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April 18, 2018
ROCKET SCIENCE
Arianespace to launch BSAT-4b; marking the 10th satellite launch for B-SAT



Evry, France (SPX) Apr 20, 2018
Arianespace reports that it will launch BSAT-4b, under the term of a turnkey contract between B-SAT and Maxar's SSL. BSAT-4b will be launched by an Ariane 5 in 2020 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, as part of a turnkey contract between the Japanese satellite operator B-SAT and the California-based satellite manufacturer SSL. Since the creation of B-SAT, Arianespace has launched all nine of its satellites. BSAT-4b will be the 10th satellite laun ... read more

WATER WORLD
Cold water devastates coral reefs off Japan: survey
Tokyo (AFP) April 18, 2018
Unusually cold water has devastated some of the world's most northerly coral reefs, which lie off the coast of western Japan, an environment ministry official said Wednesday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
No-go warning as Japan volcano erupts for first time in 250 years
Tokyo (AFP) April 19, 2018
A volcano in southern Japan erupted for the first time in 250 years on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Volcano erupts in Japan, no-go warning issued
Tokyo (AFP) April 19, 2018
A volcano erupted in southern Japan on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain. ... more
WHALES AHOY
Iceland resumes fin whale hunt after two-year pause
Reykjavik (AFP) April 17, 2018
Icelandic whaling company Hvalur said Tuesday it would resume its controversial hunt of endangered fin whales after a two-year suspension, sparking angry protests from animal rights activists. ... more
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Japan 'rare earth' haul sparks hopes of cutting China reliance
Tokyo, Japan (AFP) April 15, 2018
The discovery of potentially millions of tons of valuable "rare earth" elements in sea sludge off Japan has raised hopes that Asia's number-two economy can reduce its dependence on Chinese supply. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China, Japan vow 'new starting point' in ties
Tokyo, Japan (AFP) April 16, 2018
Asian rivals China and Japan on Monday pledged a "new starting point" for bilateral ties, vowing close co-operation amid a flurry of diplomacy on the North Korean missile threat and global trade tensions. ... more
NUKEWARS
N.Korea, China 'discussing Xi visit to Pyongyang'
Tokyo, Japan (AFP) April 16, 2018
China and North Korea have been holding talks about a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pyongyang, a Japanese newspaper reported Monday as regional leaders step up diplomatic dialogue. ... more
WATER WORLD
Scientists use carbon nanotube technology to develop robust water desalination membranes
Nagano, Japan (SPX) Apr 16, 2018
A research team of Shinshu University, Japan, has developed robust reverse osmosis membranes that can endure large-scale water desalination. The team published their results in early February in Sci ... more
NUKEWARS
China FM visits Japan for talks on N. Korea, regional issues
Tokyo, Japan (AFP) April 15, 2018
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Sunday began a visit to Japan described as a major step forward in improving frosty relations, as Tokyo tries to stay involved in a flurry of international diplomacy over North Korea. ... more
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FARM NEWS
Japan faces record low eel catch, renewing stock fears
Tokyo, Japan (AFP) April 13, 2018
Japan is on track for a record low catch of baby eels this year, renewing fears about declining stocks of the endangered fish, a favoured summer delicacy for Japanese. ... more
CHIP TECH
Diamond-based circuits can take the heat for advanced applications
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2018
When power generators like windmills and solar panels transfer electricity to homes, businesses and the power grid, they lose almost 10 percent of the generated power. To address this problem, scien ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China, Japan ministers pave way for rare summits
Tokyo, Japan (AFP) April 15, 2018
The leaders of China and Japan are expected to pay reciprocal visits as relations between their countries warm, the Japanese foreign minister said on Sunday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
One killed as landslide engulfs houses in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) April 11, 2018
A man has been found dead and several people are missing after a landslide engulfed houses in southern Japan on Wednesday, local officials said. ... more
MARSDAILY
MIPT physicists design a model of Martian winter
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Apr 10, 2018
A team of researchers from MIPT and their German and Japanese colleagues have designed a numerical model of the annual water cycle in the Martian atmosphere. Previously, the scientists focused their ... more


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SUPERPOWERS
Japan launches Marines unit amid China's growing presence
Tokyo (AFP) April 7, 2018
Japan's military on Saturday launched its first Marines unit, tasked with defending remote islands in the face of China's growing maritime presence in the region. ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
Ariane 5 launches two satellites
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Apr 06, 2018
Arianespace has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites: DSN-1/Superbird-8 for the Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT; and HYLAS 4 for the British operator Avanti Communications. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Five injured after quake hits Japan
Tokyo (AFP) April 9, 2018
A 5.6-magnitude quake hit western Japan early Monday, injuring five people and damaging buildings and roads, as officials warned stronger tremors could come in the days ahead. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Japan's snow monkeys use hot baths to conserve body heat, relieve stress
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2018
According to a new study, Japan's snow monkeys use the spa just like humans do, to stay warm and relieve stress. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Modeling future earthquake and tsunami risk in southeast Japan
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 03, 2018
Geoscience researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College and the Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology this week unveiled new, GPS-based methods for modelin ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Super typhoon may flood one third of central Tokyo: survey
Tokyo (AFP) March 31, 2018
One third of central Tokyo could be left under water and nearly four million people affected if a super typhoon strikes the capital causing storm surges, a new study from local authorities has warned. ... more
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Fears for Rohingya as first rains flood Bangladesh camps
Dhaka (AFP) April 19, 2018
The first rains of the year have flooded parts of the crowded Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, aid workers said Thursday, wreaking havoc and raising fears for nearly one million refugees ahead of the monsoon. A brief but heavy downpour turned roads into quagmires in the world's largest refugee camp, hindering relief efforts and hinting at the danger ahead for the Rohingya who have sought refuge ... more
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NIST's new quantum method generates really random numbers
Boulder CO (SPX) Apr 17, 2018
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a method for generating numbers guaranteed to be random by quantum mechanics. Described in the April 12 issue of Nature, the experimental technique surpasses all previous methods for ensuring the unpredictability of its random numbers and may enhance security and trust in cryptographic systems. The new ... more
+ Army engineers develop technique to make adaptive materials
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Global warming is transforming the Great Barrier Reef
Townsville, Australia (SPX) Apr 19, 2018
A new study published online in Nature shows that corals on the northern Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following the extended marine heatwave of 2016. "When corals bleach from a heatwave, they can either survive and regain their colour slowly as the temperature drops, or they can die. Averaged across the whole Great Barrier Reef, we lost 30 per cent of the corals in ... more
+ Researchers find 'catastrophic' coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef
+ Cold water devastates coral reefs off Japan: survey
+ Great Barrier Reef corals can survive global warming for another century
+ UTA expands efforts to develop water recycling technologies
+ Nanoporous membrane centrifuge enables reverse osmosis without fouling
+ China to offer visa-free travel to its own 'Hawaii'
+ Large wildfires bring increases in annual river flow
This 2-D nanosheet expands like a Grow Monster
Buffalo NY (SPX) Apr 19, 2018
Grow Monsters. Expandable water toys. Whatever you call them, they're plastic-like figurines that swell when placed in water. New materials science research borrows from this concept; only instead of water, engineers discovered that tiny crystal lattices called "self-assembling molecular nanosheets" expand when exposed to light. The advancement, described in the Proceedings of the Na ... more
+ Robot developed for automated assembly of designer nanomaterials
+ A treasure trove for nanotechnology experts
+ UCLA researchers develop a new class of two-dimensional materials
+ Nanostructures made of previously impossible material
+ Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles
+ Big steps toward control of production of tiny building blocks
+ New technique allows printing of flexible, stretchable silver nanowire circuits
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Lockheed tapped for upgrades to Patriot, THAAD missile systems
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 18, 2018
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army for Patriot defense systems and launch capabilities. The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at $200 million under the terms of a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, which is a modification to a previous award. The contract awarded by the Army Contracting Command, out of Redstone Arsenal, Al., ... more
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+ Estonia calls for deployment of Patriot missiles and US troops
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The Long Game: China Seeks to Transfer Its Silk Industry to Far Side of the Moon
Beijing (Sputnik) Apr 17, 2018
Talk about a trade war, as intra-solar-system transport of silk - one of the world's most popular commodities - could be made on the moon, and imported to earth. Just because China's upcoming moon mission is unmanned doesn't mean it will be unoccupied, as - in an effort to test possible self-sustaining biospheres that could lead to larger projects - cohabitating flora and fauna will be tra ... more
+ China to launch Long March-5 Y3 rocket in late 2018
+ Flowers on the Moon? China's Chang'e-4 to launch lunar spring
+ China's 'space dream': A Long March to the moon
+ China says Earth-bound space lab to offer 'splendid' show
+ Tiangong-1 expected to burn up on reentering atmosphere
+ Earth-bound Chinese spacelab plunging to fiery end
+ Chang'e-4 Lunar Probe will Reach the Far Side of the Moon


A robot by NTU Singapore autonomously assembles an IKEA chair
Singapore (SPX) Apr 19, 2018
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a robot that can autonomously assemble an IKEA chair without interruption. Designed by Assistant Professor Pham Quang Cuong and his team from NTU's School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the robot comprises a 3D camera and two robotic arms equipped with grippers to pick up objects. The team coded ... more
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Spain accuses CaixaBank of laundering Chinese money
Madrid (AFP) April 19, 2018
Spanish authorities announced Thursday they have pressed charges against CaixaBank, the nation's third largest lender, for breaching money laundering laws by turning a blind eye to dubious transfers by Chinese companies. The prosecutor tasked with investigating suspected money laundering by China's state-owned ICBC bank, which has a partnership with CaixaBank, said the Spanish bank suffered ... more
+ #IamGay backlash a rare win for China's LGBT community
+ China's Weibo backtracks on gay content ban
+ Former China Politburo member pleads guilty to bribery
+ Former China Politburo member pleads guilty to bribery
+ Top China news app self-criticises after government crackdown
+ Hong Kong civic coalition warns UN on eroding freedoms
+ Wind topples giant statue of China's first emperor


NASA's world tour of the atmosphere reveals surprises along the way
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 17, 2018
Two thirds of Earth's surface are covered by water - and two thirds of Earth's atmosphere reside over the oceans, far from land and the traditional ways that people measure the gases and pollutants that cycle through the air and around the globe. While satellites in space measuring the major gases can close some of that gap, it takes an aircraft to find out what's really happening in the c ... more
+ NASA mapping hurricane damage across Everglades
+ The 'radical' ways sunlight builds bigger molecules in the atmosphere
+ Airbus adds extra precision to Sentinel-3 satellite altimetry
+ First global carbon dioxide maps produced by Chinese observation satellite
+ China to launch new weather satellite
+ Do-It-Yourself Science: Because We Are All Explorers
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How NASA and John Deere Helped Tractors Drive Themselves
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2018
There has been a lot of talk lately of self-driving cars, but farmers have already been making good use of self-driving tractors for more than a decade-in part due to a partnership between John Deere and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on GPS receivers. The story starts with GPS, which was still new in the mid-1990s when John Deere, based in Moline, Illinois, began using it for prec ... more
+ US treaty with Native Americans put to test in Supreme Court salmon case
+ China hits US sorghum with anti-dumping measure
+ Fishing 'nomads': corralling carp on China's Thousand Island Lake
+ Monoculture farming is harming bees' microbiome
+ Japan faces record low eel catch, renewing stock fears
+ Sweet potatoes came to Polynesia before humans did, study suggests
+ Organic fertilizers are an overlooked source of microplastic pollution
Are we alone? NASA's new planet hunter aims to find out
Tampa (AFP) April 16, 2018
SpaceX postponed the launch of NASA's new planet-hunting mission Monday in order to verify the Falcon 9 rocket's navigation systems, the California-based company said. The next opportunity to blast off the $337 million satellite - which aims to advance the search for extraterrestrial life by scanning the skies for nearby, Earth-like planets - will be Wednesday. ... more
+ Scientists blast iron with lasers to study the cores of rocky exoplanets
+ Once upon a time, an exoplanet was discovered
+ We think we're the first advanced earthlings - but how do we really know?
+ Newly discovered salty subglacial lakes could help search for life in solar system
+ SPHERE Reveals Fascinating Zoo of Discs Around Young Stars
+ A Cosmic Gorilla Effect Could Blind the Detection of Aliens
+ NASA's newest planet-hunter, TESS, to survey the entire night sky


Help Stop Mosquito-borne Diseases with this App
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 19, 2018
Citizen scientists can play a role in eliminating Zika and other mosquito-transmitted diseases by downloading a free GLOBE Observer app from Google Play or the App Store. Use the Mosquito Habitat Mapper module to report the location of mosquitoes that potentially transmit disease. The app will show you how to find mosquito larvae, photograph the breeding site and then eliminate sites near ... more
+ Gates warns new fight needed against resurgent malaria
+ New model links yellow fever in Africa to climate, environment
+ DARPA Names Researchers Working to Halt Outbreaks in 60 Days or Less
+ China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu
+ UV light can kill airborne flu virus, study finds
+ Playing 20 Questions with Bacteria to Distinguish Harmless Organisms from Pathogens
+ Scientists report big improvements in HIV vaccine production
US urges Nigeria to change tactics against Boko Haram
Gwagwalada, Nigeria (AFP) April 18, 2018
Nigerian forces battling Boko Haram jihadists need a change of mindset to overcome an evolving guerrilla threat, US military officials said this week on the sidelines of an African security summit. Boko Haram's tactics - from improvised explosive devices to hiding within the local population - necessitate a shift away from conventional strategies, said Lieutenant-Colonel Sean McClure, the ... more
+ Boko Haram kills three Chadian soldiers
+ US, Nigeria hold military summit in Abuja
+ Ghana is the best country to host AU Space Agency
+ Five park rangers, driver killed in DR Congo's Virunga wildlife sanctuary
+ UN troops attacked in C.African capital after security sweep
+ Benin, Niger back Chinese involvement in mega rail project
+ Mali prisoner killings decried as 'summary executions'
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NASA's New Space 'Botanist' Arrives at Launch Site
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2018
A new instrument that will provide a unique, space-based measurement of how plants respond to changes in water availability has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for launch to the International Space Station this summer aboard a cargo resupply mission. NASA's ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) left NAS ... more
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For nuclear weapons reduction, a way to verify without revealing
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 20, 2018
In past negotiations aimed at reducing the arsenals of the world's nuclear superpowers, chiefly the U.S. and Russia, a major sticking point has been the verification process: How do you prove that real bombs and nuclear devices - not just replicas - have been destroyed, without revealing closely held secrets about the design of those weapons? Now, researchers at MIT have come up with a cle ... more
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+ N. Korea's muted response on Syria strikes speaks volumes
+ Trump voices hope Koreas can live 'together' in 'peace'


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