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Japan’s unpiloted supply ship, HTV-8 (known as Kounotori8) was supposed to launch to the International Space Station on September 10th, but it was postponed due to a fire on the launch platform of the mission’s rocket. A new launch date has yet to be announced, and it won’t be expected until inspections and repair work is complete.   The H-2B rocket, built by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be carrying the HTV-8 spacecraft to the International Space Station someti ...
Sam Battle, a London-based musician, programmer and owner of Look Mum No Computer YouTube channel, where he showcases various complex electronic instruments, like the organ made of 44 Furby toys, dedicated a large sum of his time building an entire ensemble out of musical instruments and LEGO Star Wars droids just by using BOOST 57253 Droid Commander.   The Star Wars droid orchestra consists of 42 musical instruments and 95 LEGO droids, all of which play at a certain time, composing John ...
Is this the future of extracting hydrogen? (mage credit: Getty Images)   A new discovery from a team of scientists may change the way we think about hydrogen. A group of Canadian engineers claims they have developed a way to extract hydrogen from oil without releasing greenhouse gases. The team says the technology has the potential to supply Canada’s entire electricity requirement for the next 220 years. Their research was presented at the Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference in Barce ...
Russia’s Skybot F-380 is expected to perform a series of tasks under the control of cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. (Image credit: Roscosmos via Facebook)   Russia’s humanoid sometimes gunslinger robot Skybot F-380 has finally reached the ISS after the Soyuz capsule carrying it had difficulty docking with the ISS. The spacecraft aborted the docking procedure, which was scheduled for August 24th, when one of the components of the automatic docking port malfunctioned, which has sin ...
You wouldn’t normally expect to see a robot controlling a marionette in today’s technological world, especially because there’s little to no demand for these robots, and it would be very complex to develop such a system. However, that didn’t prevent ETH Zurich engineers from building a robot puppeteer that can be useful in warehouses or stores. Their results can be found in their technical paper.   While the puppet is moving in real life, the robot simulates the ...
Google’s subsidiary YouTube took down numerous videos of robot battles, like BattleBots, citing the content was in violation of the site’s terms of services, stating the videos showed acts of animal cruelty.   One of the videos that got removed features a battle between Speed Wedge and Ubersaw at the MassDestruction event. (Image Credit: Jamison Go, YouTube) The issue surfaced when Jamison Go, a competitor on the latest BattleBots season (team SawBlaze), was notified by Yo ...
Researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE) have developed a new generation of swarming robots called “Teraflop Swarm” that can adapt to new environments and independently learn new behaviors through a process of artificial evolution. This can pave the way for developing robotic systems for environmental monitoring, disaster recovery, infrastructure maintenance, logistics and agriculture. Results are published in Advanced Intelligent Sys ...
Most soft robots rely on an external power source and control in order to operate. This causes them to remain tethered to off-board systems or become equipped with hard components. Researchers from Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have teamed up with Caltech to develop a soft robotic system that can move and change shape when it comes in contact with external stimuli. Researchers named the system “Rollbot” and it has the potential to change the ...
The NNSA ‘El Capitan’ supercomputer is expected to have a peak performance of more than 1.5 exaflops in computing power. (Image credit: Energy.Gov)   The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) - the federal agency responsible for safeguarding America’s nuclear stockpile, has recently announced it has signed a contract with Cray Computing to produce ‘El Capitan,’ a $600-million exascale supercomputer. According to the DOE, ...
Norway’s first all-electric battery-powered plane crashed into a lake on Wednesday. The crash poses a step back in Norway’s attempt to reduce fossil fuel-powered flights. Known as the Alpha Electra G2, the plane is owned by Norway’s airport operator, Avinor and was being operated by their chief executive, Dag Falk-Petersen when the crash occurred. On the same day, the CEO of Avinor was also giving tours to members of the Norwegian government, which also included junior governme ...
Wearable robot devices have been developed in the past by researchers at various universities and industry labs to help people in rehabilitation centers with walking or running, but small wearable devices could never seem to do both. Developing a robotic device to assist with walking and running can be a challenging task due to the different biomechanics of each gait. However, both gaits have the same extension of the hip joint, which begins whenever the foot touches the ground.   Research ...
A pair of Daimler’s Freightliner eCascadia battery-powered trucks are headed to customers at their research and development center in Portland. (Image credit: Daimler)   Electric auto manufacturer Daimler have been hyping their electric trucks for some time now, and the company is set to deliver a pair of their heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia battery-powered semis to Penske and NFI later this month. In a recent press release, Daimler states the trucks will undergo trials at their r ...
In May 2019, NASA launched two tiny robots called Astrobees to the International Space Station. Both robots started their journey on an Antares rocket, arriving to the space station just two days later, with NASA’s astronauts welcoming them aboard. The bots, respectively named “Bumble” and “Honey” are free-flying caretakers designed to help astronauts on the space station by carrying out routine tasks like basic maintenance and discovering lost objects. Those two ro ...
The ADIFO (All-Directional Flying Object) features four ducted fans for VTOL and low-speed maneuvers, and a pair of vectored jets provide thrust and a high degree of agility in horizontal flight. (Image credit: ADIFO)   A pair of Romanian engineers, Razvan Sabie and Iosif Taposu, has designed a flying saucer of sorts, by merging a quadcopter and jet, giving the aircraft a high degree of agility and maneuverability. While the shape of the vehicle is very UFO-like, it’s inspiration com ...
Sometimes we ask young children odd-sounding questions that are word game riddles designed to challenge their typical way of thinking.  Every child has probably been asked “What has hands but doesn’t clap?” Eventually, they all know to answer “a clock!”    But sometimes, these odd-sounding questions actually have unique and weird answers.  Take, for example, the question of “What do guitars and nuclear power plants have in common?”&# ...