Science, Space, Health & Robotics News - Page 257

All the latest Science, Space, Health & Robotics news with plenty of coverage on space launches, discoveries, rockets & plenty more - Page 257.

SpaceX launches mystery government payload

Jak Connor | Mon, Jan 8 2018 6:43 AM CST

SpaceX has already begun with what it does best, launching rockets and landing them back on the ground again. This time though, the space exploration company has not revealed what is on board the rocket or even the motive for the mission in the first place.

SpaceX launches mystery government payload |

The first mission for 2018 has been launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The payload has been given the codename "Zuma" which is basically all that is known about the launch so far as the mission has come under a government initiative.

The 'Zuma' mission has been known about for quite some time and was originally meant to take place last year in November, but due to investigative testing the launch has to be postponed until now. Even though we do not know what was on board the Falcon 9 rocket it has been confirmed that the launch was a success, as the rocket has been landed safely and securely back on the ground.

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Samsung Family Hub smart fridge now has Bixby voice control

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Jan 8 2018 2:37 AM CST

CES 2018 - Samsung has just unveiled their new Family Hub 3.0 refrigerator that features Bixby voice control, but the company hasn't explained what exactly you can do with voice controls on your fridge.

Samsung Family Hub smart fridge now has Bixby voice control |

Samsung has explained that the Bixby-powered smart fridges will be capable of personalized responses to individual voices, where you can ask your fridge about your personal calendar and news updates, just for you... and maybe a drink or snack for you, too.

The new Family Hub 3.0 fridge integrates Samsung's own SmartThings ecosystem, something that lets owners control the lights inside of the fridge, make adjustments to temperature, or even monitor a security camera. Why would you need a speaker with Alexa or Google Assistant, when you can have it all in your fridge? Hell, there are built-in AKG speakers inside the fridge, promising great bass and mid-range... from your... fridge.

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LG's new CLOi robots will serve you at shops in the future

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Jan 4 2018 11:41 PM CST

CES 2018 - LG is pushing more and more into the world of robotics, something it seems to be doubling down with at CES 2018 with their new CLOi branded robotics line.

LG's new CLOi robots will serve you at shops in the future |

LG's exciting new CLOi line of products come in three models for commercial use: Serving Robot, Porter Robot, and Shopping Cart Robot. Starting with the Serving Robot, we should expect to see LG's first robot creation at hotels, airport lounges, and even restaurants. This robot will deliver drinks and meals to customers with its built-in sliding tray - but hopefully it won't need a tip.

The Porter Robot will be used in hotels for express check-in and check-out, with payments accepted by the robots that will reduce waiting times. LG's new Porter Robot will even carry your suitcase around, but I'm sure it'll be carry-on size only and not your huge suitcase, or two, or five.

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'Uber for blood' being powered by drones in Africa

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Jan 3 2018 11:38 PM CST

In the East African country of Rwanda, drones are flying through the sky with medical supplies like blood, thanks to a partnership between the Rwandan health ministry, and drone startup Zipline.

'Uber for blood' being powered by drones in Africa |

Zipline has already used drones to deliver over 5500 units of blood to aid crews working through remote areas, where medical supplies are near-impossible to f ind. The service is working with 12 hospitals that are all being accessed by the drone network, with these hospitals now able to provide treatment and life-saving aid to over 5 million people.

Drone deliveries make sense when you think that hospitals need a constant flow of fresh supplies on a regular basis, but without the proper infrastructure available, taking to the skies is the next best - and even better, thing.

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Musculoskeletal robot spotted mimicking human interactions

Jak Connor | Sat, Dec 30 2017 8:31 AM CST

Japanese engineers have created two humanoid robots that are designed to study the mechanics of muscle control and how the brain interacts with the body, they are named Kengoro and Kenshiro.

Kengoro and Kenshiro can perform a number of different activities that us humans take completely for granted. The robots humanoid abilities range from doing push-ups, sit-ups and other exercises to playing badminton poorly. It is believed through the robots doing these actions that a better understanding of the "human body in movement" will be achieved.

"We believe that the proposed human mimetic humanoid can be used to provide new opportunities in science, the team's research states. "For instance, to quantitatively analyse the internal data of a human body in movement."

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Solar-powered highway spotted in China

Jak Connor | Wed, Dec 27 2017 5:53 AM CST

Jinan, a Chinese city with a population of around 7 million people have begun construction of the world first photovoltaic express-way.

Solar-powered highway spotted in China |

The express-way will be 1.2 miles (2km) and will be able to withstand the weight of medium sized trucks. The photovoltaic express-way is constructed using three separate layers, the first being the transparent concrete which has a very similar feel to that of asphalt.

Next, is the solar panels which are located beneath the concrete layer and are safely protected from nature while also absorbing the rays from the sun.

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Russia wants to build $40 million per-week hotel on the ISS

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Dec 27 2017 12:48 AM CST

Can you imagine a future where the uber-rich travel to the International Space Station to stay in a $40 million per-week hotel? Well, Russian space corporation Roscomos plans on building a luxury hotel on the ISS for just that reason.

Russia wants to build $40 million per-week hotel on the ISS 01 |

It might cost $40 million per week (and an additional $20 million if you want to go on a spacewalk with a cosmonaut), but Popular Mechanics is reporting that Russian space contractor RKK Energia is working on the idea that will see the construction of the second module it's building that will cost somewhere between $279 million and $446 million.

RKK Energia is already hard at work on the first of two modules, something that will act as a science laboratory and a power supply station. The second module on the other hand, will be paid for by RKK Energia, as the Russian government is only paying for the first one.

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Guillermo del Toro says he 'saw a UFO' moving 'super-fast'

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Dec 26 2017 9:55 PM CST

Guillermo del Toro, the mega director behind Hellboy and Pacific Rim, talked with The Hollywood Reporter not long ago and said that he experienced one of the most strangest, and supernatural experiences of his life.

Guillermo del Toro says he 'saw a UFO' moving 'super-fast' |

Not only did del Toro say he has had two experiences with ghosts, but he had a close encounter with a UFO when he was younger. During the interview, del Toro explained: "You sound like a complete lunatic, but I saw a UFO. I didn't want to see a UFO. It was horribly designed".

During his experience, del Toro said he sat alone with his friend in the dark, and saw a light on the horizon that was moving "super-fast". They honked at it, and then flashed their lights, where they said the UFO "went from 1,000 meters away [to much closer] in less than a second".

The Oscar-nominated director said that his experience with the UFO "was so crappy. It was a flying saucer, so cliched, with lights [blinking]. It's so sad: I wish I could reveal they're not what you think they are. They are what you think they are".

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ISS crew watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in space

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Dec 25 2017 11:07 PM CST

If you were looking for the best place to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi, then nothing you do will ever get close to watching it on the freaking International Space Station, you know... in space.

ISS crew watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in space |

NASA astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei tweeted out a picture of their movie night, with the space station crew rocking out to The Last Jedi on a projector. The astronauts even have drink bags and "bungee cord chairs" which would be the closest thing to recliners in zero gravity.


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Elon Musk is launching a Tesla Roadster into SPACE

Anthony Garreffa | Fri, Dec 22 2017 10:39 PM CST

Elon Musk is doing a world-first by launching a red Tesla Roadster into space, loading up the vehicle onto the first Falcon Heavy rocket that will leave our atmosphere and deliver the car to aliens, I guess.

Elon Musk is launching a Tesla Roadster into SPACE |

Musk said that he would launch the Tesla Roadster into space with most thinking he was joking around, but SpaceX has confirmed that it is indeed true.

Musk took to Twitter, where he tweeted: "A Red Car for the Red Planet Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel. The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit".

This really makes me admire Musk even more than I did, because no other human being on the planet is crazy enough to do something this cool.

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