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2011-08-26 11:30:29

NASA has exercised Option Period #2 on the Intelligent Systems Research and Development Support (ISRDS) contract. Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc., (SGT, Inc.), Greenbelt, Md., received the option award to continue to support intelligent systems research at the agency's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The option period has a maximum value of $60 million. This is a cost plus fixed fee contract. The exercised option will continue performance from Sept. 29, 2011, to Sept. 28,...

2011-08-15 06:29:55

The TEDxNASA@SiliconValley event, which will feature presentations on "extreme green ideas," will be streamed live online on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT. NASA's four research centers -- Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif; Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; Langley Research Center and the National Institute of Aerospace, both in Hampton Va. -- are co-hosting the event. It is modeled after the TED (Technology,...

2011-08-12 14:14:00

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The TEDxNASA@SiliconValley event, which will feature presentations on "extreme green ideas," will be streamed live online on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's four research centers -- Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.; Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; Langley Research Center...

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2011-08-03 15:20:00

Astronomers say that the Earth may have once had two moons, until the current moon devoured the other. A new study by planetary scientists at the University of California - Santa Cruz said that the far side of the moon, known as the lunar farside highlands, may be the remains of a collision with a similar companion moon. The near side of the moon is low and flat, while the far side is mountainous with a thicker crust.  The new study suggests that Earth's once second moon eventually...

2011-07-30 02:02:48

New theory of 'Extremely Correlated Fermi Liquids' may explain anomalous photoemission spectra of high-temperature superconductors Although high-temperature superconductors are widely used in technologies such as MRI machines, explaining the unusual properties of these materials remains an unsolved problem for theoretical physicists. Major progress in this important field has now been reported by physicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in a pair of papers published...

2011-07-02 07:10:00

NASA is inviting reporters and the public to join agency leaders, technologists and innovators from a variety of fields at TEDxNASA@SiliconValley 2011 on Aug. 17. The event will be held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in San Francisco from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. PDT. The event is in the spirit of the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences that bring together leading thinkers to create a dialogue about important global challenges. Speakers include an aeronautics researcher developing...

2011-06-13 16:27:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- San Francisco's leadership in biotechnology has taken another step forward with the launch of "BioSF," a public-private partnership to support startup creation and attract industry and investors to the thriving innovation zone in San Francisco's Mission Bay. "BioSF takes the city's biotech initiative to the next level," said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. "This innovative partnership will drive business attraction, job creation...

2011-06-07 08:00:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Energid Technologies Corporation has been funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop a proxy digital simulation for lunar and planetary rovers. The Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, manages the project. The IRG at Ames conducts field tests to prepare for lunar and planetary robotic missions, with a field test typically involving 10-20 scientists and...

2011-05-25 19:30:00

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and Hawaii have agreed to collaborate on a wide range of activities to promote America's human and robotic exploration of space. The partnership also will contribute to the development of education programs and foster economic opportunities including new, high-tech jobs. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Rebecca Keiser signed a...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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