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April 28, 2017
UAV NEWS
Service Academies Swarm Challenge Live-Fly Competition Begins



Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other robots have become increasingly affordable, capable, and available to both the U.S. military and adversaries alike. Enabling UAVs and similar assets to perform useful tasks under human supervision-that is, carrying out swarm tactics in concert with human teammates-holds tremendous promise to extend the advantages U.S. warfighters have in field operations. A persistent challenge in achieving this capability, however, has been scalability: enabling one ... read more

ROBO SPACE
The rise of automated art
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
In 1968, sociologist Jean Baudrillard wrote on automatism that "contained within it is the dream of a dominated world [...] that serves an inert and dreamy humanity." With the growing popularity of ... more
ROBO SPACE
Synthetic two-sided gecko's foot could enable underwater robotics
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Geckos are well known for effortlessly scrambling up walls and upside down across ceilings. Even in slippery rain forests, the lizards maintain their grip. Now scientists have created a double-sided ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station
Miami (AFP) April 22, 2017
An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship carrying a load of supplies and science experiments arrived safely at the International Space Station on Saturday, according to live images broadcast on NASA television. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machine ... more
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Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA has awarded Dr. Siegfried Janson of The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) with the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase II grant award, worth approximately $500,000, for further ... more
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NASA Invests in 22 Visionary Exploration Concepts
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 10, 2017
A mechanical rover inspired by a Dutch artist. A weather balloon that recharges its batteries in the clouds of Venus. These are just two of the five ideas that originated at NASA's Jet Propulsion La ... more
ROBO SPACE
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin announced plans to explore the military exoskeleton market after licensing bionic augmentation technology from B-Temia. ... more
UAV NEWS
Whiteflies provide insight into stabilizing manmade drones during takeoff
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
When whiteflies take off, they don't just spread their wings and fly. Just .03 of an inch long, these tiny insects possess a variety of sophisticated techniques that provide them with exceptional st ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Materials may lead to self-healing smartphones
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Taking a cue from the Marvel Universe, researchers report that they have developed a self-healing polymeric material with an eye toward electronics and soft robotics that can repair themselves. The ... more
ROBO SPACE
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook on Thursday launched its digital assistant named "M" for US users of its Messenger application, ramping up the social network's efforts in artificial intelligence. ... more


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Electronic control to ensure photovoltaic systems always work at maximum power
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
After having developed various algorithms and control systems and having applied them in a whole range of fields, such as robotics, control of motors in electric machines, and in wind generators, th ... more
ROBO SPACE
Electronic synapses that can learn: towards an artificial brain?
Paris (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Researchers from the CNRS, Thales, and the Universities of Bordeaux, Paris-Sud, and Evry have created an artificial synapse capable of learning autonomously. They were also able to model the device, ... more
ROBO SPACE
NASA Robotic Refueling Mission Departs Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
The International Space Station serves as an orbiting test and demonstration laboratory for scientific experiments to be performed inside and outside the space station. The experiments are inherentl ... more
NANO TECH
Nanoscopic golden springs change color of twisted light
Bath, UK (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
University of Bath scientists have used gold spring-shaped coils 5,000 times thinner than human hairs with powerful lasers to enable the detection of twisted molecules, and the applications could im ... more

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Service Academies Swarm Challenge Live-Fly Competition Begins
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other robots have become increasingly affordable, capable, and available to both the U.S. military and adversaries alike. Enabling UAVs and similar assets to perform useful tasks under human supervision-that is, carrying out swarm tactics in concert with human teammates-holds tremendous promise to extend the advantages U.S. warfighters have in field oper ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 27, 2017
Dutch production facility opens for Predator B landing gear
Washington (UPI) Apr 26, 2017
Lockheed flies long-range endurance test flights of Fury unmanned aircraft
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
MQ-8C Fire Scout takes first flight from littoral combat ship
Man-Made Space Junk Puts Astronauts, Operational Spacecraft in Serious Danger
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) has warned that man-made junk in space is getting out of hand. Radio Sputnik discussed the space debris problem with former head of the Space Debris Office of the European Space Agency, Dr. Heiner Klinkrad. During a conference on space debris, held in Germany this week, the ESA expressed concerns over the increasing danger of orbiting space trash. Some exper ... more
Oxford, UK (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Engineering technique is damaging materials research reveals
Raleigh NC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Finding order and structure in the atomic chaos where materials meet
Richland WA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Changing the game

Molecular libraries for organic light-emitting diodes
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
The rising demand for increasingly sophisticated smartphones, tablets and home cinemas is a growing challenge for display technology. At present, organic materials are the most effective way to master this challenge. In particular molecules from the class of materials known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can be used to produce large and mechanically flexible flat screens. They unite ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
New quantum liquid crystals may play role in future of computers
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Graphene 'copy machine' may produce cheap semiconductor wafers
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
New form of matter may hold the key to developing quantum machines
Court deals setback to South Africa's nuclear ambitions
Johannesburg (AFP) April 26, 2017
A South African court on Wednesday halted the government's accords with several countries to develop new nuclear power stations, a victory for NGOs and other critics of the plan. The High Court in Cape Town ruled that the administration had failed to allow adequate public consultation for preliminary agreements with Russia, South Korea and the United States to build eight reactors. Envir ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Andra continues Areva contract to operate its Aube Surface Disposal Facility
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
The critical importance of Predictive Power when building NPPs
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
AREVA NP Signs Contract for Outage Services at Farley Nuclear Generating Station
Nations urged to 'banish evil of chemical arms'
The Hague (AFP) April 26, 2017
Global leaders on Wednesday urged all nations to help "banish forever the evil of chemical weapons", as the world's watchdog warned that decades-long progress towards eliminating them was under threat. UN chief Antonio Guterres led praise at a solemn ceremony in The Hague for the work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to mark the agency's 20th anniversary. ... more
Guernica, Spain (AFP) April 26, 2017
Spain's Guernica marks 80th anniversary of bombing
Athens (AFP) April 24, 2017
Nations team up to protect ancient heritage from terrorism
Washington (AFP) April 21, 2017
US forces kill IS leader blamed for nightclub attack
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
The only U.S. sector where emissions of carbon dioxide increased last year was in the transportation sector, an Energy Department division reported. A daily brief from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported CO2 emissions from the transportation sector increased 1.9 percent from 2015 levels. Emissions directly from motor gasoline increased 1.8 percent and the overall sector ... more
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
World Bank urges more investment for developing global electricity
New York (AFP) April 3, 2017
US states begin legal action on Trump energy delay
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
Clarifying the mechanism for suppressing turbulence through ion mass
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Seeking to further improve plasma performance, from March 7, 2017, plasma experiments utilizing deuterium ions, which have twice the mass of hydrogen, were initiated in the Large Helical Device (LHD) at the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS). In numerous plasma experiments being conducted in countries around the world, the use of deuterium is improving the confinement of heat and ... more
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Bright future for self-charging batteries
Newark NJ (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
A more than 100% quantum step toward producing hydrogen fuel
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Electrochemical performance of lithium-ion capacitors
China courts international coalition set up to promote space cooperation
Xi'an (XNA) Apr 26, 2017
A coalition was established Sunday in northwest China's Shaanxi Province to promote innovation and cooperation on space exploration under the the Belt and Road Initiative. The coalition, set up in the provincial capital of Xi'an, encompasses 48 universities, research institutes and academic organizations at home and abroad. It was initiated by the Chinese Society of Astronautics and Xi'an- ... more
Beijing (XNA) Apr 26, 2017
Commentary: Innovation drives China's space exploration
Macao (XNA) Apr 26, 2017
Macao marks 2nd China Space Day with astronaut sharing space experience
Tianjin (XNA) Apr 26, 2017
China's Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket leaves for launch site
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Lunar, Martian Greenhouses Designed to Mimic Those on Earth
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
While astronauts have successfully grown plants and vegetables aboard the International Space Station, NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are collaborating with a university team to develop long-term methods that could help sustain pioneers working in deep space. Agency researchers believe while there are many challenges for human exploration beyond Earth, they are conv ... more
Miami (AFP) April 26, 2017
NASA spacesuits over budget, tight on timeline: audit
Washington DC (AFNS) Apr 24, 2017
Astronaut Airman launched to International Space Station
Washington (AFP) April 24, 2017
'Better you than me,' Trump tells record-breaking astronaut
How Old are Martian Gullies
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 27, 2017
Gullies eroded into the steep inner slope of an impact crater at this location appear perfectly pristine in this image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Although at first glance it may appear that there are craters superimposed on the gully fans, inspection of HiRISE stereo coverage shows that the craters lie only on the pre-gully terrain. Distinctive colors in the gull ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
SwRI-led team discovers lull in Mars' giant impact history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 27, 2017
Opportunity Nears 'Perseverance Valley'
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
Engineers investigate simple, no-bake recipe to make bricks on Mars
New Russian Medium-Class Carrier Rocket Could Compete With SpaceX's Falcon
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2017
A new medium-class carrier rocket to be developed in Russia will be able to compete with the Falcon rocket manufactured by the US-based SpaceX company, Russia's RSC Energia space corporation said. "RSC Energia proposes the development of a new medium-class launch vehicle for launches from Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes, as well as from the Sea Launch," the company's General Director Vl ... more
Los Angeles (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2017
RSC Energia, Boeing Hammer Out a Deal on Sea Launch Project
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
India seeks status as a major space power with more satellite launches
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
India to Launch Carrier Rocket With Higher Payload Capacity in May
Mystery of the missing mercury at the Great Salt Lake
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Around 2010, the deep waters of Utah's Great Salt Lake contained high levels of toxic methylmercury. Mercury measurements in waterfowl surrounding the lake led to a rare human consumption advisory for ducks. But by 2015, 90 percent of the deep mercury was gone. The disappearance of the mercury was not due to aggressive environmental policies or a wide-ranging cleanup effort. Instead, it's ... more
London (AFP) April 27, 2017
British government loses court case over air pollution plans
Rabat (AFP) April 26, 2017
Morocco seizes 420 tonnes of plastic bags in year since ban
London (AFP) April 24, 2017
UK could face legal battle over air pollution delay
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Free rides offered by Alphabet's Waymo autonomous cars
San Francisco (AFP) April 25, 2017
Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet, is offering free rides to residents in Arizona as it accelerates efforts to bring autonomous vehicles to the public. The rebranded Google car division announced in a blog post late Monday it was taking applications to be part of its "early rider" program in Phoenix, the capital of the US state, and its suburbs. "We'll be accep ... more
San Francisco (AFP) April 25, 2017
Uber sets 'flying car' launch for 2020
Washington (AFP) April 26, 2017
Rideshare rivals Gett, Juno join forces
Shanghai (AFP) April 19, 2017
Automakers see promise in China car-sharing
Self-assembled nanostructures can be selectively controlled
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Plasmonic nanoparticles exhibit properties based on their geometries and relative positions. Researchers have now developed an easy way to manipulate the optical properties of plasmonic nanostructures that strongly depend on their spatial arrangement. The plasmonic nanoparticles can form clusters, plasmonic metamolecules, and then interact with each other. Changing the geometry of the nano ... more
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Nanotubes that build themselves
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Nanoparticles remain unpredictable
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Better living through pressure: Functional nanomaterials made easy
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Man-Made Space Junk Puts Astronauts, Operational Spacecraft in Serious Danger
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) has warned that man-made junk in space is getting out of hand. Radio Sputnik discussed the space debris problem with former head of the Space Debris Office of the European Space Agency, Dr. Heiner Klinkrad. During a conference on space debris, held in Germany this week, the ESA expressed concerns over the increasing danger of orbiting space trash. Some exper ... more
Oxford, UK (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Engineering technique is damaging materials research reveals
Raleigh NC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Finding order and structure in the atomic chaos where materials meet
Richland WA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Changing the game
China-bound illegal donkey hide haul seized in Pakistan
Karachi (AFP) April 27, 2017
Pakistani police have confiscated more than 4,000 donkey hides that were set to be illegally exported to China where they are highly sought after for their use in traditional medicine, officials said Thursday. Six people in a smuggling ring, including a Chinese national, have also been arrested in connection with the case, Israr Afridi, a police officer in the port city of Karachi where the ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
A novel form of iron for fortification of foods
Moscow (AFP) April 26, 2017
Rivers of blood orange: Juice floods Russian town
Vienna (AFP) April 26, 2017
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