Monday, 26 January 2015

Dawn probe data indicates ancient flowing water on Vesta

The last place you'd expect to find signs of water erosion is in the Asteroid Belt, but researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory say that data collected during the Dawnspacecraft's visit to Vesta indicates that it not only once had water, but that it formed gullies and other erosion features on its surface. .. Continue Reading Dawn probe data indicates ancient flowing water on Vesta

Section: Space

Tags: Asteroid, Dawn, JPL, NASA, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

NASA and Microsoft team up for virtual Mars exploration

Years before the first astronauts set foot on Mars, scientists will already be there – virtually. Thanks to a collaboration between NASA and Microsoft aimed at advancing human-robot interactions, the space agency's OnSight software will allow researchers to explore a virtual Martian landscape created from data sent back by the Curiosity rover. .. Continue Reading NASA and Microsoft team up for virtual Mars exploration

Section: Space

Tags: 3D, Curiosity Rover, JPL, Mars, Mars Science Laboratory, Microsoft, NASA

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The B-52 gets upgraded weapons bay

For a plane that's now being flown by the original crews' grandchildren, the B-52 is still going strong. For its latest upgrade, Boeing has installed a new weapons bay launcher that will allow the venerable bomber to carry smart weapons inside and reduce fuel consumption. .. Continue Reading The B-52 gets upgraded weapons bay

Section: Military

Tags: Aircraft, Boeing, Bombs, US Air Force, Weapons

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Redesigned Atlas robot can walk tether-free

Like a teenager going off to college, DARPA's Atlas robot has cut the tether and is walking on its own without a safety line. The centerpiece of this year's DARPA Robotics Challenge(DRC), the upgraded Atlas robot was unveiled to the competing teams in Waltham, Massachusetts last week during a technical shakeout. .. Continue Reading Redesigned Atlas robot can walk tether-free

Section: Robotics

Tags: Autonomous, Boston Dynamics, Competition, DARPA, DARPA Robotics Challenge,Humanoid, Robotics, Robots

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Rosetta reveals comet secrets

A generation ago, Astronomers thought of comets as simple things – huge dirty snowballs of rock and ice with a few organic chemicals thrown in. But after six months orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the unmanned Rosetta probe has shown them to be far more complex and active than previously thought. .. Continue Reading Rosetta reveals comet secrets

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Tags: Comets, ESA, Rosetta

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world route revealed

In anticipation of its historic round-the-world flight attempt, the route planned for Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) has been unveiled. The first solar-powered plane capable of day and night flight, the Si2 will spend 25 days aloft spread over a period of five months as it traverses 35,000 km (22,000 mi) with stops at 12 locations around the globe. .. Continue Reading Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world route revealed

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Tags: Aircraft, Solar Cell, Solar Impulse, Solar Impulse 2

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Breva's latest watch packs a pop-up speedometer

You're blowing down the freeway in your convertible and your speedometer suddenly fails; what can you do? If you're wearing a Breva Génie 03 wristwatch, you stick it out the window and carry on, as the latest in the Breva line is claimed to be the first watch to include a pop-up mechanical speedometer. .. Continue Reading Breva's latest watch packs a pop-up speedometer

Section: Wearable Electronics

Tags: Analog, Mechanical, Speed, Watches

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Moog welcomes back the machine by bringing back large format synthesizers

Moog is reviving the analog electronic synthesizers of the 1970s that sparked a musical revolution. The company announces that it's restarting limited production of three of its classic large format, modular synthesizers, which were originally produced in 1973: The System 55, the System 35, and the Model 15... Continue Reading Moog welcomes back the machine by bringing back large format synthesizers

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Tags: Analog, Modular, Moog, Synthesizer

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Meccanoid G15 KS brings Meccano into the robot age

Meccano is one of those toys with a very strong nostalgia element, involving memories of hours spent bolting together a toy wheelbarrow or a coffee table-size Forth Bridge. But 21st century kids relate more to smartphones than traveling cranes, so Meccano has come up with its Meccanoid G15 KS – a kit robot that can be programmed using motion capture. .. Continue Reading Meccanoid G15 KS brings Meccano into the robot age

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Tags: Bluetooth, Education, Engineering, Meccano, Programming, Robots, Toys

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Shelby GT350R – the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever built

If there's one thing about Shelby Mustangs, it's that for half a century they've shown what Ford can do when it takes the gloves off. At the 2015 NAIAS in Detroit, the "most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever built" – the Ford Shelby GT350R – took a bow to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 Competition... Continue Reading Shelby GT350R – the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever built

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Tags: Anniversary, Detroit Auto Show 2015, Ford, Ford Mustang, Mustang, Shelby

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Scientists use football fans to test earthquake detection equipment

When sports fans get really excited it seems like there's an earthquake – and scientists don't want to let that phenomenon go to waste. As the American football teams the Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers faced off in Seattle on the weekend, University of Washington seismologists with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) planted seismographs to study the fanmade "earthquake" caused as a way of testing new sensors and software. .. Continue Reading Scientists use football fans to test earthquake detection equipment

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Tags: American Football, Communications, Earthquake, Internet, Seattle, Stadium,University of Washington, Washington

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New navigation module to help future freighters act as their own sails

In 2013, Norway's Lade AS unveiled designs for Vindskip, a "hybrid" merchant ship which aims to harness the wind courtesy of a specially-shaped hull, in the process taking the burden off of its natural-gas powered engines and saving fuel. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute's Center for Maritime Logistics and Services (CML) have been working to help realize this goal by developing an algorithm that will allow the Vindskip's navigation system to use the combination of power and sail at its most economical. .. Continue Reading New navigation module to help future freighters act as their own sails

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Dolfi ultrasonic pebble automates hand washing delicates

Delicate clothing are the here-there-be-dragons of the laundry world. Unlike jeans and socks, one mistake can result in a favorite garment shrinking to doll size or ending up a gray, shredded mess. To help avoid this sort of wash day tragedy, Swiss engineering lab MPI Ultrasonics has come up with Dolfi, a pocket-sized device that makes laundering hand-washables a hands-free job... Continue Reading Dolfi ultrasonic pebble automates hand washing delicates

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ISAAC robot joins NASA to weave advanced composites

The robot revolution continues at NASA this month as its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia prepares to bring its Integrated Structural Assembly of Advanced Composites (ISAAC) robot online. One of only three robots like it in the world, it will be formally commissioned on January 26 before being put to work making lighter, stronger composite components for aerospace vehicles... Continue Reading ISAAC robot joins NASA to weave advanced composites

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Elon Musk releases video of Falcon 9 landing attempt

Elon Musk has revealed video and details of the crash of the Falcon 9 booster as it attempted to make an historic powered landing after the launch of the CRS-5 mission. In a series of brief statements on Twitter, the SpaceX founder and CEO explained the cause of the crash and future plans for the company's ambitions to produce a fully reusable space launch system... Continue Reading Elon Musk releases video of Falcon 9 landing attempt

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Tags: CRS-5, Elon Musk, Falcon, International Space Station, SpaceX, Unmanned, Video

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ESA spaceplane launch gets green light

The European Space Agency has given the green light for the launch of its unmanned spaceplane, Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV). The original plan for a launch atop a Vega rocket from the ESA space center in French Guiana last November was put on holddue to safety concerns about its trajectory. With these issues now resolved, lift off is rescheduled for February 11. .. Continue Reading ESA spaceplane launch gets green light

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Tags: ESA, IXV, Launch, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

ORNL unveils 3D-printed Shelby Cobra in Detroit

It stands to reason that if you had a big enough 3D printer, one of the first things you would do is print a replica of a vintage 1965 Shelby Cobra sportscar, and that's what the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) did for the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The result of a project that took only six weeks from conception to finished product, the vehicle not only celebrates the Shelby Cobra's 50th anniversary, but also acts as a demonstration of modern additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping technology... Continue Reading ORNL unveils 3D-printed Shelby Cobra in Detroit

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Tags: 3D Printing, Automotive, Detroit Auto Show 2015, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,ORNL, Prototype, Shelby, US Department of Energy

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

NASA drops mini robots into volcano for science

Space may be vast, but the planets can be pretty cramped – especially when it comes to volcanoes. This is unfortunate because the difficult to navigate fissures that are a major volcanic feature contain clues as to the interior of planets and moons and the mechanisms that formed them. To help learn more, NASA is dropping miniature robots down crevices inaccessible to humans as a way of extracting information about volcanoes on and off the Earth... Continue Reading NASA drops mini robots into volcano for science

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Tags: JPL, NASA, National Geographic, Robotics, Robots

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DNAtrax tracks tainted food with molecular bar code

According to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), 129,000 Americans are sent to hospital and 3,000 die each year from food poisoning. Currently, tracing contaminated food is largely a matter of record keeping and detective work, but Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, in partnership with DNATrek, have developed DNATrax, a DNA-based additive for directly tracking food from producer to consumer... Continue Reading DNAtrax tracks tainted food with molecular bar code

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NASA test fires SLS engine

The Orion spacecraft may have had its maiden flight, but it's still waiting for the Space Launch System (SLS) booster that will send it beyond the Moon. That wait got a bit shorter on Friday as NASA test fired the RS-25 engine that will power the SLS. The first of eight hot tests, it took place at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi... Continue Reading NASA test fires SLS engine

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