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NASA Proceeding with Hopkins Lab’s Plan to Attack an Oncoming Asteroid

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The feds have approved a plan crafted by Johns Hopkins astrophysicists to send a tiny spaceship crashing into an asteroid in 2022.

A Titanium Arm From Hopkins Is Almost Better Than the Real Thing

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Photo via JHU APL
Photo via JHU APL

Johns Hopkins has made it their business to become a leader in the world of prosthetics, working to develop everything from a prosthetic eye to thought-controlled artificial limbs.

Pluto Flyby Sends Back Amazing, Historic Pictures

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Image of Pluto via JHU APL/NASA/Southwest Research Institute
Image of Pluto via JHU APL/NASA/Southwest Research Institute

If planets had feelings (and who’s to say they don’t?), I imagine Pluto would be pretty pleased with all the attention it’s getting these days. The last time anyone cared this much about Pluto was back when it got demoted from planet to dwarf planet; this week, though, Pluto is making headlines for a much more exciting reason.

Pluto Is a Romantic, Johns Hopkins APL Images Show

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We won’t get the real download of images from New Horizons‘s Pluto flyby for a little while now, but some of the preliminary pictures sent back by the Johns Hopkins-controlled spacecraft are already revealing some surprises.

Are You Planning Your Pluto Party Yet? Space Probe Nears Distant Planet

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Nearly a decade ago, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab waved goodbye to the New Horizons spacecraft as it set out on a journey far away. Very far away. More than a billion miles away, in fact. And next week, New Horizons will finally reach its most distant point: Pluto.

Johns Hopkins APL Has New Pictures of Pluto

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Poor Pluto. Once considered the solar system’s ninth planet, it recently got demoted to “large object” status.

Amputee Gets Two Psychic Limbs from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

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For years, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab has been creating amazing prosthetic limbs that are so sophisticated that they can be controlled by the human brain.

JHU-Built Probe Nears Pluto

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Photo via Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab/Southwest Research Institute
Photo via Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab/Southwest Research Institute

Yes, the movie Interstellar–which features a spacecraft entering a wormhole in the vicinity of Saturn, and zipping over into another galaxy–is fiction. But NASA is currently in the process of sending a a probe three billion (!!) miles through deep space in order to gain more information about Pluto and its moons.

Let’s All Move to Europa

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Rendering of Jupiter as seen from Europa via NASA
Rendering of Jupiter as seen from Europa via NASA

Mars, shmars: Johns Hopkins’s Applied Physics Laboratory wants to know about Jupiter. And the thing they’re finding are turning out to be quite interesting indeed.

The APL researchers and other astronomers have been puzzled by something that happens on one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa, for years. They had clear evidence that the moon’s icy crust was expanding, but they couldn’t explain how or why.

Hopkins Officials Testify Before Senate

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Congressional battles over how much money the government should spend (and how it should spend it) have impacted many different aspects of American life. The one that most concerns Johns Hopkins president Ronald Daniels, and Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab director Ralph Semmel is the decline in funding for research and higher education. “The potential impact on our young scientists is grave,” Daniels warns.