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April 25, 2017
Xi urges 'restraint' over N. Korea as US carrier approaches

Beijing (AFP) April 24, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged "restraint" over North Korea in a phone call with Donald Trump Monday, as Japan joined exercises with an American supercarrier heading to the Korean peninsula. The US leader has repeatedly called on China, the North's sole major ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang, as tensions in the region soar amid speculation it will conduct another nuclear test. "(China) hopes that the relevant parties can maintain restraint and avoid actions that would increase tensions ... read more

US warship in west Pacific for Japan navy drills
Tokyo (AFP) April 23, 2017
The US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and other warships started joint exercises with Japan on Sunday, the American navy said, as regional tensions rise over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes. ... more
US supercarrier due in Sea of Japan 'in days': Pence
Seoul (AFP) April 22, 2017
The US supercarrier Carl Vinson will arrive in the Sea of Japan in days, Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday, after days of mixed messages from Washington over the warship's whereabouts. ... more
Alaska Aerospace Pursuing Asian Small Satellite Launch Market
Anchorage AK (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Following participation in the 2017 Japan Space Symposium, Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Craig E. Campbell traveled to Hokkaido, Japan with a joint Japanes ... more
'Eating with the eyes' is hard-wired in the brain
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Have you ever wondered why just seeing food can make your mouth start to water? By visualizing neuronal activity in specific areas of the zebrafish brain, scientists at the National Institute of Gen ... more
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US to honour 'dumb' refugee deal with Australia: Pence
Sydney (AFP) April 22, 2017
The US will honour a controversial agreement with Australia to take refugees from Pacific island detention centres, Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday - a deal Donald Trump had previously branded "dumb". ... more
Japan's exports jump in March
Tokyo (AFP) April 20, 2017
Japanese exports recorded their biggest gain in more than two years in March, official data showed Thursday, in a sign of optimism for the world's third-biggest economy. ... more
Japanese Cloud Radar payload ready for final spacecraft assembly
Friedrichshafen, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
EarthCARE, the Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Mission of European Space Agency (ESA), met its Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR), the Japanese payload for the mission, for the first time when the Japanese Sp ... more
Towards more efficient biofuels by making oil from algae
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has been revealed by a Japanese research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels. The findings were published ... more
Mechanism behind the electric charges generated by photosynthesis
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Photosynthesis requires a mechanism to produce large amounts of chemical energy without losing the oxidative power needed to break down water. A Japanese research team has clarified part of this mec ... more
Pence reassures Japan as North Korea threatens 'weekly' tests
Tokyo (AFP) April 18, 2017
US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated his country's commitment to the security of Japan on Tuesday, as North Korea intensified concerns over its weapons programme with a vow to launch missile tests "every week". ... more

Japan could rescue nationals in Korean crisis: defence chief

Pence visits Tokyo to reaffirm security ties as N. Korea tensions rise
Seoul (AFP) April 17, 2017
US Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Tokyo on Tuesday bringing a renewed commitment to Japan's security amid a growing threat from a nuclear armed North Korea. ... more
France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon
Paris (AFP) April 13, 2017
France and Japan want to recover pieces of a Martian Moon and bring them back to Earth, the head of France's National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) said Thursday. ... more
Japan scrambles record number of military jets
Tokyo (AFP) April 13, 2017
Japan's military scrambled a record number of jets last year mostly in response to an increase in approaching Chinese aircraft, the government said Thursday. ... more
Japan volcanic island may hold key to coral survival
Aboard The Schooner Tara, Japan (AFP) April 17, 2017
The key to the survival of the world's threatened coral reefs may lie in the waters surrounding a small volcanic island off the coast of Japan, scientists say. ... more

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SES Launches Rapid Response Vehicle for Defence, Security and Humanitarian Missions
Luxembourg (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
SES has announced its new government product Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV), a SATCOM-enabled platform capable of providing high-speed connectivity and global communications services tailored to a broad range of commercial, civil, humanitarian and defence missions around the world. The Rapid Response Vehicle is the world's first mobile platform to offer collaborative communications technolog ... more
Sydney (AFP) April 22, 2017
US to honour 'dumb' refugee deal with Australia: Pence
Seoul (AFP) April 24, 2017
Rights group urges China to release N. Korean refugees
Bogota (AFP) April 21, 2017
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'Twist and shine': Development of a new photoluminescent sensor material
Onna, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Stress sensors are important tools when it comes to evaluating the robustness of a material facing strong mechanical forces. OIST researchers have just published in Advanced Materials an article reporting a new kind of sensor molecules that brightens up when the material they are incorporated into comes under heavy mechanical stress. Such light-based sensing molecules, also called photolum ... more
Bornheim, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Leybold simplifies repairs and maintenance through Augmented Reality
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2017
Lockheed Martin secures $1.6 billion contract for counterfire radars
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Tiny Probes Hold Big Promise for Future NASA Missions
Ukraine's Mariupol to be without hot water for months
Kiev (AFP) April 20, 2017
The main government-held city in Ukraine's separatist east has been forced to shut off its hot water until at least mid-October because it does not have enough money to pay off utility debts. The industrial port of Mariupol is home to 460,000 people and has been the repeated target of pro-Moscow insurgents based in the rebels' de facto capital Donetsk. Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, is th ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Fewer sharks equals fatter fish, research shows
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Sea scorpions: The original sea monster
Paris (AFP) April 20, 2017
Degraded coral imperils coastal people: study
Nanoparticles remain unpredictable
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The nanotech industry is booming. Every year, several thousands of tonnes of man-made nanoparticles are produced worldwide; sooner or later, a certain part of them will end up in bodies of water or soil. But even experts find it difficult to say exactly what happens to them there. It is a complex question, not only because there are many different types of man-made (engineered) nanoparticles, bu ... more
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Nanotubes that build themselves
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Better living through pressure: Functional nanomaterials made easy
Lemont IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Self-assembling polymers provide thin nanowire template
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US, South Korea agree early deployment of THAAD: PM Hwang
Seoul (AFP) April 17, 2017
The United States and South Korea agreed on the early deployment of a controversial US missile defence system in the region, the South's acting president said Monday after talks with visiting US Vice President Mike Pence. "We have agreed to further strengthen the readiness posture of ROK-US alliance that matches the threats posed by North Korea through a swift deployment of THAAD (Terminal H ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
South Korean missile interceptor in final development
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
BAE Systems to develop U.S. space, missile defense tech
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Raytheon to upgrade U.S. ballistic missile defense radars
Are human space babies conceivable?
Beijing (XNA) Apr 23, 2017
As astronauts continue to break records for time spent in space and manned Mars exploration is under discussion, scientists in China have begun a groundbreaking study to determine if humans can reproduce in space. Scientists will for the first time conduct an experiment to induce the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into germ cells on China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1 ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab
Wenchang, China (Sputnik) Apr 21, 2017
Tianzhou-1 space truck soars into orbit
Wenchang, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1
Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us, their creators, in potentially problematic ways. Common machine learning programs, when trained with ordinary human language available online, can acquire cultural bi ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
For Chinese fans, popular teen band are mama's boys
Beijing (AFP) April 24, 2017
Liang Shanshan considers herself a mother of two: one child is her biological son, the other is a 16-year-old Chinese teen pop star she has never met. She is a "mother fan" and part of a group of women in their mid-20s to 60s whose maternal instincts are set off by China's boy band sensation TFBoys("The Fighting Boys"). The band has won millions of Chinese followers since their 2013 deb ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 22, 2017
China rights lawyer denied own defence for trial
Beijing (AFP) April 20, 2017
Chinese tycoon accuses Beijing of meddling in interview
The Hague (AFP) April 12, 2017
Dutch panda mania as giant bears arrive from China
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First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
New York NY (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
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
Parkes, Australia (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 28, 2016
Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
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When Swarm met Steve
Paris (ESA) Apr 24, 2017
Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so ... it was called Steve. ESA's Swarm magnetic field mission has now also met Steve and is helping to understand the nature of this new-found feature. Speaking at the recent Swarm science meeting in Canada, Eric ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
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New data unearths pesticide peril in beehives
Ithaca NY (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Honeybees - employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season - encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee's own food. Researchers used 120 pristine honeybee colonies that were placed near 30 apple orchards around New York state. After allowing the bees to forage for several days during the apple flower ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Climatic effect of irrigation over the Yellow River basin
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
A better way to predict the environmental impacts of agricultural production
Laramie WY (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers quantify grasslands' carbon storage value
Detecting Life in the Driest Place on Earth
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 21, 2017
Few places are as hostile to life as Chile's Atacama Desert. It's the driest place on Earth, and only the hardiest microbes survive there. Its rocky landscape has lain undisturbed for eons, exposed to extreme temperatures and radiation from the sun. If you can find life here, you might be able to find it in an even harsher environment - like the surface of Mars. That's why a team of resear ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Newly Discovered Exoplanet May be Best Candidate in Search for Signs of Life
New York NY (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Breakthrough Listen Publishes Initial Results
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
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Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria
Abuja (AFP) April 19, 2017
A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic. "We need all hands on deck," said Chikwe Ihekweazu, head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as the federal government announced the latest toll from the outbreak, which has mostly affected children. ... more
Geneva (AFP) April 13, 2017
Diarrhoea kills more than 500 in Somalia since January: UN
Seattle WA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
A big-picture look at the world's worst Ebola epidemic
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Viral fossils reveal how our ancestors may have eliminated an ancient infection
US Defense Secretary Mattis visits strategic Djibouti
Djibouti (AFP) April 24, 2017
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged France to continue its fight against terror in Africa on Sunday as he visited Djibouti, a strategic Horn of Africa nation which hosts Washington's only permanent military base on the continent. Camp Lemonnier, home to some 4,000 US soldiers and contractors, is vital to US military operations in Somalia against militant groups like Al-Shabaab, and also pr ... more
Nairobi (AFP) April 23, 2017
Top conservationist wounded in Kenya gun attack
Rabat (AFP) April 22, 2017
Morocco, US stage joint military exercise
Kunta Kinteh Island, Gambia (AFP) April 21, 2017
Gambia's race to save its 'Roots' on Kunta Kinteh island
AGU journal commentaries highlight importance of Earth and space science research
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has published a collection of 27 essays as commentaries in its scientific journals highlighting the important role Earth and space science research plays in society. The essays, covering a broad swath of scientific disciplines and written by notable scientists in their fields, discuss the critical role of research, the growing importance of data and the ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
Lunar, Martian Greenhouses Designed to Mimic Those on Earth
Washington (AFP) April 24, 2017
'Better you than me,' Trump tells record-breaking astronaut
Washington DC (AFNS) Apr 24, 2017
Astronaut Airman launched to International Space Station
China urges Korea peninsula denuclearisation
Athens (AFP) April 23, 2017
China's foreign minister called Sunday for the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula amid rising tension over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes. "China is firmly supporting the denuclearisation of the area in the name of stability and peace", Wang Yi told reporters in Athens after meeting Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias. "China may not have the key to this solutio ... more
Seoul (AFP) April 25, 2017
N. Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2017
Electric Boat selected for $95.6 million ballistic missile tube contract
Washington (AFP) April 24, 2017
Trump: UN should consider 'stronger sanctions' on N.Korea

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