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September 02, 2014
Chilly end for geckos sent into space by Russia
Moscow (AFP) Sept 01, 2014
Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives have all died, the Russian space agency said on Monday. The Foton-M4 satellite on which the geckos spent the past month and a half returned to earth as planned on Monday and the various species travelling aboard were removed. "Unfortunately all the geckos died," said the Roskosmos space agency in a brief statement. Interfax news agency later quoted an expert that worked on the mission as saying " ... read more
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Scientists uncover clues to role of magnetism in iron-based superconductors
New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging ... more

Japan firm showcases 'touchable' 3D technology
Technology that generates touchable 3D imagery was unveiled in Japan Monday, with its developers saying users could pull and push objects that are not really there. ... more

Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies
Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at the Department of Energy's ... more
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Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems
Taiwan plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defences against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday. ... more


Russia's Foton-M Satellite Landing Scheduled for September 1
The landing of Russia's Foton-M biosatellite with geckos, fruit flies, silkworm eggs, mushrooms and seeds of higher plants on board is appointed for the Knowledge Day, September 1, in the Orenburg r ... more

Startup in the Land of the Rising Sun; A Japanese Solar Venture - by Bradley L. Bartz

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Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology
NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Fligh ... more

Too Early for Conclusions on Galileo Satellites Incident
Rushing to conclusions on the possible causes of the Galileo satellites incident before the end of the EU-Russian investigation is both too early and inappropriate, a Russian Rocket and Space Corpor ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
'Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine, say rights groups

UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Australia PM says 'extreme force' justified against IS

Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurds also defends Europe

Philippines foils 'anti-China' bombing plot: govt

Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV


NASA Wrapping Up Acoustic Testing for Space Launch System
Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, are wrapping up acoustic testing on a 5-percent scale model of NASA's Space Launch System. The Aug.28 test, the 34th in the s ... more

NASA Probes Studying Earth's Radiation Belts to Celebrate Two Year Anniversary
NASA's twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate on Saturday two years of studying the sun's influence on our planet and near-Earth space. The probes, shortly after launch in August 2012, discovered a th ... more

Obama's executive order: computer chip implants to heal injured troops
President Obama is backing a unique program aimed at developing computer chip implants that monitor and augment an injured soldier's nervous system - mitigating all sorts of maladies, ranging from arthritis to post-traumatic stress. ... more
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'Robo Brain' will teach robots everything from the Internet
Robo Brain - a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources - is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 1 ... more

The power of salt
Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy, according to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT. The researchers evaluated an eme ... more
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Sierra Nevada freshwater runoff could drop 26 percent by 2100

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Likely near-simultaneous earthquakes complicate seismic hazard planning for Italy

Experts defend operational earthquake forecasting, counter critiques

Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision

Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for danger pay


Scientists craft atomically seamless semiconductor junctions
Scientists have developed what they believe is the thinnest-possible semiconductor, a new class of nanoscale materials made in sheets only three atoms thick. The University of Washington resea ... more

Researchers map quantum vortices inside superfluid helium nanodroplets
Scientists have, for the first time, characterized so-called quantum vortices that swirl within tiny droplets of liquid helium. The research, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Law ... more

Nanoplasmonic and optical resonators create laser-like light emission
By combining plasmonics and optical microresonators, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a new optical amplifier (or laser) design, paving the way for power-on ... more

Indian start-up launches shoes that show you the way
"Wizard of Oz" heroine Dorothy only had to click her ruby red slippers together and they would spirit her home to Kansas. ... more

Laser pulse turns glass into a metal
Quartz glass does not conduct electric current, it is a typical example of an insulator. With ultra-short laser pulses, however, the electronic properties of glass can be fundamentally changed withi ... more


Russian Military plans switch to Soyuz, Angara launchers From 2016
The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to stop using the Rokot light rocket carrier from 2016 because of its reliance on imported parts and will switch to the Soyuz and Angara carriers, Aerospace ... more

Robonaut Gets New Legs as Trio Prepares for Homecoming
Expedition 40 participated in health checks, Robonaut upgrades and Soyuz emergency drills Wednesday. The International Space Station also boosted its orbit setting the stage for a crew departure and ... more
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Solar System Transforms Fallow Land Into Money Generating Asset

Fukushima accepts 'temporary' radioactive waste storage

HelioSage Energy Announces Sale of 12 Solar Projects in North Carolina

VIASPACE Establishes Giant King Grass Research Collaboration With California

Ceres to Expand Product Development in Sorghum and Sugarcane

Cenex Tank Program assists retailers offering E15

SunShare Announces Program to Provide Free Electricity


Galileo Satellites Incident Likely Result of Software Errors


Russian official criticizes excessive use of foreign space equipment


N. Korea test-fires suspected missile into sea


US Space Debris Tracking Site To Be Build In Western Australia


Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army


NASA deep-space rocket, SLS, to launch in 2018


Google tests using drones to deliver goods


Satellite used to control unmanned aerial vehicle


UAE contracts for enhanced tactical communications


Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile delivered to Navy

Brazil taking sharp look at Russia's Pantsir-S1 air defense system

Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for danger pay

Macedonia detains 100 Syrian, Iraqi immigrants

New Zealand police investigate quake building failure

Japan holds nationwide disaster drill

Japan gov't calls on citizens to stockpile toilet paper

Fukushima accepts 'temporary' radioactive waste storage

Apple's shadow looms large at Berlin electronics show

Sony founder nephew starts as head of PlayStation unit

Malaysia refuses New Zealand activist entry

Process Overcomes Obstacles To Produce Renewable Fuels And Chemicals

Booming electric car sales under fire in Norway

Novel 'butterfly' molecule could enable photoenergy devices

Heavy equipment falls into Fukushima reactor pool: TEPCO

Samsung denies child labour at Chinese supplier

Tablet sales slow as PCs find footing: IDC

Sweden court accepts receivership for Saab carmaker

Weak Japan data heap pressure on policymakers

China Southern swings to net loss in first half

China manufacturing growth slows in August: surveys

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