• ESA is testing human–robot control in space and on Earth as part of a strategy that sees astronauts controlling robots from space. Last week at ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, the Interact Centaur rover was controlled from the Human Robot Interaction Laboratory next door, formerly known as the Telerobotics and Haptics lab. Relying on video feedback, the operator drove the car-sized rover through an obstacle course.

    The left hand controls the rover’s movements, while the right-hand controller pictured here moves the robot’s arm and gripper, offering 3D movement such as twisting and gripping.

    Image: ESA

  • Estonian built Mars house S.H.E.E. continues its tour around the world. Current location of the Martian habitat in the Project Moowalk base camp in Spain, Rio Tinto is an experimental landscape for simulating human and robotic cooperation and interaction for the future missions to the Moon and Mars.

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    Image credit: Project S.H.E.E

  • The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 15 million ‘quasi equity’ financing with Skeleton Technologies, Europe’s leading producer of ultracapacitors and ultracapacitor based energy storage solutions built with graphene-type materials.

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    Image credit: Skeleton Technologies


UT meteorologist Timo Palo's photo among Nature's photo contest winners

Nature published five of the best images from the competition, which attracted about 170 entries, from New Zealand to Norway, Canada to Qatar. Winners were chosen by a panel of Nature designers and journalists, who judged the images purely on their aesthetic impact.

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