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Send a Message to an Asteroid … and Back!

Want to send a message to the surface of an asteroid? Here’s your chance — and you’ve got until September 30th to make it happen. In 2016, NASA will launch a spacecraft called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, a.k.a. “OSIRIS-REx.”

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Targeting Malaria With Science

In the movies, scientific study flashes by in an instant. From a cinematic point of view, this makes sense — you can’t just have the camera linger on a group of researchers indefinitely as they toil over petri dishes and

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The Satellite and the Vacant McDonald’s

Mountain View, California is a tech-heavy place. That’s the location of the Googleplex, Google’s high-tech campus. It’s also the location of a group of engineers controlling a satellite from an old, abandoned McDonald’s restaurant. No, really! What’s better is that

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The Future of Blood

In the future, blood may be manufactured in labs — and designed to be more shelf-stable than Velveeta. Forget Tru:Blood. This stuff could be given to all patients, regardless of blood type, and stored for years without refrigeration in case

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Quantum Physics and Cheshire Cats

We’ve said it many times on Fw:Thinking – the quantum world is weird. From electron tunneling to superposition to entanglement, things happen on the quantum scale that defy common sense. And just when I think I’m starting to get the

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Andromeda vs Milky Way – The Tale of the Tape

Sometimes, my brain comes up with weird questions. Examples include “how many dinosaurs would it take to create a single barrel worth of petroleum” or “how long could I live off of Frito corn chips?” I’m comforted that other people

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None More Black?

We joke on Fw:Thinking that the future will be made out of carbon nanotubes. Based on the numerous qualities it can have it really does seem like a miracle material. One of those materials is that it can be more

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How will the Internet of Things communicate?

We’ve talked about the Internet of Things a lot on Fw:Thinking (see one of our earliest episodes on it at the end of this post). It’s the future in which all sorts of devices and sensors communicate with one another

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Smartphones and Scenic Routes

As someone who hates asking for directions, I was thrilled when GPS became a standard feature in smartphones. Normally, I enjoy finding the most efficient route between two points. “Ooh, this one has fewer traffic lights! But this one has

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Blind People Help Engineers Design Better Tactile Displays

I recently blogged about how researchers at Georgia Tech developed a glove that teaches people how to type (and read) in Braille through haptic feedback. I suppose this can be a companion piece, as I just learned about studies that

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