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July 15, 2018
Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll tops 200

Tokyo (AFP) July 12, 2018
Japanese rescue workers searched the ruins of homes Thursday looking for dozens of people still missing after deadly rains that killed more than 200 people. Operations were under way to dig out and clear up after the devastating floods and landslides that engulfed entire neighbourhoods. But with around 60 people still feared missing, local authorities said they would continue searching house by house looking for survivors, or victims. "The critical 72 hours have passed," acknowledged Mutsuna ... read more

Japan PM meets stranded evacuees in flood disaster zone
Kurashiki, Japan (AFP) July 11, 2018
Japan's prime minister met Wednesday with people forced from their homes by devastating rains that have killed at least 179 people, as the government said it would review its disaster management plans. ... more
Forced from home by floods, Japanese go back to school
Kurashiki, Japan (AFP) July 11, 2018
Kaon Omori peeked into her classroom in the Japanese town of Kurashiki, gawping at evacuees forced from their homes by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed 179 people. ... more
A desperate wait for news after deadly Japan rains
Kumano, Japan (AFP) July 9, 2018
In the devastated Japanese town of Kumano, Kosuke Kiyohara sat quietly, watching rescue workers push through the debris of battered homes and waiting for news of his missing sister and nephews. ... more
Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 156
Kurashiki , Japan (AFP) July 10, 2018
Hopes of finding survivors were fading on Tuesday as rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 156 lives in Japan's worst weather-related disaster for decades. ... more

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Landslide warnings as Japan digs through rain devastation
Kumano , Japan (AFP) July 9, 2018
Desperate relatives braced for bad news Monday as rescuers dug through landslides in the wake of severe floods that have killed more than 100 people and left swathes of central and western Japan under water. ... more
Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 141
Kurashiki , Japan (AFP) July 10, 2018
Rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches Tuesday in the increasingly unlikely hope of finding survivors after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 141 lives in one of Japan's worst weather-related disasters for decades. ... more
A desperate wait for news after deadly Japan rains
Kumano, Japan (AFP) July 9, 2018
In the devastated Japanese town of Kumano, Kosuke Kiyohara sat quietly, watching rescue workers push through the debris of battered homes and waiting for news of his missing sister and nephews. ... more
Flood-postponed EU-Japan summit moved to Tokyo
Brussels (AFP) July 9, 2018
Tokyo will now host an EU-Japan summit on July 17 to sign a free trade accord after the Japanese premier cancelled the talks in Brussels because of deadly floods at home, the European Commission said Monday. ... more
Bell-Boeing receives $4.2B contract for Ospreys for U.S., Japan
Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2018
Bell-Boeing has received a $4.2 billion contract modification for the delivery of multiple V-22 Osprey type tilt-rotor aircraft for the militaries of the United States and Japan. ... more
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Three more dead as record heavy rain hits Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 6, 2018
Three people were found dead near rain-swollen rivers in Japan on Friday, officials said, as record downpours prompted authorities to order more than 210,000 people to evacuate their homes, with some areas hit by more than a metre of rainfall. ... more
Orbital tapped for Coyote supersonic sea skimming targets for Navy
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2018
Orbital Sciences Corp. has been awarded a $52 million modification to a previously awarded contract to acquire 18 Lot 12 full rate production of the GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target and the steel needed for the GQM-163A SSST program of the U.S. Navy. ... more
Japan aims for 24% renewable energy but keeps nuclear central
Tokyo (AFP) July 3, 2018
Japan's government on Tuesday pledged to modestly boost the amount of energy coming from renewable sources to around a quarter in a new plan that also keeps nuclear power central to the country's policy. ... more
N. Korea's Kim asked China's Xi to help lift sanctions: report
Tokyo (AFP) July 1, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has appealed to China's Xi Jinping to help end sanctions against Pyongyang following his landmark summit with US President Donald Trump, a Japanese newspaper reported Sunday, citing multiple unnamed sources in the two countries. ... more
Maverick entrepreneur's space rocket fails at blast off
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2018
A rocket developed by a maverick Japanese entrepreneur and convicted fraudster exploded shortly after liftoff Saturday, in a major blow to his bid to send Japan's first privately backed rocket into space. ... more

Cyclone barrels towards Japan's Okinawa

Mattis vows 'strong defensive stance' on N. Korea
Tokyo (AFP) June 29, 2018
US Defense Secretary James Mattis pledged Friday to maintain and strengthen the US security alliance with Japan amid fears that talks with North Korea could water down Washington's longstanding security commitments in the region. ... more
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Looking to the Future with Ariane 6 and Vega C Launchers for Asia-Pacific Customers
Singapore (SPX) Jun 28, 2018
Arianespace, the global reference in space transportation, has orbited 60% of commercial satellites in the Asia-Pacific region since 1981. And this dynamic is continuing apace: after four satellites ... more
Japan space probe reaches asteroid in search for origin of life
Tokyo (AFP) June 27, 2018
A Japanese probe has reached an asteroid 300 million kilometres away to collect information about the birth of the solar system and the origin of life after a more than three-year voyage through deep space. ... more
UK scientist involved in Hayabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu
Stirling UK (SPX) Jun 28, 2018
A University of Stirling scientist is set to begin analysing - and attempting to recreate - conditions on a primitive asteroid as part of a major international space mission led by the Japanese. ... more
Japan quake battered most powerful microscopes
Tokyo (AFP) June 29, 2018
Two of the world's most powerful microscopes suffered severe damage from a deadly earthquake that hit the western Japanese city of Osaka, causing delays in cutting-edge cell and atomic-level research, a scientist said Friday. ... more
Japan space probe reaches asteroid in search for origin of life
Tokyo (AFP) June 27, 2018
A Japanese probe has reached an asteroid 300 million kilometres away to collect information about the birth of the solar system and the origin of life after a more than three-year voyage through deep space. ... more
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In storm-hit Barbuda, China fills void left by Western 'neglect'
Codrington, Antigua And Barbuda (AFP) July 15, 2018
Steel drums carry a jubilant rendition of "Guantanamera" over the ruins of Barbuda's capital Codrington, as dignitaries and residents mark the latest bit of progress in the island's grueling struggle to recover from Hurricane Irma. The event celebrated a Chinese-funded program to replace roofs ripped from more than 300 homes by the powerful storm that damaged or destroyed nearly every buildi ... more
+ Thai boys were sedated and stretchered from cave in dramatic rescue
+ Relatives identify victims of deadly Thai tourist boat sinking
+ Nepal war crime laws risk sparing worst offenders: rights groups
+ Stateless teen praised as 'gem' in Thai cave ordeal
+ Facial recognition was key in identifying US shooting suspect
+ 21 dead, many more bodies seen inside sunken Thai tourist boat
+ Artificial intelligence accurately predicts distribution of radioactive fallout
New insights bolster Einstein's idea about how heat moves through solids
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Jul 04, 2018
A discovery by scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory supports a century-old theory by Albert Einstein that explains how heat moves through everything from travel mugs to engine parts. The transfer of heat is fundamental to all materials. This new research, published in the journal Science, explored thermal insulators, which ... more
+ Dutch city to unveil world's first 3D-printed housing complex
+ Photonic capsules for injectable laser resonators
+ Plastic is light, versatile and here to stay -- for now
+ Paper-cut provides model for 3D intelligent nanofabrication
+ Scientists calculate impact of China's ban on plastic waste imports
+ Astronomer Reveals When Soviet-Era Interplanetary Station Will Crash to Earth
+ Spectral cloaking could make objects invisible under realistic conditions

Study finds link between river outflow and coastal sea level
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Jul 10, 2018
Sea levels in coastal areas can be affected by a number of factors: tides, winds, waves, and even barometric pressure all play a role in the ebb and flow of the ocean. For the first time, however, a new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has shown that river outflow could play a role in sea level change as well. The study, published July 9 in the journal Proceedin ... more
+ Immunity could be key to addressing coral crisis
+ Stormwater ponds not a major source of greenhouse gas emissions
+ New Zealand to buy new Boeing maritime patrol planes
+ China eyes Pacific summit as N.Z. warns of power vacuum
+ Baltic Sea oxygen loss is unprecedented, study shows
+ Global surface area of rivers and streams is 45 percent higher than previously thought
+ Water compresses under a high gradient electric field
Squeezing light at the nanoscale
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 18, 2018
Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new technique to squeeze infrared light into ultra-confined spaces, generating an intense, nanoscale antenna that could be used to detect single biomolecules. The researchers harnessed the power of polaritons, particles that blur the distinction between light and matter. This ultra ... more
+ A new way to measure energy in microscopic machines
+ AI-based method could speed development of specialized nanoparticles
+ Researchers use magnets to move tiny DNA-based nano-devices
+ Atomically thin nanowires convert heat to electricity more efficiently
+ Change the face of nanoparticles and you'll rule chemistry
+ Novel method to fabricate nanoribbons from speeding nano droplets
+ Columbia researchers squeeze light into nanoscale devices and circuits
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Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel missile: coalition
Riyadh (AFP) July 14, 2018
Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted a missile fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, where a Riyadh-led coalition is fighting the insurgents, state media said. A coalition statement published by the state-run SPA news agency said the ballistic missile had been fired from the northern Yemeni province of Saada towards the southern Saudi city of Najran. No casualties were repor ... more
+ Lockheed contracted for Aegis missile defense development
+ AEGIS Weapons System sale to Spain approved by State Department
+ Pentagon awards Lockheed $78M for AEGIS development
+ Saudi says two Yemen rebel missiles intercepted over Riyadh
+ Japan says halting missile drills after Trump-Kim summit
+ Lockheed tapped for Aegis combat system development, support
+ China Working Toward Next-Gen Quantum Radar to Track Ballistic Missiles
PRSS-1 Satellite in Good Condition
Jiuquan, China (SPX) Jul 16, 2018
China launched two satellites for Pakistan on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 11:56 a.m. Monday. The PRSS-1 is China's first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan and the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer. After entering orbit, the PRSS-1 is in good condition ... more
+ China readying for space station era: Yang Liwei
+ China launches new space science program
+ China Rising as Major Space Power
+ China launches new-tech experiment twin satellites
+ China confirms reception of data from Gaofen-6 satellite
+ Experts Explain How China Is Opening International Space Cooperation
+ Beijing welcomes use of Chinese space station by all UN Nations

Reducing the Data Demands of Smart Machines
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 13, 2018
Machine learning (ML) systems today learn by example, ingesting tons of data that has been individually labeled by human analysts to generate a desired output. As these systems have progressed, deep neural networks (DNN) have emerged as the state of the art in ML models. DNN are capable of powering tasks like machine translation and speech or object recognition with a much higher degree of accur ... more
+ Illinois' crop-counting robot earns top recognition at leading robotics conference
+ MIT's Cheetah 3 robot avoids obstacles without the help of vision
+ Next-generation robotic cockroach can explore under water environments
+ Rough terrain? No problem for beaver-inspired autonomous robot
+ 'Flying brain' designed to follow German astronaut launches Friday
+ Activity simulator could eventually teach robots tasks like making coffee or setting the table
+ SNU researchers developed electronic skins that wirelessly activate fully soft robots
Chinese democracy activist sentenced to 13 years for 'subversion'
Beijing (AFP) July 11, 2018
A prominent Chinese political campaigner was sentenced to 13 years in jail on Wednesday, a court in central China said. Qin Yongmin was found "guilty of subversion of state power," the Wuhan City Intermediate People's Court said on its official website. According to court records, it appears to be the heftiest sentence handed down in China for "subversion" in the past 15 years. The ... more
+ Beijing eyes UNESCO status for Mao tomb, Tiananmen Square
+ Thousands march in Hong Kong as restrictions grow
+ US plans beefed up scrutiny of Chinese investments: Bloomberg
+ Chinese police break up protest of military veterans
+ Dominican Republic names ambassador to China
+ China pledges $100 million in military aid to Cambodia
+ Chinese parents-to-be seek more fertile ground abroad

Aist-2D high resolution images received
Perth, Australia (SPX) Jul 16, 2018
Image of high resolution from the Russian satellite "Aist-2D" (in Russian it means bird "a stork") was received by the Laboratory complex for satellite monitoring "LoReTT" (LoReTT - Local Real Time Tool). The spacecraft "Aist-2D" transmitted data of the territory of Perth city (Australia) on June 15, 2018. It was the first time when such detailed image (spatial resolution of 2 m) of the Ea ... more
+ Copernicus Sentinel-5P releases first data
+ What does global climate have to do with erosion rates?
+ ICESat-2 Lasers Pass Final Ground Test
+ China launches two satellites for Pakistan
+ Full steam ahead for Aeolus launch
+ Chinese foam industry responsible for rise in CFC-11 emissions
+ Report accuses China firms over ozone-depleting gas

Expansion of agricultural land reduces CO2 absorption
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Jul 10, 2018
Climate change is heavily related to the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. During photosynthesis, plants absorb some of the industrial CO2 emissions from the atmosphere, making them contribute significantly to climate protection. "The CO2 increase in the atmosphere is currently lower than to be expected from anthropogenic emissions," says Professor Almut Arneth from the Institute of Meteo ... more
+ China chili fest gets off to scorching start
+ As trial opens, man dying of cancer blames Monsanto's Roundup
+ US farmers caught in trade war with China
+ 'Round Up' pesticide cancer link on trial
+ Cherry picking: China looks to replace US farm goods in trade war
+ Utah soil's slippery grip on nutrients
+ Iraq's treasured amber rice crop devastated by drought
NASA's Webb Space Telescope to Inspect Atmospheres of Gas Giant Exoplanets
Baltimore MD (SPX) Jul 12, 2018
In April 2018, NASA launched the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Its main goal is to locate Earth-sized planets and larger "super-Earths" orbiting nearby stars for further study. One of the most powerful tools that will examine the atmospheres of some planets that TESS discovers will be NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. Since observing small exoplanets with thin atmospheres like E ... more
+ TESS Spacecraft Continues Testing Prior to First Observations
+ Rocky planet neighbor looks familiar, but is not Earth's twin
+ NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Pauses Science Observations to Download Science Data
+ Researchers see beam of light from first confirmed neutron star merger emerge from behind sun
+ Detecting the Boiling Atmosphere of the Hottest Known Exoplanet
+ More clues that Earth-like exoplanets are indeed Earth-like
+ First confirmed image of newborn planet caught with ESO's VLT

Help NASA Track and Predict Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 03, 2018
Picnics, parades and fireworks are the attributes of a grand July Fourth celebration. So are the itch and scratch of mosquito bites. While the bites are annoying, they don't tend to stop the festivities. However, certain types of mosquitoes can cause serious harm. They are known to carry and spread diseases like Zika, West Nile Virus and malaria. One of the tools researchers are using to t ... more
+ Spot a rat? Real-time map aims to plot Paris sightings
+ US fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases
+ Dialing up the body's defenses against public health threats
+ Limiting global warming could avoid millions of dengue fever cases
+ Could we predict the next Ebola outbreak by tracking the migratory patterns of bats?
+ Deadly malaria's evolution revealed
+ New portable malaria screening instrument developed
Zimbabwe launches space agency
Harare (AFP) July 10, 2018
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa Tuesday launched a space agency, hailing it as a "milestone" as he campaigns ahead of elections at the end of the month. The Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency will deploy earth observation satellites, global navigation satellite systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, geospatial and space technologies for better farming, mineral exploration, wil ... more
+ Mozambique president signals peace talks breakthrough
+ UN to take up S.Sudan arms embargo
+ 92 Congolese fishermen 'imprisoned' in Uganda
+ Hard work remains to cement peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea
+ Sierra Leone war criminal back from Rwandan jail
+ Ethiopia, Eritrea declare war 'has come to an end'
+ Sixteen fishermen 'missing' after clashes on Uganda/Congo lake

Scientists Can Now Recycle Water, Air, Fuel, Making Deep Space Travel Possible
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 16, 2018
According to a new study, scientists have cracked one of most challenging obstacles to deep space travel: how to ensure that astronauts have enough fuel, air and water for the trip. Their proposed method involves "photo catalysts" that can split or recombine water molecules. The emptiness of space and the vast distances between locations pose huge and unique challenges to space travel. One ... more
+ Making oxygen from water may pave way for long-distance space travel
+ First space tourist flights could come in 2019
+ NASA and Peanuts Worldwide to Collaborate on Deep Space Learning Activities
+ Space Station Shrinks Fluorescence Microscopy Tool
+ Russian cargo ship docks at ISS in record time
+ Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing
+ Testing Refines Requirements for Deep Space Habitat Design
Iran's Rouhani says US 'isolated' on sanctions
Tehran (AFP) July 14, 2018
The United States is increasingly isolated in its move to reimpose sanctions on Tehran after quitting the international nuclear deal, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday, vowing to resist American "plots". "The path chosen by the Islamic Republic of Iran is perseverance, resistance", Rouhani said in televised remarks. "Each time that we were able to thwart the plots, the people and the go ... more
+ Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong Un
+ Scrapped drill with S. Korea would have cost $14 mn: Pentagon
+ Trump has 'confidence' N.Korea will honor denuclearization 'contract'
+ Iran's Zarif hails 'will to resist' US pressure on nuclear deal
+ Pompeo preaches prosperity to North Korea, via Vietnam
+ Pompeo in N. Korea to seek 'details' on denuclearisation
+ World powers seek to keep Iran in nuclear accord after US pullout
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