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August 09, 2020
Navy, Air Force hold joint exercises with aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan

Washington DC (UPI) Aug 07, 2020
Led by the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Air Force and Navy held joint training exercises this week near Japan, the 7th Fleet announced. The exercise involved the carrier and its strike group, currently the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, as well as the Navy Electronic Attack Squadron 131, which transitioned from Whidbey Island,Wash., in June, and the Air Force 35th Fighter Wing. Both are currently stationed at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Integrated training i ... read more

75 years on, Japan bomb survivors make final pleas for abolition
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 4, 2020
As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors are working to ensure their message lives on after them. ... more
Image processing algorithm allows indoor drones to fly autonomously
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 03, 2020
A research team from Japan has developed a single-camera machine vision algorithm, making it possible for lightweight hovering indoor robots to guide themselves by identifying and interpreting refer ... more
Panasonic warns of annual profit dive over virus woes
Tokyo (AFP) July 30, 2020
Japan's Panasonic said Thursday its full-year net profit would plunge more than 50 percent as the coronavirus pandemic battered its businesses at home and overseas. ... more
NASA Announces Astronauts to Fly on SpaceX Crew-2 Mission to Space Station
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 29, 2020
NASA and its international partners have assigned crew members for Crew-2, which will be the second operational SpaceX Crew Dragon flight to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commerc ... more
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Japan court recognises more Hiroshima bomb survivors
Tokyo (AFP) July 29, 2020
A Hiroshima court issued a rare ruling Wednesday expanding the designation of atomic bomb survivors to include more people hit by radioactive "black rain", 75 years after the US nuclear attack on Japan at the end of World War II. ... more
Arianespace to launch three satellites towards Geostationary Orbit on July 28
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jul 23, 2020
Arianespace's next Ariane 5 launch from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, in a launch window from 21:29 UTC to 22:15 UTC. Satellites to ... more
Emirates Mars Mission to launch with ASU instrument
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 16, 2020
The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, is expected to lift off in July (exact launch date depends on weather conditions) on an H-IIA rocket fro ... more
Emirati 'Hope' probe heads for Mars
Dubai (AFP) July 20, 2020
The first Arab space mission to Mars blasted off from Japan on Monday on a mission to unravel the secrets of weather on the Red Planet. ... more
UAE celebrates launch of first Arab interplanetary mission
Dubai (AFP) July 19, 2020
The United Arab Emirates celebrated in the early hours of Monday morning the launch of its "Hope" probe to Mars, the first interplanetary mission by an Arab nation. ... more
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First Arab space mission to Mars launches from Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 20, 2020
The first Arab space mission to Mars, an unmanned probe dubbed "Hope", blasted off from Japan on Monday, in a bid to reveal more about the atmosphere of the Red Planet. ... more
Subaru Telescope and New Horizons explore the outer Solar System
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 16, 2020
Collaborative observations with NASA's New Horizons mission have been ongoing at the Subaru Telescope since May 2020. Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC), the wide field camera mounted on the prime focus of the ... more
Capsule of Japan's Hayabusa2 asteroid probe to land in Australia on Dec 6
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jul 16, 2020
The re-entry capsule of Japan's Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer containing samples from asteroid Ryugu will land in Australia on 6 December, as follows from a joint statement of the Japan Aerospace Expl ... more
UAE again delays Mars probe launch over weather
Dubai (AFP) July 15, 2020
The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday it would delay the launch of its "Hope" Mars probe for a second time, again due to bad weather. ... more
Emirates Mars Mission delayed a second time by weather
Washington DC (UPI) Jul 15, 2020
Weather at the launch site in Japan has delayed Thursday's historic launch of a United Arab Emirates space mission to Mars. It was the second such delay in a week. ... more

UAE plans to launch Mars probe Friday after weather delay

Japan defence review slams China's virus 'disinformation'
Tokyo (AFP) July 14, 2020
China has been spreading "disinformation" about the coronavirus and its naval activities are a matter of "grave" concern, Japan said in its annual defence review published Tuesday. ... more
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Columbus gets a new European science rack
Paris (ESA) Jul 13, 2020
After a successful launch aboard the Japanese HTV9 cargo vehicle, a new experiment facility was recently installed in the European laboratory Columbus as part of a comprehensive upgrade of Europe's ... more
Okinawa governor demands action after COVID-19 outbreak at U.S. bases
Washington DC (UPI) Jul 13, 2020
The governor of Okinawa has demanded stronger U.S. action after 61 U.S. Marines at two military bases there were reported infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. ... more
Japan PM pledges billions for flood-hit region
Tokyo (AFP) July 13, 2020
Japan will allocate $3.7 billion for the recovery of regions hit by devastating flooding and landslides that killed at least 72 people, the country's prime minister pledged Monday. ... more
Russian Defense Ministry reports interception of U.S. spy plane
Washington DC (UPI) Jul 11, 2020
Russia's news agency reported Saturday that Russian fighter jets intercepted a U.S. spy aircraft over the Sea of Japan this week. ... more
US approves sale of 105 F-35 stealth fighters to Japan
Washington (AFP) July 10, 2020
The United States announced Thursday that it has approved the sale of 105 F-35 stealth aircraft to Japan for an estimated $23.11 billion. ... more
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New York seeks to dissolve NRA over financial mismanagement
New York (AFP) Aug 6, 2020
The state of New York sued the National Rifle Association and its leader Wayne LaPierre Thursday for financial fraud and misconduct, aiming to dissolve the powerful US conservative lobby. State Attorney General Letitia James said LaPierre and three other top NRA officials used the dues and donations of members for years as their "personal piggy bank," spending tens of millions of dollars on ... more
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Scientists find way to track space junk in daylight
Paris (AFP) Aug 4, 2020
Scientists said Tuesday they had discovered a way to detect space debris even in daylight hours, potentially helping satellites to avoid the ever-growing cloud of junk orbiting the planet. Defunct rockets, satellites and spacecraft parts continue to orbit Earth after they are discarded. The estimated 500,000 objects circling the globe range in size from a single screw to an entire rocke ... more
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New method lets scientists peer deeper into ocean
Boothbay ME (SPX) Aug 03, 2020
Researchers have advanced a new way to see into the ocean's depths, establishing an approach to detect algae and measure key properties using light. A paper published in Applied Optics reports using a laser-based tool, lidar, to collect these measurements far deeper than has been typically possible using satellites. "Traditional satellite remote sensing approaches can collect a wide range ... more
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Scientists open new window into the nanoworld
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2020
University of Colorado Boulder researchers have used ultra-fast extreme ultraviolet lasers to measure the properties of materials more than 100 times thinner than a human red blood cell. The team, led by scientists at JILA, reported its new feat of wafer-thinness this week in the journal Physical Review Materials. The group's target, a film just 5 nanometers thick, is the thinnest material ... more
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Japan will reorient missile defense posture as Aegis Ashore is suspended
London, UK (SPX) Jul 02, 2020
Japan's announcement on the suspension of the deployment of Aegis Ashore missile defense systems marks a potential shift in the country's security strategy. The turning point depends on the substitute for Aegis Ashore. The country is now considering pre-emptive strike capabilities as a possibility, targeting missile launchers in North Korea first instead of intercepting incoming missiles. Interc ... more
+ Raytheon Missiles and Defense awarded $2.3B production contract for missile defense radars
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+ NGC and US Army team up for combined missile defense test
+ Japan confirms scrapping US missile defence system
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+ First modernized LM 2100 SBIRS missile warning satellite completes thermal vacuum testing
+ Japan 'can't move ahead' with US missile defence system: PM
China seeks payload ideas for mission to moon, asteroid
Beijing (XNA) Aug 07, 2020
China is soliciting ideas for payloads aboard its proposed missions to the moon, an asteroid and a comet, according to the China National Space Administration. It is asking for primary, middle school and university students across the country to provide ideas for payloads that would fly aboard the Chang'e 7 probe to the moon, and on another spacecraft to the asteroid 2016HO3 and the comet ... more
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+ Tianwen 1 probe to soon blast off for Mars
+ China's newest carrier rocket fails in debut mission
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Subterranean Challenge pivots to all-virtual competition for cave circuit
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 28, 2020
DARPA's Subterranean (SubT) Challenge focuses on discovering innovative approaches to map, navigate, and search complex underground environments across three diverse subdomains: human-made tunnels, urban underground, and natural cave systems. Two previous scored events - Tunnel and Urban Circuits - featured both Virtual and Systems Competitions. DARPA has made the difficult decision to pro ... more
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France halts ratification of extradition treaty with Hong Kong
Paris (AFP) Aug 3, 2020
France on Monday said it was halting ratification of an extradition treaty with Hong Kong after Beijing introduced a controversial new security law in the former British colony. "In light of the latest developments, France will not proceed as it stands with the ratification of the extradition agreement signed on May 4, 2017 between France and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region," the ... more
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+ Student arrests in Hong Kong deepen 'white terror' fears
+ Anger grows over Hong Kong university sacking of activist
+ China halts HK extradition treaties with Canada, Australia, UK
+ Singapore PM hopes businesses stay in Hong Kong
+ University sacks Hong Kong protest leader loathed by China

China launches new optical remote-sensing satellite
Jiuquan, China (XNA) Aug 07, 2020
China successfully launched a new optical remote-sensing satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:01 p.m. Thursday (Beijing Time). The satellite, Gaofen-9 04, was sent into orbit by a Long March-2D carrier rocket. It has a resolution up to the sub-meter level. The satellite will be mainly used for land surveys, city planning, land right confirmation ... more
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Grooming behavior reveals complex social networks among dairy cows
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 04, 2020
By tracking the grooming behaviors of dairy cows, researchers have gained new insights into the formation and evolution of social networks among cows, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science . Social grooming among animals is called allogrooming. Among bovine, allogrooming typically involves one cow licking the head and neck of another. ... more
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Hubble uses Earth as a Proxy for identifying oxygen on exoplanets
Baltimore MD (SPX) Aug 07, 2020
Taking advantage of a total lunar eclipse, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have detected Earth's own brand of sunscreen - ozone - in our atmosphere. This method simulates how astronomers and astrobiology researchers will search for evidence of life beyond Earth by observing potential "biosignatures" on exoplanets (planets around other stars). Hubble did not look at Earth di ... more
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U.S. military surpasses 30,000 COVID-19 cases
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 07, 2020
The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. military passed the 30,000 threshold this week, the Pentagon reported. The Department of Defense now has recorded 30,392 cases of the coronavirus among military personnel, with civilian, contractor and dependent cases bringing DoD's total case count to 43,634 as of Friday afternoon. Although 2,856 positive cases were found this week, a 10 ... more
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DR Congo says Zambian troops occupying villages have withdrawn
Kinshasa (AFP) Aug 7, 2020
Zambian troops occupying two villages in southeast Democratic Republic of Congo have withdrawn after regional mediation led to a breakthrough in a long-running border dispute, the Congolese government has announced. Fighting broke out in mid-March between the Zambian and Congolese armies when the Zambian soldiers took control of the villages at Muliro-Kibambe in Tanganyika province. One ... more
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A QandA on the Demo-2 mission
Cleveland OH (SPX) Aug 07, 2020
When the SpaceX Crew Dragon docked with the International Space Station during the Demo-2 mission, it was a historic day for NASA and our nation as we returned the launch of American astronauts on American rockets from American soil to the orbiting laboratory. As Crew Dragon approached the space station, one thing may have gone unnoticed - a narrow rubber seal that plays a critical role in safel ... more
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US tests intercontinental ballistic missile
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2020
The United States on Tuesday successfully tested an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in a launch directed from an airborne command center, the Air Force said. The missile was launched at 12:21 am (0721 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, travelling 6,700 kilometers (4,200 miles) over the Pacific Ocean before landing in the sea near the Marshall I ... more
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