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May 18, 2016
Hunting for Hidden Life on Worlds Orbiting Old, Red Stars
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 18, 2016
All throughout the universe, there are stars in varying phases and ages. Planetary diversity suggests that around other stars, initially frozen worlds could be the size of Earth and provide habitable conditions once the star becomes older. The oldest detected Kepler planets (exoplanets found using NASA's Kepler telescope) are about 11 billion years old. Our Sun is currently 4.6 billion years old. Astronomers usually looked at middle-aged stars like our Sun, but to find habitable worlds, one needs ... read more
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Astronomical software date 2,500 year-old lyric poem
Physicists and astronomers from the University of Texas at Arlington have used advanced astronomical software to accurately date lyric poet Sappho's "Midnight Poem," which describes the night sky ov ... more

We'll Leave the Lights on for You
Looking up at the night sky - expansive and seemingly endless, stars and constellations blinking and glimmering like jewels just out of reach - it's impossible not to wonder: Are we alone? For ... more

AAC Microtec to develop miniaturized motion controller for space rovers and robots
The European Space Agency ESA has awarded Uppsala-based AAC Microtec the contract to develop an advanced miniaturized motion controller for future robotic exploration missions to Mars. The contract ... more
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Dwarf Planet Haumea's Lunar System Smaller than Anticipated
Haumea, a dwarf planet on the edge of our solar system, doesn't have the same kind of moons as its well-known cousin Pluto according to a new study. This is despite original evidence that suggested ... more


Hybrid hydrostatic transmission enables robots with human-like grace and precision
A new type of hydrostatic transmission that combines hydraulic and pneumatic lines can safely and precisely drive robot arms, giving them the delicacy necessary to pick up an egg without breaking it ... more

Space Tech Expo - Design - Build - Test - Pasadena CA - May 24-26, 2016

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Researchers teach AI system to run complex physics experiment
A pair of physicists in Australia have trained an artificial intelligence system to replicate the experiment that won the 2001 Nobel Prize. ... more

Andre Brahic, discoverer of Neptune's rings, dies aged 73
French astrophysicist Andre Brahic, one of the discoverers of Neptune's rings, died in Paris Sunday at the age of 73, his publisher Odile Jacob said. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Airbus Defence and Space opens a ground station in Australia for its Skynet military satellite

Russia to start financing new Phoenix carrier rocket development in 2018

Russia's Glonass system to get 8 more satellites by end of 2017

Navy to industry: it's all about plug-and-play

White House threatens veto over House defense bill

U.S. tests Saab's Sea Wasp underwater anti-IED device

U.S. Navy tests Raytheon's SeaRAM system


The rise and fall of Martian lakes
There is a wealth of evidence, collected over the past few decades, that suggests liquid water was abundant in the early history of Mars - one of our nearest and most studied neighbours. However, th ... more

Opportunity microscopic imaging camera back to normal operations
Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater, searching specific outcrops for evidence of clay minerals. The rover is currently conducting an in-situ (contact) sci ... more

Exoplanets' Orbits Point to Planetary Migration
The four planets of the Kepler-223 star system seem to have little in common with the planets of Earth's own solar system. And yet a new study shows that the Kepler-223 system is trapped in an orbit ... more
Human 2 Mars Conference May 17-19 2016 - Washington DC
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Transition from Operations to Decommissioning by Preparing a Safe, Cost-Effective Shut Down and Waste Management Strategy The World's Largest Commercial Drone Conference and Expo - Sept 7-9 - Las Vegas
Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 20-22 June - Washington DC

Star Has Four Mini-Neptunes Orbiting in Lock Step
A four-planet system observed several years ago by the Kepler spacecraft is actually a rarity: Its planets, all miniature Neptunes nestled close to the star, are orbiting in a unique resonance that ... more

China, U.S. hold first dialogue on outer space safety
China and the United States have held their first dialogue here on outer space safety. During the dialogue on Tuesday the two sides exchanged views on issues such as outer space policy, bilateral co ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Tiny ocean organism has big role in climate regulation

Pacific stores the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide at depths of thousands of metres

Wildfires: More people, less fires

Rice-led study offers new answer to why Earth's atmosphere became oxygenated

Genetic history of the 'ship of the desert' revealed

Proton-conducting material found in electrosensory organs of sharks

Earthworms build huge mounds dotting tropical wetlands in South America


Animal training techniques teach robots new tricks
Researchers at Washington State University are using ideas from animal training to help non-expert users teach robots how to do desired tasks. The researchers recently presented their work at the in ... more

How light is detected affects the atom that emits it
Flick a switch on a dark winter day and your office is flooded with bright light, one of many everyday miracles to which we are all usually oblivious. A physicist would probably describe what is hap ... more

Soft wearable robot lightens heavy loads
A flexible exosuit, developed by researchers at Harvard University, reduces the energy cost of walking when carrying heavy load, according to a proof-of-principle study published in the open access ... more

Ingestible robot operates in simulated stomach
In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robo ... more

Second cycle of Martian seasons completing for Curiosity Rover
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has completed its second Martian year since landing inside Gale Crater nearly four Earth years ago, which means it has recorded environmental patterns through two full cy ... more

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Asteroid Mining - What the Heck
The concept of commercializing space has become quite popular among entrepreneurs who sense that there are many possible profit-making opportunities awaiting adventurers willing to attempt exploitat ... more

Synchronized planets reveal clues to planet formation
The search for planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy has revealed an extraordinary family of planets whose orbits are so carefully timed that they provide long-term stability for their planetar ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Towards decommissioning Fukushima: 'Seeing' boron distribution in molten debris

Printing metal in midair

Humans have been causing earthquakes in Texas since the 1920s

Animal training techniques teach robots new tricks

Alkol Biotech sells large batch of sugarcane bagasse for 2G ethanol testing

Combining nanotextures with Leidenfrost effect for water repellency

Argonne coating shows surprising potential to improve reliability in wind power


Kepler space telescope finds another 1284 exo planets


Largest unnamed world in the solar system 2007 OR10


Inter-satellite communications system on way


The hard knock life of Saturn's Epimetheus


Observing how microbes adapt in a spaceflight environment


Comet craters - literal melting pots for life on Earth


Icy Hydra's highly reflective surface


Natural Causes, Not Aliens, Explain Mystery Star's Behavior


NASA says 1,284 new planets found by Kepler telescope


This 5-fingered robot hand learns to get a grip on its own

Bee model will help development of aerial robotics

Long March-7 rocket delivered to launch site

Enceladus jets: surprises in starlight

Airbus Defence and Space to lead TeSeR, next EU project to clean up space

Rover technology for space now being used on Earth

First global topographic model of Mercury

Flying observatory detects atomic oxygen in Martian atmosphere

From the atomic to the nuclear clock

Stochastic resonance, chaos transfer shown in microresonator

Robot built to aid astronauts nearly ready for Mars

Three potentially habitable worlds found around nearby ultracool dwarf star

The 2016 Transit of Mercury

Scientists discover potentially habitable planets

MIT compiles list of potential gases to guide search for life on exoplanets

DSI and Luxembourg partner to commercialize space resources

Beyond Ikea: Swedish Gadget to Harvest Water on Martian Surface

Clues about Volcanoes Under Ice on Ancient Mars

Pluto's icy moon Hydra

Second ExoMars mission moves to next launch opportunity in 2020

Proposals to support astronaut health on long missions selected

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