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March 23, 2018
Physicists discover new quantum electronic material

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 20, 2018 A motif of Japanese basketweaving known as the kagome pattern has preoccupied physicists for decades. Kagome baskets are typically made from strips of bamboo woven into a highly symmetrical pattern of interlaced, corner-sharing triangles. If a metal or other conductive material could be made to resemble such a kagome pattern at the atomic scale, with individual atoms arranged in similar triangular patterns, it should in theory exhibit exotic electronic properties. ... read more

Invasive beetle threatens Japan's famed cherry blossoms
Tokyo (AFP) March 22, 2018
Across Japan's capital, delicate pink and white cherry blossoms are emerging, but the famed blooms are facing a potentially mortal enemy, experts say: an invasive foreign beetle. ... more
Spring comes to Tokyo with first cherry blossoms
Tokyo (AFP) March 17, 2018
Spring officially arrived in Tokyo on Saturday as Japan's weather agency declared the start of the cherry blossom season, prompting viewers to party under the trees with cherry-related items flooding the capital. ... more
Fossil burrows show early origins of animal behavior
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Mar 14, 2018
Researchers led by Nagoya University discover penetrative trace fossils from the late Ediacaran of western Mongolia, revealing earlier onset of the "agronomic revolution" Nagoya, Japan - In th ... more
Court orders Japan government to pay new Fukushima damages
Tokyo (AFP) March 15, 2018
A Japanese court on Thursday ordered the government to pay one million dollars in new damages over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ruling it should have predicted and avoided the meltdown. ... more

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New 'HSC Viewer' allows public to access Subaru Telescope images
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2018
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan has released the HSC Viewer to help the public access observations of the universe made by the Subaru Telescope and its Hyper Suprime-Cam. ... more
Scientists accurately model the action of aerosols on clouds
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 14, 2018
Global climate is a tremendously complex phenomenon, and researchers are making painstaking progress, year by year, to try to develop ever more accurate models. Now, an international group including ... more
Taiwanese protesters rally for 'nuclear-free homeland'
Taipei (AFP) March 11, 2018
Hundreds gathered at an anti-nuclear rally in Taiwan on Sunday to demand the government keep its pledge to abolish the use of atomic energy by 2025. ... more
Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered seven years on
Tokyo (AFP) March 11, 2018
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led a sombre ceremony Sunday as Japan marked the seventh anniversary of a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left around 18,500 people dead or missing. ... more
'Citizen scientists' track radiation seven years after Fukushima
Koriyama, Japan (AFP) March 11, 2018
Beneath the elegant curves of the roof on the Seirinji Buddhist temple in Japan's Fukushima region hangs an unlikely adornment: a Geiger counter collecting real-time radiation readings. ... more
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Trump sees 'tremendous success' in upcoming N. Korea talks
Washington (AFP) March 10, 2018
President Donald Trump predicted "tremendous success" Saturday in upcoming groundbreaking talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, adding that the reclusive state had promised not to shoot missiles in the interim. ... more
Trump says leaders of China, Japan supportive of Kim Jong Un meeting
Washington (AFP) March 10, 2018
US President Donald Trump said Saturday he has received encouragement from the leaders of China and Japan as he moves toward a sudden, high stakes summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ... more
Allies, rivals alike hit out at Trump trade tariffs
Beijing (AFP) March 9, 2018
United States trading partners, led by Asian powerhouses China and Japan, lashed out Friday at controversial tariffs on foreign steel and aluminium signed off by President Donald Trump, as fears grew of a global trade war. ... more
Lockheed Martin Begins Assembly of JCSAT-17 Commercial Communications Satellite
Denver CO (SPX) Mar 08, 2018
The assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) team at Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has started production of a new commercial satellite, JCSAT-17, that will deliver flexible, high-bandwidth communic ... more
Splitting crystals for 2-D metallic conductivity
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 06, 2018
Sheets of electrons that are highly mobile in only two dimensions, known as 2D electron gas, have unique properties that can be leveraged for faster and novel electronic devices. Researchers have be ... more

'Explosive' eruptions at Japan volcano

Culturing cheaper stem cells
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Mar 07, 2018
Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) can infinitely self-renew and develop into all major cell types in the body, making them important for organ repair and replacement. But culturing them in large ... more
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Assessing quantum dot photoemissions
Kumamoto, Japan (SPX) Mar 06, 2018
Recent research from Kumamoto University in Japan has revealed that polyoxometalates (POMs), typically used for catalysis, electrochemistry, and photochemistry, may also be used in a technique for a ... more
Japan car giants team up to build hydrogen stations
Tokyo (AFP) March 5, 2018
Top Japanese carmakers said on Monday they were teaming up to nearly double the amount of hydrogen stations in Japan, as the car-mad country seeks to head off competition from China and Germany. ... more
Scientists take step toward safer batteries by trimming lithium branches
Matsumoto, Japan (SPX) Mar 01, 2018
A collaborative team of researchers from Shinshu University in Japan have found a new way to curb some of the potential dangers posed by lithium ion batteries. The team, led by Susumu Arai, a ... more
Unprecedentedly wide and sharp dark matter map
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 04, 2018
A research team of multiple institutes, including the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and University of Tokyo, released an unprecedentedly wide and sharp dark matter map based on the newl ... more
Japan's H2-A launches new spy satellite
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Feb 28, 2018
Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Tuesday successfully launched a H2-A rocket with a new reconnaissance satellite from the space center in the prefecture of Kagoshima. The rocket ... more
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Superheroes to the rescue of storm-battered Puerto Rico
New York (AFP) March 21, 2018
Comic book superheroes are coming to the rescue of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. There's Batman, and Wonder Woman, of course, and also a Puerto Rican-inspired female hero named La Borinquena. Their mission is to help reconstruct the US island territory wrecked by Hurricane Maria six months ago. The 200-page book - entitled "Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico" - will ... more
+ When natural disaster strikes, can insects and other invertebrates recover?
+ ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis and urge South China Sea calm
+ Natural disasters can decimate insect, invertebrate populations
+ Australian, Cambodian trainers die in demining accident
+ Court orders Japan government to pay new Fukushima damages
+ White House to help arm school staff: officials
+ Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes
Diamond powers first continuous room-temperature solid-state maser
(UPI) Mar 21, 2018
Scientists have built the world's first continuous room-temperature solid-state maser. Maser stands for "microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation." The device is the older sibling of the laser and operates at microwave frequencies. But while masers came first, the technology never caught on like the laser. That's mostly because masers require temperatures approaching ... more
+ Raytheon contracted for Cobra Dane radar support
+ New 'AR' Mobile App Features 3-D NASA Spacecraft
+ Predicting the Lifespan of Materials in Space
+ UNH researchers find space radiation is increasingly more hazardous
+ Reconsidering damage production and radiation mixing in materials
+ NASA Marshall advances 3-D printed rocket engine nozzle technology
+ Researchers use 3-D printing to create metallic glass alloys
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Low-tech, affordable solutions to improve water quality
Houghton MI (SPX) Mar 23, 2018
Most of us are used to turning on a tap and water coming out. We rarely question whether this will happen or whether the water is clean enough to bathe in or drink. Though the process of maintaining water quality is practically invisible to most of us, removing bacteria and contaminants from water requires a lot of effort from both humans and treatment systems alike. Mohammad Alizadeh Fard ... more
+ Indonesia women face daily swim for clean water
+ Pacific plastic dump far larger than feared: study
+ Revolutionary new filter can improve drinking water quality
+ Australia to open more marine parks to commercial fishing
+ World water problems on tap at Brazil conference
+ World's largest cities depend on evaporated water from surrounding lands
+ Seaweeds protect calcifying marine species from ocean acidification
A treasure trove for nanotechnology experts
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 21, 2018
2D materials, which consist of a few layers of atoms, may well be the future of nanotechnology. They offer potential new applications and could be used in small, higher-performance and more energy-efficient devices. 2D materials were first discovered almost 15 years ago, but only a few dozen of them have been synthesized so far. Now, thanks to an approach developed by researchers from EPFL ... more
+ UCLA researchers develop a new class of two-dimensional materials
+ Nanostructures made of previously impossible material
+ Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles
+ Big steps toward control of production of tiny building blocks
+ New technique allows printing of flexible, stretchable silver nanowire circuits
+ Nanomaterials: What are the environmental and health risks?
+ UT Dallas team's microscopic solution may save researchers big time
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Foundation for US Ballistic Missile Defense System Modernized
Denver CO (SPX) Mar 21, 2018
The system of systems that enables the disparate elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) to function as a complete global defense network has been revolutionized. The modernized Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system significantly improves collaborative Ballistic Missile Defense planning and provides global and regional combatant commands with ... more
+ Raytheon to support Qatar patriot missile system
+ JV will deliver Germany's NextGen ground based air defense system TLVS
+ Lockheed PAC-3 missile-defense system successful in demo
+ Northrop Grumman to develop ballistic missile defense simulation models
+ Lockheed Martin Wins $80 Million Contract to Build Missile Defense Targets
+ Lockheed Martin tapped to speed up AEGIS system
+ Interceptor test underscores reliability of proves PAC-3 anti missile system
Chang'e-4 Lunar Probe will Reach the Far Side of the Moon
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 22, 2018
The mission of Chang'e-4 lunar probe will proceed in two phases this year, and Chang'e-4 lunar probe will reach the far side of the Moon for the first time, said an official from China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). "We plan to launch Chang'e-4 lunar probe in the second half of 2018. This will be the first time for a lunar probe to land on the far side of the Moon. Chang'e-4 lunar pro ... more
+ China to launch Long March-5B rocket next year
+ China plans to develop a multipurpose, reusable space plane
+ China moving ahead with plans for next-generation X-ray observatory
+ China to launch Long March-5B rocket in 2019
+ Satellite will test plan for global China led satcom network
+ China plans rocket sea-launch
+ China speeds up research, commercialization of space shuttles

Visual recognition: Seeing the world through the eyes of rodents
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Mar 23, 2018
Man or woman, happy or sad. Sometimes a glance is enough to say it. Yet, the visual process that allows us to recognize the gender or emotional state of a person is very sophisticated. Until recently, only primates were deemed able to perform such complex operations as object recognition. A new study from the International School for Advanced Studies - SISSA, published in the journal Curre ... more
+ How accurate is your AI
+ Make way for the mini flying machines
+ Tokyo Tech's six-legged robots get closer to nature
+ Novel 3-D printing method embeds sensing capabilities within robotic actuators
+ Robotic spiders and bees: The rise of bioinspired microrobots
+ UTSA researchers want to teach computers to learn like humans
+ Modified, 3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, soft robots
China to reorganise propaganda efforts at home and abroad
Beijing (AFP) March 21, 2018
China Wednesday announced a series of changes aimed at strengthening its global influence, including the creation of a centralised news service to better communicate the ruling Communist Party's message at home and abroad. The changes are part of a larger overhaul of government functions that will also see an increased role for the United Front Work Department, a shadowy organisation that ha ... more
+ Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing to retire
+ Xi gets second term with powerful ally as VP
+ China slams UK warnings about Hong Kong liberties
+ Hong Kong mulls three years' jail for anthem disrespect
+ China dragoons viewers to make pro-Xi film a blockbuster
+ In China, an eye-roll goes viral, censors put a lid on it
+ US-backed culture centres under pressure in China

Diamonds from the deep: Study suggests water may exist in Earth's lower mantle
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 20, 2018
Water on Earth runs deep - very deep. The oceans have been measured to a maximum depth of 7 miles, though water is known to exist well below the oceans. Just how deep this hidden water reaches, and how much of it exists, are the subjects of ongoing research. Now a new study suggests that water may be more common than expected at extreme depths approaching 400 miles and possibly beyond - wi ... more
+ Scientists find seismic imaging is blind to water
+ New NASA Model Finds Landslide Threats in Near Real-Time During Heavy Rains
+ ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter from orbit
+ Sentinels helping to map minerals
+ Scientist eyes Chinese satellites to help world tackle air pollution
+ Earth's atmosphere: new results from the International Space Station
+ New technologies and computing power to help strengthen population data
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French food fest wants to whet the world's appetite
Paris (AFP) March 21, 2018
Truffled frogs legs with spiced raisins, and apple and pear tart with prune and Armagnac ice cream... French chefs were setting out Wednesday to make mouths water in a global celebration of the country's cuisine. Some 3,300 restaurants in more than 150 countries are taking part in the "Good France" festival, from small village cafes in rural Gascony to three-star Michelin chef Paul Pairet's ... more
+ UN and EU say food insecurity worsens as conflicts rage
+ Absence of ants suggests first Saharan farming 10,000 years ago
+ NZ dairy giant Fonterra posts loss on China writedown, CEO to go
+ Agriculture must make water use go further: experts
+ Algorithm could streamline harvesting of hand-picked crops
+ Background radiation in UAE's agricultural topsoil found to be lower than global average
+ Harnessing the power of soil microbes for more sustainable farming
UK team to lead European mission to study new planets
London, UK (SPX) Mar 21, 2018
The ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey) mission was selected as the next European Space Agency (ESA) science mission, putting UK leadership at the heart of research into planets that lie outside our solar system - exoplanets. Thousands of exoplanets have now been discovered with a huge diversity of masses, sizes and orbits, but very little is known about thei ... more
+ TRAPPIST-1 planets provide clues to the nature of habitable worlds
+ ESA's next science mission to focus on nature of exoplanets
+ 'Oumuamua likely came from a binary star system
+ Exoplanet mission led by UCL selected as ESA's next medium-class mission
+ Team discovers that wind moves microinvertebrates across desert
+ Yale's Expres Instrument ready to find the next Earth Analog
+ NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Nearing the End as Fuel Runs Low

New model links yellow fever in Africa to climate, environment
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 19, 2018
The burden of yellow fever in any given area is known to be heavily dependent on climate, particularly rainfall and temperature which can impact both mosquito life cycle and viral replication. Now, researchers from Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) have developed a new model to quantify yellow fever dynamics across Africa using not only annual averages of thes ... more
+ DARPA Names Researchers Working to Halt Outbreaks in 60 Days or Less
+ China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu
+ UV light can kill airborne flu virus, study finds
+ Playing 20 Questions with Bacteria to Distinguish Harmless Organisms from Pathogens
+ Scientists report big improvements in HIV vaccine production
+ Plague outbreak in Madagascar revived dread of a killer
+ 'Mutant flu' could lead to more effective vaccine: study
Estonia to send 50 troops to reinforce French-led Mali mission
Tallinn (AFP) March 22, 2018
Estonia's government on Thursday agreed to send 50 troops from the Baltic state to Mali as part of France's Operation Barkhane anti-jihadist mission. "By participating in an operation with the aim of creating stability on the southern edge of NATO and the EU, we support our strong European ally," Estonian Defence Minister Juri Luik said in a government statement. The country's parliame ... more
+ Ghana, US seek closer military ties
+ Nigeria was warned before Boko Haram abduction: Amnesty
+ Canada to deploy troops, helicopters to help UN in Mali
+ Egypt, Sudan presidents agree to patch up differences
+ Two soldiers killed in Nigeria communal violence: army
+ Killing of civilians by Ethiopia troops no accident: residents
+ 18 workers abducted in DR Congo wildlife park
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China to become top patent filer within three years: UN
Geneva (AFP) March 21, 2018
China is on its way to becoming the world leader in international patent filings, and should overtake the top spot from the United States within three years, the UN said Wednesday. A record 243,500 international patent applications were filed last year, a hike of 4.5 percent from a year earlier, the World Intellectual Property Organisation said in its annual report. These patents "repres ... more
+ Airbus delivers new life support system for the ISS
+ Inspired by ASU NASA mission, students create space art
+ Rooting for Answers: Simulating G-Force to Test Plant Gravity Perception in Mustard Seedlings
+ Tribal College and University Student Conference to host NASA competition
+ Two Americans, one Russian blast off for ISS
+ 60 years in orbit for 'grapefruit satellite' - the oldest human object in space
+ A Frommer's guide to the future of interplanetary travel
Netanyahu says Israel will prevent enemies from obtaining nuclear weapons
Jerusalem (AFP) March 21, 2018
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel will prevent enemies from obtaining nuclear weapons after its military admitted it carried out a 2007 air raid against a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor. "The Israeli government, the (Israeli military), and the Mossad (intelligence agency) have prevented Syria from developing nuclear capability, and they deserve every credit for t ... more
+ Israel admits 2007 Syrian 'nuclear reactor' strike for first time
+ Canada ups pressure on Iran to let environmentalist's wife leave
+ Lockheed awarded contract for Trident II production, support
+ US pushes on with NKorea summit prep, but what is Kim's plan?
+ Iran rejects any change to nuclear deal; US seeking 'supplemental' deal
+ S. Korea, US to scale down military drills: report
+ Top officials scramble to make Trump-Kim summit a reality

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