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November 08, 2017
MARSDAILY
Opportunity Does a Wheelie and is Back on Solid Footing



Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of the Noachian-aged Endeavour Crater. The rover is investigating a site where there is evidence of scouring, by wind or otherwise. On Sol 4890 (Oct. 26, 2017), Opportunity bumped uphill about 13 feet (4 meters) to reach some targets of interest to the science team. Because of the steep terrain, the left rear wheel popped up as a wheelie. Before another further motion or robotic arm use on the rover, th ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
In recent years, research efforts such as the Materials Genome Initiative and the Materials Project have produced a wealth of computational tools for designing new materials useful for a range of ap ... more
ROBO SPACE
Study shows need for adaptive powered knee prosthesis to assist amputees
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
New North Carolina State University research into wearable robotics shows how amputees wearing these devices adapted when presented with a real-world challenge: carrying a weighted backpack. The res ... more
TECH SPACE
Jellyfish-inspired electronic skin glows when it gets hurt
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Electronic-skin technologies for prosthetics and robots can detect the slightest touch or breeze. But oddly, the sensors that make this possible do not respond effectively to a harmful blow. N ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
NASA investigates use of medical-like tools to study samples of the solar system
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
A diagnostic tool, similar in theory to those used by the medical profession to non-invasively image internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels, could be equally effective at "triaging" ... more
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ROBO SPACE
Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Researchers from Caltech and the University of Southern California (USC) report the first application of quantum computing to a physics problem. By employing quantum-compatible machine learning tech ... more
ROBO SPACE
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Computers can now beat humans at chess and Go, but it may be a while before people trust their driving. The danger of self-driving cars was highlighted last year when Tesla's autonomous car collided ... more
UAV NEWS
New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
We've seen RoboBees that can fly, stick to walls, and dive into water. Now, get ready for a hybrid RoboBee that can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself back out of water, and safely land. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Scientists have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes. Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid m ... more
ROBO SPACE
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel chief Brian Krzanich said Tuesday his company is working on a super-fast chip designed specifically for artificial intelligence. ... more
MARSDAILY
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics ... more


Ben-Gurion introduces Israel's first underwater robotic vehicle

ROBO SPACE
Robot wars: US smashes Japan in giant days-long duel
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
In scenes reminiscent of films like "Transformers", a giant US robot fighting machine swung a "chainsaw sword" to chop a Japanese opponent into submission in a battle watched by tens of thousands online. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Spacewalkers fix robotic arm in time to grab next cargo ship
Miami (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Two American astronauts on Friday wrapped up crucial repairs to the International Space Station's robotic arm, with just weeks to spare before the next cargo ship arrives in early November, NASA said. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Samsung's revamped Bixby takes on Amazon Alexa
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Samsung on Wednesday announced it is upgrading its Bixby digital assistant and making it available for a range of connected devices, setting up a clash with Amazon's Alexa and others competing for leadership in artificial intelligence. ... more
SPACEWAR
OFFSET "Sprinters" encouraged to share innovative ideas for swarm systems
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
DARPA's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarm ... more



NASA-Developed Drone Aircraft Offer One-of-a-Kind Capabilities
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA scientists, who always are on the hunt for new platforms from which to carry out their research, now may avail themselves of two agency-developed unmanned aerial systems, or UASs, that some say represent the future for drone aircraft. Unlike most commercially available unmanned aircraft systems, Vanilla Aircraft's VA001 and Black Swift Technologies' S2 small Unmanned Aircraft System, ... more
Niamey (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Insitu awarded $9.2M for parts, sustainment of RQ-21A
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water
One-step 3-D printing of catalysts developed at Ames Laboratory
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has developed a 3D printing process that creates a chemically active catalytic object in a single step, opening the door to more efficient ways to produce catalysts for complex chemical reactions in a wide scope of industries. While 3D printing has found applications in many areas, its use as a way to control chemical reactions, or catalysis, ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
How to store information in your clothes invisibly, without electronics
Hanscom AFB MA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Cheyenne Mountain sees better satellite picture
University Park PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Synthetic material acts like an insect cloaking device
NREL research yields significant thermoelectric performance
Golden CO (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reported significant advances in the thermoelectric performance of organic semiconductors based on carbon nanotube thin films that could be integrated into fabrics to convert waste heat into electricity or serve as a small power source. The research demonstrates significant potential for semiconductin ... more
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
University of Utah researchers develop milestone for ultra-fast communications and computing
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
How a $10 microchip turns 2-D ultrasound machines to 3-D imaging devices
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Deep-depletion: A new concept for MOSFETs
Rutgers-led research could revolutionize nuclear waste reprocessing and save money
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Seeking a better way to capture radioactive iodides in spent nuclear reactor fuel, Rutgers-New Brunswick scientists have developed an extremely efficient "molecular trap" that can be recycled and reused. The trap is like a tiny, porous super-sponge. The internal surface area of just one gram of this material could stretch out to cover five 94-by-50-foot basketball courts, or 23,500 square ... more
Sofia (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Bulgaria extends life of Soviet-era nuclear reactor
Hanover NH (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Nuclear energy programs may not increase likelihood of proliferation
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Mattis looks to diplomacy as IS crumbles in Syria
Helsinki (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that he supported a diplomatic solution for the Syria conflict, as America and its partners look beyond the defeat of the Islamic State group in the war-torn nation. Speaking to reporters ahead of his arrival for talks in Finland on Monday, Mattis said intelligence assessments - based primarily on the numbers of jihadists who have surrendered, des ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Homeward bound? Europe mulls fate of jihadist families
Washington (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Guantanamo judge orders US general's detention for contempt
Paris (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Jihadists at large: 3 most wanted for Paris, Brussels attacks
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University have provided additional evidence that new current sensors introduce errors when assessing current through iron conductors. It's crucial to correct this flaw in the new sensors so that operators of the electrical grid can correctly respond to threats to the system. The researchers show how a difference in a conductor's magnetic permeabi ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Microscopic defects make batteries better
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
High-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects - and capitalizing on them, according to Rice University scientists. Rice materials scientist Ming Tang and chemists Song Jin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Linsen Li at Wisconsin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology led a study that combined state-of-the-a ... more
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Scientists create magnetic system that transforms heat into motion
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
New studies on disordered cathodes may provide much-needed jolt to lithium batteries
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
UNIST unveils new fast-charging, high-energy electric-car battery technology
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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
Stressed seedlings in space
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Life on Earth has a myriad of problems, but gravity isn't one of them - staying grounded means organisms can soak up the light and heat that enables growth. It's no wonder that the free-floating environment of space stresses organisms, which survive only if they can adapt. Like humans, plants have proven their robustness in space. Now, thanks to the International Space Station, we know mor ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Orbital ATK's to deliver supplies to International Space Station
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
How Does Your Space Garden Grow
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
NanoRacks Deploys Second Kaber-Class Microsatellite This Week, First On-Orbit Assembly
Insight will carry over two million names to Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Last month, NASA invited members of the public to send their names to Mars. And the public responded loud and clear. More than 1.6 million people signed up to have their names etched on a microchip that will be carried on NASA's upcoming InSight mission, which launches in May of 2018. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, reopened the opportunity after it proved s ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Opportunity Does a Wheelie and is Back on Solid Footing
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Opens $2 Million Third Phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents
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Russia embezzlement probe at rocket firm Soyuz
Moscow (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Russian authorities said Friday they had launched an inquiry into alleged embezzlement at the Progress factory which develops Soyuz rockets for the country's space industry. "Two investigations into abuse of power have been opened" into officials at the factory in the southern central city of Samara around 1,000 km (625 miles) southeast of Moscow, authorities said, investing allegations 5.8 ... more
Anchorage AK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Alaska Aerospace Launches Aurora Launch Services Company
Paris (ESA) Nov 03, 2017
Launch your design with Cheops
Cleveland OH (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
NASA Selects Studies for Gateway Power and Propulsion Element
Are elevated levels of mercury in the American dipper due to run-of-river dams?
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
A study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry used American dippers to determine if run-of-river (RoR) dams altered food webs and mercury levels at 13 stream sites in British Columbia. Run-of-river dams are deemed "green energy" because they produce lower greenhouse gas emissions, have lower water storage, barrier size, extent of flooding and water level fluctuations than con ... more
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Molybdenum in Wisconsin wells not from coal ash
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Schools shut amid health emergency as smog blankets India's capital
Miami (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Survival of coral reefs depends on pollution cuts: study
UK car sales skid in October: industry body
London (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
British car sales sank in October for the seventh successive month on disappointing consumer demand, industry data showed on Monday. New car registrations sank 12.2 percent year-on-year to 158,192 vehicles last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said in a statement. The SMMT blamed the sharp drop on falling consumer confidence - and confusion surrounding the governmen ... more
Carlsbad, NM (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Sandia improving fuel economy, reducing emissions using optical diagnostics
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Texas applauds free-market move on electric vehicles
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Waymo cars hit the the road without drivers
New, simplified technique makes light metallic nanofoam
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
A simple method for manufacturing extremely low-density palladium nanofoams could help advance hydrogen storage technologies, reports a new study from the University of California, Davis. A nanofoam is what it sounds like - a foamy version of some material, filled with very small pores. First introduced about 20 years ago, metallic nanofoams have potential for diverse applications. The por ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Simple green synthesis is a breath of fresh air
Providence RI (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Researchers show how nanoscale patterning can decrease metal fatigue
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Gold nanoantennas help in creation of more powerful nanoelectronics
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One-step 3-D printing of catalysts developed at Ames Laboratory
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has developed a 3D printing process that creates a chemically active catalytic object in a single step, opening the door to more efficient ways to produce catalysts for complex chemical reactions in a wide scope of industries. While 3D printing has found applications in many areas, its use as a way to control chemical reactions, or catalysis, ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
How to store information in your clothes invisibly, without electronics
Hanscom AFB MA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Cheyenne Mountain sees better satellite picture
University Park PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Synthetic material acts like an insect cloaking device
Extreme dining in Shanghai: French chef's twist on haute cuisine
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
A van spirits ten guests to a secret location in Shanghai, where they enter a non-descript industrial building as Strauss's theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" fills the air. Inside is avant-garde restaurant Ultraviolet, the city's newest three-star Michelin eatery, where adventurous gourmands happily pay up to 6,000 yuan ($900) per head and the waitlist for a seat is three months. The g ... more
London (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
First luxury Perigord truffle is cultivated in Britain
Tumaco, Colombia (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Black leaders who urged farmers to dump coca on run from Colombia gangs
New York NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Swapping where crops are grown could feed an extra 825 million people
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