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August 28, 2017
DRAGON SPACE
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Beijing (XNA) Aug 28, 2017
Space is the final frontier for private firms as they muscle into an area dominated by State-owned companies A satellite the size of a teakettle will be launched into space by the end of this year. Once the cubesat starts circling the earth at tens of thousands of kilometers an hour, it will be used to teach astronomy to Chinese high school students. Backed by space startup Commsat Technology Development Co Ltd, this project is just one of a wide range of private sector ventures. ... read more

SATURN DAILY
NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Activities
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space. News ... more
IRON AND ICE
NASA's asteroid sample return mission successfully adjusts course
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its thrusters to position itself on the correct course for its upcoming Earth flyby. The spacecraft, which is on a two-year outbound journey to asteroid Bennu, suc ... more
TECH SPACE
45th Space Wing supports successful Minotaur IV ORS-5 launch
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Aug 26, 2017
The 45th Space Wing supported Orbital ATK's successful Minotaur IV rocket launch carrying the United States Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space 5 satellite Aug. 26, 2017, at 2:04 a.m. from Sp ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity staying put for a bit to image valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
Opportunity is located in "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has been staying in place collecting extensive Panoramic Camera (Pancam) stereo panoramas. ... 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
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


The Moving Martian Bow Shock

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
EXO WORLDS
Scientists take first snapshots of a molecular propeller that runs at 100 degrees Celsius
Exeter UK (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Scientists have made a crucial new discovery into how a group of ancient microbes that can survive in some of the world's harshest environments, propel themselves forward. An international tea ... more
ENERGY TECH
PPPL physicist discovers that some plasma instabilities can extinguish themselves
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Physicist Fatima Ebrahimi at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has for the first time used advanced models to accurately simulate key characteristics o ... more



Opportunity staying put for a bit to image valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
Opportunity is located in "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has been staying in place collecting extensive Panoramic Camera (Pancam) stereo panoramas. Now that we are in the valley, the objective is to extensively document the local morphology (how things look) at each location so that a 3D digital elevation model of the entire valley can be constru ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 23, 2017
The Moving Martian Bow Shock
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) invites members of the science community in Europe to propose ideas for research that could be performed on the Deep Space Gateway, a crewed spaceship in lunar vicinity. The Deep Space Gateway is a strategic platform that is being prepared by the International Space Station partner agencies to be humanity's next step beyond Low-Earth Orbit and out into the S ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
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
Scientists take first snapshots of a molecular propeller that runs at 100 degrees Celsius
Exeter UK (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Scientists have made a crucial new discovery into how a group of ancient microbes that can survive in some of the world's harshest environments, propel themselves forward. An international team of experts, led by Dr Bertram Daum of the University of Exeter's Living System Institute, have revealed the structure of the unique whip-like appendage found on archaea, which rotates like a propell ... 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
Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Falcon 9 launches from Vandenberg
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 28, 2017
Indian Space Agency, Israeli counterpart to formalize strategic collaborations
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Beijing (XNA) Aug 28, 2017
Space is the final frontier for private firms as they muscle into an area dominated by State-owned companies A satellite the size of a teakettle will be launched into space by the end of this year. Once the cubesat starts circling the earth at tens of thousands of kilometers an hour, it will be used to teach astronomy to Chinese high school students. Backed by space startup Com ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
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
NASA's asteroid sample return mission successfully adjusts course
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its thrusters to position itself on the correct course for its upcoming Earth flyby. The spacecraft, which is on a two-year outbound journey to asteroid Bennu, successfully performed a precision course adjustment on Wednesday to prepare for the gravity slingshot on Sept. 22. This trajectory correction maneuver was the first to use the spacecraft's Attitud ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Phoenicid meteor shower from dead comet arises again after 58 years
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Dino-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into 2 years of darkness
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 21, 2017
Large asteroid to safely pass Earth on September 1
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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NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Activities
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space. News briefings, photo opportunities and other media events will be held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. NAS ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
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'
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
Livermore CA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Carbon nanotubes worth their salt
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
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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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 groups from the Freiburg excellence cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools led by neuroscientist private lecturer Dr. Tonio Ball are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize brain research. ... more
St. Louis MO (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Designing custom robots in a matter of minutes
Sydney (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons
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
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Battelle, Dedrone partner for counter-drone system
Winterberg, Switzerland (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Go fetch! Drones help Swiss rescue dogs find the missing


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