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November 14, 2017
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UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'



Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday. More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla's Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls from activists who have warned the machines will put civilians at enormous risk. A UN disarmament groupin ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
The path length of light in opaque media
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
What happens when light passes through a glass of milk? It enters the liquid, is scattered unpredictably at countless tiny particles and exits the glass again. This effect makes milk appear white. T ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
See Jupiter's southern hemisphere in beautiful detail in this new image taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft. The color-enhanced view captures one of the white ovals in the "String of Pearls," one of eig ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomers See Moving Shadows Around Planet-Forming Star
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A team of mainly Dutch astronomers has observed moving shadows on a dust disk around a star. On multiple days they took a 'photo' of the star and its disk. They used the SPHERE instrument, partially ... more
IRON AND ICE
Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2017
Surface features on Ceres - the largest world between Mars and Jupiter - and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think. A recent study, published in Geophysical Re ... more
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MOON DAILY
NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A team of NASA scientists wants to draw a more complete picture of where water exists on the Moon and whether it migrates across the lunar surface, including in the permanently shadowed regions that ... more
MARSDAILY
How long can microorganisms live on Mars
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Researchers from Lomonosov MSU, Faculty of Soil Science, have studied the resistance microorganisms have against gamma radiation in very low temperatures. The results have been published in the Extr ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New approach uses light instead of robots to assemble electronic components
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
An international team of researchers has developed a new light-based manipulation method that could one day be used to mass produce electronic components for smartphones, computers and other devices ... more
MOON DAILY
China and the US are both shooting for the moon
Bristol UK (The Conversation) Nov 10, 2017
On the face of it, it looks like two of the world's biggest powers are racing to get astronauts back on the lunar surface. China is aiming to land crew on the moon by 2036, while on the other side o ... more
ENERGY TECH
Scientists make progress in quest for fusion energy
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Creating fusion energy presents a variety of challenges, but researchers at Texas A&M University are closer to besting at least of the obstacles. ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA Opens $2 Million Third Phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond will require innovative options to shelter our explorers, and we won't be able to carry all of the materials with us from Earth. NASA's 3D-Printed Habita ... more


Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials

EXO WORLDS
Scientists find potential 'missing link' in chemistry that led to life on earth
La Jolla CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a compound that may have been a crucial factor in the origins of life on Earth. Origins-of-life researchers have hypothesized that ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Diffused light shows clear structures
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Scientists gain an insight into the fascinating world of atoms and molecules using x-ray microscopes. Ground-breaking research by physicists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NIST researchers develop color filters that respond to the angle of incident light
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Imagine a miniature device that suffuses each room in your house with a different hue of the rainbow - purple for the living room, perhaps, blue for the bedroom, green for the kitchen. A team led by ... more
SATURN DAILY
Heating ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Enough heat to power hydrothermal activity inside Saturn's ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years could be generated through tidal friction if the moon has a highly porous core, a new study find ... more



How long can microorganisms live on Mars
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Researchers from Lomonosov MSU, Faculty of Soil Science, have studied the resistance microorganisms have against gamma radiation in very low temperatures. The results have been published in the Extremophiles journal. Average temperature on Mars is -63C, but in polar areas and at night it can be as low as -145C. There is pressure lower 100-1000 times than on the Earth, strong ultraviolet an ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Opens $2 Million Third Phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Insight will carry over two million names to Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Opportunity Does a Wheelie and is Back on Solid Footing
NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A team of NASA scientists wants to draw a more complete picture of where water exists on the Moon and whether it migrates across the lunar surface, including in the permanently shadowed regions that haven't seen sunlight in perhaps a billion years or more. The first hint of potential water at both lunar poles came in 1994, with the Clementine mission flown jointly by NASA and the Departmen ... more
Bristol UK (The Conversation) Nov 10, 2017
China and the US are both shooting for the moon
Moscow (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Russia locks up six for Moon flight simulation
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon
Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
See Jupiter's southern hemisphere in beautiful detail in this new image taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft. The color-enhanced view captures one of the white ovals in the "String of Pearls," one of eight massive rotating storms at 40 degrees south latitude on the gas giant planet. The image was taken on Oct. 24, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. PDT (2:11 p.m. EDT), as Juno performed its ninth close flyby o ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Watching Jupiter's multiple pulsating X-ray Aurora
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Help Nickname New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 03, 2017
Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager
Astronomers See Moving Shadows Around Planet-Forming Star
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A team of mainly Dutch astronomers has observed moving shadows on a dust disk around a star. On multiple days they took a 'photo' of the star and its disk. They used the SPHERE instrument, partially built in the Netherlands, on the Very Large Telescope in Chile. Probably, processes in the inner disk cast their shadows at the outer disk. The astronomers publish their findings in The Astrophysical ... more
La Jolla CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Scientists find potential 'missing link' in chemistry that led to life on earth
Ottawa, Canada (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
18-Month Twinkle in a Forming Star Suggests a Very Young Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets
The state of commercial spaceports in 2017
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
About two years ago the FAA gave Houston the "go-ahead" to build America's 10th commercial spaceport. Yes, the US already had nine spaceports designated for commercial operations. One must ask, "Why do we need 10 spaceports for so little commercial space activities?" This represents a great deal of investment and ongoing expense for an industry still in its infancy. One reason for al ... more
Dulles VA (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Orbital ATK Successfully Tests First Motor Case for Next Generation Launch Vehicle
Washington DC (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Orbital ATK launches eighth cargo mission to space
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 09, 2017
Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco
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China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2017
Surface features on Ceres - the largest world between Mars and Jupiter - and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think. A recent study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, analyzed Ceres' surface features to reveal clues about the dwarf planet's interior evolution. Specifically, the study explored linear features - the chains of pits and small, secondary ... more
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Unlucky dinosaurs: Scientists say asteroid had 13 percent chance of triggering extinction
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites
Lockheed Martin to develop compact airborne high energy laser capabilities
Bothell WA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the design, development and production of a high power fiber laser. AFRL plans to test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The contract is part of AFRL's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, and is a major step forward in the maturation of protective airborne laser systems. ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Boeing meets 2017 ballistic missile defense installation goal early
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Boeing and the Ground-based Midcourse Defense team on Tuesday announced that they have installed the 44th interceptor, the last installation of 2017 for the ground-based surface-to-air anti-ballistic missile defense system. The Department of Defense set out to increase America's long-range defense ballistic missiles to 44 interceptors by the end of 2017, with Boeing meeting the goal ahe ... more
Stockholm (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Sweden picks US Patriot missile system over European rival
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh airport
Moscow (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Russia conducts ballistic missile tests
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Heating ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Enough heat to power hydrothermal activity inside Saturn's ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years could be generated through tidal friction if the moon has a highly porous core, a new study finds, working in favour of the moon as a potentially habitable world. A paper published in Nature Astronomy presents the first concept that explains the key characteristics of 500 km-diameter Encel ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 07, 2017
Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
ASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind
Better, bolder printing with silicon nanostructures
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
From textbooks to artwork to newspapers, printed items are a part of our everyday life. But the ink used in today's printers are limited in colors and resolution. Now in a new study in ACS' journal Nano Letters, scientists have found a way to expand the printable color spectrum with a novel nanostructure system. The current color range for computers and printers is based on the sRGB (stand ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Practical superconducting nanowire single photon detector highly efficient
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Subset of carbon nanotubes poses cancer risk similar to asbestos in mice
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Simple green synthesis is a breath of fresh air
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Astronomers won't have to wait much longer for their first glimpse of one of the biggest types of unions in the cosmos. New research published November 13 in Nature Astronomy predicts that gravitational waves generated by the merger of two supermassive black holes will be detected within 10 years. The study is the first to use real data, rather than computer simulations, to predict when such an ... more
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Supercomputers help Los Alamos team interpret LIGO findings
A quasiparticle quest
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
What kinds of 'particles' are allowed by nature? The answer lies in the theory of quantum mechanics, which describes the microscopic world. In a bid to stretch the boundaries of our understanding of the quantum world, UC Santa Barbara researchers have developed a device that could prove the existence of non-Abelian anyons, a quantum particle that has been mathematically predicted to exist ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Where did those electrons go? X-ray measurements solve decades-old mystery
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
University of Chicago scientists see fireworks from atoms at ultra-low temperatures
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Theoretical physicists are modeling complex quantum processes with cold atoms and ions
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UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday. More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla's Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study shows need for adaptive powered knee prosthesis to assist amputees
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
First operational MQ-4C Triton drone delivered to U.S. Navy
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Northrop Grumman delivered the first operational MQ-4C Trition aircraft to the U.S. Navy facility at Point Mugu, the company said in a press statement on Friday. Northrop Grumman in April received $19.9 million for engineering and analysis of obsolescence issues with the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle. In May, the company received an additional $49.4 million contract for pa ... more
Jerusalem (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights: army
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA-Developed Drone Aircraft Offer One-of-a-Kind Capabilities
Niamey (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight
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