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August 18, 2017
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
The mystery of the pulsating blue stars



Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
In the middle of the large Chilean Atacama desert, a team of Polish astronomers are patiently monitoring millions of celestial bodies night after night with the help of a modern robotic telescope. In 2013, the team was surprised when they discovered, in the course of their survey, stars that pulsated much faster than expected. In the following years, the team that included Dr. Marilyn Latour, an astronomer from the Dr. Remeis-Sternwarte Bamberg, the astronomical institute of Friedrich-Alexander-Un ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers catch exploding supernova early
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
For the first time, astronomers have observed a cosmic event in great detail that they only had glimpses of before: a supernova and its explosive ejecta slamming into a nearby companion star. The di ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
'Dragon captured' as cargo arrives at space station
Miami (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo vessel, carrying the first super-computer to space as part of its 6,400 pound (2,900 kilograms) payload arrived Wednesday at the International Space Station. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
New thruster design increases efficiency for future spaceflight
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Hall thrusters (HTs) are used in earth-orbiting satellites, and also show promise to propel robotic spacecraft long distances, such as from Earth to Mars. The propellant in a HT, usually xenon, is a ... more
ROBO SPACE
Northrop Grumman to demonstrate autonomous networked unmanned vehicles
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Northrop Grumman will demonstrate autonomous unmanned undersea and unmanned surface vehicles at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise at the Naval Surface Warfare Center this week. ... more
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ROBO SPACE
SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, reports it successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for NASA's Restore-L mission to p ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity takes in the panoramic view while crossing some rocky terrain
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Opportunity is located in Perseverance Valley on the west rim of Endeavour crater and has resumed normal science activities post-conjunction. Taking advantage of the position through conjuncti ... more
MOON DAILY
Astronauts to bring asteroid back into lunar orbit
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Future space exploration aims to fly further from Earth than ever before. Now, Italian Space Agency scientists have expressed an interest in contributing to the development of robotic technologies t ... more
TECH SPACE
NASA Tests Autopilot Sensors During Simulations
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Inside a large, black-walled facility outside Denver, NASA's Satellite Servicing Projects Division (SSPD) team successfully completed the latest testing of three rendezvous and proximity operations ... more
ROBO SPACE
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
It has been argued that the ability of humans to recognize social signals is crucial to mastering social intelligence - but can robots learn to read human social cues and adapt or correct their own ... more
TECH SPACE
Active machine learning for the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalate molecules
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Who is the better experimentalist, a human or a robot? When it comes to exploring synthetic and crystallization conditions for inorganic gigantic molecules, actively learning machines are clearly ah ... more


Dragon to be packed with new experiments for International Space Station

SPACE MEDICINE
New magnetic microbots can capture and carry single cells
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Scientists have designed a tiny robot made of microscopic cubes capable of changing shape when triggered by a magnetic field. Once initiated, the microbot can derive energy from the surrounding environment. ... more
EXO WORLDS
NASA hiring a planetary protection officer to guard against alien invaders
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
According to NASA, the universe needs police - specifically immigration enforcement. The space agency is hiring a planetary protection officer to keep Earthlings safe from alien invaders. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
On his first day at work as a security guard, Steve was greeted warmly, drawing attention from passersby, including some taking selfies with him at the tony retail-residential complex he patrolled. Then he fell into the fountain. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup
Nagoya, Japan (AFP) July 30, 2017
With steely focus, player number 3 scored a stunning opening goal in the first few minutes of the high-stakes football match between a dominant Bordeaux and their plucky Chinese opponents. ... more



Balloons and drones and clouds
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than ever before. In addition to providing more precise data for weather and climate models, being able to effectively operate UASs in the Arctic is important fo ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
DJI announces pending fix for drones following Army ban
Tehran (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Iran rejects US claims of unsafe drone flight in Gulf
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Iran drone flies close to US carrier in Gulf: Pentagon
Archinaut Project conducts first large-scale 3D build in space-like environment
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Archinaut, a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM) project developing cutting-edge technology to build and assemble complex hardware and supersized structures on demand in space, achieved an unprecedented milestone this summer. "To our knowledge, this is the first time additive manufacturing has been successfully tested on such a large scale in the vacuum and temperature conditions o ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Air Force tests new radar receivers for rescue helicopters
Denver CO (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Lockheed Martin integrates first modernized A2100 satellite
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Marine Corps testing mobile 3D printing lab
Single molecules can work as reproducible transistors - at room temperature
New York NY (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
A major goal in the field of molecular electronics, which aims to use single molecules as electronic components, is to make a device where a quantized, controllable flow of charge can be achieved at room temperature. A first step in this field is for researchers to demonstrate that single molecules can function as reproducible circuit elements such as transistors or diodes that can easily operat ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
New ultrathin semiconductor materials exceed some of silicon's 'secret' powers
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
A semiconductor that can beat the heat
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Despite repeated promises over the past 18 years, the US Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is unlikely to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor by the mid-21st century. That is the conclusion of a new study from the University of California, San Diego and Carnegie Mellon University, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which used data ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
RWE optimistic for 2017, boosted by nuclear tax refund
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
New York, NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
The Roadmap for Increased Safety and Viability of Nuclear Power Plants
Iraq seeks UN resolution to investigate IS
United Nations, United States (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Iraq has asked the UN to assist it with gathering evidence of crimes committed by the Islamic State group and said it was working with Britain to draft a Security Council resolution to establish an investigation. In a letter dated August 9 but given to the press Wednesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafaari, congratulating his country's army on its "brilliant military victories" agai ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Beirut (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: monitor
Rann, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Nigerian town still reeling from botched bombing
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University of Lincoln, UK, conducted a ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
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Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A computer code used by physicists around the world to analyze and predict tokamak experiments can now approximate the behavior of highly energetic atomic nuclei, or ions, in fusion plasmas more accurately than ever. The new capability, developed by physicist Mario Podesta at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), outfits the code known as TRANSP with a ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
IV and cellular fluids power flexible batteries
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation
Binghamton NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Saliva-powered battery could be helpful in extreme conditions
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. The achievement based on experiments conducted with the world' s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), was published in the authoritative academic journal Nature on T ... more
Xi'an, China (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
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SpaceX launches super-computer to space station
Miami (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
SpaceX on Monday blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station, carrying a host of science experiments and the most powerful computer ever sent into orbit. "Three, two, one, and liftoff," a SpaceX commentator said as the white Falcon 9 rocket climbed into the blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 12:31 pm (1631 GMT). Three minutes after launch, the ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
NASA: let's say something to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launch
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Disruptioneering: Streamlining the Process of Scientific Discovery
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
NASA Offers Space Station as Catalyst for Discovery in Washington
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth's perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth and Mars. NASA will refrain from sending commands to America's three Mars orbiters and two Mars rovers during the period from July 22 to Aug. 1. "Out of caution, we won't talk to our Mars assets during that period because we expec ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 14, 2017
Opportunity will spend three weeks at current location due to Solar Conjunction
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
SHIIVER tank arrives at NASA's Marshall Center for spray-on foam insulation
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A technical challenge that NASA is working to solve is how to maintain very cold liquid propellants to be used as fuel for deep space missions. Heat intercept concepts such as advanced insulation blankets, foam insulation and vapor-based cooling will be evaluated with the Structural Heat Intercept Insulation Vibration Evaluation Rig or SHIIVER, which arrived Aug. 10 at NASA's Marshall Space Flig ... more
Miami (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
'Dragon captured' as cargo arrives at space station
Miami (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
SpaceX launches super-computer to space station
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
New thruster design increases efficiency for future spaceflight
Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect
Paris (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
A 128-nation treaty to curb exposure to the dangerous heavy metal mercury entered into force Wednesday, the United Nations announced on the convention's website. Adopted in 2013, the Minamata Convention on Mercury was named for the Japanese fishing town in which thousands were poisoned by the deadly element in the mid-20th century. The toll was caused by discharge from a chemical factory ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Canada looking to add environmental protections to NAFTA
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Probiotics help poplar trees clean up toxins in Superfund sites
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Uber board spat over ex-chief Kalanick goes public
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
A bitter fight over control of Uber has intensified in recent days with warring factions battling over the future role, if any, of ousted chief executive Travis Kalanick at the global rideshare titan. On Monday, a major investor fired off a message to Uber employees explaining why it filed suit last week against founder Kalanick, accusing him of covering misdeeds while rigging the board in o ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Fiat joins BMW-led group to develop driverless cars
New York (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Shares of Fiat Chrysler surge on report of Chinese suitors
Manila (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Uber bows to Philippines suspension after show of defiance
How to move objects at the nanoscale
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
To move a nanoparticle on the surface of a graphene sheet, you won't need a "nano-arm": by applying a temperature difference at the ends of the membrane, the nanocluster laying on it will drift from the hot region to the cold one. In addition, contrary to the laws ruling the world at the macroscale, the force acting on the particle - the so-called thermophoretic force - should not decrease as th ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption
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Archinaut Project conducts first large-scale 3D build in space-like environment
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Archinaut, a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM) project developing cutting-edge technology to build and assemble complex hardware and supersized structures on demand in space, achieved an unprecedented milestone this summer. "To our knowledge, this is the first time additive manufacturing has been successfully tested on such a large scale in the vacuum and temperature conditions o ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Air Force tests new radar receivers for rescue helicopters
Denver CO (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Lockheed Martin integrates first modernized A2100 satellite
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Marine Corps testing mobile 3D printing lab
Oceans possess vast, untapped potential for sustainable aquaculture
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Covering 70 percent of Earth's surface, the world's oceans are vast and deep. So vast, in fact, that nearly every coastal country has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aquaculture. In fact, each country could do so using a tiny fraction of its ocean territory. So finds a study led by scientists from UC Santa Barbara and including researchers from the Nature Conse ... more
Waterloo, UK (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture paying off slowly
Exeter UK (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
'Inefficient' sailing fleet keeps oyster fishery alive
Miami (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Climate change will cut crop yields: study


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