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The Media Relations Office at JPL is responsible for issuing press releases and hosting media events. As an institution, discussing new discoveries with the public is key to JPL's success as an institution. Below are selected press releases from JPL about new advances in many research fields.
RoboSimian Drives, Walks and Drills in Robotics Finals
The ape-like RoboSimian robot, developed at JPL, took fifth place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Read the news release 'RoboSimian Drives, Walks and Drills in Robotics Finals'

OPALS Boosts Space-to-Ground Optical Communications Research
Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle? This effect is caused by variations in the density of our atmosphere that cause blurring in light coming from space. Read the news release 'OPALS Boosts Space-to-Ground Optical Communications Research'

NASA Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt
NASA laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation. Read the news release 'NASA Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt'

NASA Selects Advanced Space Technology Concepts for More Study
NASA has selected 15 proposals, including one from JPL, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, which aims to turn science fiction into science fact through the development of pioneering technologies. Read the news release 'NASA Selects Advanced Space Technology Concepts for More Study'

New Antenna for the SWOT Satellite Allows for High Data Rate Communication
Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed and demonstrated a new antenna for the SWOT telecommunication system in record time that is able to downlink high data rates. Read the news release 'New Antenna for the SWOT Satellite Allows for High Data Rate Communication'

DHS and NASA Technology Helps Save Four in Nepal Earthquake Disaster
Four men trapped under up to 10 feet of bricks, mud and other debris have been rescued in Nepal thanks to new search-and-rescue technology developed in partnership by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate and JPL. Read the news release 'DHS and NASA Technology Helps Save Four in Nepal Earthquake Disaster'

Deep Space Atomic Clock
The Deep Space Atomic Clock mission will explore how to better navigate spacecraft and collect data with more precision. Read the news release 'Deep Space Atomic Clock'

Glitter Cloud May Serve As Space Mirror
Space telescopes may one day make use of glitter-like materials to help take images of new worlds, according to JPL researchers. Read the news release 'Glitter Cloud May Serve As Space Mirror'

Heat-Converting Material Patents Licensed
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has licensed patents on high-temperature thermoelectric materials to Evident Technologies, Troy, New York, which provides these kinds of materials and related power systems. Read the news release 'Heat-Converting Material Patents Licensed'

Space Radar Helps Track Underground Water Pollution Risk
Satellite observations provide a new and more accurate way to assess where underground water in northern Italy is most at risk from pollutants. Read the news release 'Space Radar Helps Track Underground Water Pollution Risk'

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