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July 26, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Turbulence in planetary cores excited by tides



Paris, France (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
Veritable shields against high-energy particles, planets' magnetic fields are produced by iron moving in their liquid core. Yet the dominant model for explaining this system does not fit the smallest celestial bodies. Researchers at the Institut de Recherche sur les Phenomenes Hors Equilibre and the University of Leeds have proposed a new model suggesting that turbulence in the liquid cores is due to tides produced by gravitational interactions between celestial bodies. The model infers that inste ... read more

EXO WORLDS
New study challenges prevailing theory about how deep-sea vents are colonized
Moss Landing CA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
An article just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B describes two remarkably different hydrothermal vent fields discovered in the southern Gulf of California. Despite being relativel ... more
EXO WORLDS
New non-photosynthesizing plant species discovered on Ishigaki island, Japan
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
A new species of non-photosynthesizing parasitic plant has been discovered on the subtropical island of Ishigaki in Okinawa, Japan and named Sciaphila sugimotoi. The research team responsible for th ... more
ROBO SPACE
Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by hand or having dogs sniff for signs of life, they bring out a small, air-tight c ... more
ENERGY TECH
First basic physics simulation of impact of neutrals on turbulence
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Turbulence, the violently unruly disturbance of plasma, can prevent plasma from growing hot enough to fuel fusion reactions. Long a puzzling concern of researchers has been the impact on turbulence ... more
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MOON DAILY
Scientists spy new evidence of water in the moon's interior
Providence RI (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
A new study of satellite data finds that numerous volcanic deposits distributed across the surface of the Moon contain unusually high amounts of trapped water compared with surrounding terrains. The ... more
MOON DAILY
Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
The Moon, long thought to be a dry, inhospitable orb, hosts surprisingly large sub-surface water reserves, which one day may quench the thirst of lunar explorers from Earth, scientists said Monday. ... more
SATURN DAILY
Saturn surprises as Cassini continues its Grand Finale
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 25, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding - so far - that the planet's magnetic field has no discernible tilt. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Holographic imaging could sample and identify living microbes in the outer solar system
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
We may be capable of finding microbes in space - but if we did, could we tell what they were, and that they were alive? This month the journal Astrobiology is publishing a special issue dedica ... more
EXO WORLDS
SETI Institute-Unistellar Partnership Promises to Revolutionize Amateur Astronomy
Mountain View CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The SETI Institute and French startup Unistellar, have announced a partnership to commercialize a new telescope that promises to deliver an unparalleled view of the cosmos to amateur astronomers, an ... more
MOON DAILY
Neil Armstrong moon bag sells for $1.8mn in New York
New York (AFP) July 20, 2017
A bag Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon - which was once nearly thrown out with the trash - sold at auction Thursday for $1.8 million, Sotheby's said. ... more


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Living in Deep Space: Lockheed Martin to Build Full-Scale Prototype of NASA Cislunar Habitat
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Refurbishing a shuttle-era cargo container used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station, Lockheed Martin is prototyping a deep space habitat for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. This proto ... more
MARSDAILY
Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 21, 2017
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim. The scene incl ... more
MARSDAILY
Hubble sees Martian moon orbiting the Red Planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The sharp eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars. Because the moon is so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures. ... more
ROBO SPACE
A new method of cooperative control of multiple unmanned surface vehicles
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
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Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 21, 2017
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim. The scene includes a broad notch in the crest of the crater's rim, which may have been a spillway where water or ice or wind flowed over the rim and into the crater. Wheel tracks visible in the area of the notch we ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Hubble sees Martian moon orbiting the Red Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
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Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
The Moon, long thought to be a dry, inhospitable orb, hosts surprisingly large sub-surface water reserves, which one day may quench the thirst of lunar explorers from Earth, scientists said Monday. "We found the signature of the lunar interior water globally using satellite data," Shuai Li, co-author of a study by scientists at Brown University in the United States, told AFP. "Such wate ... more
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Living in Deep Space: Lockheed Martin to Build Full-Scale Prototype of NASA Cislunar Habitat
Providence RI (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Scientists spy new evidence of water in the moon's interior
New York (AFP) July 20, 2017
Neil Armstrong moon bag sells for $1.8mn in New York
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons - amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy terrain might be like. Wonder no more. Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer s ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
SETI Institute-Unistellar Partnership Promises to Revolutionize Amateur Astronomy
Mountain View CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The SETI Institute and French startup Unistellar, have announced a partnership to commercialize a new telescope that promises to deliver an unparalleled view of the cosmos to amateur astronomers, and provide the opportunity to contribute directly to cutting-edge science. Unistellar's new eVscope leverages "Enhanced Vision" imaging technology and now provides three unique features never before o ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Holographic imaging could sample and identify living microbes in the outer solar system
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
New non-photosynthesizing plant species discovered on Ishigaki island, Japan
Paris, France (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
Turbulence in planetary cores excited by tides
Vega to launch two Earth Observation Satellites for Italy, Israel and France
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jul 26, 2017
For its eighth launch of the year, and the 10th Vega mission since this launcher began its career at the Guiana Space Center in 2012, Arianespace will orbit two Earth observation satellites for civil and military applications: OPTSAT-3000 for the Italian Ministry of Defence; and Venus, a mission of the Israel Space Agency (ISA) - a government body sponsored by the country's Ministry of Science a ... more
Washington (AFP) July 20, 2017
Elon Musk says successful maiden flight for Falcon Heavy unlikely
Zhukovskiy (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Russia to Supply Largest Ever Number of Space Rocket Engines to US This Year
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches
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China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 26, 2017
Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to study. Because they spend most of their time far from our area of the solar system, many "long-period comets" will never approach the Sun in a person's lifetime. In fact, those that travel inward from the Oort Cloud - a group of icy bodies beginning roughly 186 billion miles (300 billion kilom ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
Orlando FL (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Bizarro comet challenging researchers
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
It's been a "dynamic year" for Army space and missile defense, with a multi-domain task force being formed, a new nanosatellite set to launch soon, and more powerful laser weapons in the works, said Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson. Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
US to test anti-missile system in Alaska
Washington (AFP) July 24, 2017
The US military is preparing to conduct another test of a missile-intercept system in Alaska, the Pentagon said Monday, amid continued tensions with North Korea over its ballistic missile program. Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said a routine test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system had been scheduled to go ahead "soon." "These tests are done as a routin ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Lockheed awarded $130.3 million contract for Patriot missile foreign sales
Vilnius (AFP) July 11, 2017
US deploys Patriots in Lithuania for NATO war games
Seoul (AFP) July 11, 2017
San Diego 'likely' in range of N.Korea ICBM in 2 years: US monitor
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Saturn surprises as Cassini continues its Grand Finale
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 25, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding - so far - that the planet's magnetic field has no discernible tilt. This surprising observation, which means the true length of Saturn's day is still unknown, is just one of several early insights from the final phase of Cassini's mission, known as the Grand Finale. ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
Methanol Points to Evolving Story of Enceladus's Plumes
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
In an advance that could boost the efficiency of LED lighting by 50 percent and even pave the way for invisibility cloaking devices, a team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a new technique that peppers metallic nanoparticles into semiconductors. It's the first technique that can inexpensively grow metal nanoparticles both on and below the surface of semiconductors. The p ... more
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
How do you build a metal nanoparticle?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Nanostructures taste the rainbow
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Swirling motions in clouds of cold, dense gas have given, for the first time, an active insight into how gravity creates the compact cores from which stars form in the interstellar medium. The results will be presented, Thursday 6 July, by Gwen Williams at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Williams, of Cardiff University, explains: "We've known for some time that du ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
LISA Gravitational-Wave Observatory Selected as ESA L3 Mission
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Hints of Extra Dimensions in Gravitational Waves
New evidence for the Majorana fermion, a particle that's its own antiparticle
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
In 1928, physicist Paul Dirac made the stunning prediction that every fundamental particle in the universe has an antiparticle - its identical twin but with opposite charge. When particle and antiparticle met they would be annihilated, releasing a poof of energy. Sure enough, a few years later the first antimatter particle - the electron's opposite, the positron - was discovered, and antimatter ... more
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Evidence of the Higgs particle's decay in quarks
London, UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes
Stanford UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Stanford researchers discover biological hydraulic system in tuna fins
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A robot that grows
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
At first glance, robots would appear to have exactly nothing in common with sweet peas or other climbing vines. Yet thanks to some innovative scientists, they now share at least one trait: the ability to extend their reach. Inspired by the growing action of plants and other living things, researchers at UC Santa Barbara and Stanford University have developed a tubular robot that - much lik ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
A new method of cooperative control of multiple unmanned surface vehicles
Sydney (AFP) July 21, 2017
Australia's robo-footballers go for gold at world champs
AeroVironment supplying small UAS to Australia
Washington (UPI) Jul 25, 2017
UAS-manufacturer AeroVironment formally signed contracts on Tuesday to deliver its Wasp AE unmanned aerial system to the Australian Defense Force, the company announced on Tuesday. The WASP UAS will be delivered over a three-year period AeroVironment, with Australian partner XTEK, will provide local maintenance, training and field support for the aircraft. "This contract to suppl ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
Leonardo DRS, Moog receive counter-UAS weapons contract
Singapore (AFP) July 19, 2017
Singapore offers Manila drones, urban warfare training
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Explotrain develops drone-simulated IED training system


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