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Amputee Gets Two Psychic Limbs from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab



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

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.

Did You Hear? We’ve Reached Interstellar Space



This is a big deal:  as of last week, the Voyager 1 spacecraft — staffed in part by teams of scientists from Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab and the University of Maryland’s Space Physics Group — made it out of our solar system and into interstellar space. It is the first man-made object to ever do so.

This Week in Research: Darth Vader’s Childhood Home & the Soda Pop Comet

Photo by Ralph Lorenz, courtesy the Planetary Society

Our condolences go out to Anakin Skywalker, whose boyhood home is about to be consumed by a giant sand dune. “Hold on!” you might be saying, “Anakin Skywalker is a fictional character!” True. But his home is real — or at least the set where the Star Wars franchise filmed his childhood is real — and it’s currently under threat by a giant, swiftly moving sand dune, according to a Johns Hopkins researcher.

Hey, Look at That: It’s a Map of Mercury!



Hey. Do you know what that picture up there is? It’s a map of Mercury. Excuse me, it’s the first-ever map of the surface of the closest planet to the sun. Pretty amazing, right?

Johns Hopkins Students Protest University’s Drone Research Program

Photo by Casey McKeel

On February 27, during General Stanley McChrystal’s lecture at Johns Hopkins, the exterior of the building was illuminated with large-scale projections. But instead of advertising the lecture inside — the first in this year’s student-organized Foreign Affairs Symposium — the projections showed injured children and images of warfare. “JHU Research at Work:  Reckless, Wrong, Illegal,” read the words projected on the building’s facade.

This Week in Research: How to Save Earth from the Asteroid & Say “I Love You” in Latin



Today’s asteroid flyby will not actually come all that close to our planet — it’ll stay a safe 17,000 miles away. Still, that’s the nearest pass by an object of its size (comparable to an airliner), and if it did hit, it would do some serious damage. So how do all those astrophysicists at Johns Hopkins plan to save us from the asteroid that is on a collision course with our planet — something that, statistically speaking, is bound to happen soon enough?

The Future Is Now: Hopkins Builds Thought-Controlled Robot Arm



Even today, most people who’ve had their hands amputated wear a hook — the same technology they would’ve used if they’d been born a hundred years ago. But we’re on the verge of a breakthrough in the science of prosthetics — in part thanks to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab — where new robot arms and hands will be looped in to its wearer’s thoughts, allowing for thought-controlled movement.

Johns Hopkins Scientists Want to Smash a Spaceship into an Asteroid. What Could Go Wrong?


Either the astrophysicists at Johns Hopkins have never seen a space-action movie, or they’ve seen way too many. Those are the only explanations I can come up with for why they’d argue in favor of slamming a spaceship into a giant asteroid… just to see what might happen.

Earth-like Planet Discovered; Johns Hopkins Gets Ready to Take Us There (Kind of)


So here’s the backstory:  NASA recently announced the discovery of Alpha Centauri Bb, an Earth-sized exoplanet that’s right next door, cosmically speaking. It’s a low-mass planet, and the star it orbits is relatively sun-like — just like home! So when do we get to go visit?