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October 15, 2018
MASCOT completes first scientific 'stroll' across asteroid Ryugu

Washington (UPI) Oct 12, 2018
The German lander MASCOT has completed its first scientific "stroll" across the asteroid Ryugu. After being released last week by Hayabusa-2, the Japanese space agency probe circling Ryugu, MASCOT conducted a 17-hour scientific exploration, using its instruments to conduct experiments at several locations on the asteroid's surface. Hayabusa-2's camera helped scientists track the path of MASCOT's stroll. "This success was possible thanks to state-of-the-art robotic technology, long ... read more

Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid: official
Tokyo, Japan (AFP) Oct 11, 2018
A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system will now land on the rock several months later than planned, officials said Thursday. The ... more
Japan PM Abe to make rare China visit this month
Beijing (AFP) Oct 12, 2018
Shinzo Abe will pay the first visit to China by a Japanese prime minister since 2011 later this month, Beijing announced Friday, in the latest sign of warming ties between the rivals. ... more
The future of electronic devices: Strong and self-healing ion gels
Yokohama, Japan (SPX) Oct 15, 2018
Scientists at Yokohama National University and the University of Tokyo in Japan have designed an ion gel with excellent toughness and an ability to self-heal at ambient temperature without any exter ... more
Building a better battery layer by layer
Matsumoto, Japan (SPX) Oct 15, 2018
A team of researchers from Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan is now closer to a thin, high-capacity lithium-ion battery that could open the gates to better energy storage systems for electric vehi ... more

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MASCOT Lander Completes Exploration of Asteroid Ryugu's Surface
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Oct 10, 2018
It was a day full of exciting moments and a happy team of scientists and engineers: late in the afternoon of 3 October 2018, the German-French lander MASCOT completed its historic exploration of the ... more
Japan space tourist says moon training 'shouldn't be too hard'
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 9, 2018
Billionaire Japanese tycoon and future space tourist Yusaku Maezawa's training to go the moon should not be too tricky, he joked Tuesday, adding that he planned to use free time from his six-hour work day to squeeze it in. ... more
S. Korea begins naval event without Japan after 'Rising Sun' flag row
Seoul (AFP) Oct 10, 2018
South Korea on Wednesday kicked off an international fleet review involving 13 nations, after Japan bowed out in protest at Seoul's demand it remove a controversial 'Rising Sun' naval flag from Tokyo's warship. ... more
Getting a grip on the slow but unique evolution of sharks
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 09, 2018
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) in Japan, in collaboration with other Japanese institutes and aquariums, have decoded the whole genomes of two shark species for ... more
'Ten Years Japan' film omnibus imagines post-nuclear future
Busan, South Korea (AFP) Oct 8, 2018
Fears of a future clouded by nuclear fallout and state-sponsored mind control have been captured on film by a group of Japanese directors who were tasked with presenting their visions of where life in their country was headed. ... more
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Japan military officer killed during US-Philippine drill
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 7, 2018
Japan's military said Sunday one of its members was killed in a car crash in the Philippines during joint exercises with US and Filipino troops. ... more
MASCOT lands safely on Asteroid Ryugu
MASCOT on board Hayabusa2
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Oct 04, 2018 The near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, located approximately 300 million kilometres from Earth, has a new inhabitant: On 3 October 2018, the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout ... more
Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 3, 2018
A Japanese probe landed a new observation robot on an asteroid on Wednesday as it pursues a mission to shed light on the origins of the solar system. ... more
BepiColombo is readied for launch to Mercury
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Oct 03, 2018
Europe gets ready to visit the innermost, hot and mysterious planet: Mercury. BepiColombo, Europe's first mission to Mercury is currently being readied at the European Spaceport Kourou (French Guian ... more
Hayabusa-2 drops another lander on the surface of Ryugu
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2018
Hayabusa-2, Japan's asteroid-orbiting probe, has put another miniature lander on the surface of Ryugu. ... more

Japan PM Abe names new defence minister in cabinet reshuffle

Lockheed to provide Hellfire II missiles for the Netherlands, Japan
Washington (UPI) Oct 2, 2018
Lockheed Martin has received a $631.8 million foreign military sales contract to sell the Netherlands and Japan Hellfire II missiles. ... more
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Honda joins forces with GM's Cruise to develop autonomous vehicles
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 3, 2018
Japanese carmaker Honda has joined forces with the General Motors tech startup Cruise to develop autonomous vehicles as the race to market self-driving cars heats up, the companies announced Wednesday. ... more
Precise control of multimetallic one-nanometer cluster formation achieved
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 01, 2018
Researchers in Japan have found a way to create innovative materials by blending metals with precision control. Their approach, based on a concept called atom hybridization[1], opens up an unexplore ... more
Japan Deploys Jumping Robots on Distant Asteroid
Washington DC (VOA) Oct 01, 2018
Two small Japanese robots landed on a distant asteroid last weekend. The robots took small jumps, making it the first time that any device from our planet has moved on the surface of an asteroid. ... more
US, Phillipines conduct military exercises; Abe appoints new defence minister
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2018
The 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the Philippines armed forces began exercise KAMANDAG 2 at Subic Bay International Airport on Monday. ... more
Four dead after typhoon batters Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 1, 2018
Four people have been killed in a powerful typhoon that battered Japan over the weekend, local media reported Monday, as the storm's aftermath brought travel chaos to Tokyo. ... more
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World Bank offers disaster-hit Indonesia $1 bn in loans
Nusa Dua, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 14, 2018
The World Bank on Sunday announced funding of up to $1 billion for Indonesia after it was rocked by a string of recent disasters, including a deadly earthquake-tsunami that killed thousands. CEO Kristalina Georgieva unveiled the funds at Indonesian holiday island Bali, where the Bank and the International Monetary Fund have been holding their annual meetings. A 7.5-magnitude quake and a ... more
+ Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, wounding one
+ In hurricane-hit Mexico Beach, a marathon clean-up begins
+ Museveni visits site of deadly Uganda landslide
+ Rescue teams in Florida search for survivors in hurricane-devastated Mexico Beach
+ Storm left wide swath of Florida a communications dead zone
+ Boulders litter Uganda villages crushed by deadly landslide
+ Indonesia calls off grim search for dead in quake-tsunami
Novel machine learning based framework could lead to breakthroughs in material design
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Oct 11, 2018
Computers used to take up entire rooms. Today, a two-pound laptop can slide effortlessly into a backpack. But that wouldn't have been possible without the creation of new, smaller processors - which are only possible with the innovation of new materials. But how do materials scientists actually invent new materials? Through experimentation, explains Sanket Deshmukh, an assistant professor ... more
+ Russian firm mulls sending duplicate 3D Bioprinter to ISS after Soyuz failure
+ Army research lights the way for new materials
+ Raytheon's new AN/SPY-6V radar tracks ballistic missile in test
+ HII plans installation of first 3D-printed aircraft carrier part
+ Boeing HorizonX Ventures invests in Accion Systems to propel satellite capabilities
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Easter Island inhabitants collected freshwater from the ocean's edge in order to survive
Binghamton NY (SPX) Oct 15, 2018
Ancient inhabitants of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) maintained a society of thousands by utilizing coastal groundwater discharge as their main source of "freshwater," according to new research from a team of archaeologists including faculty at Binghamton University, State University at New York. The team, which included Binghamton University Professor of Anthropology Carl Lipo, measured the sa ... more
+ Larger cities have smaller water footprint than less populated counterparts
+ New spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminant
+ Fertilizer can accumulate over time, causing water quality problems decades later
+ 130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean
+ Genome of sea lettuce that spawns massive 'green tides' decoded
+ Imran Khan's bid to crowdfund $14bn for Pakistan dams
+ Fisheries nations to decide fate of declining bigeye tuna
Big discoveries about tiny particles
Newark DE (SPX) Oct 09, 2018
From photonics to pharmaceuticals, materials made with polymer nanoparticles hold promise for products of the future. However, there are still gaps in understanding the properties of these tiny plastic-like particles. Now, Hojin Kim, a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware, together with a team of collaborating scientists at the Max Planck ... more
+ Precise control of multimetallic one-nanometer cluster formation achieved
+ Two quantum dots are better than one: Using one dot to sense changes in another
+ Nucleation a boon to sustainable nanomanufacturing
+ New nanoparticle superstructures made from pyramid-shaped building blocks
+ Cannibalistic materials feed on themselves to grow new nanostructures
+ First-ever colored thin films of nanotubes created
+ Nanotubes change the shape of water
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Lockheed Martin Delivers 300th THAAD Interceptor
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 12, 2018
Lockheed Martin has delivered the 300th interceptor for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, the only system in the world designed to intercept threats both inside and outside the atmosphere. The production maturity milestone comes as demand for the company's hit-to-kill missile defense system and interceptors continues to grow. "The Missile Defense Agency, industry and ... more
+ Lockheed Martin selects payload providers for OPIR missile warning system
+ Raytheon receives contract for new AEGIS radars
+ Raytheon receives $1.5B contract for Patriot systems for Poland
+ Pentagon to pull some Patriots from Middle East: US official
+ Lockheed Martin to upgrade AEGIS Combat System for U.S. warships
+ SBIRS GEO-3 achieves operational acceptance
+ Successful Aegis Combat System Test Brings BMD to Japanese Fleet
China launches Centispace-1-s1 satellite
Jiuquan (XNA) Oct 01, 2018
China launched its Centispace-1-s1 satellite on a Kuaizhou-1A rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:13 p.m. Saturday. This is the second commercial launch by the Kuaizhou-1A rocket. The first launch in January 2017 sent three satellites into space. The Kuaizhou-1A was developed by a rocket technology company under the China Aerospace Science and Industr ... more
+ China tests propulsion system of space station's lab capsules
+ China unveils Chang'e-4 rover to explore Moon's far side
+ China's SatCom launch marketing not limited to business interest
+ China to launch space station Tiangong in 2022, welcomes foreign astronauts
+ China solicits international cooperation experiments on space station
+ Growing US unease with China's new deep space facility in Argentina
+ China developing in-orbit satellite transport vehicle

No more Iron Man: submarines now have soft, robotic arms
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 10, 2018
The human arm can perform a wide range of extremely delicate and coordinated movements, from turning a key in a lock to gently stroking a puppy's fur. The robotic "arms" on underwater research submarines, however, are hard, jerky, and lack the finesse to be able to reach and interact with creatures like jellyfish or octopuses without damaging them. Previously, the Wyss Institute for Biolog ... more
+ Teaching machines common sense reasoning
+ Model helps robots navigate more like humans do
+ Increasingly human-like robots spark fascination and fear
+ Machine learning could help regulators identify environmental violations
+ Machine-learning system tackles speech and object recognition, all at once
+ Amazon aims to make Alexa assistant bigger part of users' lives
+ Spray coated tactile sensor on a 3D surface for robotic skin
Human rights situation 'dire' in China: US Congress
Washington (AFP) Oct 10, 2018
China is undertaking unprecedented repression of its ethnic minorities including Muslim Uighurs, with authoritarian tactics potentially constituting "crimes against humanity" as human rights conditions deteriorate, a damning US congressional report released Wednesday concluded. The bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China said in its annual report repression has worsened in rec ... more
+ Ousted Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker barred from by-election
+ China's ultra wealthy buffeted as trade war bites
+ Hong Kong will 'fearlessly take action' against independence talk
+ China warns against foreign interference as Hong Kong bans journalist
+ Interpol's former Chinese chief accused of bribery
+ FT journalist given seven days to leave Hong Kong
+ Interpol's former Chinese chief accused of bribery

After two long careers, QuikSCAT rings down the curtain
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 15, 2018
Launched in June 1999 for an intended two-year mission, NASA's SeaWinds scatterometer instrument on the QuikSCAT spacecraft was turned off on Oct. 2 in accordance with its end-of-mission plan. QuikSCAT spent its first decade creating an unprecedented record of the speed and direction of winds at the ocean surface. Then, for another nine years, it served as the gold standard of accuracy against w ... more
+ High-res data offer most detailed look yet at trawl fishing footprint around the world
+ Innovative tool allows continental-scale water, energy, and land system modeling
+ China launches new remote sensing satellites
+ 'Ghost imaging' could make greenhouse gas analysis more precise
+ Sentinel-2 maps Indonesia earthquake
+ Monitoring the air pollution in China from geostationary satellites is explored
+ Wind holds key to climate change turnaround

Feeding 10 billion people by 2050 within planetary limits may be achievable
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 15, 2018
A global shift towards healthy and more plant-based diets, halving food loss and waste, and improving farming practices and technologies are required to feed 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, a new study finds. Adopting these options reduces the risk of crossing global environmental limits related to climate change, the use of agricultural land, the extraction of freshwater resources, and t ... more
+ Judge mulls slashing $290 mn award in Roundup cancer case
+ When yesterday's agriculture feeds today's water pollution
+ Iran risks losing 70% of farmlands: environment chief
+ Australia farmers welcome rain relief amid severe drought
+ Farmers furious as France helicopters bear into Pyrenees
+ How fungi could help bees fight disease
+ Illinois research accurately predicts US end-of-season corn yield
NASA should expand search for life in the universe: NAS Report
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 11, 2018
To advance the search for life in the universe, NASA should support research on a broader range of biosignatures and environments, and incorporate the field of astrobiology into all stages of future exploratory missions, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Astrobiology, the study of the origin, evolution, distributi ... more
+ Life-long space buff and Western graduate student discovers exoplanet
+ The stuff that planets are made of
+ How the seeds of planets take shape
+ Living organisms find a critical balance
+ Construction of Europe's exoplanet hunter Plato begins
+ 'Spacesuits' protect microbes destined to live in space
+ Liquid crystals and the origin of life

15 emerging technologies that could reduce global catastrophic biological risks
Baltimore MD (SPX) Oct 10, 2018
Strategic investment in 15 promising technologies could help make the world better prepared and equipped to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks from becoming catastrophic events. This subset of emerging technologies and their potential application are the focus of a new report, Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, by a team of researchers at the Johns Hopki ... more
+ Vaccinating humans to protect mosquitoes from malaria
+ A step towards biological warfare with insects?
+ 100 years on, Spanish Flu holds lessons for next pandemic
+ With genetic tweak, mosquito population made extinct
+ Trump unveils revised US biodefense strategy
+ Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok battles with malaria, 137 infected
+ Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state
Nigerian troops foil Boko Haram attack on base: army
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 13, 2018
Nigerian troops have foiled an attempt by Boko Haram fighters to overrun a military base in the restive northeast leaving six soldiers wounded, the army said on Saturday. Troops "successfully repelled (a) Boko Haram terrorist attack" on a base in the town of Arge in Borno state on Friday, army spokesman Texas Chukwu said in a statement. "Several members of the Boko Haram terrorists wer ... more
+ Elite soldiers protest over pay at Ethiopia PM's office
+ Hunting a shadowy armed militia in DR Congo's 'triangle of death'
+ Six killed in rebel attack on DR Congo military post: army
+ French air strike in Burkina Faso kills rebels: army
+ Gabon ruling party claims first-round election landslide
+ Kivu, Africa's Great Lakes battleground
+ Fair-trade deals provide safety net for Ivorian cocoa producers

SAS announces expanded Human Spaceflight Safety Services to support deep space and lunar missions
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 12, 2018
Special Aerospace Services (SAS) has announced the offering of expanded Spaceflight Safety Products and Services that now include support for deep space and lunar missions. SAS developed the expanded line of engineering services to cover the next phase of human spaceflight that will be initiated by inaugural test launches and first human launches in the coming year. "Human spaceflight is o ... more
+ Aborted launch astronauts to go to space next spring: Russia
+ NASA photo shows International Space Station transiting the sun
+ Crew of Soyuz MS-10 lands in Kazakhstan after launch failure
+ NASA says will use Russia's Soyuz despite rocket failure
+ Russia probes ISS rocket failure
+ The forgotten age of space
+ Virgin Group suspends Saudi talks for billion dollar space investment
Moon urges US move towards formally ending Korean War
Seoul (AFP) Oct 12, 2018
South Korean President Moon Jae-in called Friday on the United States to move towards the nuclear-armed North's demands for a declaration the Korean War is over, as the allies pursue increasingly different approaches towards Pyongyang. Washington has shied away from a formal announcement that the 1950-53 conflict, when hostilities ceased with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, has ende ... more
+ China, Russia push to ease N. Korea sanctions as Seoul mulls options
+ North and South Korea agree railway ceremony next month
+ US is loser by abandoning Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani
+ S. Korea begins naval event without Japan after 'Rising Sun' flag row
+ Planned Kim summit narrowed down to 'three or four' locations: Trump
+ France sued for 'crimes' over nuclear tests: Polynesia leader
+ Defectors to Trump: Put rights in any N. Korea deal
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