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March 20, 2017
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NASA twins study team begins integrating results



Houston TX (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
It begins with one instrument. Then another joins in. Before you know it a grand symphony is playing before your eyes. NASA Twins Study researchers are eager to integrate their results and create a symphony of science. Preliminary findings were discussed during the Human Research Program Investigators' Workshop in January, and now enthusiasm abounds as the integration process begins. The investigators are a unique group of researchers with different expertise associated with genetic and physiologi ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Self-driving taxis. Cell phones that react appropriately to spoken requests. Computers that outcompete world-class chess and Go players. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming part and parcel of t ... more
EXO WORLDS
Visualizing debris disk "roller derby" to understand planetary system evolution
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
When planets first begin to form, the aftermath of the process leaves a ring of rocky and icy material that's rotating and colliding around the young central star like a celestial roller derby. Anal ... more
SATURN DAILY
Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles. For the study, researchers at NASA's Jet Pro ... more
EXO WORLDS
Protostar blazes bright, reshaping its stellar nursery
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
A massive protostar, deeply nestled in its dust-filled stellar nursery, recently roared to life, shining nearly 100 times brighter than before. This outburst, apparently triggered by an avalanche of ... more
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TECH SPACE
Airbus ships first high-power all-electric EUTELSAT 172B satellite to Kourou for Eutelsat
Toulouse, France (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
EUTELSAT 172B, the first high power all-electric telecommunications satellite, is now ready for shipment on 20 March from the Airbus satellite assembly facility in Toulouse to Kourou, French Guiana ... more
EXO WORLDS
Operation of ancient biological clock uncovered
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Ten years ago, researchers discovered that the biological clock in cyanobacteria consists of only three protein components: KaiA, KaiB and KaiC. These are the building blocks - the gears, springs an ... more
OUTER PLANETS
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA's Jupiter Icy ... more
MARSDAILY
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
AsiaSat transmits live heart surgery
Hong KongLos Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
AsiaSat was proud to support live transmissions of a heart surgery earlier this year in Hong Kong, providing medical practitioners attending a conference in Singapore the opportunity to see the proc ... more
MOON DAILY
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Seven teams, including three from India, have qualified for the country's first private moon mission in December, space technology start-up TeamIndus said on Wednesday. "Teams Callisto, Ears a ... more


Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms

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Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
UCLA, Carnegie Institution astrophysicists get rare peek at a baby solar system 300 light-years away An enormous young planet approximately 300 light-years from Earth has given astrophysicists ... more
SATURN DAILY
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
A new study in the journal Nature Astronomy reports that the south polar region of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is warmer than expected just a few feet below its icy surface. This suggests that Encel ... more
SATURN DAILY
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Over the past decade, the international Cassini mission has revealed intense activity at the southern pole of Saturn's icy moon, Enceladus, with warm fractures venting water-rich jets that hint at a ... more
EXO WORLDS
Mutants in Microgravity
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Bacteria may mutate more rapidly in space and scientists theorize patterns of those mutations could help predict how pathogens become resistant to antibiotics. Such predictions could, in turn, be us ... 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
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been orbiting the Red Planet since 19 October. During two dedicated orbits in late November, the science instruments made their first calibration measurements since arriving at Mars. The latest test ... more
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Seven teams, including three from India, have qualified for the country's first private moon mission in December, space technology start-up TeamIndus said on Wednesday. "Teams Callisto, Ears and Kalpana from India, Space4Life from Italy, Lunadome from Britain, Killa Lab from Peru and Regolith Revolution from the US have qualified to fly their experiments to the lunar surface in our spacecr ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2017
Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer - Juice - from the drawing board and into construction. Scheduled for launch in 2022, with arrival in the Jovian system in 2029, Juice will spend three-and-a-half years examining ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
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Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
An international team of researchers discovered that inorganic chemicals can self-organize into complex structures that mimic primitive life on Earth. Florida State University Professor of Chemistry Oliver Steinbock and Professor Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Spanish National Research Council) in Granada, Spain published an article in Wedne ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Visualizing debris disk "roller derby" to understand planetary system evolution
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Operation of ancient biological clock uncovered
SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth
Washington (AFP) March 20, 2017
A SpaceX reusable cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday, ending a mission to supply astronauts on the International Space Station, the company said. The Dragon capsule - the only such vessel capable of returning research samples and other material to Earth - remained docked with the ISS for nearly a month after delivering more than two tonnes of food, water and sci ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Hitting the brakes at Alpha Centauri
Seoul (AFP) March 19, 2017
N. Korea's Kim hails engine test as 'new birth' for rocket industry
Washington (AFP) Mar 16, 2017
SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII comms satellite into orbit
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
Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Among the most striking features on the surface of Ceres are the bright spots in the center of Occator crater which stood out already as NASA's space probe Dawn approached the dwarf planet. Scientists under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) have now for the first time determined the age of this bright material, which consists mainly of deposits of special ... more
Mountain View CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Warped Meteor Showers Hit Earth at All Angles
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Mechanism underlying size-sorting of rubble on asteroid Itokawa revealed
Zurich (UPI) Mar 7, 2017
Earth is bombarded at random, crater study shows
MILSATCOM 2017 - 26/27 April, 2017 Colorado Springs
Lockheed Martin designs future U.S. Army laser vehicle
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin has completed its designs, development and demonstrations for a 60 kW-class laser defense system to be delivered to the U.S. Army. The system is a vehicle-mounted platform to be used to defend ground-based assets against unmanned aerial vehicles and artillery attacks such as mortar fire and rockets. Lockheed Martin's latest design for the solution was based on earlier co ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
U.S. Army demos laser weapon with Stryker vehicle
New Delhi (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Inside China's High-Tech Space-Based Laser Arsenal
London, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields
Raytheon developing next-gen missile defense communications
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Raytheon received an $11.8 million contract to develop new communication technologies for the U.S. Office of Naval Research. The new technologies, known as Communications and Interoperability for Integrated Fires, or CIIF, will aim to enhance situational awareness capabilities for the U.S. Navy's air and missile defense operations. According to Raytheon, CIIF will enable new and ... more
Riyadh (AFP) March 18, 2017
Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile as camp toll rises
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets $80M for Aegis foreign military sales
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Australia's HMAS Hobart completes sea trials with Aegis
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles. For the study, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, simulated the frigid surface conditions on Titan, finding that significant amounts of nitrogen can be dissolved in the extremely cold liquid methane that ra ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Farewell to Mimas
Researchers develop new method to program nanoparticle organization in polymer thin films
Akron OH (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Controlling the organization of nanoparticles into patterns in ultrathin polymer films can be accomplished with entropy instead of chemistry, according to a discovery by Dr. Alamgir Karim, UA's Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Professor of Polymer Engineering, and his student Dr. Ren Zhang. Polymer thin films are used in a variety of technological applications, for example paints, lubricants, an ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The world's first international race for molecule-cars, the Nanocar Race is on
San Diego CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New nano-implant could one day help restore sight
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Shaping the future
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
Star discovered in closest known orbit around black hole
East Lansing, MI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Astronomers have found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a black hole and a companion star. Michigan State University scientists were part of the team that made this discovery, which used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as NASA's NuSTAR and the Australia Telescope Compact Array. The clo ... more
New York NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Radiation from nearby galaxies helped fuel first monster black holes
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Scientists identify a black hole choking on stardust
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Streamlining the measurement of phonon dispersion
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Self-driving taxis. Cell phones that react appropriately to spoken requests. Computers that outcompete world-class chess and Go players. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming part and parcel of the technological landscape-not only in the civilian and commercial worlds but also within the Defense Department, where AI is finding application in such arenas as cybersecurity and dynamic logistics ... more
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Songs that make robots cry
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
FAA Approval Could Mean Big Things for UAS Adoption
McLean VA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
arlier this year there was an announcement that could usher in a new era for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States. The Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota became the first such facility authorized to conduct beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations for UAS. By giving Northern Plains its stamp of approval, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is helping ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Rakuten and AirMap announce joint venture to bring unmanned traffic management platform to Japan
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Progress Toward an Ability to Recover Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on the Fly
Ottawa (AFP) March 16, 2017
Canada limits recreational drone use as incidents soar


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