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August 25, 2017
TECH SPACE
Air Force, Orbital ATK set to launch ORS-5 space tracking satellite



Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Orbital ATK is preparing to launch the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 satellite on Aug. 25th from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The ORS-5 will be launched using Orbital's Minotaur IV rocket and will be placed the satellite into low Earth orbit, the company announced on Thursday. "The delivery and upcoming launch of ORS-5 marks a significant milestone in fulfilling our commitment to the space situational awareness mission and U.S. Strategic Command," comman ... read more

SPACE MEDICINE
NASA Breaks Ground on New Collaborative Biosciences Facility in Silicon Valley
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Administrator Robert Lightfoot, acting Deputy NASA Administrator Lesa Roe, Ames Center Director Eugene Tu, Ames Director of Science Michael Bicay, and Amoroso Construction Northern California Operat ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
NASA's twin study investigates metabolites
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
You may think you're just an average Joe, but according to your metabolomics data your body is percolating some expressive information about your daily life. "Metabolomics measures small molec ... more
ROBO SPACE
Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device
St. Louis MO (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer at Washington University in St. Louis has taken steps toward using nanocrystal networks for artificial in ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Study finds that gravity, 'mechanical loading' are key to cartilage development
Columbia MO (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Mechanical loading, or forces that stimulate cellular growth for development, is required for creating cartilage that is then turned to bone; however, little is known about cartilage development in ... more
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MARSDAILY
The Moving Martian Bow Shock
Paris (ESA) Aug 23, 2017
As the energetic particles of the solar wind speed across interplanetary space, their motion is modified by objects in their path. A study, based on data from ESA's Mars Express orbiter, has thrown ... more
ROBO SPACE
Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons
Sydney (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionise warfare and create new "weapons of terror" that target innocent people. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Computer approaches human skill for first time in mapping brain
Pullman WA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
A WSU research team for the first time has developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks - a breakthrough that could speed up the image ana ... more
MOON DAILY
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
The moon is likely very dry in its interior according to a new study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, published August 21, 2017 in t ... more
EXO WORLDS
Earth-like planet in star system only 16 light years away
Arlington TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Astrophysicists at the University of Texas at Arlington have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away. The team investigated the star system ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars weather: 'Cloudy, chance of nighttime snowstorm'
Paris (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Mars is buffeted by turbulent snowstorms that occur only at night, according to a study released Monday that revises our understanding of Red Planet weather. ... more


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ROBO SPACE
Designing custom robots in a matter of minutes
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Even as robots become increasingly common across different parts of our world, they remain incredibly difficult to make. From designing and modeling to fabricating and testing, the process is slow a ... more
ROBO SPACE
Smart computers
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Filtering information for search engines, acting as an opponent during a board game or recognizing images: Artificial intelligence has far outpaced human intelligence in certain tasks. Several group ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Exotic quantum states made from light
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are sufficiently concentrated and cooled. Th ... more
EXO WORLDS
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
The National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory and the Planetary Habitability Laboratory of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo joined the Red Dots project using the ESO's exoplanet-hunt ... more



The Moving Martian Bow Shock
Paris (ESA) Aug 23, 2017
As the energetic particles of the solar wind speed across interplanetary space, their motion is modified by objects in their path. A study, based on data from ESA's Mars Express orbiter, has thrown new light on a surprising interaction between the planet Mars and supersonic particles in the solar wind. cientists have long been aware that a feature known as a bow shock forms upstream of a p ... more
Paris (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Mars weather: 'Cloudy, chance of nighttime snowstorm'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
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Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
The moon is likely very dry in its interior according to a new study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, published August 21, 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The question of the moon's moistness matters because the amount of water and other volatile (easily evaporated) elements and compounds provide ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Roscosmos Approves Luna-25 Space Station Model in Moon Exploration Project
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
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
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy planets
Earth-like planet in star system only 16 light years away
Arlington TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Astrophysicists at the University of Texas at Arlington have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away. The team investigated the star system Gliese 832 for additional exoplanets residing between the two currently known alien worlds in this system. Their computations revealed that an additional Earth-like planet with a dynamically stable c ... more
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Gulf of Mexico tube worm is one of the longest-living animals in the world
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Molecular Outflow Launched Beyond Disk Around Young Star
SpaceX launches Taiwan's first home-built satellite
Los Angeles CA (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
SpaceX on Thursday launched the first satellite designed and built entirely in Taiwan, a spacecraft that aims to boost disaster forecasts and mapping, environmental observation and space research. The satellite, called FORMOSAT-5, weighs nearly 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms) and blasted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 11:51 am (1851 GMT). "Falcon 9 has lifted off," SpaceX engineer Lauren ... more
Hampton VA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Wind Tunnel Test of Deep Space Rocket Calls For New Coat of Paint
Miami (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
SpaceX unveils peek at sleek new spacesuit
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
The Phantom Lunar Dragon
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China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. The achievement based on experiments conducted with the world' s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), was published in the authoritative academic journal Nature on T ... more
Xi'an, China (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Dino-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into 2 years of darkness
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Tremendous amounts of soot, lofted into the air from global wildfires following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago, would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, new research finds. This would have shut down photosynthesis, drastically cooled the planet, and contributed to the mass extinction that marked the end of the age of dinosaurs. These new details about ho ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 21, 2017
Large asteroid to safely pass Earth on September 1
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Asteroid Apophis has One in 100,000 chance of hitting Earth
Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
Asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly past Earth in October 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
The Department of Defense is investing $17 million in directed energy laser weapons, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced at the Boeing facility in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday. "With our state's unique expertise in directed energy work, this funding will jump start the deployment of this critical technology and bring more high-paying jobs to the state," said Heinrich, a member of ... more
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
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
US military to install radar in Pacific's Palau
Koror, Palau (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
The United States has announced plans to install radar systems in Palau, a move that will increase its monitoring ability in the western Pacific region recently rocked by threats from North Korea. In a joint statement, the US Defense Department and the Palau government said they were working to finalise the location of radar towers on the archipelago nation of 22,000 people. "The radar s ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Japan deploys missile defence over N. Korea threat to Guam
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Jacobs Technology awarded $4.6B contract for missile defense services
Washington (AFP) July 30, 2017
US successfully tests missile intercept system
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Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet. Cassini will make the first of these five passes over Saturn at 9:22 p.m. PDT Sunday, Aug. 13 (12:22 a.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 14). The spacecraft's point of close ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere
Nanotechnology gives green energy a green color
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Solar panels have tremendous potential to provide affordable renewable energy, but many people see traditional black and blue panels as an eyesore. Architects, homeowners and city planners may be more open to the technology if they could install green panels that melt into the landscape, red panels on rooftops and white ones camouflaged as walls. A new study published this week in Applied ... more
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
How to move objects at the nanoscale
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
A Montana State University gravitational physicist has received funding for a research project that aims to answer fundamental questions about the universe. NASA awarded $750,000 to Nicolas Yunes for his project "Exploring Extreme Gravity: Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves." Yunes is a founding member of the MSU eXtreme Gravity Institute, known as XGI, and an associate pro ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
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
Scientists 'excited' by observations suggesting formation scenarios
Birmingham UK (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Physicists have described how observations of gravitational waves limit the possible explanations for the formation of black holes outside of our galaxy; either they are spinning more slowly than black holes in our own galaxy or they spin rapidly but are 'tumbled around' with spins randomly oriented to their orbit. The paper, published in Nature, is based on data that came about following ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
NICER and LISA to Confirm or Disprove Predictions of General Relativity
Munich, Germany (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Supermassive black holes feed on cosmic jellyfish
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter
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Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device
St. Louis MO (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer at Washington University in St. Louis has taken steps toward using nanocrystal networks for artificial intelligence applications. Elijah Thimsen, assistant professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his collaborators have develo ... more
Sydney (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Smart computers
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Designing custom robots in a matter of minutes
Could the X-37B Space Plane be Preparing for a Mission in September
Washington (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
The United States Air Force (USAF) is preparing their secretive X-37B space plane for its fifth mission in early September. As always, most of the X-37B's payload and mission is classified, but Space.com has reported that the launch may be slated for early September. The fifth mission of the X-37B, known as Orbital Test Vehicle-5 (OTV-5), is different from previous launches in that the spa ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Lockheed pairs drone with counter-UAS system
Liverpool UK (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Do video game players make the best unmanned pilots
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Insitu receives contract for U.S. Navy Special Warfare ScanEagle support


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