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Ant Behavior Might Shed Insight On Problems Facing Electronics Design

The National Science Foundation has awarded Michael Hsiao, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech, a grant of $418,345 to improve the accuracy in electronics design, using algorithms he designed that simulate ant behavior. Michael Hsiao plans to harness swarm intelligence based on the efficient behavior of ants. Why would this matter? Ant […]

Google Mountain View campus garden
Google Mountain View campus garden


Google Data Collection Worries Americans More Than NSA

Americans may not like the fact that the National Security Agency is collecting data on their phone calls and emails, but it turns out they are even more concerned over another surveillance threat: Google. In a survey conducted by the consumer feedback service Survata, the company asked internet users just how angry they would be […]

NASA rocket explodes on takeoff in Virginia
NASA rocket explodes on takeoff in Virginia


ISS-Bound NASA Rocket Explodes On Takeoff In Virginia

An unmanned rocket exploded shortly after takeoff Tuesday evening on Virginia’s eastern shore. Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket was carrying thousands of pounds of equipment to restock the International Space Station. The launch was supposed to be the third of eight planned Orbital missions to ferry gear and food to astronauts aboard the ISS. The rocket […]

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Nilofar (04A) in the Arabian Sea on Oct. 27 at 9:10 UTC (5:10 a.m. EDT). Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Nilofar (04A) in the Arabian Sea on Oct. 27 at 9:10 UTC (5:10 a.m. EDT). Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team


NASA’s Aqua Satellite Eyeing Tropical Cyclone Nilofar In Arabian Sea

Tropical Cyclone 04A continues to intensify and had been renamed Tropical Cyclone Nilofar when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead on Oct. 27. The MODIS instrument aboard Aqua captured a visible image of Nilofar that showed a ring of strong thunderstorms around the center of circulation and bands of thunderstorms wrapping into the low-level center from […]