| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:10 PM
Although most of his fellow space scientists scoffed at the idea, Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Bruce C. Murray insisted that a picture of a planet's surface was worth a thousand words — or at least as much as the measurements of magnetic...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 5:59 PM
Less than three weeks before comet ISON's closest encounter with the sun, the comet is now sporting a cool double tail.
Like those of most comets, ISON's dramatic tail is growing as it moves closer to the sun. That's because the warmth of the sun is...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 2:35 PM
Thomas Rosenbaum, an expert in condensed matter physics, will become the new president of the California Institute of Technology, officials announced Thursday.
Rosenbaum, 58, currently serves as provost at the University of Chicago, where he also...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:10 PM
"I'll get you, Earth, and your little moon too!"
Just in time for Halloween, researchers at JPL have stumbled across a nebula that looks like a warty wicked witch, seen in profile.
The wicked witch head is actually a massive cloud of gas reflecting...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:00 AM
After 36 years of space travel and months of heated debate among scientists, NASA confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 has indeed left our solar system and had entered interstellar space more than a year ago.
"Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has...
| Feb 18, 2014
The Voyager 1 spacecraft is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. Even if defined only by distance, the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory twin Voyagers are America's greatest space adventure. They've been flying successfully for...
| Nov 8, 2013
Stroll end to end at IndieCade, a now-annual game festival and conference in Culver City, and there’s as much for the spectator as there is for the player.
Look right, and four people are walking around with robots on their heads, walk left and...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:27 AM
Move over, "selfie." The Oxford English Dictionary may have let you into the official word club, but you’re still a lexical dilettante. The king of searched words this year, according to Merriam-Webster, is none other than "science."
| Feb 21, 2014
| 6:09 PM
Unimpressed by Michael Jackson’s iconic moonwalk? How about a "Marswalk"? NASA’s Curiosity rover showed off its fancy footwork on the Red Planet this week by driving backward. The Mars Science Laboratory robot just finished its longest drive...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 12:33 PM
The most high-fidelity search for methane on Mars has turned up none, a result that significantly reduces the chances of finding microbial life on the Red Planet.
The highly awaited results of tests conducted by NASA’s Curiosity rover do not...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:05 PM
California is bracing for what officials fear could be an unprecedented winter fire season fueled by record dry conditions that show no signs of letting up.
January is typically a time when forest fire camps and air bases are closed and seasonal...