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January 19, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Japan aborts mini-rocket mission shortly after liftoff



Tokyo (AFP) Jan 15, 2017
Japan's space agency Sunday aborted a mission to use a mini-rocket to send a satellite into orbit after the spacecraft stopped sending data to ground control shortly after liftoff. The SS-520 rocket, which stands around the size of a power pole, lifted off at 8:33 am (2333 GMT) into a clear sky at the Uchinoura Space Centre in southern Kagoshima Prefecture. The rocket, regarded as one of the smallest units in the world capable of sending satellites into the space, was carrying the three-kilogram ... read more

AEROSPACE
US Marines send F-35 stealth fighter squadron to Japan
The US Marine Corps said Tuesday it has sent a squadron of F-35B fighters to Japan, marking the first operational overseas deployment for the controversial jet that is under scrutiny from President-elect Donald Trump. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima 'voluntary' evacuees to lose housing support
Thousands of Japanese evacuees from Fukushima should keep getting free housing, supporters said Tuesday, as the local government readies to yank support offered after the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. ... more
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IBARAKI A Time Traveler's Journal
The alluring charm of Ibaraki can be an elusive creature. Akin to an ethereal breeze catching you unaware, it sweeps you into a serene adventure colored by a history laden past. Nestled in the north ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Renewable energy investment value fell 18% in 2016: study
Global investment in renewable energy dropped by 18 percent in 2016 due to sharp falls in equipment prices and a slowdown in China and Japan, a study found Thursday. ... more
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Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Japan delays launch of mini-rocket amid bad weather
Japanese space agency on Wednesday postponed the launch of an experimental rocket due to adverse weather conditions. The modified sounding rocket SS-520, to be the world's smallest rocket to p ... more
AEROSPACE
U.S. Marines move first F-35B squadron to Japan
The U.S. Marines have relocated the first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron from a base in Arizona to Japan. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Real time imaging and transcriptome analysis of medaka aboard space station
Space travel in a reduced gravity environment can have lasting effects on the body. For example, researches clearly show that astronauts undergo a significant drop in bone mineral density during spa ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China makes war with Japan six years longer
China has ordered all schools to teach pupils that its 20th-century war with Japan lasted 14 years rather than eight, the education ministry said Wednesday, to "strengthen patriotic education". ... more


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CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva
EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva. ... more
CAR TECH
Renault-Nissan doubles down on autonomous cars
Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn told a tech gathering Thursday the automaker is committed to self-driving cars, as he unveiled a series of initiatives to advance the technology. ... more

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Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70
The death toll from a botched air strike on Boko Haram fighters in northeast Nigeria rose to 70 on Wednesday, as aid agencies indicated more people could die without urgent treatment. Nigeria called Tuesday's bombing of a camp for displaced people in Rann a mistake and blamed the "fog of war", sparking strong condemnation from aid agencies working in the crisis-hit region. The Internatio ... more
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Electron diffraction locates hydrogen atoms
Diffraction-based analytical methods are widely used in laboratories, but they struggle to study samples that are smaller than a micrometer in size. Researchers from the Laboratoire de cristallographie et sciences des materiaux (CNRS/Ensicaen/Unicaen), the Laboratoire catalyse et spectrochimie (CNRS/Ensicaen/Unicaen), and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic have nevertheless been succe ... more
China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use

China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017

Thales supplying Crowsnest radar system to Royal Navy

How China is poised for marine fisheries reform
As global fish stocks continue sinking to alarmingly low levels, a joint study by marine fisheries experts from within and outside of China concluded that the country's most recent fisheries conservation plan can achieve a true paradigm shift in marine fisheries management - but only if the Chinese government embraces major institutional reform. The researchers, led by Stanford University' ... more
The global chain that produces your fish

Bay Area methane emissions may be double what we thought

Short-lived greenhouse gases cause centuries of sea-level rise

Zeroing in on the true nature of fluids within nanocapillaries
Shrinking the investigation of objects down to the nanometer scale often reveals new properties of matter that have no equivalent for their bulk analysis. This phenomenon is motivating many current studies of nanomaterials which can reveal fascinating new phenomena. It inspired a group of researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) to explore the extent of our ... more
Nano-chimneys can cool circuits

The researchers created a tiny laser using nanoparticles

Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures

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Israel army gets new ballistic missile interceptors
The Israeli army on Wednesday received new ballistic missile interceptors that significantly upgrade the Jewish state's aerial defence systems in the face of "emerging threats", the defence ministry said. The Arrow 3 interceptor, designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere, was handed to air force bases in Israel after successful testing by Israel and the United States at the end of ... more
Italy joins EUROSAM's Aster 30 B1NT program

SBIRS GEO Flight 3 encapsulated for launch

U.S. Air Force prepares SBIRS satellite for launch

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A
The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on Monday. The rocket, carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, blasted off from northwestern China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at around 12:11 p.m. Monday Beijing Time, according to a statement from the center. The KZ-1A was developed from the Kuaizhou-1 r ... more
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Beijing's space program soars in 2016

Robots need 'kill switches', warn Euro MPs
The unstoppable rise of robots in our everyday lives requires urgent EU rules such as "kill switches", European Parliament members warned Thursday as they passed a resolution urging Brussels into action on automaton ethics. Mady Delvaux, a Socialist MEP from Luxembourg, led the campaign and warned that Europe is passively standing by as robots take an increasingly powerful role that will gro ... more
Scientists proposed a novel regional path tracking scheme for autonomous ground vehicles

Cheery robots may make creepy companions, but could be intelligent assistants

Amazon Alexa virtual assistant shines at tech show

Robert Chow: Hong Kong's pro-Beijing firebrand
Hong Kong is home to a host of democracy activists angering China but one rabble-rouser - a silver-haired former radio host - has been embraced by Beijing for targeting supporters of a split from the mainland. Straight-talking and a seasoned media operator, Robert Chow is Hong Kong's most prominent pro-Beijing activist, best-known for orchestrating a public campaign against massive democra ... more
Hong Kong leader slams independence movement in final speech

Hong Kong activists declare 'war' after appeal bid snub

Hong Kong leadership hopeful pledges to heal city's 'heartache'

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First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
Breakthrough Listen, the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond Earth launched in 2015 by Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking, has announced its first observations using the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Parkes joins the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, USA, and the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Ob ... more
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China to launch electromagnetic monitoring satellite for earthquake study
China will launch a satellite this year to gather electromagnetic data that may be used in monitoring and forecasting earthquakes. According to China's earthquake administrative agencies on Tuesday, the satellite will be launched in the latter half of this year. Movements of the Earth's crust generate electromagnetic radiation which can be observed from space. By collecting dat ... more
Sentinel-2B launch preparations off to a flying start

China receives imagery from high-resolution remote sensing satellites

Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture

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Tiny plants with huge potential
Wolffia globosa, a tiny, rootless duckweed, or water lens, apparently has what it takes to achieve great things. Researchers at the University of Jena (Germany), together with colleagues in India and Germany, have investigated the potential of various duckweeds as a human food source. The results, which are very promising, have been published under the title 'Nutritional value of duckweeds ... more
Can the 'greening' be greener?

Europe urged to expand pesticide ban for bees' sake

Pressures from grazers hastens ecosystem collapse from drought

Looking for life in all the right places with the right tool
Researchers have invented a range of instruments from giant telescopes to rovers to search for life in outer space, but so far, these efforts have yielded no definitive evidence that it exists beyond Earth. Now scientists have developed a new tool that can look for signs of life with 10,000 times more sensitivity than instruments carried on previous spaceflight missions. Their report appears in ... more
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Hubble detects 'exocomets' taking the plunge into a young star

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Why Lyme disease is common in the north, rare in the south
The ticks that transmit Lyme disease to people die of dehydration when exposed to a combination of high temperature and lowered humidity, a new USGS-led study has found. In an earlier related study, the researchers found that southern black-legged ticks, unlike northern ones, usually stay hidden under a layer of leaves, where they are less likely to encounter people. The research group, wh ... more
China roast duck vendor dies of H7N9 bird flu: Xinhua

Study: Retroviruses are nearly 500 million years old

French hospitals overwhelmed by flu epidemic

I.Coast soldier killed as mutiny protests return
A mutinous soldier was killed in Ivory Coast's administrative capital Tuesday, as fresh trouble erupted in several cities after troops took to the streets, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents. The soldier's death in Yamoussoukro was the first since a mutiny over pay erupted in the second city Bouake on January 5, stoking security fears in the world's top cocoa producer. Init ... more
Uganda military denies Congolese rebels left camp

Gambia army chief says troops will not fight intervention

I.Coast rocked by protests as deadly army mutiny spreads

French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, and helped install three new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries to upgrade the power system at the International Space Station. Wearing a white spacesuit with the French flag emblazoned on one shoulder, Pesquet and US astronaut Shane Kimbrough switched on their spacesuits' internal battery power to ... more
NASA to rely on Soyuz for ISS missions until 2019

'Hidden Figures' soars in second week atop box office

Lomonosov Moscow State University to Launch 'Space Department' in 2017

Russia test-fires Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile
Russia's military successfully test-fired a Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the country's defense ministry. The missile, one of Russia's first ICBMs developed after the fall of the Soviet Union, was fired from the Plesetsk spaceport and struck its target at a firing range in the Kamchatka Peninsula. Russian defense authorities say the test was conducted to confi ... more
Mogherini says EU to stand by Iran nuclear accord

Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal

'No sense' in renegotiating nuclear deal: Iran president



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