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March 17, 2017
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert



Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Due to its extreme dryness, the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the most important environments on Earth for researchers who need to approximate the conditions of Mars. Working in 90-plus-degree heat in arguably the driest place on Earth, the team behind NASA's Atacama Rover Astrobiology Drilling Studies, or ARADS, project just completed its second season of tests. The project aims to show that roving, drilling and life-detection can all happen together, with the goal of demonstrating the techni ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Songs that make robots cry
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these ... more
ROBO SPACE
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Self-driving taxis. Cell phones that react appropriately to spoken requests. Computers that outcompete world-class chess and Go players. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming part and parcel of t ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
3D Pizza Printer to Feed Hungry Astronauts in Deep Space
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Has this ever happened to you? You're drifting through the vacuum of space, millions of miles from Earth, when suddenly you have a craving for pizza. To satisfy this probable demand, a startup has r ... more
ROBO SPACE
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA has been developing a program that will leverage successes in space robotics in order to accelerate in-orbit servicing of satellites. Of particular interest are the satellites that populate th ... more
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CAR TECH
'Global startup' vows autonomous car by 2020 in US
Washington (AFP) March 10, 2017
A "global startup" which makes electric racing vehicles unveiled plans Friday to sell a fully autonomous electric car in the US market by 2020. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems completed a test firing demonstration using its Protector unmanned surface vehicle, or USV. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
If someone asks you to hand them a wrench from a table full of different sized wrenches, you'd probably pause and ask, "which one?" Robotics researchers from Brown University have now developed an a ... more
ROBO SPACE
Shape-shifting molecular robots respond to DNA signals
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
A research group at Tohoku University and Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a molecular robot consisting of biomolecules, such as DNA and protein. The molecular robot ... more
ROBO SPACE
Switzerland taps Kongsberg for Protector weapon system
Washington (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Norwegian company Kongsberg received a $15 million contract to deliver updated Protector remote weapon systems to the government of Switzerland. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Tracking the movement of cyborg cockroaches
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
New research from North Carolina State University offers insights into how far and how fast cyborg cockroaches - or biobots - move when exploring new spaces. The work moves researchers closer to the ... more


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ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
An unmanned cargo ship packed with food and supplies for astronauts arrived safely at the International Space Station Thursday, a day after SpaceX aborted the process due to a GPS problem. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
An analysis of bot behavior over the course of a decades shows even "benevolent" bots bicker. In fact, researchers found evidence of bot-versus-bot fights lasting several years. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Next SpaceX mission will deliver slew of experiment payloads to ISS
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
NASA's first cargo resupply mission of 2017 is poised to lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida loaded with almost 5,500 pounds of science experiments, research equipment and supplies bound f ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power company said Thursday. ... more

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Trump gives CIA power to conduct drone strikes
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
President Donald Trump's administration has given new powers to the CIA to conduct drone strikes against extremist targets in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The move would represent a change from Obama-era policies that limited the spy agency's role in conducting paramilitary strikes, pushing responsibility for these to the Pentagon. Obama had insisted on a mo ... more
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
US military deploys attack drones to S. Korea
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Leonardo subsidiary to buy laser technology company Daylight Solutions
London (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Kelvin Hughes launching counter-drone system
MIPT physicists predict the existence of unusual optical composites
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Physicists from MIPT have predicted the existence of transparent composite media with unusual optical properties. Using graphics card based simulations, scientists studied regular volume structures composed of two dielectrics with close parameters, and found that the optical properties of these structures differ from both those of natural crystals and artificial periodic composites, which are cu ... more
Saint-Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
New application of the selective laser melting method
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers offer overview of composite metal foams and potential applications
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Solid metal has 'structural memory' of its liquid state
Spin-resolved oscilloscope for charge and spin signals
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation have developed a "spin-resolved oscilloscope." This device is a basic measuring instrument for plasmonics and spintronics, which are key technologies for future electronics applications. The coupling of light and electronic charges in plasmonics will pave the way for ultra-high-speed information ... more
Lawrence KS (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Quantum movement of electrons in atomic layers shows potential of materials for electronics and photonics
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Ultrashort light pulses for fast 'lightwave' computers
Ithaca NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Two radio signals, one chip, open a new world for wireless communication
The EIC and Nuclear AMRC sign MoU
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Two leading organisations within the UK's nuclear industry, the Energy Industries Council (EIC) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to promote global opportunities in the nuclear industry and support UK companies to enter the sector, at a ceremony held at the Nuclear AMRC's Rotherham campus on Tue ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 15, 2017
Loss-hit Toshiba nosedives on fears about future
Manchester UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
German energy company RWE evolving for success
'Jihadists' kill civilians, soldiers in north Mali
Ansongo, Mali (AFP) March 13, 2017
Two civilians and two Malian soldiers were killed Monday in an attack blamed on jihadists in the country's restive north. Mali's defence ministry confirmed two soldiers were killed and two injured during the assault by armed men close to the village of Fafa, which lies near the border with Niger. Reinforcements were on their way to the area, the ministry said. A security source reach ... more
Washington (AFP) March 10, 2017
January raid in Yemen killed 4 to 12 civilians: US
Washington (AFP) March 8, 2017
IS hopes to hold onto shreds of 'caliphate': US official
Istanbul (AFP) March 8, 2017
Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs seek better coordination against IS
CO2 stable for 3rd year despite global growth: IEA
Paris (AFP) March 17, 2017
Global carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector held stable for the third straight year in 2016 despite the global economy continuing to expand, the International Energy Agency said Friday. By far the main culprit in global warming, carbon dioxide emissions stood at 32.1 billion tonnes last year, the IEA estimated. This was the same level as the same as the previous two years, des ... more
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
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Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia
Sydney (AFP) March 15, 2017
A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said Wednesday as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight. The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed about two hours into the trip from Beijing to Melbourne on February 19 when there was a loud explosion. "As ... more
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Exhaust fumes as a resource
Sydney (AFP) March 12, 2017
Australia PM, Musk discuss offer to fix power woes
Ames IA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Discovery in new material raises questions about theoretical models of superconductivity
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
Aiming Higher: High School Students Build Flight Hardware Bound for Space
Huntsville AL (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Students at an Alabama high school have done so well in a NASA program that they are now making parts for use on the International Space Station. For more than 50 years, NASA has sponsored programs to get students interested in the aerospace industry. One program called HUNCH - High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware - challenges students to use machining, welding and other skills ... more
Miami (AFP) March 16, 2017
Trump's budget would cut NASA asteroid mission, earth science
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Student Scientists Select Menu for Astronauts
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
ECLSS Put to the Test for Commercial Crew Missions
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been orbiting the Red Planet since 19 October. During two dedicated orbits in late November, the science instruments made their first calibration measurements since arriving at Mars. The latest test ... more
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
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Kennedy's Multi-User Spaceport Streamlines Commercial Launches
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
In the past, launch pads were used almost exclusively for government missions. To support a growing private sector space economy, NASA's Kennedy Space Center has transformed to a multi-user spaceport capable of handling the needs of a variety of companies from launch processing through recovery. NASA, the FAA, and Air Force Space Command provide diverse launch operations, government and co ... more
Washington (AFP) Mar 16, 2017
SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII comms satellite into orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 17, 2017
US BE-4 Rocket Engines to Replace Russian RD-180 on Atlas Carrier Rockets
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Designing new rocket engines that don't blow up
Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say
Miami (AFP) March 16, 2017
US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking an outcry Thursday among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet. The blueprint, which also includes sharp cuts in spending on the arts and foreign aid, has yet to undergo scrutiny in Congress and must be approved by lawmakers before it c ... more
Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina (AFP) March 15, 2017
Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans
Paris (AFP) March 14, 2017
Curbing pollution can prevent 3 mn Chinese deaths a year
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 15, 2017
Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide death toll soars to 113
German prosecutors search Audi offices over 'dieselgate'
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) March 15, 2017
State prosecutors in southern Germany said Wednesday they had searched offices belonging to carmaker Audi over parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal. Investigators from Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Lower Saxony states searched "sites belonging to Audi AG and seven other locations" on suspicion of "fraud and illegal advertising", Munich prosecutors said in a stateme ... more
Jerusalem (AFP) March 17, 2017
Intel deal may fuel Israel's rise as builder of car brains
Paris (AFP) March 15, 2017
Renault chiefs implicated in decades-long emissions fraud: probe
New York (AFP) March 16, 2017
More gas guzzlers due to Trump? Not necessarily
The world's first international race for molecule-cars, the Nanocar Race is on
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nanocars will compete for the first time ever during an international molecule-car race on April 28-29, 2017 in Toulouse (south-western France). The vehicles, which consist of a few hundred atoms, will be powered by minute electrical pulses during the 36 hours of the race, in which they must navigate a racecourse made of gold atoms, and measuring a maximum of a 100 nanometers in length. Th ... more
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Shaping the future
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites
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MIPT physicists predict the existence of unusual optical composites
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Physicists from MIPT have predicted the existence of transparent composite media with unusual optical properties. Using graphics card based simulations, scientists studied regular volume structures composed of two dielectrics with close parameters, and found that the optical properties of these structures differ from both those of natural crystals and artificial periodic composites, which are cu ... more
Saint-Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
New application of the selective laser melting method
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers offer overview of composite metal foams and potential applications
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Solid metal has 'structural memory' of its liquid state
Study: Suburban bees prefer to forage on farms, not in the city
(UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Scientists at Ohio State University found honey bees living in the outer suburbs - where residential development transitions into agricultural land - tend to forage on farms, not in urban gardens. Researchers tracked the feeding habits of honey bees from colonies in an apiary located in a suburban cemetery in central Ohio. The study, conducted in 2014, lasted from late summer t ... more
Brussels (AFP) March 15, 2017
Popular weedkiller doesn't cause cancer: EU agency
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Microbes measure ecological restoration success
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
This small molecule could have a big future in global food security


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