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December 18, 2017
'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station

Miami (AFP) Dec 17, 2017
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived on Sunday at the International Space Station, carrying supplies and experiments for the astronauts in orbit. "Capture confirmed," a NASA commentator said at 5:57 am (10:57 GMT), when the space station's robotic arm, operated by one of its astronauts, attached itself to the cargo ship as it floated over Australia and Papua New Guinea. "It's a great day to see Dragon back at ISS again," said another NASA commentator. The recycled spaceship blasted of ... read more

Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who ann ... more
Aerospace's SeedTECH AI advances to second round of $5M IBM Watson XPRIZE
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
The Aerospace Corporation's (Aerospace) SeedTECH Artificial Intelligence (AI) team is one of 59 teams out of 147 that are advancing to the second round of the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE - a $5 million AI ... more
Software enables robots to be controlled in virtual reality
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Even as autonomous robots get better at doing things on their own, there will still be plenty of circumstances where humans might need to step in and take control. New software developed by Brown Un ... more
Engineers program tiny robots to move, think like insects
Ithaca NY (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
While engineers have had success building tiny, insect-like robots, programming them to behave autonomously like real insects continues to present technical challenges. A group of Cornell University ... more
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Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Scientists have identified a shift in the gaits of speedy cockroaches as the insects kick it into high gear. The discovery could help engineers train robots to walk more stably and efficiently. ... more
Not Your Grandpa's Robot: Russian Robot 'FEDOR' May Become Self-Learning
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 13, 2017
F.E.D.O.R., which stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research is the first Russian humanoid robot, created within the framework of the Foundation of Advanced Studies. The robot is de ... more
Tokyo airport to be 'scattered' with robots for 2020 Olympics
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics can expect to arrive at an airport "scattered" with robots to help them, an official said Tuesday as he unveiled seven new machines to perform tasks from helping with luggage to language assistance. ... more
Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The U.S. space exploration program should continue to focus on robotic sample recovery and human missions to Mars, says Scott Hubbard, Editor-in-Chief of New Space. He details the benefits and risks ... more
'Grinch bots' may steal Christmas by snatching up prized toys
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
If no one comes to the rescue, an online army of "Grinch bots" may end up spoiling Christmas for many kids by using automated software to scoop up prized toys and other sought-after items for big profit. ... more
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
University of California, Berkeley, researchers have developed a robotic learning technology that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objec ... more

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Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Japanese auto giant Toyota Wednesday showcased a humanoid robot that can mirror its user's movements, a product it says has uses as varied as elderly care and disaster response. ... more
Biotemplates breakthrough paves way for cheaper nanobots
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A feature of science fiction stories for decades, nanorobot potential ranges from cancer diagnosis and drug delivery to tissue repair and more. A major hurdle to these endeavors, however, is finding ... more
Robot learning improves student engagement
East Lansing MI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
The first-ever study of Michigan State University's pioneering robot-learning course shows that online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and st ... more
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
A new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research, published in Nature C ... more

Dutch police ground drone-fighting eagles
The Hague (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Dutch police have clipped the wings of their airborne drone-fighting force of eagles, and fired their winged warriors deeming them too expensive and too unruly to be effective. After a series of tests in 2015, the police last year announced they were putting into operation a flock of the birds of prey to take down drones believed to be posing a danger to the public, such as near airports. ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Jet-powered drone tested by BAE Systems
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
Physicists excited by discovery of new form of matter, excitonium
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Excitonium has a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign... well... excited! Professor of Physics Peter Abbamonte and graduate students Anshul Kogar and Mindy Rak, with input from colleagues at Illinois, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Amsterdam, have proven the existence of this enigmatic new form of matter, which has perplexed scientists sinc ... more
Grenoble, France (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Brittle starfish shows how to make tough ceramics
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Army taps Northrop Grumman for new radar risk reduction work
Revolutionizing electronics using Kirigami
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
A research team in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering and the Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute (EIIRIS) at Toyohashi University of Technology has developed an ultrastretchable bioprobe using Kirigami designs. The Kirigami-based bioprobe enables one to follow the shape of spherical and large deformable biological samples such as hear ... more
Durham NC (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Single-photon detector can count to 4
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Toshiba, Western Digital settle legal battle over chip unit sale
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Researchers quantify factors for reducing power semiconductor resistance by two-thirds
Defects found at China nuclear reactor project
Beijing (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Defects were found in equipment for a third-generation nuclear reactor under construction in southern China with the problematic parts being replaced, the state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said Wednesday. The issue concerned equipment used in one of two new European Pressurised Reactors (EPR), large units designed to offer improved power and safety. With EPRs in Finland ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Mainz physicists propose a new method for monitoring nuclear waste
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Australian waste treatment technology plays major role in management of radioactive waste
Kincardine, Canada (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Bruce Power Contracts Major Industry Suppliers for Steam Generator Replacement Project
Nigerian soldier sentenced to death for killing civilians
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Dec 15, 2017
A Nigerian military court on Friday sentenced a soldier to death for killing five civilians rescued from Boko Haram. The soldier, Lance Corporal John Godwin, was convicted by the General Court Martial in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State for killing the civilians in Yamteke town. "The civilians were earlier rescued by troops of the soldier's battalion and were taken for investigation a ... more
Beirut (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
US, Saudi-bought arms from EU fell into IS hands: monitor
Washington (AFP) Dec 16, 2017
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Libreville (AFP) Dec 16, 2017
Two Danish nationals wounded in Gabon knife attack
US void hard to miss at Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Two years ago to the day, US secretary of state John Kerry shared in the cheers and champagne in Paris as world powers sealed a landmark global climate accord. Returning to the French capital Tuesday for a follow-up summit, he cut a bitter and disappointed figure. The United States' commitment to fighting climate change - something both Kerry and former president Barack Obama hoped woul ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
To save climate, stop investing in fossil fuels: economists
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
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Lasers could soon trigger fusion energy, researchers predict
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Laser-driven fusion energy is a realistic goal and one within reach, according to a new paper published this week in the journal Laser and Particle Beams. An international team of scientists argue laser and fusion technologies are advancing at such a pace that self-sustaining hydrogen-boron fusion reactions will become a reality sooner rather than later. The quest for hydrogen-bo ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
New power devices could drastically reduce energy waste
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Battery research could triple range of electric vehicles
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Laser-boron fusion now 'leading contender' for energy
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
NASA Establishes Advisory Group for National Space Council
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
NASA has established a new advisory group on behalf of the National Space Council that will represent the expertise, interests and perspectives of non-federal aerospace organizations to the National Space Council. The official charter for the Users' Advisory Group (UAG) was signed by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Dec. 6, and subsequently announced in the Federal Register. I ... more
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
PARC to Partner with Commercial Space Leader to Accelerate Space R and D
Miami (AFP) Dec 17, 2017
'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Dec 17, 2017
SpaceX resupply truck Dragon on route to ISS for space research delivery
Planting oxygen ensures a breath of fresh air
Paris (ESA) Dec 17, 2017
When resources are limited, you have to work with what you have - especially in the harsh environment of space. Though the International Space Station is regularly restocked by cargo vessels, like today's Dragon, self-sufficient spaceflight in the future will require us to recycle and reuse precious resources like oxygen. An experiment on its way to space will look into doing just that. Re ... more
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Designing future human space exploration on Hawaii's lava fields
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 17, 2017
Opportunity Comes to a Fork in the Road
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
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In first, SpaceX launches recycled rocket and spaceship
Miami (AFP) Dec 15, 2017
For the first time, SpaceX on Friday blasted off both a rocket and a cargo ship that have flown before, a step forward in the company's goal to lower the cost of spaceflight. After the launch, the California-based company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk landed its rocket booster upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX has now managed to return 20 of its rocket boos ... more
Moscow (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Russian space agency blames satellite loss on programming error
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 17, 2017
ArianeGroup signs contract with ESA for future Prometheus engine
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand
Heavy air pollution shuts schools in Iran
Tehran (AFP) Dec 17, 2017
Iran shut schools around Tehran Sunday and cancelled sporting events as thick smog blanketed the capital despite curbs on road traffic and industrial activity. The authorities shuttered primary schools in the province of Tehran, home to 14 million residents, before ordering them to remain closed on Monday. All sports competitions set for Monday were also cancelled, as restrictions on ro ... more
Geneva (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
UN warns of surging e-waste, little recycling
Argonne IL (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Clearing the air
Skopje (AFP) Dec 15, 2017
Macedonian capital chokes in polluted air
Denmark sets milestone for EV charges
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
The Danish market for electric vehicles set a milestone with more than 1 million charges and 36 million miles since 2014, a utility provider said Thursday. German utility company E.ON said it's leading in the Danish market with its 1,300 charging points. Since 2014, the company said more than 1 million drivers charged up their vehicles at E.ON stations and it's now working on partnershi ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
US prosecutors confirm Uber target of criminal probe
Singapore (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Singapore launches electric car-sharing service
Beijing (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Chinese auto giant to end petrol vehicle sales by 2025
Discovery sets new world standard in nano generators
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
A team of University of Alberta engineers developed a new way to produce electrical power that can charge handheld devices or sensors that monitor anything from pipelines to medical implants. The discovery sets a new world standard in devices called triboelectric nanogenerators by producing a high-density DC current - a vast improvement over low-quality AC currents produced by other resear ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A 100-fold leap to GigaDalton DNA nanotech
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
New nanowires are just a few atoms thick
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
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Physicists excited by discovery of new form of matter, excitonium
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Excitonium has a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign... well... excited! Professor of Physics Peter Abbamonte and graduate students Anshul Kogar and Mindy Rak, with input from colleagues at Illinois, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Amsterdam, have proven the existence of this enigmatic new form of matter, which has perplexed scientists sinc ... more
Grenoble, France (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Brittle starfish shows how to make tough ceramics
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Army taps Northrop Grumman for new radar risk reduction work
How much soil goes get washed down the drain
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
According to a new study by the University of Basel, the European Commission - Joint Research Centre and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH, UK), almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse. The study also offers ideas on how agriculture can change to become a part of the solution from being part of ... more
Driffield, United Kingdom (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
In food waste fight, Brits turn bread into beer
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Archaeologist says fire, not corn, key to prehistoric survival in arid Southwest
Trondheim, Norway (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Meadows beat out shrubs when it comes to storing carbon
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