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March 20, 2017
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 the technological landscape-not only in the civilian and commercial worlds but also within the Defense Department, where AI is finding application in such arenas as cybersecurity and dynamic logistics planning. But even the smartest of the current crop of AI systems can't stack up against adaptive biolog ... read more

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-de ... 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
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
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


Next generation of nuclear robots will go where none have gone before

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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FAA Approval Could Mean Big Things for UAS Adoption
McLean VA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
arlier this year there was an announcement that could usher in a new era for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States. The Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota became the first such facility authorized to conduct beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations for UAS. By giving Northern Plains its stamp of approval, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is helping ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Rakuten and AirMap announce joint venture to bring unmanned traffic management platform to Japan
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Progress Toward an Ability to Recover Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on the Fly
Ottawa (AFP) March 16, 2017
Canada limits recreational drone use as incidents soar
The strangeness of slow dynamics
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
In a recent article published in Physical Review Letters (PRL 118, 117202 (2017)), researchers from the Nanomagnetism group at nanoGUNE reported so-far unknown anomalies near dynamic phase transitions (DPTs). Such anomalies do not exist in corresponding thermodynamic phase transitions (TPTs), and thus, they constitute a distinct difference between DPTs and TPTs, even though their equivalen ... more
Toulouse, France (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Airbus ships first high-power all-electric EUTELSAT 172B satellite to Kourou for Eutelsat
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Using lasers to create ultra-short pulses
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Next-gen steel under the microscope

Liquid fuel for future computers
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Researchers at ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich have built a tiny redox flow battery. This means that future computer chip stacks - in which individual chips are stacked like pancakes to save space and energy - could be supplied with electrical power and cooled at the same time by such integrated flow batteries. In a flow battery, an electrochemical reaction is used to produce electricity out ... more
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
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Bushwhacking into Unexplored Transistor Territories
Loss-hit Toshiba nosedives on fears about future
Tokyo (AFP) March 15, 2017
Toshiba shares plunged Wednesday as fears grow about the future of one of Japan's best-known firms, hit by massive losses and accounting fraud allegations at its US nuclear unit. The Tokyo-listed stock dropped as much as 13.62 percent at one point, with concerns that the embattled company's shares could be delisted from the bourse. Toshiba ended the day at 189.5 yen ($1.65), down 12.22 p ... more
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The EIC and Nuclear AMRC sign MoU
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
German energy company RWE evolving for success
Manchester UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste
'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
Emissions flat for three years in a row, IEA says
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Through the use of more natural gas and renewables, the United States and China, the lead world economies, helped keep global emissions flat, the IEA said. The International Energy Agency reported Friday that global energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, were flat in 2016 for the third year in a row, even as the global economy grew. "These three year ... more
Sussex, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New research urges a rethink on global energy subsidies
Paris (AFP) March 17, 2017
CO2 stable for 3rd year despite global growth: IEA
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
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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
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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
Moscow (AFP) March 14, 2017
Fly me to the Moon: Russia seeks new cosmonauts
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
SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth
Washington (AFP) March 20, 2017
A SpaceX reusable cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday, ending a mission to supply astronauts on the International Space Station, the company said. The Dragon capsule - the only such vessel capable of returning research samples and other material to Earth - remained docked with the ISS for nearly a month after delivering more than two tonnes of food, water and sci ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Hitting the brakes at Alpha Centauri
Seoul (AFP) March 19, 2017
N. Korea's Kim hails engine test as 'new birth' for rocket industry
Washington (AFP) Mar 16, 2017
SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII comms satellite into orbit
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
Jakarta (AFP) March 17, 2017
Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction
Atlanta GA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
China's severe winter haze tied to effects of global climate change
Washington (AFP) March 15, 2017
Trump to undo Obama auto emission rules: official
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
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
Researchers develop new method to program nanoparticle organization in polymer thin films
Akron OH (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Controlling the organization of nanoparticles into patterns in ultrathin polymer films can be accomplished with entropy instead of chemistry, according to a discovery by Dr. Alamgir Karim, UA's Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Professor of Polymer Engineering, and his student Dr. Ren Zhang. Polymer thin films are used in a variety of technological applications, for example paints, lubricants, an ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The world's first international race for molecule-cars, the Nanocar Race is on
San Diego CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New nano-implant could one day help restore sight
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
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The strangeness of slow dynamics
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
In a recent article published in Physical Review Letters (PRL 118, 117202 (2017)), researchers from the Nanomagnetism group at nanoGUNE reported so-far unknown anomalies near dynamic phase transitions (DPTs). Such anomalies do not exist in corresponding thermodynamic phase transitions (TPTs), and thus, they constitute a distinct difference between DPTs and TPTs, even though their equivalen ... more
Toulouse, France (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Airbus ships first high-power all-electric EUTELSAT 172B satellite to Kourou for Eutelsat
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Using lasers to create ultra-short pulses
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Next-gen steel under the microscope
Popular weedkiller doesn't cause cancer: EU agency
Brussels (AFP) March 15, 2017
The EU's chemicals agency said Wednesday that glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used weedkillers, should not be classed as a carcinogen. The assessment paves the way for Brussels to make a final decision on the chemical, despite deep divisions in the 28-member European Union over its use. Glyphosate is used in the best-selling herbicide Roundup, produced by the US agro-chemicals ... more
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Greenhouse gases: First it was cows now it's larvae
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Molecular mechanism responsible for blooming in spring identified
London (AFP) March 16, 2017
Cocoa industry agrees plan to tackle deforestation


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