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July 26, 2017
ROBO SPACE
Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot



Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by hand or having dogs sniff for signs of life, they bring out a small, air-tight cylinder. They place the device at the entrance of the debris and flip a switch. From one end of the cylinder, a tendril extends into the mass of stones and dirt, like a fast-climbing vine. A camera at the tip of the tendril gives rescuers a view of the otherwise unreachable places beneath the rubble. Th ... read more

ROBO SPACE
A robot that grows
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
At first glance, robots would appear to have exactly nothing in common with sweet peas or other climbing vines. Yet thanks to some innovative scientists, they now share at least one trait: the abili ... more
ROBO SPACE
A new method of cooperative control of multiple unmanned surface vehicles
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
The 21st century is a century of ocean. Ocean contains rich resources such as biology, oil and gas, mineral products, and etc., and it becomes the strategic space and resource base for the survival ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Three Good Reasons Why Russia May Not Actually Need a Supercarrier
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 25, 2017
Russia has adopted a new Navy Policy Framework up to the year 2030. The document devotes considerable attention to creating high-precision long-range cruise missiles, hypersonic weapons, robotics, a ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor
Tokyo (AFP) July 23, 2017
Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. ... more
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ROBO SPACE
Australia's robo-footballers go for gold at world champs
Sydney (AFP) July 21, 2017
A roar rings out as a small, white robot wins a tussle for the ball and kicks it into the goal. ... more
TECH SPACE
Making telescopes that curve and twist
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
A new tool for computational design allows users to turn any 3D shape into a collapsible telescoping structure. New mathematical methods developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University captur ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Underwater robot probes inside Fukushima reactor
Tokyo (AFP) July 21, 2017
The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. ... more
ROBO SPACE
India's Infosys eyes artificial intelligence profits
Bangalore, India (AFP) July 14, 2017
Indian IT giant Infosys said Friday that artificial intelligence was key to future profits as it bids to satisfy clients' demands for innovative new technologies. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness
Paris (ESA) Jul 20, 2017
A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis. A team from ESA's P ... more
ROBO SPACE
Research makes robots better at following spoken instructions
Providence RI (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
A new system based on research by Brown University computer scientists makes robots better at following spoken instructions, no matter how abstract or specific those instructions may be. The develop ... more


Helping robots learn to see in 3-D

ROBO SPACE
Soft and stretchy fabric-based sensors for wearable robots
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Wearable technologies - from heart rate monitors to virtual reality headsets - are exploding in popularity in both the consumer and research spaces, but most of the electronic sensors that detect an ... more
ROBO SPACE
Robots debate future of humans at Hong Kong tech show
Hong Kong (AFP) July 12, 2017
It was a spooky sight: two lifelike disembodied robot torsos discussing the pros and cons of humans in front of a nervously tittering audience in Hong Kong Wednesday. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Three European firms join in robot ship project
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
Three European companies are to work on a pioneering project to build a fully-automated supply ship, the French member of the scheme announced on Tuesday. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Human pose estimation for care robots using deep learning
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Expectations for care robots are growing against the backdrop of declining birthrates, an aging population, and a lack of care staff. As an example, for care at nursing homes and other such faciliti ... more



AeroVironment supplying small UAS to Australia
Washington (UPI) Jul 25, 2017
UAS-manufacturer AeroVironment formally signed contracts on Tuesday to deliver its Wasp AE unmanned aerial system to the Australian Defense Force, the company announced on Tuesday. The WASP UAS will be delivered over a three-year period AeroVironment, with Australian partner XTEK, will provide local maintenance, training and field support for the aircraft. "This contract to suppl ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
Leonardo DRS, Moog receive counter-UAS weapons contract
Singapore (AFP) July 19, 2017
Singapore offers Manila drones, urban warfare training
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Explotrain develops drone-simulated IED training system
A new material emits white light when exposed to electricity
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Scientists at Nagoya University have developed a new way to make stimuli-responsive materials in a predictable manner. They used this method to design a new material, a mixture of carbon nanorings and iodine, which conducts electricity and emits white light when exposed to electricity. The team's new approach could help generate a range of reliable stimuli-responsive materials, which can be used ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Cleanup Time: Russia Launches Satellite to Remove Space Junk from Orbit
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Using water displacement as the 3-D shape sensor for complex objects
Santa Barbara CW (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
A plastic planet
Five times the computing power
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Researchers at Linkoping University have developed a method to increase by a factor of five the computing power of a standard algorithm when performed in one type of standard chip, FPGA. The new method is both simple and smart, but the road to publication has been long. We are dealing with a programmable integrated circuit known as an "FPGA", which is an abbreviation for "field-programmabl ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Thinking thin brings new layering and thermal abilities to the semiconductor industry
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Pulses of electrons manipulate nanomagnets and store information
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Hamburg researchers develop new transistor concept
Underwater robot probes inside Fukushima reactor
Tokyo (AFP) July 21, 2017
The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such acc ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Laser-Armed Nuclear Icebreakers: What Russia Has in Store for Arctic
Helsinki (AFP) July 20, 2017
Finland's TVO claims partial win in Areva nuclear dispute
Brussels (AFP) July 12, 2017
Britain must leave EU nuclear body: Verhofstadt
Four Mali civilians killed in suspected jihadist attack
Bamako (AFP) July 25, 2017
At least four civilians, including a child, were killed in an attack by suspected jihadist militants in northeast Mali on Tuesday, security and official sources said. The ethnic Tuareg victims were sleeping when the attack happened in the early hours of Tuesday near the Niger border. Others there managed to flee the area, a local official said. The Tuareg encampment, some 44 kilometres ( ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Abuja (AFP) July 22, 2017
Nigerian military blames homeless for botched air strike
Washington (AFP) July 21, 2017
Pentagon chief says he thinks IS leader Baghdadi is alive
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
While most climate scientists, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, implicitly define "pre-industrial" to be in the late 1800's, a true non-industrially influenced baseline is probably further in the past, according to an international team of researchers who are concerned because it affects the available carbon budget for meeting the 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit ... more
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
UMD engineers invent the first bio-compatible, ion current battery
College Park MD (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Engineers at the University of Maryland have invented an entirely new kind of battery. It is bio-compatible because it produces the same kind of ion-based electrical energy used by humans and other living things. In our bodies, flowing ions (sodium, potassium and other electrolytes) are the electrical signals that power the brain and control the rhythm of the heart, the movement of muscles ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
First basic physics simulation of impact of neutrals on turbulence
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
High-temperature superconductivity in B-doped Q-carbon
Jerusalem (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
First direct observation and measurement of ultra-fast moving vortices in superconductors
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
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Space Tourist From Asian Country to Travel to ISS in 2019
Zhukovskiy (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
A yet unidentified space tourist from an Asian country will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) as a member of the crew in 2019, Russia's Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia Director General Vladimir Solntsev said Tuesday. "The new space tourist, who is set to travel to the ISS in 2019, is being trained already. He is a national of one of the Asian countries," Solntsev ... more
Washington (Sputnik) Jul 25, 2017
Russian sanctions won't affect cooperation in space
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
Astronauts grow cucumbers in space to help scientists understand root growth
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
NASA Offers Space Station as Catalyst for Discovery in Washington
Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 21, 2017
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim. The scene includes a broad notch in the crest of the crater's rim, which may have been a spillway where water or ice or wind flowed over the rim and into the crater. Wheel tracks visible in the area of the notch we ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Hubble sees Martian moon orbiting the Red Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Vega to launch two Earth Observation Satellites for Italy, Israel and France
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jul 26, 2017
For its eighth launch of the year, and the 10th Vega mission since this launcher began its career at the Guiana Space Center in 2012, Arianespace will orbit two Earth observation satellites for civil and military applications: OPTSAT-3000 for the Italian Ministry of Defence; and Venus, a mission of the Israel Space Agency (ISA) - a government body sponsored by the country's Ministry of Science a ... more
Washington (AFP) July 20, 2017
Elon Musk says successful maiden flight for Falcon Heavy unlikely
Zhukovskiy (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Russia to Supply Largest Ever Number of Space Rocket Engines to US This Year
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches
Thousands protest call to curb incense burning in Taiwan
Taipei (AFP) July 23, 2017
The sound of clanging cymbals and blaring horns filled downtown Taipei on Sunday as thousands marched in a colourful Taoist procession, protesting a government call to cut back on the burning of incense sticks. About 100 temples took part in the demonstration, where performers carried statues of Taoist gods on their shoulders while others danced in larger-than-life costumes. Taipei poli ... more
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Pioneering Paris canal swimming spot closed due to pollution
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 18, 2017
Bavaria juggles support for diesel and clean city air
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Cartel probe looms over German car industry
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 24, 2017
German carmakers faced a brewing scandal Monday as suspicions grew they colluded illegally for decades, further damaging the industry's image and exposing it to massive financial risks. News weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday that German carmakers Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Daimler secretly worked together from the 1990s on car development, construction and logistics - including how ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 21, 2017
Audi voluntarily recalls up to 850,000 diesel vehicles
New York (AFP) July 20, 2017
Volkswagen fined $154 mn more in US for dieselgate
Berlin (AFP) July 18, 2017
Daimler announces emissions recall of 3 mln diesel cars in Europe
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
In an advance that could boost the efficiency of LED lighting by 50 percent and even pave the way for invisibility cloaking devices, a team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a new technique that peppers metallic nanoparticles into semiconductors. It's the first technique that can inexpensively grow metal nanoparticles both on and below the surface of semiconductors. The p ... more
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
How do you build a metal nanoparticle?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Nanostructures taste the rainbow
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A new material emits white light when exposed to electricity
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Scientists at Nagoya University have developed a new way to make stimuli-responsive materials in a predictable manner. They used this method to design a new material, a mixture of carbon nanorings and iodine, which conducts electricity and emits white light when exposed to electricity. The team's new approach could help generate a range of reliable stimuli-responsive materials, which can be used ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Cleanup Time: Russia Launches Satellite to Remove Space Junk from Orbit
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Using water displacement as the 3-D shape sensor for complex objects
Santa Barbara CW (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
A plastic planet
French grape harvest heading to historic low
Paris (AFP) July 22, 2017
Knocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped dramatically this year and could hit "a historic low", according to the agriculture ministry. "At 37.6 million hectolitres (993.3 million gallons) the 2017 harvest is set to come in 17 percent lower than in 2016, and 16 percent below the average of the past five years," the ministry's statist ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Crocodile Jaw Bridge, Kenya (AFP) July 20, 2017
Kenyan cattle herders defend 'necessary' land invasions
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Using treated graywater for irrigation is better for arid environments


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