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January 06, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Psyche to offer unique look at early terrestrial planet formation



Tempe AZ (SPX) Jan 05, 2017
Arizona State University's Psyche Mission, a journey to a metal asteroid, has been selected for flight under NASA's Discovery Program, a series of lower-cost, highly focused robotic space missions that are exploring the solar system. The mission's spacecraft is expected to launch in 2023, arriving at the asteroid in 2030, where it will spend 20 months in orbit, mapping it and studying its properties. It is the first time ASU will lead a NASA space exploration mission. The project is capped a ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
Space station battery replacements to begin New Year's Eve
The batteries that store the energy generated by the International Space Station's four solar panel arrays are being replaced. The initial work, which will be executed by the space station's robotic arm Dextre, is scheduled to begin on New Year's Eve. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA testing SLS for transonic behavior
Tucked away in Hampton, Virginia, is a 56-year-old NASA wind tunnel capable of generating winds speeds of up to 900 miles per hour. In its lifetime, the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel has hosted hundreds ... more
ROBO SPACE
China's Huawei adds Amazon Alexa to flagship phone
Chinese tech giant Huawei is adding Amazon's artificial intelligence application Alexa to its flagship smartphone for its US launch. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Fractional calculus helps control systems hit their mark
If you've ever searched for ways to curb your car's gas-guzzling appetite, you've probably heard that running on cruise control can help reduce your trips to the pump. How? Cars, it turns out, are m ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL
Tech show looks beyond 'smart,' to new 'realities'
The mega-extravaganza of the tech world in Las Vegas is showcasing an array of new devices that get smarts from computer chips, sensors and artificial intelligence, but go further by opening doors to augmented or virtual realities. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Fractional disturbance observers could help machines stay on track
Roads are paved with obstacles than can interfere with our driving. They can be as easy to avoid or adjust to as far-away debris or as hard to anticipate as strong gusts of wind. As self-driving car ... more
ROBO SPACE
Smart tech: This year's CES big on artificial intelligence
The first week of every new year brings a slew of eye-opening technology for gadget lovers at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and the 2017 edition will open Thursday. ... more
MOON DAILY
China plans probes to far side, poles of Moon
China is planning missions to explore the far side of the Moon and to send robots to explore both lunar poles. Plans to send astronauts to the Moon are also being discussed, according to Wu Ya ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Control algorithms could keep sensor-laden balloons afloat in hurricanes for a week
Controls engineers at UC San Diego have developed practical strategies for building and coordinating scores of sensor-laden balloons within hurricanes. Using onboard GPS and cellphone-grade se ... more


Marriage and more with robots: science fiction or new reality?

ROBO SPACE
Driverless platoons
As driverless cars merge into our transportation system in the coming years, some researchers believe autonomous vehicles may save fuel by trailing each other in large platoons. Like birds and fight ... more
ROBO SPACE
Avatar-style S. Korean manned robot takes first baby steps
A giant South Korean-built manned robot that walks like a human but makes the ground shake under its weight has taken its first baby steps. ... more
Small drone achieves flight endurance record
A small propeller-driven drone has stayed aloft for more than two days and nights, achieving the world duration record for its class. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said the flight by the VA001 was conducted in late November and early December at at testing center in New Mexicos and "for nearly 56 hours, the plane flew at an altitude between 6,500 feet and 7,500 feet ... more
General Atomics contracted for MQ-9 sale to Spain

General Atomics to perform Reaper, Predator support services

Tiny spy drones no match for Repellent-1 mobile anti-drone net

How to 3-D print your own sonic tractor beam
Last year Asier Marzo, then a doctoral student at the Public University of Navarre, helped develop the first single-sided acoustic tractor beam - that is, the first realization of trapping and pulling an object using sound waves from only one direction. Now a research assistant at the University of Bristol, Marzo has lead a team that adapted the technology to be, for all intents and purposes, 3- ... more
Saab, UAE sign radar support deal

Elbit contracted for airborne laser designator work

RADA contracted for high energy laser radars

Scientists turn memory chips into processors to speed up computing tasks
A team of international scientists have found a way to make memory chips perform computing tasks, which is traditionally done by computer processors like those made by Intel and Qualcomm. This means data could now be processed in the same spot where it is stored, leading to much faster and thinner mobile devices and computers. This new computing circuit was developed by Nanyang Technologic ... more
Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure

ONR global seeks more powerful electronic devices

Random access memory on a low energy diet

AREVA NP supplies Safety Instrumentation and Control System for Generation 3 Reactor
AREVA NP supplied Rosatom with its safety instrumentation and control (I and C) system for its installation within unit 1 of the Novovoronezh-2 Russian nuclear power plant, which has been connected to the grid recently. AREVA NP supplied the digital reactor protection system based on the company's proven I and C platform TELEPERM XS. The system helps ensuring the safe condition of th ... more
Battling energy crisis, Pakistan turns on fourth nuclear plant

Report finds additional radioactive materials in gas-well drill cuttings

Chemistry research breakthrough that could improve nuclear waste recycling technologies

Mauritania, Saudi Arabia strengthen military cooperation
Saudi Arabia and Mauritania will exchange intelligence and increase cooperation on military training and logistics, Mauritanian media reported Thursday. Mauritania forms part of the Saudi-led military coalition currently battling Huthi rebels and Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen, while contending with its own jihadist threat at home. The west African nation has yet to send troops to Yemen, how ... more
US air strikes in Syria kill Al-Qaeda militants: Pentagon

US led air strike against former Al-Qaeda affiliate: official

In Iraq, Hollande says IS battle prevents attacks at home

China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan
China's State Grid Corporation is set to build a $1.5-billion power line across Pakistan to enable the transmission of 4,000 megawatts of electricity from the country's north to south, the government said Friday. Pakistani and Chinese officials signed an investment agreement in Beijing on Thursday to build the country's first high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) line, according to a governmen ... more
MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

Energy-hungry Asia slowing down, lender says

DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Tesla starts mass production of batteries
Tesla Motors announced Wednesday that it has begun mass production of energy-saving batteries that it vows will take electric cars mainstream. "Today at the Gigafactory, Tesla and Panasonic begin mass production of lithium-ion battery cells, which will be used in Tesla's energy storage products and Model 3," Tesla said on its website. Mass production of the batteries are a critical step ... more
Devices that convert heat into electricity

Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets

Rolling out an e-sticker revolution

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development of its space program. China wants to become the first country to carry out a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the moon in 2018. China also has plans to launch its first probe to the pl ... more
Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences

Tech outlook dampened by political uncertainty
As tech industry leaders gather for an annual extravaganza showcasing hot new products, political uncertainty is casting a cloud over the sector. The election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum are among the factors weighing on the outlook. And a strong US dollar may cut into spending for many consumers around the world. With the Consumer Electronics Show kicking off this week in ... more
NASA Assigns Upcoming Space Station Crew Members

Space station battery replacements to begin New Year's Eve

Launch of Russia's new progress spacecraft set for February 2

Hues in a Crater Slope
Impact craters expose the subsurface materials on the steep slopes of Mars. However, these slopes often experience rockfalls and debris avalanches that keep the surface clean of dust, revealing a variety of hues, like in this enhanced-color image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, representing different rock types. The bright reddish material at the top of the crater rim is from a co ... more
3-D images reveal features of Martian polar ice caps

Odyssey recovering from precautionary pause in activity

Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'

International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
SpaceX ready to launch again
SpaceX says it has determined the cause of a launchpad explosion that destroyed a satellite in September and is ready to start launches again as early as Sunday. An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded September 1 in Cape Canaveral, destroying a satellite that Facebook planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa. That marked a setback for the California-based private space f ... more
Arianespace to launch JCSAT-17 for SKY Perfect JSAT

India to develop large scale solid fuel mixer

Mission contracts secure Commercial Crew operations for coming years

Madrid lifts partial car ban as pollution eases
Madrid on Thursday lifted an unprecedented ban on half of most private cars as pollution in the Spanish capital eased up. A day earlier and for the first time in Spain, authorities decided to implement a measure already used in other cities abroad by ordering vehicles with even-number registration plates to drive on even-number days, and cars with odd-number plates on odd-number days. Th ... more
Obama criticized after monument designation

Beijing starts 2017 under a cloud

In Spain first, Madrid bans half of cars to fight smog

Electric car startup unveils 'new species' of vehicle
Faraday Future, the secretive electric car startup with ambitions to overtake Tesla, unveiled its first production vehicle Tuesday, proclaiming it to be a "new species" for personal transportation. The company, backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting (YT Jia), announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it would begin taking reservations for deliveries in 2018 with a $5,000 deposit for ... more
Chrysler's new tech-rich concept car aims young

Hyundai eyes autonomous cars for the masses

BMW to deploy 40 self-driving cars in US, Europe

The researchers created a tiny laser using nanoparticles
Researchers at Aalto University, Finland are the first to develop a plasmonic nanolaser that operates at visible light frequencies and uses so-called dark lattice modes. The laser works at length scales 1000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair. The lifetimes of light captured in such small dimensions are so short that the light wave has time to wiggle up and down only a few te ... more
Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures

Going green with nanotechnology

Nanocubes simplify printing and imaging in color and infrared

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How to 3-D print your own sonic tractor beam
Last year Asier Marzo, then a doctoral student at the Public University of Navarre, helped develop the first single-sided acoustic tractor beam - that is, the first realization of trapping and pulling an object using sound waves from only one direction. Now a research assistant at the University of Bristol, Marzo has lead a team that adapted the technology to be, for all intents and purposes, 3- ... more
Saab, UAE sign radar support deal

Elbit contracted for airborne laser designator work

RADA contracted for high energy laser radars

A trip to the land of endangered ancient olive trees
The sun sets in eastern Spain and dozens of ancient olive trees cast long shadows on the ground. Once dug up and sold as luxury items for the wealthy, they are increasingly protected as farmers and authorities realise these trees, some of which were planted by the Romans, are an invaluable part of Spain's heritage. Near the town of Traiguera, Amador Peset, 37, gets out of his old 4x4 and ... more
How we shop hurts endangered species

Chickens are smarter and more complex than given credit for

Zambia drafts in air force to combat pests



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