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Russia’s new humanoid robot FEDOR practices target shooting but is ‘Not a Terminator’

Russia’s new humanoid robot FEDOR practices target shooting but is ‘Not a Terminator’

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The chief executive confirmed that the robot could do the splits to demonstrate its technical capabilities. Moreover, it can stand on one leg, having vertically lifted the other. Our chassis allows doing this. However, as part of the tests, this technical possibility did our robot a service when it had to overcome an obstacle," the Android Technics CEO said. The robot also has mobile fingers, he said. "We can also mention the robot’s ability to screw in a light bulb as an example of our own scientific and technical potential, which we have developed beyond the requirements of the Rescuer project," he added. Besides, the robot’s fine motor skills allow Fedor to insert the key in the lock, open the door of an apartment, switch on the light and drive a car. The robot Fedor has
NASA Ready to Reveal New Discoveries in News Conference on Oceans Beyond Earth

NASA Ready to Reveal New Discoveries in News Conference on Oceans Beyond Earth

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NASA will discuss new results about ocean worlds in our solar system from the agency’s Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope during a news briefing 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 13. The event, to be held at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington, will include remote participation from experts across the country. The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. These new discoveries will help inform future ocean world exploration -- including NASA’s upcoming Europa Clipper mission planned for launch in the 2020s -- and the broader search for life beyond Earth. The news briefing participants will be: Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington J
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is selling $1 billion of Amazon stock a year to fund rocket venture

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is selling $1 billion of Amazon stock a year to fund rocket venture

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Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos said on Wednesday he is selling about $1 billion worth of the internet retailer's stock annually to fund his Blue Origin rocket company, which aims to launch paying passengers on 11-minute space rides starting next year. Blue Origin had hoped to begin test flights with company pilots and engineers in 2017, but that probably will not happen until next year, Bezos told reporters at the annual U.S. Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. “My business model right now … for Blue Origin is I sell about $1 billion of Amazon stock a year and I use it to invest in Blue Origin," said Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon.com Inc and also the owner of The Washington Post newspaper. Ultimately, the plan is for Blue Origin to become a profitable, self-sustaining enter
NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares for ‘Grand Finale’ at Saturn

NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares for ‘Grand Finale’ at Saturn

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story. On Wednesday, April 26, the spacecraft will make the first in a series of dives through the 1,500-mile-wide (2,400-kilometer) gap between Saturn and its rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. "No spacecraft has ever gone through the unique region that we'll attempt to boldly cross 22 times," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "What we learn from Cassini’s daring final orbits will further our understanding of how giant planets, and planetary systems everywhere, form and evolve. This is truly discovery in action to the very end." During its time at Saturn, Cassini has made num
Massive ‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid’ Headed This Way, Close Approach April 19th 

Massive ‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid’ Headed This Way, Close Approach April 19th 

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    A huge 1km-wide asteroid is hurtling towards Earth, prompting astronomers to label it “potentially hazardous”. But don’t pack for Mars just yet – the giant space rock, ‘2014 JO25’, is expected to pass by our planet safely. According to NASA the encounter on April 19 will be the closest the asteroid comes to Earth in 400 years, and no projected future encounters will be as close for at least another 480 years. However, another fly-by is expected in 2091 and the space rock also makes regular close approaches to Mercury and Venus. Via: YouTube.com/Dahboo77 @Dahboo7 Learn More: https://www.rt.com/viral/383187-aster...
Seeing black holes and beyond

Seeing black holes and beyond

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A powerful new array of radio telescopes is being deployed for the first time this week, as the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile joins a global network of antennas poised to make some of the highest resolution images that astronomers have ever obtained. The improved level of detail is equivalent to being able to count the stitches on a baseball from 8,000 miles away. Scientists at MIT and other institutions are using a method called VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) to link a group of radio telescopes spread across the globe into what is, in effect, a telescope the size of our planet. Although the technique of VLBI is not new, scientists have just recently begun extending it to millimeter wavelengths to achieve a further boost in resolving power. And n...
First 3-D Printed Parts for U.S. Military Satellites

First 3-D Printed Parts for U.S. Military Satellites

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When the U.S. Air Force's sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite launches into space, a 3-D printed part will be along for the ride. A Remote Interface Unit, an aluminum electronic enclosure designed to hold avionic circuits, will be the first 3-D printed part certified for use on a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) military satellite. By going from multiple machined parts to one 3-D printed part, the team was able to save time in the design and production cycle, as well as increase the quality and consistency of the units. The lead time for manufacturing the part went from six months to only 1.5 months, with assembly time also being reduced from 12 hours to just three hours. "3-D printing provides the ability to rapidly implement innovation by controlling production fr...
Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA’s future

Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA’s future

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President Trump has signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. For the first time in nearly seven years, the U.S. government has passed a new long-term vision for NASA's future. The new law calls to give NASA a $19.5 billion budget and asks NASA to reach Mars by 2033. However, the law leaves out earth science, which the Trump administration intends to cut heavily. President Donald Trump signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, a bill also known as S.442, into law in the Oval Office on March 21. The Senate and House had collaborated on the document for months, and it requests a $19.5 billion-a-year budget for the space agency. (NASA received $19.3 billion in 2016, or 0.5 percent of the total federal budget.) In an image that Trump tweeted on Tuesday, the pres...
Potatoes Growing In Mars-Like Conditions – Video

Potatoes Growing In Mars-Like Conditions – Video

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The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme climates on Earth. This Phase Two effort of CIP's proof of concept experiment to grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions began on February 14, 2016 when a tuber was planted in a specially constructed CubeSat contained environment built by engineers from University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima based upon designs and advice provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Ames Research Center (NASA ARC), California. Preliminary results are positive. The Potatoes on Mars project was conceived by CIP to both understand how potatoes might grow in Mars conditions a...
Weird bright blob of gas spotted in deep space baffles astronomers

Weird bright blob of gas spotted in deep space baffles astronomers

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A vast luminous nebula spotted in a distant universe has baffled astronomers as there is no obvious source for the powerful light being emitted. The glowing ‘blob of gas’ was spotted by researchers at Santa Cruz University as they searched for the most dense galaxy environments in the early universe. "Our survey was not trying to find nebulae...We found this enormous nebula in the middle of the protocluster, near the peak density,"  Zheng Cai, a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Santa Cruz said of the research, published in the Astrophysics Journal. The nebulae called the ‘Enormous Lyman-alpha nebula’ (ELAN) is the brightest and among the largest of these rare objects ever detected. Only a handful have been observed. ELANs are thought to be part of the fiber connecting galaxi