Friday, 31 July 2015
The US Marine Corps has declared the F-35B Lightning II operational. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, based in Yuma, Arizona, which has ten of VSTOL multi-role fighters, was today officially cleared for worldwide deployment after a five-day Operational Readiness Inspection.
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DARPA strengthens lines of communication with digital close air support system test
US Marines demonstrate Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector prototype
F-35B makes first vertical takeoff
First night time vertical landing for F-35B
Sikorsky wins contract to replace Marine One presidential helicopters
U.S. Marine Corps takes delivery of latest V-22 Osprey
The Earth's cosmic neighborhood got a bit more crowded as NASA announced that itsSpitzer Space Telescope has confirmed the presence of the closest rocky planet to the Solar System. Orbiting a visible main-sequence star 21 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia, HD 219134b is larger than Earth and is uninhabitable.
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MIT develops new technique for measuring mass of exoplanets
Kepler discovers "Earth's bigger, older cousin"
Super Earths may actually be mini-Neptunes
Kepler exoplanet tally passes 1,000
The Milky Way may host over 100 million planets supporting complex life
NASA finds clear skies on exoplanet
Lockheed Martin announced that it's completed tests of design changes for NASA's Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. Based on information from Orion's unmanned maiden flight on December 5 last year, the alterations are meant to improve performance while reducing weight.
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Final assembly of Orion spacecraft completed
Lockheed Martin engineers get first look at Orion post splashdown
NASA's Orion spacecraft tested in anticipation of maiden flight
Ocean recovery methods for Orion spacecraft put to the test
US Navy to test Fortis exoskeletons
Update: NASA announces new Orion launch date
Thursday, 30 July 2015
If being a processor chip was a human job, it would be one of the most boring. That's because modern processors spend a lot of their time doing not much of anything, as they wait for the slower memory chips to catch up with them. But that may change if Intel Corporation and Micron Technology's new 3D XPoint (3D Crosspoint) technology pans out. Described by the makers as a "major breakthrough in memory process technology," it's the first new class of non-volatile memory to be released since 1989 and is reportedly 1,000 times faster than NAND flash memory.
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3D flash technology moves forward with 10 TB SSDs and the first 48-layer memory cells
NASA working to fix Opportunity's memory
Intel 510 series SATA 6 Gbps SSDs with 500 MB/s read and 315 MB/s write
Samsung moves into mass production of 3D flash memory
NoteMark pen scanner digitizes paper documents in an instant
Harvard scientists develop a transistor that learns
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is where the miraculous meets the impractical. In addition to probing the secrets of the Universe at the subatomic level, it also has potential for a variety of medical applications. Unfortunately, with a circumference of 27 km (16.7 mi) the LHC is so unwieldy that it would be about as practical as using Big Ben for a wristwatch. In the hopes of creating something a bit more useful for the medical fraternity, CERN engineers have come up with a miniature linear accelerator (mini-Linac) that, at 2 m (6.5 ft) long, is small enough to be set up in hospitals for medical imaging and radiotherapy applications.
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Large Hadron Collider
Large Hadron Collider limbers up after two-year overhaul
Large Hadron Collider back on line
New evidence strengthens Higgs boson finding
Lasers could significantly shrink size and cost of particle accelerators
Revamped Fermilab neutrino beam offers hope for new physics
Put Christmas Lego to good use: Measure Planck’s Constant with it
It's widely believed that we're in the middle of a robotics revolution, but at this stage robots are still largely confined to cages doing tasks that don't require a lot of intelligence or interaction with us humans. We spoke with John Lizzi, Manager of the Distributed Intelligent Systems Laboratory at GE Global Research, about General Electric's approach to the future of robotics – specifically the future of what the company calls "service robotics," where robot apprentices will work closely with humans and take over many of the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs of today.
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Robo-Mate exoskeleton aims to lighten the load for industry
DARPA's new robotics program aims to harness the power of individuals and small businesses
Robots square off at the 2015 DRC Finals
Backstage with the world's most advanced robots
25 teams prepare for 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals
Advanced robotics technology showcased at DRC
The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the conclusions of its accident investigation into the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo last year over the Mojave Desert. According to the report, the accident was due to an error by the co-pilot, who prematurely released the spacecraft's feather system, placing too much stress on the fuselage and causing it to break up.
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NASA announces technology experiments to fly on SpaceShipTwo
SpaceShipTwo pilots named as crash investigation begins
Opinion: Is space tourism dead in the wake of the SpaceShipTwo crash?
FAA deal takes Virgin Galactic another step closer to commericial spaceflight
One pilot confirmed dead in SpaceShipTwo crash
SpaceShipTwo sets new altitude and speed records
Space travel is a constant exercise in forward planning, with mission control thinking years and sometimes decades in advance. A case in point is NASA's InSight Mars lander, which is scheduled to touchdown on the Red Planet on September 26, 2016. This may be more than a year away, but the space agency is already moving its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) into a new orbit to provide communications support during the landing.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detects impact glass
Beagle-2 spacecraft discovered on Martian surface
NASA Mars probes watch comet near-miss
NASA orbiter discovers new Martian crater
NASA Orbiter reveals evidence of Martian mega flood
Curiosity goes autonomous for the first time
Monday, 27 July 2015
NASA has detailed fresh discoveries and released the latest batch of images from New Horizons. Sent as the unmanned probe hurtles away from Pluto and out of the Solar System, the new images and readings show a haze that may be the source of Pluto's reddish color and exotic ice that flows like glaciers. The space agency has also shared a spectacular New Horizons flyby simulation video.
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Saturday, 25 July 2015
On December 21, 1988, a terrorist bomb detonated in the luggage hold of Pan Am flight 103 causing the 747 airliner to break up over Lockerbie, Scotland, and killing 243 passengers, 16 crew, and 11 people on the ground. To help prevent such a tragedy from occurring again, a European consortium, including the University of Sheffield, is developing Fly-Bag; a flexible fabric and composite liner capable of containing explosions inside an aircraft to improve its chances of survival.
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British Ministry of Defence scientist develops multiple substance detector
Avon Protection showcases HMK150 helmet-respirator
Sensors in sewers could locate bomb-makers
Electromagnetic scanner detects threat liquids without taking the lid off
GE RFID tech turns stickers into explosives detectors
US Navy demonstrates how robotic "swarm" boats could protect warships
Friday, 24 July 2015
The odds of finding a habitable planet outside of our Solar System got a significant boost today, as NASA announced the discovery of the most Earthlike world orbiting the most Sunlike star yet. Named Kepler-425b, the new world located 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus was detected by the Kepler space telescope. It has been characterized by the space agency as "Earth's bigger, older cousin."
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Kepler exoplanet tally passes 1,000
Astronomers say one in five sun-like stars likely to have habitable planets
Kepler strikes exoplanet mother lode, 715 new planets discovered
MIT study on exoplanet orbits may narrow parameters in search for life
NASA abandons Kepler repairs, looks to the future
MIT finds exoplanet with an 8.5-hour year
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Radiation generally comes under the heading of "things you want to stay away from," so it's no surprise that radiation shielding is a high priority in many industries. However, current shielding is bulky and heavy, so a North Carolina State University team is developing a new lightweight shielding based on foam metals that can block X-rays, gamma rays, and neutron radiation, as well as withstanding high-energy impact collisions.
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Implantable device targets tumors using electric fields
ESA testing materials to shield astronauts from cosmic radiation
Mutant gene prevents worms gaining weight from unhealthy diets
Metamaterials allow ultrasound to penetrate bone and metal
Tiny cellular bubbles enable delivery of Parkinson's drugs straight to the brain
New alloy claimed to have higher strength-to-weight ratio than any other metal
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Radiocarbon dating is one of the great tools of science that has allowed archeologists to shed new light on everything from the building of Stonehenge to the beginnings of international trade. However, a new study from the Imperial College London suggests that fossil fuel carbon emissions may be so diluting radioactive carbon isotopes that within decades it will difficult to differentiate between modern artifacts and those over a thousand years old.
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Hidden archeology of Stonehenge revealed in new geophysical map
Industrial Archeology - designers and engineers preserve history using CAD to recreate products that no longer exist
Atomic clocks could be used to monitor volcanoes and predict eruptions
Computer simulation casts new light on the ancient Roman Campus Martius mystery
Off the shelf tool sheds light on precious artefacts
U-CAT robotic sea turtle set to explore shipwrecks