Category: Odds & Ends

JPL Deploys a CubeSat for Astronomy

  A JPL CubeSat named ASTERIA was deployed from the International Space Station on November 21. It will test the use of CubeSats for astronomy research. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Larger view › Larger view”/> Tiny satellites called CubeSats have attracted a lot of attention in …

Gifts to save the planet

  Give 2017 a proper send-off by doing some good. Don’t give trashy gifts. DepositPhotos The planet is getting hotter, autumn is dead, there are mosquitos everywhere, hurricanes are getting worse … you get the idea. Everyone loves giving gifts for the holidays, but the best …

25 years ago: the world’s first text message

  The British engineer who sent the world’s first text message says he’s quite proud of the mini revolution he started 25 years ago. Neil Papworth sent the first SMS (‘short message service’) to Richard Jarvis, then director of Vodafone. The message was quite simple: “Merry …

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