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September 20, 2018
Airbus wins ESA studies for future human base in lunar orbit

Bremen, Germany (SPX) Sep 20, 2018
The European Space Agency (ESA) has commissioned Airbus for two studies for possible European involvement in the future human base in lunar orbit. The Gateway, previously known as the Deep Space Gateway (DSG) or Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G), is a project involving the US, Russian, Canadian, Japanese and European space agencies (NASA, Roscosmos, CSA, JAXA and ESA). Over the next 15 months, Airbus will develop a concept for a habitation and research module as part of the first study (habit ... read more

Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler
Hawthorne, United States (AFP) Sept 18, 2018
A Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first man to fly on a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023, and he plans to bring six to eight artists along. ... more
Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese spaceman with a taste for art
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 18, 2018
Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, confirmed as SpaceX's first Moon tourist, is a former wannabe rock star now worth $3 billion with a penchant for pricey modern art as well as space travel. ... more
Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan
Klerk Peninsula, Russia (AFP) Sept 15, 2018
Russian troops taking part in the country's largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo's concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area. ... more
Northrop Grumman contracted for Hawkeye radar plane for Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2018
Northrop Grumman Military Aircraft Systems in Melbourne, Fla., has received a $164.3 million contract for Japanese E-2D Advanced Hawkeye radar aircraft. ... more

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Japan's Marubeni to slash coal-fired power capacity
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2018
Japanese conglomerate Marubeni has unveiled plans to halve its coal power generating capacity and stop investing in new coal-fired power plants. ... more
Successful Aegis Combat System Test Brings BMD to Japanese Fleet
Kauai HI (SPX) Sep 18, 2018
The JS ATAGO (DDG-177), supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), used an upgraded Aegis Combat System, testing their Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capabi ... more
Japan successfully tests ballistic missile defense system
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2018
The Japanese destroyer JS Atago, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin have tested an upgraded Aegis Combat System Ballistic Missile Defense system for the Japanese navy. ... more
Japan conducts first submarine drill in disputed South China Sea
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 17, 2018
Japan has carried out its first submarine drill in the South China Sea, a newspaper said Monday, a move that could provoke Beijing which claims most of the disputed waters. ... more
Abe dangles 'financial aid' in return for NKorea concessions
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday said he was ready to provide financial aid to Pyongyang on condition that it resolves the issues of its nuclear and missile test and abducted Japanese nationals. ... more
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US approves possible sale of early-warning planes to Japan
Washington (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
The US State Department said Monday it is ready to approve the sale of up to nine early-warning military planes to Japan, in a sale worth more than $3 billion. ... more
Japan on brink of IWC pullout after commercial whaling comeback blocked
Florianopolis, Brazil (AFP) Sept 14, 2018
Japan's determined bid to return to commercial whale hunting was rejected by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Friday in a tense vote that left the 72-year old organization at a crossroads. ... more
Whale meet nations in flare up over Brazil project
Florianopolis, Brazil (AFP) Sept 12, 2018
Supporters and opponents of whale hunting were at loggerheads late Wednesday at a meeting of the 89-nation International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Brazil. ... more
Japan's Abe confirms China visit this year
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 12, 2018
Shinzo Abe confirmed Wednesday his plans to visit China this year in what would be the first trip to the country by a Japanese prime minister since 2011, the latest sign of warmer ties between the two rivals. ... more
Japan disasters highlight vulnerable infrastructure
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 12, 2018
Flooded runways, thousands of passengers stranded and a tanker smashing into an access bridge: last week's typhoon in Japan highlighted the vulnerability of Kansai Airport which serves a region with an economy bigger than Belgium's. ... more

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Japan toll 44 after strong quake, no more missing
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that triggered massive landslides in northern Japan rose to 44 on Monday with tens of thousands of police and troops still on the ground to support survivors. ... more
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Nations lock horns as whalers, opponents meet in Brazil
Florianopolis, Brazil (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
Pro- and anti-whaling nations locked horns Monday as the International Whaling Commission (IWC) began meeting in Brazil amid outrage over Japan's proposal to end a three-decade moratorium on commercial whale hunting. ... more
Xi to attend Russia summit, North Korea's Kim invited
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2018
Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a regional summit in Russia next week, officials said Friday, joining the prime ministers of Japan and South Korea at a gathering to which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was invited. ... more
Japan resilient, but climate change making disasters worse: experts
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 7, 2018
Record typhoons, biblical floods, heatwaves, landslides and earthquakes: this summer, Japan really has seen it all and images of the destruction caused have been beamed around the world. ... more
Toll from Japan quake rises to 18 as hopes fade for survivors
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 7, 2018
Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs scrabbled through the mud Friday to find survivors from a landslide that buried houses after a powerful quake, as the death toll rose to 18. ... more
Race to find survivors after deadly Japan quake, landslides
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 6, 2018
Rescuers scrabbled through mud for survivors Thursday after a powerful earthquake sent hillsides crashing down onto homes in Japan, killing at least 11 people and leaving dozens missing. ... more
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After the storm: hardship endures for Puerto Ricans on US mainland
New York (AFP) Sept 19, 2018
They arrived in New York from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island in September 2017, leaving widespread devastation in its wake and a death toll that would spiral to almost 3,000. A year on, Joannelly Cruz and her mother Gloria Martinez are in a homeless shelter, part of a generation of Puerto Ricans struggling to rebuild shattered lives on the US mainland. But they ha ... more
+ Bedraggled, displaced long to return home; death toll at 23 in Carolinas
+ Philippine miners dig for their own in typhoon landslide
+ Amazon's Jeff Bezos unveils $2 bn philanthropic fund
+ Facing hurricane floodwaters, US town takes lessons from the past
+ U.S. military prepares for post-Florence response
+ Colombian navy rescues 28 Jamaican castaways
+ Urgent preparations as super typhoon closes in on Philippines
Scientists develop new way to prevent spacecraft errors
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 19, 2018
Scientists from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and the Russian Academy of Sciences' Scientific Research Institute of System Development have recently developed components for designing fault-tolerant asynchronous circuits, which can be used in space vehicles, the MEPhI press service reports. Microcircuits that are traditionally used in cars and computers are poorly suited t ... more
+ DigitalGlobe and LeoLabs working to promote safe, responsible spaceflight
+ Northrop Grumman contracted for Hawkeye radar plane for Japan
+ World's first passive anti-frosting surface fights ice with ice
+ Searching for new bridge forms that can span further
+ UTA researcher creates hydrogels capable of complex movement
+ How a tetrahedral substance can be more symmetrical than a spherical atom: A new type of symmetry
+ Experiment obtains entanglement of six light waves with a single laser

Hit-and-Run Heist of Water by Terrestrial Planets in the Early Solar System
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Sep 20, 2018
A study simulating the final stages of terrestrial planet formation shows that 'hit-and-run' encounters play a significant role in the acquisition of water by large protoplanets, like those that grew into Mars and Earth. The results will be presented by Christoph Burger at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 in Berlin. Four and a half billion years ago, the inner solar syst ... more
+ Researchers use eDNA to detect great white sharks
+ Future impacts of El Nino, La Nina likely to intensify
+ Understanding deep-sea images with artificial intelligence
+ Laos to press on with dam-building after deadly collapse: PM
+ Artificial intelligence guides rapid data-driven exploration of underwater habitats
+ Researchers discover new source of formic acid over Pacific, Indian oceans
+ Water in small dust grains can explain large amounts of water on Earth
Cannibalistic materials feed on themselves to grow new nanostructures
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Sep 04, 2018
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory induced a two-dimensional material to cannibalize itself for atomic "building blocks" from which stable structures formed. The findings, reported in Nature Communications, provide insights that may improve design of 2D materials for fast-charging energy-storage and electronic devices. "Under our experimental condi ... more
+ First-ever colored thin films of nanotubes created
+ Nanotubes change the shape of water
+ Fast visible-UV light nanobelt photodetector
+ Big-picture thinking can advance nanoparticle manufacturing
+ Hybrid nanomaterials bristle with potential
+ Nanotube 'rebar' makes graphene twice as tough
+ Individual silver nanoparticles observed in real time
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SBIRS GEO-3 achieves operational acceptance
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Sep 20, 2018
The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite (GEO-3) successfully achieved Air Force Space Command operational acceptance. The satellite is healthy and sending data to the Mission Control Station, operated by the 460th Space Wing located at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. SBIRS GEO-3 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch All ... more
+ Successful Aegis Combat System Test Brings BMD to Japanese Fleet
+ Japan successfully tests ballistic missile defense system
+ Northrop Grumman tests new air defense network program
+ US approves possible sale of early-warning planes to Japan
+ Twenty-six wounded as Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
+ State Department approves Patriot missile sale to the Netherlands
+ Russian military successfully test-fires new interceptor missile
China tests propulsion system of space station's lab capsules
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 30, 2018
Engineers have successfully tested the propulsion system of China's planned space station lab capsules, a key step in its space station program. Weighing 66 tonnes, the space station will comprise a core module and two lab capsules. The propulsion system will determine whether lab capsules can move in space. Engineers designed 36 engines for the propulsion system with four to adjust ... more
+ 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
+ PRSS-1 Satellite in Good Condition

Multi-joint, personalized soft exosuit breaks new ground
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 20, 2018
In the future, smart textile-based soft robotic exosuits could be worn by soldiers, fire fighters and rescue workers to help them traverse difficult terrain and arrive fresh at their destinations so that they can perform their respective tasks more effectively. They could also become a powerful means to enhance mobility and quality of living for people suffering from neurodegenerative disorders ... more
+ Digital assistants hone skills to deliver the news
+ Google Mini captures top spot in connected speaker market: survey
+ Machines will do more tasks than humans by 2025: WEF
+ Novel flying robot mimics rapid insect flight
+ Robot can pick up any object after inspecting it
+ A cyborg cockroach could someday save your life
+ Lockheed Martin Partners with Deakin University to Further Develop Industrial Exoskeleton
Prominent Chinese pastor defiant after church closure
Beijing (AFP) Sept 13, 2018
A Chinese Protestant pastor is vowing to keep preaching to his flock despite the closure of his prominent underground church in Beijing, defying the government's intensifying pressure on religious groups. Pastor Jin Mingri had given sermons at the Zion Church, one of the biggest unofficial congregations in the country, for the past decade until local officials shut it down on Sunday. Its ... more
+ China shuts down prominent Christian church
+ Chinese firm eyes Serena Williams' racquet maker
+ Got a problem? Ask China's online agony aunts
+ Vanished China star Fan last in 'social responsibility' ranking
+ Malaysian island city in trouble as PM targets China-linked projects
+ China's Didi launches safety revamp after passenger murder
+ Hong Kong top court frees 13 pro-democracy activists

New kid on the block picks up relay for ozone
Paris (ESA) Sep 17, 2018
For more than 20 years, changes in ozone over Antarctica have been carefully monitored by a succession of European satellites. This important long-term record is now being added to by the Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission, which is dedicated to atmospheric monitoring. Protecting life on Earth from the Sun's harmful rays of ultraviolet radiation, the ozone layer is a very important, yet fragil ... more
+ Famous theory of the living Earth upgraded to Gaia 2.0
+ ICESat-2 to measure movement, thickness of polar sea ice
+ ECOSTRESS Maps LA's Hot Spots
+ Copernicus Sentinel maps Florence hurricane flood
+ NASA's GOLD instrument captures its first image of the Earth
+ Protection for the ozone layer: sugar molecules bind harmful CFCs
+ NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Track Earth's Changing Ice

Wild animals were routinely captured and traded in ancient Mesoamerica
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 18, 2018
New evidence from the Maya city of Copan, in Honduras, reveals that ancient Mesoamericans routinely captured and traded wild animals for symbolic and ritual purposes, according to a study published September 12, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Nawa Sugiyama from George Mason University, Virginia, USA, and colleagues. Ancient Mesoamerican cultures used wild animals such as puma ... more
+ Chinese actress has high hopes for her Bordeaux vineyard
+ Czech Republic to restrict use of glyphosate weedkiller
+ Philippine farmers risk death to save crops from killer typhoon
+ Swiss NGO links pesticide to Indian farmer deaths
+ Earliest Mediterranean cheese production revealed by pottery over 7,000 years old
+ Insects, plants living in agricultural regions are surprisingly resilient
+ Multiple facets of biodiversity reduce variability of grassland biomass production
What Recipes Produce a Habitable Planet
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 20, 2018
NASA's interdisciplinary Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) project has awarded Rice University $7.7 million for a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research program aimed at finding many different recipes nature might follow to produce rocky planets capable of supporting life. As any cook knows, it takes the right recipe and getting the right ingredients to make a tasty dish, ... more
+ The spark that created life
+ Planet Vulcan Found
+ When is a star not a star?
+ TESS Shares First Science Image in Hunt to Find New Worlds
+ New Exoplanet Discovered by Team Led by Canadian Student
+ SwRI scientists find evidence for early planetary shake-up
+ A Direct-Imaging Mission to Study Earth-like Exoplanets

Trump unveils revised US biodefense strategy
Washington (AFP) Sept 18, 2018
US President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy Tuesday aimed at reducing the risks of man-made and naturally occurring biological threats. The announcement came on the anniversary of the 2001 anthrax bio-terror attacks in Washington and elsewhere that killed five people. "Biological threats emanate from many sources, and they know no borders," Trump said in a statement. "They have ... more
+ Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok battles with malaria, 137 infected
+ Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state
+ UN emergency talks to head off swine fever spread in Asia
+ Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state
+ Virus' potency depends on the shape of its DNA
+ China culls 38,000 pigs as swine fever spreads
+ NASA investment in cholera forecasts helps save lives in Yemen
Pygmies, masters of the forest, tackle tough lifestyle changes
Doumassi, Gabon (AFP) Sept 12, 2018
Just back from the hunt with a choice selection of plants, Ebona feels at home in the endless forest where many Gabonese fear to tread. "Townsfolk paid me to find these leaves," the Pygmy says, setting the heap down outside his wooden hut, 500 metres (yards) from the rest of Doumassi village in north Gabon. Ebona's people, the Baka, are held in folklore to be Africa's oldest inhabitants, ... more
+ Nigeria troops repel fresh Boko Haram base attack
+ Fish shortage sparks conflict on Africa's Great Lakes
+ Pygmies, masters of the forest, tackle tough lifestyle changes
+ Deputy army chief held in Comoros over anti-regime plot
+ Kenya police detain another Chinese journalist: embassy
+ Ancient livestock dung heaps are now African wildlife hotspots
+ Chinese man arrested after calling Kenya's president a 'monkey'

Orion's first Service Module integration complete
Bremen, Germany (ESA) Sep 19, 2018
Last week at the Airbus integration hall in Bremen, Germany, technicians installed the last radiator on the European Service Module for NASA's Orion spacecraft marking the module's finished integration. ESA's European service module will provide power, water, air and electricity to NASA's Orion exploration spacecraft that will eventually fly beyond the Moon with astronauts. The European Se ... more
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+ Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese spaceman with a taste for art
+ Fly me to the Moon? A look at the space-tourism race
+ Danish Aerospace Company ApS to build 'next generation,' multi-function exercise equipment for astronauts
+ How NASA Goddard tests tools astronauts will use to explore distant worlds
+ Russian space industry source says no new leaks found at ISS
+ ISRO Not To Fly Living Being Before Actual Manned Space Mission: Official
S. Korea launches its first missile-capable submarine
Seoul (AFP) Sept 14, 2018
South Korea launched its first ever missile-capable attack submarine on Friday, despite a recent diplomatic thaw with the nuclear-armed North. The $700 million, 3,000-tonne Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine is capable of firing both cruise and ballistic missiles and the first of three planned diesel-electric boats to go into service in the next five years. It represented a "leap forward in th ... more
+ US, Russia clash at UN over North Korea sanctions
+ Israel determined to stop Iran in Syria, PM tells Putin
+ Pompeo to lead UN meeting on N. Korea
+ N. Korea's Kim to visit Seoul, shut missile site
+ US, North Korea make 'tremendous progress:' Trump
+ N. Korea's Kim to visit Seoul, shut missile site
+ Moon landing: S. Korean leader and North's Kim begin summit
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