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October 20, 2017
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Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI



Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel chief Brian Krzanich said Tuesday his company is working on a super-fast chip designed specifically for artificial intelligence. The chipmaking giant is partnering with Facebook and other internet titans investing heavily in artificial intelligence to create the first in what will be a family of "Nervana Neural Network Processors" tailored to the needs of the emerging technology, Krzanich said during an on-stage interview at the WSJD Live conference. "I think we are just at the beginning o ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Scientists have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes. Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid m ... more
ROBO SPACE
Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring "intuition" has become even smarter, its makers said Wednesday. ... more
SPACEWAR
OFFSET "Sprinters" encouraged to share innovative ideas for swarm systems
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
DARPA's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarm ... more
MARSDAILY
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics ... more
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ROBO SPACE
Samsung's revamped Bixby takes on Amazon Alexa
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Samsung on Wednesday announced it is upgrading its Bixby digital assistant and making it available for a range of connected devices, setting up a clash with Amazon's Alexa and others competing for leadership in artificial intelligence. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A robot masseuse named Emma is offering Singaporeans high-tech back rubs with a gigantic metal arm and warm silicone tips which its creators say perfectly mimic the human touch. ... more
MARSDAILY
Debate over Mars exploration strategy heats up in astrobiology journal
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Current robotic missions to Mars that have not been appropriately cleaned and sterilized must steer clear of designated Special Regions to avoid introducing Earth-borne biological and organic contam ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
US spacewalkers install 'new eyes' at space station
Miami (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Two US astronauts installed a high-definition video camera at the International Space Station Tuesday and made more progress on repairs to the lab's robotic arm, NASA said. ... more
ROBO SPACE
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new study from North Carolina State University finds that people who are more sensitive to the passage of time are better at accounting for the latency - or time lag - inherent in remotely control ... more


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MARSDAILY
Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA's InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments - along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public. In 2015, n ... more
TECH SPACE
Teleoperating robots with virtual reality
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Many manufacturing jobs require a physical presence to operate machinery. But what if such jobs could be done remotely? This week researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity Feeling the Chemistry
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 10, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of Perseverance Valley on the west rim of Endeavour crater. The cold, low-light winter conditions continue to limit activity. Sols 4866 and 486 ... more
ROBO SPACE
Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
US toy giant Mattel said Thursday it was cancelling its plan to deliver an artificial intelligence-infused digital speaker for children, following complaints from privacy groups and lawmakers. ... more



Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation Holding Corp. has received an order for its recently upgraded, multi-mission capable tactical Winch Aerostat Small Platform ("WASP") from an existing U.S. Department of Defense ("DoD") customer. The solider-operated WASP features support for advanced ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) equipment including the simultaneous use of communications and daylight and ther ... more
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: officials
London (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
UK will not confirm drone death of IS 'White Widow' recruiter
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
New long range drones expected in 2018
These headsets are made for walking over Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape. Starting today, everyone can get a taste of what that feels like. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Google to produce Access Mars, a free immersive experience. It's available for use on all d ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Understanding rare earth emulsions
The Hague (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Dutch open 'world's first 3D-printed bridge'
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Chemical treatment improves quantum dot lasers
Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum materials could open a path to next-generation electronics. Found at the heart of electronic devices, silicon-based semiconductors rely on the controlled electrical current responsible for powering electronics. These semiconductors can only access the elec ... more
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
India's TCS profits fall amid weak growth in retail, banking
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Quantum communications bend to our needs
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Newly-discovered semiconductor dynamics may help improve energy efficiency
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP will deliver its Filtered Containment Venting System (FCVS) to seven nuclear reactors operated by Korean Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP). The project execution has already started, completion is scheduled in 2020. FCVS is a safety related system for the mitigation of severe accidents. It allows the operator to depressurize the containment if needed by filtering the gaseous release ... more
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
US strategy sees Raqa fall but leaves Kurds in lurch
Washington (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
The fall of the Islamic State group's last bastion in Syria was a victory for Washington's military plan, but comes as the US political strategy for the region seems to stumble. Even as US-backed Kurdish fighters raised their flags over the shattered heart of Raqa, their brethren in Iraq were in retreat, abandoning oil-rich territory to Iraqi forces. The power shift shows that, while US ... more
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
IS 'death spiral' most dangerous part of fight for US coalition
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Boko Haram raids military base in NE Nigeria: sources
Manila (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Top Philippine Islamist militant Hapilon killed: defence chief
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
The investments necessary to provide electricity for the entire world population is less than 2 percent of total energy investments, the IEA said Thursday. A report from the International Energy Agency, published Thursday, finds that providing universal access to electricity within 13 years would require an investment of $31 billion per year, which the report said was less than 2 percen ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Metal supplies unlikely to seriously hamper battery use
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The dramatic rise in production of electric vehicles, coupled with expected growth in the use of grid-connected battery systems for storing electricity from renewable sources, raises a crucial question: Are there enough raw materials to enable significantly increased production of lithium-ion batteries, which are the dominant type of rechargeable batteries on the market? A new analysis by ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The blob that ate the tokamak
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Plants and psychological well-being in space
Gainesville FL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Where people will go in the cosmos, plants will go. That's the message of a paper entitled "Gardening for Therapeutic People-Plant Interactions during Long-Duration Space Missions" written by Raymond Odeh, and Charles L. Guy of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and published in the De Gruyter journal, Open Agriculture. In the beginning of the space age, researchers sought to see if ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing
Moscow (AFP) Oct 14, 2017
Russia launches cargo ship to space station
Paris (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Roscosmos: International Space Exploration to Continue Despite Geopolitical Situation
MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Mars has an invisible magnetic "tail" that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft is in orbit around Mars gathering data on how the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere and water, transforming from a world that could have supported life billi ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Study shows how water could have flowed on 'cold and icy' ancient Mars
University of Vienna
Microbes leave 'fingerprints' on Martian rocks
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
ESA role in Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite has reached its final working orbit above the Pacific Ocean. Eutelsat-172B, built for Eutelsat by Airbus, carries new technologies developed through ESA-led projects, including fully articulated thruster arms. The satellite relied entirely on electric thrusters to climb from its initial orbit into its planned slot over the equator some 35 800 k ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Lockheed Martin Launches Second Cycle of 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' in Japan
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
First Four Space Launch System Flight Engines Ready To Rumble
Paris (ESA) Oct 16, 2017
Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing
Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms
Sonipat, India (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of fir ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
President Duterte threatens iconic Philippine 'jeepney'
Manila (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Firebrand Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Tuesday to scrap by next year the "jeepneys" that have become a national symbol, as he became embroiled in a showdown with the mass transport industry. The flamboyantly-decorated but smoke-belching vehicles were originally converted from surplus World War II US army jeeps but now largely use reconditioned diesel engines from Japan. ... more
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
Ljubljana (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Slovenia sets tough emissions limits for cars
Paris (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Paris wants to phase out diesel cars by 2024
Long nanotubes make strong fibers
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
To make continuous, strong and conductive carbon nanotube fibers, it's best to start with long nanotubes, according to scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist and chemical engineer Matteo Pasquali, which demonstrated its pioneering method to spin carbon nanotube into fibers in 2013, has advanced the art of making nanotube-based materials with two new papers in the American C ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
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These headsets are made for walking over Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape. Starting today, everyone can get a taste of what that feels like. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Google to produce Access Mars, a free immersive experience. It's available for use on all d ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Understanding rare earth emulsions
The Hague (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Dutch open 'world's first 3D-printed bridge'
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Chemical treatment improves quantum dot lasers
Little growth observed in India's methane emissions
Bristol UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Methane is the second most powerful greenhouse gas and concentrations are rising in the atmosphere. Because of its potency and quick decay in the atmosphere, countries have recognised that reduction of methane emissions are a means toward mitigating global warming. In light of the new international climate agreement, the Paris Agreement, there is increasing need for countries to accurately ... more
Allahabad, India (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
India to close colonial-era military farms
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Smallscale farmers try to solve Amazon's big problems
Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions
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