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August 31, 2016
SpaceX to launch satellite by reusing rocket
Washington (AFP) Aug 31, 2016 - SpaceX and satellite operator SES have agreed to launch a commercial satellite later this year by reusing a Falcon 9 rocket, the companies announced Tuesday. The launch of SES-10, which will be the first satellite sent into space on a SpaceX flight-proven rocket, was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016. Terms of the deal were not announced. Officials with California-based SpaceX, he ... more

Could Proxima Centauri b Really Be Habitable
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 31, 2016 - The world's attention is now on Proxima Centauri b, a possibly Earth-like planet orbiting the closest star, 4.22 light-years away. The planet's orbit is just right to allow liquid water on its surface, needed for life. But could it in fact be habitable? If life is possible there, the planet evolved very different than Earth, say researchers at the University of Washington-based Virtual Pla ... more

Sentinel-1 provides new insight into Italy's earthquake
Paris (ESA) Aug 31, 2016 - On 24 August, an earthquake struck central Italy, claiming at least 290 lives and causing widespread damage. Satellite images are being used to help emergency aid organisations, while scientists have begun to analyse ground movement. The Italian peninsula is prone to earthquakes owing to the fault lines created by the separation of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates. The fault line s ... more

Anomalous grooves on Martian moon Phobos explained by impacts
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2016 - Some of the mysterious grooves on the surface of Mars' moon Phobos are the result of debris ejected by impacts eventually falling back onto the surface to form linear chains of craters, according to a new study. One set of grooves on Phobos are thought to be stress fractures resulting from the tidal pull of Mars. The new study, published August 19 in Nature Communications, addresses anothe ... more

Hunt For Ninth Planet Reveals New Extremely Distant Solar System Objects
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2016 - In the race to discover a proposed ninth planet in our solar system, Carnegie's Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of Northern Arizona University have observed several never-before-seen objects at extreme distances from the Sun in our solar system. Sheppard and Trujillo have now submitted their latest discoveries to the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center for official design ... more

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Milky Way Had A Blowout Bash 6 Million Years Ago
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2016 - The center of the Milky Way galaxy is currently a quiet place where a supermassive black hole slumbers, only occasionally slurping small sips of hydrogen gas. But it wasn't always this way. A new study shows that 6 million years ago, when the first human ancestors known as hominins walked the Earth, our galaxy's core blazed forth furiously. The evidence for this active phase came from a search f ... more

First satellite-based wildlife monitoring tool for airports
Paris (ESA) Aug 31, 2016 - Wildlife habitats close to airports pose a serious risk to safety at takeoff and landing. Thanks to ESA, a new service lets airports use satellites to identify and manage these areas. Developed by Ascend XYZ in Denmark with ESA's help, the service uses free images and data from Earth observation satellites combined with smart software. Several airports in Denmark have tested the Ascend sof ... more

India tests new scramjet rocket engine
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2016 - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully tested its new scramjet engine and expects a commercial launch. This is being touted as the most cost-effective rocket engine the world has seen. With this, the ISRO, which is already the most inexpensive commercial satellite launch service provider in the world, expects to attract more customers worldwide. The test carri ... more

The Rise and Fall of Galaxy Formation
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2016 - An international team of astronomers, including Carnegie's Eric Persson, has charted the rise and fall of galaxies over 90 percent of cosmic history. Their work, which includes some of the most sensitive astronomical measurements made to date, is published by The Astrophysical Journal. The FourStar Galaxy Evolution Survey (ZFOURGE) has built a multicolored photo album of galaxies as they g ... more

SES-10 Launching To Orbit On SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket
Hawthorne CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2016 - SES and SpaceX have reached an agreement to launch SES-10 on a flight-proven Falcon 9 orbital rocket booster. The satellite, which will be in a geostationary orbit and expand SES's capabilities across Latin America, is scheduled for launch in Q4 2016. SES-10 will be the first-ever satellite to launch on a SpaceX flight-proven rocket booster. SES-10 will be positioned at 67 degrees West, pu ... more

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FalTech to launch a compact Iridium repeater system at the Emergency Services Show
London, UK (SPX) Aug 31, 2016 - Iridium two-way satellite telephones are used all over the world. They generally can't operate indoors, because the structure of the building blocks ingress and egress of the signal. When it isn't practical or safe to leave the building to use a satphone, a repeater system overcomes the barrier put up by the building and allows satellite communications at distance of up to 3Km from the outdoor a ... more

First DNA Sequencing in Space a Game Changer
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 31, 2016 - For the first time ever, DNA was successfully sequenced in microgravity as part of the Biomolecule Sequencer experiment performed by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins this weekend aboard the International Space Station. The ability to sequence the DNA of living organisms in space opens a whole new world of scientific and medical possibilities. Scientists consider it a game changer. DNA, or deoxyr ... more

Galileo's Ariane 5 arrives at Europe's Spaceport
Paris (ESA) Aug 31, 2016 - The first Ariane 5 rocket modified to carry four Galileo satellites into orbit has arrived at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana for a November launch. So far, 14 Galileo satellites have been launched two by two on Soyuz rockets from French Guiana. This inaugural launch by Ariane 5 will boost that number to 18. The MN Colibri roll-on/roll-off ship, built to transport European rocket elements, r ... more

UNIST to engineer next-generation smart separator membranes
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Aug 29, 2016 - A team of Korean researchers, affiliated with UNIST is receiving the media spotlight as they have proposed a green material strategy for the development of smart battery separators beyond the current state-of-the-art counterparts. The findings appear in the July 6th issue of Nano Letters, co-authored by Prof. Sang-Young Lee (School of Energy and Chemical Engineering), Prof. Byeong-Su Kim ( ... more

Physicists find peculiarities in a material with a giant magnetocaloric effect
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 29, 2016 - The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) is manifested in cooling or heating of the magnetic material (a material having magnetic properties) in an external magnetic field. This phenomenon was first discovered in the 19th century, but the first theoretical justification was obtained some 40 years later. During the last decades MCE has been thoroughly studied, and in recent years one can observe a real bo ... more

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Where does AlphaGo go
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 29, 2016 - On March 15, 2016, Lee Sodol, an 18-time world champion of the ancient Chinese board game of Go, was defeated by AlphaGo, a computer program. The event is one of the most historic in the field of artificial intelligence since Deep Blue bested chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov in the late 1990s. The difference is that AlphaGo may represent an even bigger turning point in AI research. As outl ... more

New method developed for producing some metals
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 29, 2016 - The MIT researchers were trying to develop a new battery, but it didn't work out that way. Instead, thanks to an unexpected finding in their lab tests, what they discovered was a whole new way of producing the metal antimony - and potentially a new way of smelting other metals, as well. The discovery could lead to metal-production systems that are much less expensive and that virtually eli ... more

Extending battery life for mobile devices
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 29, 2016 - In a paper presented at the Association for Computing Machinery's special interest group on data communication (SIGCOMM) conference in Florianopolis, Brazil, a team of computer science researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by professor Deepak Ganesan introduced a new radio technology that allows small mobile devices to take advantage of battery power in larger devices nearby ... more

Electrons at the speed limit
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 29, 2016 - Speed may not be witchcraft, but it is the basis for technologies that often seem like magic. Modern computers, for instance, are as powerful as they are because tiny switches inside them steer electric currents in fractions of a billionth of a second. The incredible data flows of the internet, on the other hand, are only possible because extremely fast electro-optic modulators can send in ... more

Feeling the force between sand grains
Livermore CA (SPX) Aug 26, 2016 - For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have measured how forces move through 3D granular materials, determining how this important class of materials might pack and behave in processes throughout nature and industry. Granular materials such as sand, rice and soil exist everywhere around us. However, scientists and engineers do not yet fully understand ... more

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