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November 13, 2017
ROBO SPACE
UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'



Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday. More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla's Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls from activists who have warned the machines will put civilians at enormous risk. A UN disarmament groupin ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA NP introduces FORERUNNER robot to optimize steam generator inspections
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
AREVA NP has announced the latest addition to the company's next generation of inspection robots - FORERUNNER for steam generators, which is developed and manufactured by INETEC-Institute for Nuclea ... 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
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
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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
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


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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
WATER WORLD
Ben-Gurion introduces Israel's first underwater robotic vehicle
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has developed Israel's first autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The robotic "HydroCamel II" will be commercially available for use in the military, security, and ... more
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



Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights: army
Jerusalem (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday. The drone was intercepted by a Patriot missile in the demilitarised zone between the Israeli- and Syrian-controlled parts of the Golan, a military spokeswoman said in a statement. "The State of Israel regards with utmost seriousness ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA-Developed Drone Aircraft Offer One-of-a-Kind Capabilities
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
Plasma from lasers can shed light on cosmic rays, solar eruptions
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Lasers that generate plasma can provide insight into bursts of subatomic particles that occur in deep space, scientists have found. Such findings could help scientists understand cosmic rays, solar flares and solar eruptions - emissions from the sun that can disrupt cell phone service and knock out power grids on Earth. Physicists have long observed that particles like electrons and atomic ... more
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Measuring atoms for better navigation and mineral detection
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Discovery of a new structure family of oxide-ion conductors SrYbInO4
Houghton MI (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
New insights into metamaterial magic
Fully integrated circuits printed directly onto fabric
Cambridge UK (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Researchers have successfully incorporated washable, stretchable and breathable electronic circuits into fabric, opening up new possibilities for smart textiles and wearable electronics. The circuits were made with cheap, safe and environmentally friendly inks, and printed using conventional inkjet printing techniques. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, working with colleag ... more
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Researchers develop data bus for quantum computer
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Highly flexible organic flash memory for foldable and disposable electronics
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
University of Utah researchers develop milestone for ultra-fast communications and computing
AREVA NP introduces FORERUNNER robot to optimize steam generator inspections
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
AREVA NP has announced the latest addition to the company's next generation of inspection robots - FORERUNNER for steam generators, which is developed and manufactured by INETEC-Institute for Nuclear Technology. Its size and design will minimize installation and inspection times by providing improved access to the steam generator tubes for inspection and repair as required. AREVA NP plans ... 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
Sofia (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Bulgaria extends life of Soviet-era nuclear reactor
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
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Cool textiles to beat the heat
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Air-conditioned buildings bring welcome relief to people coming in from the heat. But creating that comfort comes with a cost to our wallets and the environment in the form of increased energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. Now researchers report in ACS Nano the development of a new material for clothing that we could one day don as our own personal cooling unit, without any external ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A novel layered superconductor based on tin and arsenic
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
Scientists design smart paper capable of detecting water, conducting electricity
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
NASA Moves Up Critical Crew Safety Launch Abort Test
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
NASA's Orion spacecraft is scheduled to undergo a design test in April 2019 of the capsule's launch abort system (LAS), which is a rocket-powered tower on top of the crew module built to very quickly get astronauts safely away from their launch vehicle if there is a problem during ascent. This full-stress test of the LAS, called Ascent Abort Test 2 (AA-2), will see a booster, provided by O ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic
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
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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Orbital ATK Successfully Tests First Motor Case for Next Generation Launch Vehicle
Dulles VA (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it has successfully completed an important milestone in developing advanced solid rocket propulsion and other technologies to be used in a new generation of intermediate- and large-class space launch vehicles. The company is in early production of development hardware for its Next Generation Launch (NGL) system, ... more
Washington DC (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Orbital ATK launches eighth cargo mission to space
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 09, 2017
Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco
Moscow (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Russia embezzlement probe at rocket firm Soyuz
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 12, 2017
Pollution spikes in Delhi amid warnings no relief in sight
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
Smog-hit Delhi calls off odd-even car rationing plan
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
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Vehicle emissions per driver on the rise, study finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
EV corridor will stretch from Norway to Italy
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Ford, Chinese firm to invest $756 million on electric cars
Subset of carbon nanotubes poses cancer risk similar to asbestos in mice
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Nanotechnology, the science of developing materials containing very small fibers, is having a growing influence on daily life. Now researchers have shown for the first time in mice that long and thin nanomaterials called carbon nanotubes may have the same carcinogenic effect as asbestos: they can induce the formation of mesothelioma. The findings were observed in 10%-25% of the 32 animals ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Simple green synthesis is a breath of fresh air
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
Plasma from lasers can shed light on cosmic rays, solar eruptions
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Lasers that generate plasma can provide insight into bursts of subatomic particles that occur in deep space, scientists have found. Such findings could help scientists understand cosmic rays, solar flares and solar eruptions - emissions from the sun that can disrupt cell phone service and knock out power grids on Earth. Physicists have long observed that particles like electrons and atomic ... more
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Measuring atoms for better navigation and mineral detection
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Discovery of a new structure family of oxide-ion conductors SrYbInO4
Houghton MI (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
New insights into metamaterial magic
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
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Chinese company offers lifetime of booze for $1,700 on Alibaba
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
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