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September 02, 2015
Opportunity brushes a rock and conducts in-situ studies
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 01, 2015
Opportunity is in 'Marathon Valley' on the west rim of Endeavour Crater exploring for phyllosilicate clay minerals. The rover is operating in persistent RAM mode (not using Flash for data storage). The rover is in the midst of a grind campaign on the surface target, 'Pvt. Robert Frazer.' On Sol 4114 (Aug. 20, 2015), Opportunity ground about 2.5 millimeters into the surface to expose fresh outcrop using the Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) on the end of the robotic arm. This was to be followed on the ... read more
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Astronaut Andreas to try sub-millimetre precision task on Earth from orbit
Early September will see the very first force-feedback-based teleoperation of a rover-based robotic arm system on Earth from the International Space Station, orbiting 400 km above our heads. Danish ... more

Middle School Students Write Code for Space Station
"I wrote code for the International Space Station." Imagine being able to add that to your resume, even before you graduate middle school. During the Zero Robotics middle school finals on Aug. 14, m ... more

Biophysicists take small step in quest for 'robot scientist'
Biophysicists have taken another small step forward in the quest for an automated method to infer models describing a system's dynamics - a so-called robot scientist. Nature Communications published ... more
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Navy gives continued development approval for EOD robot
A tactical explosive ordinance disposal robot being developed by the U.S. Navy has gotten Milestone B approval to enter an engineering and manufacturing phase. ... more


Drones used to track wildlife
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) and The University of Sydney have developed a world-first radio-tracking drone to locate radio-tagged wildlife. Lead researcher Dr Debbi ... more
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3D-printed microscopic fish do more than swim
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego used an innovative 3D printing technology they developed to manufacture multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots - called microfish - that swim a ... more

Smooth robot movements reduce energy consumption by up to 40 percent
By minimizing the acceleration of industrial robots, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 40 percent - while retaining the given production time. This is the result of a new optimization algor ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US Iran's 'No.1 enemy' despite nuclear deal: cleric

France submits Rafale purchase proposal to Malaysia

N.Korea would have 'no chance' in a conflict with South: US

NATO activates six command units on eastern flank with Russia

Next-gen electronic jammer passes early milestone

Thales securing Oman's airports

Taiwan politician Lien meets Xi, defying Taipei


Whiskey Delivered to Space Station - For Science Only
Five types of Whiskey were delivered to the International Space Station (ISS). Not for a knees-up astronauts' party, as you might think, but for conducting a comprehensive study on how spirits mello ... more

Fisherman nets a spy device in S China Sea
An underwater robot salvaged by a fisherman in South China Sea turned out to be a foreign spy device, CCTV reported. When Huang Yunlai from Hainan province found a one-meter-long, torpedo-like ... more

A brain-computer interface for controlling an exoskeleton
Scientists working at Korea University, Korea, and TU Berlin, Germany have developed a brain-computer control interface for a lower limb exoskeleton by decoding specific signals from within the user ... more
Nuclear Operations and Maintenance Efficiency Summit USA 2015

Mars Rover Moves Onward After 'Marias Pass' Studies
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is driving toward the southwest after departing a region where for several weeks it investigated a geological contact zone and rocks that are unexpectedly high in silica ... more

Navy orders HazMat robots
iRobot reports it is to deliver an undisclosed number of 110 FirstLook robots to the U.S. Navy for the investigation and manipulation of hazardous materials. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US Iran's 'No.1 enemy' despite nuclear deal: cleric

France submits Rafale purchase proposal to Malaysia

N.Korea would have 'no chance' in a conflict with South: US

NATO activates six command units on eastern flank with Russia

Next-gen electronic jammer passes early milestone

Thales securing Oman's airports

Taiwan politician Lien meets Xi, defying Taipei


Russia to Send First Ever Robot-Cosmonaut to ISS
A team of experts at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Space Research Institute are working on the prototype of a robot cosmonaut to help ISS crews during spacewalks. Russia is a world leader w ... more

Controlling the uncontrollable
Instability in engineering is generally not a good thing. If you're building a skyscraper, minor instabilities could bring the whole structure crashing down in a fraction of a second. But what if a ... more

Philae silver lining: robot lab shielded from sun
When a comet whizzes past the Sun on Thursday it won't mean certain high-temperature death for a European robot lab riding on the chunk of ice and dust. ... more

MIT engineers build, test bartending robots that work together
Engineers at MIT have designed a team of robots capable of working together to pour and deliver beers to thirsty humans. ... more

Mars Rovers and the Last Moonwalker to Invade Poland in September
Poland will once again host the biggest Mars rover competition in Europe. This year, from Sept. 5 to 6, the second edition of the European Rover Challenge (ERC) is expected to get even more publicit ... more
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Giving robots a more nimble grasp
Most robots on a factory floor are fairly ham-handed: Equipped with large pincers or claws, they are designed to perform simple maneuvers, such as grabbing an object, and placing it somewhere else i ... more

Comet 67P, robot lab Philae's alien host, nears Sun
A comet streaking through space with a European robot lab riding piggyback will skirt the Sun this week, setting another landmark in an extraordinary quest to unravel the origins of life on Earth. ... more
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Researcher develops cheaper, better LED technology

Seeing Quantum Motion

Russian oil company Rosneft reports second-quarter loss


IBM acquires medical imaging firm to help Watson 'see'


Sandcastles inspire new nanoparticle binding technique


Object recognition for robots


Robotic maker system will build biggest composite rocket parts ever made


Robotic insect mimics Nature's extreme moves


Brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing


Bio-inspired robots jump on water


Boxfish shell inspires new materials for body armor and flexible electronics


Could 'Windbots' Someday Explore the Skies of Jupiter?


Tiny mechanical wrist gives new dexterity to needlescopic surgery

The growing fear of killer robot armies

No sci-fi joke: 'killer robots' strike fear into tech leaders

Software program recognises sketches more accurately than a human

Scientist develops model for robots with bacteria-controlled brains

Opportunity heading into Marathon Valley

Cost of USAF decoy systems reduced

US team beats Iranians in Robocup football final

Hitchhiking robot begins journey across U.S.

NASA Sets Sights on Robot-Built Moon Colony

Robot lab Philae 'silent', says concerned ground control

Pinterest CEO sees site's future in its 'catalog of ideas'

Robots under test for oil and gas rig duty

Hopping towards a better soft robot

3-D-printed robot is hard at heart, soft on the outside

Philae phones home for the eight time

Elon Musk funds major research grants on dangers of artificial intelligence

Philae's comet may host alien 'life': astronomers

Advances in Robots Needed to Explore Icy Moons

Tough tail of a seahorse may provide robotic solutions

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