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August 17, 2018
Two US Ospreys make emergency landings in Japan

Tokyo (AFP) Aug 14, 2018
Two US military Osprey aircraft made separate emergency landings at airports on Japanese islands on Tuesday, with no injuries or damage reported, local media said. One of the two MV-22 Ospreys landed at Amami Airport in southwestern Kagoshima prefecture Tuesday afternoon, according to the Kyodo and Jiji news agencies. The tilt-rotor aircraft left the Japanese airport two hours later, interrupting some commercial flights, public broadcaster NHK said. The other Osprey made an emergency landing ... read more

Japan ex-defence minister to challenge Abe as party chief
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 10, 2018
Former Japanese defence minister Shigeru Ishiba on Friday announced a long-shot bid to unseat Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as leader of the country's ruling party in elections next month. ... more
Japan's crippled Fukushima plant stops selling souvenirs
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 9, 2018
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors said Thursday it had stopped selling a souvenir at the plant after facing a storm of online criticism saying it was inconsiderate. ... more
North Korea slams UN chief over call for nuclear disarming
United Nations, United States (AFP) Aug 10, 2018
North Korea on Friday accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of making "reckless remarks" and toeing the US line when he called for verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. ... more
Typhoon Shanshan clips Japan coast, sparing Tokyo
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 9, 2018
Typhoon Shanshan clipped Japan's eastern coast on Thursday morning, sparing Tokyo but bringing heavy rain, strong winds and high waves to some areas along the Pacific coast. ... more

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Strong typhoon churns towards Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 8, 2018
A powerful typhoon was churning towards Japan on Wednesday, prompting the weather agency to warn of heavy rain and strong winds and forcing airlines to cancel scores of flights. ... more
Japan marks 73rd anniversary of atomic attack on Hiroshima
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 6, 2018
A bell tolled Monday in Hiroshima as Japan marked 73 years since the world's first atomic bombing, with the city's mayor warning that rising nationalism worldwide threatened peace. ... more
Extreme makeover: Fukushima nuclear plant tries image overhaul
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Japan (AFP) Aug 3, 2018
Call it an extreme makeover: In Japan's Fukushima, officials are attempting what might seem impossible, an image overhaul at the site of the worst nuclear meltdown in decades. ... more
An insect-inspired drone deforms upon impact
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 26, 2018
In recent years, robotics experts have taken a page from the traditional Japanese practice of origami and come up with light and flexible - and highly innovative - robots and drones. Two types of or ... more
Japan officials push parasols for men as heatwave hits
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 3, 2018
Officials in Japan have urged men to buck local gender stereotypes and carry parasols to protect themselves from the sun in the midst of a deadly national heatwave. ... more
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Australia to 'vehemently' oppose Japan push to ease whaling ban
Sydney (AFP) Aug 2, 2018
Australia Thursday vowed to "vehemently" oppose a new push by Japan to undermine a global moratorium on commercial whaling, and urged like-minded nations to stand firm against Tokyo. ... more
Made in Fukushima: Japan farmers struggle to win trust
Koriyama, Japan (AFP) Aug 1, 2018
The pumpkin is diced, the chicken carved and the eggs beaten into an omelette, but the people preparing the food are not chefs - they are scientists testing produce from Japan's Fukushima region. ... more
KYOCERA TCL Solar Completes 28MW Solar Power Plant in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Tokyo (SPX) Aug 02, 2018
Kyocera Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation announced that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC (herein "Kyocera TCL Solar") has completed construction of a 28 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant i ... more
Japan to spend $4.2 bn over 30 years on missile defence system radar
Tokyo (AFP) July 30, 2018
Japan said Monday it would spend some $4.2 billion over the next 30 years on installing and operating US radar systems to protect itself against North Korean missile threats. ... more
Australia, US, Japan in Indo-Pacific infrastructure push
Sydney (AFP) July 31, 2018
Australia, the United States and Japan will jointly invest in infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific, officials announced Tuesday, in an attempt to counter China's efforts to court influence in the region. ... more

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Life on Mars: Japan astronaut dreams after lake discovery
Tokyo (AFP) July 27, 2018
Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai came back to earth last month but is still dreaming of space, especially after the discovery of an underground lake brought mankind one step closer to unravelling the mystery of life on Mars. ... more
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Heatwaves from the Arctic to Japan: a sign of things to come?
Paris (AFP) July 27, 2018
Intense heatwaves like the one which fuelled Greece's deadly wildfires are set to become increasingly frequent around the world due to climate change, experts warn. ... more
Powerful storm hits disaster-ravaged Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 29, 2018
A powerful storm slammed into central Japan on Sunday, bringing heavy rains as it churned across western areas already devastated by floods and landslides. ... more
Powerful storm hits disaster-ravaged Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 29, 2018
A powerful storm slammed into Japan on Sunday, churning across western areas already hard hit by floods and landslides earlier this month and injuring some 20 people. ... more
Scientists develop proteins that self-assemble into supramolecular complexes
Matsumoto, Japan (SPX) Jul 27, 2018
A collaborative research team based in Japan has designed new proteins that can self-assemble into the complex structures underlying biological organisms, laying the groundwork for leading-edge appl ... more
It's a small world: In Japan, moss wins hearts
Sakuho, Japan (AFP) July 27, 2018
Kaori Shibo bent her head down and peered through a magnifying glass in a forest in central Japan, emitting a delighted gasp. The object of her adoration? Moss. ... more
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First reliable estimates of highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released by Fukushima disaster
Paris, France (SPX) Aug 16, 2018
Scientists have for the first time been able to estimate the amount of radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released by the disaster at the Fukushima power plant in 2011. This work, which will have significant health and environmental implications, is presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Boston*. The flooding of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) after t ... more
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Wearable 'microbrewery' saves human body from radiation damage
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
The same way that yeast yields beer and bread can help hospital lab workers better track their daily radiation exposure, enabling a faster assessment of tissue damage that could lead to cancer. But rather than building portable cellars or ovens, Purdue University researchers have engineered yeast "microbreweries" within disposable badges made of freezer paper, aluminum and tape. Simply add ... more
+ Scientists develop way to supercool liquids without freezing them
+ Scientists squeeze nanocrystals in a liquid droplet into a solid-like state and back again
+ PhD student develops spinning heat shield for future spacecraft
+ GTAR Technologies tapped for inflatable satellite antennas
+ Natural refrigerant replacements could reduce energy costs and conserve the environment
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DIY robots help marine biologists discover new deep-sea dwellers
New York NY (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
While the cold and airless deep sea is inhabitable for humans, it is filled with delicate organisms that thrive in its harsh environment. Studying those organisms requires specialized equipment mounted on a remotely operated vehicle (ROV); any other type of equipment could literally crack under pressure. A multidisciplinary group of engineers, marine biologists, and roboticists have develo ... more
+ The behavior of water: scientists find new properties of H2O
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+ Corals are becoming more tolerant of rising ocean temperatures
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Hybrid nanomaterials bristle with potential
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 14, 2018
By combining multiple nanomaterials into a single structure, scientists can create hybrid materials that incorporate the best properties of each component and outperform any single substance. A controlled method for making triple-layered hollow nanostructures has now been developed at KAUST. The hybrid structures consist of a conductive organic core sandwiched between layers of electrocatalytica ... more
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+ Individual silver nanoparticles observed in real time
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TOTE Services contracted for SBX-1 ballistic missile tracking radar
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2018
TOTE Services of Jacksonville, Fla., has received an $11 million contract for operation and maintenance of the Sea-Based X-Band Radar vessel. The contract, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, will last one year with four-and-a-half years worth of possible options, which could bring the cumulative value of this contract to $65.3 million, the Pentagon said. Work will ... more
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+ Japan to spend $4.2 bn over 30 years on missile defence system radar
+ US Congress pushes Ballistic Missile Defense Program based on laser-armed drones
China unveils Chang'e-4 rover to explore Moon's far side
Beijing (XNA) Aug 17, 2018
China's moon lander and rover for the Chang'e-4 lunar probe, which is expected to land on the far side of the moon this year, was unveiled Wednesday. Images displayed at Wednesday's press conference showed the rover was a rectangular box with two foldable solar panels and six wheels. It is 1.5 meters long, 1 meter wide and 1.1 meters high. Wu Weiren, the chief designer of China's lun ... more
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UCLA-developed artificial intelligence device identifies objects at the speed of light
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
A team of UCLA electrical and computer engineers has created a physical artificial neural network - a device modeled on how the human brain works - that can analyze large volumes of data and identify objects at the actual speed of light. The device was created using a 3D printer at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. Numerous devices in everyday life today use computerized cameras to i ... more
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Philippines' Duterte slams China over island-building
Manila (AFP) Aug 15, 2018
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has urged China to "temper" its behaviour in the South China Sea in a rare criticism of the Asian superpower over its programme of island-building in disputed waters. China has alarmed and angered its neighbours by claiming dominion over most of the South China Sea and building a string of artificial islands and military airbases. But the outspoken D ... more
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NASA Team Demonstrates "Science on a Shoestring" with Greenhouse Gas-Measuring Instrument
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 17, 2018
A novel instrument that has already proven its mettle on field campaigns will attempt to measure atmospheric greenhouse gases from an occultation-viewing, low-Earth-orbiting CubeSat mission called Mini-Carb early next year - marking the first time this type of instrument has flown in space. Emily Wilson, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is teaming w ... more
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Vietnam's caged bears dying off as bile prices plummet
Thai Nguyen, Vietnam (AFP) Aug 17, 2018
Two moon bears are gently removed from the cramped cages where they have been held for 13 years, rescuers carefully checking their rotten teeth and matted paws before sending them to their new home in a grassy sanctuary in northern Vietnam. The animals are among the lucky few to be rescued in a country where hundreds of bears are feared to have been killed or starved to death as the cost of ... more
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+ Scientists detail full genome of wheat for first time
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Scientists discovered organic acid in a protoplanetary disk
Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia (SPX) Aug 17, 2018
The importance of the finding is that the organic acid is much more difficult to obtain than other organic molecules found in protoplanetary discs before. If methanol is obtained from carbon monoxide on the surface of dust particles under stellar radiation, then formic acid requires more complex reactions, which are not possible without active processes of organic synthesis. 'We have found ... more
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China sacks regional officials as vaccine scandal mounts
Beijing (AFP) Aug 17, 2018
China's Communist Party has sacked a dozen provincial and local officials and vowed to punish a pharmaceutical firm over a vaccine scandal that inflamed public fears over the safety of domestically produced drugs. The government has been struggling to shore up public confidence in the pharmaceutical sector following the revelation last month that a major Chinese manufacturer of rabies vaccin ... more
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Keita re-elected Mali president with landslide
Bamako (AFP) Aug 16, 2018
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been re-elected for a five-year term after winning a landslide in a runoff ballot, according to official figures Thursday. The elections have been closely watched abroad, as Mali is a linchpin state in the jihadist insurgency raging in the Sahel. Keita, 73, picked up 67.17 percent of the vote on Sunday against 32.83 for opposition challenger an ... more
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NASA Administrator Views SLS Progress During First Visit to Marshall
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 17, 2018
Completing a three-day tour spanning three states, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine made his first visit to the Rocket City as the agency's administrator on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Bridenstine spent the day at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was briefed on space station science operations, technology development and Space Launch System (SLS) progress. Sig ... more
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N. Korea leader lambasts 'brigandish' sanctions: KCNA
Seoul (AFP) Aug 17, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attacked "hostile forces" over "brigandish" sanctions, state media reported Friday, as Washington seeks to maintain pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme. Kim and US President Donald Trump held a groundbreaking summit in Singapore in June, which the US leader touted as a historic breakthrough. But there has been little movement since and the Nor ... more
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