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Curiosity rover drives $2.5B make-or-break Mars mission

The Mars Science Laboratory is the most expensive and complex lander ever sent to the red planet, a nuclear-powered rover that will scale a 3-mile-tall mountain to seek the building blocks of life.

By July 31, 2012


Softbank's Geiger counter smartphone: Start of a global trend?

Softbank launched a smartphone that tracks radiation in Japan. The feature is aimed at the Japanese market, but could interest the rest of the world.

By May 31, 2012


Ambitious Mars Science Lab rover set for Saturday launch

After a break for Thanksgiving, NASA plans to launch a $2.5 billion nuclear-powered rover to Mars for a long-awaited mission to look for evidence of carbon compounds and past or present habitability.

By November 24, 2011


Nuclear 'space battery' bests solar in Curiosity Mars mission

The Mars mission will use an on-board nuclear generator to produce heat and, using thermoelectric devices, generate enough electricity to power the Curiosity robot for years.

By November 22, 2011


Juno launched on $1.1 billion mission to Jupiter

Searching for clues to the origin and evolution of the solar system, NASA launches its solar-powered Juno probe on a five-year voyage to Jupiter, kicking off a $1.1 billion science mission.

By August 5, 2011


Juno spacecraft poised for five-year voyage to Jupiter

NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft, centerpiece of a $1.1 billion mission to Jupiter, will spend a year orbiting the solar system's largest planet to study the formation and evolution of the solar system.

By July 27, 2011


The Mars science gear on Curiosity

The upcoming Red Planet rover features a robot arm, high-resolution cameras, and a suite of instruments in a 165-pound science payload--a weight class well beyond that of the current rovers.

By August 20, 2010


On Mars, satisfaction awaits Curiosity rover

The big rover is two years behind schedule, but NASA engineers say that the time and extra money were well spent. Curiosity is now on track for takeoff in late 2011.

By August 20, 2010


BOL 1086: Beating a dead parse

Mozilla is upset about the browser ballot screen because it's alphabetical, left to right, by manufacturer. That means Apple gets the prime spot. We think that's parsing the screen too closely. So we decide to parse it even more! And we also reinvent b

By October 16, 2009


Penny-size nuclear battery keeps going and going

University of Missouri scientists are developing a nuclear battery the size of a penny that could hold a million times more charge than chemical batteries.

By October 9, 2009