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Breakthrough AI identifies 50 new planets from old NASA data


Hong Kong (CNN Business)British researchers have identified 50 new planets using artificial intelligence, marking a technological breakthrough in astronomy. Astronomers and computer scientists from the University of Warwick built a machine learning algorithm to dig through old NASA data containing thousands of potential planet candidates. It's not always clear, however, which of these candidates are genuine. When scientists search for exoplanets (planets outside our solar system), they look for dips in light that indicate a planet passing between the telescope and their star. But these dips could also be caused by other factors, like background interference or even errors in the camera.

China moves ahead with MOONBASE plans as national space agency head reveals timeline

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Construction work on a moonbase could begin within the next decade as China reveals its timeline for future missions to the lunar surface. Zhang Kejian, the administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), announced the plans in a recent speech. The research facility will be located near the moon's ice-rich south pole and will be shared with multiple countries, Mr Zhang said. Ice will be needed on the moon to provide water for both human consumption and as a component for rocket fuel. The small step of a lunar base could serve not only as a platform for research but also as a refuelling station for giant leaps out into the solar system.

Chinese moon rover Jade Rabbit 2 'updates' its Weibo account before taking a 'nap'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

China's pioneering trip to the far side of the moon has a social media account which is keeping people on Earth informed of the mission's'nap' schedule. The'noon nap' is designed to protect the machinery from the relentless heat of the moon during the lunar day. Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit 2, rover landed on the moon on January 4 and, after testing its components were working properly, announced it was taking a'siesta'. The 308lbs (139kg) rover, which has six independently controlled wheels, is expected to wake-up and resume work on January 10. Temperatures can soar to nearly 200 C (392 F) and Yutu-2 is capable of protecting and cooling itself to maintain a core temperature of less than 55 C (131 F). The Yutu-2 - or Jade Rabbit 2 - rover drove off its lander's ramp and onto the moon's far side at 10:22pm GMT on Thursday, about 12 hours after the Chinese spacecraft carrying it came to rest. Twitter is blocked by the Chinese government but microblogging site Weibo is popular in the country and the posts from Yutu-2 have been made there (pictured).

Chang'e-4 landing: China's rover drives onto the far side of the moon

The Independent - Tech

China's space agency has shared images of its lunar rover driving onto the far side of the moon. The photo shows the tracks made by the little robot as it left the spacecraft that became the first to ever land on the mysterious, distant part that remains entirely hidden from us on Earth. Just as with the pioneering mission of the spacecraft that carried it to the lunar surface, the rover becomes the first piece of kit ever to drive across the far side of the moon. The Jade Rabbit 2 rover drove off a ramp and onto the moon at 10:22 p.m. Thursday, about 12 hours after the Chang'e 4 spacecraft touched down. Lunar project chief designer Wu Weiren called the separation of the rover "a small step for the rover, but one giant leap for the Chinese nation."

Machine Intelligence Summit and AI in Healthcare Summit - Day 1 Highlights from Hong Kong


RE•WORK's fifth global Machine Intelligence Summit kicked off today in Hong Kong, hosted alongside the AI in Healthcare Summit, which saw a mix of researchers, industry experts and startups explore the latest machine learning, AI tools and techniques. With two tracks, a full day of presentations, workshops, networking and a VC session, there was plenty to capture everyone's attention. Leading minds from NASA, eBay, and HSBC lead the way on topics such as deep learning for eCommerce and using GANs in algorithmic trading. The morning began with attendees grabbing breakfast and sitting down to listen to the Deputy Government CIO at The Government of the HKSAR speak on how they are using big data and AI to develop Hong Kong as a smart city. Their main goal is to use AI to make more informed decisions which will improve both the quality of public services and the quality of life of Hong Kong's citizens.

Nasa admits it can't afford to land humans on Mars

The Independent - Tech

Nasa has announced it can't afford to land humans on Mars. The space agency has discussed plans for landing people on the red planet for some time, but it doesn't look possible right now. While it may still be able to fly astronauts to Mars, entry and landing is an entirely different matter. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.

China to send people to live on asteroids and mine them, authorities announce

The Independent - Tech

The Chinese government plans to find, catch and land on an asteroid – before mining and even living on it. Beijing hopes to be able to take the precious and rare materials that are thought to be inside of many asteroids by catching one as early as 2020, according to officials from China's space programme. The country will launch its first spacecraft over the next three years or so, chief commander and designer of China's lunar exploration program Ye Pijian told state media. But the project will be much broader than that – eventually using the asteroids as the base for a Chinese space station. From the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry W. Virts took this photograph of the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset This image of an area on the surface of Mars, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size, shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater.

ExoMars mission: Schiaparelli robot appears to be lost on the Mars surface, European Space Agency says

The Independent - Tech

Mission controllers appear to have lost contact with a tiny craft that was Europe's big hope for Mars exploration. The paddling pool-sized "Schiaparelli" lander appeared to have made its way safely through the harsh atmosphere of Mars and onto its surface. But something appears to have gone wrong while it did so – and mission controllers are now unable to speak with it. The lander sent communications to its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, on its way down. But the signal was lost before touchdown.

China Plans A Space Plane For Tourists

Popular Science

Instead of catching a ride into the upper atmosphere like SpaceShipTwo, its predecessor SpaceShipOne, or NASA's X-15 rocket place, China's space plane as intended will launch vertically from the ground, like the retired Space Shuttle and Buran, its Soviet clone. Two other spaceplanes, the Air Force's mysterious unmanned X-37B robot and the unmanned version of Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser both are designed to ride to space on the top of rockets, jettisoning the booster stages as they clear gravity. Unlike the Shuttle or the X037B, the smaller version of China's space plane will carry all its fuel internally, and the concept seems to lack booster rockets. The larger space plane will use a single booster add-on, carrying it farther into space. The most successful spaceplane currently flying is a military robot.

China unveils first photos of Mars rover that it plans to send to Red Planet in 2020

The Independent - Tech

China has revealed the first pictures of the rover it is going to send to mars in 2020. The newly-unveiled little robot will explore the planet for three months, according to state media, and it is the latest part of China's ambitious and expensive space programme. China became the third country to put a man in space, after the US and Russia, in 2003. Since then it has been aiming at other achievements in its space programme. From the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry W. Virts took this photograph of the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset This image of an area on the surface of Mars, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size, shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater.