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July 20, 2019
THE STANS
Ambassadors condemn China's treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang



Geneva (AFP) July 10, 2019
More than 20 countries have written to top United Nations human rights officials condemning China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the western Xinjiang region, in a letter released Wednesday. UN ambassadors from 22 states - including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Japan - co-signed the text sent to the Human Rights Council president, Coly Seck, and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. China is reportedly holding one million people, mostly et ... read more

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37 countries defend China over Xinjiang in UN letter
Geneva (AFP) July 12, 2019
UN ambassadors from 37 countries released a letter Friday defending China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the Xinjiang region, in direct response to Western criticism earlier this week. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Fort takes over as commander of Naval Forces Japan, Navy Region Japan
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2019
Rear Adm. Brian Fort was elevated to commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan in a change of command ceremony Wednesday in Yokosuka, Japan. ... more
TRADE WARS
China says US trade issues are 'definitely' resolvable
Beijing (AFP) July 11, 2019
China said Thursday that the thorny trade issues plaguing relations with the United States are resolvable after fractious talks between the economic giants were kickstarted by the Trump-Xi meeting in Japan. ... more
TRADE WARS
US seeks to ease dispute between S.Korea, Japan
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2019
The United States promised Thursday to do "everything we can" to ease tensions between South Korea and Japan as Seoul raised its concerns over Tokyo's restrictions of crucial exports with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. ... more
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Hayabusa-makes completes second asteroid touchdown to collect samples
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2019
Japan's asteroid-circling probe successfully executed a second touchdown on Thursday, collecting another sample from the surface of the space rock. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes 'perfect' touchdown on asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) July 11, 2019
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe made a "perfect" touchdown Thursday on a distant asteroid, collecting samples from beneath the surface in an unprecedented mission that could shed light on the origins of the solar system. ... more
TRADE WARS
S. Korea warns of 'prolonged' export row with Japan
Seoul (AFP) July 10, 2019
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday told top business leaders that Japan's ban on exports of chemicals crucial to the country's tech sector had caused an "unprecedented emergency" and warned of a drawn-out trade dispute. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown
Tokyo (AFP) July 10, 2019
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe began descending on Wednesday for its final touchdown on a distant asteroid, hoping to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system. ... more
TRADE WARS
US-China trade officials aim to talk next week, officials say
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2019
US and Chinese officials are working to schedule a top-level trade talks by telephone next week but a face-to-face encounter has not been scheduled yet, US officials said Friday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW
More than a million ordered to shelters in rain-hit Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 3, 2019
Japanese authorities have issued evacuation orders for more than one million people in southern parts of the country hit by heavy rains, a year after deadly floods that killed more than 200 people. ... more
WHALES AHOY
Japan whale restaurants cheer hunt resumption
Tokyo (AFP) July 3, 2019
"Two sashimis, three steaks," cries the waitress at one of Tokyo's most famous whale restaurants during a frantic lunchtime service where Japan's resumption of commercial whaling has cooked up new hope. ... more
NUKEWARS
Xi urged Trump to ease North Korea sanctions in 'timely' fashion
Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged US President Donald Trump to "show flexibility" towards North Korea, including the "timely" easing of sanctions, at the G20 summit last week, China's foreign minister said Tuesday. ... more
WHALES AHOY
Whales targeted by Japan face extinction threat
Paris (AFP) July 1, 2019
One of three species Japan has targeted in resuming commercial whaling Monday is threatened with extinction, and sub-populations of the other two are severely depleted as well, according to experts. ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Scientists teleport information inside a diamond
Yokohama, Japan (SPX) Jul 01, 2019
Scientists have successfully teleported quantum information inside a diamond. The breakthrough could provide a boost to quantum computing technologies. ... more


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WHALES AHOY
Whaling ships set sail as Japan resumes commercial hunts
Kushiro, Japan (AFP) July 1, 2019
Japan began its first commercial whale hunts in more than three decades on Monday, brushing aside outrage over its resumption of a practice that conservationists say is cruel and outdated. ... more
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G20 summit lays bare growing climate change division
Osaka, Japan (AFP) June 29, 2019
Four years after the landmark Paris deal, international consensus on strong action to tackle climate change risks crumbling, with the issue among the biggest sticking points at this week's G20 summit. ... more
WHALES AHOY
After decades, Japan courts controversy resuming commercial whaling
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2019
Japanese fishermen set sail on Monday to hunt whales commercially for the first time in more than three decades after Tokyo's controversial withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) triggered outrage from environmental groups. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Uighur leader urges G20 pressure to end China 'genocide'
Osaka, Japan (AFP) June 28, 2019
An exiled advocate for China's ethnic Uighur minority Friday urged world leaders gathered in Japan for the G20 summit to confront Chinese President Xi Jinping over the "genocide" of her Muslim people. ... more
NUKEWARS
US President Trump to visit Seoul after letters with Kim
Seoul (AFP) June 24, 2019
US President Donald Trump will visit South Korea at the weekend after the G20 summit to discuss deadlocked nuclear talks with the North with President Moon Jae-in, Seoul's presidential office said Monday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump to meet Xi, Putin at G20 in Japan
Washington (AFP) June 25, 2019
President Donald Trump will meet an array of world leaders on the sidelines of this week's G20 summit in Japan, including China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin, a US official said Monday. ... more
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'Nobody cares about us': Hunger and despair for India flood victims
Muzaffarpur, India (AFP) July 18, 2019
Chest-deep in brown, flowing monsoon water and holding bags of clothes and utensils above their heads, residents in the Indian state of Bihar are hungry and despairing. "When many of us poor people drown, then the politicians suddenly take notice... But otherwise, nobody cares about us," shopkeeper Raj Majhi told AFP. Majhi's home - like many others - is submerged, with only rooftops r ... more
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+ Aid pledges to cyclone-ravaged Mozambique inadequate: UN chief
+ Over three dozen killed in monsoon rains in South Asia
+ 'Not scared': Bayou residents refuse to flee storm Barry
+ Navy hospital ship Comfort completes first 2019 mission in Ecuador
+ One killed, thousands displaced in Rohingya camp landslides
Mapping the Moon and Worlds Beyond
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 18, 2019
In 1972, it took an astronaut going on a spacewalk to do what Lynn Carter now can do with a few mouse clicks over lunch. Carter, a planetary science professor at the Univerity of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, points to a small, framed photograph above her desk. It shows the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the last crewed mission to the moon, cruising high above the grey, cratered expanse below. ... more
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+ Perseverance is key to NASA's advancement of alloys for bearings and gears
+ New developments with Chinese satellites over the past decade
+ NASA funds demo of 3D-Printed spacecraft parts made, assembled in orbit
+ New high-definition satellite radar can detect bridges at risk of collapse from space


Some reef islands resilient to climate change: study
Wellington (AFP) July 16, 2019
The Pacific's low-lying reef islands are likely to change shape in response to climate change, rather than simply sinking beneath rising seas and becoming uninhabitable as previously assumed, new research has found. Atoll nations such as Tuvalu, Tokelau and Kiribati lie only a few metres above sea level and are considered the world's most vulnerable to global warming, with fears their popula ... more
+ Thirty-year study reveals cause of coral bleaching crisis
+ Off the hook: Manta ray asks divers for helping hand
+ Tanzania's Magufuli dismisses concerns over dam in nature park
+ Managing Freshwater Across the United States
+ New research shows how melting ice is affecting supplies of nutrients to the sea
+ New solar panel produces electricity and clean water
+ Water express delivers emergency supplies to drought-hit Indian city
DARPA Announces Microsystems Exploration Program
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2019
Over the past few decades, DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) has enabled revolutionary advances in electronics materials, devices, and systems, which have provided the United States with unique defense and economic advantages. To continue its path of successful electronics innovation, DARPA has announced a new MTO effort called the Microsystems Exploration program. The Microsyst ... more
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+ Fast and selective optical heating for functional nanomagnetic metamaterials
+ 2D gold quantum dots are atomically tunable with nanotubes
+ Harnessing microorganisms for smart microsystems
+ AD alloyed nanoantennas for temperature-feedback identification of viruses and explosives
+ Quantum optical cooling of nanoparticles
+ Researchers report new light-activated micro pump
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Turkey ignores US warnings over Russian S-400 missile deployment
Ankara (AFP) July 13, 2019
Turkey ignored US warnings as it continued Saturday to take delivery of Russia's S-400 missile defence system near Ankara, a defence minstry statement indicated. "Delivery of S-400 Long Range Air and Missile Defence Systems resumed today," the statement said. "The fourth Russian plane carrying S-400 parts landed at Murted Airport outside Ankara," it added. The US fears that if Ankara ... more
+ Trump declines to criticize Turkey's Russia missile purchase
+ Turkey awaits ninth delivery for Russian S-400 missile defense system
+ Erdogan hails S-400 deal as Turkey marks 2016 coup bid anniversary
+ Germany approved for $401M buy of Patriot missiles, parts
+ Turkey receives first Russian missile delivery risking deepening rift with US
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China's space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth
Beijing (AFP) July 19, 2019
China's Tiangong-2 space lab successfully re-entered the Earth's atmosphere Friday under controlled conditions, completing the latest round of experiments in Beijing's ambitious space programme. Tiangong-2 - or "Heavenly Palace" - was launched into orbit in 2016 and re-entered the earth's atmosphere under control at around 9:06 pm local time (1306 GMT) on Friday, China Manned Space Agency ... more
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+ China plans to deploy almost 200 AU-controlled satellites into orbit
+ Luokung and Land Space to develop control system for space and ground assets
+ Yaogan-33 launch fails in north China, Possible debris recovered in Laos
+ China develops new-generation rockets for upcoming missions
+ China's satellite navigation industry sees rapid development
+ China's Yuanwang-7 departs for space monitoring missions


Robot-ants that can jump, communicate with each other and work together
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 11, 2019
Individually, ants have only so much strength and intelligence. However, as a colony, they can use complex strategies to complete sophisticated tasks and evade larger predators. At EPFL, robotics researchers in Professor Jamie Paik's Laboratory have reproduced this phenomenon, developing tiny robots that display minimal physical intelligence on an individual level but that are able to comm ... more
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Mall clashes at latest Hong Kong anti-extradition march
Hong Kong (AFP) July 14, 2019
Riot police and protesters fought running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall Sunday night as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating. Police used pepper spray and batons against small groups of protesters, who responded by hurling bottles and other projectiles, in a night of fresh violence in the international hub. Sunday ... more
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+ Hong Kong leader condemns 'rioters' after violent mall clash
+ Mainlanders among Hong Kong protesters, though many stay away
+ China activist arrested for 'promoting terrorism'
+ Nepal declines permission for Dalai Lama's birthday celebration
+ First charges against Hong Kong anti-government protester


Animal observation system ICARUS is switched on
Konstanz, Germany (SPX) Jul 16, 2019
The International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS) is a cooperative project between the Russian space agency Roscosmos and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) under the leadership of Martin Wikelski from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Konstanz. With the space-based observation system, scientists want to find out m ... more
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+ Airbus to develop CO3D Earth Observation programme for CNES
+ Scientists discover the biggest seaweed bloom in the world
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+ SSTL expertise enables new space mission for the FORMOSAT-7 weather constellation
+ Satellite image shows temperatures soaring across Europe


China fails to buy agricultural goods as promised: Trump
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2019
US President Donald Trump on Thursday accused China of backsliding on promises to increase purchases of American farm exports. The president's latest salvo on Twitter comes the same week that US and Chinese trade officials had their first contact in months in an effort to revive negotiations that nearly collapsed in May. Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met last month on the ... more
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Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 13, 2019
In recent years, the idea of life on other planets has become less far-fetched. NASA announced June 27 that it will send a vehicle to Saturn's icy moon, Titan, a celestial body known to harbor surface lakes of methane and an ice-covered ocean of water, boosting its chance for supporting life. On Earth, scientists are studying the most extreme environments to learn how life might exist unde ... more
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+ Astronomers expand cosmic "cheat sheet" in hunt for life
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Avian malaria may explain decline of London's house sparrow
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2019
Since 1995, London's iconic house sparrow population has declined 71 percent. New research suggests avian malaria is the primary driver of the population decline. New tests showed avian malaria, a strain of malaria that only infects birds, is surprisingly common among groups of sparrows. Between 2006 and 2009, researchers with the Zoological Society of London, Royal Society for t ... more
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+ Pakistan police arrest doctor after 90 infected by HIV syringe
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Space In Africa closes investment round
Lagos, Nigeria (SPX) Jul 17, 2019
Space in Africa, the authority on news, data, and market analysis for the African space industry, has successfully completed its seed funding round. While the terms were not disclosed, the funds raised are being used to hire additional reporters and analysts to expand coverage for its subscription news service and specialised industry reports. "Many people outside Africa are surprised to h ... more
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Russia May Send Saudi Astronaut to Space - Intergovernmental Commission
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 17, 2019
Russia and Saudi Arabia have discussed the possibility for Russia to send a Saudi astronaut to space for a short-duration flight, the protocol of the meeting of the Russian-Saudi intergovernmental commission read. "The countries have expressed readiness to continue consultations on the prospects and mutually beneficial areas of bilateral space activities ... a manned space flight and prepa ... more
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U.S. Air Force calls for proposals to replace Minuteman III ICBMs
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2019
The U.S. Air Force announced a request for proposals for its new intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program to replace the Minuteman III system designed in the 1960s. The request for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBMs, announced Tuesday, follows the weapon system's Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase. It includes five production lot options to produce a ... more
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+ Trump says US not seeking 'regime change' in Iran
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