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January 23, 2019
Japan launches Epsilon-4 rocket carrying private-sector satellites

Tokyo, Japan (XNA) Jan 21, 2019
Japan on Friday launched its Epsilon-4 rocket carrying seven small satellites built by 10 different private-sector organizations and universities, from Kagoshima Prefecture's Uchinoura Space Center, in southwestern Japan. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the biggest of the seven satellites aboard the rocket was successfully put into orbit around 50 minutes after the launch, at an altitude of 514 km. The latest launch comes as new regulations have been put in place ... read more

Pompeo talks N.Korea with Tokyo and Seoul
Washington (AFP) Jan 21, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks on North Korea with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts ahead of a summit between Pyongyang's leader and the US president, the State Department said Monday. ... more
Japan launches Epsilon-4 Rocket with 7 satellites
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jan 21, 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Epsilon-4 launch vehicle with seven satellites from its Uchinoura Space Center on Friday, the live broadcast on the agency's website showed ... more
Tokyo airport tests driverless bus to shuttle visitors
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 22, 2019
Visitors pouring into Japan's Haneda airport for the Tokyo Olympics next year may find themselves ferried to and from planes on driverless buses, currently being tested at the major hub. ... more
Paw patrol: Sony offers robocop dog at home
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 23, 2019
Sony's puppy-sized robot dog aibo, equipped with cameras, artificial intelligence and internet capability, can now remotely check up on family members, children or even pets, the Japanese electronics giant said Wednesday. ... more
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Japan's Hitachi freezes British nuclear project
London (AFP) Jan 17, 2019
Hitachi on Thursday froze construction of a nuclear power station in Wales due to financing difficulties, dealing a major blow to Britain's energy strategy and leaving the Japanese firm with a huge bill. ... more
Tesla recalls more than 14,000 cars in China over Takata airbags
Shanghai (AFP) Jan 18, 2019
Electric-vehicle maker Tesla will recall 14,123 cars in China over airbags that contained a part made by now-defunct Japanese manufacturer Takata, the Chinese market regulator announced on Friday. ... more
Scientists identify two new species of fungi in retreating Arctic glacier
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jan 17, 2019
Two new species of fungi have made an appearance in a rapidly melting glacier on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic, just west of Greenland. A collaborative team of researchers from Japan's Nat ... more
U.S., Japan participate in joint deployment in East China Sea
Washington (UPI) Jan 15, 2019
The United States and Japan conducted a joint two-day deployment in the South China for communication and maneuvering drills. ... more
Volcano erupts on small Japan island: agency
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 17, 2019
A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Thursday, the country's meteorological agency said, spewing ash and smoke into the air over the sparsely-inhabited area. ... more
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Giant pattern discovered in the clouds of planet Venus
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jan 11, 2019
A Japanese research group has identified a giant streak structure among the clouds covering planet Venus based on observation from the spacecraft Akatsuki. The team also revealed the origins of this ... more
France to join North Korea surveillance at sea
Paris (AFP) Jan 11, 2019
France will Friday agree to join Japanese navy patrols off North Korea in a fresh sign of efforts to deepen ties and military links between Tokyo and Paris, officials said. ... more
Japan FM to visit Moscow amid tensions over island dispute
Moscow (AFP) Jan 11, 2019
Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono will visit Moscow next week for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on a decades-long row over four disputed islands, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday. ... more
New computer modeling approach could improve understanding of megathrust earthquakes
Austin TX (SPX) Jan 11, 2019
Years before the devastating Tohoku earthquake struck the coast of Japan in 2011, the Earth's crust near the site of the quake was starting to stir. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin ... more
Softbank scales back WeWork investment to $2 bn
New York (AFP) Jan 10, 2019
Japanese technology giant SoftBank has invested $2 billion in shared-office provider WeWork, considerably less than the US start-up was hoping for to fund its expansion. ... more

Astronomers find warped protoplanetary disk around distant star

Canada's Trudeau raps Japan PM on whale hunt
Ottawa (AFP) Jan 8, 2019
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday took issue with Japan's plan to resume commercial whaling in a telephone call with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. ... more
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China must act to stem Myanmar's runaway meth trade: report
Yangon (AFP) Jan 8, 2019
China should rein in the methamphetamine-producing militias under its influence in eastern Myanmar and stem the flow of precursor chemicals fuelling the multi-billion-dollar drug trade, a report Tuesday said. ... more
Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 5, 2019
A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna Saturday as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction. ... more
Eyeing China, US to hold missile drill in Japan's Okinawa: report
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 3, 2019
The US military will this year conduct its first ever missile drill around the Japanese island of Okinawa, according to a report Thursday, as Washington seeks to counter an increasingly assertive China. ... more
Weapons radar row flares up between S. Korea and Japan
Seoul (AFP) Dec 28, 2018
A row between Seoul and Tokyo escalated Friday after Japan released video it said backed up its claim that a South Korean warship had locked its weapons targeting system onto a Japanese plane. ... more
Sound influences the way mice and rats sense touch
Washington (UPI) Jan 01, 2019
New research suggests the brain's main sensory centers - the visual cortex, auditory cortex and somatosensory cortex - are influenced by one another. ... more
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Tourist killed by falling window from Hong Kong hotel
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 22, 2019
A hotel employee arrested after a window she was cleaning fell onto a busy Hong Kong street and killed a tourist was released on bail Tuesday as investigators try to work out what caused the fatal tragedy. Police said a 24-year-old female tourist from the Chinese mainland was struck by the window which fell from the 16th floor of the Mira Hotel in the busy Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district on ... more
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ESA says there are 'big beasts' among 20,000 pieces of space junk
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 23, 2019
Since the 1950s, humanity has been firing rockets and satellites into orbit around the Earth, but most of this is now "space junk". Dr Holger Krag, the head of the European Space Agency's space debris office, spoke to Sputnik about the problem. The first satellite to orbit the planet - Sputnik 1 - may have burned up and come back to Earth but thousands of other pieces of detritus remain ci ... more
+ Mechanical engineers develop process to 3D print piezoelectric materials
+ New thermoelectric material delivers record performance
+ Engineers detail bird feather properties that could lead to better adhesives
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Climate change clouds Australia's Pacific charm offensive
Wellington (AFP) Jan 18, 2019
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Pacific charm offensive went off course on Friday when he was forced to defend Fiji's accusations of inaction over climate change. As Morrison pushed Canberra's message of a new Pacific focus with increased security and enhanced trade opportunities, he was called out by Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who turned the spotlight onto climate c ... more
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+ Jellyfish map could help conservationists protect marine ecosystems
+ Upper-ocean warming is changing the global wave climate, making waves stronger
New applications for encapsulated nanoparticles with promising properties
Basque Country, Spain (SPX) Jan 23, 2019
Nanotechnology and nanoscience are disciplines in which minute molecular structures with special physical and chemical properties are designed, manufactured and studied. One of the types of particles that are studied in these disciplines are quantum dots; they are semiconductor nanocrystals the size of which ranges between 2 nm and 10 nm and which have excellent optical and electronic properties ... more
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Israel Successfully Tests Arrow 3 Air Defence System
Tel Aviv (Sputnik) Jan 23, 2019
The Israeli military together with the US National Missile Defence Agency have conducted an Arrow 3 missile defence system test, Israeli media reported, citing the Israeli Defence Ministry. "Following the launch, the Arrow's radar spotted the target on its radar array and transferred the data to its fire management centre, which analyzed it and fully planned the interception. Once the plan ... more
+ Israel, US test ballistic missile interceptor
+ Trump vows to boost America's missile defense
+ Syrian air defences shoot down Israeli missiles: state media
+ Eyeing China, US to hold missile drill in Japan's Okinawa: report
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China to deepen lunar exploration: space expert
Beijing (XNA) Jan 14, 2019
As the Chang'e-4 probe made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, a senior Chinese space expert said China will deepen its lunar exploration and venture further into the unknown. China's current lunar program includes three phases: orbiting, landing, and returning. The first two phases have been accomplished, and the next step is to launch the Chang'e-5 probe to collect ... more
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Smart microrobots that can adapt to their surroundings
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jan 21, 2019
One day we may be able to ingest tiny robots that deliver drugs directly to diseased tissue, thanks to research being carried out at EPFL and ETH Zurich. The group of scientists - led by Selman Sakar at EPFL and Bradley Nelson at ETH Zurich - drew inspiration from bacteria to design smart, biocompatible microrobots that are highly flexible. Because these devices are able to swim through fl ... more
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Ex-diplomats, scholars urge China to release Canadians
Beijing (AFP) Jan 22, 2019
A group of more than 100 former diplomats and academics have signed an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping calling for the release of two Canadians who have been detained on allegations of espionage. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were on December 10 arrested for activities that "endanger China's security" - a phrase often used by Beijing when alleging ... more
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Russia to launch Arctic weather satellite
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 21, 2019
The first Russian satellite for weather forecasting and monitoring climate and environment in the Arctic region, Arktika-M, is planned to be sent to near-earth orbit in June 2019, a source in the Russian space industry told Sputnik on Sunday. "The launch of the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle from the Baikonur cosmodrome with Fregat booster and the first hydrometeorological satellite Arktika-M i ... more
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+ Declining particulate pollution led to increased ozone pollution in China
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Ecological benefits of part-night lighting revealed
Newcastle UK (SPX) Jan 22, 2019
Switching off street lights to save money and energy could have a positive knock-on effect on our nocturnal pollinators, according to new research. A study, led by experts from Newcastle and York universities, has shown that turning off the lights even for just part of the night is effective at restoring the natural behaviour of moths. The important role moths play in the pollination ... more
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Double star system flips planet-forming disk into pole position
Warwick UK (SPX) Jan 17, 2019
New research led by an astronomer at the University of Warwick has found the first confirmed example of a double star system that has flipped its surrounding disc to a position that leaps over the orbital plane of those stars. The international team of astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) to obtain high-resolution images of the Asteroid belt-sized disc. ... more
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Hong Kong scientists claim 'broad-spectrum' antiviral breakthrough
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 15, 2019
Hong Kong scientists claim they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases - a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses. A team from the University of Hong Kong described the newly discovered chemical as "highly potent in interrupting the life cycle of diverse viruses" in a study published this month in the journal Nature Commu ... more
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US military says 52 Somali Islamists killed in airstrike
Nairobi (AFP) Jan 19, 2019
United States military forces carried out an airstrike Saturday against Islamist group Al-Shabaab, killing 52 militants, according to a statement from US Africa Command. "US Africa Command conducted the airstrike in response to an attack by a large group of al-Shabaab militants against Somali National Army Forces. We currently assess this airstrike killed fifty-two militants," read the state ... more
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Duration of UAE Astronaut's Mission on Board ISS Reduced to 8 Days
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 23, 2019
First UAE astronaut's length of stay on board the International Space Station has been reduced from 10 to eight days, a Russian space industry source told Sputnik. "According to the new schedule, the launch of the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft has been moved to September 25, which means that the duration of the Arab astronaut's mission, with the landing date for the Soyuz MS-12 remaining unchange ... more
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Russia, US in war of words over arms treaty
Moscow (AFP) Jan 16, 2019
Russia on Wednesday accused Washington of being uncooperative on efforts to save a crucial arms control treaty, only to be accused by the US of dishonesty. Tensions have raged for months over the fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) signed in 1987 by then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. US President Donald Trump has promised to walk a ... more
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