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June 16, 2017
UAV NEWS
Falcon Flight for X-37B



Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
The intriguing X-37B robot spaceplane just can't stay grounded. Barely months after landing from a mission lasting more than two years, the next X-37B will blast off in August 2017. That's a quick turnaround, but it seems probable that the next spaceplane to fly won't be the same one that recently landed. The US Air Force, owners of the semi-secret spacecraft, has two vehicles, both with long missions to their credit. It's fair to say that the US Air Force is now running X-37B flights routinely. T ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Learning with light: New system allows optical 'deep learning'
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
"Deep Learning" computer systems, based on artificial neural networks that mimic the way the brain learns from an accumulation of examples, have become a hot topic in computer science. In addition t ... more
ROBO SPACE
Facebook gives bots ability to negotiate, compromise
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
Facebook's artificial intelligence researchers announced Wednesday they had broken new ground by giving automated programs or "bots" the ability to negotiate, and make compromises. ... more
TECH SPACE
New technique enables 3-D printing with paste of silicone particles in water
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Using the principles behind the formation of sandcastles from wet sand, North Carolina State University researchers have achieved 3-D printing of flexible and porous silicone rubber structures throu ... more
ROBO SPACE
AI 'good for the world'... says ultra-lifelike robot
Geneva (AFP) June 8, 2017
Sophia smiles mischievously, bats her eyelids and tells a joke. Without the mess of cables that make up the back of her head, you could almost mistake her for a human. ... more
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AI gets so-so grade in Chinese university entrance exam
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
An AI machine has taken the maths section of China's annual university entrance exam, finishing it faster than students but with a below average grade. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Autonomous machines edge towards greater independence
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Cars that can drive autonomously have recently made Autonomous machines edge towards greater independences. In the near future, machines that can learn autonomously will become increasingly present ... more
FARM NEWS
Scientists design laser to kill weeds
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
In a quest to become heroes to yard workers everywhere, a team of German researchers are developing a laser gun to kill weeds. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges
San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
Apple's new HomePod speaker may be music to the ears of its loyal fans, but how much it can crank up volume in the smart speaker market remains to be heard. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Tactile sensor gives robots new capabilities
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Eight years ago, Ted Adelson's research group at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) unveiled a new sensor technology, called GelSight, that uses physical contact w ... more
ROBO SPACE
Meet the most nimble-fingered robot ever built
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 06, 2017
Grabbing the awkwardly shaped items that people pick up in their day-to-day lives is a slippery task for robots. Irregularly shaped items such as shoes, spray bottles, open boxes, even rubber duckie ... more


SpaceX's first recycled Dragon arrives at space station

ROBO SPACE
Muscle grafts could help amputees sense and control artificial limbs
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
A new surgical technique devised by MIT researchers could allow prosthetic limbs to feel much more like natural limbs. Through coordination of the patient's prosthetic limb, existing nerves, and mus ... more
ROBO SPACE
Apple 'HomePod' speaker to take on Amazon, Google
San Jose, United States (AFP) June 6, 2017
Apple will later this year release a "HomePod" music-centric smart home speaker, challenging a market currently dominated by Amazon and Google in its latest move to weave deeper into people's lives. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Configuration and manipulation of soft robotics for on-orbit servicing
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Traditional rigid-bodied robots have few degrees of freedom and large stiffness, which may bring limitations in some applications. Recently, more and more scholars pay attention to the soft and flex ... more
ROBO SPACE
Teaching robots good manners
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are making virtual and robotic assistants increasingly capable in performing complex tasks. For these "smart" machines to be considered safe and trustworthy ... more



Falcon Flight for X-37B
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
The intriguing X-37B robot spaceplane just can't stay grounded. Barely months after landing from a mission lasting more than two years, the next X-37B will blast off in August 2017. That's a quick turnaround, but it seems probable that the next spaceplane to fly won't be the same one that recently landed. The US Air Force, owners of the semi-secret spacecraft, has two vehicles, both with long mi ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Elbit Systems offer Airborne Wide-Area Persistent Surveillance Solution for HLS and Defense Needs
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Can use of a drone improve response times for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests compared to an ambulance
Washington (AFP) June 13, 2017
Drones could save lives with rapid heart attack response
Cloudy with a chance of radiation: NASA studies simulated radiation
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
In each life a little rain must fall, but in space, one of the biggest risks to astronauts' health is radiation "rain". NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is simulating space radiation on Earth following upgrades to the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. These upgrades help researchers on Earth learn more about the effects o ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
New computing system takes its cues from human brain
New York NY (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Oyster shells inspire new method to make superstrong, flexible polymers
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Changing the color of laser light on the femtosecond time scale
Breakthrough by Queen's University paves way for smaller electronic devices
Belfast UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Queen's University Belfast researchers have discovered a new way to create extremely thin electrically conducting sheets, which could revolutionise the tiny electronic devices that control everything from smart phones to banking and medical technology. Through nanotechnology, physicists Dr Raymond McQuaid, Dr Amit Kumar and Professor Marty Gregg from Queen's University's School of Mathemat ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Graphene transistor could mean computers that are 1,000 times faster
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Seeing the invisible with a graphene-CMOS integrated device
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Optical communication using solitons on a photonic chip
Japan court clears way for nuclear reactor restarts
Tokyo (AFP) June 13, 2017
A Japanese court Tuesday gave the green light to switch on two more nuclear reactors despite heavy public opposition, in the latest victory for the government's pro-atomic push. Local residents lost their bid for an injunction to block the refiring of the No.3 and No.4 reactors at the Genkai nuclear plant in southwestern Japan on safety grounds, according to a district court official. Th ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
AREVA-EWN consortium to dismantle the Reactor Pressure Vessel at Brunsbuttel
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
UNIST improves remote detection of hazardous radioactive substances
Berlin (AFP) June 7, 2017
German court nukes tax on power firms
Russia says may have killed IS chief
Moscow (AFP) June 16, 2017
The Russian army on Friday said it hit Islamic State leaders in an airstrike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed. In a statement, the army said Sukhoi warplanes carried out a 10-minute night-time strike early on May 28 at a location near Raqa, where IS leaders had gathered to plan a pullout by militants from the group's strongho ... more
Washington (AFP) June 15, 2017
IS India recruiter, Europe attacks planner named to US terror list
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
New fabric coating could thwart chemical weapons, save lives
Marawi, Philippines (AFP) June 14, 2017
US troops on ground in war-ravaged Philippine city: military
Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
There's no alternative but to pursue an energy strategy that calls for a low-carbon trajectory for economic growth, European leaders said from Vienna. More than 100 delegates were on hand for a forum in Vienna on the transition to an energy pathway focused on renewable and alternative energy resources. "There is no other alternative for the Energy Community members than to follow ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Keeping the hydrogen coming
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Clean energy stored in electric vehicles to power buildings
Warwick UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Stored energy from electric vehicles (EVs) can be used to power large buildings - creating new possibilities for the future of smart, renewable energy - thanks to ground-breaking battery research from WMG at the University of Warwick. Dr Kotub Uddin, with colleagues from WMG's Energy and Electrical Systems group and Jaguar Land Rover, has demonstrated that vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Making hydrogen fuel from humid air
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Batteries from scrap metal
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Scientists propose new method to correct common power problem in microgrids
China launches remote-sensing micro-nano satellites
Beijing (XNA) Jun 16, 2017
China launched two remote-sensing micro-nano satellites on a Long March-4B rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi Desert Thursday. The OVS-1A and the OVS-1B, the first two satellites of Zhuhai-I remote-sensing micro-nano satellite constellation, are expected to improve the monitoring of geographical, environmental, and geological changes across the country, a ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jun 16, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft completes second in-orbit refueling
Beijing (XNA) Jun 16, 2017
Commsat aims high with satellite system launch
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 13, 2017
What China's space ambitions have to do with politics
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Russia launches space freighter to ISS
Moscow (AFP) June 14, 2017
Russia on Wednesday launched an unmanned Progress cargo ship carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. "The Soyuz-2.1A booster rocket with the Progress MS-06 cargo ship launched successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome at 12:20 Moscow time (0920 GMT)," Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement on its website. The cargo sh ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 14, 2017
Bread Me Up, Scotty: Crumb-Free Pastries Coming to the ISS
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
NASA Prepares for Future Space Exploration with International Undersea Crew
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
New Window Improves the View of Science on Orbiting Laboratory
Russian Institute to Start Long-Haul Mars Mission Simulations in November
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 16, 2017
The first among a series of psychological experiments designed to look into problems that might arise in a mixed crew on its way to Mars will start in November at the Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) of the Russian Academy of Science, a statement released by the Institute said Thursday. "The IBMP will conduct the SIRIUS (Scientific International Research In Unique Terrestrial Statio ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
Hot rocks, not warm atmosphere, led to relatively recent water-carved valleys on Mars
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Elon Musk's vision of a self-sustaining city on Mars published in New Space
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 12, 2017
Walkabout Above 'Perseverance Valley'
Kazakh man dies in fire after Russian rocket launch
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) June 15, 2017
A Kazakh man died and another was hospitalised after they were caught in a fire on the steppes triggered by falling debris from a Russian space launch, Russian and Kazakh authorities said Thursday. The blaze, reaching 15 kilometres (9.5 miles) across, was unleashed by parts of a rocket that fell to earth on Wednesday after a launch from the nearby Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan's emergency ... more
Dulles VA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
NASA and Industry Team Successfully Test Orion Launch Abort Motor
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
Launch Vehicle Rocket Engines
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 14, 2017
India's Kerosene-Based Semi-Cryogenic Engine to Be Flight Test Ready by 2021
'Green police' to battle Tunisia trash scourge
Tunis (AFP) June 13, 2017
Tunisia on Tuesday launched a special "green police" unit aimed at dealing with the proliferation of waste, a scourge that has worsened dramatically since the 2011 revolution. "May God help you - it's a very difficult mission," Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said at the launch of the unit, with their new uniforms and GPS-equipped pick-ups. The North African country's rubbish woes have wo ... more
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Lab on a chip could monitor health, germs and pollutants
Beirut (AFP) June 13, 2017
Garbage dumped in sea off Lebanon sparks outrage
The Hague (AFP) June 8, 2017
Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: study
Embattled Uber CEO Kalanick to take leave of absence
San Francisco (AFP) June 14, 2017
Uber said Tuesday its chief executive Travis Kalanick would take an indefinite leave of absence as it unveiled steps aimed at restoring confidence in the scandal-plagued ridesharing giant. The pioneering company has been facing pressure to rein in a no-holds-barred management style led by Kalanick and to reform its workplace culture, which has sparked charges of harassment and discrimination ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Scientists inch closer to wirelessly charging moving electric vehicles
Mumbai (AFP) June 14, 2017
Mumbai's adored Padmini taxis near the end of the road
San Francisco (AFP) June 12, 2017
Uber loses key executive as inquiry report looms
Nanotechnology reveals hidden depths of bacterial 'machines'
Liverpool UK (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
New research from the University of Liverpool, published in the journal Nanoscale, has probed the structure and material properties of protein machines in bacteria, which have the capacity to convert carbon dioxide into sugar through photosynthesis. Cyanobacteria are a phylum of bacteria that produce oxygen and energy during photosynthesis, similar to green plants. They are among the most ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Chemists perform surgery on nanoparticles
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
UNIST researchers engineer transformer-like carbon nanostructure
New York NY (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Sensing the nanoscale with visible light, and the fundamentals of disordered waves
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Cloudy with a chance of radiation: NASA studies simulated radiation
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
In each life a little rain must fall, but in space, one of the biggest risks to astronauts' health is radiation "rain". NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is simulating space radiation on Earth following upgrades to the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. These upgrades help researchers on Earth learn more about the effects o ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
New computing system takes its cues from human brain
New York NY (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Oyster shells inspire new method to make superstrong, flexible polymers
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Changing the color of laser light on the femtosecond time scale
Carrefour pulls dog meat from shelves in China
Beijing (AFP) June 14, 2017
French retailer Carrefour has removed dog meat products from two supermarkets in China after an outcry from animal rights groups. Animals Asia said it had already asked the international chain, which operates over 200 stores in China, to remove dog meat from its shelves in 2012. The company promised to do so, it said, but an inspection by the charity last month found two branches of Car ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) June 15, 2017
One million sign petition for EU weedkiller ban
Minsk (AFP) June 14, 2017
Dairy dispute sours Belarus-Russia relations
Santa Fe NM (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Fractal planting patterns yield optimal harvests, without central control


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