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February 22, 2017
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted



Tokyo (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power company said Thursday. TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, sent the remote-controlled device into the No. 2 reactor where radiation levels have recently hit record highs. The "scorpion" robot, so-called because it can lift up its camera-mounted tail to achieve better viewing angles, ... read more

NUKEWARS
US pledges nuclear defence for Japan, S.Korea after N.Korea missile launch
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday pledged that Washington would use the full range of its arsenal, including nuclear weapons, to defend allies Japan and South Korea against North Korea if needed. ... more
WAR REPORT
Japan history revisionists bolder under Abe: analysts
Successful hotel chain operator Toshio Motoya doesn't mind if his denial of a notorious Japanese World War II military atrocity in China drives customers away. ... more
MILTECH
Chinese weapons reaching 'near-parity' with West: study
China is beginning to export its own weapon designs, including armed drones, worldwide and is reaching "near-parity" with the West in terms of military technology, according to a report on Tuesday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
French company makes strides for maritime LNG
French energy company ENGIE said it was leading efforts to offer low-carbon options to the maritime shipping industry with liquefied natural gas. ... more
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Japan's 'Battleship island' haunted by ghosts of its past
The haunting silhouette of "Battleship Island" rises up from the sea, an abandoned testament to what was once the most densely populated city on earth. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Boeing contracted for Harpoon, SLAM-ER spares
Boeing received a $12.3 million contract from the U.S. Navy to produce Harpoon and Stand-Off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response missile spares. ... more
ROBO SPACE
No sad endings for Japan's virtual romance fans
Japanese book editor Miho Takeshita is having an affair. But the recently married 30-year-old is not worried about getting caught - her boyfriend only exists on a smartphone. ... more
NUKEWARS
N. Korea fires ballistic missile in challenge to Trump: Seoul
North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in an apparent provocation to test the response from new US President Donald Trump, the South Korean defence ministry said. ... more
NUKEWARS
US, Japan conduct test of joint missile
The United States and Japan have conducted the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly built system, amid heightened tensions over North Korea's missile program. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump backs 'One China' policy in call with Xi
President Donald Trump reaffirmed Washington's "One China" policy in what he said Friday was a "very warm" conversation with Xi Jinping, in an apparent effort to ease tensions after angering Beijing by questioning a major plank of Sino-US relations. ... more


US, Japan say defense pact covers disputed Senkaku islands

FARM NEWS
Sticky gels turn insect-sized drones into artificial pollinators
As bees slip onto the endangered species list in the United States, researchers in Japan are pollinating lilies with insect-sized drones. The undersides of these artificial pollinators are coated wi ... more
CYBER WARS
Japan taps Elbit subsidiary for cybersecurity training help
Israel's Cyberbit Ltd. is helping launch a cybersecurity training and simulator facility in Japan under a contract from Ni Cybersecurity Inc. ... more
TECH SPACE
New material that contracts when heated holds great industrial potential
Materials scientists in Japan have discovered a new material that contracts when heated, a rarity. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
China tests its new super-accurate missile during war games
The Chinese People's Liberation Army Rocket Force has begun practicing the deployment of medium-range Dongfeng (DF) missiles capable of reaching strategic US and Japanese bases near China, the lates ... more

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The drumbeat calling scientists to share their work with the public is as loud as ever, and Tracey Holloway is happy to answer. It's just that education isn't exactly what she's offering. She's got satellites. "We have hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of data from satellites that have been up in space for over 10 years," says Holloway, a professor of environmental studies at the Univ ... more
DR Congo snubs calls for inquiry of massacre video

British Museum training Iraqi experts to save Mosul heritage

'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted

Scientists predicted new high-energy compounds
Using theoretical methods, an international group of scientists led by Artem R. Oganov, Professor of Skoltech, Stony Brook University and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology predicted unusual from the point of view of classical chemistry nitrides of hafnium and chromium with the chemical formulae HfN10 (and its zirconium analogue ZrN10) and CrN4. These compounds can be obtained at r ... more
Record-breaking material that contracts when heated

ESA's six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon

Sky and Space signs agreement with US Department of Defence

Subsea mining moves closer to shore
The demand for raw materials is rising continuously, forcing mining companies to use lower-grade ores and to explore at greater depths. This could lead to a decline in production in the coming decades. Many industrialized economies also depend on imports of metals for their high-tech industries. Some of these metals occur in ore deposits that are found only in a few countries. In order to ... more
Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study

Deep sea mining gets a second look

10 Italian execs found guilty over polluted water supply

Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication
Daniel Packwood, Junior Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), is improving methods for constructing tiny "nanomaterials" using a "bottom-up" approach called "molecular self-assembly". Using this method, molecules are chosen according to their ability to spontaneously interact and combine to form shapes with specific functions. In the f ... more
Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings

Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics

Turning up the heat for perfect nano diamonds

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Raytheon developing new tool for war game assessment
Raytheon is developing an automated assessment system for judging the effectiveness of 21st century weapons in war game scenarios. The first-of-its-kind tool, commissioned by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, will automatically teach war game participants which weapons to use in every possible scenario, including missiles, kinetic interceptors, cyber and electronic warfare weapons. ... more
U.S. Army awards $3 billion in missile defense contracts

New US Missile Hits Target in Space

New Age, New Aims: CIS Air Defense to Be Upgraded for Aerospace Tasks

China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April
China plans to launch Shijian-13, its first high-throughput communications satellite, in April, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said Friday. The 4.6-tonne satellite, with a message capacity of more than 20 GB, will be carried into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the CAST. An increase in satellite throughput will provide better access to the Internet ... more
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April

China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

Will androids dream of quantum sheep?
The word 'replicant' evokes thoughts of a sci-fi world where society has replaced common creatures with artificial machines that replicate their behaviour. Now researchers from Singapore have shown that if such machines are ever created, they'll run more efficiently if they harness quantum theory to respond to the environment. This follows the findings of a team from the Centre for Quantum ... more
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots

Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot

How algorithms secretly run the world

Villagers glorify their children in China festival
Looking like living dress-up dolls, elaborately costumed children are paraded through an eastern China village as firecrackers roar, commemorating the end of barbaric child sacrifices hundreds of years ago. It's an annual event in the village of Tufang in coastal Fujian province, where China's Hakka community is concentrated and marks its unique history with a range of colourful festivals. ... more
Hong Kong police jailed over attack on democracy protester

Struggle against evil sparks China ritual

Ex-VP of China's top court jailed for life over graft

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First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
Breakthrough Listen, the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond Earth launched in 2015 by Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking, has announced its first observations using the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Parkes joins the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, USA, and the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Ob ... more
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope

Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star

New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground

Airbus to develop payload for first Franco-German Earth observation satellite
Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract with Space Administration at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to develop and build all components of the German contribution to the German-French Earth observation mission MERLIN. The German Aerospace Center and the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) are jointly developing this challenging mission on behalf of the F ... more
NASA to launch sequel to successful Lightning Study Mission

Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space

Earth Science on the Space Station continues to grow

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Stanford scientists measure African crop yields from space
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new method for accurately measuring crop yields using satellite images. Scientists hope their new strategy will help researchers track agricultural productivity in developing countries where farming data is limited. "Improving agricultural productivity is going to be one of the main ways to reduce hunger and improve livelihoods in poor ... more
Maize study finds genes that help crops adapt to change

Snap beans hard to grow in cover crop residue

New idea to fight billion-dollar threat to soybean production

Hunting for runaway worlds
Arizona State University astronomer Adam Schneider and his colleagues are hunting for an elusive object lost in space between our sun and the nearest stars. They are asking for your help in the search, using a new citizen-science website called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9. Astronomers have found evidence for a ninth planet in our solar system. The evidence comes from studying the orbits of o ... more
Ancient microbes push limits of what life can survive on Earth, and off

Prediction: More gas-giants will be found orbiting Sun-like stars

NASA to host news conference on discovery beyond our solar system

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Bird-flu deaths rise in China, shutting poultry markets
China is experiencing its deadliest outbreak of the H7N9 bird-flu strain since it first appeared in humans in 2013, killing 79 people in January alone and spurring several cities to suspend live poultry trade. The National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Wednesday that by the end of January a total of 100 people had died in the current bird flu season, which commonly emerges in ... more
Test can detect HIV within a week of infection: researchers

At least five infected with HIV at Chinese traditional medicine hospital

West Nile virus epidemics made worse by drought: study

Interim authorities to begin work in Mali's north
A key step on the road to peace in northern Mali will take place Saturday when interim local authorities begin work, smoothing the path to municipal elections, the Malian government said. Tuareg-led rebels led an uprising in 2012 that was hijacked by jihadists, throwing northern Mali into chaos, but the rebels signed an accord in 2015 without the Islamists. Putting into place interim aut ... more
A tonne of ivory, hacked into pieces, seized in Uganda

Under pressure DR Congo govt vows to stem violence

DR Congo dubs video massacre fake, but admits "excesses"

Art and space enter a new dimension
ESA's involvement in the world of art is entering a new dimension, thanks to the cooperation with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, with the idea of making space activities as inclusive as possible for more of the public on Earth. Michelangelo Pistoletto is acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of the Italian Arte Povera contemporary art movement and is widely regarded as o ... more
Mystery surrounds return of Pentagon's secretive X-37B spaceplane

Reaching for the Stars: An Interview with former NASA Astronaut Mike Fossum

Air Force doctor solves NASA's poop problem

Iran in new military drills despite US warnings
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard is to conduct military drills next week, a senior commander announced Saturday, despite warnings from the United States and fresh sanctions over a ballistic missile test. "The manoeuvres called 'Grand Prophet 11' will start Monday and last three days," General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the force's ground units, told a news conference. He said rockets ... more
China urges nuclear talks resumption with NKorea

Kim's modest Macau life no protection from Pyongyang

Navy flight-tests sub-launched Trident II ballistic missiles



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