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April 19, 2017
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Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems



Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us, their creators, in potentially problematic ways. Common machine learning programs, when trained with ordinary human language available online, can acquire cultural biases embedded in the patterns of wording, the researchers found. These biases range from the morally neutral, ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA has awarded Dr. Siegfried Janson of The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) with the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase II grant award, worth approximately $500,000, for further ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
NASA Invests in 22 Visionary Exploration Concepts
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 10, 2017
A mechanical rover inspired by a Dutch artist. A weather balloon that recharges its batteries in the clouds of Venus. These are just two of the five ideas that originated at NASA's Jet Propulsion La ... more
ROBO SPACE
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin announced plans to explore the military exoskeleton market after licensing bionic augmentation technology from B-Temia. ... more
UAV NEWS
Whiteflies provide insight into stabilizing manmade drones during takeoff
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
When whiteflies take off, they don't just spread their wings and fly. Just .03 of an inch long, these tiny insects possess a variety of sophisticated techniques that provide them with exceptional st ... more
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Materials may lead to self-healing smartphones
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Taking a cue from the Marvel Universe, researchers report that they have developed a self-healing polymeric material with an eye toward electronics and soft robotics that can repair themselves. The ... more
ROBO SPACE
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook on Thursday launched its digital assistant named "M" for US users of its Messenger application, ramping up the social network's efforts in artificial intelligence. ... more
ROBO SPACE
NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools for Use on Ocean Worlds
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
Want to go ice fishing on Jupiter's moon Europa? There's no promising you'll catch anything, but a new set of robotic prototypes could help. Since 2015, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pas ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Electronic control to ensure photovoltaic systems always work at maximum power
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
After having developed various algorithms and control systems and having applied them in a whole range of fields, such as robotics, control of motors in electric machines, and in wind generators, th ... more
ROBO SPACE
Electronic synapses that can learn: towards an artificial brain?
Paris (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Researchers from the CNRS, Thales, and the Universities of Bordeaux, Paris-Sud, and Evry have created an artificial synapse capable of learning autonomously. They were also able to model the device, ... more
ROBO SPACE
NASA Robotic Refueling Mission Departs Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
The International Space Station serves as an orbiting test and demonstration laboratory for scientific experiments to be performed inside and outside the space station. The experiments are inherentl ... more


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ROBO SPACE
Robot epigenetics: Adding complexity to embodied robot evolution
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Evolutionary robotics is a new exciting area of research which draws on Darwinian evolutionary principles to automatically develop autonomous robots. In a new research article published in Frontiers ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Robot Fedor to Guide Russia's Federation Spacecraft in Maiden Flight - Roscosmos
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 03, 2017
First flight of the Russian next-generation Federation spacecraft will be unmanned, the space vehicle will be guided by a robot named Fedor, Russia's Roscosmos State Space Corporation said Friday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Robotics aid in the study of corn and drought tolerance
Columbia MO (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Developing drought tolerant corn that makes efficient use of available water will be vital to sustain the estimated 9 billion global population by 2050. In March 2014, the National Science Foundatio ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Deep space gateway to open opportunities for distant destinations
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
NASA is leading the next steps into deep space near the moon, where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems needed for challenging missions to deep space destinations including Mars. The ... more

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U.S. Army tests dune buggy-like Hunter, Killer vehicles
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
A developing U.S. Army platform comprising two dune buggy-like vehicles completed a round of testing at Fort Sill, Okla., on Thursday. The eight-wheeled vehicles, known as Hunter and Killer, were tested between April 3 and April 13 during the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, or MFIX. They are designed to travel through various types of terrain and provide operators with aircra ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.K. defense minister calls for autonomous supply vehicles
(UPI) Apr 17, 2017
MQ-8C Fire Scout takes first flight from littoral combat ship
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
MS-177 sensor completes test on Global Hawk
Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists
Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
Scientists sounded the alarm Tuesday over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk - the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos. In less than a quarter of a century, the number of orbiting fragments large enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, a conference in Germany heard. And the estimated tally of tiny objects - which can ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Waste Cadets: space plans mean more space junk, harder space exploration
Dijon, France (AFP) April 18, 2017
France's Melenchon returns with campaigning hologram
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
SSL completes agreement to partner with DARPA on satellite servicing
New form of matter may hold the key to developing quantum machines
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Harvard physicists have created a new form of matter - dubbed a time crystal - which could offer important insights into the mysterious behavior of quantum systems. Traditionally speaking, crystals - like salt, sugar or even diamonds - are simply periodic arrangements of atoms in a three-dimensional lattice. Time crystals, on the other hand, take that notion of periodically-arranged ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Method improves semiconductor fiber optics, paves way for developing devices
Taipei (AFP) April 13, 2017
Top chipmaker TSMC says forex fluctuation hits Q1 earnings
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Flexible processors with atomically thin materials
AREVA NP Signs Contract for Outage Services at Farley Nuclear Generating Station
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
AREVA NP signed a contract with Southern Nuclear to provide outage services at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Generating Station* units 1 and 2 between 2017 and 2021. Over the course of six outages, AREVA NP will provide refueling, steam generator and specialty non-destructive examination services, inspection and reactor coolant pump services that support the Farley plant in providing carbon-free ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
AREVA and KAZATOMPROM sign a strategic agreement
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
The critical importance of Predictive Power when building NPPs
Johannesburg (AFP) April 9, 2017
S.Africa to re-think nuclear deal after junk status : ANC
New system to destroy chemical warfare agents announced
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
A mobile treatment system that destroys chemical warfare agents without producing hazardous waste has been announced by Southwest Research Institute. The system it helped develop comes in two configurations, one wet and one dry. The dry pollution control process, suited for arid or remote regions, uses a Dedicated EGR engine thermal destruction device developed by Southwest Resea ... more
Baghdad (AFP) April 13, 2017
Anti-IS strike rules unchanged under Trump: general
Baghdad (AFP) April 16, 2017
IS attacked Iraq forces with chemical weapons: military
Baghdad (AFP) April 11, 2017
IS now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, military says
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
The only U.S. sector where emissions of carbon dioxide increased last year was in the transportation sector, an Energy Department division reported. A daily brief from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported CO2 emissions from the transportation sector increased 1.9 percent from 2015 levels. Emissions directly from motor gasoline increased 1.8 percent and the overall sector ... more
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
World Bank urges more investment for developing global electricity
New York (AFP) April 3, 2017
US states begin legal action on Trump energy delay
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Harnessing heat to power computers
Lincoln NB (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
One of the biggest problems with computers, dating to the invention of the first one, has been finding ways to keep them cool so that they don't overheat or shut down. Instead of combating the heat, two University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers have embraced it as an alternative energy source that would allow computing at ultra-high temperatures. Sidy Ndao, assistant professor of mech ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device
Riverside CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
New battery coating could improve smart phones and electric vehicles
Ithaca NY (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Group works toward devising topological superconductor
Ticking Boxes with Tianzhou
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Fairly soon, we can expect the launch of China's first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou 1. The Tianzhou module will fly from China's new spaceport on Hainan Island aboard a Long March 7 rocket. Tianzhou will dock with the uncrewed Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is itself smaller than the cargo spacecraft that will soon visit it. Apart from testing the cargo spacecraft and its docking procedures, th ... more
Nanjing (XNA) Mar 31, 2017
Yuanwang fleet to carry out 19 space tracking tasks in 2017
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Orbital ATK launches cargo to space station
Miami (AFP) April 18, 2017
An unmanned Orbital ATK cargo ship rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station blasted off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad. The barrel-shaped Cygnus spacecraft, nestled atop a white Atlas V rocket, soared into the blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:11 am (1511 GMT). "Liftoff of the Atlas V rocket with Cygnus and the S.S. John ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Soyuz-FG rocket to be installed at Baikonur on April 17
San Jose (AFP) April 18, 2017
US giant Discovery plans huge Costa Rica eco-resort
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
You Say Tomato, I Say Tomatosphere: ISS Science to the Classroom
Mars spacecraft's first missions face delays, NASA says
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
NASA will probably delay the first two missions of its Orion deep-space capsule, being developed to send astronauts beyond earth's orbit and eventually to Mars, the US space agency said on Thursday. A report by NASA's Office of Inspector General cited technical as well as budget challenges. The first launch of the Orion spacecraft atop the planned Space Launch System, or SLS - set to be ... more
Paris (AFP) April 13, 2017
France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA's MAVEN reveals Mars has metal in its atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 12, 2017
Opportunity Mars rover on the way to Perseverance Valley
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Russia and US woo Brazil, hope to use advantageous base for space launches
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Russia, France, the United States and Israel are interested in using Brazil's Alcantara Launch Center (CLA) for space launches, according to Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann; the CLA is valued internationally for being the closest launch center to the equator. Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said that Russia, France, the United States and Israel have signaled their willing ... more
Astana (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Creation of carrier rocket for Baiterek Space Complex to cost Russia $500Mln
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Dream Chaser to use Europe's next-generation docking system
Sweden, Kiruna (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Europe's largest sounding rocket launched from Esrange
The bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital
Kathmandu (AFP) April 16, 2017
Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads. The rulers of Kathmandu's streets are a web of transport syndicates made up of private bus owners who have repeatedly blocked official attempts to modernise the highly inefficient bus network. Critics say th ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
System to turn deadly chemicals into harmless dirt makes advances
London (AFP) April 9, 2017
Polluted London sets its sights on cars
GM to ramp up self-driving effort in Silicon Valley
New York (AFP) April 14, 2017
General Motors is boosting its autonomous driving efforts, investing $14 million and adding 1,100 jobs in a new research center in San Francisco. The largest US automaker made the announcement Thursday, amid a race in the industry on autonomous vehicle research. While GM is already testing autonomous vehicles through its Cruise Automation unit in California, Arizona and Michigan, the new ... more
San Francisco (AFP) April 14, 2017
Uber says growth strong as it gives a peek at earnings
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Tesla's Musk announces plans for semi-truck launch
San Francisco (AFP) April 14, 2017
Apple gets permit to test self-driving cars
Better living through pressure: Functional nanomaterials made easy
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Using pressure instead of chemicals, a Sandia National Laboratories team has fabricated nanoparticles into nanowire-array structures similar to those that underlie the surfaces of touch-screens for sensors, computers, phones and TVs. The pressure-based fabrication process takes nanoseconds. Chemistry-based industrial techniques take hours. The process, called stress-induced fabrication, "i ... more
Lemont IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Self-assembling polymers provide thin nanowire template
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists created nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
UNM physicist discovers strange forces acting on nanoparticles
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Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists
Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
Scientists sounded the alarm Tuesday over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk - the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos. In less than a quarter of a century, the number of orbiting fragments large enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, a conference in Germany heard. And the estimated tally of tiny objects - which can ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Waste Cadets: space plans mean more space junk, harder space exploration
Dijon, France (AFP) April 18, 2017
France's Melenchon returns with campaigning hologram
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
SSL completes agreement to partner with DARPA on satellite servicing
Italy producers in Asia rice row
Rome (AFP) April 13, 2017
Italy's rice producers sounded the alarm Thursday over competition from Asia, saying the national industry was in crisis and consumers were unwittingly buying pesticide-contaminated grains harvested by exploited children. Italian farmers' association Coldiretti said imports of rice from Asia was driving the price of the home-grown staple into the ground, while lax labelling laws meant famili ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
Organic cover crop methods examined for weed control
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass
Verona, Italy (AFP) April 16, 2017
Can Prosecco help Italy unlock China wine market?


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