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February 15, 2019
Campaigning opens in Okinawa US base relocation vote

Tokyo (AFP) Feb 14, 2019
Campaigning began Thursday ahead of a referendum in Japan's Okinawa on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island. The non-binding vote will be held on February 24, with Governor Denny Tamaki campaigning against the relocation of the Futenma airbase. The base is currently located in a densely-populated part of the southern island, and has caused frictions with local residents over everything from noise to accidents. In a bid to resolve the long-running ... read more

Japan's 1st amphibious assault force certified during exercise with U.S. Marines
Washington (UPI) Feb 14, 2019
The Iron Fist 2019 multilateral training event concluded earlier this month, which included the certification of Japan's first amphibious assault force. ... more
Lockheed awarded $212M for work on Aegis combat system for Japan
Washington (UPI) Feb 12, 2019
The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $212 million contract for additional work on the development and integration of the Aegis system for Japan. ... more
Robot lifts bits of melted fuel at Japan's Fukushima plant
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 14, 2019
A robot arm has successfully picked up pebble-sized pieces of radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant in a complex operation seen as key to clean-up efforts after the 2011 meltdown, officials said Thursday. ... more
Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 14, 2019
Environmental campaigners have filed an unprecedented lawsuit in a bid to halt the so-called "drive hunting" of dolphins in Japan, arguing the practice is cruel and illegal. ... more
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Robot probes radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima plant
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 13, 2019
A robot will attempt to examine radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant on Wednesday in a complex operation seen as key to clean-up efforts after the 2011 meltdown. ... more
Japan's Toshiba cuts profit outlook again
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 13, 2019
Struggling Japanese engineering firm Toshiba lowered its profit forecasts Wednesday with rising costs weighing on its energy operations. ... more
Ex-Marine pilot dreams of ferrying folks into space
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2019
Mark Stucky fought in the Iraq war, once buzzed a Soviet warplane over the Sea of Japan and has flown all sorts of experimental aircraft. ... more
The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 11, 2019
As spring approaches in Japan, the country's weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom. ... more
New materials for high-voltage supercapacitors
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Feb 08, 2019
A research team led by Tohoku University in Japan has developed new materials for supercapacitors with higher voltage and better stability than other materials. Their research was recently published ... more
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Deep sea reveals linkage between earthquake and carbon cycle
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Feb 08, 2019
An international team led by the Innsbruck geologists Arata Kioka, Tobias Schwestermann, Jasper Moernaut, and Michael Strasser could quantify for the first time the entire trench-wide volume of mari ... more
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe to land on asteroid on Feb 22
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 6, 2019
A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system is expected to land on the rock later this month, officials said Wednesday. ... more
Researchers find a way to boost sodium-ion battery performance
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Feb 04, 2019
Researchers at the Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech) in Japan have demonstrated that a specific material can act as an efficient battery component for sodium-ion batteries that will compete wi ... more
'A way of life': Japan's whalers back treaty withdrawal
Minamiboso, Japan (AFP) Jan 31, 2019
Neatly lining up sliced whale meat to make "jerky" in the wintry sea breeze, Tetsuya Masaki says whaling is just part of daily life in his tiny Japanese community of Minamiboso. ... more
Air Force sends two B-52 bombers over East China Sea
Washington (UPI) Jan 31, 2019
The U.S. Air Force flew two B-52 bombers over the East China Sea and Sea of Japan in what it described as a "routine training" amid trade tensions with China. ... more

Japan approved for $2.15B buy of Aegis Ashore missile defense systems

Japanese company seeks to pioneer artificial meteor showers
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Jan 25, 2019
Astro Live Experiences (ALE), a Japanese company founded in September 2011, is hoping to become the first company to produce artificial meteor showers in an effort to offer earthlings the jaw-droppi ... more
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Tipples and trash: A Japan waste plant opens its doors
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 29, 2019
A group of young Japanese snap selfies as they knock back a few drinks on a Friday night. But the backdrop to their photos is a mechanical claw stuffed with trash. ... more
Japanese Catholics urge Pope to send anti-nuclear message
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 27, 2019
Japanese Catholics on Sunday urged Pope Francis to send an anti-nuclear message from Hiroshima and Nagasaki when he travels to the country later this year. ... more
Qatar emir to visit Asia amid Gulf crisis
Doha (AFP) Jan 24, 2019
Qatar's ruler will visit South Korea, Japan and China - some of the energy-rich country's top trading partners - later this month, state media reported Thursday, amid a diplomatic Gulf crisis. ... more
A surprisingly early replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans in southern Spain
Seville, Spain (SPX) Jan 23, 2019
A new study of Bajondillo Cave (Malaga) by a team of researchers based in Spain, Japan and the UK, coordinated from the Universidad de Sevilla, reveals that modern humans replaced Neanderthals at th ... 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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Amid border wall debate, 'smart' tech raises questions too
Washington (AFP) Feb 12, 2019
As congressional Democrats counter President Donald Trump's border wall plan with a high-tech solution, the idea of a "smart" security barrier is raising fresh questions over the potential for intrusive surveillance. Last month, the Democratic lawmakers endorsed what they described as "a strong, but smart, border security posture," without "costly physical barriers." Some test projects a ... more
+ Robot probes radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima plant
+ Robot lifts bits of melted fuel at Japan's Fukushima plant
+ Five dead, three rescued in Kashmir avalanche
+ Drought, Deluge Turned Stable Landslide into Disaster
+ Study reveals wildlife is abundant in Chernobyl
+ Chinese chemical firm 'misled' investigators over deadly blast
+ US sends 3,750 more troops to Mexico border: Pentagon
Nanotechnology enables engineers to weld previously un-weldable aluminum alloy
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 13, 2019
An aluminum alloy developed in the 1940s has long held promise for use in automobile manufacturing, except for one key obstacle. Although it's nearly as strong as steel and just one-third the weight, it is almost impossible to weld together using the technique commonly used to assemble body panels or engine parts. That's because when the alloy is heated during welding, its molecular struct ... more
+ Next-generation optics in just two minutes of cooking time
+ NASA to Advance Unique 3D Printed Sensor Technology
+ A glimpse into the future
+ Study unfolds a new class of mechanical devices
+ Laser physics: Transformation through light
+ Researchers find way to stabilize color of light in next-gen material
+ Raytheon contract ceiling for Silent Knight development upped by $15M

Carbonaceous chondrites provide clues about the delivery of water to Earth
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Feb 15, 2019
An international study led by researchers from the Institute of Space Sciences, from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya has discovered that carbonaceous chondrites, a class of meteorites, incorporated hydrated minerals along with organic material from the protoplanetary disk before the formation of planets. Scientists from the stu ... more
+ Scientists developed a method that allows removal of antibiotic residue from waste water
+ Wave device could deliver clean energy to thousands of homes
+ Boeing nets $43M to build Navy's Orca extra large unmanned vehicles
+ Researchers provide new definition for major Indian monsoon season
+ No hooks, lines or sinkers: Cambodians go traditional in fishing ceremony
+ On Lake Victoria, a green stain spreads across Africa's blue heart
+ Deep sea reveals linkage between earthquake and carbon cycle
Nano drops a million times smaller than a teardrop explodes 19th century theory
Warwick UK (SPX) Feb 13, 2019
Droplets emanating from a molecular "nano-tap" would behave very differently from those from a household tap 1 million times larger - researchers at the University of Warwick have found. This is potentially crucial step for a number of emerging nano technologies, e.g., manufacture of nano-sized drug particles, lab-on-chip devices for in situ diagnostics, and 3D printers capable of nanoscale reso ... more
+ Customized mix of materials for three-dimensional micro- and nanostructures
+ Rice lab adds porous envelope to aluminum plasmonics
+ Research details sticky situations at the nanoscale
+ Nano-infused ceramic could report on its own health
+ Aerosol-assisted biosynthesis strategy enables functional bulk nanocomposites
+ Platinum forms nano-bubbles
+ New applications for encapsulated nanoparticles with promising properties
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Poland to buy US rocket system for $414 million
Warsaw (AFP) Feb 10, 2019
Poland said Sunday it will buy mobile rocket launchers worth $414 million (365 million euros) from the United States, as Warsaw seeks closer ties with Washington amid concerns over a resurgent Russia. The deal, due to be signed Wednesday, will "significantly increase the Polish army's capacities," Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told journalists Sunday, adding that delivery was expected b ... more
+ U.S. Army to purchase Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system
+ US Army to buy two Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems
+ Raytheon, Lockheed contracted for Patriot systems for foreign customers
+ Japan approved for $2.15B buy of Aegis Ashore missile defense systems
+ Moscow urges US to abandon plans to resurrect 'Star Wars'
+ Swedish army orders Rheinmetall trucks for Patriot missile systems
+ Israel Successfully Tests Arrow 3 Air Defence System
China improves Long March-6 rocket for growing commercial launches
Beijing (XNA) Feb 12, 2019
China announced Monday that it is developing the modified version of the Long March-6 rocket to add four solid boosters to increase its carrying capacity. The improved medium-left carrier rocket will be sent into space by 2020, according to the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, which designed the rocket. The Long ... more
+ Seed of moon's first sprout: Chinese scientists' endeavor
+ China to send over 50 spacecraft into space via over 30 launches in 2019
+ China to deepen lunar exploration: space expert
+ China launches Zhongxing-2D satellite
+ China welcomes world's scientists to collaborate in lunar exploration
+ In space, the US sees a rival in China
+ China launches telecommunication technology test satellite

Programming autonomous machines ahead of time promotes selfless decision-making
Aberdeen Proving Ground MD (SPX) Feb 12, 2019
A new study suggests the use of autonomous machines increases cooperation among individuals. Researchers from the U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, the Army's Institute for Creative Technologies and Northeastern University collaborated on a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research team, led by Dr. Cels ... more
+ The first walking robot that moves without GPS
+ Getting a grip on human-robot cooperation
+ Psychology: Robot saved, people take the hit
+ Trumps orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence
+ Pope talks AI ethics with Microsoft head Smith
+ Trump orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence
+ IBM says AI debate loss is still a win
Chinese movies dodge censors to shine at Berlin filmfest
Berlin (AFP) Feb 14, 2019
A moving Chinese epic looking at the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, the one-child policy and forced abortion made it past censors to premiere at the Berlin film festival Thursday despite a widening crackdown. "Di jiu tian chang" (So Long, My Son) by Wang Xiaoshuai, clocking in at more than three hours, is a sweeping allegorical drama about two families whose fates become intricately i ... more
+ China warns its citizens in Turkey to 'be more vigilant'
+ Lawmakers warn Hong Kong's China extradition plans a 'Trojan horse'
+ Carpenter preserves old Shanghai, one nail at a time
+ Banned Chinese billionaire calls Australia 'a giant baby'
+ Chinese film yanked from Berlin festival competition
+ China's 'red packets' go digital over Lunar New Year
+ China entertainment endures 'bitter winter' after crackdowns

exactEarth's real-time maritime tracking system now fully-deployed
Cambridge UK (SPX) Feb 15, 2019
exactEarth Ltd. reports that the final six payloads for its second-generation constellation, exactView RT, are now operational, which completes the roll-out of world's first global, real-time Satellite-AIS service. This revolutionary capability is expected to enable a wide variety of new service capabilities for the global maritime community and to contribute strongly over the next 15 year ... more
+ Swarm helps pinpoint new magnetic north for smartphones
+ In Solar System's Symphony, Earth's Magnetic Field Drops the Beat
+ Van Allen Probes begin final phase exploring Earth's radiation belts
+ ESA satellite spots "Island Love"
+ Russian satellite registers unknown physical phenomena in Earth's atmosphere
+ Open-access sat data allows tracking of seasonal population movements
+ Science key to taking the pulse of our planet

NASA is Everywhere: Farming Tech with Roots in Space
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 13, 2019
Growing plants can be tough, whether you're on a spaceship or Earth. A special fertilizer made it easier for astronauts on the International Space Station and farmers down below, resulting in just one of the space program's many contributions to agriculture. Numerous farming tools have roots at NASA. Over the years, companies large and small have partnered with the agency, honed technologi ... more
+ Tracking pollen with quantum dots
+ China imposes anti-dumping tariffs on Brazilian chicken
+ Prickly pears: 'humble' cactus brings hope to Algeria
+ Australia cattle giant warns of 'extreme losses' from floods
+ 'Hundreds of thousands' of cattle feared dead after Australia floods
+ Meat consumption is pushing 150 large animal species toward extinction
+ Gypsum as an agricultural product
New NASA research consortium to tackle life's origins
Riverside CA (SPX) Feb 15, 2019
Did life on Earth originate in Darwin's warm little pond, on a sunbaked shore, or where hot waters vent into the deep ocean? And could a similar emergence have played out on other bodies in our solar system or planets far beyond? These questions lie at the center of research in NASA's new Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments, or PCE3, Consortium. One of five cross-divisional re ... more
+ Scientists discover oldest evidence of mobility on Earth
+ NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe
+ Better to dry a rocky planet before use
+ Study shows unusual microbes hold clues to early life
+ Massive collision in the planetary system Kepler 107
+ ASU scientists study organization of life on a planetary scale
+ Magnifying glass reveals unexpected intermediate mass exoplanets

Tourists at upmarket Chinese ski resort hit by novovirus
Beijing (AFP) Feb 13, 2019
Dozens of tourists celebrating the lunar new year at an upmarket ski resort in northeastern China have been struck down by novovirus, the winter vomiting bug, the tour operator admitted. French luxury holiday group Club Med expressed its regret, saying it took the outbreak - which saw guests suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea - "very seriously". "We plan to offer all customers who hav ... more
+ Mosquitoes that carry malaria may have been doing so 100 million years ago
+ Protecting those on the frontline from Ebola
+ China disciplines 80 officials linked to major vaccine scandal
+ Researchers develop new approach for vanquishing superbugs
+ Hong Kong scientists claim 'broad-spectrum' antiviral breakthrough
+ Chinese children given expired polio vaccines in latest scare
+ Danish malaria vaccine passes test in humans
UN council hails C. Africa peace deal as important step
United Nations, United States (AFP) Feb 13, 2019
A deal agreed between the Central African Republic's government and armed groups is an important step toward lasting peace and restoring state authority across the country, the United Nations Security Council said Wednesday. The accord was reached in Sudan earlier this month between the Bangui government and 14 armed groups controlling most of the territory in the strife-scarred country. ... more
+ Nigeria election candidates sign 'peace accord'
+ Main terms of peace accord in Central African Republic
+ Chad rebel group vows to fight on after losses
+ Revealed: DR Congo's 'invisible' massacre
+ Libya strongman's forces say struck Chad rebels
+ Ethiopia re-integrates 1,700 separatist rebels
+ Boko Haram kills three troops in Nigeria base attack

Five future astronauts and a teacher you need to know
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 13, 2019
All five of the women in NASA's latest class of astronaut candidates followed a passion for adventure and science to get where they are today and are inspirations for the next generation of NASA scientists. Kayla Barron, Zena Cardman, Jasmin Moghbeli, Loral O'Hara and Jessica Watkins are nearing the end of two years of intensive training that began in August 2017. They were selected out of ... more
+ The future of human spaceflight in America
+ Refabricator to recycle, reuse plastic installed on Space Station
+ US to extend use of Russia's Soyuz for ISS missions until April 2020
+ The case for leaving Earth
+ New research opportunities on International Space Station
+ Ex-Marine pilot dreams of ferrying folks into space
+ Richard Branson says he'll fly to space by July
NATO planning for more Russian missiles: Stoltenberg
Brussels (AFP) Feb 12, 2019
NATO is planning for "more Russian missiles" after the collapse of a landmark Cold War arms treaty, but will not deploy new nuclear warheads in Europe, the alliance's chief said Tuesday. Fears are growing of a new arms race in Europe after Washington started the process of exiting the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty claiming that Russia violated the pact with a new missile sys ... more
+ Israel warns Iran that its missiles can travel 'very far'
+ Pence demands EU isolate Iran as Israelis, Arabs unite
+ Poland talks press Iran amid major attack
+ Former US Air Force agent charged with defecting to Iran
+ US presents Middle East vision in Warsaw, but no converts
+ NATO chief to meet Russia's Lavrov on missile pact crisis
+ 'Little to no change' in N. Korean capabilities: US general
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