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NASA to Support Space Resource Mining Projects

NASA seeks to mine resources on the moon and Mars in support of the space agency's wider exploration goals. The agency said Wednesday that it will deploy two robotic projects to support resource mining studies under Phase III of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program. Teams from Carnegie Mellon University and TransAstra will each receive $2 million for respective two-year projects.

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DARPA to Host Second Electronics Resurgence Workshop Summit

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency invites members of the electronics community to take part in an upcoming workshop event on microelectronics. The 2019 Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit will take place in Detroit, Mich., from July 15 to 17, DARPA said Friday. This would mark the ERI Summit's second consecutive iteration.

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NSF’s S&T Council Seeks Info for Quantum Information Science Policy, Strategy

A subcommittee within the National Science and Technology Council urges agencies to help sustain the country's spot as the world's frontrunner in quantum information science. NSTC's Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science seeks agency input regarding eight different questions on the scientific area as the council works to develop a QIS strategic overview, the National Science Foundation said Thursday in a Federal Register notice.

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Army Looks to Tap Commercial Techs Through Mad Scientist Initiative

The U.S. Army is working on an initiative to gather industry and academia to help the service understand emerging technologies that could support troops in the future, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The Army announced the plans during a recent conference for its Mad Scientist initiative at the University of Texas-Austin. 

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Sens. Rob Portman, Martin Heinrich Present National AI Strategy Bill

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., introduced a new bill to strategize on the development of artificial intelligence technologies. The Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act will support the development of a national AI strategy and allot $2.2 million of funds to grow an AI workforce across government, industry and academia, Portman's office said Tuesday. The bill would distribute the funds over five years for an effort intended to last for 10 years.

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USAF-MIT R&D Partnership to Tackle AI Tech

The U.S. Air Force has contracted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to perform research and development on artificial intelligence technologies. The institute will work with 11 selected airmen to study, develop and field AI technologies to address national security and real-world issues, USAF said Monday. The service branch will allot $15 million annually for the partnership.

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USAF, University of Dayton Research Institute to Test C-130 Aircraft Sustainment Tech

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and University of Dayton Research Institute will perform various technology demonstrations with a decommissioned C-130 aircraft. Eglin Air Force Base completed the transport aircraft's delivery to UDRI’s headquarters on Wednesday, Wright-Patterson AFB said the same day. UDRI and teams from AFLCMC will use the aircraft to test technologies designed to reduce C-130 sustainment costs. 

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Army Secretary Mark Esper Urges Allies to Invest in Modern Warfare Tech

Mark Esper, secretary of the Army, said the U.S. is asking allies to boost investments in new defense-applied technologies including hypersonics, directed energy and artificial intelligence, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. He said these new technologies are needed to deter China and Russia from being on top of the power competition.

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Army, USCG Research Arms Authorized for Partnership

The U.S. Army's and the U.S. Coast Guard's respective research laboratories have partnered to pursue projects of common scientific interest, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, commander of Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Philip Perconti, Army Research Laboratory director and Capt. Gregory Rothrock, commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s research and development center, signed a memorandum authorizing the partnership.

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DOE Introduces $79M Bioenergy R&D Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy plans to award $79 million in grants to support research and development efforts for bioenergy sources. DOE said Friday that the department aims to use the funding opportunity to provide consumers low-cost and efficient domestic energy options including bioproducts and biofuels. Some of the topics under the funding program include the optimization of biomass-derived jet fuel mixtures, rapid bioprocessing and the reduction of water and energy emissions.

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