NASA


NASA creates ape-like robot for enhanced disaster response ~Michael Hatamoto, @TweakTown

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) recently showed off its RoboSimian, an ape-like robot with four limbs that act as arms and legs. The RobotSimian is able to move across rough terrain, pick up objects, and better interact with its environment. Robot developers want to create new robotic designs that can be used following natural…


Winter Storm Dion Opens New Round of Snow and Ice for the U.S.; Extreme Warmth in Alaska ~Dr. Jeff Masters’ Wunderblog

This severe cold wave is due to an extreme jet stream kink, as we’ve so many times over the past few years. The jet stream is stuck in an unusually wavy configuration that is bringing remarkable hot and cold weather extremes to the entire continent. A sharp trough of low pressure over the center of…


NASA-Generated Damage Map To Assist With Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Response

The 40-by-50 kilometer damage proxy map, which covers a region near Tacloban City, where the massive storm made landfall, was processed by JPL’s Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team using X-band interferometric synthetic aperture radar data from the Italian Space Agency’s COSMO-SkyMed satellite constellation. The technique uses a prototype algorithm to rapidly detect surface…