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May 22, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Joint Statement: The Fourth Meeting of the U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space



Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
Pursuant to their shared goal of continuing to advance bilateral space cooperation and further strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance as declared by their leaders, the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Japan held their Fourth Meeting of the Comprehensive Dialogue on Space in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2017. This Dialogue represents the strong and shared commitment of two of the world's most advanced spacefaring nations to enhance further bilateral space cooperation and t ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
Six more Japanese detained in China
Tokyo (AFP) May 22, 2017
Six Japanese citizens have been detained in China for alleged illegal activities, officials in both nations said Monday, more than doubling the number previously held in the country. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan scrambles jets after China allegedly flies drone
Tokyo (AFP) May 19, 2017
Japan said Friday it scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese vessel sailing in disputed waters launched a drone, the latest bout of tension in a longstanding territorial row. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction
Sendai, Japan (SPX) May 23, 2017
Researchers in the USA and Japan say they may have found the cause of the first mass extinction of life. There have been five mass extinctions since the divergent evolution of early animals 60 ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
SoftBank-Saudi high-tech Vision fund raises $93bn
Tokyo (AFP) May 21, 2017
Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank said, with Saudi partners, it has raised nearly $100 billion in pledges to launch a major global fund for long-term, high-tech investments. ... more
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ENERGY TECH
Photocatalyst makes hydrogen production 10 times more efficient
Kobe, Japan (SPX) May 22, 2017
Hydrogen is an alternative source of energy that can be produced from renewable sources of sunlight and water. A group of Japanese researchers has developed a photocatalyst that increases hydrogen p ... more
TECH SPACE
Unfolding the folding mechanism of ladybug wings
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 22, 2017
Japanese scientists have figured out how ladybugs fold their wings by transplanting a transparent artificial wing onto the insect and observing its underlying folding mechanism. The study's fi ... more
NUKEWARS
North Korea poses threat to China, Russia: US admiral
Tokyo (AFP) May 17, 2017
A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang's allies China and Russia. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan restarts another reactor
Tokyo (AFP) May 17, 2017
A Japanese utility on Wednesday switched on a nuclear reactor, the latest to come back in service despite deep public opposition in the aftermath of the Fukushima crisis. ... more
IRON AND ICE
The Aerospace Corporation leads Asteroid Impact Exercise at IAA in Tokyo
El Segundo CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Dr. William Ailor, Aerospace Fellow at The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace), will lead a realistic asteroid impact threat exercise at the 2017 International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Planetary ... more
IRON AND ICE
Twisting an Asteroid
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Scientists and engineers from all over the world will gather from 15 to 19 May in Tokyo, Japan, at the 5th Planetary Defence Conference (PDC) to discuss the threat posed by asteroids and comets. ... more


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NUKEWARS
N. Korea test-fires missile in bid to test South, US
Seoul (AFP) May 14, 2017
North Korea fired a ballistic missile Sunday in an apparent bid to test the South's new liberal president and the US which have both signalled an interest in negotiations to ease months of tensions. ... more
NUKEWARS
New S.Korean president talks to China, Japan leaders
Seoul (AFP) May 11, 2017
South Korea's new president Moon Jae-In spoke to the leaders of China and Japan Thursday, hours after a telephone call with his US counterpart Donald Trump, officials said, as he began shaping his approach to the nuclear-armed North. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Strong quake hits southern Japan, no tsunami risk
Tokyo (AFP) May 9, 2017
A strong earthquake hit southern Japan on Tuesday, though there was no tsunami warning nor immediate reports of damage or injuries. ... more
CHIP TECH
Dawn of organic single crystal electronics
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 03, 2017
Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences (Japan) have developed a method for high performance doping of organic single crystal. Furthermore, they s ... more



58,000 Haitians facing deportation get US extension
Washington (AFP) May 22, 2017
More than 58,000 Haitians who stayed in the United States with a special protected status since a catastrophic 2010 earthquake will be allowed to stay another six months, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday. The Haitians were facing orders to return home from July 23 if the department did not renew their so-called Temporary Protected Status, granted after a magnitude 7 earthquake ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 22, 2017
DR Congo, China most affected by displacements in 2016: report
Hong Kong (AFP) May 15, 2017
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' face deportation: lawyer
Washington (UPI) May 14, 2017
Healthcare bill inspires road rage: Tenn. woman tries to run Congressman off road
Entropy landscape sheds light on quantum mystery
Houston TX (SPX) May 18, 2017
By precisely measuring the entropy of a cerium copper gold alloy with baffling electronic properties cooled to nearly absolute zero, physicists in Germany and the United States have gleaned new evidence about the possible causes of high-temperature superconductivity and similar phenomena. "This demonstration provides a foundation to better understand how novel behaviors like high-temperatu ... more
Washington (UPI) May 18, 2017
3D-printed maritime propeller on way
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 23, 2017
HPC4MfG paper manufacturing project yields first results
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) May 19, 2017
Adhesive behavior of self-constructive materials measured for first time
NASA adds up record Australia rainfall
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 22, 2017
Over the week of May 15, extreme rainfall drenched northeastern Australia and NASA data provided a look at the record totals. The rainfall was the heaviest rainfall in that area since tropical cyclone Debbie hit Queensland Australia in late March. Much of the recent extremely heavy rainfall was due to storms associated with a trough or elongated area of low pressure slowly moving over nort ... more
Baltimore MD (SPX) May 19, 2017
Scientists begin to unlock secrets of deep ocean color from organic materials
Paris (AFP) May 18, 2017
Rising seas set to double coastal flooding by 2050: study
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
Heat on for Australia's Great Barrier Reef as temperatures rise
Molecular Lego for nanoelectronics
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2017
The ability to assemble electronic building blocks consisting of individual molecules is an important objective in nanotechnology. An interdisciplinary research group at Friedrich-Alexander Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU) is now significantly closer to achieving this goal. The team of researchers headed by Prof. Dr. Sabine Maier, Prof. Dr. Milan Kivala and Prof. Dr. Andreas Gorling has ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2017
Nanophysics: Saving energy with a spot of silver
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Scientists print nanoscale imaging probe onto tip of optical fiber
Upton, NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale
Yemen rebel missile shot down near Saudi capital
Riyadh (AFP) May 19, 2017
Saudi Arabia said it shot down a ballistic missile, fired by Yemeni rebels, southwest of the capital Riyadh late Friday, ahead of US President Donald Trump's arrival in the Sunni-led kingdom. Air defence units "intercepted a ballistic missile that was launched by Huthi militias", and it fell over an unpopulated area 180 kilometres from Riyadh, the Saudi-led coalition said in a statement. ... more
Washington (UPI) May 19, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives new THAAD contract
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin contract for AEGIS system development
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives Patriot missile contract for Qatar
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
While it remains unclear exactly how long China's first lunar explorers will spend on the surface, the country is already planning for longer stays. Eight Chinese volunteers will live in "Yuegong-1," a simulated space "cabin" in Beijing for the next year, strengthening China's knowledge and technical know-how, and helping the country's scientists understand exactly what will be required fo ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) May 01, 2017
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Virtual top hats allow swarming robots to fly in tight formation
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a team of free-flying robots that obeys the two rules of the air: don't collide or undercut each other. They've also built autonomous blimps that recognize hand gestures and detect faces. Both projects will be presented at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) May 29 - June 3 in Singapore. In the fi ... more
Tampa FL (SPX) May 22, 2017
Lockheed Martin exoskeleton helps soldiers carry heavy gear
San Diego CA (SPX) May 23, 2017
3-D-printed, soft, four legged robot can walk on sand and stone
Washington (AFP) May 17, 2017
GE Appliances to get Google voice control option
Stories of Hong Kong: Hopes and fears on landmark anniversary
Hong Kong (AFP) May 19, 2017
Divided by age, wealth and politics, the people of Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of its transfer from Britain back to China with contrasting emotions: anger and pessimism, pride and celebration. The semi-autonomous city still enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland, but in recent years there has been increasing unrest. There have been rallies for democratic reform and an indep ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China frees human rights lawyer on bail: Amnesty
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China lawyer's wife seeks US asylum after brazen escape
Beijing (AFP) May 9, 2017
China wants its anthem sung, but maybe not at parties
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NASA's CPEX tackles a weather fundamental
Palmdale CA (SPX) May 22, 2017
A NASA-funded field campaign getting underway in Florida on May 25 has a real shot at improving meteorologists' ability to answer some of the most fundamental questions about weather: Where will it rain? When? How much? Called the Convective Processes Experiment (CPEX), the campaign is using NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory outfitted with five complementary research instruments designed and ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) May 19, 2017
Earth's atmosphere more chemically reactive in cold climates
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 17, 2017
First space-based sodium LIRDAR will study poorly understood Mesosphere
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 19, 2017
NASA Mission Uncovers Dance of Electrons in Space
Blue and purple corn: Not just for tortilla chips anymore
Urbana IL (SPX) May 23, 2017
Consumers today insist on all-natural everything, and food dyes are no exception. Even if food manufacturers are willing to make the change, current sources of natural dyes are expensive and hard to come by. Now, a large University of Illinois project is filling the gap with colored corn. "Most natural colors come from things like wine skins, red carrots, and beets. The problem with that i ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Diverse rotations and poultry litter improves soybean yield
Stockholm (AFP) May 20, 2017
Norway to boost climate change defences of 'doomsday' seed vault
Sheffield, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
Why did hunter-gatherers first begin farming?
Scientists propose synestia, a new type of planetary object
Davis CA (SPX) May 22, 2017
There's something new to look for in the heavens, and it's called a "synestia," according to planetary scientists Simon Lock at Harvard University and Sarah Stewart at the University of California, Davis. A synestia, they propose, would be a huge, spinning, donut-shaped mass of hot, vaporized rock, formed as planet-sized objects smash into each other. And at one point early in its history, ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) May 22, 2017
Kepler Telescope Spies Details of Trappist-1's Outermost Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 22, 2017
Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1h
San Antonio, TX (SPX) May 22, 2017
Study shows how radioactive decay could support extraterrestrial life
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Hundreds of Chinese students hospitalised for norovirus: Xinhua
Beijing (AFP) May 18, 2017
Almost 400 Chinese students were hospitalised following an outbreak of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly stomach bug norovirus in a school in the country's northeast, state media reported Thursday. Some 381 students at the No. 2 Experimental School in the city of Fuyu in Jilin province were taken to hospital after suffering vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, according to the official Xi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
Can crab shells provide a 'green' solution to malaria?
Tampa FL (SPX) May 11, 2017
Mosquito-borne viruses like Zika may be spread at lower temperatures
Paris (AFP) May 10, 2017
10-year lifespan gain for some HIV patients: study
Angry Ivory Coast ex-rebels block access to cities
Bouaké, Ivory Coast (AFP) May 22, 2017
Disgruntled former rebels demanding government compensation payments blocked roads Monday into Ivory Coast's second biggest city, Bouake, as well as into the key northern city of Korhogo, AFP reporters said. In Bouake, the former fighters blocked the main road south to the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, as well as the northern highway to neighbouring Burkina Faso. "We will not budge, ... more
Brazzaville (AFP) May 22, 2017
Congo breaks ground on $58 million China-funded parliament building
Pomfret, South Africa (AFP) May 22, 2017
Angolan apartheid troops battle to survive in S.Africa
Obo, Central African Republic (AFP) May 20, 2017
Mission unaccomplished: Uganda halts hunt for LRA warlord
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Paris (ESA) May 22, 2017
Working inside the International Space Station is sometimes like assembling complex furniture but with the tools and paper instructions continually floating out of reach. Astronauts also face situations unforeseen by the instructions. Communication delays with ground control to troubleshoot these occasions mean even more valuable time is lost. Now, 'mobiPV' is looking to help. Developed by ... more
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Joint Statement: The Fourth Meeting of the U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space
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