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February 28, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Next generation of nuclear robots will go where none have gone before



Manchester UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
The University of Manchester is to lead a consortium to build the next generation of robots that are more durable and perceptive for use in nuclear sites. The cost of cleaning up the UK's existing nuclear facilities has been estimated to be between 95 billion pounds and 219 billion pounds over the next 120 years or so. The harsh conditions within these facilities means that human access is highly restricted and much of the work will need to be completed by robots. Present robotics technology is si ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Tracking the movement of cyborg cockroaches
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
New research from North Carolina State University offers insights into how far and how fast cyborg cockroaches - or biobots - move when exploring new spaces. The work moves researchers closer to the ... more
ROBO SPACE
Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
An analysis of bot behavior over the course of a decades shows even "benevolent" bots bicker. In fact, researchers found evidence of bot-versus-bot fights lasting several years. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
An unmanned cargo ship packed with food and supplies for astronauts arrived safely at the International Space Station Thursday, a day after SpaceX aborted the process due to a GPS problem. ... more
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 f ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
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
Lausanne, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
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
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
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
ROBO SPACE
Will androids dream of quantum sheep?
Singapore (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
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
ROBO SPACE
Success by deception
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
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
ROBO SPACE
How algorithms secretly run the world
Washington (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
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


Algorithms: the managers of our digital lives

ROBO SPACE
No sad endings for Japan's virtual romance fans
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
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
Singapore (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
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
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
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
ROBO SPACE
500 years of robots go on show in London
London (AFP) Feb 7, 2017
Why do humans build machines that resemble them - and what does that say about us? A London exhibition opening on Tuesday is surveying 500 years of simple to sophisticated robots to find out. ... more

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U.S. Navy's wingman drone technology used in combat trials
Washington (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
U.S. Navy research teams recently completed combat trials with the branch's Tactical Battle Manager system using unmanned aerial vehicles. The Tactical Battle Manager system, or TBM, is a software platform designed to coordinate combat missions using "wingman" UAVs to assist manned and unmanned teams in combat. Researchers tested the system in a simulated beyond-visual-range combat scen ... more
Washington (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
U.S. Air Force to retire MQ-1 Predator drone in 2018
Jerusalem (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Israeli warplanes shoot down Hamas drone: army
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
UC researchers teach drones to land themselves on moving targets
When Rocket Science Meets X-ray Science
Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
It takes rocket science to launch and fly spacecraft to faraway planets and moons, but a deep understanding of how materials perform under extreme conditions is also needed to enter and land on planets with atmospheres. X-ray science is playing a key role, too, in ensuring future spacecraft survive in extreme environments as they descend through otherworldly atmospheres and touch down safely on ... more
Denver CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
York Space partners with Metropolitan State for Denver satellite facility
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
NASA team develops modular avionics systems for small missions
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Materials that emit rainbows
Artificial synapse for neural networks
Stanford CA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
For all the improvements in computer technology over the years, we still struggle to recreate the low-energy, elegant processing of the human brain. Now, researchers at Stanford University and Sandia National Laboratories have made an advance that could help computers mimic one piece of the brain's efficient design - an artificial version of the space over which neurons communicate, called a syn ... more
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Combining the ultra-fast with the ultra-small
Nashville TN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronics
Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
A new spin on electronics
Next generation of nuclear robots will go where none have gone before
Manchester UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
The University of Manchester is to lead a consortium to build the next generation of robots that are more durable and perceptive for use in nuclear sites. The cost of cleaning up the UK's existing nuclear facilities has been estimated to be between 95 billion pounds and 219 billion pounds over the next 120 years or so. The harsh conditions within these facilities means that human access is highl ... more
Tehran (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
Iran requests 950 tonnes of uranium from Kazakhstan
Pullman WA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Researchers find new clues for nuclear waste cleanup
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
German energy giant RWE posts 5.7-bln-euro loss in 2016
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Pentagon readies new anti-IS plan for Trump
Washington (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
The Pentagon on Monday was to present the White House with possible new battle plans to defeat the Islamic State group, after President Donald Trump demanded top brass find additional ways to destroy the jihadists. A pillar of Trump's campaign was to quicken the fight against IS, which despite losing thousands of fighters still controls parts of northern Syria and Iraq, and he berated the Ba ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Iraq air force strikes IS targets in Syria
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
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New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
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
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
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Confined nanoparticles improve hydrogen storage materials performance
Livermore CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Sometimes, you have to go small to win big. That is the approach a multilab, interdisciplinary team took in using nanoparticles and a novel nanoconfinement system to develop a method to change hydrogen storage properties. This discovery could enable the creation of high-capacity hydrogen storage materials capable of quick refueling, improving the performance of emerging hydrogen fuel cell electr ... more
Livermore CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Nano-sized hydrogen storage system increases efficiency
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How donut-shaped fusion plasmas managed to decrease adverse turbulence
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
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China to Conduct Test Flight of CZ-8 Carrier Rocket by 2018
Beijing (Sputnik) Feb 28, 2017
China is planning to develop the next-generation CZ-8 (Long March 8) medium-lift carrier rocket and will conduct the first test flight by the end of 2018, Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology said Monday. The core-stage of CZ-8 will be based on CZ-7 and CZ-3A (Long March 3A) carrier rockets, the CZ-8 is expected to have two sol ... more
Beijing (XNA) Feb 21, 2017
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Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
Beijing (XNA) Jan 31, 2017
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How bright is the future of space food
Honolulu HI (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Research at the University of Hawai?i at Manoa could play a major role in NASA's goal to travel to Mars in the 2030s, including what the astronauts could eat during that historic mission. A trip to Mars and back is estimated to take about two and half years, and ideally, their diet would be healthy while requiring minimal effort and energy. UH Manoa mechanical engineering student Aleca Bor ... more
Gabreski ANGB NY (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Guardsmen to test space capsule recovery systems
Moscow (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Russian cargo ship docks with space station
Tempe AZ (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
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NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight
Miami (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
The US space agency said Friday it is considering putting astronauts on an upcoming test flight of the deep space capsule Orion as it aims to orbit the Moon. Orion is being built with an eye to one day ferrying astronauts to Earth's neighboring planet, Mars, perhaps by the 2030s. Until now, the Orion test flight known as Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) was scheduled for 2018 and was expecte ... more
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
More Earth-like than moon-like
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Opportunity leaving crater rim for the Plains of Meridiani
Dublin, Ireland (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago
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Spacex To Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond The Moon Next Year
Hawthorne CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. "We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released abo ... more
Poker Flat Research Range AK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Sounding Rocket Flies in Alaska to Study Auroras
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station
Washington (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
SpaceX cargo ship aborts rendezvous with space station
Study finds high levels of toxic chemicals in house cats
Stockholm (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Your cat is a repository for chemicals in your home. As scientists suspected, tests show harmful chemicals can accumulate in the blood of healthy cats. Researchers measured significantly elevated levels of brominated flame retardants, BFRs, in feline blood samples. BFRs are a class of chemical compounds used to make electronics, clothes and furniture less combustible. Studies have shown ... more
Geneva (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report
Manila (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
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Hanoi (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths
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Kymeta aimes to deliver terabyte connectivity to the car of the future
Redmond WA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Kymeta, has announced that its 20 cm mTenna satellite antenna subsystem module (ASM) for the consumer connected car industry, successfully connected to the Intelsat satellite constellation. This successful test continues Kymeta's progress toward bringing high throughput, secure mobile connectivity to the automotive industry and follows the partnership announced with Toyota Motor Corporation at t ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Tesla slips back into red but revenue grows
Hanover NH (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Atlanta GA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
Nano 'sandwich' offers unique properties
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Rice University researchers have modeled a nanoscale sandwich, the first in what they hope will become a molecular deli for materials scientists. Their recipe puts two slices of atom-thick graphene around nanoclusters of magnesium oxide that give the super-strong, conductive material expanded optoelectronic properties. Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari and his colleagues built co ... more
Ramat Gan, Israel (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists create a nano-trampoline to probe quantum behavior
Lincoln NB (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists decipher the nanoscale architecture of a beetle's shell
Tempe AZ (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Switched-on DNA spark nano-electronic applications
When Rocket Science Meets X-ray Science
Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
It takes rocket science to launch and fly spacecraft to faraway planets and moons, but a deep understanding of how materials perform under extreme conditions is also needed to enter and land on planets with atmospheres. X-ray science is playing a key role, too, in ensuring future spacecraft survive in extreme environments as they descend through otherworldly atmospheres and touch down safely on ... more
Denver CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
York Space partners with Metropolitan State for Denver satellite facility
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
NASA team develops modular avionics systems for small missions
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Materials that emit rainbows
SpaceX delivers BAM-FX to ISS for Zero Gravity Solutions
Boca Raton FL (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology public company commercializing its technology derived from and designed for Space with significant applications for agriculture on Earth, announced that its research experiment using its BAM-FXmicronutrient product was successfully delivered today to the International Space Station (ISS) on the SpaceXCRS-10 Dragon cargo resupply mission ... more
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Researchers unravel powerful tool in maize breeding
University Park PA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading
Paris (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
'Our daily bread' has hidden climate costs


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