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November 23, 2014
IRON AND ICE
Schker-blop! The sound of a comet touchdown
Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2014
No trumpet sounded to mark the historic event - instead, it was a hollow, springy plop which heralded last week's landing by the comet probe Philae. Scientists at the German space agency DLR on Thursday said they had recorded vibrations from sensors on Philae's three legs as the robot lab touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. There is no sound in space, so the team transcribed the two-second signal into its acoustic equivalent. The clip can be heard on http://www.dlr.de/dlr/presse/en ... read more
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ROBO SPACE

Can robots help stop the Ebola outbreak?
The US military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola - a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light. ... more
ROBO SPACE

An alternative to 'Turing Test'
A Georgia Tech professor is offering an alternative to the celebrated "Turing Test" to determine whether a machine or computer program exhibits human-level intelligence. The Turing Test - orig ... more
IRON AND ICE

Comet probe in race against time to crown stellar feat
Europe's deep-space robot lab Philae worked against the clock Friday, attempting to drill into a comet 510 million kilometres (320 million miles) from Earth to crown a historic exploration before its battery runs out. ... more
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IRON AND ICE

Comet probe 'sniffed' organic molecules: early data
Mankind's first-ever probe of a comet found traces of organic molecules and a surface much harder than imagined, scientists said Tuesday of initial sample data from robot lab Philae. ... more


ROBO SPACE

Elon Musk thinks robots could turn on us in the next five years
One couldn't be blamed for thinking Elon Musk knows something important that the public doesn't, since he's been sounding the alarm on dangerous robots recently, and now he's presented a timeline. ... more
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MARSDAILY

Several Drives Push Opportunity Over 41-Kilometer Mark
Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards "Marathon Valley," a putative location for abundant clay minerals about a mile (1.4 kilometers) to the south. The rover has b ... more
ROBO SPACE

DARPA-Funded Inflatable Robotics Helps Spark Idea for Silver Screen Star
The giant, balloon-like inflatable robot named Baymax in Disney's Big Hero 6 has its roots in real-world research conducted by iRobot Corporation, Carnegie Mellon University and Otherlab under DARPA ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Signs N.Korea preparing bomb material amid nuclear test threats

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Sudan rebels claim raids on Blue Nile army bases

China defence minister brushes off fears over military growth

World powers discuss extending Iran deal deadline

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public

Lockheed advancing technologies for U.S. Navy

IRON AND ICE

Triumphant comet probe sends last-gasp data from 'alien world'
Robot probe Philae uploaded a slew of last-minute data to Earth Friday from a comet in deep space, before going to sleep at the end of its historic mission, ground controllers said. ... more
IRON AND ICE

Comet probe sends back drill experiment data in final hours
Europe's science probe Philae sent home a treasure trove of data from a comet heading towards the Sun before falling silent as its power ran out, mission control said Saturday. ... more
IRON AND ICE

European probe lands on comet, fails to anchor
Europe made history Wednesday by placing the first-ever lander on a comet - but the robot failed to anchor itself properly, raising concerns at ground control. The fridge-sized lab dubbed Phi ... more
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MARSDAILY

Comet lander 'working well', but may be on slope
Europe's robot lab Philae was "working well" on the surface of its host comet, though likely perched on a steep slope, ground controllers said a day after the probe made its historic landing. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL

Google takes over NASA airport in Silicon Valley
Ever-growing Google now has an airport to its name: the Internet giant has signed a 60-year lease to run a NASA airbase that comes with massive hangars for dirigibles. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Signs N.Korea preparing bomb material amid nuclear test threats

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Sudan rebels claim raids on Blue Nile army bases

China defence minister brushes off fears over military growth

World powers discuss extending Iran deal deadline

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public

Lockheed advancing technologies for U.S. Navy

ROBO SPACE

Moving cameras talk to each other to identify, track pedestrians
It's not uncommon to see cameras mounted on store ceilings, propped up in public places or placed inside subways, buses and even on the dashboards of cars. Cameras record our world down to the ... more
MARSDAILY

Mars Orbiter MAVEN Demonstrates Relay Prowess
The newest node in NASA's Mars telecommunications network - a radio aboard the MAVEN orbiter custom-designed for data links with robots on the surface of Mars - handled a copious 550 megabits duri ... more
WATER WORLD

Robotic underwater gliders observe melting Antarctic ice sheets
Three robotic underwater gliders deployed in the Southern Ocean are helping scientists in the United States and United Kingdom better understand Antarctica's shrinking ice sheets. ... more
ICE WORLD

Robotic Ocean Gliders Aid Study of Melting Polar Ice
The rapidly melting ice sheets on the coast of West Antarctica are a potential major contributor to rising ocean levels worldwide. Although warm water near the coast is thought to be the main factor ... more
ROBO SPACE

ATLAS walking robot does karate
When Boston Dynamics first unveiled its ATLAS robot in July of 2013, tech experts were impressed with its human-like legs and frame, but its movements were still thoroughly robotic - awkward and clunky. ... more

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IRON AND ICE

Rosetta Races Toward Comet Touchdown
After sailing through space for more than 10 years, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is now less than a week shy of landing a robotic probe on a comet. The mission's Philae (fee- ... more
ROBO SPACE

Microbot muscles: Chains of particles assemble and flex
In a step toward robots smaller than a grain of sand, University of Michigan researchers have shown how chains of self-assembling particles could serve as electrically activated muscles in the tiny ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Thin film produces new chemistry in 'nanoreactor'

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An alternative to 'Turing Test'

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Jordan says able to export uranium by 2020

China's new 'Great Wall' not so great

Moscow working to save oil face

ROBO SPACE

Penguin-bot is a happy feat for science

ROBO SPACE

Amazon debuts Siri-style virtual assistant in speaker

ROBO SPACE

This robot makes you feel like a 'ghost' is in the room

INTERNET SPACE

'Smart' living gets real as connectivity rates rise

ROBO SPACE

NASA Installs Giant Composite Material Research Robot

IRON AND ICE

NASA Team Advances Next-Generation 3D-Imaging Lidar

IRON AND ICE

To Agilkia... and beyond: Comet landing site is named

NANO TECH

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing

ROBO SPACE

Hybrid fluid transmission enables light and swift robotic arms

ROBO SPACE

Projecting a robot's intentions

Mars Odyssey Orbiter Watches Comet Fly Near

Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think

US military's robot space plane lands back on Earth

New TALON tactical robot makes debut

Japan toymaker unveils tiny talking, singing humanoid

An android opera: Japan's Shibuya plots new era of robot music

Mind-controlled prosthetic arms that work in daily life are now a reality

NASA's New Winds Mission Installed, Gathers First Data

UA Planetary Scientists, Japanese to Trade Hard-Rock Stories

Alexander Gerst set for spacewalk

Wiseman and Gerst Complete First Spacewalk of Expedition 41

Pressing the accelerator on quantum robotics

Expedition 41 Preps for First of Three October Spacewalks

US Navy to deploy armed, robotic patrol boats

New tool assesses skill development in robotic microsurgery, reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs

Fingertip sensor gives robot unprecedented dexterity

Underwater robot for port security

Robot researcher combines nature to nurture 'superhuman' navigation

System designed to improve hand function lost to nerve damage

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