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A robot learns to cope with the loss of an eye in an experiment carried out on the ISS

stereo_camera_on_iss_drone Humans are pretty good at ballparking distances, even with one eye closed — but it turns out computer vision systems have a hard time with it. Researchers hope to fix that, or at least make robots a little more robust, by teaching them to navigate a space without the benefit of stereo vision — in zero gravity, to boot. Read More
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Devin Coldewey

September 28th

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Musk says under 5 percent of SpaceX is working on Mars mission, 2024 launch is ‘optimistic’

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-5-03-02-pm Elon Musk has a plan to colonize Mars, but he’s not rushing it. In a conference call following the SpaceX CEO’s presentation today at the International Astronautical Conference, Musk noted that the project is still essentially a hobby at the company, drawing only a fraction of its efforts. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 27th

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We Now Know What Caused the Weird Erruptions Rosetta’s Comet

We Now Know What Caused the Weird Erruptions Rosetta's Comet
Image: OSIRIS: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA; NavCam: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam

Last summer, something strange happened on Rosetta’s comet. After a period of calm, the comet began erupting, throwing huge jets of comet dust into space before abruptly stopping. Now, we finally know what happened.

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Ria Misra

September 23rd

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NASA’s asteroid-harvesting mission solicits proposals for its robotic spacecraft

arm_nasa_asteroid_mission Asteroid mining is coming soon to a planet near you: this planet, and in 2021, to be specific. But NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission has lots of work to do before that point. Today the space-faring organization issued an official “request for proposals” from four partners on how they would go about creating the robotic spacecraft that would perform the actual asteroid… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 20th

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Alien Hunters Spot Freaky Radio Signal Coming From Nearby Star

Astronomers using the RATAN-600 radio telescope in the Russian Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia have detected an unusual signal emanating from a star located about 94 light-years from Earth. It’s not clear if the signal is being transmitted by aliens, but the researchers say we should keep a close watch on this intriguing new extraterrestrial candidate.

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George Dvorsky

August 29th

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Watch Live: Meet Proxima Centauri, Home to Our Newest Exoplanet

It’s been an exciting week for planet hunters with the discovery of the nearest exoplanet yet found, orbiting a star called Proxima Centauri. Now you can get a closer look at that star system via a live broadcast tonight, courtesy of the robotic telescope service Slooh. The fun starts at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.

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Jennifer Ouellette

August 26th

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NSF puts $110 million toward building out the XSEDE national computing initiative

illustris_box-2_xsede It’s in the country’s best interest to stay at (or at least near) the forefront of advanced computing techniques, and the National Science Foundation has just put $110 million down to make sure that happens. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 23rd

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This Is What The Perseid Meteor Shower Looked Like Around the World

This Is What The Perseid Meteor Shower Looked Like Around the World
Photo credit: Florida Institute of Technology

Looks like the logo for our 1950s film production company. Actually, it’s more complicated than that (even though we would still like to use it when we go back in time to take down Universal).

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Carli Velocci

August 20th

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This Is What The Perseid Meteor Shower Looked Like Around the World

This Is What The Perseid Meteor Shower Looked Like Around the World
Photo credit: Florida Institute of Technology

Looks like the logo for our 1950s film production company. Actually, it’s more complicated than that (even though we would still like to use it when we go back in time to take down Universal).

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Carli Velocci

August 20th

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China launches the first quantum communications satellite – and what is that, exactly?

W020160816334374677649 Congratulations are in order for China: by launching the world’s first quantum communications satellite, the country has achieved an interesting — if somewhat difficult to explain — milestone in space and cryptography. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 16th

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