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February 11, 2017
ROBO SPACE
DARPA Selects SSL as Commercial Partner for Revolutionary Goal of Servicing Satellites in GEO



Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
In an important step toward a new era of advanced, cost-effective robotic capabilities in space, DARPA has announced that it has selected Space Systems Loral (SSL), based in Palo Alto, CA, as its commercial partner for the Agency's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program. DARPA and SSL seek to develop technologies that would enable cooperative inspection and servicing of satellites in geosynchronous orbit (GEO), more than 20,000 miles above the Earth, and demonstrate those te ... read more

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Pentagon's robot satellite repair system sued by aerospace company
American aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK is leveling a lawsuit against the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to halt a robot-satellite repair system being developed by the agency ... more
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NASA Selects Top 20 Space Robotics Challenge Teams
NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston - the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organization, has selected the top 20 teams i ... more
ROBO SPACE
500 years of robots go on show in London
Why do humans build machines that resemble them - and what does that say about us? A London exhibition opening on Tuesday is surveying 500 years of simple to sophisticated robots to find out. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Prosthetic arm technology that detects spinal nerve signals developed by scientists
Scientists have developed sensor technology for a robotic prosthetic arm that detects signals from nerves in the spinal cord. To control the prosthetic, the patient has to think like they are contro ... more
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RE2 Robotics to further develop EOD underwater manipulator system
RE2 Robotics is to develop an inflatable Underwater Dual Manipulator system for the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research. ... more
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Algorithms: the managers of our digital lives
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No sad endings for Japan's virtual romance fans
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How algorithms secretly run the world
When you browse online for a new pair of shoes, pick a movie to stream on Netflix or apply for a car loan, an algorithm likely has its word to say on the outcome. ... more
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Virtual assistant Cortana holds people to promises
Microsoft virtual assistant Cortana began holding people to their promises on Thursday. ... more


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Transparent gel-based robots can catch and release live fish
Engineers at MIT have fabricated transparent, gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out of them. The bots can perform a number of fast, forceful tasks, including kicking a ball unde ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Radiation level in Fukushima plant at record high
/> Radiation levels inside a stricken reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high capable of shutting down robots, in the latest challenge to efforts aimed at dismantling the ... more
AEROSPACE
Advanced robotic bat's flight characteristics simulates the real thing
Bats have long captured the imaginations of scientists and engineers with their unrivaled agility and maneuvering characteristics, achieved by functionally versatile dynamic wing conformations as we ... more
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MIT's wearable AI system can detect a conversation's tone
It's a fact of nature that a single conversation can be interpreted in very different ways. For people with anxiety or conditions such as Asperger's, this can make social situations extremely stress ... more

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IAI reveals Heron drone export variant ahead of Aero India 2017
Israel Aerospace Industries revealed an export version of its Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicle, which is set to be displayed at the Aero India 2017 conference. IAI's export variant is nearly identical to the company's domestic version. The export Heron is fitted to carry smaller payloads than the variant sold to Israel's armed forces, featuring a 992-pound capacity compared to the origi ... more
U.S. Army orders counter-drone systems

SideArm prototype catches full-size unmanned aerial system flying at full speed

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle turns into Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Big data for the universe
Astronomers at Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with their French colleagues and with the help of citizen scientists have released "The Reference Catalog of galaxy SEDs" (RCSED), which contains value-added information about 800,000 galaxies. The catalog is accessible on the web and its description has been published in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement (impact factor - 11.257) ... more
New high-performance computing cluster at the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam

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Sorting machine for atoms
Physicists at the University of Bonn have cleared a further hurdle on the path to creating quantum computers: in a recent study, they present a method with which they can very quickly and precisely sort large numbers of atoms. The work has now been published in Physical Review Letters. Imagine you are standing in a grocery store buying apple juice. Unfortunately, all of the crates are half ... more
UNIST engineers oxide semiconductor just single atom thick

Mail armor inspires physicists

Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. The blast occurred in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. "It is a technical incident. It is not a nuclear accident," ... more
Three new uranium minerals from Utah

Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

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Leidos contracted for counter-WMD support
Leidos received a contract from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to support countermeasure training against weapons of mass destruction. Under the agreement, the company will support the agency's Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, or CBEP, as well as the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, also known as CTR. The contract includes four one-year options, and has a potent ... more
IS bastion in Syria soon to be isolated: coalition

Trump visits Centcom, with sights on battling Islamic State

Pentagon publishes, then pulls, video from Yemen raid

Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world
Climate change is likely to increase U.S. electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new study involving a University of Michigan researcher. The study shows how higher temperatures will raise not just the average annual electricity demand, but more importantly, the peak demand. And to avoid brownouts and absorb t ... more
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

Climate change may overload US electrical grid: study

Action is needed to make stagnant CO2 emissions fall

Portable superconductivity systems for small motors
Superconductivity, where electrical currents course unhindered through a material, is one of modern physics' most intriguing scientific discoveries. It has many practical uses. Governments, industries, and health care and science centers all make use of superconductivity in applications extending from MRIs in hospitals to the cavities of particle accelerators, where scientists explore the fundam ... more
How to recycle lithium batteries

Researchers optimize the assembly of micro meso and macroporous carbon for Li-S batteries

Building a better microbial fuel cell - using paper

China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe. China plans its first Mars probe by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. A second Mars probe will bring back samples and conduct research on the planet's structure, composition and environment, Wu said. Also on the agenda are an asteroid explorat ... more
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

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Looking to the future: Russia, US mull post-ISS cooperation in space
NASA may have to book seats for American astronauts on Russian Soyuz spaceships in 2018. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. "The relationship between NASA and the former Soviet Union goes back a long way with the highlight being the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz project. But with Russia ... more
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ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse
Scientists from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have successfully executed crucial orbital maneuvering on Mars spacecraft to give it another lease of life. The Mission was facing imminent death as it was to face an eclipse during which dark shadows of Mars would block light to spacecraft's solar panel. After hours long remotely controlled execution which activated onboard t ... more
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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vertical at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
Private space travel company SpaceX lifted it's Falcon 9 rocket at Florida's Kennedy Space Center to undergo testing in preparation for a potential launch. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, shared a photo of the rocket in its upright position at the launchpad in Cape Canaveral where the first manned mission to the moon was launched. "Falcon 9 rocket now vertical at Cape Canaveral on launch c ... more
Russian Space Agency Develops Program to Improve Carrier Rocket Assembly Quality

Commercial Launch of Proton-M Carrier Rocket Planned For Early April - Roscosmos

India to launch record 104 satellites next week

Philippines to review mines closure order
The Philippines will review an order to close two dozen mines, the government said Friday, after the decision sparked concern over jobs losses and the economy. The environment ministry last week ordered the closure of 23 of the country's large-scale mines and the suspension of five others after a government investigation found they had illegally cut down trees and polluted rivers. The P ... more
Cassava carrier bags: Indonesian entrepreneur tackles plastic scourge

Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs

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China jails ex-chairman of auto giant FAW for bribery
The former chairman of Chinese auto giant FAW was jailed Thursday for taking more than a million dollars in bribes, in the latest penalty meted out to a top executive of a state-owned firm. Xu Jianyi was sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison for taking more than 12 million yuan ($1.75 million) in exchange for assisting "the business operations and promotion and relocation" of others, ... more
Volvo Cars posts strong earnings on record sales

Saab, Aalto University sign collaborative research deal

Germany, France plan cross-border self-driving test zone

Supercomputing, experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle
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Scientists determine precise 3-D location 23,000 atoms in a nanoparticle

1,000 times more efficient nano-LED opens door to faster microchips

Three magnetic states for each hole

Big data for the universe
Astronomers at Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with their French colleagues and with the help of citizen scientists have released "The Reference Catalog of galaxy SEDs" (RCSED), which contains value-added information about 800,000 galaxies. The catalog is accessible on the web and its description has been published in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement (impact factor - 11.257) ... more
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Most stretchable elastomer for 3-D printing

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China villagers 'beat the Buddha' for a good harvest
Beating a rock statue of Buddha to wish for a good new year and an abundant harvest, villagers in China's eastern Fujian province have a unique way of worshipping the deity. The religious ceremony held Friday in Yuxi village is one of many in the run-up to the traditional Lantern Festival, which falls on February 11 this year. It is a time for colourful ceremonies in the coastal provinc ... more
Sticky gels turn insect-sized drones into artificial pollinators

Endangered species listing for bumble bee delayed by Trump admin

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