table app for Windows

Whether you're a hard-working chemistry student or a megalomaniacal mad scientist bent on taking over the world, a copy of the periodic table is a good thing to keep on hand. Even better is pElement, a free application for Windows that packs loads of information into an easy-to-use interface. Click an element and the info window appears, displaying its abbreviation, full name, periodic number,...

Escape Pod - Download Pod

Last time we told you about a science podcast that was all about getting to the truth, now let's look at a podcast that covers the other side of science. Escape Pod is a weekly short story podcast hosted by Stephen Eley released every Thursday. The three-year-old podcast will stretch your mind with all types of sci-fi including space, time, technology, hard science, and even weird psychological...

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe - Download Pod

We'd never, ever turn down a good ghost story. Aliens, even the abducting kind (especially the abducting kind!) are incredibly cool. Still, we are pretty sure that T. Rex existed and didn't use those huge incisors for gnashing hellaciously into cantaloupes and mangoes. And we have enough acquaintances who act a little too similarly to lower primates to believe Darwin was too terribly far off. We...

Launchball- Today's Time Waster

Launchball is a fun, smart, and polished game courtesy of the Science Museum in London. The game uses a common premise: coax a ball into a goal. The objects you can use to accomplish this task though are based generally on electricity, magnetism, and mechanics. There are basic shapes like "ski jumps" and ramps, but there are also batteries and steam generators (which also require a water tank and...

ScienceHack: YouTube gets smart

Ah, YouTube. Your first stop for prime footage of dogs driving cars and prairie dogs with gravitas. There are more educational things on there. Where else can you see a live demonstration (or ten, or twenty) on the effects of Mentos and carbonated soda? Unbeknownst to many (maybe even your eighth period biology teacher), buried in all the hilarity and drama on YouTube, there is - gasp -...