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November 10, 2017
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 applications, from energy and electronics to aeronautics and civil engineering. But developing processes for producing those materials has continued to depend on a combination of experience, intuition, and manual literature reviews. A team of researchers at MIT, the University of Massachusetts at Am ... read 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
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 sc ... 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
New insights into metamaterial magic
Houghton MI (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Metamaterials offer the very real possibility that our most far-fetched fancies could one day become real as rocks. From invisibility cloaks and perfect lenses to immensely powerful batteries, their super-power applications tantalize the imagination. That said, so far "tantalize" has been the operative word, even though scientists have been studying metamaterials for more than 15 years. "N ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Cancer cells destroyed with dinosaur extinction metal
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
General Atomics awarded $8.8M contract for low power laser demonstrator
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Technique offers advance in testing micro-scale compressive strength of cement
Chip-based sensors with incredible sensitivity
University Park PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
In London's St. Paul's Cathedral, a whisper can be heard far across the circular whispering gallery as the sound curves around the walls. Now, an optical whispering gallery mode resonator developed by Penn State electrical engineers can spin light around the circumference of a tiny sphere millions of times, creating an ultrasensitive microchip-based sensor for multiple applications. "Whisp ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Researchers develop flexible, stretchable photonic devices
Cambridge UK (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Fully integrated circuits printed directly onto fabric
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
New quantum materials offer novel route to 3-D electronic devices
Bulgaria extends life of Soviet-era nuclear reactor
Sofia (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Bulgaria's nuclear energy watchdog greenlighted on Friday an extension of the lifespan of one of two Soviet-built reactors at the country's sole nuclear power plant. The 1,000-megawatt unit in Kozloduy was built in 1987 and its operating licence was due to expire on November 5. But the BNRA nuclear regulator agreed to extend the permit by another 10 years after extensive equipment checks ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
France backtracks on nuclear power reduction target
Hanover NH (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Nuclear energy programs may not increase likelihood of proliferation
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Rutgers-led research could revolutionize nuclear waste reprocessing and save money
Macron warns looming military defeat of IS 'not the end'
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the Islamic State group faced complete military defeat in Iraq and Syria within months but warned the battle against jihadism would go on. He was speaking after Syrian troops and allied militiamen broke into the IS-held town of Albu Kamal on the Iraqi border, edging closer to ousting the jihadists from their last urban stronghold in the cou ... more
Beirut (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
IS left clinging to scraps in Syria and Iraq
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
US kills 'several militants' in Somalia air strike
Karbala, Iraq (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Shiite pilgrims in Iraq's Karbala hail 'revenge' against IS
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
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Rapid cellphone charging getting closer to reality
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
The ability to charge cellphones in seconds is one step closer after researchers at the University of Waterloo used nanotechnology to significantly improve energy-storage devices known as supercapacitors. Their novel design roughly doubles the amount of electrical energy the rapid-charging devices can hold, helping pave the way for eventual use in everything from smartphones and laptop com ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Cool textiles to beat the heat
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
Scientists design smart paper capable of detecting water, conducting electricity
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Microscopic defects make batteries better
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
Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Like many young people, 29-year-old student L.L. loves his cell phone. So much so, in fact, that his studies, his work and even his personal relationships have suffered, and his phone eventually became a way to avoid people in the real world. That was when he realized he needed help. L.L., who like other patients interviewed by AFP asked that their full names not be used, suffers from a ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 10, 2017
The road to Orion's launch
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
NASA Completes Review of First SLS, Orion Deep Space Exploration Mission
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Science has more impact when researchers travel, collaborate
How long can microorganisms live on Mars
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Researchers from Lomonosov MSU, Faculty of Soil Science, have studied the resistance microorganisms have against gamma radiation in very low temperatures. The results have been published in the Extremophiles journal. Average temperature on Mars is -63C, but in polar areas and at night it can be as low as -145C. There is pressure lower 100-1000 times than on the Earth, strong ultraviolet an ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Opens $2 Million Third Phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Insight will carry over two million names to Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Opportunity Does a Wheelie and is Back on Solid Footing
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Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 09, 2017
Arianespace has launched a Vega rocket to deliver an Earth observation satellite into orbit for the Kingdom of Morocco. Liftoff of Vega's 11th mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 01:42 GMT on 8 November (02:42 CET; 22:42 local time on 7 November). With a mass at liftoff of 1110 kg, Mohammed VI-A was manoeuvred into its target Sun-synchronous orbit about 5 ... more
Dulles VA (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Orbital ATK Successfully Tests First Motor Case for Next Generation Launch Vehicle
Moscow (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Russia embezzlement probe at rocket firm Soyuz
Anchorage AK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Alaska Aerospace Launches Aurora Launch Services Company
Delhi restricts vehicles as smog envelopes India and Pakistan
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
New Delhi banned all construction, barred lorries from entering the city and announced stringent restrictions on private car use on Thursday, seeking to combat a massive spike in pollution across large swathes of India and Pakistan. Tens of thousands of schools in Delhi and surrounding states remained closed as a hazardous fog of toxic pollution cloaked the region for a third day, bringing g ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Delhi's poor bear the brunt of deadly smog
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Schools shut amid health emergency as smog blankets India's capital
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Molybdenum in Wisconsin wells not from coal ash
Uber IPO 'target' is 2019: CEO
New York (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Uber is on track for a 2019 public stock offering and the plan is not dependent on new funding from Japan's SoftBank, the global ride-sharing giant's CEO said Thursday. Speaking at a New York Times conference, Dara Khosrowshahi said "2019 is the target" and that co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick and the rest of the board agree on the plan for an initial public offering. "We have ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Ford, Chinese firm to invest $756 million on electric cars
Seoul (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
S. Korea to fine BMW, Mercedes, Porsche over emission rule breaches
Los Angeles (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Uber joins forces with NASA to develop flying taxis
Simple green synthesis is a breath of fresh air
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Nanoparticles of controllable composition and size have great potential in electrical, optical and chemical devices, but they must be created in a safe and cost-effective way. Kazuhiro Takanabe and coworkers from KAUST now report a simple method for synthesizing metal-sulfide nanoparticles at low temperature without using environmentally harmful solvents. Metal sulfides, which are crystall ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Subset of carbon nanotubes poses cancer risk similar to asbestos in mice
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
New, simplified technique makes light metallic nanofoam
Providence RI (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Researchers show how nanoscale patterning can decrease metal fatigue
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
New insights into metamaterial magic
Houghton MI (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Metamaterials offer the very real possibility that our most far-fetched fancies could one day become real as rocks. From invisibility cloaks and perfect lenses to immensely powerful batteries, their super-power applications tantalize the imagination. That said, so far "tantalize" has been the operative word, even though scientists have been studying metamaterials for more than 15 years. "N ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Cancer cells destroyed with dinosaur extinction metal
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
General Atomics awarded $8.8M contract for low power laser demonstrator
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Technique offers advance in testing micro-scale compressive strength of cement
Cover crops shield soil from extreme temps
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil temperature to thrive. If the temperature changes too quickly, plants won't do well. Their seeds won't germinate or their roots will die. "Most plants are sensitive to extreme changes in soil te ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
France to oppose EU's 5-year renewal for weedkiller glyphosate
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage
Vancouver WA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
WSU researcher sees huge carbon sink in soil minerals
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