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November 25, 2020
SUPERPOWERS
Russia claims it expelled USS McCain from Peter the Great Gulf



Washington DC (UPI) Nov 24, 2020
Russia's defense ministry said Tuesday that it caught the U.S. Navy destroyer USS John McCain in contested waters in the Sea of Japan and chased the vessel off. The vessel was performing what the Navy described as a freedom of navigation operation, or FONOP, Tuesday in the vicinity of Peter the Great Gulf, which Russia claims as Russian territorial waters, but that the United States considers international waters. The Russian news agency Tass reported that the McCain passed the maritime ... read more

FLOATING STEEL
Nimitz Strike Group concludes four-nation Malabar sea exercises
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 20, 2020
The four-nation Malabar 2020 naval exercise, involving the U.S. Navy's Nimitz Strike Group, concluded successfully Friday, the Navy's 7th Fleet announced. ... more
TRADE WARS
Island tensions simmer as China, Japan vow to boost trade ties
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 24, 2020
Tokyo and Beijing pledged cooperation on trade and defence Tuesday, but locked horns on disputed islands as China's foreign minister visited Japan for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX launches four astronauts to ISS
Washington (AFP) Nov 16, 2020
Four astronauts were successfully launched on the SpaceX Crew Dragon "Resilience" to the International Space Station on Sunday, the first of what the US hopes will be many routine missions following a successful test flight in late spring. ... more
TRADE WARS
World's largest free trade agreement signed in coup for China
Hanoi (AFP) Nov 15, 2020
Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday signed the world's biggest free trade deal, seen as a huge coup for China in extending its influence. ... more
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Japan finds luring business from Hong Kong may be tough
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 15, 2020
Tokyo is on a charm offensive, hoping to lure firms in Hong Kong spooked by protests and a controversial security law imposed by China. But the city is proving a tough sell. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA, SpaceX delay launch of four astronauts into space to Sunday
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 13, 2020
Citing a forecast for windy conditions in the Atlantic Ocean, NASA and SpaceX have pushed back the Crew-1 launch of four astronauts to the International Space Station to Sunday evening from Saturday. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX ready to taxi four up to Space Station
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2020
Four astronauts were poised to launch on the SpaceX Crew Dragon "Resilience" to the International Space Station on Sunday, the first of what the US hopes will be many routine missions following a successful test flight in late spring. ... more
IRON AND ICE
DESTINY+ as Germany and Japan begin new asteroid mission
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 13, 2020
How did life arrive on Earth? To investigate this and to address fundamental questions about the evolution of celestial bodies in our Solar System, the Japanese-German space mission DESTINY+ (Demons ... more
BIO FUEL
Catalyzing a zero-carbon world by harvesting energy from living cells
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Nov 13, 2020
The imminent environmental crisis calls for an urgent transition to a green economy. A team of scientists at Nagoya University, Japan, led by Professor Susumu Saito, has recently found an interestin ... more
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CHIP TECH
Telling when a nanolithography mold will break through droplets
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 12, 2020
Ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography is powerful method of producing polymer nanostructures by pressing a curable resin onto a mold. However, there are no convenient methods to determine the lifetime ... more
CAR TECH
Honda wins world-first approval for Level 3 autonomous car
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 11, 2020
Honda on Wednesday won approval to sell Level 3 autonomous cars in Japan, in what the automaker and Japanese authorities said was a world-first. ... more
THE PITS
Japan's Toshiba retreats from coal-fired power stations
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 11, 2020
Japanese engineering giant Toshiba will stop constructing new coal-fired power plants and shift to renewable energy in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Tsunami-hit Japanese nuclear reactor gets restart approval
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 11, 2020
A nuclear reactor in northern Japan on Wednesday became the first among those damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami to get final restart approval, with support from regional authorities. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts Touch Down at Florida Spaceport
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 10, 2020
The astronauts that will soon launch to the International Space Station as part of NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission have arrived at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to start final preparatio ... more


U.S.-Japan joint exercise, involving 46,000 troops, called a success

TECH SPACE
Diversity, streaming reshape video games for a new generation
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 6, 2020
In the quarter of a century since Sony launched the groundbreaking PlayStation, video games have exploded into the biggest form of entertainment in the world, and analysts say the growing diversity of billions of players is reshaping the industry. ... more
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AEROSPACE
BAE proposes support package for Japan's next-generation F-X fighter
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 05, 2020
BAE Systems has proposed a package to support Japan's F-X next generation fighter development program, the company announced Thursday. ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
TAU builds and plans to launch a small satellite into orbit
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Nov 05, 2020
The TAU-SAT1 nanosatellite, approximately the size of a shoebox, is currently undergoing pre-flight testing at the Japanese space agency JAXA prior to a planned launch by NASA in the first quarter o ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Northrop Grumman to build Coyote supersonic target missiles for Navy, Japan
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 4, 2020
A $57 million contract with Northrop Grumman to build supersonic target missiles for the U.S. Navy and Japan has been announced by the U.S. Defense Department. ... more
FLOATING STEEL
USS John S. McCain joins Indo-Pacific partners for Malabar 2020 exercise
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 03, 2020
Indo-Pacific partners Australia, Japan, India and the United States on Tuesday started the Malabar 2020 exercise in the Bay of Bengal. ... more
FLOATING STEEL
U.S. Marine Corps reactivates 3rd Landing Support Battalion
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 03, 2020
The 3rd Marine Logistics Group this week reactivated the 3rd Landing Support Battalion in a ceremony aboard Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan. ... more
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Victims lament real-world violence fueled by social media
New York (AFP) Nov 24, 2020
On August 25, Hannah Gittings watched in horror as her friend Anthony Huber was fatally shot during a demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to protest the police killing of a Black man at the hands of police. The events turned violent when an extreme right militia group called the Kenosha Guard called on Facebook followers to "protect" the city, and a 17-year-old member of the group opened fi ... more
+ Electric 'aero-ambulance' developed at the University of Sydney
+ Lake ice destabilized by climate change linked to increase in youth drownings
+ Climate change bigger threat than Covid: Red Cross
+ NORAD to track Santa on Christmas with smaller crew due to COVID-19
+ Winter rains in Beirut finish off blast-ravaged homes
+ Delhi battling dual crises of pollution and coronavirus
+ Turkey ends quake rescue mission
The "Workspace Of The Future," Carnegie's VizLab Will Unlock The Secrets Of The Universe
Pasadena CA (SPX) Nov 19, 2020
In a refurbished Southern California garage, Carnegie astrophysicists are creating the virtual reality-enabled scientific workspace of the future where they will unlock the mysteries of the cosmos. Imagine standing in front of a wave of data and probing the mysteries of the universe's most-ancient galaxies side-by-side with swirling, colorful simulations of galaxy formation-seeing what ali ... more
+ Astroscale announces March 2021 Launch Date for Debris Removal Demonstration
+ China launches antenna array for Mars, moon missions
+ Cracking the secrets of an emerging branch of physics
+ MDA receives commercial contracts for on-orbit servicing technologies
+ Danger in sun-synchronous orbits
+ Earth may have recaptured a 1960s-era rocket booster
+ Smaller than ever - exploring the unusual properties of quantum-sized materials


New Chinese submersible reaches Earth's deepest ocean trench
Beijing (AFP) Nov 20, 2020
China livestreamed footage of its new manned submersible parked at the bottom of the Mariana Trench on Friday, part of a historic mission into the deepest underwater valley on the planet. The "Fendouzhe", or "Striver", descended more than 10,000 metres (about 33,000 feet) into the submarine trench in the western Pacific Ocean with three researchers on board, state broadcaster CCTV said. ... more
+ India Set to Launch 'Deep Sea Mission' for Exploration of Energy, Minerals
+ Real estate data can help policy makers anticipate urban water needs
+ Recent climate extremes have driven unprecedented changes in the deep ocean
+ Turkey probes Istanbul mayor in fight over 'crazy' canal
+ Love waves from the ocean floor
+ Rain and dam discharge cause flooding in southern Mexico
+ Mining rocks in orbit could aid deep space exploration
Making 3D nanosuperconductors with DNA
Upton NY (SPX) Nov 11, 2020
Three-dimensional (3-D) nanostructured materials - those with complex shapes at a size scale of billionths of a meter - that can conduct electricity without resistance could be used in a range of quantum devices. For example, such 3-D superconducting nanostructures could find application in signal amplifiers to enhance the speed and accuracy of quantum computers and ultrasensitive magnetic field ... more
+ Researchers share design for affordable single-molecule microscope
+ Scientists explain the paradox of quantum forces in nanodevices
+ Rice rolls out next-gen nanocars
+ Nano particles for healthy tissue
+ Hybrid nanomaterials hold promise for improved ceramic composites
+ Scientists open new window into the nanoworld
+ The smallest motor in the world


Navy intercepts, destroys ICBM during missile test in Hawaii
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 17, 2020
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS John Finn intercepted and destroyed an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile-representative target with a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missile during a flight test demonstration Monday. The target was launched from Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in Hawaii toward the broad ocean area northeast of the sta ... more
+ U.S., allied countries begin NATO Missile Firing Installation 2020 in Greece
+ Launching your career in missile defense
+ Lockheed Martin poised to deliver on national priority for Homeland Defense
+ U.S. approves sale of missile defense system to Romania
+ Turkey plans live-fire exercise, missile defense tests
+ US Space Force contracts for 8 missile early warning satellites
+ US Army wants electronic jammer weapon with missile defense capabilities
China to Begin Construction of Its Space Station Next Year
Wenchang, China (Sputnik) Nov 25, 2020
China is set to begin construction of its orbital space station next year, deputy head of the Chang Zheng 5 (Long March 5) launch vehicle project of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), Qu Yiguang, told reporters. "Since the appearance of the Chang Zheng 5 launch vehicle, it has been determined that it will carry out the mission of launching China's largest spacec ... more
+ Moon mission tasked with number of firsts for China
+ China's space tracking ship sails for Chang'e 5 mission
+ China Focus: 18 reserve astronauts selected for China's manned space program
+ State-owned space giant prepares for giant step in space
+ China's Xichang launch center to carry out 10 missions by end of March
+ Eighteen new astronauts chosen for China's space station mission
+ NASA chief warns Congress about Chinese space station
Machine learning guarantees robots' performance in unknown territory
Princeton NJ (SPX) Nov 18, 2020
A small drone takes a test flight through a space filled with randomly placed cardboard cylinders acting as stand-ins for trees, people or structures. The algorithm controlling the drone has been trained on a thousand simulated obstacle-laden courses, but it's never seen one like this. Still, nine times out of 10, the pint-sized plane dodges all the obstacles in its path. This experiment i ... more
+ Robot dogs to enhance security at Tyndall AFB, Fla.
+ On the way to lifelike robots
+ Robotic AI learns to be spontaneous
+ Education key to developing lifelike intelligent robots, study argues
+ Walmart to end experiment with robots in US stores
+ Cockroaches and lizards inspire new robot developed by Ben-Gurion University researcher
+ "What to Expect When You're Expecting Robots"
Balloon messages for Hong Kongers held in mainland China
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 21, 2020
Relatives of 12 Hong Kong democracy activists detained in mainland China released balloons carrying messages to their loved ones across the border on Saturday, as they called for their return. It has been 90 days since the 12 were arrested by the Chinese coast guard in late August when fleeing their city for Taiwan by boat. Most of those aboard the vessel were being prosecuted in Hong Ko ... more
+ Graduating Hong Kong students display banned pro-democracy slogans
+ Australian PM rebuffs Chinese grievance list
+ Chinese official backs Hong Kong judicial 'reform' calls
+ Swiss photographer cleared of aiding Hong Kong protest assault
+ EU demands China reverse rules on Hong Kong lawmakers
+ Trudeau says Canada won't give in to China pressure to free Meng
+ US hits four more officials over Hong Kong freedoms


20 Years of Observing Earth from the International Space Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2020
After 20 years of continuous human presence, the International Space Station (ISS) has provided 241 visitors with an extraordinary view of Earth from outer space - one they have shared with the rest of the world. Astronaut photography, formally called Crew Earth Observations (CEO), has resulted in more than 3.5 million photographs of the ever-changing blue planet. But camera-wielding astro ... more
+ US-European mission launches to monitor the world's oceans
+ Satellite imagery used for electricity consumption forecasting in Africa for the first time in new service
+ Space Flight Laboratory to supply 3 more greenhouse gas monitoring microsatellites
+ Airbus wins ESA's LSTM temperature-check mission for Copernicus next generation
+ Contracts signed for three high-priority ESA environmental missions
+ Microbes might be gatekeepers of the planet's greatest greenhouse gas reserves
+ NASA deems SwRI-developed satellites healthy, extends CYGNSS mission
Unilever targets 1-bn-euro sales for plant-based foods
The Hague (AFP) Nov 18, 2020
Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever said Wednesday it has set a new annual sales target of one billion euros for plant-based food products as consumers turn away from meat and dairy. Known for brands like Ben & Jerry's and Magnum ice cream and Hellmann's mayonnaise, Unilever said it was boosting its range of such vegan-friendly product to meet the target within five to seven years. Unile ... more
+ Algae pasta, saltwater crops share million-dollar UAE prize
+ US agricultural water use declining for most crops and livestock production
+ People in developing countries eat less bushmeat as they migrate from rural to urban areas
+ CAST releases paper on "Ground and Aerial Robots for Agricultural Production: Opportunities and Challenges"
+ 'English nouveau': a young red to rival Beaujolais
+ New fish-free aquaculture feed to raise fish farming standards
+ Cassava yields could benefit from rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere
Here's Looking at You, MKID
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 24, 2020
In the years since astronomers discovered the first exoplanet - a planet that orbits a star outside the solar system - more than 4,000 have been observed. Usually, their presence is given away by the slight effects they have on their parent stars, which vastly outshine them. For a decade and half, scientists have been trying to image exoplanets directly, but the Earth's atmosphere presents a maj ... more
+ A terrestrial-mass planet on the run?
+ A planet-forming disk still fed by the mother cloud
+ New Interdisciplinary Consortium for Astrobiology Research
+ Building blocks of life can form long before stars
+ Life's building blocks can form in interstellar clouds without stellar fusion
+ Climate Stabilization on Distant Worlds
+ Ariel moves from blueprint to reality


Almost a million people inoculated with Chinese Covid-19 vaccine: firm
Beijing (AFP) Nov 20, 2020
Nearly a million people have taken an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese company Sinopharm, the firm said, although it has not yet provided any clear clinical evidence of efficacy. China has been giving experimental Covid-19 vaccines to people including state employees, international students and essential workers heading abroad since July. Sinopharm's chairman told m ... more
+ Hong Kong, Singapore travel bubble popped by virus spike
+ Senior Pentagon official infected with Covid-19
+ Hundreds of flights cancelled as Shanghai tackles virus outbreak
+ International virus sleuths expected to go to China soon: WHO
+ U.S. forces in South Korea, Japan confirm more than 50 new COVID-19 cases
+ Can surgical masks be reused
+ Thin liquid films help COVID-19 survive on surfaces
Explainer: What is the Sahel and why is it so important?
Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2020
Africa's semi-arid Sahel region is a crucible of climate change, population movement and jihadist attacks. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this month called it a "microcosm of cascading global risks converging in one region." - What is it ? - In pure geographic terms the Sahel, or Sahil in Arabic, meaning coast or shore, is a vast region that stretches along the Sahara desert's ... more
+ WHO chief denies Ethiopia's claims he backs dissident region
+ Nigerian army bombs highway 'bandits' after kidnappings
+ African leaders mount effort to mediate Ethiopia conflict
+ French army says 30 jihadists killed in Mali
+ Fleeing Ethiopians describe horror of Tigray fighting
+ Fighting in W.Sahara says Polisario, amid pleas for restraint
+ Nigeria army denies killing peaceful protesters
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A new doorway to space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 18, 2020
Anyone who has gotten a sofa stuck in a doorway on moving day knows how frustrating it is when there's no other way in or out. The doorways on the International Space Station, or airlocks, have worked just fine for 20 years. But as more researchers and companies wish to expand the scope and size of the projects they send into low-Earth orbit, a larger doorway could help. Opening another po ... more
+ ISS crew successfully patched hull crack Roscosmos confirms
+ Resolving mysteries about the first stellar parallaxes and distances
+ Home away from home planet
+ I am Artemis: Alabama Native Shoots for the Moon with NASA Career
+ Equatorial Space Stations
+ Russian cosmonauts wrap up spacewalk
+ RUAG Space: Maiden flight of new generation navigation receiver
US exits 'Open Skies' defense treaty
Washington (AFP) Nov 22, 2020
The US said it formally left the Open Skies defense treaty on Sunday, one of several international agreements Washington has exited under President Donald Trump. Open Skies was agreed just after the Cold War to allow signatories to avoid nasty surprises or unfounded suspicions by monitoring rival militaries. But Trump said in May that Moscow had not stuck to its commitments under the pa ... more
+ Iran's Khamenei warns against hopes of 'opening' with West
+ Riding off success of new satellite, Iran official calls for creation of permanent space-based radar
+ No limit to where Iran can defend itself, Guards say
+ US shoots down ICBM outside Earth's atmosphere in Hawaii test first
+ Iran says to meet nuclear commitments if Biden lifts sanctions
+ Company's ICBM target and its ground control systems contribute to homeland defense test
+ Iran operating advanced centrifuges at underground site: IAEA


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