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March 30, 2017
IRON AND ICE
A Trojan in Retreat



Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
For at least a million years, an asteroid orbiting the "wrong" way around the Sun has been playing a cosmic game of chicken with giant Jupiter and about 6,000 other asteroids sharing the giant planet's space, says a report published in the latest issue of Nature. The asteroid is the only one in the solar system known to have an opposite, or retrograde, orbit around the Sun while at the same time sharing a planet's orbital space, says researcher and co-author Paul Wiegert of University of Western O ... read more

TIME AND SPACE
Timing a Space Laser With a NASA-style Stopwatch
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
To time how long it takes a pulse of laser light to travel from space to Earth and back, you need a really good stopwatch - one that can measure within a fraction of a billionth of a second. That ki ... more
SATURN DAILY
Checking in on Bleriot
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 30, 2017
What appears as a pair of bright dashes at the center of this image is one of the features rings scientists have dubbed "propellers." This particular propeller, named Bleriot, marks the presen ... more
MOON DAILY
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
While orbiting the Moon in 1971, the crew of Apollo 15 photographed a strange geological feature - a bumpy, D-shaped depression about two miles long and a mile wide - that has fascinated planetary s ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Improving memory with magnets
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives - without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. New ... more
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TECH SPACE
'Ground Control' Arrives at Leicester University
Leicester, UK (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Scientists at the University of Leicester will be step closer to controlling their own satellite missions after a new satellite ground station dish is installed on 28 March. The University is ... more
IRON AND ICE
ExoTerra to become first privately owned space company to fly to an asteroid
Littleton CO (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
NASA has awarded ExoTerra Corporation a $2.5M contract to demonstrate a novel solar electric propulsion system for CubeSats that will enable the shoebox-sized spacecraft to triple their available po ... more
SATURN DAILY
The electric sands of Titan
Atlanta GA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Experiments led by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggest the particles that cover the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, are "electrically charged." When the wind blows ha ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Researchers create artificial materials atom-by-atom
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Researchers at Aalto University have manufactured artificial materials with engineered electronic properties. By moving individual atoms under their microscope, the scientists were able to create at ... more
MARSDAILY
Final two ExoMars landing sites chosen
Paris (ESA) Mar 29, 2017
Two ancient sites on Mars that hosted an abundance of water in the planet's early history have been recommended as the final candidates for the landing site of the 2020 ExoMars rover and surface sci ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf
London, UK (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, know ... more


Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up

SATURN DAILY
Titan is covered by electrically charged sand grains, experiments suggest
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
New research suggests the sand grains on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, behave similar to the packing peanuts used in shipping boxes. ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars dust storm west of Opportunity starting to abate
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2017
Opportunity is just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater, heading to the gully, named 'Perseverance Valley.' The large regional dust storm to the west of the rover's site has started to abate, althou ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Graphene-based neural probes probe brain activity in high resolution
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Measuring brain activity with precision is essential to developing further understanding of diseases such as epilepsy and disorders that affect brain function and motor control. Neural probes with h ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Quadriplegic man regains use of arm in medical first: study
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
A decade after a bike crash that left an American man paralysed from the shoulders down, he can again feed himself, researchers hailing a medical first reported Wednesday. ... more

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Russia to face strong competition from China in space launch market
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 26, 2016
In the decade to come Russia will face strong competition from China for the commercial launch of satellites for developing countries, according to Ivan Moiseev, director of the Institute of Space Policy."China is trying to expand its space launching services, developing new boosters for different segments of the market," Moiseev told RIA Novosti. "It has constructed a new spacecraft launc ... more
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 27, 2016
Vega And Gokturk-1A are present for next Arianespace lightweight mission
Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
Antares Rides Again
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 21, 2016
Four Galileo satellites are "topped off" for Arianespace's milestone Ariane 5 launch from the Spaceport
Mars dust storm west of Opportunity starting to abate
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2017
Opportunity is just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater, heading to the gully, named 'Perseverance Valley.' The large regional dust storm to the west of the rover's site has started to abate, although there is still a lot of dust in the atmosphere and rover energy levels are affected. On Sol 4672 (March 16, 2017), Opportunity drove over 141 feet (43 meters) to the south. Owning to the elev ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 29, 2017
Final two ExoMars landing sites chosen
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Breaks observed in Curiosity rover wheel treads
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
Mars Volcano, Earth's Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
While orbiting the Moon in 1971, the crew of Apollo 15 photographed a strange geological feature - a bumpy, D-shaped depression about two miles long and a mile wide - that has fascinated planetary scientists ever since. Some have suggested that the feature, known as Ina, is evidence of a volcanic eruption Moon within the past 100 million years - a billion years or so after most volcanic activity ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 27, 2017
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
ANU leads public search for Planet X
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
The Australian National University (ANU) is launching a search for a new major planet within our solar system, inviting anyone around the world with access to the Internet to help make the historic discovery. Anyone who helps find the so-called Planet X will work with ANU astronomers to validate the discovery through the International Astronomical Union. ANU astrophysicist Dr. Brad T ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2017
Juno Spacecraft Set for Fifth Jupiter Flyby
Baltimore MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
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Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf
London, UK (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, known as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-called halo - the outermost reaches - of our Galaxy, made up of the most ancient stars. The scientists report the discovery in Monthly Notices of the Royal ... more
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Musk diving into minds while reaching for Mars
San Francisco (AFP) March 28, 2017
Not content to reach for Mars and dethrone fossil fuels, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Tuesday is turning his focus to delving into people's minds. In a message fired off Tuesday on Twitter, Musk appeared to confirm he is creating a startup called Neuralink devoted to enabling brains to interface directly with computers, accessing processing power and perhaps even downloading memories for s ... more
Miami (AFP) March 30, 2017
SpaceX poised to launch first recycled rocket
Stennis Space Center, MS (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
The "Brain" of the Space Launch System RS-25 Engine Passes Critical Test
Spaceport America NM (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Spaceport America sets new record for student launched sounding rocket
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
A Trojan in Retreat
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
For at least a million years, an asteroid orbiting the "wrong" way around the Sun has been playing a cosmic game of chicken with giant Jupiter and about 6,000 other asteroids sharing the giant planet's space, says a report published in the latest issue of Nature. The asteroid is the only one in the solar system known to have an opposite, or retrograde, orbit around the Sun while at the sam ... more
Littleton CO (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
ExoTerra to become first privately owned space company to fly to an asteroid
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
OSIRIS-REx asteroid search tests instruments, science team
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Ice in Ceres' shadowed craters linked to tilt history
MILSATCOM 2017 - 26/27 April, 2017 Colorado Springs
German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Researchers in Germany are trying to use a massive light array to generate clean energy. This week, the scientists switched on their Synlight experiment, a collection of 149 film projector spotlights on steroids. Together the lights can generate the radiation of 10,000 suns, making the world's biggest solar simulator. When concentrated on a single point, the lights can produce temperatu ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Scientists find out where laser energy goes when a beam is fired into plasma
Glasgow, Scotland (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
U.S. Air Force buys additional laser materials
Saudi shoots down 'smuggled' Yemen rebel missiles
Riyadh (AFP) March 28, 2017
Saudi Arabia intercepted four missiles fired by Yemeni rebels on Tuesday, a Saudi-led coalition said, in what it described as evidence of arms smuggling through a rebel-held Red Sea port. The coalition has said previously that it destroyed much of the Shiite rebels' missile capability early in its two-year-old bombing campaign and says persistent launches show they are receiving new deliveri ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
U.S. Missile Defense Agency buys Lot 9 THAAD Interceptors
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Raytheon tapped for two more MK 99 ship sets
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
Israel's David's Sling missile system to be operational in weeks
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Titan is covered by electrically charged sand grains, experiments suggest
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
New research suggests the sand grains on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, behave similar to the packing peanuts used in shipping boxes. Lab experiments suggest the granules become electrically charged and clump together, resisting motion as they attach themselves to other hydrocarbons. The sand grains become charged as they're excited by strong winds and hop along the surface - a p ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 30, 2017
Checking in on Bleriot
Atlanta GA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
The electric sands of Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
New Nano Devices Could Withstand Extreme Environments in Space
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Behind its thick swirling clouds, Venus is hiding a hot surface pelted with sulfuric acid rains. At 480C, the planet's atmosphere would fry any of today's electronics, posing a challenge to scientists hoping to study this extreme environment. Researchers at the Stanford Extreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory, or the XLab, are on a mission to conquer these conditions. By developing hea ... more
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Scientists created nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Light-controlled gearbox for nanomachines
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Mammalian cells are optimally adapted to gravity. But what happens in the microgravity environment of space if the earth's pull disappears? Previously, many experiments exhibited cell changes - after hours or even days in zero gravity. Astronauts, however, returned to Earth without any severe health problems after long missions in space, which begs the question as to how capable cells are of ada ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
In a quantum race everyone is both a winner and a loser
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
When describing nature using physical laws, scientists often start from everyday experiences. However, our usual intuition does not apply to the quantum world. Physicists have recently realized that quantum theory even forces us to question innate concepts, such as the order in which things occur. Imagine, for example, a race between two friends, Alice and Bob. In everyday life, the winner ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
NIST physicists show ion pairs perform enhanced 'spooky action'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
Gravitational wave kicks monster black hole out of galactic core
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Timing a Space Laser With a NASA-style Stopwatch
Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up
Washington (AFP) March 26, 2017
Are robots coming for your job? Although technology has long affected the labor force, recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are heightening concerns about automation replacing a growing number of occupations, including highly skilled or "knowledge-based" jobs. Just a few examples: self-driving technology may eliminate the need for taxi, Uber and truck drivers, algorith ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Printable device points toward sensor-laden robot skin
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Quadruped robot exhibits spontaneous changes in step with speed
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Kraken Sonar Systems gains funding for robotics project
Happy Wanderer? Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Its Own Orbital Record
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 27, 2017
The US Air Force's super-secret Boeing X-37B mini space shuttle just broke its own orbital record of 674 days in space. The landing date for the apparatus remains undetermined. The X-37B robotic space plane's current machine incarnation, OTV-4, just broke its own record by staying in orbit for 675 days, at least one day longer than its predecessor, OTV-3. The fourth of the X-37B unmanned s ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
A novel hybrid UAV that may change the way people operate drones
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
General Atomics building ground control station for drones
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia


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