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March 27, 2017
MOON DAILY
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon



Paris (ESA) Mar 27, 2017
Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving. During prolonged night, when the surface is lit only by blue Earthlight, temperatures dip below -170+ C. Some locations at higher latitudes have shorter nights, though others have much longer or even permanent darkness. Numerous robotic missions have perished during this prolonged cold. Russia's ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Quadruped robot exhibits spontaneous changes in step with speed
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
The research group of Professor Akio Ishiguro and Assistant Professor Dai Owaki of Tohoku University have, for the first time, successfully demonstrated that by changing only its parameter related t ... more
ROBO SPACE
Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout. The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) in development at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was i ... more
UAV NEWS
Happy Wanderer? Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Its Own Orbital Record
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 27, 2017
The US Air Force's super-secret Boeing X-37B mini space shuttle just broke its own orbital record of 674 days in space. The landing date for the apparatus remains undetermined. The X-37B robotic spa ... more
ROBO SPACE
Kraken Sonar Systems gains funding for robotics project
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Kraken Sonar Systems' underwater robotics program is receiving funding from the Canadian government's research organization. ... more
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Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up
Washington (AFP) March 26, 2017
Are robots coming for your job? ... more
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'Tree-on-a-chip' passively pumps water for days
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Trees and other plants, from towering redwoods to diminutive daisies, are nature's hydraulic pumps. They are constantly pulling water up from their roots to the topmost leaves, and pumping sugars pr ... more
ROBO SPACE
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Self-driving taxis. Cell phones that react appropriately to spoken requests. Computers that outcompete world-class chess and Go players. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming part and parcel of t ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Due to its extreme dryness, the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the most important environments on Earth for researchers who need to approximate the conditions of Mars. Working in 90-plus-de ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
3D Pizza Printer to Feed Hungry Astronauts in Deep Space
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Has this ever happened to you? You're drifting through the vacuum of space, millions of miles from Earth, when suddenly you have a craving for pizza. To satisfy this probable demand, a startup has r ... more
ROBO SPACE
Songs that make robots cry
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these ... more


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'Global startup' vows autonomous car by 2020 in US
Washington (AFP) March 10, 2017
A "global startup" which makes electric racing vehicles unveiled plans Friday to sell a fully autonomous electric car in the US market by 2020. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems completed a test firing demonstration using its Protector unmanned surface vehicle, or USV. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
If someone asks you to hand them a wrench from a table full of different sized wrenches, you'd probably pause and ask, "which one?" Robotics researchers from Brown University have now developed an a ... more
ROBO SPACE
Shape-shifting molecular robots respond to DNA signals
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
A research group at Tohoku University and Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a molecular robot consisting of biomolecules, such as DNA and protein. The molecular robot ... more

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X-37B Space Plane Soon to Break Orbital Record
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 21, 2017
The US Air Force's most secretive plane, the X-37B, is just eight days away from breaking the record for longest orbital mission undertaken by a space plane. The unmanned vehicle is competing against itself, as the X-37B already holds this record with a 674 day flight. Whether the X-37B will break the record or not, however, is up to the Air Force, which is famously tight-lipped about the ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 27, 2017
Happy Wanderer? Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Its Own Orbital Record
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
GA-ASI starts testing of mid-air launch-and-recovery drone vehicles
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
General Atomics producing additional MQ-9 drone parts
Invention May Give Spacecraft Improved Damage Report
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
There are few ways for astronauts to know exactly when the outside of their spacecraft has been damaged, but that may change in the future with an invention that acts like a sensory skin to pick up signs of damage in real-time. The invention uses a series of several technologies to create circuits printed on thin layers and that can be embedded in a spacecraft's structure, scientists behind the ... more
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Rare-earths become water-repellent only as they age
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
New study maps space dust in 3-D
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Ancient Art of Weaving Ready to Head to Mars and Beyond
Organic electronics can use power from socket
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Organic light-emitting devices and printed electronics can be connected to a socket in the wall by way of a small, inexpensive organic converter, developed in a collaboration between Linkoping University and Umea University. Printed electronics and organic light-emitting devices now perform at levels sufficient for a number of eco-friendly, energy-efficient applications. Previously the ide ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Ultrafast measurements explain quantum dot voltage drop
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Liquid fuel for future computers
Dallas TX (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Unexpected, star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics
Loss-hit Toshiba nosedives on fears about future
Tokyo (AFP) March 15, 2017
Toshiba shares plunged Wednesday as fears grow about the future of one of Japan's best-known firms, hit by massive losses and accounting fraud allegations at its US nuclear unit. The Tokyo-listed stock dropped as much as 13.62 percent at one point, with concerns that the embattled company's shares could be delisted from the bourse. Toshiba ended the day at 189.5 yen ($1.65), down 12.22 p ... more
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The EIC and Nuclear AMRC sign MoU
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
German energy company RWE evolving for success
Manchester UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste
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Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen base
Moscow (AFP) March 24, 2017
Six Russian soldiers were killed in Chechnya Friday when gunmen tried to storm their base in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The base belongs to Russia's National Guard, a branch established last year to defend borders and counter extremism. It is subordinate directly to President Vladimir Putin and has bases in the country's volatile North Caucasus regions, including Chec ... more
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Energy demand metrics indicate strong U.S. economy
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Metrics measuring consumer demand for fuels and related products in the United States were indicative of an improving economy, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute reported total petroleum deliveries, a measure of demand, gained 0.1 percent to 19.7 million barrels per day, its highest level since 2008. Total motor gasoline deliveries, a measure of consumer demand, was up ... more
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Non-toxic material that generates electricity through hot and cold
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Thanks to the discovery of a new material by University of Utah engineers, jewelry such as a ring and your body heat could generate enough electricity to power a body sensor, or a cooking pan could charge a cellphone in just a few hours. The team, led by University of Utah materials science and engineering professor Ashutosh Tiwari, has found that a combination of the chemical elements cal ... more
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Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
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NASA's hybrid computer enables Raven's autonomous rendezvous capability
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A hybrid computing system developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the enabling technology behind an ambitious experiment testing a relative navigation and autonomous docking capability known as Raven. Developed by the Satellite Servicing Projects Division, or SSPD, the carry-on luggage-sized module was launched February 19 aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraf ... more
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Trump, NASA and a rare consensus: mission to Mars
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
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Mars Volcano, Earth's Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity. The last volcanic activity there ceased about 50 million years ago - around the time of Earth's Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction, when large numbers of our planet's plant and animal species (including dinosaurs) went extinct. ... more
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The "Brain" of the Space Launch System RS-25 Engine Passes Critical Test
Stennis Space Center, MS (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
An RS-25 rocket engine with a new flight-model engine controller and flight configuration software was tested for the first time at NASA's Stennis Space Center last week. Four RS-25 engines, manufactured by Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., will help propel NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, America's next generation heavy-lift launch vehicle, and ... more
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Indonesia increases estimate for cruise ship reef damage
Jakarta (AFP) March 22, 2017
Indonesia said Wednesday a cruise ship on a voyage organised by a British company had damaged about 18,900 square metres of coral reef, increasing the estimate of the devastation caused when the vessel ran aground. The accident happened this month in Raja Ampat, eastern Indonesia, one of the most biodiverse marine habitats on Earth and a favourite with intrepid travellers and divers due to i ... more
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Germany pushing e-mobility options
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
German energy company E.ON said Monday it was working within a government program to advance charging points for electric-powered mobility options. The company's subsidiaries submitted grant applications for more than 700 charging stations on behalf of the municipalities in which they operate. "Using various models, E.ON's regional companies are offering charging solutions for al ... more
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Scientists created nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The project received support from the Regional Science Foundation and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research in the competition for oriented interdisciplinary research in 2016. The results of the research were published in the journals Physics of the Solid State, Vacuum and Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism. The authors of the project say that with the help of this techno ... more
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Paris, France (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Light-controlled gearbox for nanomachines
Akron OH (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
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Invention May Give Spacecraft Improved Damage Report
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
There are few ways for astronauts to know exactly when the outside of their spacecraft has been damaged, but that may change in the future with an invention that acts like a sensory skin to pick up signs of damage in real-time. The invention uses a series of several technologies to create circuits printed on thin layers and that can be embedded in a spacecraft's structure, scientists behind the ... more
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Rare-earths become water-repellent only as they age
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Ancient Art of Weaving Ready to Head to Mars and Beyond
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Brasilia (AFP) March 20, 2017
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