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October 14, 2019
US, Japan, SKorea discuss NKorea denuclearization

Washington (AFP) Oct 9, 2019
Officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Washington on Tuesday to discuss North Korean denuclearization, just days after negotiations between the US and North Korea broke down in Sweden. US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun held talks with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, the US State Department said in a statement. They "reaffirmed the importance of continued close... coordination on North Korea to achieve complete denuclearization," it said ... read more

A new alliance begins between KSAT and Japanese SAR satellite startup Synspective
Oslo, Norway (SPX) Oct 10, 2019
Norwegian Ground Network specialist and provider of EO services KSAT, and Japanese Space Industry Start-up, Synspective are announcing their global alliance. Tokyo based Synspective Inc., will ... more
Japan top court upholds damages over student tsunami deaths
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 11, 2019
Japan's top court has upheld a ruling awarding millions of dollars in compensation to families of children swept out to sea in the massive 2011 tsunami, officials said Friday. ... more
58 dead, rescuers in 'day and night' hunt for missing after Japan typhoon
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 14, 2019
Fresh rain threatened to hamper efforts by tens of thousands of Japanese rescuers searching for survivors after a powerful typhoon that by early Tuesday had killed 58 people. ... more
Japan rescuers seek survivors after Typhoon Hagibis kills 35
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 14, 2019
Tens of thousands of rescue workers were searching Monday for survivors of powerful Typhoon Hagibis, two days after the storm slammed into Japan, killing at least 35 people. ... more
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Japan braces for powerful typhoon Hagibis
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 11, 2019
Japan braced on Friday for a powerful typhoon barrelling towards Tokyo that has already forced the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup matches, disrupted the Suzuka Grand Prix and grounded flights. ... more
S. Korea may acquire nuclear submarines after North's test
Seoul (AFP) Oct 10, 2019
South Korea's Navy is considering acquiring nuclear-powered submarines, it said Thursday in a surprise announcement which would change the balance of power in north-east Asia and is likely to upset several of its neighbours. ... more
Japan power firm executives quit over $3 million gift scandal
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 9, 2019
The chairman of a Japanese power firm resigned Wednesday after admitting he and other executives received money and gifts worth around $3 million from a town hosting one of their nuclear plants. ... more
Japan super typhoon at weekend could hit Rugby World Cup, Grand Prix
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 9, 2019
A super typhoon among the most powerful in decades was set to hit Japan this holiday weekend, weather officials warned Wednesday, and could severely disrupt both the Rugby World Cup and Formula One Grand Prix. ... more
Crisis-hit Nissan names China unit head Makoto Uchida as new CEO
Yokohama, Japan (AFP) Oct 8, 2019
Crisis-hit Japanese automaker Nissan on Tuesday named Makoto Uchida as new chief executive, elevating the insider currently heading the firm's China unit as it overhauls its leadership after the Carlos Ghosn scandal. ... more
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How to Harmonise Wildlife and Energy Manufacturing
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2019
The Austrian Federal Railways (OBB) were dealing with a threatened owl species which were suffering from electric shocks on their network. They turned to TE Connectivity (TE) for support in both pre ... more
Sony's PlayStation 5 launch set for late 2020
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 8, 2019
Sony said Tuesday its next-generation PlayStation 5 console, with new immersive features giving players the tactile experience of virtual worlds, would launch for the 2020 holiday season. ... more
At Fukushima plant, a million-tonne headache: radioactive water
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Japan (AFP) Oct 5, 2019
In the grounds of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant sits a million-tonne headache for the plant's operators and Japan's government: tank after tank of water contaminated with radioactive elements. ... more
Japan lists Fukushima radiation levels on S. Korea embassy site
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 30, 2019
Japan's embassy in South Korea has begun posting the daily radiation levels of Fukushima and Seoul after new questions about the lingering effects of the 2011 nuclear disaster. ... more
Captive chimpanzees have a life expectancy of about 40 years
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2019
When raised in captivity, Chimpanzees live an average of 40 years, according to a new study by researchers in Japan. ... more
Tokyo looks at develop military space capabilities
Tokyo (Sputnik) Oct 02, 2019
Previously, the US expressed concern that certain countries, namely China and Russia, may have developed and deployed anti-satellite weapons. Notably, India recently officially tested one such weapo ... more

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Japan's Kounotori Spaceship Attached to Station
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 30, 2019
Ground controllers successfully installed the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Kounotori 8 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-8) to the Earth-facing port of the International Space Station's Harmon ... more
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Japanese, Russian rockets prepare to launch cargo and crew this week
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 24, 2019
Japan is getting ready to launch its H-II Transport Vehicle-8 (HTV-8) cargo craft on Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. EDT to replenish the International Space Station crew. Russia has already rolled out its So ... more
Trump vows pressure on Iran as mediation hopes dim at UN
United Nations (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to intensify sanctions on Iran, as hopes dimmed among world leaders gathered at the United Nations for a breakthrough in reducing tensions. ... more
The future of 'extremely' energy-efficient circuits
Yokohama, Japan (SPX) Sep 24, 2019
Data centers are processing data and dispensing the results at astonishing rates and such robust systems require a significant amount of energy - so much energy, in fact, that information communicat ... more
Unmanned Japan craft launched toward space station: operator
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
Japan on Wednesday launched an unmanned spacecraft towards the International Space Station, the operator said, after a fire early this month delayed the mission. ... more
NASA Administrator explores potential Artemis collaborations with Japan
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 25, 2019
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine met with Hiroshi Yamakawa, president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), on Sept. 24 in Tokyo to discuss future bilateral cooperation and JAXA's pote ... more
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French chemical fire cost farmers up to 50 mn euros: minister
Rouen, France (AFP) Oct 11, 2019
A fire at a French chemical factory which deposited a blanket of oily soot on plants for miles around, had cost farmers an estimated 40 to 50 million euros ($44-55 million), the agriculture minister said Friday. The government banned the harvesting of crops or the sale of animal products from a wide swathe of tainted countryside around the town of Rouen in northwest France in case the chemic ... more
+ Costs of natural disasters are increasing at the high end
+ Greece requests more NATO ships on migration patrols
+ Three dead in China bridge collapse
+ Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests: leader
+ At Fukushima plant, a million-tonne headache: radioactive water
+ Research developing sensors for 'worm robots' to be used after disasters
+ Japan lists Fukushima radiation levels on S. Korea embassy site
Astroscale takes next step towards commercial active debris removal mission
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 11, 2019
Astroscale Holdings Inc. has entered the assembly, integration and test (AIT) phase of its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) mission, following completion of rigorous design reviews and subsystem testing. "We are excited to be taking this next step in building our groundbreaking mission," said Seita Iizuka, Project Manager. "ELSA-d is an incredibly complex satellite ... more
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Navy diving system for sustained operations approved
Washington DC (UPI) Oct 08, 2019
The Naval Sea Systems Command has approved the Navy's only Saturation Fly Away Diving System for sustained operations up to 30 days. The Saturation Fly Away Diving System, or SATFADS, approval follows completion on Sept. 26, of a 30-foot wet certification of the launch and recovery system in Panama City, Fla., Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said in a statement. The SATFADS su ... more
+ New Mersey designs show tidal barriers bring more benefits than producing clean energy
+ Egypt, Ethiopia to hold Nile dam talks in Russia: Sisi
+ Cargo ship runs aground in Corsican nature reserve
+ In Nairobi, recycling poo is cleaning up the slums
+ Detailed reef survey reveals major changes in Australia's Great Barrier Reef
+ Back from the dead: Some corals regrow after 'fatal' warming
+ Lakes worldwide are experiencing more severe algal blooms
Scientists create a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at the same time
Bath UK (SPX) Sep 23, 2019
A new nanomaterial developed by scientists at the University of Bath could solve a conundrum faced by scientists probing some of the most promising types of future pharmaceuticals. Scientists who study the nanoscale - with molecules and materials 10,000 smaller than a pinhead - need to be able to test the way that some molecules twist, known as their chirality, because mirror image molecul ... more
+ Physicists create world's smallest engine
+ DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines
+ DARPA Announces Microsystems Exploration Program
+ Monitoring the lifecycle of tiny catalyst nanoparticles
+ Fast and selective optical heating for functional nanomagnetic metamaterials
+ 2D gold quantum dots are atomically tunable with nanotubes
+ Harnessing microorganisms for smart microsystems
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Russia to deploy over 10 space monitoring centres by 2022
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 07, 2019
Russia will deploy more than 10 new laser-optical and radio-technical space monitoring stations on its territory by 2022, the Russian Defence Ministry said. "It is planned to deploy over 10 new laser-optical and radio-technical systems in Russia that implement various principles of detecting and identifying space objects," the ministry said. The Defence Ministry also said that two ne ... more
+ Norway's increased military budget omits NATO missile defense system
+ Putin: Russia is helping China with missile defense system
+ Lockheed nets $163.9M to support space-based infrared system
+ Developer hints at start date for mass production of Russia's S-500 missile system
+ Orbital nabs $1.1B contract for Missile Defense targets
+ Russia deploys S-400 missiles in Arctic; Offers Saudi ABM systems
+ Lockheed nabs $50.3M Navy contract for Aegis system upgrades
China's rocket-carrying ships depart for transportation mission
Nanjing (XNA) Oct 14, 2019
China's two rocket-carrying ships departed Saturday from a port in east China's Jiangsu Province on a transportation mission. The two Yuanwang ships are China's first ships made exclusively to carry rockets. With a length of 130 meters, a width of 19 meters and a height of 37 meters, the ships have a displacement of 9,000 tonnes. Each ship is equipped with two 120-tonne cranes that c ... more
+ China's KZ-1A rocket launches two satellites
+ China's newly launched communication satellite suffers abnormality
+ China launches first private rocket capable of carrying satellites
+ Chinese scientists say goodbye to Tiangong-2
+ China's space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth
+ From Moon to Mars, Chinese space engineers rise to new challenges
+ China plans to deploy almost 200 AU-controlled satellites into orbit

Army bio-inspired theoretical research may make robots more effective on the future battlefield
Adelphi MD (SPX) Oct 10, 2019
In an effort to make robots more effective and versatile teammates for Soldiers in combat, Army researchers are on a mission to understand the value of the molecular living functionality of muscle, and the fundamental mechanics that would need to be replicated in order to artificially achieve the capabilities arising from the proteins responsible for muscle contraction. Bionanomotors, like ... more
+ Facebook researchers use maths for better translations
+ Controlling robots across oceans and space
+ NASA designing shapeshifting robots for Saturn's moons
+ When it comes to robots, reliability may matter more than reasoning
+ Vietnamese roll out Transformers-inspired robot with green message
+ Fedor a first step to future of teams of robot cosmonauts
+ More chores for Amazon's Alexa, and a new (celebrity) voice
Kazakhstan jails China expert for 10 years for treason
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan (AFP) Oct 10, 2019
A court in Kazakhstan has sentenced a China expert to 10 years in prison for treason, the national security committee said on Thursday. Konstantin Syroezhkin, 63, was an employee of the state-run Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies when his detention was reported earlier this year. Although the national security committee, the KNB, did not say whom Syroezhkin was accused of spying ... more
+ US senator warns Hong Kong becoming 'police state' as thousands rally
+ China's Xi promises aid, development in Nepal visit
+ Hong Kong violence prompts debate; as Xi threatens 'smashed' bodies
+ 'No regrets' for Hong Kong gamer kicked out of eSports tournament
+ NBA's sheer dominance could limit damage from China backlash
+ Hong Kong's wealthiest man donates $100m to local businesses
+ 'South Park' creators issue mock apology over China censorship

New method delivers first global picture of mutual predictability of atmosphere and ocean
College Park MD (SPX) Oct 10, 2019
University of Maryland (UMD) scientists have carried out a novel statistical analysis to determine for the first time a global picture of how the ocean helps predict the low-level atmosphere and vice versa. They observed ubiquitous influence of the ocean on the atmosphere in the extratropics, which has been difficult to demonstrate with dynamic models of atmospheric and oceanic circulation ... more
+ AI for understanding and modelling the Earth System
+ NASA spacecraft launches on mission to explore frontier of space
+ A new alliance begins between KSAT and Japanese SAR satellite startup Synspective
+ ICON satellite to study boundary between Earth's atmosphere, space
+ Successful ocean-monitoring satellite mission ends
+ 'Going to the Top of the World to Touch the Sky' to feature in NASA lecture
+ Ball Aerospace delivers earth science instrument for Landsat 9

1-in-3 young children undernourished or overweight: UNICEF
Paris (AFP) Oct 15, 2019
A third of the world's nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition released Tuesday. "If children eat poorly, they live poorly," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, unveiling the Fund's first State of the World's Children report since 1 ... more
+ Study details version of insecticide DDT lost in aftermath of WWII
+ The benefits of updating agricultural drainage infrastructure
+ Chile's drought killing thousands of farm animals
+ Climate change pushes Italy beekeepers to the brink
+ Tree, fruit growers beware: Spotted lanternfly has its pick of invadable territory
+ Pig farmers pessimistic as China tries to talk down swine fever
+ Pineapple genome offers insights into plant domestication process
The search for extrasolar planets continues
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Oct 15, 2019
The discovery of the first exoplanet almost 25 years ago changed our perception of the origin and evolution of the Universe and challenged the uniqueness of our own Solar System. Today, scientists from the German Aerospace Center and other organisations are using new techniques and instruments on ESA missions such as CHEOPS and PLATO to set their sights even higher - the hunt for a second Earth. ... more
+ Scientists find microbial remains in ancient rocks
+ Liquifying a rocky exoplanet
+ Using AI to determine exoplanet sizes
+ Scientists observe formation of individual viruses, a first
+ Were hot, humid summers the key to life's origins?
+ A planet that should not exist
+ Many gas giant exoplanets waiting to be discovered

Malaria could be felled by an Antarctic sea sponge
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 23, 2019
The frigid waters of the Antarctic may yield a treatment for a deadly disease that affects populations in some of the hottest places on earth. Current medications for that scourge - malaria - are becoming less effective as drug resistance spreads. But researchers report in ACS' Journal of Natural Products that a peptide they isolated from an Antarctic sponge shows promise as a lead for new thera ... more
+ Russia says no threat after blast in lab holding smallpox
+ NASA pioneers malaria-predicting tech in Myanmar
+ In eastern DR Congo, influx of Ebola money is source of friction
+ Avian malaria may explain decline of London's house sparrow
+ Buzz off: breakthrough technique eradicates mosquitoes
+ Genomic analysis reveals details of first historically recorded plague pandemic
+ Hong Kong to cull 4,700 pigs after second swine fever case found
'Bandits' kill nine solidiers in northwest Nigeria attack
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 7, 2019
Armed "bandits" killed nine soldiers in an attack last week in an area of northwest Nigeria wracked by cattle rustling and kidnappings, military and civilian sources said Monday. Dozens of gunmen on motorcycles on Thursday stormed a military post in the remote village of Sunke in Zamfara state and opened fire, the sources said. "We lost nine soldiers," a senior military officer in the st ... more
+ Ethiopia's Abiy urged to cement 'rights legacy' after Nobel win
+ Abiy Ahmed: Meteoric rise of the man trying to remould Ethiopia
+ Protesters ransack UN supplies in central Mali
+ Mali's main jihadist group claims deadly army base attacks: media
+ Families survive on one meal in drought-hit Zimbabwe
+ Paris presses EU allies to shore up Mali's army against jihadists
+ Nigeria tech industry slams 'illegal arrests' of developers
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Luca powers up for a spacewalk
Paris (ESA) Oct 11, 2019
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano is preparing to step out into space for his first spacewalk of the Beyond mission. Scheduled for 25 October, he will work with NASA astronaut Jessica Meir to replace nickel hydrogen batteries with newer lithium ion batteries and install battery adapter plates on the Space Station's Port-6 truss structure. This is a process fellow E ... more
+ First man to perform spacewalk dies
+ Awe and fear: how Russian cosmonaut recalled first spacewalk
+ Emirati astronaut returns home to hero's welcome
+ 'One small nibble for man': 3D printer makes meat in space
+ Raytheon to help Jet Propulsion Lab explore the universe
+ Humans will not 'migrate' to other planets, Nobel winner says
+ Astronauts grow 'space meat' but admit taste 'needs to be improved'
US, Japan, SKorea discuss NKorea denuclearization
Washington (AFP) Oct 9, 2019
Officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Washington on Tuesday to discuss North Korean denuclearization, just days after negotiations between the US and North Korea broke down in Sweden. US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun held talks with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, the US State Department said in a statement. They "reaffirmed t ... more
+ Iran drops death row charge for environmentalists
+ North Korea slams Europeans over criticism of missile test
+ S. Korea may acquire nuclear submarines after North's test
+ Khamenei says nuclear weapons forbidden for Iran
+ For Iran, Iraq's unrest is plot to undo bilateral ties
+ NKorea says no talks unless US stops hostile policies; Xi and Kim hail relationship
+ Netanyahu: Israel needs billions invested for defense against Iran
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