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January 20, 2017
Fukushima 'voluntary' evacuees to lose housing support

Tokyo (AFP) Jan 17, 2017
Thousands of Japanese evacuees from Fukushima should keep getting free housing, supporters said Tuesday, as the local government readies to yank support offered after the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Some 27,000 so-called voluntary evacuees - people who chose to leave their homes in the region after the 2011 accident due to safety concerns - are set to lose the six-year-old housing subsidy at the end of March. That means leaving state-paid housing in other parts of Japan and poss ... read more

Japan aborts mini-rocket mission shortly after liftoff
Japan's space agency Sunday aborted a mission to use a mini-rocket to send a satellite into orbit after the spacecraft stopped sending data to ground control shortly after liftoff. ... more
IBARAKI A Time Traveler's Journal
The alluring charm of Ibaraki can be an elusive creature. Akin to an ethereal breeze catching you unaware, it sweeps you into a serene adventure colored by a history laden past. Nestled in the north ... more
Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory. ... more
Japan delays launch of mini-rocket amid bad weather
Japanese space agency on Wednesday postponed the launch of an experimental rocket due to adverse weather conditions. The modified sounding rocket SS-520, to be the world's smallest rocket to p ... more
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US Marines send F-35 stealth fighter squadron to Japan
The US Marine Corps said Tuesday it has sent a squadron of F-35B fighters to Japan, marking the first operational overseas deployment for the controversial jet that is under scrutiny from President-elect Donald Trump. ... more
U.S. Marines move first F-35B squadron to Japan
The U.S. Marines have relocated the first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron from a base in Arizona to Japan. ... more
Renewable energy investment value fell 18% in 2016: study
Global investment in renewable energy dropped by 18 percent in 2016 due to sharp falls in equipment prices and a slowdown in China and Japan, a study found Thursday. ... more
Real time imaging and transcriptome analysis of medaka aboard space station
Space travel in a reduced gravity environment can have lasting effects on the body. For example, researches clearly show that astronauts undergo a significant drop in bone mineral density during spa ... more
China makes war with Japan six years longer
China has ordered all schools to teach pupils that its 20th-century war with Japan lasted 14 years rather than eight, the education ministry said Wednesday, to "strengthen patriotic education". ... more

Trump, top diplomat pick differ on nukes

EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva
EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva. ... more
Renault-Nissan doubles down on autonomous cars
Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn told a tech gathering Thursday the automaker is committed to self-driving cars, as he unveiled a series of initiatives to advance the technology. ... more

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Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike
Nigeria on Thursday gave details of a formal probe into a botched air strike that killed at least 70 people, as aid workers feared the bloodshed could affect vital humanitarian programmes. More than 100 people, many of them children, were injured in the bombing at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Rann, in the country's northeast, on Tuesday. Six local Red Cross ... more
Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70

Fukushima 'voluntary' evacuees to lose housing support

BHP, Vale agree date to settle Brazil mine disaster claim

China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use
China's quantum communication satellite, launched last August, is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Wednesday. Testing of the satellite, payloads and space-ground links have been completed, the CAS said, adding that everything was operating properly. The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite is the ... more
China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017

Thales supplying Crowsnest radar system to Royal Navy

York Space Systems signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

Regional sea-level scenarios will help Northeast plan for faster-than-global rise
Sea level in the Northeast and in some other U.S. regions will rise significantly faster than the global average, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moreover, in a worst-case scenario, global sea level could rise by about 8 feet by 2100. Robert E. Kopp, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rut ... more
U.S., Cuba sign maritime border treaty

Mighty river, mighty filter

Syria regime encircles rebel area supplying Damascus water

Lighting up ultrathin films
Based on a study of the optical properties of novel ultrathin semiconductors, researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have developed a method for rapid and efficient characterization of these materials. Chemical compounds based on elements that belong to the so-called transition metals can be processed to yield atomically thin two-dimensional crystals consisting of a ... more
New research helps to meet the challenges of nanotechnology

Zeroing in on the true nature of fluids within nanocapillaries

Nano-chimneys can cool circuits

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Israel army gets new ballistic missile interceptors
The Israeli army on Wednesday received new ballistic missile interceptors that significantly upgrade the Jewish state's aerial defence systems in the face of "emerging threats", the defence ministry said. The Arrow 3 interceptor, designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere, was handed to air force bases in Israel after successful testing by Israel and the United States at the end of ... more
Israel Introduces Arrow-3 Missile Interceptor System

Italy joins EUROSAM's Aster 30 B1NT program

SBIRS GEO Flight 3 encapsulated for launch

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory
China's first cargo spacecraft will leave the factory, according to the website of China's manned space mission. A review meeting was convened last Thursday, during which officials and experts unanimously concluded that the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft had met all the requirements to leave the factory. The take-off weight of Tianzhou-1 is 13 tonnes and it can ship material of up to si ... more
China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Beijing's space program soars in 2016

For white-collar staff, AI threatens new workplace revolution
If your job involves inputting reams of data for a company, you might want to think about retraining in a more specialised field. Or as a plumber. After industrial robots and international trade put paid to many manufacturing jobs in the West, millions of white-collar workers could now be under threat from new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI). The issue of how best to fa ... more
Scientists proposed a novel regional path tracking scheme for autonomous ground vehicles

Cheery robots may make creepy companions, but could be intelligent assistants

Robots need 'kill switches', warn Euro MPs

Robert Chow: Hong Kong's pro-Beijing firebrand
Hong Kong is home to a host of democracy activists angering China but one rabble-rouser - a silver-haired former radio host - has been embraced by Beijing for targeting supporters of a split from the mainland. Straight-talking and a seasoned media operator, Robert Chow is Hong Kong's most prominent pro-Beijing activist, best-known for orchestrating a public campaign against massive democra ... more
Hong Kong leader slams independence movement in final speech

Hong Kong's 'Mr Pringles' announces leadership bid

Hong Kong activists declare 'war' after appeal bid snub

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First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
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
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope

Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star

New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground

NASA's Terra Satellite Sees Alaskan Volcanic Eruption Wrapped in White
When NASA's Terra satellite passed over Alaska's erupting Bogoslof Volcano the MODIS instrument aboard captured an image of a large ash plume surrounded by clouds making it appear to be wrapped in white. The Bogoslof Volcano is located on Bogoslof Island at 53 55'38" north latitude and 168 2'4" west longitude, along the southern edge of the Bering Sea. It is about 35 miles northwest of Una ... more
World's First Weather-Cracking Wind Satellite Aeolus to Improve Future Forecasts

China to launch electromagnetic monitoring satellite for earthquake study

Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture

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Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops - such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits - to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "In the lab, we found that the commonly used organosilicone adjuvant, Syl ... more
Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

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SF State astronomer searches for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet
Is there anybody out there? The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has puzzled everyone from biologists and physicists to philosophers and filmmakers. It's also the driving force behind San Francisco State University astronomer Stephen Kane's research into exoplanets - planets that exist outside Earth's solar system. As one of the world's leading "planet hunters," Kan ... more
Looking for life in all the right places with the right tool

Could dark streaks in Venusian clouds be microbial life

VLT to Search for Planets in Alpha Centauri System

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Why Lyme disease is common in the north, rare in the south
The ticks that transmit Lyme disease to people die of dehydration when exposed to a combination of high temperature and lowered humidity, a new USGS-led study has found. In an earlier related study, the researchers found that southern black-legged ticks, unlike northern ones, usually stay hidden under a layer of leaves, where they are less likely to encounter people. The research group, wh ... more
China roast duck vendor dies of H7N9 bird flu: Xinhua

Study: Retroviruses are nearly 500 million years old

French hospitals overwhelmed by flu epidemic

I.Coast soldier killed as mutiny protests return
A mutinous soldier was killed in Ivory Coast's administrative capital Tuesday, as fresh trouble erupted in several cities after troops took to the streets, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents. The soldier's death in Yamoussoukro was the first since a mutiny over pay erupted in the second city Bouake on January 5, stoking security fears in the world's top cocoa producer. Init ... more
Gambia army chief says troops will not fight intervention

I.Coast rocked by protests as deadly army mutiny spreads

New Gambia president demands army loyalty

French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, and helped install three new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries to upgrade the power system at the International Space Station. Wearing a white spacesuit with the French flag emblazoned on one shoulder, Pesquet and US astronaut Shane Kimbrough switched on their spacesuits' internal battery power to ... more
NASA to rely on Soyuz for ISS missions until 2019

'Hidden Figures' soars in second week atop box office

Lomonosov Moscow State University to Launch 'Space Department' in 2017

Mogherini says EU to stand by Iran nuclear accord
EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini on Monday insisted the bloc will stand by the Iran nuclear accord, bluntly condemned by US President-elect Donald Trump, because it serves Europe's security needs. "It is proof that diplomacy works and delivers... The European Union will continue to work for the respect and implementation of this extremely important deal, most of all for our securit ... more
Trump to take charge of nuclear 'football'

N. Korea preparing to launch new missiles: report

Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal

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