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November 23, 2017
SOLAR SCIENCE
Solar minimum surprisingly constant



Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Using more than half a century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the Sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large differences in the maximums of the cycles. In Japan, continuous four-frequency solar microwave observations (1, 2, 3.75 and 9.4 GHz) began in 1957 at the Toyokawa Branch of the Research Institute of Atmospherics, Nagoya University. In 1994 the telescopes were relocated to NAOJ Nobeyama ... read more

WOOD PILE
Brazil exports murder-tainted illegal logging: Greenpeace
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Endangered Amazon hardwood trafficked by a Brazilian exporter allegedly behind the massacre of nine farmers this year is being sold unimpeded around the world, according to environmental pressure group Greenpeace. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Embattled Toshiba to boost capital by $5.3 bn share issuance
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Embattled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba said Sunday it plans to raise $5.3 billion by issuing new shares, a move aimed at avoiding a humiliating delisting from the Tokyo bouse. ... more
TECH SPACE
Monopole current offers way to control magnets
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
In work published in Physical Review Letters, scientists from RIKEN in Japan have discovered interesting new magnetic properties of a type of materials known as "quantum spin ice." These materials d ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024. The instrument, a sophisticated neutron and gamma-ray spectrog ... more
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OIL AND GAS
Russia reviews LNG options with Japan
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
Russian energy company Gazprom said it was reviewing the opportunity to expand its only operational liquefied natural gas plant with its Japanese partner. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Slow growth, high production leaves oil prices bruised
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
Strong production trends in the United States and a slump in growth in the world's leading economies left crude oil prices deep in the red early Monday. ... more
TECH SPACE
Are multiple H-coils needed to accurately measure magnetic field strengths
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Is more always better? Researchers from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, sought to find out if that was the case for measuring magnetic field strengths. Their paper, appearing this week in AIP A ... more
FLOATING STEEL
US warship sustains minor damage after tug drifts off Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
An American warship has been damaged after a tug boat drifted into the destroyer during a drill off Japan, according to the US navy, the latest in a spate of incidents in Asia. ... more
NUKEWARS
Japan, US stage naval drill amid N. Korea tension
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Japan and the United States launched a joint naval drill Thursday in a show of force aimed at North Korea, whose nuclear ambitions dominated US President Donald Trump's recent Asia trip. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Hitomi mission glimpses cosmic 'recipe' for the nearby universe
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Thanks to an in-depth look into the composition of gas in the Perseus galaxy cluster, Japan's Hitomi mission has given scientists new insights into the stellar explosions that formed its chemical el ... more


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INTERNET SPACE
Toshiba sells TV business to China's Hisense
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Struggling Japanese conglomerate Toshiba said Tuesday it has decided to sell its television business to China's Hisense Group as part of its efforts to restore its balance sheet. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
A fast reactor system to shorten the lifetime of long-lived fission products
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A team of scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with Tohoku University, Tokyo City University and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has proposed a novel appr ... more
NUKEWARS
UN condemns N. Korea for firing missiles as people starve
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
UN member states on Tuesday condemned North Korea for gross human rights violations and for conducting missile and nuclear tests while its people suffer from severe hunger. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump hails 'fantasic job' on Asia tour, but ends it abruptly
Manila (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Donald Trump said he had done "a really fantastic job" on a five-nation tour of Asia in which he had made a lot of friends, but he ended it abruptly Tuesday by skipping most of a Philippine summit. ... more



Network Innovations Delivers Hurricane Relief Via Satellite
McLean, VA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The recent hurricanes that hit Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico once again spotlighted the frailty of terrestrial communications services. Hurricane-force winds in the Florida Keys and Houston brought trees down on utility lines carrying telephone and Internet service and knocked out cell phone towers, while Hurricane Maria completely destroyed the terrestrial communications infrastructure of Puer ... more
San Juan (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
Head of Puerto Rico power authority resigns
Seoul (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
South Korea quiet for quake-delayed college entrance exam
Athens (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Aid groups urge Greece to improve refugee camps before winter
Booming life for 'PUBG' death-match computer game
Oakland, United States (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Scores of virtual warriors faced off in a Hunger Games-style death match in a massive, real-world eSports matchup of upstart shooter game "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds." The computer game's rise has been epic, with some industry trackers branding this the year of 'PUBG' even though it is technically still in trial mode with a final version yet to be released. In a colossal two-day event ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Metal membranes in construction: From Russia with love
Hong Kong (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Innovative and ideal liquid-repellent surfaces developed by HKU scientists
Champaign IL (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
New spin on old technique to engineer better absorptive materials
New physical model explains the origin of Earth's water
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Equipped with Newton's law of universal gravitation (published in Principia 330 years ago) and powerful computational resources (used to apply the law to more than 10,000 interacting bodies), a young Brazilian researcher and his former postdoctoral supervisor have just proposed a new physical model to explain the origin of water on Earth and the other Earth-like objects in the Solar System. ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Ocean acidification harms young mussels
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
New research could predict La Nina drought years in US
Paris (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Expansion of tuna quotas 'step backward' for conservation
Manganese dioxide shows potential in micromotors
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Manganese dioxide could make the preparation of micromotors increasingly cost-effective, opening up new avenues for their use, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Synthetic micromotors are tiny particles with dimensions less than the diameter of a human hair. Micromotors can undergo an autonomous motion in liquid environments, which can be driven by various mea ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Promising sensors for submarines, mines and spacecraft
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Better, bolder printing with silicon nanostructures
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Practical superconducting nanowire single photon detector highly efficient
US Scrambles to Assemble Space-Based Missile Defense System
Washington DC (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The latest version of the US' fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill designates more funding to a space-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability, according to a new report. Lawmakers envision developing a space-based sensor layer to detect incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as well as an interceptor to neutralize threats, C4ISRNet reported November 16. The intercept ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Boeing meets 2017 ballistic missile defense installation goal early
Stockholm (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Sweden picks US Patriot missile system over European rival
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh airport
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China is expected to achieve a "major breakthrough" in nuclear-powered space shuttles around 2040, according to a report issued by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation on Thursday. The achievement will be able to support large-scale exploration and development of space resources, and make mining on asteroids and space solar power plants possible, said the report, which outlin ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks
Geneva (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
"Robots are not taking over the world", the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots". The United Nations was wrapping up an initial five days of discussions on weapons systems that can identify and destroy targets without human control, which experts s ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
New Challenges Await Competitors in NASA's 25th Annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge
San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Speedy collision detector could make robots better human assistants
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
New technology makes artificial intelligence more private and portable
Secrets and wives: Gay Chinese hide behind 'sham marriage'
Shenyang, China (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
When Xiaoxiong and her lesbian lover wanted to hide their relationship from their parents, they decided to find men willing to marry them. They had a specific type in mind: Gay. Searching out suitors for such a marriage of convenience proved difficult, so she created an online matchmaking forum to help others like her conform with family and societal pressures in China, where same-sex marria ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Three dead, six wounded in rare shooting in China
Beijing (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Chinese human rights lawyers jailed for two years
Shenyang, China (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Secrets and wives: Gay Chinese hide behind 'sham marriage'
NASA's TSIS-1 keeps an eye on Sun's power over ozone
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
High in the atmosphere, above weather systems, is a layer of ozone gas. Ozone is Earth's natural sunscreen, absorbing the Sun's most harmful ultraviolet radiation and protecting living things below. But ozone is vulnerable to certain gases made by humans that reach the upper atmosphere. Once there, they react in the presence of sunlight to destroy ozone molecules. Currently, several NASA a ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
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Paris (ESA) Nov 23, 2017
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Intercropping formula promises food security in Sahel Africa
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Two crops or one? Sometimes, growing two crops simultaneously on the same piece of land - called intercropping - can benefit farmers. But it needs careful planning and resource management. In some parts of Africa, farmers intercrop sorghum - a grain - and peanuts. But they face a major information gap. There hasn't been much research on optimal levels of fertilizer use for intercropping so ... more
Alpalhao, Portugal (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Portuguese cattle farmers desperately wait for rain
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Urbanization may have a positive effect on the soils
Nottingham UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Crunch time for food security
First known interstellar visitor is an 'oddball'
Honolulu HI (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
In October astronomers were surprised by a visitor that came racing into our Solar System from interstellar space. Now, researchers using the Gemini Observatory have determined that the first known object to graze our Solar System from beyond is similar to, but definitely not, your average asteroid or comet. "This thing is an oddball," said Karen Meech of the University of Hawaii's Institute for ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Familiar-Looking Messenger from Another Solar System
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests
Hobart, Australia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Ancient life form discovered in remote Tasmanian valley
Heavy rainfall precedes outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New research suggests outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses Zika and Chikungunya tend to begin three weeks after heavy rainfall. The latest analysis - detailed in the journal PLOS ONE - also showed Chikungunya remains prominent when the two viruses are circulating together, as Chikungunya has a shorter incubation period. Researchers at UCLA analyzed incidents of Zika, Chikungunya ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Plague first came to Europe during the Stone Age
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Kill switches for engineered microbes gone rogue
Riverside CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Making mosquitoes self-destruct
Zimbabwe crisis: What we know
Harare (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Zimbabwe is locked in one of its worst political crises since independence with strongman Robert Mugabe refusing to resign despite a military takeover, mass street protests and possible impeachment. Here is a snapshot of the ongoing turmoil: - Vice president sacked - November 6: Mugabe fires Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to resolve a succession dispute. His removal appears ... more
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Six dead, including two soldiers, in DRCongo attack
Beijing (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Chinese firm probes if children work in African mines
Washington (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Can a magnetic sail slow down an interstellar probe
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
With a miniaturised space probe capable of being accelerated to a quarter of the speed of light, we could reach Alpha Centauri, our nearest star, in 20 to 50 years. However, without a mechanism to slow it down, the space probe could only collect data from the star and its planets as it zoomed past. A theoretical physicist at Goethe University Frankfurt has now examined whether interstellar ... more
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
SSL Selected to Conduct Power and Propulsion Study for NASA's Deep Space Gateway Concept
New York NY (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
MDA Selects AdaCore's GNAT Pro Assurance Development Platform for ISS Software
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
New motion sensors major step towards cheaper wearable technology
North Korean ICBM program runs into major roadblock at reentry
Seoul (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The South Korean foreign intelligence service has reported that North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program has hit a snag, as the communist country has run into difficulty developing reliable atmospheric re-entry technology that would allow their missile to return from Earth's orbit. The report came from the National Intelligence Service (NIS), who met behind closed do ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Chinese envoy ends N.Korea trip
Seoul (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Dramatic footage shows N. Korea defector's border dash
Washington (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
New US sanctions on North Korea ships, Chinese traders
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