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July 25, 2016
Human eyes can detect the smallest units of light
New York (UPI) Jul 21, 2016
New research suggest the human eye is remarkably sensitive to light. In a recent study, participants were able to detect the presence of a single photon inside a pitch black room. "If you imagine this, it is remarkable: a photon, the smallest physical entity with quantum properties of which light consists, is interacting with a biological system consisting of billions of cells, all in a warm and wet environment," researcher Alipasha Vaziri, an associate professor and head of the Laboratory of N ... read more

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Minimalist swimming microrobots
When scaling down robots to the micrometer scale for tiny tasks such as incising tissue and puncturing retinal veins, minimalism is key. To make smaller, simpler microrobots, researchers at Drexel U ... more

Artificial muscle for soft robotics: Low voltage, high hopes
Soft robots do a lot of things well but they're not exactly known for their speed. The artificial muscles that move soft robots, called actuators, tend to rely on hydraulics or pneumatics, which are ... more

NASA Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets on Its Own
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is now selecting rock targets for its laser spectrometer - the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary ... more
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BepiColombo Mission to Mercury on Track for April 2018 Launch
Humanity's next visitor to the solar system's innermost planet remains on track for April 2018, according to the project's scientist. The BepiColombo mission, being developed jointly by the European ... more


Atmospheric chemistry on paper
Normally computers speed up calculations. But with his new pen-and-paper formula Kevin Heng of the University of Bern gets his results thousands of times faster than using conventional computer code ... more

Transition from Operations to Decommissioning by Preparing a Safe, Cost-Effective Shut Down and Waste Management Strategy

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Directed Energy invites public to participate in Voices of Humanity
For the first time ever, individuals will have the opportunity to send their own personal message and/or data into space via microchip. The project entitled "Voices of Humanity" is the creation of t ... more

NASA's Viking Data Lives on, Inspires 40 Years Later
Forty years ago, NASA's Viking mission made history when it became the first mission to successfully land a fully operational spacecraft on Mars. This mission gave us our first real look at the Mart ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
China says S. Korea damaged 'mutual trust'

Faster Speeding Bullets: Russia Test-Fires Its Own Railgun

Russia carries out Iskander-M electronic launches: Report

China, North Korea envoys hold talks in Laos

Top Teams' Automated Cybersecurity Systems Preparing for Final Face-off

GPS jamming: Keeping ships on the 'strait' and narrow

Commission approves acquisition of Arianespace by ASL, subject to conditions


Opportunity Rover wrapping up work within Marathon Valley
Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater, investigating outcrops for evidence of clay minerals. The rover is nearing the completion of its exploration within M ... more

Russian and US engineers plan manned moon mission
Engineers in Russia and the US are completing a plan for a collaborative space program. The initiative would preserve the multinational alliance developed when the International Space Station (ISS) ... more

NASA to Begin Testing Next Generation of Spacecraft Heat Exchangers
Crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are receiving a unique hardware delivery today that can help shape NASA's human journey beyond Earth and into deep space. The Phase Ch ... more
2nd Integrated Air and Missile Defense - Securing the Complex Air Domain: Requirements for Sustainable, Global, and Reliable Solutions to Next Generation Air & Missile Threats - 28-30 September, 2016 | Washington D.C. The World's Largest Commercial Drone Conference and Expo - Sept 7-9 - Las Vegas
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Asteroid that formed moon's Imbrium Basin may have been protoplanet-sized
Around 3.8 billion years ago, an asteroid more than 150 miles across, roughly equal to the length of New Jersey, slammed into the Moon and created the Imbrium Basin - the right eye of the fabled Man ... more

First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets reveals rocky worlds
On May 2, scientists from MIT, the University of Liege, and elsewhere announced they had discovered a planetary system, a mere 40 light years from Earth, that hosts three potentially habitable, Eart ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Landsat - The watchman that never sleeps

Anger erupts over government handling of China flood

Southern California fire mushrooms, residents evacuated

Three tropical storms building in Pacific: NHC

Kerry urges phasing-out of toxic greenhouse gases

PACE will help uncover new information about health of our oceans

Early humans used mammoth ivory tool to make rope


Feature: ET, when will we see you
Are we alone? Scientists say they are on the cusp of answering the age-old question about extraterrestrial (ET) life. "We are lucky to be in a special era, with the next generation of giant te ... more

Passive Attitude Control For Small Satellites
Small spacecraft technology has come of age in the past several years. Both cost and development time have been reduced significantly, especially with the CubeSat size standard of 10 x 10 x 10 cm si ... more

China commissions space tracking ship as new station readied
China on Tuesday formally commissioned its next-generation Yuan Wang 7 ocean-going ship for tracking and controlling spacecraft, after a two-month trial period, Chinese media reported. Accordi ... more

China's second space lab Tiangong-2 reaches launch center
China's second orbiting space lab Tiangong-2, which may enable two astronauts to live in space for up to 30 days, has been delivered to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The lab was sent from B ... more

Setting a satellite to catch a satellite
The target is set: a large derelict satellite currently silently tumbling its way through low orbit. If all goes to plan, in 2023 it will vanish - and efforts against space debris will have made a g ... more


China's Midea snares near-86 percent stake in Germany's Kuka
Chinese appliance giant Midea said Wednesday it has secured almost 86 percent of German industrial robotics supplier Kuka, giving it overwhelming control despite controversy in Europe over its multi-billion-euro offer. ... more

NASA Selects Five Mars Orbiter Concept Studies
NASA has selected five U.S. aerospace companies to conduct concept studies for a potential future Mars orbiter mission. Such a mission would continue key capabilities including telecommunications an ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Solar plane nears end of historic round-the-world trip

New discoveries about photosynthesis may lead to solar cells of the future

Scribbles found to be Leonardo da Vinci's earliest notes on laws of friction

Martin Aircraft, Avwatch partner to market jetpack in U.S.

Total lands LNG deal with Japan

Beijing slaps EU, Japan, S. Korea with steel duties

The future of perovskite solar cells has just got brighter - come rain or shine

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Taiwan to make lunar lander for NASA moon-mining mission


NASA's Kepler discovers more than 104 new exoplanets


Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch


NASA's Kepler Confirms 100+ Exoplanets During Its K2 Mission


Surface Composition Determines Planet's Temperature and Habitability


Warm Jupiters Not as Lonely as Expected


Gemini Observatory Instrumental in Latest Exoplanet Harvest


SSTL and Goonhilly announce partnership and a call for lunar orbit payloads


Researchers design minimalist microrobots for tiny tasks


Robot would assemble modular telescope - in space

U.S. and U.K. to study robotic troop re-supply

India May Buy Russian Microcircuits for Its Space Program

If life can make it here, it can make it anywhere

New Distant Dwarf Planet Beyond Neptune

Behind the scenes of protostellar disk formation

NASA camera catches moon 'photobombing' Earth

Lush Venus? Searing Earth? It could have happened

The debut of a robotic stingray, powered by light-activated rat cells

The air up there

Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues about Possible Water

Graduate researchers lead exoplanet discoveries

Researcher Calls for New Tools in Search for Extraterrestrials

Dawn Maps Ceres Craters Where Ice Can Accumulate

Researchers discover distant dwarf planet beyond Neptune

Curiosity Mars Rover Enters Precautionary Safe Mode

Frosty Cold Nights Year-Round on Mars May Stir Dust

Space Debris Solutions - Revisited

2016 Will Be One Second Longer

Chemical trail on Titan may be key to prebiotic conditions

Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues about Possible Water

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