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June 19, 2018
Long suspected theory about the moon holds water

Sendai, Japan (SPX) Jun 15, 2018
A team of Japanese scientists led by Masahiro Kayama of Tohoku University's Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, has discovered a mineral known as moganite in a lunar meteorite found in a hot desert in northwest Africa. This is significant because moganite is a mineral that requires water to form, reinforcing the belief that water exists on the Moon. "Moganite is a crystal of silicon dioxide and is similar to quartz. It forms on Earth as a precipitate when alkaline wat ... read more

Girls' Rocketry Challenge team wins three awards at national model rocketry competition
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 13, 2018
Three school teams from the second cycle of the Girls' Rocketry Challenge (GRC), Lockheed Martin's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program in Japan, have successful ... more
S. Korea holds war games to defend against Japan
Seoul (AFP) June 18, 2018
South Korea on Monday began two days of war games to practise defending the disputed Dokdo islands off its east coast - against an unlikely attack by Japan. ... more
Japan successfully tests H-IIA launch vehicle with new research satellite
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jun 14, 2018
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Tuesday successfully tested a H-IIA Launch Vehicle with a new research satellite, according to the agency's live stream of the lift-off. The launch ... more
Japan, SKorea ban Canadian wheat imports over bioengineered plants
Ottawa (AFP) June 18, 2018
The world's sixth largest wheat producer sought to reassure trading partners on Monday that genetically modified wheat plants discovered on an Alberta farm were few and posed no food safety risks, after Japan and South Korea halted Canadian wheat imports. ... more

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Toll rises to four after quake in Japan's Osaka
Tokyo (AFP) June 19, 2018
The death toll in a powerful earthquake that rocked Japan's Osaka on Monday has risen to four, with over 380 injured, officials said Tuesday, urging vigilance against landslides ahead of heavy rains. ... more
Japan passes anti-plastic law but with no sanctions for polluters
Tokyo (AFP) June 15, 2018
A bill intended to reduce the volume of microplastics dumped into the ocean was approved by Japan's parliament on Friday, but it included no sanctions for failure to comply. ... more
SoftBank plans $60-100 bn investment in solar in India: report
Tokyo (AFP) June 15, 2018
Japan's SoftBank is planning to invest between $60-100 billion in a solar power project in India, a Japanese report said Friday, as the firm looks to expand its interests into various sectors. ... more
Jilted Fujifilm sues Xerox for $1bn after aborted merger
Tokyo (AFP) June 19, 2018
Japanese technology giant Fujifilm said Tuesday it was suing US firm Xerox, seeking more than $1 billion in damages after a merger between the two firms was scrapped last month. ... more
Solenergy designs and constructs largest self-consumption energy system in SEA
Batangas, Philippine (SPX) Jun 12, 2018
Japan Tobacco International (JTI) formally unveiled its new manufacturing plant in Batangas, Philippines this 2018. Atop its roof, a solar power system designed and installed by Solenergy Systems In ... more
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Supramolecular complex formation: Anthracene macrocycle and C60 fullerene
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system and has a characteristic ring. Japanese researchers have now synthesized a molecular "nano-Saturn". As the scientists report in the journal An ... more
US fighter jet crashes off Japan coast
Tokyo (AFP) June 11, 2018
A US F15 fighter jet crashed off the southern coast of Japan on Monday but the pilot ejected and was rescued by Japanese forces, Tokyo's defence minister said. ... more
World's most efficient production of succinate from carbon dioxide
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
Succinate is widely used as a raw ingredient for petrochemicals, and there is high demand for a way of producing succinate that is renewable and environmentally benign. A Japanese researcher has dis ... more
Trump dangles White House invite for Kim
Washington (AFP) June 7, 2018
US President Donald Trump insisted Thursday he is "very well-prepared" for a historic and potentially fraught summit with Kim Jong Un in five days, while hinting at the signing of a peace treaty and even a future White House visit by the North Korean dictator. ... more
Trump hosts Japan PM, five days before summit with Kim
Washington (AFP) June 7, 2018
With less than a week to go before meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump plays host Thursday to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wants his voice heard ahead of the unprecedented talks. ... more

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Bonobos won't eat filthy food, offering clues to the origins of disgust
Washington (UPI) Jun 4, 2018
Bonobos won't eat dirty food. In experiments, the great apes refused fruit that had been contaminated by feces. ... more
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Japan 'drone-brella' promises hands-free sun cover
Tokyo (AFP) June 6, 2018
It's the hands-free experience you never knew you needed - a Japanese company has developed a drone-powered parasol it says can hover over users, protecting them from the sun. ... more
UK mulls direct stake in Hitachi nuclear plant: minister
London (AFP) June 4, 2018
The British government said Monday it is considering directly investing in a nuclear power station project planned by Japanese giant Hitachi in Wales. ... more
Trio reach Earth from ISS with football slated for World Cup
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) June 3, 2018
Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov made it back to Earth Sunday along with an official match football that could be used later this month in the opening game of the World Cup in Moscow. ... more
Toshiba completes $21 bn sale of chip unit
Tokyo (AFP) June 1, 2018
Embattled conglomerate Toshiba on Friday completed the $21 billion sale of its prized chip unit to an investment consortium, a move seen as crucial to keeping the Japanese firm afloat. ... more
Solar energy: Mixed anion compounds with 'fluorine' works as new photocatalytic material
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 01, 2018
Scientists in Japan have shown that an oxyfluoride is capable of visible light-driven photocatalysis[1]. The finding opens new doors for designing materials for artificial photosynthesis and solar e ... more
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Economic optimization risks tipping of Earth system elements
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jun 19, 2018
Optimizing economic welfare without constraints might put human well-being at risk, a new climate study argues. While being successful in bringing down costs of greenhouse gas reductions for instance, the concept of profit maximization alone does not suffice to avoid the tipping of critical elements in the Earth system which could lead to dramatic changes of our lifelihood. The scientists ... more
+ Embry-Riddle researchers seek to improve hurricane evacuations and fuel supply
+ Macron backs Merkel in German row over migrants
+ Landslides kill 12 as monsoon batters Rohingya refugees
+ Science of squeezed oranges may help detection of failing bridges
+ Merkel open to EU migration reform, Spain takes in stranded migrant ship
+ Puerto Rico morgue overflowing with unclaimed bodies
+ First public forecasts from ViEWS, a political violence early-warning system
Combining experts and automation in 3D printing
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jun 18, 2018
Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering have developed a novel approach to optimizing soft material 3-D printing. The researchers' Expert-Guided Optimization (EGO) method combines expert judgment with an optimization algorithm that efficiently searches combinations of parameters relevant for 3-D printing, enabling high-fidelity soft material products to be printed. ... more
+ Reaktor Space Lab and VTT investigate a new frequency band for telecommunications satellites
+ Job Openings - Space Traffic Controllers
+ New mechanisms discovered to separate air
+ Scientists predict a new superhard material with unique properties
+ Modern alchemists are making chemistry greener
+ Microsoft sinks data centre off Scottish island
+ A better device for measuring electromagnetic radiation

Fueling a deep-sea ecosystem
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Jun 18, 2018
Miles beneath the ocean's surface in the dark abyss, vast communities of subseafloor microbes at deep-sea hot springs are converting chemicals into energy that allows deep-sea life to survive - and even thrive - in a world without sunlight. Until now, however, measuring the productivity of subseafloor microbe communities - or how fast they oxidize chemicals and the amount of carbon they produce ... more
+ Chinese researchers achieve 3D underwater acoustic carpet cloak first with 'Black Panther'-like features
+ When the river runs high
+ Australia vows to compete with China funding in Pacific
+ Antarctica ramps up sea level rise
+ Large-scale study indicates novel, abundant nitrogen-fixing microbes in surface ocean
+ US property crisis looms as sea level rises, experts warn
+ Boring down on boron
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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China Working Toward Next-Gen Quantum Radar to Track Ballistic Missiles
Beijing (Sputnik) Jun 18, 2018
The state-owned Chinese company responsible for developing high-end electronics has claimed that the next version of its quantum radar will be even more powerful than previously thought. In 2016, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) announced that it had tested a quantum radar with a range of around 62 miles, or 100 kilometers - roughly five times further than the range of ... more
+ Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
+ Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
+ Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
+ Defense Department modifies contract for ballistic missiles
+ Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
+ Northrop tapped for ballistic radar detection services
+ Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
China confirms reception of data from Gaofen-6 satellite
Beijing (XNA) Jun 07, 2018
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) confirmed that one of its institutes Monday successfully tracked and received imaging data from the newly-launched Earth observation satellite Gaofen-6. The Aerospace Information Research Institute said the Miyun station of China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station received the first batch of observation data from the Gaofen-6 satellite. There was ... more
+ Experts Explain How China Is Opening International Space Cooperation
+ Beijing welcomes use of Chinese space station by all UN Nations
+ China upgrades spacecraft reentry and descent technology
+ China develops wireless systems for rockets
+ China's Queqiao satellite carries "large umbrella" into deep space
+ Russia May Help China Create International Cosmonauts Rehabilitation Center
+ Sunrise for China's commercial space industry?

Robots learn by checking in on team members
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 19, 2018
The software and hardware needed to co-ordinate a team of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can communicate and work toward a common goal have recently been developed by KAUST researchers. "Giving UAVs more autonomy makes them an even more valuable resource," says Mohamed Abdelkader, who worked on the project with his colleagues under the guidance of Jeff Shamma. "Monitoring the progres ... more
+ Future robots need no motors
+ Self-healing material a breakthrough for bio-inspired robotics
+ A fast, low-voltage actuator for soft and wearable robotics
+ 'iPal' robot companion for China's lonely children
+ C2-A2 AGRODROID the world's new Smart Farming product
+ Cometh the cyborg: improved integration of living muscles into robots
+ Future robots need no motors
Malaysia power shift hits China infrastructure drive
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) June 17, 2018
Malaysia was once a loyal partner in China's globe-spanning infrastructure drive but a new government is now pledging to review Beijing-backed projects, threatening key links in the much-vaunted initiative. Kuala Lumpur's previous regime, led by scandal-mired Najib Razak, had warm ties with China and signed a string of deals for Beijing-funded projects, including a major rail link and a deep ... more
+ Ex-head of China insurance regulator pleads guilty to bribes
+ China's transgenders 'step forward' from the shadows
+ Sweden jails Chinese man for spying on Tibetan refugees
+ Hong Kong golf course row exposes city's social divide
+ Tight squeeze for Hong Kong's young professionals
+ Chinese vase found in attic sells for 16.2 million euros
+ Hong Kong jails top independence leader for six years

UCI scientists find new teleconnection for early and accurate precipitation prediction
Irvine CA (SPX) Jun 15, 2018
El Nino was long considered a reliable tool for predicting future precipitation in the southwestern United States, but its forecasting power has diminished in recent cycles, possibly due to global climate change. In a study published in Nature Communications, scientists and engineers at the University of California, Irvine demonstrate a new method for projecting wet or dry weather in the winter ... more
+ New method makes weather forecasts right as rain
+ Close encounters of the fishy kind
+ Decades of satellite monitoring reveal Antarctic ice loss
+ MOF material offers selective, reversible and repeatable capture of toxic atmospheric gas
+ Ammonia distribution in Earth's upper atmosphere explained
+ GRACE-FO turns on 'range finder,' sees mountain effects
+ Wind satellite shows off

Japan, SKorea ban Canadian wheat imports over bioengineered plants
Ottawa (AFP) June 18, 2018
The world's sixth largest wheat producer sought to reassure trading partners on Monday that genetically modified wheat plants discovered on an Alberta farm were few and posed no food safety risks, after Japan and South Korea halted Canadian wheat imports. Wheat sales contribute about Can$11 billion (US$8 billion) to the Canadian economy each year. The temporary import bans were another b ... more
+ Fashion retailer ASOS bans silk, cashmere, mohair
+ Farmers increasingly relying on agricultural contractors, new research shows
+ RNA changes aided sunflower's rapid evolutionary transformation, domestication
+ Warmer climate will dramatically increase the volatility of global corn crops
+ US farmers stressed, angry at trade wars
+ US soybean prices tumble amid trade fight with Beijing
+ Unusual Supreme Court tie hands victory to Native Americans, salmon
Astronomers identify 121 giant planets likely to host habitable moons
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2018
Astronomers have identified 121 giant planets that potentially host habitable moons. Scientists believe the next generation of telescopes will be able to target alien moons in search of signs of life. Scientists identified the candidates among exoplanet data collected by NASA's Kepler telescope. Kepler's main goal is to help astronomers locate habitable planets outside the solar system. ... more
+ Hawking plea 'to save planet' beamed to black hole
+ Study could help humans colonise Mars and hunt for alien life
+ Chandra Scouts Nearest Star System for Possible Hazards
+ Researchers discover a system with three Earth-sized planets
+ Researchers discover multiple alkali metals in unique exoplanet
+ The Clarke exobelt, a method to search for possible extraterrestrial civilizations
+ Searching for Potential Life-Hosting Planets Beyond Earth

Spot a rat? Real-time map aims to plot Paris sightings
Paris (AFP) June 11, 2018
Rats have become an increasingly common sight in Paris over the past few years, but one local official wants to make sure everyone knows just how many are being spotted daily in his corner of the French capital. Geoffroy Boulard, who heads the municipal council of the 17th Arrondissement, has set up an interactive map where residents can signal rodent sightings in real time. "It was the ... more
+ 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
+ Asian tiger mosquito on the move
France, Britain, US put UN hold on Chinese arms deliveries to C. Africa
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 15, 2018
France, Britain and the United States on Thursday put a hold on a request from the Central African Republic for UN Security Council approval of Chinese weapons deliveries for its national forces. CAR's defense minister asked a UN sanctions committee on June 5 to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow the shipments of Chinese-made armored vehicles, machine guns, tear gas grenades an ... more
+ Uganda commissions new Chinese highway to ease congestion
+ For Ethiopia's Abiy, big reforms carry big risks
+ New EU 'peace fund' could buy weapons for Africa
+ Britain begins W.Africa deployment in support of France
+ US commando killed, four wounded in Somalia attack
+ US says strike kills 27 Shabaab militants in Horn of Africa
+ New perspectives on African migration

Space Station Roulette
Bethesda MD (SPX) Jun 19, 2018
Space station astronauts have to be "high-risk-taking" individuals. They volunteer to fly from the Earth to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard a Russian launch vehicle that has a less-than-stellar safety record. Once on board the ISS they are exposed to high radiation levels, weightlessness and the hard vacuum of space. In fact, they are at the mercy of the elements for the duration o ... more
+ Peggy Whitson, NASA's most experienced astronaut, retires
+ NASA astronauts install high-def cameras during spacewalk
+ NASA Administrator Statement on Space Policy Directive-3
+ ECOSTRESS among science payloads on next ISS mission
+ Possible launch date of Russia's Nauka module to ISS
+ Second Space Station mission for Alexander Gerst begins
+ New Era of Space Exploration is "Internet of Tomorrow"
North Korea's Kim makes two-day visit to China
Beijing (AFP) June 19, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing, Chinese state media reported Tuesday, a week after his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump. The outing comes as China has sought to strengthen its role as a mediator between the US and North Korea, where Beijing claims compelling security and economic interests. Dozens of security vans, police cars and ... more
+ 'Worrying' new focus on nuclear deterrence: report
+ North Korea: Pompeo says he will likely visit Kim soon
+ Iran's Rouhani in Europe in July to seek backing for nuclear deal
+ Putin invites Kim to Russia, praises Trump summit
+ US must remain vigilant to nukes: Mattis
+ US, S. Korea confirm suspending military drills
+ Seoul says N. Korea sanctions may be eased before full denuclearisation
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