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September 21, 2017
Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission
Riga (AFP) Sept 20, 2017 - Space scientists urged Europe Wednesday to rethink its withdrawal from a futuristic, international dry-run for an Armageddon-like mission to deflect a space rock on a calamitous collision course with Earth. Dubbed AIDA (Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment), the test mission is crucial if we are to develop the capacity to protect our planet from incoming projectiles, they said. "This ... more

Ancient meteorite impact triggered highest surface temperature in Earth's history
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017 - Researchers have discovered evidence of an ancient meteorite impact, a collision scientists say is responsible for the highest temperature recorded on Earth's surface - 2,370 degrees Celsius, or 4,298 degrees Fahrenheit. The impact site, Mistastin Lake crater in Labrador Canada, stretches more than 17 miles across. The significant depression was created when a large meteor struck bedro ... more

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Space radiation is risky business for the human body
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 21, 2017 - While people protect their eyes from the sun's radiation during a solar eclipse, NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is working to protect the whole human body from radiation in space. Space radiation is dangerous and one of the primary health risks for astronauts. "Determining astronaut health consequences following radiation exposure involve very complex processes," said Tony Slaba, Ph.D ... more

New research suggests Mercury's poles are icier than scientists thought
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 21, 2017 - The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the past three decades has suggested that water is frozen on the first rock from the sun, hidden away on crater floors that are permanently shadowed from the sun's blistering rays. Now, a new study led by Brown University researchers suggests that there could be much more ice on Mercury's surface tha ... more

First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017 - In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By testing the market for transport services to the Moon, ESA aims to push the limits of technology and create new models of space business. Touching down on the Moon was a monumental moment in hum ... more

Exploring 'Perseverance Valley' During Winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 21, 2017 - Opportunity is continuing the winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Winter is constraining the available energy, so the project has to rover hop (drive) from one energy-favorable "lily pad" to the next. (These lily pads are locations where the terrain is tilted sufficiently to the north to maximize the Sun's illumination on the rover's solar panel ... more

More evidence of water on Mars
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017 - River deposits exist across the surface of Mars and record a surface environment from over 3.5 billion years ago that was able to support liquid water at the surface. A region of Mars named Aeolis Dorsa contains some of the most spectacular and densely packed river deposits seen on Mars. These deposits are observable with satellite images because they have undergone a process called "topog ... more

Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 21, 2017 - Scientists have long been intrigued by the surfaces of terrestrial bodies other than Earth which reveal deep similarities beneath their superficially differing volcanic and tectonic histories. A team of scientists from NASA, Hampton University and the University of Hong Kong propose a new way of understanding the cooling and transfer of heat from terrestrial planetary interiors and how tha ... more

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ISRO to resume satellite launches by December
New Delhi (IANS) Sep 21, 2017 - India would resume launching satellites in November or December, unfazed by the failure of its rocket in deploying a spare navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit on August 31, space agency chief A.S. Kiran Kumar said on Friday. "We will resume the launches by November or December, with one of the remote sensing satellites though we are yet to finalise with which," said Indian Spac ... more

UW shatters long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017 - University of Washington researchers have demonstrated for the first time that devices that run on almost zero power can transmit data across distances of up to 2.8 kilometers - breaking a long-held barrier and potentially enabling a vast array of interconnected devices. For example, flexible electronics - from knee patches that capture range of motion in arthritic patients to patches that ... more

China eyes petrol car ban, boosting electric vehicles
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 11, 2017 - China is gearing up to ban petrol and diesel cars, a move that would boost electric vehicles and shake up the world's biggest car market in a country that is plagued by pollution. The plan would follow decisions by France and Britain to outlaw the sale of such cars and vans from 2040 to clamp down on harmful emissions. The government did not give a date for the ban, but the announcement ... more

With fossil fuel bans, e-cars shift into higher gear
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 11, 2017 - Beijing's announcement that it is considering joining France and Britain in banning petrol and diesel cars from its smog-clogged roads promises to accelerate a push towards electric vehicles - a race in which Chinese carmakers have everything to gain. As the global auto industry braces for a shake up, here's what you need to know. - What's it all about? - While France and Britain h ... more

Daimler to offer electrified versions of all Mercedes 'by 2022'
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 11, 2017 - The world's largest luxury carmaker Daimler plans to offer an electric or hybrid version version of every Mercedes-Benz model within five years, its chief executive said Monday. "By 2022, we'll have the entire Mercedes-Benz product portfolio in electrified version as well, to offer a maximum of choices for our consumers," CEO Dieter Zetsche told investors. "The time is right." Daimler's ... more

Clean vehicle sales skyrocket in China
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017 - Sales of cleaner vehicles in the Chinese market increased more than 60 percent from last year as the world's second-largest economy greens up, data show. Data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers show total sales of 2.19 million vehicles last month marked a 5.3 percent increase from August 2016. Sales and production of alternative vehicles like hybrids and electrics in ... more

At Frankfurt car show, industry in throes of reinvention
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 12, 2017 - Automakers descended on Frankfurt Tuesday to show off their latest innovations at the glitzy International Motor Show (IAA), even as the spectre of tough new environmental rules and a string of no-shows took some of the shine off the event. On the surface, there is nothing but good news at the IAA: the European car industry can boast of five years of non-stop growth, projected to continue th ... more

GM unit says it has 'mass producible' autonomous cars
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2017 - The General Motors unit developing autonomous vehicles said Monday it has begun rolling out the first "mass producible" self-driving cars that could be available once regulations allow. "This isn't just a concept design - it has airbags, crumple zones, and comfortable seats," said Kyle Vogt, who heads Cruise Automation, a technology startup acquired by GM in 2016. Vogt said in a blog ... more

IAA car show displays industry in throes of reinvention
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 12, 2017 - Automakers descended on Frankfurt Tuesday, ready to show off their latest innovations at the glitzy International Motor Show (IAA) even as the spectre of tough new environmental rules and a string of no-shows took some of the shine off the event. On the surface there is nothing but good news at the IAA: the European car industry can boast of five years of non-stop growth, projected to contin ... more

Two years after 'dieselgate', can diesel be saved?
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 12, 2017 - Buffeted by scandals and threatened by driving bans, diesel has become the bete noire of the auto industry. But as the second anniversary of 'dieselgate' approaches, is the engine of choice for millions of European drivers really in its death throes? "For several months now we have seen a net drop in diesel sales in the major European markets of France and Germany," said industry expert Stef ... more

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