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March 26, 2019
Sunrise and Phase Four partner for Next-gen electric propulsion

El Segundo CA (SPX) Mar 26, 2019
Phase Four, makers of electric radio frequency (RF) thrusters for in-space propulsion, has announced a new agreement with Japan-based advanced spacecraft experts, Sunrise. Sunrise specializes in leading-edge aerospace technology, including satellite hardware and launch. As part of a three-year agreement, Sunrise will be bringing Maxwell, Phase Four's turnkey electric propulsion solution for small satellites (20-200kg) and other spacecraft, to market in Japan. Designed for scale manufacturing ... read more

Witnessing the birth of a massive binary star system
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 19, 2019
Scientists from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research in Japan, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and the University of Virginia in the USA and collaborators have made observations of ... more
Anger as wartime memorial in Malaysia calls Japanese troops 'heroes'
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) March 26, 2019
A newly restored World War II memorial in Malaysia sparked anger and calls for its demolition Tuesday after a sign described three Japanese soldiers honoured as "heroes". ... more
Japan to lift evacuation order in town hosting Fukushima plant
Tokyo (AFP) March 26, 2019
Japan will for the first time next month lift an evacuation order in one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, officials said Tuesday. ... more
Making xylitol and cellulose nanofibers from paper paste
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Mar 20, 2019
The ecological bio-production of xylitol and cellulose nanofibers using modified yeast cells, from material produced by the paper industry has been achieved by a Japanese research team. This discove ... more
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Not so fantastic: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic?
Tokyo (AFP) March 20, 2019
From bento boxes to individually wrapped bananas, plastic reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country's love affair with plastic. ... more
Pentagon denies US wants 'cost + 50%' from allies for bases
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2019
Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan denied Thursday reports that the United States has a "cost-plus-50 percent" formula for allies to pay for the US military presence on their soil. ... more
Fusion science and astronomy collaboration enables investigation of the origin of heavy elements
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2019
A research team of experts in atomic physics, nuclear fusion science, and astronomy succeeded in computing millions of highly accurate atomic data of neodymium ions in the Japan-Lithuania internatio ... more
JAXA and Toyota to study joint lunar project
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 14, 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) have announced an to consider collaborating on international space exploration. As a first step, JAXA and Toyota h ... more
Video showcases Hayabusa-2's asteroid touchdown
Washington (UPI) Mar 6, 2019
Japan's space agency, JAXA, released a video this week showcasing Hayabusa-2's successful asteroid touchdown. ... more
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Kongsberg to supply Joint Strike Missiles for Japanese F-35s
Washington (UPI) Mar 12, 2019
Kongsberg Gruppen will supply the first Joint Strike Missiles for Japan's fleet of F-35 fighter jets. ... more
Pemex inks deal for future Japanese financing
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 11, 2019
Mexican state oil company Pemex, which has recently seen a rating downgrade, on Thursday signed an accord with Japan's investment agency with the expectation it may result in needed new funds. ... more
Japan marks tsunami, nuclear tragedy eight years on
Tokyo (AFP) March 11, 2019
With flowers, silent prayers and tearful tributes, Japan Monday marked the eighth anniversary of a crippling earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left some 18,500 people dead or missing. ... more
Fukushima: current state of the clean-up
Tokyo (AFP) March 8, 2019
Eight years have passed since a tsunami smashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, sparking a meltdown and the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl. ... more
New earthquaking-sensing method could give earlier warnings
Washington (UPI) Mar 11, 2019
Scientists in Japan have developed a new method for sensing earthquakes. Their analysis suggests subtle gravitational signatures precede an earthquake's earliest tremors. ... more

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Moon shot: Toyota, Japan space agency plan lunar mission
Tokyo (AFP) March 6, 2019
Toyota is teaming up with Japan's space agency on a planned mission to the Moon, with the Japanese auto giant expected to develop a lunar rover, officials and local media said Wednesday. ... more
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US NKorea envoy in talks after Pyonyang rocket site work revealed
Washington (AFP) March 6, 2019
Washington's North Korea envoy Stephen Biegun was to meet Wednesday with officials from Japan and South Korea to discuss the outcome of the Hanoi summit last week, amid new evidence that Pyongyang is rebuilding a rocket launch site. ... more
Optical clocks started the calibration of the international atomic time
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 05, 2019
Optical clocks of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT, Japan) and LNE-SYRTE (Systemes de Reference Temps-Espace, Observatoire de Paris, Universite PSL, CNRS, So ... more
Corvid wins $223.2M deal to help build suborbital flight vehicles
Washington (UPI) Mar 5, 2019
Corvid Technologies was awarded a $223.3 million contract for hardware, equipment and components to produce suborbital flight vehicles for the U.S. Navy, other government organizations and Japan. ... more
A quantum magnet with a topological twist
Princeton NJ (SPX) Mar 04, 2019
Taking their name from an intricate Japanese basket pattern, kagome magnets are thought to have electronic properties that could be valuable for future quantum devices and applications. Theories pre ... more
On its 5th Anniversary, GPM Still Right as Rain
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 28, 2019
Five years ago, on Feb. 27, 2014, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint satellite project by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), lifted off aboard ... more
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Anger, grief sweep Iraq's Mosul as ferry disaster toll hits 100
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 22, 2019
The capsizing of a Tigris river ferry packed with Iraqi families celebrating Kurdish New Year in Mosul left at least 100 people dead, mostly women and children, the interior ministry said Friday, as grief and anger swept the Iraqi city. Residents of the northern city, scarred by years of jihadist rule, demanded justice as Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi decreed three days of national mournin ... more
+ China chemical blast toll reaches 78 as inspections ordered
+ Anger, grief sweep Iraq's Mosul as ferry disaster toll hits 100
+ Parkland, Sandy Hook suicides put focus on mental health, grief
+ Marines commandant protests US border deployments, wall
+ China factory blast death toll jumps to 64, man rescued after 40 hours
+ Pentagon authorizes $1 bn for Trump's border wall
+ Saudi sisters free after six months stranded in Hong Kong
Terminator-like liquid metal moves and stretches in 3D space
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 21, 2019
In the blockbuster Terminator movie franchise, an evil robot morphs into different human forms and objects and oozes through narrow openings, thanks to its "liquid-metal" composition. Although current robots don't have these capabilities, the technology is getting closer with the development of new liquid metals that can be manipulated in 3D space with magnets. Reported in ACS Applied Mate ... more
+ Vector's GalacticSky GSky-1 satellite ready for launch later this year
+ Spontaneous spin polarization demonstrated in a two-dimensional material
+ Sun-Synchronous Orbits are Obsolete
+ Raytheon tests EASR all-purpose surveillance radar for U.S. Navy
+ Air Force, education and industry partners work together to gather space radiation data
+ Raytheon to update Advanced Synthentic Aperture Radar for U-2 Dragon Lady
+ Radioactive material detected remotely using laser-induced electron avalanche breakdown
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Bluefin tuna passing submerged listening lines help reveal species' survival
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 21, 2019
An array of underwater listening lines that detect passing giant Atlantic bluefin tuna previously caught and tagged by scientists has created a new system to monitor these enormous, fast, powerful and lucrative fish in the open ocean. A 10-year research project using the technology sheds light on the species' natural mortality as well as migration, important information for sustainable man ... more
+ Many sharks closer to extinction than feared: Red List
+ Evidence rogue waves are getting more extreme
+ Coral reefs near equator less affected by ocean warming
+ The INBIS channel: the most complete submarine cartography
+ Scientists tag sharks in Galapagos Islands to monitor their migration
+ Changes in ocean 'conveyor belt' foretold abrupt climate changes by 4 centuries
+ Discovery of parasitic arsenic cycle may offer glimpse of life in future, warmer oceans
Researchers report new light-activated micro pump
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 15, 2019
Even the smallest mechanical pumps have limitations, from the complex microfabrication techniques required to make them to the fact that there are limits on how small they can be. Researchers have announced a potential solution - a laser-driven photoacoustic microfluidic pump, capable of moving fluids in any direction without moving parts or electrical contacts. The work is described in th ... more
+ Defects help nanomaterial soak up more pollutant in less time
+ The holy grail of nanowire production
+ A new spin in nano-electronics
+ Nanoparticle computing takes a giant step forward
+ Breakthrough nanoscience discovery made on flight from New York to Jerusalem
+ Customized mix of materials for three-dimensional micro- and nanostructures
+ Nano drops a million times smaller than a teardrop explodes 19th century theory
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US successfully tests anti-ICBM system: statement
Washington (AFP) March 26, 2019
The US military said Monday it had successfully tested an anti-intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system, with a target launched from the Marshall Islands shot down by two interceptors based in California. To protect against the threat from ICBMs, the US has developed the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, which is designed to fire an interceptor missile into space and use k ... more
+ Russia to respond to planned US tests of SM-3 Block II Interceptor Missile
+ Russia's Sarmat ICBM Can 'Rip Any Missile Defence System to Shreds'
+ Boeing awarded $4.1B for missile defense system development
+ U.S., Israel announce successful test of 'David's Sling'
+ Northrop Grumman awarded $713M for missile defense system for Poland
+ Russia stations anti-missile system near Saint Petersburg
+ Pentagon Requests $13.6Bln for Missile Defence in Fiscal Year 2020
Super-powerful Long March 9 said to begin missions around 2030
Xichang (XNA) Mar 12, 2019
Chinese scientists are designing what is expected to be the world's most powerful rocket, according to a senior researcher. Li Hong, deputy general manager at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, said the Long March 9 super heavy-lift carrier rocket will be capable of lifting 140 metric tons of payload into a low-Earth orbit, or a 50-ton spacecraft to a lunar transfer orbit. The gi ... more
+ China preparing for space station missions
+ China's lunar rover studies stones on moon's far side
+ China improves Long March-6 rocket for growing commercial launches
+ Seed of moon's first sprout: Chinese scientists' endeavor
+ China to send over 50 spacecraft into space via over 30 launches in 2019
+ China to deepen lunar exploration: space expert
+ China launches Zhongxing-2D satellite

Seeing through a robot's eyes helps those with profound motor impairments
Atlanta GA (SPX) Mar 21, 2019
An interface system that uses augmented reality technology could help individuals with profound motor impairments operate a humanoid robot to feed themselves and perform routine personal care tasks such as scratching an itch and applying skin lotion. The web-based interface displays a "robot's eye view" of surroundings to help users interact with the world through the machine. The system, ... more
+ Robot made of many simple particles has no centralized control or single failure point
+ Mathematics of sea slug movement points to future robots
+ Robots help bees and fish communicate
+ Dynamic hydrogel used to make 'soft robot' components and LEGO-like building blocks
+ Ankle exoskeleton fits under clothes for potential broad adoption
+ Using AI to build better human-machine teams
+ New cell-sized micro robots might make incredible journeys
Restrictions on Hong Kong's freedoms denting business confidence: US
Hong Kong (AFP) March 22, 2019
Growing restrictions on Hong Kong's freedoms are hurting business confidence, the United States warned in a report Friday, accusing the city's government of sacrificing human rights to support mainland Chinese priorities. Hong Kong enjoys liberties unseen on the mainland under the "one country, two systems" framework, and has a special trading status with the US based on its autonomy from th ... more
+ US says China 'systematically' impedes Tibet access
+ Human rights in Hong Kong 'deteriorating severely': Amnesty
+ Wife of vanished Chinese Interpol chief urges Macron to raise case with Xi
+ Hun Sen denies Cambodia is Chinese 'colony' as work on $2 bn road begins
+ Police detain labour activist in southern China: wife
+ Hong Kong to build $79 bn artificial island
+ Chasing celluloid dreams at China's Tinseltown
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Tunas, sharks and ships at sea
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 19, 2019
Maps that show where sharks and tunas roam in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and where fishing vessels travel in this vast expanse, could help ocean managers to identify regions of the high seas where vulnerable species may be at risk. Researchers at Stanford University have created such a map by analyzing the habitats occupied by more than 800 sharks and tunas and 900 industrial fishing vesse ... more
+ Free satellite data available to help tackle public sector challenges
+ Two Chinese Earth observation satellites put into service
+ Land-cover dynamics unveiled
+ Copernicus Sentinel-1 maps floods in wake of Idai
+ Nitrogen dioxide pollution mapped
+ Space weather mission will venture deep into space
+ Scientists go to extremes to reveal make-up of Earth's core

From tree killing beetles to crop disease: Central America's struggles with drought
Valle De Angeles, Honduras (AFP) March 21, 2019
Honduran conservationists are worried. A deadly insect that wiped out more than a quarter of the Central American country's conifers between 2013 and 2017 is back. The southern pine beetle - or gorgojo, as it is known locally - appears in large numbers during droughts brought on by El Nino, a climatic phenomenon that occurs every few years and can be a threat to agriculture and even drinki ... more
+ Toxicologist denies manipulating studies in Monsanto damages proceedings
+ Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka
+ Five things to know about Bayer and Monsanto
+ Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller contributed to US man's cancer: jury
+ Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller contributed to US man's cancer: jury
+ Houston, we're here to help the farmers
+ 'Meatless Mondays' on horizon for New York City schools
Neural Networks Predict Planet Mass
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 14, 2019
To find out how planets form astrophysicists run complicated and time consuming computer calculations. Members of the NCCR PlanetS at the University of Bern have now developed a totally novel approach to speed up this process dramatically. They use deep learning based on artificial neural networks, a method that is well known in image recognition. Planets grow in stellar disks accreting so ... more
+ Astrobiology seminar aims to inspire a look into the bounds of life
+ Carbon monoxide detectors could warn of extraterrestrial life
+ Cooking Up Alien Atmospheres on Earth
+ ALMA observes the formation sites of solar-system-like planets
+ SETI Institute: Agreement with Unistellar to Develop Citizen Science Network
+ K stars more likely to host habitable exoplanets
+ UK to tackle danger of solar wind and find new Earth-like planets
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Zika study may 'supercharge' vaccine research
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Mar 19, 2019
Scientists looking at the genetics of Zika virus have found a way to fast-track research which could lead to new vaccines. The study, led by The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, used a new technique to uncover Zika mutations that help foster virus replication in mosquito hosts, while hindering its ability to replicate in mammals. Dr Yin Xiang Se ... more
+ Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines
+ After IS, Mosul tackles another terror: super-resistant bacteria
+ Global maps enabling targeted interventions to reduce burden of mosquito-borne disease
+ Electronic nose better at sniffing out disease-carrying dogs in Brazil
+ 2015-2016 El Nino Triggered Disease Outbreaks Across Globe
+ Chinese food producer says swine fever found in dumplings
+ A new layer of medical preparedness to combat emerging infectious disease
In Mali, jihadists losing grip but peace will take time: French military chief
Menaka, Mali (AFP) March 25, 2019
France's armed forces chief says jihadist forces in Mali are on the back foot but the fight to restore peace in the poor Sahel country will be long. Speaking to AFP and French radio station RFI, General Francois Lecointre said recent attacks by jihadists in Mali should be seen as the sign of a beleaguered enemy. "The reason why the enemy has reacted so brutally is precisely because we we ... more
+ Indebted cutting-edge hospital in Comoros faces collapse
+ Dozens dead in Islamist attack in Burkina Faso: HRW
+ SAfrica's Naspers to list internet assets in Europe
+ UN hosts new round of Western Sahara talks
+ 21 soldiers dead as gunmen storm Mali army camp
+ Boost Africa investment to win climate fight: World Bank head
+ At least six Mali troops killed by landmines: army
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ESA studies water in space
Paris (ESA) Mar 24, 2019
Did you know that up to 80% of the water on the International Space Station is recycled? Astronauts living and working 400 km above our planet might prefer not to think about it, but the water they drink is recycled from their colleague's sweat and exhaled breath - collected as condensation on the Space Station's walls. Water is precious on Earth but even more so in space where all drinkab ... more
+ Spacewalkers Complete Battery Swaps for Station Power Upgrades
+ NASA scraps all-women spacewalk for lack of well-fitting suits
+ The time to apply to space for humanity is now!
+ NASA schedules its first women-only spacewalk
+ NASA's JPL seeking applicants for First Space Accelerator
+ Soyuz MS-12 docks at the International Space Station
+ NASA astronauts Hague, Koch arrive safely at Space Station
Trump drops new N.Korea sanctions because he 'likes' Kim
Washington (AFP) March 23, 2019
President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly announced the cancellation of sanctions imposed by his own Treasury Department to tighten international pressure on North Korea. "It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!" Trump ... more
+ France urges Iran to free human rights lawyer
+ Pyongyang sanctions workarounds failing to soften impact
+ China protests US sanctions on shipping firms
+ US envoy for North Korea visits Beijing
+ US sanctions Iran nuclear researchers, warns of future work
+ Time for N. Korea to take concrete steps: Moon adviser
+ US 'hopeful' for continued talks with N. Korea
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