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December 18, 2017
2 rookie astronauts, and cosmonaut blast off to ISS

Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Dec 17, 2017
A three-man space crew featuring American and Japanese rookie astronauts as well as an experienced Russian cosmonaut blasted off on Sunday for a six-month mission at the International Space Station. Scott Tingle of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency powered into the sky in a Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:21 pm (0721 GMT). NASA TV footage from inside the Soyuz capsule showed a toy poodle made ... read more

'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station
Miami (AFP) Dec 17, 2017
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived on Sunday at the International Space Station, carrying supplies and experiments for the astronauts in orbit. ... more
ArianeGroup signs contract with ESA for future Prometheus engine
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 17, 2017
Prometheus is a European demonstrator for a very low cost reusable engine, running on liquid oxygen (LOx) and methane. It is the precursor for future European launcher engines as of 2030. The ... more
Soyuz carrying Expedition 53 crew lands in Kazakhstan
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 17, 2017
The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russi ... more
SpaceX resupply truck Dragon on route to ISS for space research delivery
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Dec 17, 2017
An experiment in space manufacturing and an enhanced study of solar energy are among the research currently heading to the International Space Station following Friday's launch of a SpaceX Dragon sp ... more
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New power devices could drastically reduce energy waste
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Power electronics, which do things like modify voltages or convert between direct and alternating current, are everywhere. They're in the power bricks we use to charge our portable devices; they're ... more
Lasers could soon trigger fusion energy, researchers predict
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Laser-driven fusion energy is a realistic goal and one within reach, according to a new paper published this week in the journal Laser and Particle Beams. ... more
In first, SpaceX launches recycled rocket and spaceship
Miami (AFP) Dec 15, 2017
For the first time, SpaceX on Friday blasted off both a rocket and a cargo ship that have flown before, a step forward in the company's goal to lower the cost of spaceflight. ... more
NanoRacks Integrates Largest New Shepard Payload Manifest to Date
Van Horn, TX (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
NanoRacks is pleased to have taken part in yet another successful Blue Origin New Shepard space vehicle mission. This morning marked New Shepard's 7th flight, and the third flight in which NanoRacks ... more
Two Embry-Riddle Research Payloads Traveled to Suborbital Space on Blue Origin's New Shepard Rocket
Daytona Beach FL (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
For less than four minutes at the edge of space, T-cells from mice in an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University experiment in partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Med ... more
NASA Funds Flight for Space Medical Technology on Blue Origin
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard reusable space vehicle on Dec. 12 carrying a medical technology that could potentially treat chest trauma in a space environment. The New Shep ... more

Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth

Two astronauts, cosmonaut return from five-month ISS mission
Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Two astronauts, from the US and Italy, and a Russian cosmonaut on Thursday landed in Kazakhstan after almost five months on the International Space Station, footage from the Russian space agency showed. ... more
PARC to Partner with Commercial Space Leader to Accelerate Space R and D
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
PARC, a Xerox company, has announced a partnership with Blue Origin to enhance awareness and interest in the vast possibilities made possible by conducting R and D in space. The partnership wi ... more
Cells in space
Paris (ESA) Dec 12, 2017
Laboratories on Earth hardly make the news, unless they come up with life-saving cures. So why would anyone care about a lab in space? The medicine you take on Earth begins with cell research, and t ... more
Russian space agency blames satellite loss on programming error
Moscow (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Russia's space agency on Tuesday blamed a failed satellite launch from its new cosmodrome on a programming error, prompting an angry response from the deputy prime minister in charge of space. ... more

Physicists excited by discovery of new form of matter, excitonium
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Excitonium has a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign... well... excited! Professor of Physics Peter Abbamonte and graduate students Anshul Kogar and Mindy Rak, with input from colleagues at Illinois, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Amsterdam, have proven the existence of this enigmatic new form of matter, which has perplexed scientists sinc ... more
Grenoble, France (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Brittle starfish shows how to make tough ceramics
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Army taps Northrop Grumman for new radar risk reduction work
Military defense market faces new challenges to acquiring SatCom platforms
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
With high-throughput satellites covering 99% of the populated regions of the world, commercial satellite providers like Intelsat General are ready and willing to serve the growing bandwidth needs of the military defense market. But there's a catch. At the Global MilsatCom conference held earlier this month in London, new acquisition challenges came to light: Countries are still trying to figure ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 6, 2017
Harris contracted by Army for radios for security force assistance brigades
Denver CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Joint Hellas-Sat-4 and SaudiGeoSat-1 satellite ready for environmental tests
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Government outsourcing disrupts space as SatComm services commercialised
Arianespace's second Ariane 5 launch for the Galileo constellation and Europe
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
For its 11th launch of the year, and the sixth Ariane 5 liftoff from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana during 2017, Arianespace will orbit four more satellites for the Galileo constellation. This mission is being performed on behalf of the European Commission under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). For the second time, an Ariane 5 ES version will be used t ... more
Paris (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday's flight
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Air Force tests Raytheon's GPS receiver aboard B-2 bomber
Paris (ESA) Dec 05, 2017
Space technology to drive autonomous ships
Draken International to buy surplus South African fighters
Washington (UPI) Dec 12, 2017
South Africa's state-owned defense company, Denel SOC Ltd., is selling 12 surplus Cheetah fighter jets to Draken International, a U.S.-based tactical fighter training company. The sales contract, announced Tuesday by Denel, includes return to service and flight acceptance tests in South Africa and aircraft delivery to the United States. The company is also pursuing post-delivery logisti ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Canada to buy 18 used Australian jetsw
Doha (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Bell-Boeing awarded contract for materials, support of V-22 Osprey
Revolutionizing electronics using Kirigami
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
A research team in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering and the Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute (EIIRIS) at Toyohashi University of Technology has developed an ultrastretchable bioprobe using Kirigami designs. The Kirigami-based bioprobe enables one to follow the shape of spherical and large deformable biological samples such as hear ... more
Durham NC (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Single-photon detector can count to 4
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Toshiba, Western Digital settle legal battle over chip unit sale
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Researchers quantify factors for reducing power semiconductor resistance by two-thirds
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'Smoke rings' in the ocean spotted from space
Liverpool UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have spotted the equivalent of smoke-rings in the ocean which they think could 'suck-up' small marine creatures and carry them at high speed and for long distances across the ocean. The ocean is full of eddies, swirling motions some tens to hundreds of kilometres across, which mix the water and carry it across the average currents. The 'sm ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Space Mystery Solved by Student Satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Scientists share various perspectives on ozone layer recovery
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
APL Monitoring Instrument Rides into Space
Heavy air pollution shuts schools in Iran
Tehran (AFP) Dec 17, 2017
Iran shut schools around Tehran Sunday and cancelled sporting events as thick smog blanketed the capital despite curbs on road traffic and industrial activity. The authorities shuttered primary schools in the province of Tehran, home to 14 million residents, before ordering them to remain closed on Monday. All sports competitions set for Monday were also cancelled, as restrictions on ro ... more
Geneva (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
UN warns of surging e-waste, little recycling
Argonne IL (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Clearing the air
Skopje (AFP) Dec 15, 2017
Macedonian capital chokes in polluted air
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China
Seoul (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such manoeuvres fuel tensions following nuclear-armed Pyongyang's longest-range test launch to date. The trilateral drill comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and declared it had achieved nuclear statehood, e ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid N. Korea threat
Jerusalem (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Israel shoots down rocket fired from Gaza: army
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Japan plans long-range missiles amid N. Korea threat: minister
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Iran supplied ballistic missile to Yemen rebels: US
Washington (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented what she called "undeniable" evidence Thursday that a ballistic missile fired by Huthi rebels in Yemen at Saudi Arabia last month was Iranian-made, a charge Tehran immediately denied. Haley accused Tehran of a "blatant violation" of UN Security Council obligations designed to rein in its missile activity, further stepping up the rheto ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Lockheed Martin successfully fired their new anti-ship missile
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
UN does not confirm Iran link to Yemen missiles: report
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Raytheon awarded modified contract for AIM-120 missiles
Discovery sets new world standard in nano generators
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
A team of University of Alberta engineers developed a new way to produce electrical power that can charge handheld devices or sensors that monitor anything from pipelines to medical implants. The discovery sets a new world standard in devices called triboelectric nanogenerators by producing a high-density DC current - a vast improvement over low-quality AC currents produced by other resear ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A 100-fold leap to GigaDalton DNA nanotech
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
New nanowires are just a few atoms thick
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
Aerospace's SeedTECH AI advances to second round of $5M IBM Watson XPRIZE
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
The Aerospace Corporation's (Aerospace) SeedTECH Artificial Intelligence (AI) team is one of 59 teams out of 147 that are advancing to the second round of the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE - a $5 million AI and cognitive computing global competition. SeedTECH AI will take on the grand challenge of designing an AI that can dream. "We're thrilled that Aerospace's all-volunteer team progressed to the ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Engineers program tiny robots to move, think like insects
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 13, 2017
Not Your Grandpa's Robot: Russian Robot 'FEDOR' May Become Self-Learning
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Dutch police ground drone-fighting eagles
The Hague (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Dutch police have clipped the wings of their airborne drone-fighting force of eagles, and fired their winged warriors deeming them too expensive and too unruly to be effective. After a series of tests in 2015, the police last year announced they were putting into operation a flock of the birds of prey to take down drones believed to be posing a danger to the public, such as near airports. ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Jet-powered drone tested by BAE Systems
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
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