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February 22, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Next SpaceX mission will deliver slew of experiment payloads to ISS



Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
NASA's first cargo resupply mission of 2017 is poised to lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida loaded with almost 5,500 pounds of science experiments, research equipment and supplies bound for the International Space Station and its resident astronauts. The gear is packed into a SpaceX Dragon capsule that will fly into orbit aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket. It will take two days for the Dragon to catch up to the space station and move within reach of the station's 57-foot-long robotic ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Will androids dream of quantum sheep?
The word 'replicant' evokes thoughts of a sci-fi world where society has replaced common creatures with artificial machines that replicate their behaviour. Now researchers from Singapore have shown ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted
A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power company said Thursday. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Robotics engineers often find their inspiration from nature. For six-legged robots, a nature-inspired gait proved an impediment to maximum speed. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
I'll bet you don't have one of these at home. For the past several years, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been developing a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by ... more
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Success by deception
When computers independently identify bodies of water and their outlines in satellite images, or beat the world's best professional players at the board game Go, then adaptive algorithms are working ... more
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How algorithms secretly run the world
When you browse online for a new pair of shoes, pick a movie to stream on Netflix or apply for a car loan, an algorithm likely has its word to say on the outcome. ... more
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Algorithms: the managers of our digital lives
Algorithms are a crucial cog in the mechanics of our digital world, but also a nosy minder of our personal lives and a subtle, even insidious influence on our behaviour. ... more
ROBO SPACE
No sad endings for Japan's virtual romance fans
Japanese book editor Miho Takeshita is having an affair. But the recently married 30-year-old is not worried about getting caught - her boyfriend only exists on a smartphone. ... more
TECH SPACE
Most stretchable elastomer for 3-D printing
Due to its excellent material properties of elasticity, resilience, and electrical and thermal insulation, elastomers have been used in a myriad of applications. They are especially ideal for fabric ... more
ROBO SPACE
DARPA Selects SSL as Commercial Partner for Revolutionary Goal of Servicing Satellites in GEO
In an important step toward a new era of advanced, cost-effective robotic capabilities in space, DARPA has announced that it has selected Space Systems Loral (SSL), based in Palo Alto, CA, as its co ... more


500 years of robots go on show in London

ROBO SPACE
Pentagon's robot satellite repair system sued by aerospace company
American aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK is leveling a lawsuit against the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to halt a robot-satellite repair system being developed by the agency ... more
ROBO SPACE
NASA Selects Top 20 Space Robotics Challenge Teams
NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston - the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organization, has selected the top 20 teams i ... more
ROBO SPACE
Virtual assistant Cortana holds people to promises
Microsoft virtual assistant Cortana began holding people to their promises on Thursday. ... more
WATER WORLD
RE2 Robotics to further develop EOD underwater manipulator system
RE2 Robotics is to develop an inflatable Underwater Dual Manipulator system for the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research. ... more

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Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones
Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws. At Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France a quartet of fearsome golden eagles is being trained to take out unmanned aircraft in mid-flight. The roar of a departing Rafale fighter jet gives way to the buzz of a drone lifting into the air on a runway at the air base, so ... more
Leonardo supplying radars for Patroller drones

Ukroboronprom presents modified Phantom unmanned vehicle

Monitoring birds by drone

Research reveals novel quantum state in strange insulating materials
Researchers from Brown University have shown experimentally how a unique form of magnetism arises in an odd class of materials called Mott insulators. The findings are a step toward a better understanding the quantum states of these materials, which have generated much interest among scientists in recent years. The study, published in Nature Communications, helps to confirm novel theoretic ... more
ESA's six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon

Sky and Space signs agreement with US Department of Defence

Curtiss-Wright offers COTS Module for measuring microgravity acceleration

A new spin on electronics
Modern computer technology is based on the transport of electric charge in semiconductors. But this technology's potential will be reaching its limits in the near future, since the components deployed cannot be miniaturized further. But, there is another option: using an electron's spin, instead of its charge, to transmit information. A team of scientists from Munich and Kyoto is now demonstrati ... more
Artificial synapse for neural networks

Combining the ultra-fast with the ultra-small

Mail armor inspires physicists

System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants
A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. "Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation," said Mohammad R. Jahanshahi, an assistant professor in Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering. "How ... more
China delays nuclear reactor start again

Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown

Russia's Rosatom Subsidiaries Produced 7,900 Tonnes of Uranium in 2016

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IS won't be defeated unless corruption tackled: report
Western governments need to step up their efforts to combat corruption if they are to defeat jihadists such as the Islamic State group and Boko Haram, Transparency International warned Tuesday. Corrupt practices in states such as Nigeria, Libya and Iraq are providing fertile ground for extremists, the organisation's British branch said in a report. "Corruption is the most powerful weapon ... more
Bashiqa brings back the booze to clear IS hangover

IS leaders leaving Syria's Raqa, Pentagon says

IS fighter first to be stripped of Australian citizenship

New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms

Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights

Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

Stabilizing energy storage
Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power coming from wind and solar installations until it is needed. Some of the current technologies that are potenti ... more
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries

Tiny nanoclusters could solve big problems for lithium-ion batteries

New hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity for more sustainable energy storage

Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into space "as early as mid-April" atop a Long March-7 Y2 rocket, representing a major milestone for China's space program, according to People's Daily, an English-language Chinese news outlet. One won ... more
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

Military Radar Summit 2017
Russia to carry out tourist flights around Moon by 2022
Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia hopes to be the first to offer space tourism around the Moon aboard the Soyuz spacecraft by 2021-2022. First round-the-Moon flights should be possible for space tourists aboard the Soyuz spacecraft in 2021-2022, Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, told Sputnik. "We are speaki ... more
Art and space enter a new dimension

NASA selects proposals for first-ever Space Technology Research Institutes

NASA saves energy and water with new modular supercomputing facility

Researchers pinpoint watery past on Mars
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that appears to have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past. In doing so, they have pinpointed a prime target to begin searching for past life forms on the Red Planet. The findings have just been published in Geophysical Research Letters, by Dr Mary Bourke from Trinity, and her c ... more
Opportunity leaving crater rim for the Plains of Meridiani

Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago

Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years

Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Russian Aviation Company S7 Group restructures
Russia's S7 Space Transportation Systems (STS) company, part of the S7 Group, has been given a license to conduct launches and other space activities in Russia, the firm said Monday. "As early as this year, we plan to launch a Zenit-M rocket from the Baikonur spaceport, with STS providing analytic integration and other assistance in the launch process as well as ensuring cooperation betwee ... more
Energia to make 2 modifications of Federatsiya spaceship

Energia wants to finalize Sea Launch deal with Boeing

SpaceX blasts off cargo from historic NASA launchpad

Study finds 6,600 fracking spills in four states over 10 years
In a new study, researchers tallied spills at hydraulic fracturing sites between 2005 and 2014 in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Researchers surveyed state records of incidents at 31,481 fracking wells. According to their work, the decade yielded 6,648 spills in just four states. "State spill data holds great promise for risk identification and mitigation," ... more
Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater

Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report

Polluted Indian lake catches fire

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Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a Concepts and Questions paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The paper is available now online in 'early view' ahead of being featured on the cover in the print edition on March 1. (A pdf of the paper is also available here). Said to be the largest human artifact on t ... more
Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2

NTU Singapore invents ultrafast camera for self-driving vehicles and drones

Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers

Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics
A new technique using liquid metals to create integrated circuits that are just atoms thick could lead to the next big advance for electronics. The process opens the way for the production of large wafers around 1.5 nanometres in depth (a sheet of paper, by comparison, is 100,000nm thick). Other techniques have proven unreliable in terms of quality, difficult to scale up and function only at ver ... more
Switched-on DNA spark nano-electronic applications

Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings

Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication

Research reveals novel quantum state in strange insulating materials
Researchers from Brown University have shown experimentally how a unique form of magnetism arises in an odd class of materials called Mott insulators. The findings are a step toward a better understanding the quantum states of these materials, which have generated much interest among scientists in recent years. The study, published in Nature Communications, helps to confirm novel theoretic ... more
ESA's six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon

Sky and Space signs agreement with US Department of Defence

Curtiss-Wright offers COTS Module for measuring microgravity acceleration

Stanford scientists measure African crop yields from space
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new method for accurately measuring crop yields using satellite images. Scientists hope their new strategy will help researchers track agricultural productivity in developing countries where farming data is limited. "Improving agricultural productivity is going to be one of the main ways to reduce hunger and improve livelihoods in poor ... more
Maize study finds genes that help crops adapt to change

Snap beans hard to grow in cover crop residue

Bee decline threatens US crop production



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