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October 19, 2018
EXO WORLDS
Algorithm takes search for habitable planets to the next level



Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 19, 2018
An international team of scientists, including high performance computing (HPC) experts from the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), astronomers from the Paris Observatory and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), in collaboration with NVIDIA, is taking the search for habitable planets and observation of first epoch galaxies to the next level. On-sky demonstration was recently achieved on NAOJ's 8.2-meter Subaru Telescope, and the Paris Observatory's team ... read more

MERCURY RISING
UK-led Space Technology on BepiColombo Mission to Mercury
Leicester UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2018
As the BepiColombo spacecraft sets off on its seven year journey to explore the strange world of Mercury this week, it will be carrying a piece of cutting-edge technology developed and built by UK s ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan protests China ships near disputed isles ahead of Abe visit
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 17, 2018
Tokyo lodged an official protest with Beijing Wednesday after Chinese ships cruised around disputed islands, days before a historic summit between the leaders of the Asian rivals. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Plastic piling up in Japan after China waste ban: survey
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 18, 2018
Japan said Thursday it was facing a growing sea of plastic waste with limited capacity to process it after China stopped accepting foreign waste imports. ... more
WATER WORLD
Sea snail shells dissolve in increasingly acidified oceans, study shows
Plymouth UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2018
Shelled marine creatures living in increasingly acidified oceans face a fight for survival as the impacts of climate change spread, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Tsu ... more

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Lifespan 2040 ranking: US down, China up, Spain on top
Paris (AFP) Oct 17, 2018
Life expectancy in 2040 is set to rise at least a little in all nations but the rankings will change dramatically, with Spain taking the top spot while China and the United States trade places, researchers said Wednesday. ... more
WOOD PILE
Blooming early! Japan's famed cherry blossoms make unexpected appearance
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 17, 2018
The delicate blossoms of the cherry tree might be synonymous with the onset of spring in Japan - except this year they're also blooming in autumn, a weather forecasting company said Wednesday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Japan company admits falsifying data for quake shock absorbers
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 17, 2018
A company supplying equipment to protect major buildings in Japan from earthquakes has admitted falsifying data, authorities said Wednesday, stressing there was no immediate safety risk. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Smell and stress sensors a smash at Tokyo tech fair
Makuhari, Japan (AFP) Oct 17, 2018
State-of-the-art sensors that can measure stress levels, mood, posture, performance and even smell took centre stage at Asia's top high-tech fair in Tokyo. ... more
CHIP TECH
The future of electronic devices: Strong and self-healing ion gels
Yokohama, Japan (SPX) Oct 15, 2018
Scientists at Yokohama National University and the University of Tokyo in Japan have designed an ion gel with excellent toughness and an ability to self-heal at ambient temperature without any exter ... more
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MICROSAT BLITZ
MASCOT completes first scientific 'stroll' across asteroid Ryugu
Washington (UPI) Oct 12, 2018
The German lander MASCOT has completed its first scientific "stroll" across the asteroid Ryugu. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan PM Abe to make rare China visit this month
Beijing (AFP) Oct 12, 2018
Shinzo Abe will pay the first visit to China by a Japanese prime minister since 2011 later this month, Beijing announced Friday, in the latest sign of warming ties between the rivals. ... more
ENERGY TECH
Building a better battery layer by layer
Matsumoto, Japan (SPX) Oct 15, 2018
A team of researchers from Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan is now closer to a thin, high-capacity lithium-ion battery that could open the gates to better energy storage systems for electric vehi ... more
IRON AND ICE
Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid: official
Tokyo, Japan (AFP) Oct 11, 2018
A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system will now land on the rock several months later than planned, officials said Thursday. The ... more
IRON AND ICE
MASCOT Lander Completes Exploration of Asteroid Ryugu's Surface
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Oct 10, 2018
It was a day full of exciting moments and a happy team of scientists and engineers: late in the afternoon of 3 October 2018, the German-French lander MASCOT completed its historic exploration of the ... more


Japan space tourist says moon training 'shouldn't be too hard'

NUKEWARS
S. Korea begins naval event without Japan after 'Rising Sun' flag row
Seoul (AFP) Oct 10, 2018
South Korea on Wednesday kicked off an international fleet review involving 13 nations, after Japan bowed out in protest at Seoul's demand it remove a controversial 'Rising Sun' naval flag from Tokyo's warship. ... more
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EARLY EARTH
Getting a grip on the slow but unique evolution of sharks
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 09, 2018
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) in Japan, in collaboration with other Japanese institutes and aquariums, have decoded the whole genomes of two shark species for ... more
NUKEWARS
'Ten Years Japan' film omnibus imagines post-nuclear future
Busan, South Korea (AFP) Oct 8, 2018
Fears of a future clouded by nuclear fallout and state-sponsored mind control have been captured on film by a group of Japanese directors who were tasked with presenting their visions of where life in their country was headed. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan military officer killed during US-Philippine drill
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 7, 2018
Japan's military said Sunday one of its members was killed in a car crash in the Philippines during joint exercises with US and Filipino troops. ... more
IRON AND ICE
MASCOT lands safely on Asteroid Ryugu
MASCOT on board Hayabusa2
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Oct 04, 2018 The near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, located approximately 300 million kilometres from Earth, has a new inhabitant: On 3 October 2018, the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout ... more
IRON AND ICE
Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 3, 2018
A Japanese probe landed a new observation robot on an asteroid on Wednesday as it pursues a mission to shed light on the origins of the solar system. ... more
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Indonesia drops disinfectant on quake-hit Palu
Jakarta (AFP) Oct 18, 2018
Indonesian authorities on Thursday used helicopters to drop disinfectant on parts of the earthquake-and-tsunami-ravaged city of Palu, where thousands of decomposing bodies are still buried beneath once-thriving neighbourhoods. The magnitude 7.5 quake and a subsequent tsunami razed swathes of the city on Sulawesi island on September 28. More than 2100 bodies have been recovered since the ... more
+ Malta takes migants after Italy stand-off
+ UN Security Council to meet on Myanmar atrocities report
+ In hurricane-hit Mexico Beach, a marathon clean-up begins
+ Boulders litter Uganda villages crushed by deadly landslide
+ World Bank offers disaster-hit Indonesia $1 bn in loans
+ Moroccan navy rescues 38 migrants at sea
+ Museveni visits site of deadly Uganda landslide
Orbit Logic's scheduling software selected for NASA satellite servicing mission
Greenbelt, MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2018
Orbit Logic reports NASA has selected the company's STK Scheduler software for the Restore-L technology demonstration mission. During its mission, the Restore-L spacecraft will demonstrate the technologies required to rendezvous with, grasp, refuel and relocate a government-owned satellite. Restore-L chose an Orbit Logic solution because STK Scheduler's timing and event constraint checking ... more
+ Bursting the clouds for better communication
+ Ultra-light gloves let users 'touch' virtual objects
+ Penetrating the soil's surface with radar
+ Lockheed Martin reaches technical milestone for Long Range Discrimination Radar
+ Superflares From Young Red Dwarf Stars Imperil Planets
+ ELTA nabs $55M contract for combat aircraft radars for Asian customer
+ Extremely small magnetic nanostructures with invisibility cloak imaged


Satellite monitoring could help curb illegal fishing in shark sanctuaries
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2018
Scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara want to use satellite tracking technology to ensure shark sanctuaries around the world are true sanctuaries - not hotbeds of illegal activity. When Darcy Bradley and her colleagues at UCSB set out for the Marshall Islands, they intended to monitor the movements of grey reef sharks inside a supposed shark sanctuary. Instead, th ... more
+ Oyster populations at risk as climate change transforms ocean ecosystems
+ EU's new Baltic fish catch quotas anger environmentalists
+ Long range ENSO forecasting extended one year
+ Rising seas threaten dozens of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
+ Sea snail shells dissolve in increasingly acidified oceans, study shows
+ Caribbean to test greenhouse-gas linked ocean acidity
+ Higher temperatures could help protect coral reefs
Big discoveries about tiny particles
Newark DE (SPX) Oct 09, 2018
From photonics to pharmaceuticals, materials made with polymer nanoparticles hold promise for products of the future. However, there are still gaps in understanding the properties of these tiny plastic-like particles. Now, Hojin Kim, a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware, together with a team of collaborating scientists at the Max Planck ... more
+ Precise control of multimetallic one-nanometer cluster formation achieved
+ Two quantum dots are better than one: Using one dot to sense changes in another
+ Nucleation a boon to sustainable nanomanufacturing
+ New nanoparticle superstructures made from pyramid-shaped building blocks
+ Cannibalistic materials feed on themselves to grow new nanostructures
+ First-ever colored thin films of nanotubes created
+ Nanotubes change the shape of water
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Lockheed Martin Delivers 300th THAAD Interceptor
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 12, 2018
Lockheed Martin has delivered the 300th interceptor for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, the only system in the world designed to intercept threats both inside and outside the atmosphere. The production maturity milestone comes as demand for the company's hit-to-kill missile defense system and interceptors continues to grow. "The Missile Defense Agency, industry and ... more
+ Lockheed Martin selects payload providers for OPIR missile warning system
+ Raytheon receives contract for new AEGIS radars
+ Raytheon receives $1.5B contract for Patriot systems for Poland
+ Pentagon to pull some Patriots from Middle East: US official
+ Lockheed Martin to upgrade AEGIS Combat System for U.S. warships
+ SBIRS GEO-3 achieves operational acceptance
+ Successful Aegis Combat System Test Brings BMD to Japanese Fleet
China's commercial aerospace companies flourishing
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 19, 2018
Many new companies have entered the commercial aerospace industry in China, supported by the government. Most of the CEOs come from government aerospace agencies or national scientific institutions. These companies still have a long way to go to catch up with Elon Musk's SpaceX. The aerospace industry used to be a battleground for superpowers. Space agencies were all sponsored by governmen ... more
+ China launches Centispace-1-s1 satellite
+ China tests propulsion system of space station's lab capsules
+ China unveils Chang'e-4 rover to explore Moon's far side
+ China's SatCom launch marketing not limited to business interest
+ China to launch space station Tiangong in 2022, welcomes foreign astronauts
+ China solicits international cooperation experiments on space station
+ Growing US unease with China's new deep space facility in Argentina


Postman, shopper, builder: In Japan, there's a robot for that
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 18, 2018
Forget the flashy humanoids with their gymnastics skills: at the World Robot Summit in Tokyo, the focus was on down-to-earth robots that can deliver post, do the shopping and build a house. Introducing CarriRo, a delivery robot shaped a bit like a toy London bus with bright, friendly "eyes" on its front that can zip around the streets delivering packages at 6km/h (4 miles per hour). Carr ... more
+ Invention of ionic decision-maker capable of self-learning
+ Sound, vibration recognition boost context-aware computing
+ MIT unveils new $1 bn college for artificial intelligence
+ Teaching machines common sense reasoning
+ No more Iron Man: submarines now have soft, robotic arms
+ Model helps robots navigate more like humans do
+ Increasingly human-like robots spark fascination and fear
China propaganda chief warns Hong Kong media over 'interference': reports
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 17, 2018
China's propaganda chief has reportedly warned Hong Kong's senior media executives not to allow the city's newsrooms to "become a base for interfering with mainland politics" as Beijing ramps up pressure on challenges to its authority. Concerns about press freedom in Hong Kong have intensified after the government denied a visa to a British journalist, who had chaired a talk by an independen ... more
+ Ex-chief of China asset management firm prosecuted for graft
+ Hong Kong mega bridge launch announcement sparks backlash
+ Chinese live-streamer held for 'insulting' national anthem
+ Thousands protest proposed artificial islands for Hong Kong housing
+ Ousted Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker barred from by-election
+ Human rights situation 'dire' in China: US Congress
+ China's ultra wealthy buffeted as trade war bites


DigitalGlobe expands NASA partnership with sole-source EO data contract
Westminster CO (SPX) Oct 19, 2018
DigitalGlobe reports that NASA awarded the company a sole-source contract for high-resolution commercial electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite imagery valued at up to $7 million. NASA-funded researchers will use this data to advance the agency's science and application development goals to understand and explore Earth, improve lives, and safeguard our future. This on ... more
+ African smoke-cloud connection target of NASA airborne flights
+ Innovative tool allows continental-scale water, energy, and land system modeling
+ China launches new remote sensing satellites
+ After two long careers, QuikSCAT rings down the curtain
+ 'Ghost imaging' could make greenhouse gas analysis more precise
+ Sentinel-2 maps Indonesia earthquake
+ High-res data offer most detailed look yet at trawl fishing footprint around the world


Diversity is key to sustainability for local chicken farming in Africa
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2018
Adopting a more local and flexible approach to sustainable development could be key to boosting the productivity of small-scale chicken farms in Africa, a new study reports. Research led by the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with UK and African partners, reveals village chicken populations in Ethiopia to be genetically diverse and highly adapted to their local physical, cultural ... more
+ A warmer spring leads to less plant growth in summer
+ Summer drought may shrink supplies of French spuds
+ Study finds potential benefits of wildlife-livestock coexistence in East Africa
+ China prices rise as cost of food spikes
+ Applying auto industry's fuel-efficiency standards to agriculture could net billions
+ Flexible fertilizer regulations could reduce pollution, save billions
+ Irrigating vegetables with wastewater in African cities may spread disease
Double dust ring test could spot migrating planets
Warwick UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2018
New research by a team led by an astrophysicist at the University of Warwick has a way of finally telling whether newly forming planets are migrating within the disc of dust and gas that typically surrounds stars or whether they are simply staying put in the same orbit around the star. Finding real evidence that a planet is migrating (usually inwards) within such discs would help solve a n ... more
+ Algorithm takes search for habitable planets to the next level
+ Scientific research will help to understand the origin of life in the universe
+ Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form
+ Life-long space buff and Western graduate student discovers exoplanet
+ How the seeds of planets take shape
+ NASA should expand search for life in the universe: NAS Report
+ The stuff that planets are made of


15 emerging technologies that could reduce global catastrophic biological risks
Baltimore MD (SPX) Oct 10, 2018
Strategic investment in 15 promising technologies could help make the world better prepared and equipped to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks from becoming catastrophic events. This subset of emerging technologies and their potential application are the focus of a new report, Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, by a team of researchers at the Johns Hopki ... more
+ Vaccinating humans to protect mosquitoes from malaria
+ A step towards biological warfare with insects?
+ 100 years on, Spanish Flu holds lessons for next pandemic
+ With genetic tweak, mosquito population made extinct
+ Trump unveils revised US biodefense strategy
+ Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok battles with malaria, 137 infected
+ Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state
S.African army chief fires warning shots over budget cuts
Pretoria (AFP) Oct 18, 2018
The South African military said Tuesday that budget cuts have hampered its defence capacity at home and its ability to participate in foreign peacekeeping operations. National army chief Lieutenant General Lindile Yam sharply criticised the government for the funding shortage, saying the army was even struggling to buy uniforms. "These budget cuts impacts negatively on our force operatio ... more
+ Ethiopia PM accuses 'plotters' over soldiers' protest
+ Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?
+ Rwandan leader reshuffles team after losing foreign minister
+ Dozens dead in Niger/Nigeria crackdown on criminal gangs
+ Ethiopian PM hands half of cabinet to women, including defence job
+ Gambia launches truth commission into ex-dictator's abuse
+ Anti-terror force in Sahel begins officer training


Plant hormone makes space farming a possibility
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 18, 2018
With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it possible, plant biologists from the University of Zurich have shown. The hormone supports the symbiosis between fungi and plant roots, thus encouraging plants' growth - even under the challenging conditions found in space. The idea h ... more
+ Installing life support the hands-free way
+ US-Russia space cooperation to go on despite Soyuz launch mishap
+ Smell and stress sensors a smash at Tokyo tech fair
+ Escape capsule with Soyuz MS-10 crew hit ground 5 times before stopping
+ 'Concrete block on your chest': astronauts recount failed space launch
+ Russian cosmonaut reveals what ISS crew truly fears
+ Kremlin says it's impossible to draw conclusions on Soyuz failure yet
Russians 'will go to heaven' in event of nuclear war: Putin
Sochi, Russia (AFP) Oct 18, 2018
Russians will "go to heaven" as martyrs in the event of nuclear war because Moscow will only ever use nuclear weapons in retaliation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. "We have no concept of a preemptive strike," Putin told a forum of international experts in the southern city of Sochi in response to a question from the audience. "In such a situation, we expect to be struck by nuc ... more
+ N. Korea slams US for 'evil' sanctions push
+ Koreas and UN Command discuss demilitarising border
+ South Korean president lobbies for Kim Jong Un on Europe tour
+ Moon urges US move towards formally ending Korean War
+ North and South Korea agree railway ceremony next month
+ Chinese action debut and South Korean family drama win at Busan
+ US is loser by abandoning Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani
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