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NASA's not having an easy time testing the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator that should eventually put big payloads on Mars. The agency has scrubbed all test flights this weekend due to weather, and now won't take the flying saucer-like balloon for a spin until June 8th at the earliest. The lo...

June 7th 2015 at 3:28pm 0 Comments
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In case you wanted another behind-the-scenes look at how Google's internet-by-balloon service is doing, now is your chance. The Project Loon team posted a new video showing everything from how it manages its balloon fleet, the balloon creation process, their partnership with local LTE network prov...

April 18th 2015 at 3:03pm 0 Comments
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Google's aerial ambitions continue unabated. Need proof? Just talk to Sundar Pichai -- just before he sat down for a Q&A with Bloomberg's Brad Stone at MWC, the Google SVP confirmed the company's internet-beaming Titan drones would take their flight in the coming months, and that its Project L...

March 2nd 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments
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Google's internet-by-air effort, Project Loon, isn't necessarily limited to countries where data coverage is frequently spotty; it might be headed to the US, too. The search firm recently sent a letter to the FCC suggesting that potentially available high-frequency spectrum (above 24GHz) should b...

January 20th 2015 at 3:29pm 0 Comments
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YouTube member curtisnstacey created a novel smartphone case that requires you to push your phone into a ballon as it is deflating. It's a clever trick that will allow the balloon to fold itself over your phone, forming a protective cover. Though inventive, the case has two major detractors that s...

December 18th 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Want to do more with your selfies than post them on Instagram for the umpteenth time? Old Navy might have a way to make them stand out... if just for a brief, glorious moment. The clothing shop is kicking off its 20th birthday by creating the Selfiebration machine, a 15 foot tall behemoth that con...

October 16th 2014 at 12:00am 0 Comments
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The practice of sending messages in bottles (or other floating vessels) has been used to determine the flow of oceans and relay military information. Of course, folks also use the method to serendipitously send correspondence to whoever should stumble upon it. The same principle applied to a conte...

October 10th 2014 at 11:43am 0 Comments
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Richard Branson is investing in a plane that'll take tourists to the edge of space, but who needs that when you've got balloons? A company in Arizona is working on a high-altitude craft that'll use a huge balloon to gently carry passengers voyagers to the edges of the atmosphere. It's already test...

June 25th 2014 at 5:28pm 0 Comments
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Despite brisk temperatures of -290 degrees F, Saturn's giant Titan moon is of great interest to scientists, thanks to Earth-like geography, hydrocarbon "lakes" and even possible life. Though NASA's Cassini-Huygens probe visited Titan some time ago, the space agency would like to return at some poi...

June 19th 2014 at 10:38am 0 Comments