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December 12, 2018
Pentagon conducts latest successful test of US-Japan interceptor

Washington (AFP) Dec 11, 2018
The US military on Tuesday successfully conducted a test of a new ballistic-missile interceptor system, which is being co-developed with Japan. The launch marks the second successful test in less than two months for the SM-3 Block IIA missile and its associated technologies, which had previously experienced failures. According to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), sailors at the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii tracked and intercept ... read more

US military declares five missing Marines dead after Japan crash
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 11, 2018
The US military said Tuesday it had pronounced five missing Marines dead and was ending search operations nearly a week after two US military aircraft crashed off Japan. ... more
Pioneer bought by Hong-Kong fund
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2018
Japanese electronics firm Pioneer said Friday it will become a wholly owned unit of a Hong Kong-based fund to rebuild itself in a deal worth $904 million. ... more
Japan to ban government use of Huawei, ZTE products: reports
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2018
Japan is to ban government use of telecoms products made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE on concerns about cybersecurity, reports said Friday. ... more
Seeing the light: Researchers offer solution for efficiency problem of artificial photosynthesis
Matsumoto, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2018
Hydrogen-powered electronics, travel, and more may be a step closer thanks to the work of a collaborative team of scientists in Japan. The researchers have developed a new method to more efficiently ... more
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A big step toward the practical application of 3D holography with powerful computers
Chiba, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2018
Japanese computer scientists have succeeded in developing a special purpose computer that can project high-quality three-dimensional (3D) holography as a video. The research team led by Tomoyoshi It ... more
Turning the page: Japan's last pager service ends after 50 years
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 3, 2018
The end of the pager era is nigh in Japan after five decades as the country's last provider announced on Monday it would be scrapping its service next year. ... more
USS John S. McCain transfers from dry dock to pier following collision repairs
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2018
The USS John S. McCain was launched from dry dock and moored pier-side in Yokosuka, Japan, to continue repairs following a collision last year that killed 10 sailors. ... more
Army issues contract for Hawk missile parts for foreign military sales
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2018
Communications and Power Industries has been awarded $24.8 million to provide Klystron Tube spares for the MIM-23 Homing All the Way Killer surface-to-air missile launcher. ... more
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury
Paris (ESA) Nov 26, 2018
In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment Europe and Japan's BepiColombo mission will have just come a crucial ... more
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Extreme weather 'major' issue for Tokyo 2020
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 29, 2018
The possibility of extreme summer heat and typhoons in Tokyo is a "major issue" for the 2020 Olympics, a top official said Thursday, admitting there would be a knock-on effect on the budget. ... more
Scientists uncovered the mechanism of fungal luminescence and created luminescent yeasts
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 27, 2018
Russian scientists together with colleagues from UK, Spain, Brazil, Japan and Austria have fully described the mechanism of fungal luminescence. They found that fungi utilize only four key enzymes t ... more
Japan mulling purchase of 100 US stealth fighters: report
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 27, 2018
Japan is considering buying up to 100 F-35 stealth fighters from the US for more than $8.8 billion as it seeks to counter China's growing military presence in the region, a newspaper reported Tuesday. ... more
Eel trafficking in the EU, the world's 'biggest wildlife crime'
Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2018
Billions of euros worth of critically endangered eels are being trafficked each year from Europe, ending up on tables in China and Japan in what campaigners say is "the largest wildlife crime on Earth." ... more
Energy firms track plunge in oil, Asia markets temper losses
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 21, 2018
Energy companies suffered further losses on Wednesday following a collapse in oil prices while most Asian markets fell, but with the sharp losses witnessed in the morning being tempered. ... more

Japan issues contract to purchaser RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drones

Japan faces difficult energy choices
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 19, 2018
Japan's power sector is facing multiple challenges ranging from the reliability of nuclear power and boosting the share of non-hydro renewables. Against this backdrop, the success of the country's p ... more
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N. Korea defector soldier is general's son: report
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 19, 2018
The North Korean soldier who defected to the South in a hail of bullets last year is a general's son but says most Northerners of his age have no loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to a Japanese newspaper. ... more
With mixed roots, Okinawa leader takes base relief message to US
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2018
Of all the issues facing US military planners in Asia, few have persisted for so long - and seen such little resolution - as opposition to the troop presence in Okinawa. ... more
Japan awards Northrop Grumman contract for E-2D Hawkeye radar aircraft
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 19, 2018
The government of Japan is awarding Northrop Grumman Systems $32.7 million for long-lead parts and equipment for Japan E-2D radar aircraft. ... more
BTS management apologise for nuclear blast T-shirt after Japan row
Seoul (AFP) Nov 14, 2018
The managers of hugely popular South Korean boyband BTS have issued an extensive apology after controversy erupted in the lucrative Japanese market over a T-shirt worn by one of the vocalists showing a nuclear blast. ... more
Australia, Japan to deepen defence ties after historic Darwin visit
Darwin, Australia (AFP) Nov 16, 2018
Australia hailed a "deeply symbolic" visit to Darwin by the Japanese Prime Minister on Friday, more than 75 years after the northern city was bombed in World War II, as the two countries vowed to deepen defence ties in the face of an emergent China. ... more
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Nobel peace prize shines light on rape in conflict
Oslo (AFP) Dec 10, 2018
Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, an IS sex slave survivor, will be presented with the Nobel Peace Prize Monday, as they challenge the world to combat rape as a weapon of war. Mukwege, dubbed "Doctor Miracle" for his work helping victims of sexual violence, and Murad, who has turned her experience into powerful advocacy for her Yazidi people, will receive the pr ... more
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+ Mothers of the Missing: Anguished search for Vietnam's kidnapped brides
+ From arrows to M16s: PNG tribal fights get ever deadlier
+ First German 'insurtech' firm hits stock exchange
+ US agency asks Pentagon to extend Mexico border mission
Terahertz laser for sensing and imaging outperforms its predecessors
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 12, 2018
A terahertz laser designed by MIT researchers is the first to reach three key performance goals at once - high constant power, tight beam pattern, and broad electric frequency tuning - and could thus be valuable for a wide range of applications in chemical sensing and imaging. The optimized laser can be used to detect interstellar elements in an upcoming NASA mission that aims to learn mor ... more
+ DRS to provide power modules for the Air and Missile Defense Radar
+ Green production of chemicals for industry
+ Scientists discover a material breaking modern chemistry laws
+ FEFU young scientists developed unique method to calculate transparent materials porosity
+ Custom-made artificial mother-of-pearl
+ Physicists edge closer to controlling chemical reactions
+ Nanoglue can make composites several times tougher during dynamic loading

Ocean fertilization by unusual microbes extends to frigid waters of Arctic Ocean
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2018
Microbes that provide natural fertilizer to the oceans by "fixing" nitrogen from the atmosphere into a form useable by other organisms were once thought to be limited to warm tropical and subtropical waters. Now, however, researchers have documented nitrogen fixation by an unusual type of cyanobacteria in the cold waters of the Bering and Chukchi Seas. "This goes against all the textbook a ... more
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+ Growing seal population isn't a threat to Baltic fish stocks, study finds
+ A glimmer of hope for the world's coral reefs
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+ Tracing iron in the North Pacific
+ Thriving reef fisheries continue to provide food despite coral bleaching
Pitt chemical engineers develop new theory to build improved nanomaterials
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Dec 12, 2018
Thanks in part to their distinct electronic, optical and chemical properties, nanomaterials are utilized in an array of diverse applications from chemical production to medicine and light-emitting devices. But when introducing another metal in their structure, also known as "doping," researchers are unsure which position the metal will occupy and how it will affect the overall stability of ... more
+ Artificial synapses made from nanowires
+ How microscopic machines can fail in the blink of an eye
+ Stealth-cap technology for light-emitting nanoparticles
+ Nano-scale process may speed arrival of cheaper hi-tech products
+ Watching nanoparticles
+ Penn engineers develop ultrathin, ultralight nanocardboard
+ Physicists designed new antenna for supersensitive magnetometers of a new generation
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Navy to purchase new containers for air defense missiles
Washington (UPI) Dec 10, 2018
The Navy has awarded BAE Systems Land & Armaments $41.5 million for SM-3 and SM-6 surface-to-air missile canisters for the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System. Work on the contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, includes manufacturing and testing of Mk 21 mod 2 and Mk 21 mod 3 canisters. The canisters help contain exhaust gas and provide a launch rail while firing the missi ... more
+ Pentagon conducts latest successful test of US-Japan interceptor
+ Aegis Combat System demonstrates success during on-land test against Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile
+ Navy to commission new Arleigh Burke destroyer USS Thomas Hudner
+ Raytheon to supply Romania with Patriot missile defense systems
+ Raytheon's SM-3 IIA successful in ballistic missle defense test
+ Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion critical to successful intercept test for SM-3 Block IIA Missile
+ Aegis Combat System Demonstrates Success During At-Sea Test Against Medium Range Ballistic Missile
China launches rover for first far side of the moon landing
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2018
China launched a rover early Saturday destined to land on the far side of the moon, a global first that would boost Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower, state media said. The Chang'e-4 lunar probe mission - named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology - launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang launch centre at 2:23 am (1823 GMT), according to the o ... more
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+ China launches Centispace-1-s1 satellite

Norfolk Navy Shipyard introducing exoskeletons for workers
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2018
The Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia is introducing exoskeletons for heavy manual work designed to prevent injuries and fatigue, according to the Navy. The Robotics Subcommittee has been investigating technologies that will assist shipyard employees. The Levitate AIRFRAME is a flexible mechanical back-mounted unit that helps stabilize core muscle and reduces physical energy expended b ... more
+ New models sense human trust in smart machines
+ Artificial joint restores wrist-like movements to forearm amputees
+ Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances
+ Flexible electronic skin aids human-machine interactions
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+ Smarter AI: Machine learning without negative data
+ DARPA, BAE to develop AI for interpreting radio-frequency signals
China cracks down on unofficial Christian church
Beijing (AFP) Dec 10, 2018
Dozens of members of a prominent unofficial Protestant church and their pastor have gone missing in southwest China after authorities raided their homes, churchgoers said Monday, amid increasing restrictions on religious worship. The police sweep occurred Sunday night, according to a statement from the Early Rain Covenant Church, which is based in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. ... more
+ Thousands of Myanmar women forced into marriage in China: study
+ EU should worry about Huawei, other Chinese firms: official
+ Hong Kong democrats 'furious' over new election ban
+ Germany's top human rights official says barred from Xinjiang
+ The 'Chinese Pyramids' and the pole star
+ Award-winning photojournalist detained in China
+ Jack Ma, China's richest man, is a Communist Party member

Copernicus Sentinel-5P ozone boosts daily forecasts
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2018
Measurements of atmospheric ozone from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite are now being used in daily forecasts of air quality. Launched in October 2017, Copernicus Sentinel-5P - short for Sentinel-5 Precursor - is the first Copernicus satellite dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere. It is part of the fleet of Copernicus Sentinel missions that ESA develops for the European Union's envir ... more
+ NASA Science Shows Human Impact of Clean Air Policies
+ New ammonia emission sources detected from space
+ Ball Aerospace delivers pollution monitoring instrument to NASA
+ Experiments at PPPL show remarkable agreement with satellite sightings
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+ BASF and VanderSat collaborate to provide farmers with high-precision, field-specific crop optimization
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Egypt's fertile Nile Delta threatened by climate change
Kafr Al-Dawar, Egypt (AFP) Dec 7, 2018
Lush green fields blanket northern Egypt's Nile Delta, but the country's agricultural heartland and its vital freshwater resources are under threat from a warming climate. The fertile arc-shaped basin is home to nearly half the country's population, and the river that feeds it provides Egypt with 90 percent of its water needs. But climbing temperatures and drought are drying up the migh ... more
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+ Soil tilling, mulching key to China's potato crop
The epoch of planet formation, times twenty
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 12, 2018
Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit around distant stars. Though the discovery of these newfound worlds has taught us much, there is still a great deal we do not know about the birth of planets and the precise cosmic recipes that spawn the wide array of planetary bodies we have already uncovered, including so-called hot Jupiters, massive rocky worlds, icy dwarf planets, a ... more
+ Helium exoplanet inflated like a balloon, research shows
+ Life in Deep Earth totals 15 to 23 billion tons of carbon
+ An exoplanet loses its atmosphere in the form of a tail
+ Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust
+ Radio Search for Artificial Emissions from 'Oumuamua
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An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2018
A team of researchers from France, Sweden, and Denmark have identified a new strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, in DNA extracted from 5,000-year-old human remains. Their analyses, publishing December 6 in the journal Cell, suggest that this strain is the closest ever identified to the genetic origin of plague. Their work also suggests that plague may have been spread amo ... more
+ China confirms first swine fever cases in Beijing
+ Researchers a step closer to understanding how deadly bird flu virus takes hold in humans
+ 'Very serious': African swine fever spreads in China
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+ Vaccinating humans to protect mosquitoes from malaria
+ A step towards biological warfare with insects?
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Russian influence on show in C. African beauty contest
Bangui, Central African Republic (AFP) Dec 12, 2018
Clad in sleek red gowns and wreathed in smiles, the models lined up in Bangui stadium for the capital's first Miss Central African Republic beauty pageant for three years - all thanks to Russia. In a country mired in conflict and poverty, the flash of cameras capturing the moment a young woman was crowned the nation's glamour queen was a moment to savour. But for Western observers, the ... more
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+ Zimbabwe starts building new parliament, paid by China
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Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space station
Moscow (AFP) Dec 12, 2018
Using knives and shears, a pair of Russian spacewalkers Tuesday cut samples of material around a mysterious hole in a Soyuz spacecraft docked on the International Space Station that a Moscow official suggested could have been deliberate sabotage. Roscosmos space agency said the aim was to discover whether the "small but dangerous" hole had been made on Earth or in space. The two-millime ... more
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Huawei exec faces US fraud charges linked to Iran
Vancouver (AFP) Dec 8, 2018
Chinese telecom giant Huawei's chief financial officer faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking business dealings with Iran, a Canadian court heard Friday, a week after she was detained on an American extradition request. Meng Wanzhou, 46, was arrested in Canada's Pacific coast city of Vancouver on December 1 while changing planes during a trip from Hong Kong to Mexico - ratchet ... more
+ China urges US, N. Korea to address each other's 'concerns'
+ Air Force approves production of B-61-12 nuclear bomb tail-fin kits
+ Koreas verify removal of frontline bunkers
+ Satellite images show activity at N. Korean missile base: CNN
+ US urges UN to condemn Iran missile test
+ S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year
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