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April 23, 2021
Renesas resumes production at fire-hit chip plant: reports

Tokyo (AFP) April 17, 2021
Japanese chip manufacturer Renesas on Saturday restarted production about a month after a factory fire that threatens to worsen a global chip shortage, local media said. The fire on March 19 at its plant near Tokyo came with car makers already battling semiconductor supply problems, in part because of increased demand for chips from manufacturers of laptops, tablets and gaming devices. Renesas Electronics, a key supplier of automotive semiconductors, saw 600 square metres (6,500 square feet) of ... read more

Crew-2 set for ISS Mission to conduct microgravity science
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 21, 2021
NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 mission is set to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon on Earth Day, April 22. The four include NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough ... more
Japan urges release of journalist in Myanmar
Yangon (AFP) April 19, 2021
Japan urged Myanmar authorities on Monday to release from prison a Japanese journalist accused of spreading fake news, one of at least 65 reporters arrested during the junta's crackdown on anti-coup protests. ... more
China summons Japanese ambassador over Fukushima water plan
Beijing (AFP) April 15, 2021
China on Thursday summoned Japan's ambassador over Tokyo's "wrong decision" to release more than one million tonnes of treated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. ... more
Fire-hit chipmaker Renesas plans full capacity by May
Tokyo (AFP) April 19, 2021
Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics said Monday it was on track to restore full capacity by May after a plant fire, as manufacturers around the world battle to secure semiconductor supplies. ... more
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Hybrid leader Toyota turns on electrics
Shanghai (AFP) April 19, 2021
Toyota, which pioneered hybrid cars, unveiled Monday plans for its first global line-up of battery electric vehicles as other carmakers have pulled ahead in electrification. ... more
Biden welcomes Japan PM as first guest with push on 5G, climate, China
Washington (AFP) April 16, 2021
Joe Biden on Friday welcomed Japan's prime minister for the first summit of his presidency, with the allies expected to signal progress on 5G technology and climate change amid a concerted US push to compete with China. ... more
Northrop Grumman completes first flight of Japan's RQ-4B Global Hawk
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 16, 2021
Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed the first flight of Japan's RQ-4B Global Hawk on April 15, 2021 from Palmdale, California. With an unmatched combination of range, endurance, and payload c ... more
Japan PM heads to Washington with China topping agenda
Tokyo (AFP) April 15, 2021
Japan's prime minister heads to Washington on Thursday to become the first foreign leader to hold face-to-face talks with US President Joe Biden, with concerns about China topping the agenda. ... more
U.S.-Japan navy chiefs cite alliance as 'a cornerstone' of Indo-Pacific security
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 14, 2021
The U.S.-Japan military pact was honored in a videoconference between the U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations and Japan's Maritime Chief of Staff. ... more
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No batteries, no sweat, wearable biofuel cells now produce electricity from lactate
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 14, 2021
Wearable electronic devices and biosensors are great tools for health monitoring, but it has been difficult to find convenient power sources for them. Now, a group of scientists from Japan has succe ... more
Japan to release treated Fukushima water into the sea
Tokyo (AFP) April 13, 2021
Japan will release more than a million tonnes of treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean, the government said Tuesday, triggering a furious reaction from China and fierce opposition from local fishing communities. ... more
Fornite maker Epic Games valued at $28.7 bn in funding round
San Francisco (AFP) April 13, 2021
The US company behind video game sensation Fortnite said Tuesday that it was valued at $28.7 billion in a round of funding from investors including PlayStation maker Sony. ... more
WELTEC BIOPOWER delivers two biogas plants to Japan
Vechta, Germany (SPX) Apr 13, 2021
WELTEC BIOPOWER is currently setting up two agricultural 250-kW biogas plants for one of Japan's major milk producers. One of the plants is being set up in Urahoro on Japan's island of Hokkaido. The ... more
USAF F-22s participate in interoperability exercises with Japanese forces
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 9, 2021
Hawaii-based planes of the U.S. Air Force, including F-22 fighter planes, were deployed to Japan for exercises with Japanese forces for the last month, the Air Force said on Friday. ... more

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Tokyo, as you've never seen it before
Tokyo (AFP) April 7, 2021
It's Tokyo, but unlike you've ever seen it before - a miniaturised 1:1,000 scale version of one of the world's biggest capitals, displaying everything from sea levels to population densities. ... more
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Softbank to buy $2.8 bn stake in Norway robotics firm
Tokyo (AFP) April 6, 2021
Japanese investment giant SoftBank Group will buy a 40 percent stake in Norwegian robotics company AutoStore in a deal worth $2.8 billion, the two firms said. ... more
US, Japan, S.Korea show united front on N.Korea
Washington (AFP) April 2, 2021
The United States, Japan and South Korea showed a united front Friday on concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs as President Joe Biden completes a review on the way forward. ... more
Japan sees earliest cherry blossoms on record as climate warms
Tokyo (AFP) March 31, 2021
Japan's cherry trees are reaching full bloom in record time this year, the national weather agency has said, linking the early sakura season to the world's warming climate. ... more
Hitachi buys US software firm GlobalLogic for $9.6 bn
Tokyo (AFP) March 31, 2021
Japan's Hitachi said Wednesday it will fully acquire US software company GlobalLogic in a deal worth $9.6 billion as it looks to expand its digital services offerings. ... more
North Korean leader's sister slams South's Moon as US 'parrot'
Seoul (AFP) March 30, 2021
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's influential sister slammed the South's president Tuesday as "a parrot raised by America" after he criticised a missile test by Pyongyang. ... more
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Human screams can convey at least six different emotions
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 14, 2021
Scientists have underestimated the communicative abilities of the human scream, according to a new study. After testing the different ways humans can use and perceive screaming as a communication tool, researchers determined screams can convey at least six different emotions. The experimental findings, published this week in the journal PLOS Biology, showed human brains actually ... more
+ Older adults are more likely to help others than younger adults
+ The Nanjing 'angel' helping China's desperate back from the brink
+ Egyptian architects win Mosul mosque competition
+ Five dead in protest at Chinese-financed plant in Bangladesh
+ China summons Japanese ambassador over Fukushima water plan
+ Earth Day summit a chance for Biden to show US serious about climate: Trudeau
+ Japan to release treated Fukushima water into the sea
M-42 will measure radiation on the Moon
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Apr 23, 2021
A long-term stay on the Moon would subject the human body to a high level of radiation, as radiation in space is generally many times stronger than it is on Earth. Before humans return to the Moon, the German Aerospace Center will send a small measuring device, the M-42 radiation detector, to Lacus Mortis to record radiation levels on the surface. It will travel there on board the commercial Per ... more
+ ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers on sheltering from space debris
+ Rocket to lift space station core moves to launch tower
+ Arrival of world-first test facility
+ Accion Systems set for launch of two TILE 2 in-space propulsion systems
+ Philippines' Duterte lifts ban on new mining deals
+ Marine animals inspire new approaches to structural topology optimization
+ Google unveils $2bn data hub in Poland

Navy exercise tests unmanned vessels, aircraft
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 19, 2021
The U.S. Navy announced the start of its first manned and unmanned capabilities exercise on Monday at Naval Base San Diego. Executed by the Navy's 3rd Fleet, "Unmanned Battle Problem 21" will "generate warfighting advantages in integrating multi-domain manned and unmanned capabilities into the most challenging operational scenarios," a Navy statement said. Unmanned systems, inclu ... more
+ Vice Adm. Linda Fagan nominated as U.S. Coast Guard vice commandant
+ Race to save Cyprus corals from climate change, mass tourism
+ Satellites highlight a 30-year rise in ocean acidification
+ Navigating beneath the Arctic ice
+ Global warming is making India's monsoon season more erratic
+ Solar and wind power could break the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam deadlock
+ China's plans for Himalayan super dam stoke fears in India
Scientists use DNA technology to build tough 3D nanomaterials
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 19, 2021
Researchers at Columbia University have found a way to marry the versatility of DNA nanotechnology with the toughness of silica-based materials. DNA technology can be used to design self-assembling, complexly organized nanoparticle structures. In theory, these structures can be designed for a variety of applications, but in reality, these structures are too soft and only stable i ... more
+ New "metalens" shifts focus without tilting or moving
+ Nanowire could provide a stable, easy-to-make superconducting transistor
+ New technique builds super-hard metals from nanoparticles
+ Scientists see competition of magnetic orders from 2D sheets of atoms
+ Atomic-scale nanowires can now be produced at scale
+ Weak force has strong impact on nanosheets
+ Making 3D nanosuperconductors with DNA

Greece to lend Patriot battery to Saudi as Huthi attacks spike
Riyadh (AFP) April 20, 2021
Greece will lend a Patriot missile battery to Saudi Arabia to protect its critical energy infrastructure, Greek officials said Tuesday, as the Gulf kingdom grapples with growing attacks by Yemen's Huthi rebels. Saudi Arabia, the top crude exporter which leads a military coalition against the Huthis, relies heavily on US-made Patriots to intercept missiles and drones fired at the kingdom on a ... more
+ Missile Warning Satellite Delivered to Cape Canaveral
+ Lockheed Martin awarded $3.7B to modernize key missile defense mission
+ Lockheed, Northrop to compete for Next Generation Interceptor program
+ Northrop Grumman Common Infrared Countermeasures System ready for full-rate production
+ Israel says Iron Dome can now intercept drones, missiles at same time
+ Missile Defense Agency to consider two sites for Hawaii-based radar
+ SPY-7 joint Japan project completes initial demonstration of capability
China's space-tracking ship departs on new mission in Pacific
Nanjing (XNA) Apr 21, 2021
Space-tracking ship Yuanwang 5 departed from a port in East China's Jiangsu province on Tuesday for a maritime monitoring mission in the Pacific Ocean. Before this voyage, the crew members have examined onboard facilities and replenished their supplies for the upcoming mission, after the ship returned from a mission on March 29. Yuanwang 5, China's third-generation space-tracking shi ... more
+ China Orbiting 400 Satellites, Heading for 1,000 by 2030, US Space Command Chief Says
+ Chinese rocket for space station mission arrives at launch site
+ Ningbo to build $3.05b rocket launchpad site
+ China advances space cooperation in 2020: blue book
+ China selects astronauts for space station program
+ China tests high-thrust rocket engine for upcoming space station missions
+ China has over 300 satellites in orbit

EU unveils AI rules to temper Big Brother fears
Brussels (AFP) April 21, 2021
The EU unveils a plan Wednesday to regulate the sprawling field of artificial intelligence, aimed at making Europe a leader in the new tech revolution while reassuring the public against "Big Brother"-like abuses. "Whether it's precision farming in agriculture, more accurate medical diagnosis or safe autonomous driving - artificial intelligence will open up new worlds for us. But this world ... more
+ EU unveils 'landmark' AI rules to curb Big Brother fears
+ People may trust computers more than humans
+ Stanford researchers use AI to empower environmental regulators
+ Report: U.S. military must speed up AI development to maintain edge
+ EU to unveil AI rules to fight Big Brother fears
+ NASA awards contract for communicationless coordination of robotic swarms
+ Hands-free: Monkey plays video game - with its brain
Hong Kong marks 'national security day' with goose-steps and mascots
Hong Kong (AFP) April 15, 2021
Hong Kong police displayed a cuddly bear mascot, rappelled from a helicopter and goose-stepped Thursday as the financial hub held a "National Security Education Day", part of its push to boost patriotism in a city chafing under China's rule. Beijing blanketed Hong Kong in a sweeping national security law last year in response to months of huge and often violent democracy protests that convul ... more
+ Oscars set to flop in China as Hollywood, politics collide
+ 'Violent' ducks? Hong Kong clothing brand cartoons rile China
+ Epoch Times defiant after Hong Kong printing press attacked
+ 'Heed the warning': Beijing summons 34 tech firms after record Alibaba fine
+ 'Stand tall': Lai writes letter from jail; Gang ransacks newspaper office
+ 'Forced confession' victims urge Chinese TV channels ban
+ China says UK sheltering 'wanted criminals' after HK asylum ruling

Radar satellites can better protect against bushfires and floods
Perth, Australia (SPX) Apr 23, 2021
New research led by Curtin University has revealed how radar satellites can improve the ability to detect, monitor, prepare for and withstand natural disasters in Australia including bushfires, floods and earthquakes. The research used Synthetic Aperture Radar data obtained by the European Space Agency Sentinel-1 satellite, amongst others, to evaluate Australia-specific case studies. ... more
+ NASA investigates vegetation
+ Spotting greenhouse gas super-emitters
+ Satellite imagery key to powering Google Earth
+ BlackSky Increases Capacity as Latest Satellite Enters Commercial Operations
+ Climate Has Shifted The Axis Of The Earth
+ California's worst wildfires are helping improve air quality prediction
+ NASA study predicts less Saharan dust in future winds

ESA and FAO unite to tackle food security and more
Paris (ESA) Apr 21, 2021
With ESA positioned as a world-class provider of Earth observation data and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leading international efforts to defeat hunger, the two organisations have teamed up to exploit their particular fields of expertise to better address major global issues such as food security, and to take further advantage of the digital transformation in agricu ... more
+ France to give one bn euros aid to farmers hit by frost
+ Tunisia 'sandy' farms resist drought, development
+ Adding legumes to crop rotations offers sustainability, nutritional advantages
+ French growers feel the pinch as cold snap wrecks crops
+ India's desert salt farmers feel the heat from climate change
+ Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago
+ Brazil eyes record grain harvest as China demand booms
NASA's Webb to study young exoplanets on the edge
Baltimore MD (SPX) Apr 22, 2021
Before planets around other stars were first discovered in the 1990s, these far-flung exotic worlds lived only in the imagination of science fiction writers. But even their creative minds could not have conceived of the variety of worlds astronomers have uncovered. Many of these worlds, called exoplanets, are vastly different from our solar system's family of planets. They range from star- ... more
+ As different as day and night
+ Researchers identify five double star systems potentially suitable for life
+ When the atmosphere isn't enough
+ Baked meteorites yield clues to planetary atmospheres
+ Scientists may detect signs of extraterrestrial life in the next 5 to 10 years
+ Study warns of 'oxygen false positives' in search for signs of life on other planets
+ Amounts of organic molecules in planetary systems differ from early on

China's Coronavac 80% effective at preventing Covid deaths: Chile results
Santiago (AFP) April 16, 2021
China's Coronavac vaccine was 67 percent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 and 80 percent at preventing death, according to real-life results unveiled Friday from Chile's inoculation campaign. "These figures should convey peace of mind to the country," Health Minister Enrique Paris told journalists as he announced the outcome of two months' of vaccination in Chile, in February and ... more
+ Sweat sensor could warn of impending COVID-19 cytokine storm
+ New Zealand trials 'early warning' virus app at border
+ China gives 200,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Cameroon
+ China mulls mixing vaccines to improve efficacy of jabs
+ China weighs carrots and sticks in push to vaccinate millions
+ DoD to prioritize overseas personnel in COVID-19 vaccine distribution
+ N. Korea says will not go to Olympics over Covid fears
Chad leader's death deprives West of key security ally
Paris (AFP) April 20, 2021
The death of Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has deprived France and the West of a key security ally in the volatile Sahel region where jihadist groups are gaining in strength, analysts say. His demise - during a battle with rebels in the north of the country, according to the army - threatens to bring yet more instability to a turbulent region that is of strategic importance. Deby, ... more
+ Dozens dead, 'disappeared' in Mali military ops: HRW
+ Leaders from AFRICOM, Air Force, CDC discuss COVID response
+ Rangers battle human encroachment in Sudan's biggest park
+ Thousands flee after Nigeria jihadist attack kills 10 in northeast town
+ Five Nigerian troops killed in jihadist attack
+ With giant swabs and grumpy camels, Kenya hunts for next deadly virus
+ Going home or staying safe in NE Nigeria, an impossible choice
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ISS sets its research scope on longer space missions
Paris (AFP) April 21, 2021
Detect harmful radiation, pilot a rover module, learn better sleep and body maintenance: astronauts aboard the International Space Station are preparing for future missions even further afield - from the Moon to, one day, Mars. The latest arrival of four more astronauts to the ISS, due to blast off aboard a SpaceX rocket from Florida on Thursday, will open the door for new experiments aimed ... more
+ NASA Crew 2 science payload to carry human tissue growth studies to ISS
+ Astronaut Kate Rubins: Fresh food in space is rare, desired
+ Twenty years of Europeans on the Space Station
+ Crew-2 set for ISS Mission to conduct microgravity science
+ Science without gravity at the International Space Station
+ Astronauts need a fridge
+ China upgrades ground system for first-generation relay satellites
Rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia hold talks in Baghdad
Baghdad (AFP) April 19, 2021
Middle Eastern rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran have been holding talks in Baghdad in recent weeks, an Iraqi government official and a Western diplomat told AFP. The official-level meetings aim to restore relations severed five years ago between the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Shiite Islamic republic of Iran. The initiative comes at a time of shifting power dynamics, as US P ... more
+ North Korea's satellites in orbit not transmitting data
+ EU diplomat warns of 'hard work' to save Iran nuclear deal
+ US gives Iran 'examples' of sanctions it's ready to lift
+ SKorea's Moon urges Biden to engage directly with NKorea
+ Northrop Grumman wins $2.3B deal to maintain aging Minuteman III
+ Russia says Iran nuclear talks enter 'drafting stage'
+ Iran asks Interpol to arrest Natanz 'sabotage' suspect: media

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