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Call for media: Second data release from ESA's Gaia mission

ESA - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am
Media representatives are invited to a briefing on the second data release of ESA's Gaia mission, an astrometry mission to map more than one billion stars in our Galaxy, the Milky Way. The media briefing is being organised by ESA at the ILA Berlin Air and Space Show in Germany, on Wednesday 25 April 2018, 11:00–12:15 CEST. The show opens at 10:00 CEST.
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Where is the Universe's missing matter?

ESA - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am
Astronomers using ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory have probed the gas-filled haloes around galaxies in a quest to find 'missing' matter thought to reside there, but have come up empty-handed – so where is it?
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Announcement of Opportunity for Community Scientists in the PLATO mission

ESA - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am
The purpose of this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is to solicit proposals for Community Scientists in the PLATO mission. This AO is open to scientists affiliated with institutes located in ESA Member States. Scientists involved in the PLATO Mission Consortium management (programmatic, scientific, or technical) or who are responsible for hardware or software development and procurement activities are not eligible to apply.
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4th Announcement of Opportunity for Science Planners in the NASA-led IRIS mission

ESA - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am
This 4th Announcement of Opportunity (AO), open to scientists affiliated with institutes located in ESA Member States, solicits proposals for participation as Science Planners in the NASA-led IRIS mission.
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How many stars to expect in Gaia's second data release

ESA - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am
As astronomers worldwide are preparing to explore the second data release of ESA's Gaia satellite, the Data Processing and Analysing Consortium announced just how many sources will be included in the new catalogue, which will be made public on 25 April.
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Announcement of Opportunity for European Participating Scientist Membership of the Science Team for the X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM)

ESA - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am
The purpose of this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is to solicit proposals for membership of the X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM) Science Team as Participating Scientists. This AO is open to scientists affiliated with institutes located in ESA Member States.
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ESA identifies new science ideas for future space missions

ESA - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am
Last year, ESA called on the scientific community to propose new and innovative science ideas that could be relevant for future space missions within the Science Programme. From the proposals that were received three key areas of interest have been selected for further investigation.
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Automakers embrace robots that assist, not replace, human workers

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Automation on factory floors has swept the car industry and raised fears for many workers that their jobs may be in jeopardy. But increasingly, companies are embracing so-called 'cobots,' collaborative robots, that work alongside human employees. 

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New app aims to keep the poor out of pre-trial jail

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Amid moves to reform the prison system, an app called Promise aims to secure the release of poor people awaiting trial or sentencing through remote monitoring. Users receive reminders about court appearance dates and documents required. 

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Chinese automakers' influence grows in electric vehicle industry

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Electric cars aren't currently a lucrative business for most automakers but investors see a promising future. For Chinese companies, that interest is causing a major uptick in production around the world.

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In new move, Facebook publishes guidelines on inappropriate content

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Facebook published 27 pages worth of guidelines on what it does not allow on its service, closely mirroring the rules its 7,600 moderators follow to monitor the social network. 

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Dainty machines? Collaborative robots help humans in Japanese factories

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

As the workforce ages in Japan and elsewhere, "cobots" are emerging as a way to keep assembly lines moving without replacing humans. Cobots are being used by companies of all sizes for simple tasks and small-batch manufacturing.

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Voice assistants can't understand Pittsburghese

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

If you're from Pittsburgh, 'Sorry, I didn't get that,' may be a refrain you're used to hearing from Alexa. Voice assistants, trained on regular American English, often trip up on requests in regional dialects.

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Researchers develop autonomous vehicles to help the blind

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

New research conducted outside of the auto industry aims to develop data and software to ensure that the needs of the blind are met when autonomous cars become commonplace.

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FTC asked to investigate Youtube

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Child advocates and consumer groups lodged a formal complaint against Google for allegedly violating children's online privacy by allowing ads to target them. The complaint comes at a time of increased public scrutiny over the tech industry's mining of personal data. 

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Utah hospital's webcam connects deployed father with infant son

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Half a world away, John Girtman – stationed with the US Air Force – can keep a watchful eye on his infant son in the neonatal intensive care unit in Utah's Timpanogos Regional Hospital thanks to new webcam technology.

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Most Facebook users may have had public data scraped

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Facebook is shutting down a feature which allowed data scrapers to identify individuals and collect information by searching for users by phone number or email address. Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week as authorities investigate allegations.

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‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ turns 50: Why HAL endures

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Even after five decades of technological advancement, the murderous artificial intelligence in Stanley Kubrick’s philosophical sci-fi film remains the definitive metaphor for technology’s dark side.

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Black Girls Code seeks to build diversity in tech

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Despite efforts by major technology companies, women of color are still sharply underrepresented in the industry. For tech entrepreneur Kimberly Bryant, that gap presented an opportunity to empower African-American girls to take up computer science. 

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