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October 21, 2020
Japan, Vietnam boost defence ties as South China Sea tensions mount

Hanoi (AFP) Oct 19, 2020
Japan and Vietnam agreed to step up security and defence cooperation Monday, reaching an agreement in principle for Tokyo to export defence equipment and technology to the Southeast Asian nation. The deal comes as concerns mount over China's increasing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea, with Beijing expanding its military presence in the region. The pact would allow Japan to export equipment, likely including patrol planes and radar, to Vietnam, according to Japanese news agency Kyo ... read more

Eyeing China, Australia joins 'quad' drill with US, Japan, India
Sydney (AFP) Oct 20, 2020
Australia will take part in a large-scale military drill off the coast of India next month that will bring together a quartet of countries concerned by rising Chinese influence. ... more
Japan PM Suga sends offering to controversial war shrine
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 17, 2020
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent a ritual offering Saturday to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, which is seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of the nation's past militarism, especially during World War II. ... more
Microbial diversity below seafloor is as rich as on Earth's surface
Kingston RI (SPX) Oct 21, 2020
For the first time, researchers have mapped the biological diversity of marine sediment, one of Earth's largest global biomes. Although marine sediment covers 70% of the Earth's surface, little was ... more
Japan to release treated Fukushima water into sea: reports
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 16, 2020
Japan will release more than a million tonnes of treated radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea in a decades-long operation, reports said Friday, despite strong opposition from local fishermen. ... more
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Japan launches submarine powered by lithium-ion batteries
Washington DC (UPI) Oct 14, 2020
Japan unveiled its newest class of submarine, ceremonially launching the attack submarine Taigei on Wednesday. ... more
NASA announces eight-nation space coalition under 'Artemis Accords'
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2020
NASA announced on Tuesday that eight countries have signed an international agreement called the Artemis Accords that outlines the principles of future exploration of the Moon and beyond. ... more
NASA, JAXA to Send Sampling Technology to Moon and Phobos
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 13, 2020
NASA and Japan's space agency JAXA have selected a new low-cost sample collection technology for 2 missions to the Moon and the Martian moon Phobos. PlanetVac, developed by Altadena, Californi ... more
The underground 'Parthenon' protecting Tokyo from floods
Kasukabe, Japan (AFP) Oct 12, 2020
It has been called Japan's underground "Parthenon", a cavernous complex charged with protecting Tokyo and surrounding areas from catastrophic flooding - a risk experts warn is growing as climate change advances. ... more
Signals from distant stars connect optical atomic clocks across Earth for the first time
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 09, 2020
Using radio telescopes observing distant stars, scientists have connected optical atomic clocks on different continents. The results were published in the scientific journal Nature Physics by an int ... more
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Pompeo warns of China risks ahead of US-India talks
Washington (AFP) Oct 9, 2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday urged closer ties with India as he warned of China's growing might on its doorstep, amid a flurry of diplomacy between the world's two largest democracies. ... more
Unique vine 'greenhouses' found by 91-year-old nature volunteer
Paris (AFP) Oct 7, 2020
An unusual vine discovered by a 91-year-old volunteer nature guide in Japan has a "unique" way of using its leaves to curl around its fruits to envelop them in a protective microclimate, scientists said on Wednesday. ... more
Pompeo slams China's 'corruption, coercion' at Tokyo talks
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 6, 2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on key Asian allies to unite against China's "exploitation, corruption and coercion" in the region, as he held talks Tuesday in Tokyo. ... more
Nearly 40 nations demand China respect Uighur human rights
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 6, 2020
The US, Japan and many EU nations joined a call on Tuesday urging China to respect the human rights of minority Uighurs, and also expressing concern about the situation in Hong Kong. ... more
Ultrasensitive microwave detector developed
Pohang, South Korea (SPX) Oct 05, 2020
A joint international research team from POSTECH of South Korea, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S., Barcelona Institute of Science ... more

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First tests for landing the Martian Moons eXploration Rover
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Oct 01, 2020
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission will have a German-French rover on board when it is launched in 2024. The rover will land on the Martian moon Ph ... more
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Japan aiming to send hopping spacecraft fuelled by lunar water to Moon
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 30, 2020
The project for a top-notch station, Gateway, is a would-be collaboration with the US, and has already driven the Japanese space agency to apply for hefty government funding - around $2.7 billion ye ... more
Japan's military seeks record $52 bn budget
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 30, 2020
Japan's defence ministry on Wednesday unveiled a record $52-billion budget request in a push to maintain military readiness under pressure from China and North Korea. ... more
Pompeo due in Asia for talks on China, N.Korea
Washington (AFP) Sept 30, 2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head next week to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia, the State Department said Tuesday, on a trip expected to focus heavily on China and North Korea. ... more
Singapore Airlines drops 'flights to nowhere' after outcry
Singapore (AFP) Sept 29, 2020
Singapore Airlines said Tuesday it had scrapped plans for "flights to nowhere" aimed at boosting its coronavirus-hit finances after an outcry over the environmental impact. ... more
Marine Commandant calls for troop realignment in Indo-Pacific region
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 25, 2020
U.S. Marine Corps strategy in the Indo-Pacific region requires a restructuring of its array of forces, Commandant Gen. David Berger said. ... more
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11 soldiers dead, 11 missing in Vietnam after second big landslide in days
Hanoi (AFP) Oct 18, 2020
Eleven soldiers are dead and a frantic search is under way for 11 others after a huge landslide hit central Vietnam on Sunday, as the country battles its worst flooding in years. Heavy rain has pounded the region for more than a week and at least 64 people have been killed in floods and landslides, according to Vietnam's disaster management authority, with concerns mounting that waters could ... more
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Soyuz MS-17 delivers resupply of Dosis-3D pouches
Paris (ESA) Oct 21, 2020
The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft arrived to the International Space Station just three hours after launch on 14 October, with Roscosmos astronauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins on board. Aside from the human cargo, the Soyuz had space for some science, including one of ESA's longest-running experiments, Dosis-3D. Dotted around the International Spa ... more
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A new land surface model to monitor global river water environment
Beijing, China (SPX) Oct 16, 2020
Climate change and human activities, including heat emission, nitrogen (N) emission, and water management are altering the hydrothermal condition and N transport in the soil and river systems, thereby affecting the global nitrogen cycle and water environment. "We need to assess the impacts of these human activities on global river temperature and riverine N transport," said Prof. Zhenghui ... more
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+ Recent Atlantic ocean warming unprecedented in nearly 3,000 years
+ Depths of the Weddell Sea are warming five times faster than elsewhere
+ Climate change driving mussel, barnacle, snail declines along Maine coast
+ 'Like the speed of the wind': Kenya's lakes rise to destructive highs
+ Rain really does move mountains, study finds
Nano particles for healthy tissue
Paris (ESA) Sep 07, 2020
"Eat your vitamins" might be replaced with "ingest your ceramic nano-particles" in the future as space research is giving more weight to the idea that nanoscopic particles could help protect cells from common causes of damage. Oxidative stress occurs in our bodies when cells lose the natural balance of electrons in the molecules that we are made of. This is a common and constant occurrence ... more
+ Hybrid nanomaterials hold promise for improved ceramic composites
+ Scientists open new window into the nanoworld
+ The smallest motor in the world
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+ Transporting energy through a single molecular nanowire
+ To make an atom-sized machine, you need a quantum mechanic

Lockheed Martin poised to deliver on national priority for Homeland Defense
Bethesda VA (SPX) Oct 19, 2020
Lockheed Martin teamed with Aerojet Rocketdyne on a proposal to compete for the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) contract for The Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Lockheed Martin is offering an interceptor designed from the ground up as an all-up-round to address all elements of environmental survivability from day one. Our partner Aerojet Rocketdyne will power our primary propulsion to addr ... more
+ U.S. approves sale of missile defense system to Romania
+ Turkey plans live-fire exercise, missile defense tests
+ US Space Force contracts for 8 missile early warning satellites
+ US Army wants electronic jammer weapon with missile defense capabilities
+ Lockheed Martin selected to integrate missile warning onto EGS via FORGE
+ Japan's Abe urges stronger defences to face missiles
+ Advanced Patriot missile fails in live-fire test
State-owned space giant prepares for giant step in space
Beijing (XNA) Oct 20, 2020
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, a State-owned space conglomerate, has made many strides in its commercial space businesses, according to a company executive. Fu Zhimin, chief technical officer at CASIC, said at the opening ceremony of the sixth China International Commercial Aerospace Forum, which opened in Hubei's provincial capital of Wuhan on Monday morning, that his company ... more
+ China's Xichang launch center to carry out 10 missions by end of March
+ Eighteen new astronauts chosen for China's space station mission
+ NASA chief warns Congress about Chinese space station
+ China's new carrier rocket available for public view
+ China sends nine satellites into orbit by sea launch
+ Chinese spacecraft launched mystery object into space before returning to Earth
+ China's reusable spacecraft returns to Earth after 2 days
NTU Singapore scientists develop 'mini-brains' to help robots recognize pain and to self-repair
Singapore (SPX) Oct 16, 2020
Using a brain-inspired approach, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a way for robots to have the artificial intelligence (AI) to recognise pain and to self-repair when damaged. The system has AI-enabled sensor nodes to process and respond to 'pain' arising from pressure exerted by a physical force. The system also allows the robot to ... more
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+ First tests for landing the Martian Moons eXploration Rover
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China beefs up laws to handle epidemics, protect whistleblowers
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2020
China has passed a new law to improve its handling of disease outbreaks - including protecting whistleblowers - following a cascade of criticism over its coronavirus response and accusations of an early cover-up. The new biosecurity law, approved by lawmakers on Saturday, flags the right to report "acts that endanger biosecurity" and calls for risk prevention systems, ranging from active m ... more
+ China warns Canada against granting Hong Kongers sanctuary
+ Hong Kong activist 'Grandma Wong' says held 14 months in mainland China
+ Trudeau: Canada will not be cowed by China on human rights
+ China slams US appointment of envoy for Tibet human rights
+ Hong Kong police raid pro-democracy media tycoon's office
+ Australia 'deeply concerned' as writer faces China spying trial
+ Trudeau slams China on human rights, 'coercive diplomacy'

Rogue cubesats eye Hurricane Sally from space
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 21, 2020
When Hurricane Sally hit the Gulf Coast region of the United States, an AeroCube was laser-focused on the eye of the storm. The Aerospace Corporation's Rogue Alpha/Beta CubeSats sent compelling imagery of the hurricane to Earth via laser communications, demonstrating how a small satellite can deliver large amounts of remote sensing data for weather and other research. "Aerospace is e ... more
+ Predicting tornadoes on UK cold fronts for the first time
+ Satellites keep eye on crawfish for gourmets
+ ICEYE shares nearly 18,000 satellite image archive under Creative Commons License
+ Serco Europe launches space research incubator in Italy
+ Two US satellites fail to enter orbit due to abnormal situation: Reports
+ Nanohmics to test ultra-compact hyperspectral imager on the ISS
+ Compact, low-cost system provides fast 3D hyperspectral imaging
Satellite imagery and broadband set to grow four fold in Precision Ag Market by 2029
Paris, France (SPX) Oct 21, 2020
For its latest research titled, "EO4AG - Earth Observation for Agriculture", Euroconsult has teamed up with TerraMetric, a US-based, global business development firm focused on geospatial and new space markets, to provide an in-depth analysis on the global trends, vertical integration opportunities and regional demand forecasted for Earth observation-based services and products addressing the ag ... more
+ Designing off-grid refrigeration technologies for crop storage in Kenya
+ Biochar helps hold water, saves money
+ Food waste: cities can make the difference
+ Global food production threatens the climate
+ Sweetpotato biodiversity can help increase climate-resilience of small-scale farming
+ Canadian farmer who took on Monsanto dies aged 89
+ World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize
Two Planets Around a Red Dwarf
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 16, 2020
The "SAINT-EX" Observatory, led by scientists from the National Centre of Competence in Research NCCR PlanetS of the University of Bern and the University of Geneva, has detected two exoplanets orbiting the star TOI-1266. The Mexico-based telescope thus demonstrates its high precision and takes an important step in the quest of finding potentially habitable worlds. Red dwarfs are the coole ... more
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+ Some planets may be better for life than Earth

Plague transmission rates increased from the Black Death to the Great Plague
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2019
From the 14th to the 19th centuries, Europe and Asia were struck by successive waves of the plague. New research - published Monday in the journal PNAS - suggests that over the course of the pandemic, from the Black Death of 1348 to the Great Plague of 1665, transmission rates increased four-fold. In recent years, genomic analysis has offered scientists a variety of insights into the ... more
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+ Europe tightens virus curbs as global cases top 40 million
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Six Chad soldiers killed by Boko Haram fighters: army
N'Djamena (AFP) Oct 20, 2020
Boko Haram fighters killed six Chadian soldiers in the Lake Chad region, where deadly jihadist attacks against civilians and security forces are on the rise, the army said Tuesday. Security experts say Boko Haram, which originated in Nigeria in 2009, has established bases on islets dotting Lake Chad, a vast swampy expanse in the border region straddled by Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon. ... more
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Air still leaking from Russia's ISS Module despite recent patch, crew says
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 21, 2020
The pressure in the Zvezda module of the International Space Station (ISS) keeps lowering, although the fissure was patched with Kapton tape, and even faster than before the fix, the crew told the ground control on Tuesday, as broadcast by NASA. On Monday, cosmonaut Ivan Vagner said the leak was repaired temporarily. A source in the industry told Sputnik the fissure was about 1 inch long a ... more
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US shoots down Putin proposal for one-year New START extension
Moscow (AFP) Oct 16, 2020
Russia and the United States on Friday were at a new impasse over the last major nuclear arms reduction accord, with the United States calling President Vladimir Putin's proposal for an unconditional one-year extension a non-starter. Tensions have raged for months over the fate of New START, which caps the number of nuclear warheads held by Washington and Moscow and expires on February 5. ... more
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