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Photos of the Day: Autonomous Robots Compete at the RoboCup

July 10, 2014 9:58 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The international robot soccer tournament called RoboCup takes place in Brazil right after the World Cup. The ultimate goal of the yearly event is bold: To create a robot team that can defeat the human World Cup winners by 2050. It is about teaching the fully autonomous robots to make quick, smart decisions while working together in a changing environment...

Photos of the Day: 'Dropship' Quadcopter to Lower Rover onto Mars

July 9, 2014 10:54 am | by ESA | News | Comments

The 'dropship' quadcopter and mockup rover are used for testing the ESA's latest StarTiger project, Dropter. The dropship has to steer itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface ...   

Photos of the Day: GE’s Calorie-Counting Technology

July 7, 2014 11:02 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A GE team together with researchers at Baylor University’s Department Electrical and Computer Engineering are testing a new calorie counting system on simple mixtures of oil, water and sugar. They have built a prototype, but the prize is...

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Photos of the Day: OCO-2 Lifts Off

July 2, 2014 4:10 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere. The hexagonal spacecraft is about 6 feet long and ...

Photos of the Day: Remotely Operated Robots Compete Underwater

June 28, 2014 11:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 60 teams from 13 countries and 18 U.S. states participated in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary...     

Photos of the Day: Mars 'Flying Saucer' Splashes Down After Test

June 28, 2014 11:09 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is being tested for slowing big, heavy spacecraft hurtling into the thin Martian atmosphere. A ship was sent to recover a "black box" designed to separate from the LDSD and float. Outfitted with a GPS beacon, the box contains the crucial flight data that scientists are eager to analyze...

Photos of the Day: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Hunt Navy Mines

June 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

New sonar research being performed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute could improve the Navy’s ability to find sea mines deep under water... Torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicles are used to map swaths of the sea floor with sonar sensors...  

Photos of the Day: GOES-R Black Wing Ready for Flight

June 25, 2014 10:24 am | by NASA | News | Comments

GOES-R will be more advanced than NOAA's current GOES fleet. The satellites are expected to more than double the clarity of today's GOES imagery and provide more atmospheric observations than current capabilities with more frequent images...  

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Photos of the Day: Woman or Machine?

June 24, 2014 10:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest creations from Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro are Otonaroid, Kodomoroid and Telenoid, a hairless mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion...        

Photos of the Day: BRITE-Constellation Nanosatellites Explore the Universe

June 23, 2014 10:30 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Two nanosatellites were launched from Yasny, Russia by Anthony Moffat, of the University of Montreal and the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec, and the Canadian research and technology team he leads. Costing a fraction of conventional space telescopes...

Photos of the Day: Harley-Davidson's Electric Motorcycle

June 19, 2014 2:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Spurred by this heritage, the Project LiveWire Experience invites customers to test ride, provide feedback and learn more about the story of the motorcycle. Even those who don't yet ride will have the opportunity to feel the power of ...

Photo of the Day: Expedition 38 Tests Free-Flying Satellites

June 19, 2014 10:08 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The International Space Station is critically important to NASA's future exploration missions. The orbiting outpost provides a platform to test technologies in a long-duration weightless environment; conditions which are impractical to replicate on Earth...

Photo of the Day: NASA Hunts for New Horizons Mission Target

June 18, 2014 11:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015...

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Photos of the Day: 15 MW Test Rig Drive Unit Weighs 400 Tons

June 17, 2014 10:27 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist ... yet ...       

Photos of the Day: In-Orbit Decontamination System Destroys Pathogens

June 16, 2014 11:57 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Just like eating, drinking and even trying to wash your hair aboard the International Space Station, conducting science experiments in space is not a simple task for astronauts. There are so many more factors for crews to consider than scientists on Earth have to worry about..

Photo of the Day: The Internet of Things Ecosystem

June 12, 2014 11:33 pm | by IDTechEx | News | Comments

Analyst views of the Internet of Things vary drastically depending on how one defines the topic. As a result, there is the potential for much hyping. Having thoroughly researched the topic, IDTechEx has mapped the IoT ecosystem where IoT centers on things...

Photo of the Day: How to Avoid the RF Technology Domino Effect

June 12, 2014 10:55 am | by Peregrine Semiconductor | News | Comments

The first domino falls, setting forth a rapidly moving chain reaction. Escalating data rates, evolving industry standards and increasing frequency bands—one after another the RF technologies are knocked down unable to compete with the market’s increasing demands...

Photo of the Day: NASA's Orion Spacecraft Stacks Up for First Flight

June 11, 2014 9:17 am | by NASA | News | Comments

With just six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Engineers began stacking the crew module on top of the completed service module Monday, the first step...

Photos of the Day: Aluminum-Air Battery Powers Electric Demo Car

June 10, 2014 11:04 am | by Alcoa | News | Comments

The aluminum-air battery uses air and water to unlock the energy stored in aluminum. According to Phinergy, just one of the 50 aluminum plates in the battery can power a car for approximately 20 miles, and when used to supplement a ... 

Photos of the Day: COSY Accelerator: Quarks in 6-Packs

June 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Forschungszentrum Juelich | News | Comments

For decades, physicists have searched in vain for exotic bound states comprising more than three quarks. Experiments performed at Jülich's accelerator COSY have now shown that, in fact, such complex particles do exist in nature. This discovery has...

Photos of the Day: HorseFly 'Octocopter' Primed to Fly to Your Front Door

June 6, 2014 11:25 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Have you ever seen a horse fly? Maybe you have, but never like this one. This HorseFly has eight rotors, a wirelessly recharging battery and a mission to deliver merchandise right to your doorstep. The University of Cincinnati and AMP Electric Vehicles collaborated on the HorseFly...

Photos of the Day: Pepper the Robot Deciphers Emotions

June 5, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile. Son's mobile phone company Softbank said Thursday that the robot it has dubbed Pepper...

Photo of the Day: How NASA Builds a Space Laser

June 4, 2014 10:52 am | by NASA | News | Comments

To build a satellite that will measure all the bumps and dips of our dynamic Earth, engineers started with a black box, built of a composite honeycomb material to make it as light as possible. The structure was precisely manufactured with an opening to allow lasers...

Photos of the Day: '3D Inking' Sensors Directly onto Parts

June 3, 2014 10:25 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

If you feel that the world has become a buzzing beehive of connectivity, wait a few years. A recent report from CISCO estimates that only a small fraction of the devices that could be talking to each other - 10 billion out of 1.5 trillion, or just 0.6 percent - are actually connected...

Photos of the Day: Solar Impulse 2 Preps for Round-the-World Flight

June 2, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight. The Solar Impulse 2 team said the aircraft spent 2 hours and 17 minutes in the air...

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