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December 20, 2014
MARSDAILY
NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 17, 2014
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill. "This temporary increase in methane - sharply up and then back down - tells us there must be some relatively localized source," said Sushil Atreya of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a member of the Curiosity rover science team. "There are many possible sources, biologi ... read more
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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
ROBO SPACE

Robot named 'Athena' becomes first humanoid robot to pay for a seat on a flight
A robot named "Athena" has officially become the first humanoid robot to pay for a seat on a flight. ... more
ROBO SPACE

First steps for Hector the robot stick insect
A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

NASA, SpaceX reschedule next week's ISS resupply launch
NASA announced Thursday that the launch of SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule will be delayed three days. The International Space Station resupply mission was originally scheduled to blast off on Tuesday, December 16. But proceedings have been rescheduled for Friday, December 19. ... more


MARSDAILY

Opportunity In No-Flash Mode: Kludge Ready To Radiate
Persistent computer resets and "amnesia" events on NASA's Mars Exploration rover Opportunity that have occurred after reformatting the robot's flash memory have prompted a shift to a working mode th ... more
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ROBO SPACE

Early adoption of robotic surgery leads to organ preservation for kidney cancer patients
Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy - the recommended treatment for localized tumors - when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of roboti ... more
ROBO SPACE

New 'electronic skin' for prosthetics, robotics detects pressure from different directions
Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the developm ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Plunging oil price to reset global defence budgets: IHS

UK Politicians Keeping 'Options Open' Over Trident Renewal

US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

Russia Not to Deploy Units of Strategic Missile Forces in Crimea

India Considering Leasing Second Russian Nuclear Submarine

Challenging Russia, Ukraine moves to drop neutral status

US air strikes kill several IS leaders in Iraq: Pentagon

MARSDAILY

Flash-Memory Reformat Planned
Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards 'Marathon Valley,' a putative location for abundant clay minerals less than a mile (about a kilometer) to the south. The rove ... more
ROBO SPACE

Two Robots, One Challenge, Endless Possibility
To the theme song of "2001: A Space Odyssey," a robot with a twisty spine rolled toward Thomas Rosenbaum, the new president of the California Institute of Technology, on Oct. 24, as he stood on a st ... more
ROBO SPACE

Engineer Applies Robot Control Theory to Improve Prosthetic Legs
A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer's environment and help amputees walk. In research available ... more
Startup in the Land of the Rising Sun; A Japanese Solar Venture - by Bradley L. Bartz


ROBO SPACE

Artificial intelligence: Hawking's fears stir debate
There was the psychotic HAL 9000 computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey". ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR

Finland Parliament Approves Nuclear Power Plant Construction With Russia
Finland's parliament on Friday approved with a majority of votes the construction of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant with Russia's participation. The measure makes Finland the first countr ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Plunging oil price to reset global defence budgets: IHS

UK Politicians Keeping 'Options Open' Over Trident Renewal

US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

Russia Not to Deploy Units of Strategic Missile Forces in Crimea

India Considering Leasing Second Russian Nuclear Submarine

Challenging Russia, Ukraine moves to drop neutral status

US air strikes kill several IS leaders in Iraq: Pentagon

ROBO SPACE

Mini Rovers Hold Big Promise for Community College Students
Four miniature rovers will go head-to-head this week at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, as community college students across the state - and one from Hawaii - get a first-h ... more
ROBO SPACE

Hawking warns AI 'could spell end of human race'
British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that development of artificial intelligence could mean the end of humanity. ... more
MOON DAILY

Carnegie Mellon Unveils Lunar Rover "Andy"
Carnegie Mellon University has unveiled Andy, a four-wheeled robot designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature swings and high radiation encountered while exploring the moon's p ... more
EXO WORLDS

Astrobiology Acupuncture: Collecting Data from Non-Planar Surfaces
A team of researchers supported in part by the NASA Astrobiology Program has turned to acupuncture in order to study samples from rough and uneven surfaces, such as rocks and meteorites. Using the t ... more
ROBO SPACE

An eel-lectrifying future for autonomous underwater robots
On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged ... more

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MARSDAILY

Within Rover's Reach at Mars Target Area 'Alexander Hills'
This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a swath of bedrock called "Alexander Hills," which the rover approached for close-up inspection of selected targets. ... 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
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Belgium seeks to push back closure of two nuclear plants

Oil spill closes Enbridge line in Saskatchewan

Earth's most abundant mineral finally has a name

BOC Aviation adds two more Boeing jets to earlier order spree

WTO appeals panel sides with China in US anti-dumping duties row

Nature fires back at EIA shale gas critique

Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass

ICE WORLD

Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice

ROBO SPACE

Can robots help stop the Ebola outbreak?

IRON AND ICE

Schker-blop! The sound of a comet touchdown

IRON AND ICE

Comet probe 'sniffed' organic molecules: early data

ROBO SPACE

Elon Musk thinks robots could turn on us in the next five years

MARSDAILY

Several Drives Push Opportunity Over 41-Kilometer Mark

ROBO SPACE

DARPA-Funded Inflatable Robotics Helps Spark Idea for Silver Screen Star

IRON AND ICE

Triumphant comet probe sends last-gasp data from 'alien world'

IRON AND ICE

Comet probe sends back drill experiment data in final hours

IRON AND ICE

European probe lands on comet, fails to anchor

Comet lander 'working well', but may be on slope

Google takes over NASA airport in Silicon Valley

Moving cameras talk to each other to identify, track pedestrians

Mars Orbiter MAVEN Demonstrates Relay Prowess

Robotic underwater gliders observe melting Antarctic ice sheets

Robotic Ocean Gliders Aid Study of Melting Polar Ice

ATLAS walking robot does karate

Rosetta Races Toward Comet Touchdown

Microbot muscles: Chains of particles assemble and flex

Penguin-bot is a happy feat for science

Amazon debuts Siri-style virtual assistant in speaker

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

'Smart' living gets real as connectivity rates rise

NASA Installs Giant Composite Material Research Robot

NASA Team Advances Next-Generation 3D-Imaging Lidar

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

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

Hybrid fluid transmission enables light and swift robotic arms

Projecting a robot's intentions

Mars Odyssey Orbiter Watches Comet Fly Near

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