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Computing for Ocean Environments: Bio-Inspired Underwater Devices & Swarming Algorithms for Robotic Vehicles

MIT ocean and mechanical engineers are using advances in scientific computing to address the ocean’s many challenges, and seize its opportunities. There are few environments as unforgiving as the ocean. Its unpredictable weather patterns and limitations in terms of communications have left large swaths of the ocean unexplored and shrouded in mystery. “The ocean is a […]

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New Artificial Intelligence System Enables Machines That See the World More Like Humans Do

A new “common-sense” approach to computer vision enables artificial intelligence that interprets scenes more accurately than other systems do. Computer vision systems sometimes make inferences about a scene that fly in the face of common sense. For example, if a robot were processing a scene of a dinner table, it might completely ignore a bowl […]

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Next-Generation Planet Hunting Mission Gets Green Light for Development

Plato, ESA’s next-generation planet-hunting mission, has been given the green light to continue with its development after the critical milestone review concluded successfully on January 11, 2022. The review verified the maturity of the complete space segment (spacecraft platform and payload module), confirming the solidity of the spacecraft-to-payload interfaces, the payload schedule with particular focus […]

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UK Space Agency Funds Development of New Laser-Based Satellite Communications System

The UK Space Agency has awarded almost £650,000 to Northumbria University to continue world-leading work to develop the first commercially available laser-based inter-satellite communications system. Currently satellites use radio frequency to transmit data, but this is limited in terms of speed, capacity, and data security. However, researchers at Northumbria University are working to develop a […]

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Galactic Lyman-Alpha Brightness of Our Galaxy Measured by New Horizons Space Probe

Researcher utilized SwRI-developed instrument on New Horizons to measure how much Lyman-alpha light the Milky Way galaxy is shining on our solar system. A new study led by Southwest Research Institute determined the brightness of the galactic Lyman-alpha background using a SwRI-developed instrument aboard NASA’s Kuiper Belt space probe, New Horizons. The space Lyman-alpha ultraviolet background was first […]