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December 11, 2018
Pioneer bought by Hong-Kong fund

Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2018
Japanese electronics firm Pioneer said Friday it will become a wholly owned unit of a Hong Kong-based fund to rebuild itself in a deal worth $904 million. Pioneer, known for its audio equipment as well as car electronics systems, said Baring Private Equity Asia has agreed on a 102-billion-yen ($904 million) plan to revive the struggling Tokyo-based company. Baring will make a 77-billion-yen investment in Pioneer, along with a 25-billion-yen offer to buy existing shares from shareholders. "Th ... read more

Japan to ban government use of Huawei, ZTE products: reports
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2018
Japan is to ban government use of telecoms products made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE on concerns about cybersecurity, reports said Friday. ... more
Seeing the light: Researchers offer solution for efficiency problem of artificial photosynthesis
Matsumoto, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2018
Hydrogen-powered electronics, travel, and more may be a step closer thanks to the work of a collaborative team of scientists in Japan. The researchers have developed a new method to more efficiently ... more
A big step toward the practical application of 3D holography with powerful computers
Chiba, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2018
Japanese computer scientists have succeeded in developing a special purpose computer that can project high-quality three-dimensional (3D) holography as a video. The research team led by Tomoyoshi It ... more
Turning the page: Japan's last pager service ends after 50 years
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 3, 2018
The end of the pager era is nigh in Japan after five decades as the country's last provider announced on Monday it would be scrapping its service next year. ... more
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USS John S. McCain transfers from dry dock to pier following collision repairs
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2018
The USS John S. McCain was launched from dry dock and moored pier-side in Yokosuka, Japan, to continue repairs following a collision last year that killed 10 sailors. ... more
Army issues contract for Hawk missile parts for foreign military sales
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2018
Communications and Power Industries has been awarded $24.8 million to provide Klystron Tube spares for the MIM-23 Homing All the Way Killer surface-to-air missile launcher. ... more
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury
Paris (ESA) Nov 26, 2018
In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment Europe and Japan's BepiColombo mission will have just come a crucial ... more
Extreme weather 'major' issue for Tokyo 2020
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 29, 2018
The possibility of extreme summer heat and typhoons in Tokyo is a "major issue" for the 2020 Olympics, a top official said Thursday, admitting there would be a knock-on effect on the budget. ... more
Scientists uncovered the mechanism of fungal luminescence and created luminescent yeasts
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 27, 2018
Russian scientists together with colleagues from UK, Spain, Brazil, Japan and Austria have fully described the mechanism of fungal luminescence. They found that fungi utilize only four key enzymes t ... more
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Japan mulling purchase of 100 US stealth fighters: report
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 27, 2018
Japan is considering buying up to 100 F-35 stealth fighters from the US for more than $8.8 billion as it seeks to counter China's growing military presence in the region, a newspaper reported Tuesday. ... more
Eel trafficking in the EU, the world's 'biggest wildlife crime'
Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2018
Billions of euros worth of critically endangered eels are being trafficked each year from Europe, ending up on tables in China and Japan in what campaigners say is "the largest wildlife crime on Earth." ... more
Energy firms track plunge in oil, Asia markets temper losses
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 21, 2018
Energy companies suffered further losses on Wednesday following a collapse in oil prices while most Asian markets fell, but with the sharp losses witnessed in the morning being tempered. ... more
Japan issues contract to purchaser RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drones
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2018
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems will provide the government of Japan with RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles and related services under a contract worth $489.9 million. ... more
Japan faces difficult energy choices
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 19, 2018
Japan's power sector is facing multiple challenges ranging from the reliability of nuclear power and boosting the share of non-hydro renewables. Against this backdrop, the success of the country's p ... more

N. Korea defector soldier is general's son: report

With mixed roots, Okinawa leader takes base relief message to US
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2018
Of all the issues facing US military planners in Asia, few have persisted for so long - and seen such little resolution - as opposition to the troop presence in Okinawa. ... more
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Japan awards Northrop Grumman contract for E-2D Hawkeye radar aircraft
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 19, 2018
The government of Japan is awarding Northrop Grumman Systems $32.7 million for long-lead parts and equipment for Japan E-2D radar aircraft. ... more
BTS management apologise for nuclear blast T-shirt after Japan row
Seoul (AFP) Nov 14, 2018
The managers of hugely popular South Korean boyband BTS have issued an extensive apology after controversy erupted in the lucrative Japanese market over a T-shirt worn by one of the vocalists showing a nuclear blast. ... more
Australia, Japan to deepen defence ties after historic Darwin visit
Darwin, Australia (AFP) Nov 16, 2018
Australia hailed a "deeply symbolic" visit to Darwin by the Japanese Prime Minister on Friday, more than 75 years after the northern city was bombed in World War II, as the two countries vowed to deepen defence ties in the face of an emergent China. ... more
Earthquake researchers finalists for supercomputing prize
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 19, 2018
A team of researchers from the Earthquake Research Institute, Department of Civil Engineering and Information Technology Center at the University of Tokyo, and the RIKEN Center for Computational Sci ... more
Researchers in Japan make android child's face strikingly more expressive
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Nov 16, 2018
Japan's affection for robots is no secret. But is the feeling mutual in the country's amazing androids? We may now be a step closer to giving androids greater facial expressions to communicate with. ... more
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Nobel peace prize shines light on rape in conflict
Oslo (AFP) Dec 10, 2018
Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, an IS sex slave survivor, will be presented with the Nobel Peace Prize Monday, as they challenge the world to combat rape as a weapon of war. Mukwege, dubbed "Doctor Miracle" for his work helping victims of sexual violence, and Murad, who has turned her experience into powerful advocacy for her Yazidi people, will receive the pr ... more
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DRS to provide power modules for the Air and Missile Defense Radar
Washington (UPI) Dec 10, 2018
The Navy has awarded DRS Power & Control Technologies $13.3 million for Arleigh Burke-class power conversion modules for Air and Missile Defense Radar production and support. The contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, provides for up to 12 ship sets for the Arleigh Burke-class under the Flight III destroyer construction program for modernized versions of the vessels. T ... more
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+ Multifunctional dream ceramic matrix composites are born
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+ World's smallest wearable device warns of UV exposure, enables precision phototherapy
+ New model for assessing the effect of ionizing radiation on microelectronic devices
+ SUTD researchers discover new black silver nanomaterial

Another El Nino on the horizon?
Paris (ESA) Dec 10, 2018
The jury is still out as to whether climate change will lead to stronger El Nino events, but while representatives from around 200 countries at the COP24 conference are working to breathe life into the 2105 Paris Agreement, there is a 75-80% chance that a fully-fledged event could be with us in the next couple of months. El Nino and its cooler cousin, La Nina, are complex naturally occurri ... more
+ Flint, Michigan lead crisis should have buried the city in water bottles. So, why didn't it?
+ Growing seal population isn't a threat to Baltic fish stocks, study finds
+ A glimmer of hope for the world's coral reefs
+ Tracing iron in the North Pacific
+ Thriving reef fisheries continue to provide food despite coral bleaching
+ US groundwater in peril: Potable supply less than thought
+ Current efforts to save coral reefs are insufficient, report finds
Artificial synapses made from nanowires
Juelich, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2018
Scientists from Julich together with colleagues from Aachen and Turin have produced a memristive element made from nanowires that functions in much the same way as a biological nerve cell. The component is able to both save and process information, as well as receive numerous signals in parallel. The resistive switching cell made from oxide crystal nanowires is thus proving to be the ideal ... more
+ How microscopic machines can fail in the blink of an eye
+ Stealth-cap technology for light-emitting nanoparticles
+ Nano-scale process may speed arrival of cheaper hi-tech products
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+ Penn engineers develop ultrathin, ultralight nanocardboard
+ Physicists designed new antenna for supersensitive magnetometers of a new generation
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Navy to purchase new containers for air defense missiles
Washington (UPI) Dec 10, 2018
The Navy has awarded BAE Systems Land & Armaments $41.5 million for SM-3 and SM-6 surface-to-air missile canisters for the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System. Work on the contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, includes manufacturing and testing of Mk 21 mod 2 and Mk 21 mod 3 canisters. The canisters help contain exhaust gas and provide a launch rail while firing the missi ... more
+ Navy to commission new Arleigh Burke destroyer USS Thomas Hudner
+ Raytheon to supply Romania with Patriot missile defense systems
+ Raytheon's SM-3 IIA successful in ballistic missle defense test
+ Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion critical to successful intercept test for SM-3 Block IIA Missile
+ Aegis Combat System Demonstrates Success During At-Sea Test Against Medium Range Ballistic Missile
+ Pentagon succesfully tests US-Japan missile interceptor
+ Northrop Grumman to upgrade IBNS systems for Burke-class vessels
China launches rover for first far side of the moon landing
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2018
China launched a rover early Saturday destined to land on the far side of the moon, a global first that would boost Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower, state media said. The Chang'e-4 lunar probe mission - named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology - launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang launch centre at 2:23 am (1823 GMT), according to the o ... more
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+ China sends 5 satellites into orbit via single rocket
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+ China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered
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+ China's commercial aerospace companies flourishing
+ China launches Centispace-1-s1 satellite

Artificial joint restores wrist-like movements to forearm amputees
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Dec 04, 2018
A new artificial joint restores important wrist-like movements to forearm amputees, something which could dramatically improve their quality of life. A group of researchers led by Max Ortiz Catalan, Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have published their research in the journal IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. For patients m ... more
+ Norfolk Navy Shipyard introducing exoskeletons for workers
+ Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances
+ Flexible electronic skin aids human-machine interactions
+ Embark on a NASA technology scavenger hunt with Optimus Prime
+ Smarter AI: Machine learning without negative data
+ DARPA, BAE to develop AI for interpreting radio-frequency signals
+ GMV leads an ambitious campaign of space robotics trials
EU should worry about Huawei, other Chinese firms: official
Brussels (AFP) Dec 7, 2018
The European Union and its citizens should be "worried" about telecoms giant Huawei and other Chinese firms that cooperate with Beijing's intelligence services, a senior EU official warned Friday. Huawei quickly hit back at European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip's warning, saying it was "surprised and disappointed" while rejecting any charges it posed a security threat. The Chin ... more
+ China cracks down on unofficial Christian church
+ Thousands of Myanmar women forced into marriage in China: study
+ Hong Kong democrats 'furious' over new election ban
+ Germany's top human rights official says barred from Xinjiang
+ The 'Chinese Pyramids' and the pole star
+ Award-winning photojournalist detained in China
+ Jack Ma, China's richest man, is a Communist Party member

Copernicus Sentinel-5P ozone boosts daily forecasts
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2018
Measurements of atmospheric ozone from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite are now being used in daily forecasts of air quality. Launched in October 2017, Copernicus Sentinel-5P - short for Sentinel-5 Precursor - is the first Copernicus satellite dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere. It is part of the fleet of Copernicus Sentinel missions that ESA develops for the European Union's envir ... more
+ NASA Science Shows Human Impact of Clean Air Policies
+ New ammonia emission sources detected from space
+ Ball Aerospace delivers pollution monitoring instrument to NASA
+ exactEarth AIS Payload on the PAZ Radar Satellite is Now Live
+ Monitoring climate change from space
+ BASF and VanderSat collaborate to provide farmers with high-precision, field-specific crop optimization
+ Macroscopic phenomena governed by microscopic physics

Egypt's fertile Nile Delta threatened by climate change
Kafr Al-Dawar, Egypt (AFP) Dec 7, 2018
Lush green fields blanket northern Egypt's Nile Delta, but the country's agricultural heartland and its vital freshwater resources are under threat from a warming climate. The fertile arc-shaped basin is home to nearly half the country's population, and the river that feeds it provides Egypt with 90 percent of its water needs. But climbing temperatures and drought are drying up the migh ... more
+ German farmers sue government over missed climate targets
+ Climate change offers sparkling prospects to English winemakers
+ Egypt's fertile Nile Delta threatened by climate change
+ Increasing crop insurances adoption in developing countries
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+ Soil tilling, mulching key to China's potato crop
+ US farmers more cautious than hopeful after China trade deal
An exoplanet inflated like a balloon
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Dec 07, 2018
Although helium is a rare element on Earth, it is ubiquitous in the Universe. It is, after hydrogen, the main component of stars and gaseous giant planets. Despite its abundance, helium was only detected recently in the atmosphere of a gaseous giant by an international team including astronomers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland. The team, this time led by Genevan research ... more
+ An exoplanet loses its atmosphere in the form of a tail
+ Helium exoplanet inflated like a balloon, research shows
+ Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust
+ Radio Search for Artificial Emissions from 'Oumuamua
+ Life in Deep Earth totals 15 to 23 billion tons of carbon
+ Telescopes Reveal More Than 100 Exoplanets
+ Oxygen could have been available to life as early as 3.5 billion years ago

An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2018
A team of researchers from France, Sweden, and Denmark have identified a new strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, in DNA extracted from 5,000-year-old human remains. Their analyses, publishing December 6 in the journal Cell, suggest that this strain is the closest ever identified to the genetic origin of plague. Their work also suggests that plague may have been spread amo ... more
+ China confirms first swine fever cases in Beijing
+ Researchers a step closer to understanding how deadly bird flu virus takes hold in humans
+ 'Very serious': African swine fever spreads in China
+ 15 emerging technologies that could reduce global catastrophic biological risks
+ Vaccinating humans to protect mosquitoes from malaria
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Boko Haram raids kill soldier in NE Nigeria as attacks intensify
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Dec 5, 2018
Boko Haram jihadists have attacked two military bases in Nigeria's restive northeast, killing one soldier and injuring two, security sources told AFP Wednesday, in a week that saw insurgent assaults on troops intensify. Riding in trucks fitted with anti-aircraft guns, fighters from the self-styled Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction of Boko Haram launched a raid late Tuesday o ... more
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+ E.Guinea army chief-of-staff fired: presidency
+ Nigeria confirms eight soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack
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+ 11 S.African peacekeepers convicted of abusing boy in DRC
+ Boko Haram raid kills two soldiers in NE Nigeria

NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 11, 2018
For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere - the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. Comparing data from different instruments aboard the trailblazing spacecraft, mission scientists determined the probe crossed the outer edge of the heliosphere on Nov. ... more
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Huawei exec faces US fraud charges linked to Iran
Vancouver (AFP) Dec 8, 2018
Chinese telecom giant Huawei's chief financial officer faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking business dealings with Iran, a Canadian court heard Friday, a week after she was detained on an American extradition request. Meng Wanzhou, 46, was arrested in Canada's Pacific coast city of Vancouver on December 1 while changing planes during a trip from Hong Kong to Mexico - ratchet ... more
+ China urges US, N. Korea to address each other's 'concerns'
+ Air Force approves production of B-61-12 nuclear bomb tail-fin kits
+ Save US-Russia nuclear treaty, EU urges
+ Satellite images show activity at N. Korean missile base: CNN
+ US urges UN to condemn Iran missile test
+ S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year
+ Putin threatens to develop nuclear missiles banned by US-Russia treaty
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