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Puerto Rico investigates unused emergency supplies
Miami (AFP) Jan 21, 2020
Protests broke out in earthquake-hit Puerto Rico on Monday as a judicial investigation was opened into the weekend discovery of unused emergency supplies leftover from the devastating Hurricane Maria. On Saturday, a Facebook user posted a live video showing a warehouse in the southern city of Ponce, filled with undistributed emergency supplies such as tents, diapers, baby formula, radios, ba ... more
+ Living in tents, thousands of Puerto Rico's earthquake survivors wait for relief
+ Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China
+ Myanmar's Suu Kyi visits China border state as Xi visit looms
+ Navy brings emergency beer to fire-hit Aussie town
+ Study shows animal life thriving around Fukushima
+ Ten years after deadly Haiti quake, survivors feel forgotten
+ Japan could release Fukushima radioactive water into environment
Study reveals unexpected rise in potent greenhouse gas
Washington DC (UPI) Jan 21, 2020
Scientists had expected the levels of HFC-23, a type of hydrofluorocarbon and a potent greenhouse gas, to drop in the latest global survey of greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, atmospheric concentrations of HFC-23 are rising. HFC-23 is the byproduct of the production of HCFC-22, another hydrofluorocarbon that is commonly used in cooling systems in developing economies. India and China a ... more
+ Astroscale awarded grant From to commercialize active debris removal services
+ NASA funds AnalySwift, Purdue tech to speed up composite deployable structure design
+ Texas AM engineers develop recipe to dramatically strengthen body armor
+ Slow light to speed up LiDAR sensors development
+ Copper Age Italy hosted large, complex networks of metal exchange
+ No need to dig too deep to find gold
+ Smart materials are becoming smarter

US dumps huge amounts of sand on Miami Beach to tackle climate change erosion
Miami Beach, United States (AFP) Jan 17, 2020
Dozens of trucks have started dumping hundreds of thousands of tons of sand on Miami Beach as part of US government measures to protect Florida's tourist destinations against the effects of climate change. "We have erosion hotspots," said Stephen Leatherman, an expert on beaches and the environment at Florida International University. "When the beach is critically narrow, there's not en ... more
+ French campaigners highlight trawlers' deadly toll on dolphins
+ Export of the most important deep-water mass of the Southern Hemisphere is prone to disturbances
+ Coral 'helper' stays robust under ocean acidification
+ A year after Brazil dam collapse: What's changed?
+ Elevated PFAS levels found in tap water in major U.S. cities
+ Alarm over Rio's drinking water causes run on supermarket stocks
+ How nodules stay on top at the bottom of the sea
Deep-sea osmolyte makes biomolecular machines heat-tolerant
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Jan 24, 2020
Researchers have discovered a method to control biomolecular machines over a wide temperature range using deep-sea osmolyte trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO). This finding could open a new dimension in the application of artificial machines fabricated from biomolecular motors and other proteins. Biomolecular motors are the smallest natural machines that keep living organisms dynamic. They can ... more
+ Nanobubbles in nanodroplets
+ New production method for carbon nanotubes gets green light
+ A quantum breakthrough brings a technique from astronomy to the nano-scale
+ Creating a nanoscale on-off switch for heat
+ Nanoscience breakthrough: Probing particles smaller than a billionth of a meter
+ SMART discovers breakthrough way to look at the surface of nanoparticles
+ Visible light and nanoparticle catalysts produce desirable bioactive molecules

'Over in under a minute': commander divulges how quickly moscow's defences can thwart missile attack
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 23, 2020
The Russian capital's air and missile defence system is one of the most sophisticated in the world, and includes a dense layer of anti-aircraft missile launchers, interceptor systems, and a unique tetrahedral truncated pyramid radio-radar station so powerful it can detect space debris. In the event of an enemy attack, Moscow's air defences would intercept and destroy enemy missile targets ... more
+ Lockheed nabs $114M deal to deliver Patriot missiles to UAE
+ Syrian defences fire on 'hostile missiles' from Israel: state media
+ Moscow lifts veil on missile attack warning system
+ Germany in talks with Lockheed, MBDA for missile defense program
+ Israel and Czech Republic sign $125 mn missile defence deal
+ Turkey didn't buy Russian defence system 'to keep in box': FM
+ Pompeo: Turkey test of Russian defense system 'concerning'
China's space station core module, manned spacecraft arrive at launch site
Wenchang (XNA) Jan 22, 2020
A core module prototype of China's space station and a prototype of China's new-generation manned spacecraft arrived at the launch site in south China's Hainan Province after a week of ocean and rail transport, the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) announced Monday. The core module will take part in joint rehearsals with the Long March-5B carrier rocket at the Wenchang Space La ... more
+ China to launch Mars probe in July
+ China's space-tracking vessels back from missions
+ China may have over 40 space launches in 2020
+ China launches powerful rocket in boost for 2020 Mars mission
+ China's Xichang set for 20 space launches in 2020
+ China sends six satellites into orbit with single rocket
+ China launches satellite service platform
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Spider-Man-style robotic graspers defy gravity
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 24, 2020
Specially designed vacuum suction units allow humans to climb walls. Scientists have developed a suction unit that can be used on rough surfaces, no matter how textured, and that has applications in the development of climbing robots and robotic arms with grasping capabilities. Traditional methods of vacuum suction and previous vacuum suction devices cannot maintain suction on rough surfac ... more
+ Anatomy of a Rover: The Mechanics of a Winning Student Vehicle Design
+ Team builds the first living robots
+ Can sea star movement inspire better robots?
+ Raytheon tapped for self-evaluating machine learning system
+ Robo-crib highlights infant safety at technology show
+ Scientists develop gentle, microscopic hands to study tiny, soft materials
+ 2020 FIRST Robotics Kickoff Event Returns to Rocket City Jan. 4
Kazakh court rules against returning two asylum seekers to China
Almaty, Kazakhstan (AFP) Jan 21, 2020
Two Chinese citizens who sought asylum in Kazakhstan after escaping from Beijing's troubled Xinjiang region will not be returned to China, a court in the Central Asian country ruled Tuesday. Kaster Musakhan and Murager Alimuly were sentenced by a court in Kazakhstan to a year in jail for illegally crossing the border the two countries share, their lawyer Lazzat Akhat told AFP. But the co ... more
+ As intensity fades, Hong Kong protesters mull tactics
+ China's former Interpol chief sentenced to 13 years in prison
+ Toy Story: Hong Kong protest models become major hit
+ China birth rate hits lowest level since 1949
+ Hong Kong teachers living in fear over protest support
+ Lam says Hong Kong can keep freedoms if 'stays loyal'; Medic arrested on mainland
+ 'LOL!': China's informal, confrontational Twitter diplomacy

Kleos and Geollect sign Channel Partner and Integrator Agreement
Luxembourg (SPX) Jan 20, 2020
Kleos Space S.A, a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, has entered into a channel partner and data integrator agreement with UK geospatial intelligence and analysis company Geollect. Geollect will procure and integrate data from Kleos' satellites as it becomes a global leader in dark vessel tracking capability whereas Kleos data will be used by Ge ... more
+ Capella Space unveils new satellite design for EO platform
+ Ozone-depleting substances caused half of late 20th-century Arctic warming, says study
+ Clouds as a factor influencing the climate
+ China's first civilian HD mapping satellite in service for eight years
+ Farewell to the Eu CROPIS mission
+ Shocked meteorites provide clues to Earth's lower mantle
+ Aeolus winds now in daily weather forecasts
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Feeding the world without wrecking the planet is possible
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jan 24, 2020
"When looking at the status of planet Earth and the influence of current global agriculture practices upon it, there's a lot of reason to worry, but also reason for hope - if we see decisive actions very soon," Dieter Gerten says, lead author from PIK and professor at Humboldt University of Berlin. "Currently, almost half of global food production relies on crossing Earth's environmental boundar ... more
+ Cloud cooking land: Indian housewives become gig economy chefs
+ Land prep for palm oil plantations does the most environmental damage
+ New survey results reveal the experts and public's attitude towards gene-edited crops
+ Farmer fury and environmental anger in protest-hit Germany
+ Plant-powered sensor sends signal to space
+ Improved functioning of diverse landscape mosaics
+ Drones effective tools for fruit farmers
Astronomers find a way to form 'fast and furious' planets around tiny stars
Preston UK (SPX) Jan 23, 2020
New astronomy research from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) suggests giant planets could form around small stars much faster than previously thought. As published in Astronomy and Astrophysics Journal, Dr Anthony Mercer and Dr Dimitris Stamatellos' new planet formation research challenges our understanding of planet formation. Red dwarfs, the most common type of stars in ... more
+ How the solar system got its 'Great Divide', and why it matters for life on Earth
+ NESSI emerges as new tool for exoplanet atmospheres
+ Some non-photosynthetic orchids consist of dead wood
+ First building blocks of life on Earth was a big mess
+ Astronomers reveal interstellar thread of one of life's building blocks
+ Cold Neptune" and 2 temperate Super-Earths found orbiting nearby stars
+ Cosmic origins of phosphorus, a building block for life, traced by scientists

As China virus spreads, fear spreads faster
Paris (AFP) Jan 24, 2020
Inflamed by past scares and Hollywood disaster blockbusters, few things feed collective panic like a virus, experts said Thursday, as China locked down the epicentre of a deadly flu-like outbreak. AFP spoke to health specialists to find out why this is the case, and what can be done to limit the spread of worry. - Why so scary? - "There is an innate sense of fear around disease outbr ... more
+ China seals off more cities as virus toll climbs
+ China rushes to build new hospital for virus within 10 days
+ Companies look into possible vaccines for China virus
+ Hong Kong turns holiday camps into quarantine zones as virus fears spike
+ SARS lessons hang over China's fight against new virus
+ China locks down city at centre of virus outbreak
+ China virus city in transport shutdown as WHO delays decision
US to decide on Africa presence in two months, says top officer
Aboard A Us Military Aircraft (AFP) Jan 17, 2020
The United States will make a decision on the level of its presence in Africa, particularly in the Sahel region, in about two months, Washington's top military officer said Thursday. Washington has some 7,000 special forces on rotation in Africa carrying out joint operations with national forces against jihadists, particularly in Somalia. "There is no explicit timeline," the chairman of ... more
+ France to further boost its anti-jihad force in Sahel
+ Nigerian military clears thousands from Lagos waterfront
+ Four Nigerian troops killed in jihadist attack
+ China set to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe
+ Peace talks bring fragile truce in Nigeria 'bandit' conflict
+ US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer
+ Macron, Sahel leaders to review anti-jihad campaign
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Spacewalks, science and Beyond
Paris (ESA) Jan 24, 2020
Spacewalk season continues on the International Space Station. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan are getting ready to step outside the Quest airlock for their fourth and final time together on Saturday. But before they do, we look back at an action-packed fortnight of science and operations on the world's only orbital outpost. Acoustic Diagnostics is an Italian ... more
+ Russian cosmonauts aboard ISS kick off 'terminator' experiment
+ Experimental ISS oven allows astronauts to bake cookies in two hours
+ ESA and Airbus sign contract for Bartolomeo platform on the International Space Station
+ Meir, Koch complete battery swaps to upgrade station power systems
+ In Davos, the spectre of a tech cold war
+ Collins Aerospace to supply critical subsystems for NASA's Orion spacecraft
+ Indian astronauts to begin training in Russia for country's first manned space mission
North Korea says may seek 'new path' of weapons build-up
Geneva (AFP) Jan 21, 2020
Pyongyang on Tuesday warned that it could seek a "new path" and accelerate its weapons programme, after Washington imposed fresh sanctions on North Korean companies amid stalled nuclear talks. North Korean representative Ju Yong Chol told the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva that his country's efforts to improve relations with Washington had been met with hostility. "Although the US i ... more
+ US urges China to join nuclear arms talks
+ Netanyahu condemns 'tyrants of Tehran' in Holocaust speech
+ Gunmen kill Iranian militia commander: state media
+ North Korea to make Munich Security Conference debut in 2020
+ China has 'no intention to participate' in arms talks
+ Americans perceive likelihood of nuclear weapons risk as 50 50 tossup
+ Iran says it may pull out of nuclear treaty over Europe dispute

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