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NASA analysis: 11 trillion gallons to replenish California drought losses

Posted December 17, 2014 by

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water - around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir - to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

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NASA’s IceBridge Antarctic campaign wraps up

Posted December 17, 2014 by

NASA’s Operation IceBridge recently completed its 2014 Antarctic campaign, marking the mission’s sixth set of flights over Antarctica.

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NASA’s 2014 HS3 hurricane mission investigated four tropical cyclones

Posted December 17, 2014 by

NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel, or HS3, mission investigated four tropical cyclones in the 2014 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season: Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard and Gonzalo.

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NASA tests software that may help increase flight efficiency, decrease aircraft noise

Posted December 15, 2014 by

NASA researchers Dec. 12 began flight tests of computer software that shows promise in improving flight efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of aircraft, especially on communities around airports. Known as ASTAR, or Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes, the software is designed to give pilots specific speed information and guidance so that planes can be…

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Help U.S. cope with climate change: Enter NASA-USGS data app challenge

Posted December 12, 2014 by

NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey is offering more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change.

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Event introduces attendees to NASA’s aviation contributions

Posted December 3, 2014 by Jay Levine

NASA is transforming aviation by reducing aircraft environmental impacts, enhancing safety and leading the way in revolutionary new technologies.

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Researchers test insect-inspired robots

Posted November 21, 2014 by Joyce P. Brayboy

KMel Robotics photograph These nano-quads are the size that the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Micro-Autonomous Systems Technology consortium of researchers envision. The current state is about as compact as a microwave oven.   Army researchers are finding they have much to learn from bees hovering near a picnic spread at a park. Dr. Joseph Conroy,…

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NASA teams with South Korean agency to further improve air traffic management

Posted November 21, 2014 by

NASA photograph Jaiwon Shin, NASAís associate administrator for Aeronautics Research, and Jaeboong Lee, president of the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement, signed an agreement Nov. 17, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, for future agency cooperation on the development of advanced air traffic management technologies. NASA and the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement have…

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Air Force funds research on thermal management technology for fighter aircraft

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Managing heat that is generated by electronic subsystems in next-generation aircraft is a vexing challenge for aerospace system designers. In the interest of meeting this challenge, the Air Force recently provided follow-on funding for a Small Business Innovation Research effort that is identifying improved methods for heat conduction and rejection from system electronics for advanced…

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Report: Major federal lab misused contract funds

Posted November 14, 2014 by Susan Montoya Bryan

Managers at one of the nation’s premier federal laboratories improperly used taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and other officials as part of an effort to extend the lab’s $2.4 billion management contract, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General said in a report Nov. 12. A review of documents determined that…

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