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SpaceX will attempt landing on Saturday's launch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

SpaceX is scheduled to launch its tenth Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station on Saturday, February 18th.

 

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The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is targeting liftoff on the company's Falcon 9 rocket at 10:01 AM from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft will carry supplies and hardware needed for the scientific research of the Expedition 50 and 51 crew members.

 

After a two-day trip, the spacecraft should arrive at the Station where Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) will use the station's robotic arm to capture it.

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Chinese factory: 250% productivity boost without humans

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The world is quickly stumbling into the world of fully autonomous everything, and it looks like factories are going to really win with robots if the results of a Chinese factory are anything to go by.

 

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Changying Precision Technology Company (CPTC) replaces 600 human workers with robots, and saw a gigantic 250% increase in productivity, while they also noted an 80% decrease in defects. Factory workers can't be happy with that, as I don't think that even with the best training, they could provide a 250% productivity boost overnight like their robotic overlords did.

 

CPTC has 60 human workers remaining, which will be sliced down to just 20 in the coming months. Now we've all got to sit back and think: where will we all be in 10-20 years, and is your job truly safe from robotics or a fully advanced AI-based system?

Amazon teases drone delivery as 'Prime Air' in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Amazon is making big moves to take over the skies with drone deliveries, teasing its purported Prime Air delivery service during the Super Bowl this year.

 

 

The company ran what would've been a very expensive ad spot, showing a couple sitting on the couch - with the man licking the Doritos' dust from his fingers, with the woman then gives a sarcastic reply to Amazon Echo. She says: "Alexa, reorder Doritos from Prime Air", with Echo replying with: "Ok, look for delivery soon" and then a drone comes into focus... beautiful, convenient - and the future of me being even lazier.

 

Amazon makes note that the Prime Air drone delivery isn't a real thing... yet, but expect that drone deliveries - and what should end up as Prime Air, will be the future of Amazon's delivery dominance in the future.

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Facebook edges close to 2 billion monthly users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 3, 2017 1:31 am

During their Q4 earnings report, Facebook announced that it is growing its revenue and user base well, with profits also diving into their lap.

 

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Facebook reported $8.8 billion in revenue, with $3.56 billion in profits - with 1.23 billion using Facebook daily, and 1.15 billion logging in with mobile devices per day. Analysts had pegged the social network with $8.51 billion revenue, so Facebook beat that - with revenue growth of 51% year-over-year.

 

At this rate of growth, Facebook should reach 2 billion monthly users in the next few months.

NASA shows most detailed photos of Saturn's rings

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 3:25 pm

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings, and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage. The conclusion of the historic scientific odyssey is planned for September 2017.

 

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Cassini already sent some impressive images of the Saturn's atmosphere, and now it has shown us detailed images of Saturn's rings.

 

The views are some of the closest-ever images of the outer parts of the main rings, giving scientists an eagerly awaited opportunity to observe features with names like "straw" and "propellers." Although Cassini saw these features earlier in the mission, the spacecraft's current, special orbits are now providing opportunities to see them in greater detail. The new images resolve details as small as 0.3 miles (550 meters), which is on the scale of Earth's tallest buildings.

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China plans to send spacecrafts to Mars and Jupiter

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 6:19 pm

While the Chinese are still banned from the Space Station, that hasn't stopped the country from developing a strong space exploration program. Last year, China had the highest number of launches in space so far, and now they are developing new plans for further space exploration, including sending spacecraft to Mars and Jupiter.

 

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Their plan is to send its first probe to Mars by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, Vice Director of the China National Space Administration. The second probe should bring back samples that will help them get a better understanding of the environment on the Red Planet.

 

China also plans to launch a large modular space station in 2023, and if the International Space Station finishes its work in 2024, as planned, China will be the only country with a permanent station in space.

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Your smartphone could soon detect cancer, thanks to AI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 28, 2017 6:20 am

If there was something that could change the world, it would be a cancer-detecting app on your smartphone - all powered with AI. We know that artificial intelligence is something that will be a part of our future, but now a group of researchers from Stanford are coming out with some exciting things.

 

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The researchers published their findings in the latest issue of Nature this week, training a neural network with 129,450 photos that displayed to the system over 2000 different types of skin conditions. Mixing one of Google's own image recognition algorithms, the researchers trained the neural network to identify both malignant, and benign skin lesions.

 

The team also worked with 21 human dermatologists, showing the experts the same, common and deadly forms of skin cancer, and asked what treatment they would recommend. Comparing their answer to the AI, the humans performed at the same level. Sebastian Thrun from Stanford's AI Lab wrote in a blog: "We realized it was feasible, not just to do something well, but as well as a human dermatologist. That's when our thinking changed".

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SpaceX won't attempt landing on their January 30 launch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 26, 2017 3:35 pm

After a longer break, SpaceX recently launched their Falcon 9 rocket and successfully returned it to Earth. Their second this year's launch is scheduled for January 30th.

 

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However, this time they won't even try to land the rocket. Musk himself confirmed this on Twitter explaining that the problem is heavy payload that the Falcon 9 rocket has to carry.

 

The January 30th launch will involve a Falcon 9 rocket carrying communication satellite EchoStar 23 that will be placed in the elliptical orbit at 35,000 kilometers from Earth. In order to deliver it to the required height, it will take a lot of fuel and great speed. In addition, the satellite is 5.4 tons heavy meaning that the Falcon 9 won't have any extra fuel for a landing attempt.

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New satellite sends fascinating images of our planet

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 26, 2017 1:26 pm

GOES-16, the first spacecraft in NOAA's next-generation of geostationary satellites, has sent the first high-resolution images from its Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument.

 

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The GOES-16 is the latest step in a new age of weather satellites that should help us monitor the weather conditions.

 

The ABI can provide a full disk image of the Earth every 15 minutes, one of the continental U.S. every five minutes, and has the ability to target regional areas where severe weather, hurricanes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions or other high-impact environmental phenomena are occurring as often as every 30 seconds. The ABI covers the Earth five-times faster than the current generation GOES imagers and has four times greater spatial resolution, allowing meteorologists to see smaller features of the Earth's atmosphere and weather systems.

 

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Boeing's new spacesuit half the weight, much smaller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 26, 2017 6:21 am

Boeing has unveiled its new spacesuit for future passengers of its CST-100 Spaceliner spacecraft, which they'll wear to and from low-Earth orbit destinations, such as the International Space Station.

 

 

Boeing explains their new Starliner spacesuit as it: "provides greater pressurized mobility and is about 40 percent lighter than previous suits. Its innovative layers will keep astronauts cooler as well. The touchscreen-friendly gloves allow astronauts to interact with the capsule's tablets while the boots are breathable and slip resistant".

 

"Zippers in the torso area will make it easier for astronauts to comfortably transition from sitting to standing. In addition to protecting astronauts during launch and the return to Earth, the suit also helps connect astronauts to ground and space crews through the communications headset within the helmet", they continued. Adding: "The suit's hood-like soft helmet sports a wide polycarbonate visor to give Starliner passengers better peripheral vision throughout their ride to and from space".

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