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July 27, 2016
Digging deeper into Mars
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Jul 27, 2016
Water is the key to life on Earth. Scientists continue to unravel the mystery of life on Mars by investigating evidence of water in the planet's soil. Previous observations of soil observed along crater slopes on Mars showed a significant amount of perchlorate salts, which tend to be associated with brines with a moderate pH level. However, researchers have stepped back to look at the bigger picture through data collected from the 2001: Mars Odyssey, named in reference to the science fiction novel ... read more

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Why are there so few large craters on dwarf planet Ceres?
Life in the asteroid belt isn't conducive to a smooth complexion. Ceres' surface is proof of that. But researchers say the dwarf planet's face isn't nearly as chiseled as they expected. ... more

Alien Solar System Boasts Tightly Spaced Planets, Unusual Orbits
Tightly spaced planets inside an alien solar system known as Kepler-80 boast a rare orbital configuration. The study was led by Mariah MacDonald as an undergraduate with Darin Ragozzine, an assistan ... more

Scientists attempt to explain Neptune atmosphere's wobble
Astronomers have been monitoring the oscillating brightness of Neptune's atmosphere for the last 40 years. Using the data, a new study in the journal Nature Communications attempts to explain the planet's unique atmospheric wobbles. ... more
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Human eyes can detect the smallest units of light
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. ... 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

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

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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
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
India Set to Test Domestically-Produced Scramjet Engine in Third Quarter

N. Korea says any further nuclear test depends on US

SSL to provide robotic arms to DARPA for satellite servicing

US tells Beijing sea patrols will continue: official

China builds massive seaplane: state media

NASA Establishes Institute to Explore New Ways to Protect Astronauts

CACI International to support U.S. Cyber Command


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

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
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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

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
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Cities face dramatic increase in water treatment spending when watersheds are developed

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

ISRO to launch weather satellite next month

'Super ants' invading British gardens faster than ever

US, Senegal troops wind up first-ever emergency exercise


SSL to provide robotic arms to DARPA for satellite servicing
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced it has received $20.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA ... more

Hey robot, shimmy like a centipede
Centipedes move quickly. And when one is coming directly at you, you might not care to spend a moment pondering its agility. So perhaps our lack of understanding about just why centipedes move with ... more

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

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


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

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
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Ultrasensitive sensor using N-doped graphene

Harvesting water from air with less energy

New reaction for the synthesis of nanostructures

Garnet-type fast ionic conductor for all-solid-state lithium battery

Biggest Little Self-Assembling Protein Nanostructures Created

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China commissions space tracking ship as new station readied


NASA Selects Five Mars Orbiter Concept Studies


China's Midea snares near-86 percent stake in Germany's Kuka


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

Passive Attitude Control For Small Satellites

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

China's second space lab Tiangong-2 reaches launch center

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

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