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NASA data helps assess landslide risk in Rohingya refugee camps
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2019
Camp managers and other local officials overseeing Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are now incorporating NASA satellite observations into their decision making in order to reduce the risk to refugees from landslides and other natural hazards. Information like daily rain totals can help inform how to lay out refugee camps and store supplies. More than 740,000 Rohingya refugees have fle ... more
+ Japan: safe to dump water from Fukushima nuclear disaster
+ Russia repatriates around 30 toddlers from Iraq
+ What felled the great Assyrian Empire? A Yale professor weighs in
+ Climate change poses 'lifelong' child health risk
+ ESIP develops earth science data operational readiness levels to empower disaster responders
+ How space helps seriously ill patients in air ambulances
+ Learning requires a little bit of failure, research shows
Army project may lead to new class of high-performance materials
Research Triangle Park NC (SPX) Nov 19, 2019
Synthetic biologists working on a U.S. Army project have developed a process that could lead to a new class of synthetic polymers that may create new high-performance materials and therapeutics for Soldiers. Nature Communications published research conducted by Army-funded researchers at Northwestern University, who developed a set of design rules to guide how ribosomes, a cell structure t ... more
+ Headwall and geo-konzept Announce Hyperspectral Remote-Sensing Center in Europe
+ Amazon says 'bias' in Pentagon awarding $10 bn contract to Microsoft
+ Multimaterial 3D printing manufactures complex objects, fast
+ Hunter-gatherers heated bacteria to produce ochre paint used in pictographs
+ Turning up the heat to create new nanostructured metals
+ A four-way switch promises greater tunability of layered materials
+ Artificial intelligence to run the chemical factories of the future

New Earth mission will track rising oceans into 2030
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 21, 2019
Earth's climate is changing, and the study of oceans is vital to understanding the effects of those changes on our future. For the first time, U.S and European agencies are preparing to launch a 10-year satellite mission to continue to study the clearest sign of global warming - rising sea levels. The Sentinel-6/Jason-CS mission (short for Jason-Continuity of Service), will be the longest-runnin ... more
+ Underwater robotic gliders provide key tool to measure ocean sound levels
+ Two ocean studies look at microscopic diversity and activity across entire planet
+ US-China tussle, barred voters swirl around Marshalls vote
+ Climate impact of hydropower varies widely
+ Reporter blames 'cruel' Vanuatu ban on China coverage
+ Sediment is a greater threat to small freshwater species than fertilizer runoff
+ Great Barrier Reef annual mass coral spawning begins
SMART discovers breakthrough way to look at the surface of nanoparticles
Singapore (SPX) Nov 06, 2019
Researchers from SMART, MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, have made a groundbreaking discovery that allows scientists to 'look' at the surface density of dispersed nanoparticles. This revolutionary technique enables researchers to 'characterise' or understand the properties of nanoparticles without disturbing the nanoparticle, and also at a far lower cost and far quicker too. The new ... more
+ Visible light and nanoparticle catalysts produce desirable bioactive molecules
+ Flexible, wearable supercapacitors based on porous nanocarbon nanocomposites
+ Scientists create a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at the same time
+ Physicists create world's smallest engine
+ DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines
+ DARPA Announces Microsystems Exploration Program
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US Government designates Lockheed Martin's latest generation radar
Moorestown NJ (SPX) Nov 21, 2019
The world's latest generation solid-state radar technology, formerly known as Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Solid State Radar (LM SSR), has been designated as AN/SPY-7(V)1 by the United States government. The designation of AN/SPY-7(V)1 is a direct reflection of the maturity and capability of Lockheed Martin's solid-state radar technology. The Japanese Ministry of Defense selected AN/SPY-7 ... more
+ Turkey says will use Russian S-400 defence system
+ Raytheon nabs $209.6M contract to upgrade parts on Aegis Weapon System
+ Erdogan says would buy Patriots but won't give up S-400s
+ EU to create own early missile warning system
+ Russia sends S-400 system to Serbia for drills
+ US to Turkey: Don't turn on Russian system, avoid sanctions
+ Turkey, Russia discuss new S-400 supplies: report
China plans to complete space station construction around 2022: expert
Guangzhou, China (XNA) Nov 19, 2019
China plans to complete the construction of a space station and have it put into operation around 2022, said Zhou Jianping, the chief designer of China's manned space program, at a forum held in south China's Guangdong Province. The space station is designed to weigh 100 tonnes and accommodate three astronauts, which could be enlarged if needed, according to Zhou. "The main goal of t ... more
+ China conducts hovering and obstacle avoidance test in public for first Mars lander mission
+ Beijing eyes creating first Earth-Moon economic zone
+ China conducts simulated weightlessness experiment for long-term stay in space
+ China plans more space science satellites
+ China's absence from global space conference due to "visa problem" causes concern
+ China prepares for space station construction
+ China's rocket-carrying ships depart for transportation mission

NASA takes a cue from Silicon Valley to hatch artificial intelligence technologies
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 21, 2019
Could the same computer algorithms that teach autonomous cars to drive safely help identify nearby asteroids or discover life in the universe? NASA scientists are trying to figure that out by partnering with pioneers in artificial intelligence (AI) - companies such as Intel, IBM and Google - to apply advanced computer algorithms to problems in space science. Machine learning is a type of A ... more
+ Google Assistant to be 'news host' on devices
+ Driving test for Luca Parmitano on robotic geology science
+ Army researcher promotes cooperation between humans, autonomous machines
+ Subterranean Challenge Identifies Urban Circuit Location, Updates Prize Amounts
+ U.S. Army chooses FLIR's Kobra heavy robot vehicle
+ Chinese researchers design novel flying robot
+ Flexible yet sturdy robot is designed to 'grow' like a plant
China says only it can rule on Hong Kong constitution; Lam says students must surrender
Beijing (AFP) Nov 19, 2019
China insisted Tuesday it alone held the authority to rule on constitutional matters in Hong Kong, as it condemned a decision by the city's high court to overturn a ban on face masks worn by pro-democracy protesters. The statement could further fan the flames in Hong Kong after months of violent protests over concerns that Beijing is chipping away at the autonomy of the financial hub. Th ... more
+ Dozens of Hong Kong protesters make daring campus breakout
+ Hong Kong rights bill clears US Congress, heads to Trump
+ Hong Kong siege in third day as China sounds warnings
+ 'Barbarians': Inside Chinese media coverage of Hong Kong
+ Former UK consulate worker says Chinese police tortured him
+ Anger, guilt stir Hong Kong's white collar rebels; 500 Govt supporters march
+ HK activist urges Germany to halt Chinese army training

Earth's strange and wonderful magnetic field
Bethesda MD (SPX) Nov 12, 2019
The Earth's magnetic field, or geomagnetic field, is the magnetic field that extends from the Earth's interior out into space. This field interacts with the stream of charged particles emanating from the Sun, known as the solar wind. This magnetic field is sustained by electric currents generated from the motion of convection currents of molten iron in the Earth's outer core. The convectio ... more
+ Rare gas find solves puzzle of Southern Africa's soaring landscape
+ NASA soil data joins the Air Force
+ Science around the planet uses images of Earth from the Space Station
+ Lynred delivers flight-model IR detector to MicroCarb
+ Sea-level monitoring satellite on show
+ New Moon-seeking sensor aims to improve Earth Observations
+ China launches new remote-sensing satellite

Japan grapples with serving Fukushima food at Olympics
Fukushima, Japan (AFP) Nov 20, 2019
For years, Japan's government has sought to convince consumers that food from Fukushima is safe despite the nuclear disaster. But will it serve the region's produce at the Tokyo Olympics? It's a thorny subject for the authorities. They pitched the Games in part as a chance to showcase the recovery of areas affected by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster. Government officials tout stric ... more
+ Experts unlock key to photosynthesis, a find that could help us meet food security demands
+ Under-pressure West African dairy farmers swap ideas in France
+ Mass pig slaughter stains SKorean river red; Indonesia buries 1000s of cholera-hit pigs
+ Researchers find nature's backup plan for converting nitrogen into plant nutrients
+ Burger King eyes big bite of Europe market with 'veggie Whopper'
+ Finding common ground for scientists and policymakers on soil carbon and climate change
+ How to live off the land... in a major US city
Exoplanet axis study boosts hopes of complex life, just not next door
Atlanta GA (SPX) Nov 20, 2019
"They're out there," goes a saying about extraterrestrials. It would seem more likely to be true in light of a new study on planetary axis tilts. Astrophysicists at the Georgia Institute of Technology modeled a theoretical twin of Earth into other star systems called binary systems because they have two stars. They concluded that 87% of exo-Earths one might find in binary systems should have axi ... more
+ NASA's TESS helps astronomers study red-giant stars, examine a too-close planet
+ Scientists use 3D climate model to narrow search for habitable exoplanets
+ First detection of sugars in meteorites gives clues to origin of life
+ Making planets in a rocket
+ Distant worlds under many suns
+ Study refines which exoplanets are potentially habitable
+ Life on Venus and the interplanetary transfer of biota from Earth

Gene Editors Could Find New Use as Rapid Detectors of Pathogenic Threats
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 18, 2019
In a twist on how gene editing technology might be applied in the future, DARPA's newest biotechnology funding opportunity aims to incorporate gene editors into detectors for distributed health biosurveillance and rapid, point-of-need diagnostics for endemic, emerging, and engineered pathogenic threats. The "Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies" (DIGET) program could help the Department of D ... more
+ Novel marine bacteria could yield new antibiotics
+ Pig infected with African swine fever washes up in Taiwan
+ Scientists close in on malaria vaccine
+ Two treated for deadly pneumonic plague in Beijing
+ Melting Arctic ice accelerates spread of deadly virus in marine mammals
+ New transmission model for Ebola predicted Uganda cases
+ Malaria could be felled by an Antarctic sea sponge
China says Zimbabwe aid almost 40 times higher than govt figure
Harare (AFP) Nov 19, 2019
China on Tuesday refuted a claim by Zimbabwe's government that it only received $3.6 million in aid from Beijing this year, saying the actual figure was almost 40 times higher. The Chinese remarks came after Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube listed bilateral aid figures while presenting Zimbabwe's 2020 budget last week. Ncube said China's contribution was significantly lower than ... more
+ Gunmen ambush Burundian soldiers: defence ministry
+ 24 Mali soldiers and 17 jihadists die in clashes in east
+ Nigerian president launches campaign against defecation in public
+ Eritreans wait in vain for change after peace with Ethiopia
+ African Union says South Sudan leaders have 'last chance'
+ UN adds bomb-making materials to Somalia arms embargo
+ Birao's militia powderkeg in north Central African Republic
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Sierra Nevada Corp. ships Shooting Star cargo module to Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Nov 20, 2019
Sierra Nevada Corp.'s new disposable space cargo container has arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for taking supplies to the International Space Station. The cargo unit is to be attached to the back of the company's Dream Chaser spaceplane, still under development, and carry those supplies starting in fall 2021. Like a miniature space shuttle, Dream Chaser would be ... more
+ Parmitano completes picture perfect EVA to repair Spectrometer
+ Boeing Starliner to cost $90 Million per seat
+ NASA adds 5 more companies to bid for work on moon mission
+ Audit criticizes NASA for payments to Boeing in human spaceflight program
+ NASA overpaid Boeing by hundreds of millions of dollars: auditor
+ US has paid Russia 4 billion dollars to transport astronauts to ISS
+ Stand-up scientists use comedy to reach beyond the ivory tower
North Korea dismisses postponement of joint drills
Seoul (AFP) Nov 19, 2019
The United States must end its joint exercises with Seoul "once and for all" to facilitate dialogue with Pyongyang, North Korea said Tuesday, just days after the allies postponed planned drills. The US and South Korea said Sunday they would delay annual joint aerial exercises slated for this month in an act of "goodwill" after months of deadlocked nuclear talks. Pyongyang has long protes ... more
+ North Korea dismisses drills delay and Swedish efforts
+ Hong Kong university protesters defy surrender warnings
+ North Korea 'no longer interested' in summits with US: KCNA
+ Pope to Hiroshima on mission against 'immoral' nuclear weapons
+ Iran exceeds authorised heavy water reserves: IAEA
+ US asks N.Korea to 'seize the moment' on talks
+ US ends sanction waivers for Iran's Fordow nuclear plant
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