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October 06, 2017
ROBO SPACE
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm



Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said. The outing by Americans Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei ended at 3 pm (1900 GMT), marking a "very successful day," a NASA spokesman said. The spacewalk lasted six hours and 55 minutes, almost a half hour longer than planned because the pair managed to tack on a few extra jobs that had been planned for next week. Their main work involved the ... read more

TECH SPACE
Teleoperating robots with virtual reality
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Many manufacturing jobs require a physical presence to operate machinery. But what if such jobs could be done remotely? This week researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence ... more
MARSDAILY
Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA's InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments - along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public. In 2015, n ... more
ROBO SPACE
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces a new member of the family of Servosila "Engineer" robots, a UGV called "Radio Engineer". This new variant of the well-known backpack-transportable robot features a Software Def ... more
ROBO SPACE
Researchers design soft, flexible origami-inspired robot
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A Case Western Reserve University researcher has turned the origami she enjoyed as a child into a patent-pending soft robot that may one day be used on an assembly line, in surgery or even outer spa ... more
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Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
US toy giant Mattel said Thursday it was cancelling its plan to deliver an artificial intelligence-infused digital speaker for children, following complaints from privacy groups and lawmakers. ... more
ROBO SPACE
UBS could slash third of staff amid technology shift: CEO
Zurich (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Swiss banking giant UBS could shed a third of its staff over the next decade as dramatic technological changes help it streamline operations, its chief told Bloomberg in an interview published Tuesday. ... more
ROBO SPACE
DeepMind forms ethics unit for AI; Google unveils $49 mini assistant
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
DeepMind, the Google sibling focusing on artificial intelligence, has announced the launch of an "ethics and society" unit to study the impact of new technologies on society. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Robot Spelunkers Go for a Dip
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 03, 2017
NASA has changed the perspective of science, building satellites to study Earth's surface. Deep below that surface, where it's harder for satellites to see, is another story - but robotic technology ... more
NANO TECH
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A new two-dimensional film, made of polymers and nanoparticles and developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), can direct two differe ... more
ROBO SPACE
Smash hit: Ping pong robot takes on Olympian at Tokyo tech fair
Chiba, Japan (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
A ping-pong-playing robot served up a hit at a top Tokyo tech fair Monday, while a barely-moving machine in the shape of a sloth aimed to provide a relaxing change of pace. ... more


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Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robots
Champaign IL (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Robots perform many tasks that humans can't or don't want to perform, getting around on intricately designed wheels and limbs. If they tip over, however, they are rendered almost useless. A team of ... more
ROBO SPACE
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
In conventional electronics, a great deal of effort is devoted to eliminating stochastic resonance (SR) - the annoying hiss that generally hinders the detection of weak signals and degrades overall ... more
MARSDAILY
The Mars 2020 Rover features new spectral abilities with its new SuperCam
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
As the NASA Curiosity rover roams the surface of Mars, its ChemCam captures the chemical makeup of its surroundings with a specially designed laser system. It is the most powerful laser to operate o ... more
ROBO SPACE
From self-folding robots to computer vision
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
From self-folding robots, to robotic endoscopes, to better methods for computer vision and object detection, researchers at the University of California San Diego have a wide range of papers and wor ... more



BAE Systems, Cranfield University envision dual-mode UAVs
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
BAE Systems engineers, with students from Cranfield University, have come up with a new technology concept that uses unmanned aerial vehicles. Called Adaptable UAVs, the concept involves unmanned aerial vehicles that can alternate between fixed-wing and rotary flight on the same mission for greater speed and versatility. The aircraft would feature adaptive flight control and adva ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Marines test 3D-printed small drones
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
IAI unmanned helo performs proof-of-concept demo
Dubai (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Driverless hover-taxi makes first 'concept' flight in Dubai
CONFERS to Establish "Rules of the Road" for On-Orbit Servicing of Satellites
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
"Rules of the road"-widely accepted norms of safety-related behavior based on common understanding-have existed in various forms over the centuries, and have evolved as new technologies have revolutionized how people and vehicles travel. But how are these "rules" created when common understanding of new capabilities is not yet established? This question plays directly into why DARPA has in ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Teleoperating robots with virtual reality
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
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Korolyov, Russia (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
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Bristol scientists pinpoint the singularity for quantum computers
Bristol UK (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered that super-powerful quantum computers, which scientists and engineers across the world are racing to build, need to be even more powerful than previously thought before they can beat today's ordinary PCs. Quantum computers are a new type of machine that operate on quantum mechanical hardware and are predicted to give enormous speed ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
New quantum computer chip uses sounds waves to store data
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Move towards 'holy grail' of computing by creation of brain-like photonic microchips
Taipei (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Head of Taiwan microchip giant TSMC set to retire
Largest Nuclear Training Center In France Opens Its Doors
Normandy, France (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
TRIHOM has inaugurated its new learning center in Normandy, France. The event was attended by Philippe Knoche, the CEO of New AREVA, as well as company managers and representatives from the region. With 1,100 m of space dedicated to training, the center is the largest in France thanks to its wide range of training workshops, and one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. Its 6 learning zone ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
BWXT awarded contract extension for nuclear waste facility operations
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
Major battlefronts against IS in Iraq and Syria
Beirut (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
The Islamic State group has lost swathes of territory in its self-declared "caliphate" in recent months, including its emblematic Iraq stronghold Mosul and most of its Syrian bastion Raqa. On Thursday, Iraqi forces recaptured the northern town of Hawija, the centre of one of IS's last two remaining enclaves in the country. The jihadists are also facing parallel Russian- and US-backed off ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Germany redeploys anti-IS surveillance jets to Jordan
The Hague (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Sarin used in Syria 5 days before Khan Sheikhun: OPCW
Beirut (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Fleeing offensives, where are the IS jihadists going?
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators. In a ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
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New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
Orlando FL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
It's possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF researcher Yang Yang has come up with a new hybrid nanomaterial that harnesses solar energy and uses it to generate hydrogen from seawater more cheaply and efficiently than current materials. The breakthrough could someday lead to a ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Superconductivity found in thin films of titanium oxide
Houston YX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Asphalt helps lithium batteries charge faster
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
China is an active member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is impressive in opening its space missions to other countries, said Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Di Pippo made the remarks when having an interview with Xinhua on Wednesday during the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Alaska antenna to improve NASA's space communications system
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
NASA unveiled a new space communications antenna at the Alaska Satellite Facility in Fairbanks this week. The new antenna, AS-2, which sits atop the Elvey building at University of Alaska Fairbanks, will retrieve data from NASA's spacecraft. NASA operates three space communications networks, the Deep Space Network, Space Network and Near Earth Network. AS-2 will boost the capacity of th ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
USNO Astronomers Measure New Distances To Nearby Stars
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
NASA May Extend BEAM's Time on the International Space Station
Paris (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
OECD calls for tourism to be more sustainable
Lockheed Martin Reveals New Details to its Mars Base Camp Vision
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
This week at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, Lockheed Martin engineers are revealing new details of its Mars Base Camp concept including how it aligns with NASA's lunar Deep Space Gateway and a Mars surface lander. Mars Base Camp is a vision of how to send humans to Mars in about a decade. It's a sound, safe and compelling mission architecture centere ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 03, 2017
Fresh Look at Old Data Yields Surprise Near Martian Equator
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Methane belches kept water flowing on ancient Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
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New Zealand opens first rocket launch site
Wellington NZ (XNA) Sep 29, 2017
New Zealand Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on Wednesday opened New Zealand's first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coast. Joyce congratulated Rocket Lab's chief executive and founder Peter Beck and his team "who have worked hard to achieve this," saying in a statement that "it is their innovation and perseveran ... more
Lyon, France (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Arianespace to launch COSMO-SkyMed satellites manufactured by Thales
Lyon, France (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Arianespace signs contract for 10 Vega and Vega C launchers
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Launch Vehicle and Missile Ascent Trajectories
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Looking tired and haggard, William Coronado pulls up before dawn with a boat full of fish on the muddy shore of Nicaragua's Lake Managua, a dumping ground for trash and waste. "The lake is so polluted. They throw all sorts of crap into it," said the 56-year-old. "Containers, old buckets, all sorts of bags - all the junk they throw away in Managua. It's a disgrace." Coronado spent two da ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
Gonda City, India (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Mountains of garbage and despair in India's dirtiest city
Amsterdam (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
I.Coast toxic spill victims launch new Dutch court bid
The U.S. needs at least twice as many charging points for EV
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The number of plug-in ports for electric vehicles would need to increase more than 130 percent to meet future growth, a U.S. Energy Department study found. The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates there are 16,000 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles nation-wide, with 43,000 actual plugs available as of June. That number supports the more th ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Uber competitor hits Paris roads with Chinese help
Chicago (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
US car sales get boost from hurricane recovery
New York (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
General Motors targets 20 all-electric models by 2023
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
As microchips become ever smaller and therefore faster, the shrinking size of their copper interconnects leads to increased electrical resistivity at the nanoscale. Finding a solution to this impending technical bottleneck is a major problem for the semiconductor industry. One promising possibility involves reducing the resistivity size effect by altering the crystalline orientation of int ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
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CONFERS to Establish "Rules of the Road" for On-Orbit Servicing of Satellites
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
"Rules of the road"-widely accepted norms of safety-related behavior based on common understanding-have existed in various forms over the centuries, and have evolved as new technologies have revolutionized how people and vehicles travel. But how are these "rules" created when common understanding of new capabilities is not yet established? This question plays directly into why DARPA has in ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Teleoperating robots with virtual reality
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Fast-moving magnetic particles could enable new form of data storage
Korolyov, Russia (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race
Bee-harming pesticides in 75 percent of honey worldwide: study
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Traces of pesticides that act as nerve agents on bees have been found in 75 percent of honey worldwide, raising concern about the survival of these crucial crop pollinators, researchers said Thursday. Human health is not likely at risk from the concentrations detected in a global sampling of 198 types of honey, which were below what the European Union authorizes for human consumption, said t ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Win-win strategies for climate and food security
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Land grabs cause lingering SE Asia conflicts: report
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Biodegradable microsensors for food monitoring


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