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June 26, 2016
DRAGON SPACE
China launches new carrier rocket: state media
Beijing (AFP) June 25, 2016 - China blasted off its "Long March-7" new generation carrier rocket on a successful inaugural voyage Saturday from a new launch centre, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme. The medium-sized, two-stage rocket is expected to become the main carrier for China's future space missions. It can carry up to 13.5 tonnes to low-Earth orbit - a paylo ... more

IRON AND ICE
Hundreds Of Events Worldwide Scheduled For Asteroid Day 2016
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - What began as a passion of a handful of individuals, a musician, filmmaker, technologist, scientist and astronaut, has become a global movement by thousands to increase awareness and education about asteroids. Supported by 22 global partners, scores of international agencies, 72 space travelers from 12 nations, leaders in business and finance, parents and youth, Asteroid Day 2016 will include hu ... more

MARSDAILY
NASA Scientists Discover Unexpected Mineral on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 24, 2016 - Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, has been exploring sedimentary rocks within Gale Crater since landing in August 2012. In July 2015, on Sol 1060 (the number of Martian days since landing), the rover collected powder ... more

OUTER PLANETS
Pluto's Subsurface Ocean Likely Exists Today
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - Ongoing geological activity on Pluto seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft could be caused by the partial freezing of a subsurface ocean that likely still exists today, a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters says. Noah P. Hammond, Brown University, is lead author on the paper, "Recent Tectonic Activity on Pluto Driven by Phase Changes in the Ice Shell." Planetary Science Institute Se ... more

IRON AND ICE
Asteroid Impacts a Possible Solution to "Faint Young Sun Paradox"
Boulder CO (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - In the first billion years of Earth's history, the planet was bombarded by primordial asteroids, while a faint Sun provided much less heat. A Southwest Research Institute-led team posits that this tumultuous beginning may have ultimately fostered life on Earth, particularly in terms of sustaining liquid water. "The early impacts caused temporary, localized destruction and hostile condition ... more

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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
First "Wind Nebula" Found Around a Magnetar
Paris (ESA) Jun 24, 2016 - Astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of high-energy particles called a wind nebula around a rare ultra-magnetic neutron star, or magnetar, for the first time. The find offers a unique window into the properties, environment and outburst history of magnetars, which are the strongest magnets in the universe. A neutron star is the crushed core of a massive star that ran out of fuel, colla ... more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Successful first observations of galactic center with GRAVITY
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - The GRAVITY instrument is now operating with the four 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes of ESO's Very Large Telescope, and even from early test results it is already clear that it will soon be producing world-class science. GRAVITY is part of the VLT Interferometer. By combining light from the four telescopes it can achieve the same spatial resolution and precision in measuring positions as a telescope ... more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Swift Gamma-Ray Bursts: A 3D Step Toward Standard Candles
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - A new way to use the most powerful explosions in the Universe to calibrate its expansion has been developed by a team of researchers (Sergey Postnikov, Xavier Hernandez from Institute of Astronomy , UNAM, and Michal Ostrowski from the Astronomical Observatory of Jagiellonian University) led by Marie Curie Outgoing Fellow at Stanford University, Maria Dainotti. Dainotti recently presented the res ... more

SPACEWAR
Hyten's Commander's Strategic Intent - We're All In Space Together
McLean, VA (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - While Gen. John Hyten's "Commander's Strategic Intent" is meant to offer a roadmap of the future for the 22,000 airmen and 9,000 civilians of Air Force Space Command, that's hardly its limit. The General's priorities: "Win today's fight", "Prepare for tomorrow's fight," along with "taking care of our Airmen and our Families" are definitely applicable to other parts of the Air Force and other Ser ... more

SPACEWAR
Russia to Publish Catalog Disclosing US Military Satellites
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 24, 2016 - Russia is planning to release to public its catalog of near-Earth objects, including US military satellites, a Russian official said. Russia will publicly release its own database of Earth orbiting satellites, Viktor Shilin, head of the Russian delegation at the 59th session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, told the Russian newspaper Izvestia. The Russian platform w ... more

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MISSILE DEFENSE
NKorea test shows need for expanded missile defense: Pentagon chief
Washington (AFP) June 23, 2016 - The United States will continue to expand its defense systems to protect South Korea and regional allies from North Korean missiles, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Wednesday. Carter spoke to reporters hours after Pyongyang tested two medium-range Musudan missiles, one of which flew 400 kilometers (250 miles) into the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Experts say the apparent success marked a ... more

CHIP TECH
World's first 1,000-processor chip
Davis CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2016 - A microchip containing 1,000 independent programmable processors has been designed by a team at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The energy-efficient "KiloCore" chip has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors. The KiloCore was presented at the 2016 Symposium on VLSI Technology ... more

OUTER PLANETS
Hubble locates new dark spot on Neptune
Baltimore (UPI) Jun 23, 2016 - There's a new dark spot on Neptune, the farthest planet from the sun. Astronomers recently confirmed the presence of a dark vortex spinning across the planet's atmosphere after examining imagery collected by the Hubble Space Telescope last month. It's the first Neptune vortex discovered since 1994. The high pressure system is accompanied by bright companion clouds. Researchers be ... more

WATER WORLD
Breathing space for the Gulf Stream
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Jun 23, 2016 - Greenland's glaciers are melting. Recent work by researchers at the University of Bristol found a 50 per cent increase in the freshwater flux since 1990. Due to both enhanced summer melt and calving of outlet glaciers more than 5000 cubic kilometers of extra meltwater have been flowing into the sea, equivalent to a quarter of the volume of the Baltic Sea. The fate of this freshwater is of ... more

ENERGY TECH
Stanford researchers find new ways to make clean hydrogen and rechargable zinc batteries
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2016 - A Stanford University research lab has developed new technologies to tackle two of the world's biggest energy challenges - clean fuel for transportation and grid-scale energy storage. The researchers described their findings in two studies published this month in the journals Science Advances and Nature Communications. Hydrogen fuel has long been touted as a clean alternative to gasoline. ... more

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TECH SPACE
Quantum calculations broaden the understanding of crystal catalysts
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - Using numerical modelling, researchers from Russia, the US, and China have discovered previously unknown features of rutile TiO2, which is a promising photocatalyst. The calculations were performed at an MIPT laboratory on the supercomputer Rurik. The paper detailing the results has been published in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. Special substances called catalysts are n ... more

CARBON WORLDS
Diamond-based resonators might become highly sensitive detectors
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - Physicists from the Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and the Siberian Federal University have mathematically modelled diamond-based microstructures for producing compact high sensitivity sensors. The researchers' study investigates the problem of selecting a useful acoustic signal taking into account the excit ... more

ENERGY TECH
Coexistence of superconductivity and charge density waves observed
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - Physicists at BESSY II of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin studied an artificial structure composed of alternating layers of ferromagnetic and superconducting materials. Charge density waves induced by the interfaces were found to extend deeply into the superconducting regions, indicating new ways to manipulate superconductivity. The results are now being published in Nature Materials. High-Tc sup ... more

ROBO SPACE
Robotic motion planning in real-time
Durham NC (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - Once they've mastered the skills of toddlerhood, humans are pretty good at what roboticists call "motion planning" - reaching around obstacles to precisely pick up a soda in a crowded fridge, or slipping their hands around a screen to connect an unseen cable. But for robots with multi-jointed arms, motion planning is a hard problem that requires time-consuming computation. Simply picking a ... more

MARSDAILY
Hardware for Journey to Mars is a 'Big Catch'
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jun 24, 2016 - A key piece of hardware for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System, completed a five-hour journey by barge June 19 along the Tennessee River in North Alabama. Fishermen may have caught a glimpse of it on its way from United Launch Alliance in Decatur, Alabama, to the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. SLS will be the most powerful rocket in the world and enable hum ... more

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