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Earth vs. asteroids: humans strike back

Paris (ESA) Apr 23, 2019
Incoming asteroids have been scarring our home planet for billions of years. This month humankind left our own mark on an asteroid for the first time: Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft dropped a copper projectile at very high speed in an attempt to form a crater on asteroid Ryugu. A much bigger asteroid impact is planned for the coming decade, involving an international double-spacecraft mission. On 5 April, Hayabusa2 released an experiment called the 'Small Carry-on Impactor' or SCI for short, carryin ... read more

NKorea's Kim heads to Russia to revive old friendship
Pyongyang (AFP) April 22, 2019
On the neighbouring mound to Mansu hill, where giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il look out over North Korea's capital, stands the Liberation Tower. ... more
Japan, US struggle to find crashed jet and its 'secrets'
Tokyo (AFP) April 16, 2019
One week after an F-35A stealth fighter jet crashed off the northeastern coast of Japan, US and Japanese military vessels are struggling to find the wreckage and protect its valuable "secrets." ... more
Snake-inspired robot slithers even better than predecessor
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 23, 2019
Bad news for ophiophobes: Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new and improved snake-inspired soft robot that is faster an ... more
Green plastic production made easy
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Apr 23, 2019
A one-step method enables scalable and more environmentally friendly production of plant-derived plastic monomers, paving the way towards the mass production of a sustainable alternative to petroleu ... more
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Japan to halt nuke plants if anti-terror steps not taken
Tokyo (AFP) April 24, 2019
Japanese authorities on Wednesday threatened to close down nuclear reactors that do not conform to strict anti-terror measures introduced after the 2011 Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster. ... more
Scientists develop low-cost energy-efficient materials
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Apr 24, 2019
An international team of scientists from the National University of Science and Technology "MISIS" (NUST MISIS), Tianjin University (China), as well as from Japan and the United States has developed ... more
From coal to gas: How the shift can help stabilize climate change
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 23, 2019
Led by Katsumasa Tanaka, a senior climate risk researcher at the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan, the study examined global scenarios for transitioning from coal to gas using a ... more
Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant
Tokyo (AFP) April 15, 2019
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant on Monday began removing atomic fuel from inside a building housing one of the reactors that melted down in 2011. ... more
US, Japan to open trade talks amid China deal optimism
Washington (AFP) April 15, 2019
US and Japanese negotiators are set to open the first round of trade talks on Monday, in the latest front in President Donald Trump's aggressive, multi-pronged strategy to address "chronic US trade imbalances." ... more
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Japan turns to foreigners to decommission Fukushima plant
Tokyo (AFP) April 18, 2019
Foreign labourers with sufficient Japanese language skills will for the first time be enlisted to decommission the reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant under new visa rules, the station's operator said Thursday. ... more
Japan's F-35As had 7 emergency landings before crash
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2019
In the months before Japan's first F-35A stealth fighter jets crashed in the Pacific Ocean, the country's air force made seven emergency landings of the aircraft, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said.   ... more
BMW to recall 360,000 China cars over Takata airbags
Shanghai (AFP) April 17, 2019
Germany's BMW will recall 360,000 vehicles in China as part of the worldwide effort to root out defective airbags made by now-defunct Japanese supplier Takata, regulators in Beijing said. ... more
Ridding space of old satellites and debris
Colorado Springs (AFP) April 11, 2019
With constellations of thousands of telecommunication mini satellites expected to orbit Earth in the near future, the risk of space-debris collisions will grow. For Nobu Okada, it's an opportunity. ... more
Bridgestone Joins International Space Exploration Mission with JAXA and Toyota
Colorado Springs CO (SPX) Apr 12, 2019
Bridgestone Corporation has announced that it will take part in an international space exploration mission together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation. R ... more

Wreckage of missing Japan fighter jet found, pilot missing

Japan slams WTO ruling on S. Korea Fukushima food row
Tokyo (AFP) April 12, 2019
Japan Friday attacked an "extremely regrettable" ruling by the World Trade Organization that upheld a ban by South Korea on some seafood from Fukushima imposed after the 2011 nuclear disaster. ... more
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State Dept. approves $1.1B sale of SM-3 anti-ballistic missiles to Japan
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2019
The State Department approved the sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan, pending Congressional approval, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced. ... more
Wreckage of missing Japan fighter jet found, pilot missing
Tokyo (AFP) April 10, 2019
Wreckage from a Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jet has been found a day after it disappeared off the radar over the Pacific, the country's defence minister said Wednesday. ... more
Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins
Tokyo (AFP) April 5, 2019
A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. ... more
Making a dent: Japan probe prepares to blast asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) April 4, 2019
A Japanese probe began descending towards an asteroid on Thursday on a mission to blast a crater into its surface and collect material that could shed light on the solar system's evolution. ... more
Japan probe sends 'impactor' to blast asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) April 5, 2019
A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. ... more
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Rescuers battle to find bodies in Myanmar mudslide
Yangon (AFP) April 24, 2019
Recovery teams in Myanmar fought against a huge lake of sludge on Wednesday in their search for bodies after a landslide engulfed more than 50 jade miners - the latest fatal accident in a notoriously dangerous but highly-lucrative industry. Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a poorly regulated industry rife with corruption. The disaster struck the mine in Hpakant ... more
+ Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant
+ IMF approves $118.2 mn rapid credit for Mozambique
+ Passerby in Rio military shooting dies from wounds
+ Extinction Rebellion: the green movement with global ambitions
+ Saudi, UAE send relief aid to flood-stricken Iran
+ Two dead after apartment buildings collapse in rain-soaked Brazil
+ 17 more detained over China blast that killed 78
Debris of Satellite Destroyed by India May Threaten ISS - Russian MoD
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 23, 2019
When India tested its anti-satellite weapons, more than 100 fragments of destroyed spacecraft were created; in the future, these fragments could pose a threat to the ISS, the Russian Defence Ministry said. "On 27 March, India successfully tested anti-satellite weapons, as a result of the destruction of the spacecraft, more than 100 fragments were formed in the altitude range from 100 to 1, ... more
+ RIT researcher collaborates with UR to develop new form of laser for sound
+ UNH scientists find auroral 'speed bumps' are more complicated
+ ESA oversees teaching of Europe's next top solderers
+ Raytheon awarded $28M for AN/SPY-6(V) radar integration, production
+ Plastic's carbon footprint
+ Modified 'white graphene' for eco-friendly energy
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Soft tissue makes coral tougher in the face of climate change
Manoa HI (SPX) Apr 24, 2019
Climate change and ocean warming threaten coral reefs and disrupt the harmonious relationship between corals and their symbiotic algae, a process known as "coral bleaching." However, a new study conducted by scientists at the University of Hawai'i (UH) at Manoa and the California Academy of Sciences revealed soft tissues that cover the rocky coral skeleton promote the recovery of corals followin ... more
+ Simple sea anemones not so simple after all
+ Scientists create largest collection of coral reef maps ever made
+ Balancing the ocean carbon budget
+ Female sand tiger sharks visit the same shipwrecks off North Carolina coast
+ Lessons learned from the drift analysis of MH370 debris
+ Thousands protest China-backed mega-dam in Myanmar
+ Unique oil-eating bacteria found in world's deepest ocean trench
2D gold quantum dots are atomically tunable with nanotubes
Houghton, MI (SPX) Apr 17, 2019
Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors are promising for quantum computing and future electronics. Now, researchers can convert metallic gold into semiconductor and customize the material atom-by-atom on boron nitride nanotubes. Gold is a conductive material already widely used as interconnects in electronic devices. As electronics have gotten smaller and more powerful, the semiconducting mat ... more
+ Fast and selective optical heating for functional nanomagnetic metamaterials
+ Harnessing microorganisms for smart microsystems
+ AD alloyed nanoantennas for temperature-feedback identification of viruses and explosives
+ Quantum optical cooling of nanoparticles
+ Researchers report new light-activated micro pump
+ Defects help nanomaterial soak up more pollutant in less time
+ The holy grail of nanowire production
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NATO to use THAAD in Romania this summer
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2019
The United States will temporarily deploy its THAAD anti-missile protection system in Romania this summer, U.S. European Command said Thursday. The land-based THAAD system, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, will be used by NATO for its Ballistic Missile Defense systems while the international alliance's existing Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System goes through mainte ... more
+ Erdogan says Russian S-400s delivery could be earlier
+ State Dept. approves $1.1B sale of SM-3 anti-ballistic missiles to Japan
+ Lockheed awarded $1.1B for rocket sales to Poland, Bahrain, Romania
+ US successfully tests anti-ICBM system: statement
+ U.S. missile defense system intercepts ICBM target in test
+ Russia to respond to planned US tests of SM-3 Block II Interceptor Missile
+ Russia's Sarmat ICBM Can 'Rip Any Missile Defence System to Shreds'
China to build moon station in 'about 10 years'
Beijing (AFP) April 24, 2019
Beijing plans to send a manned mission to the moon and to build a research station there within the next decade, state media reported Wednesday, citing a top space official. China aims to achieve space superpower status and took a major step towards that goal when it became the first nation to land a rover on the far side of the moon in January. It now plans to build a scientific researc ... more
+ China opens Chang'e-6 for international payloads, asteroids next
+ China to enhance international space cooperation
+ China's commercial carrier rocket finishes engine test
+ China launches new data relay satellite
+ Super-powerful Long March 9 said to begin missions around 2030
+ China preparing for space station missions
+ China's lunar rover studies stones on moon's far side

FEDOR Space Rescuer: Roscosmos 'Trains' Anthropomorphic Robot for Manned Mission
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 15, 2019
Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos and Rocket and Space Corporation Energia have received FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) anthropomorphic robot for its potential use in manned space missions, Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday. "FEDOR - anthropomorphic rescue robot developed by the Android Technology R and D Company as well as the Rus ... more
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+ Snake-inspired robot slithers even better than predecessor
+ Giving robots a better feel for object manipulation
+ Google takes on 'Africa's challenges' with first AI centre in Ghana
+ Space Robotics Market to Surpass $3.5bn by 2025
+ RRM3 can no longer perform a cryogenic fuel transfer
+ EU unveils ethics guidelines for Artificial Intelligence
China formally arrests ex-Interpol chief
Beijing (AFP) April 24, 2019
China has formally arrested former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei on suspicion of accepting bribes, prosecutors announced Wednesday, as he faces possible corruption charges. In a remarkable fall from grace, Meng - who had also served as vice minister of public security - vanished last September during a visit to China from France, where Interpol is based, and was later accused of accepting br ... more
+ Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement protests
+ 20 years on, Falungong survives underground in China
+ Chinese workers demand release of labour rights activists
+ Prague honours late Chinese dissident Liu with bust
+ 'Masters of our destiny': Myanmar's Wa rebels in show of force
+ 'Masters of our destiny': Myanmar's Wa rebels in show of force
+ Blog fined for "defaming" Beijng buildings over feng shui

Arianespace to launch "SAR" satellite StriX-a aboard Vega for Japanese startup company Synspective
Paris (SPX) Apr 23, 2019
Synspective and Arianespace have signed a contract to launch the satellite StriX-a, Synspective's first SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) demonstrator satellite. On April 18, 2019, Arianespace announced the signing of a launch service contract with Synspective for the launch of the satellite StriX-a (with a liftoff mass of approximately 150 kg.) into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) in 2020. ... more
+ DLR and the UStuttgart test transmission of EO data using laser communications
+ Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter
+ Geomagnetic jerks finally reproduced and explained
+ How NASA Earth Data Aids America, State by State
+ Illuminating Gases in The Sky: NASA Technology Pinpoints Potent Greenhouse Gases
+ UNH researchers find unusual phenomenon in clouds triggers lightning flash
+ NASA Invites You to 'Picture Earth' for Earth Day

Ancient Peruvian microbrewery, sour ale helps explain longevity of the Wari empire
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2019
The study of an ancient microbrewery in Peru and its supply of a sour beer has provided scientists new insights into the stability of the Wari empire. For several years, researchers have been studying the remains of a brewing site at Cerro Baúl, an ancient city in southern Peru and the political center of the Wari empire, which lasted from 600 to 1100 AD - a long time for an ancient d ... more
+ Papa roach: Chinese farmer breeds bugs for the table
+ Papa roach: Chinese farmer breeds bugs for the table
+ Solving the mystery of fertilizer loss from Midwest cropland
+ How much nature is lost due to higher yields?
+ The Hong Kong beekeeper harvesting hives barehanded
+ Genome assembly of pasta wheat leads to new insights for modern wheat breeding
+ Farming for natural profits in China
Oil-eating bacteria found at the bottom of the ocean
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2019
Scientists have discovered oil-eating bacteria in the planet's deepest oceanic trench, the Mariana Trench. An international team of researchers, including scientists from Britain, China and Russia, used a submersible to collect microbial samples from the trench, which bottoms out at 6.8 miles below sea level. For reference, the peak of Mount Everest is 5.5 miles above sea level. ... more
+ Necrophagy: A means of survival in the Dead Sea
+ Slime mold memorizes foreign substances by absorbing them
+ Explosion on Jupiter-sized star 10 times more powerful than ever seen on our sun
+ Astronomers discover third planet in the Kepler-47 circumbinary system
+ Powerful particles and tugging tides may affect extraterrestrial life
+ TESS discovers its first Earth-sized planet
+ Global Challenge Launched to Build Exoplanet Data Solutions

Mother detained after Chinese vaccine protest
Beijing (AFP) April 17, 2019
A Chinese health activist has been detained for more than a month, her husband said Wednesday, after she participated in a protest over faulty vaccines - a re-occurring issue in China. According to police documents posted online by Li Xin, his wife He Fangmei is under "criminal detention" at the Xinxiang detention centre in central Henan province. He, 33, who had said her daughter was d ... more
+ Child vaccination levels falling short in large parts of Africa
+ Space-enabled mobile laboratory ready for medical emergencies
+ Cyclone-hit Mozambique fears cholera epidemic
+ Cholera cases rise to 139 as Mozambique prepares mass vaccinations
+ Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique reports five cholera cases
+ Zika study may 'supercharge' vaccine research
+ Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines
Sudan army rulers order protesters to remove blockades
Khartoum (AFP) April 22, 2019
Sudan's army rulers on Monday demanded protesters remove blockades on roads leading to the military headquarters where thousands of demonstrators have camped for days calling on them to step down. The order came a day after protest leaders suspended talks with the ruling military council about transferring power to a civilian administration - the key demand of demonstrators. Protesters ... more
+ Landslide in northern Malawi kills three, injures many
+ South Sudan opposition urges delay to unity government
+ Sudan army ousts Bashir, protestors vow further demos
+ S.Sudan peace accord progress falling 'way short': monitor
+ Sudan army ranks seem to be tilting towards protestors: analysts
+ 30 jihadists 'killed or captured' in French-Malian raids near Burkina
+ Defiant Sudan protesters seek army talks
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New concept for novel fire extinguisher in space
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Apr 23, 2019
A research team in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology has developed new concept of fire extinguisher optimized for space-use; named Vacuum Extinguish Method (VEM). VEM is based on the completely "reverse" operation of widely-used fire extinguisher, namely, spraying extinguisher agent(s) into the firing point. VEM is sucking the flame as well as c ... more
+ Multiple regenerative medicine payloads ready for ISS study
+ US Astronauts Have 15 Minutes to Evacuate to Russian Part of ISS If NH3 Leaks
+ Music for space
+ NASA astronaut to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman
+ Asteroids help scientists measure distant stars
+ Asteroids Help Scientists Measure Diameters of Faraway Stars
+ International Space Station's US Segment Leaked Dozens of Kilograms of Methane
ATLAS wins project with space, missile innovation units
Traverse City MI (SPX) Apr 23, 2019
ATLAS Space Operations, Inc., a leading innovator in ground communications for the space industry, has announced an agreement to develop its LINKS platform with the Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The competitively awarded rapid prototyping program will run for 12 months, and will deliver a complete satellite communications platform tailored to the Air Force's Multi- ... more
+ NKorea's Kim heads to Russia to revive old friendship
+ North Korea's Kim arrives in Russia for summit with Putin
+ China invites North Korea to Belt and Road summit
+ North Korea slams Bolton for 'stupid' remarks: KCNA
+ Pentagon declines to disclose U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile
+ Iran leader appoints new head of revolutionary guards
+ N.Korea's Kim oversees test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'
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