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November 29, 2017
MARSDAILY
NASA builds its next Mars rover mission



Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
In just a few years, NASA's next Mars rover mission will be flying to the Red Planet. At a glance, it looks a lot like its predecessor, the Curiosity Mars rover. But there's no doubt it's a souped-up science machine: It has seven new instruments, redesigned wheels and more autonomy. A drill will capture rock cores, while a caching system with a miniature robotic arm will seal up these samples. Then, they'll be deposited on the Martian surface for possible pickup by a future mission. This new hardw ... read more

MILTECH
Artificial muscles give 'superpower' to robots
Miami (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Inspired by the folding technique of origami, US researchers said Monday they have crafted cheap, artificial muscles for robots that give them the power to lift up to 1,000 times their own weight. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Facebook trains artificial intelligence to spot suicidal signs
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Facebook on Monday said stepping up the use of artificial intelligence to identify members of the leading social network who may be thinking of suicide. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
A new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research, published in Nature C ... more
ROBO SPACE
Cheap origami-inspired muscles are both soft and strong
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers around the world have experimented with different materials and designs to allow once rigid, jerky machines to bend and fl ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Zwicky Transient Facility sees "First Light"
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
A new robotic camera with the ability to capture hundreds of thousands of stars and galaxies in a single shot has taken its first image of the sky - an event astronomers refer to as "first light." ... more
ROBO SPACE
Speedy collision detector could make robots better human assistants
San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a faster collision detection algorithm that uses machine learning to help robots avoid moving objects and weave through ... more
ROBO SPACE
New technology makes artificial intelligence more private and portable
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Technology developed at the University of Waterloo is paving the way for artificial intelligence (AI) to break free of the internet and cloud computing. New deep-learning AI software produced ... more
ROBO SPACE
Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks
Geneva (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
"Robots are not taking over the world", the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots". ... more
ROBO SPACE
New Challenges Await Competitors in NASA's 25th Annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Six minutes of air, 14 obstacles and five mission tasks lay ahead of the intrepid explorers. Decisions on which obstacles and tasks to complete and which to bypass must be made by them and their tea ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars 2020 Mission performs first supersonic parachute test
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the s ... more


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Cars and speakers: Baidu speeds up AI progress
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Chinese web giant Baidu unveiled Thursday a smart speaker model and plans for a self-driving mini-bus, its latest foray into the hyper-competitive field of artificial intelligence. ... more
ROBO SPACE
FORTIS K-SRD exoskeleton could help soldiers cover inclined terrain quickly
Orlando FL (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A study by the University of Michigan Human Neuromechanics Laboratory suggests that battle-equipped soldiers would be less fatigued if they wore Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] FORTIS Knee-Stress Reli ... more
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
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



Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 23, 2017
Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes - but humans won't be the only competitors for long. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, put their work to the test recently. Timing laps through a twisting obstacle course, they raced drones controlled by artificial intelligence (A.I.) against a professional human pilot. The race, ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Pentagon steps up Somalia drone strikes
Dubai UAE (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin Integrates New Engine for Fury Unmanned Air Vehicle
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Alpha Unmanned Systems teams with Sightec for image stabilization and object tracking.
New catalyst controls activation of a carbon-hydrogen bond
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Chemists have developed another catalyst that can selectively activate a carbon-hydrogen bond, part of an ongoing strategy to revolutionize the field of organic synthesis and open up new chemical space. The journal Nature is publishing the work by chemists at Emory University, following on their development of a similar catalyst last year. Both of the catalysts are able to selectively func ... more
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
3rd SES bids farewell to ANGELS satellite
London, UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
New way to write magnetic info could pave the way for hardware neural networks
Singapore (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Device could reduce the carbon footprint of ethylene production
Argonne to install Comanche system to explore ARM technology for HPC
Lemont, IL (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to provide system software expertise and a development ecosystem for a future high-performance computing (HPC) system based on 64-bit ARM processors. ARM is a RISC-based processor architecture that has dominated the mobile computing space for years. That dominance is due ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Strain-free epitaxy of germanium film on mica
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Quantum systems correct themselves
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Scientists create a prototype neural network based on memristors
For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. The 82-year-old is a retired geochemist who used to work in a uranium mine in Gabon owned by French nuclear giant Areva. He and hundreds of other former workers say they fell ill from their work to extract the uranium - a source of nuclear power and warheads, but toxic and potentially carcinogenic. ... more
Ostrovets, Belarus (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development
London (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs
US coalition conduct 11 strikes on ISIS over Thanksgiving weekend
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
Pentagon officials said Monday that U.S. and coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes on the so-called Islamic State, which consisted of 36 engagements, over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Department of Defense reports that the most recent strikes took place on Nov. 24 and 25, and the results of the strikes are based on initial reports. Pentagon officials also reported previ ... more
Cairo (AFP) Nov 25, 2017
Egypt mourns 235 victims of Sinai mosque attack
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Saudi vows new Islamic alliance 'will wipe terrorists from the earth'
Brussels (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
NATO welcomes Mladic war crimes verdict
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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New computational method provides optimized design of wind up toys
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
A team of leading computer scientists has developed a novel computational system to aid the design and fabrication of wind-up toys, focusing on automating the intricate interior machinery responsible for the toys' wind-up motion. The new computational system includes analytic modeling of a wide variety of elemental mechanisms found in common wide-up toys, including their geometry and kinem ... more
Julich, Germany (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Renaissance of the iron-air battery
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Statoil: Batteries can address wind power variability
Sydney (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Musk beats deadline for building world's biggest battery
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Does the Outer Space Treaty at 50 need a rethink
New York NY (Sputnik) Nov 28, 2017
As more private enterprises turns their gaze toward outer space, there are certain international limitations that leave many questions unanswered so that private entrepreneurship is is effectively paralyzed. When the US and the USSR engaged in a nuclear weapons race, there was a real possibility that doomsday weapons would go to outer space and, eventually, to the moon. In order to prevent ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
NASA to send critical science, instruments to Space Station
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
New motion sensors major step towards cheaper wearable technology
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Can a magnetic sail slow down an interstellar probe
Earthworms can reproduce in Mars-like soil
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
A pair of newborn earthworms in a Dutch lab suggests earthworms can reproduce in Martian soil. Researchers at Wageningen University introduced earthworms to pots of Mars-like soil featuring arugula plants and organic matter. Early results suggest the earthworms were able to successfully reproduce. If humans are to establish permanent colonies on Mars, they'll need to grow their o ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
Opportunity Greets Winter Solstice
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
NASA builds its next Mars rover mission
Paris (ESA) Nov 22, 2017
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Flat-Earther's self-launch plan hits a snag
Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Nov 27, 2017
Unfazed by an official ban to launch himself in a homemade rocket over a California desert in a bid to prove that Earth is flat, Mike Hughes remains confident that he will eventually fly to the atmosflat as part of his ambitious flat-Earth project. Hughes said he was postponing the flight, scheduled for Saturday, after he failed to get permission from the Bureau of Land Management to condu ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 29, 2017
Russia to build launch pad for super heavy-lift carrier by 2028
Bethesda MD (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Mechanisms are critical to all space vehicles
Guildford UK (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
SSTL ships CARBONITE-2 and Telesat's LEO-1 for PSLV launch
99 percent of ocean microplastics could be identified with dye
Warwick UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
The smallest microplastics in our oceans - which go largely undetected and are potentially harmful - could be more effectively identified using an innovative and inexpensive new method, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick. New research, led by Gabriel Erni-Cassola and Dr. Joseph A. Christie-Oleza from Warwick's School of Life Sciences, has established a pioneering way to ... more
Hanoi (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Vietnam jails activist for 7 years over toxic leak protests
Tabarja, Lebanon (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Clean-up dives, recycling: Lebanese respond to garbage crisis
Omoa, Honduras (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem
Norway puts brakes on plans for 'Tesla tax'
Oslo (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, has abandoned plans for a proposed "Tesla tax", a controversial measure that would have cut a tax rebate granted to heavy electric cars. Plans for the tax, which was to have entered into force in 2018, were halted after a budget compromise was reached between the right-wing government and its centre-right allies, which they presented on Wedne ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
SoftBank offer for Uber shares to cut valuation: reports
London (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Driverless, electric future just round the corner for urban cars
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality
Ceria nanoparticles: It is the surface that matters
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) ov 27, 2017
Exhaust gas cleaning of passenger cars, power generation from sunlight, or water splitting: In the future, these and other applications may profit from new findings relating to ceria. At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), scientists have studied ceria nanoparticles with the help of probe molecules and a complex ultrahigh vacuum-infrared measurement system and obtained partly surprising new ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Semiconducting carbon nanotubes can reduce noise in interconnects
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Manganese dioxide shows potential in micromotors
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Promising sensors for submarines, mines and spacecraft
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New catalyst controls activation of a carbon-hydrogen bond
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Chemists have developed another catalyst that can selectively activate a carbon-hydrogen bond, part of an ongoing strategy to revolutionize the field of organic synthesis and open up new chemical space. The journal Nature is publishing the work by chemists at Emory University, following on their development of a similar catalyst last year. Both of the catalysts are able to selectively func ... more
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
3rd SES bids farewell to ANGELS satellite
London, UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
New way to write magnetic info could pave the way for hardware neural networks
Singapore (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Device could reduce the carbon footprint of ethylene production
EU deadlock over weedkiller goes to appeal
Brussels (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
The European Union will on Monday attempt to determine the future of glyphosate, a controversial weedkiller hugely relied on by farmers but which critics say causes cancer and whose use has been thrown into doubt. Since its introduction in the United States in 1974 by pesticides and seed maker Monsanto as Roundup, the use of glyphosate has soared across the globe. It is sprayed on food c ... more
Brussels (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
EU breaks stalemate to renew licence on controversial weedkiller
East Lansing (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table
Burlington VT (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
To address hunger effectively, first check the weather
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