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May 19, 2018
Stars formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang

London, UK (SPX) May 17, 2018
Stars in a galaxy 13.28 billion light years away formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang, finds a team of international astronomers led by groups at UCL and Osaka Sangyo University in Japan. The discovery shows that stars in the galaxy - called MACS1149-JD1 - formed at an unexpectedly early stage in the age of the Universe and the new observations break the team's own record for detecting the most distant known source of oxygen. The team confirmed the distance of the galaxy through ... read more

Nuclear Waste Management Organization Signs Co-Operation Agreements With International Partners
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 18, 2018
Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has signed or renewed co-operation agreements with counterparts from five countries: Belgium, France, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdo ... more
Kyocera TCL Solar Completes 29MW Solar Power Plant on Repurposed Land in Japan
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 15, 2018
Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has completed construction of a 29.2 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. The solar modules were installed on 1.2km2 of land ... more
Japan councils appeal tsunami death compensation rulings
Tokyo (AFP) May 11, 2018
Two local governments have appealed to Japan's top court, challenging rulings that awarded millions of dollars in compensation to families whose children were swept out to sea in a 2011 tsunami. ... more
China sends fighter jets and bombers near Taiwan in latest show of force
Taipei (AFP) May 11, 2018
China sent fighter jets and other military aircraft near Taiwan Friday in the latest of a series of drills which Beijing has said are aimed at the island's "independence forces". ... more

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East Asian powers back N. Korea denuclearisation
Tokyo (AFP) May 9, 2018
East Asian powers on Wednesday threw their weight behind breakneck diplomacy to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons, setting aside their differences on the process to endorse an intra-Korean deal. ... more
Japan's Abe accepts China invite, but no date set
Tokyo (AFP) May 9, 2018
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he had been formally invited to visit China and would do so at "an appropriate time", as the regional powers try to warm ties. ... more
In Japan-China ties, ibis outreach but no panda diplomacy
Tokyo (AFP) May 9, 2018
China has famously used its cuddly panda bears as a diplomatic tool, but to mark warming ties with Japan it is offering a distinctly more angular gift: two crested ibises. ... more
Japan, China, S. Korea search for agreement on Pyongyang
Tokyo (AFP) May 8, 2018
East Asia's major powers meet in Tokyo on Wednesday to search for common ground on North Korea, while Washington's top diplomat was also expected in Pyongyang, as a breakneck diplomatic dance gathers pace. ... more
Early Mars may have been a warm desert with occasional rain
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 03, 2018
The climate of early Mars is a subject of debate. While it has been thought that Mars had a warm and wet climate, like Earth, other researchers suggested early Mars might have been largely glaciated ... more
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Uncovering the secret law of the evolution of galaxy clusters
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Apr 25, 2018
As science enthusiasts around the world bid farewell to legendary cosmologist Stephen Hawking, researchers continue to make important discoveries about the evolution of galaxy clusters that capture ... more
S. Korea, Japan, China to hold summit next week
Seoul (AFP) May 1, 2018
South Korea, China and Japan will hold a trilateral summit in Tokyo next week, Seoul announced Tuesday, the latest move in a diplomatic whirlwind centred around North Korea. ... more
Wood you like a drink? Japan team invents 'wood alcohol'
Tokyo (AFP) May 1, 2018
Discerning drinkers may soon be able to branch out after Japanese researchers said Tuesday they have invented a way of producing an alcoholic drink made from wood. ... more
Mount Fuji eruption could paralyse Tokyo: report
Tokyo (AFP) May 1, 2018
Japan's iconic Mount Fuji could paralyse Tokyo with ash if it erupted, choking roads and halting water supplies, according to a government disaster planning study, a news report said Tuesday. ... more
Cell membrane inspires new ultrathin electronic film
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 30, 2018
Japanese researchers have developed a new method to build large areas of semiconductive material that is just two molecules thick and a total of 4.4 nanometers tall. The films function as thin film ... more

Japan court upholds damages over student tsunami deaths: report

World's smallest optical implantable biodevice
Ikoma, Japan (SPX) Apr 26, 2018
Japanese researchers describe a new implantable device no bigger than the width of a coin that can be used to control brain patterns. The device, which can be read about in AIP Advances, converts in ... more
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Japan PM Abe sends offering to war shrine
Tokyo (AFP) April 21, 2018
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine Saturday but has no plans to visit it to avoid tensions ahead of a three-way meeting with China and South Korea, officials and local media said. ... more
Arianespace to launch BSAT-4b; marking the 10th satellite launch for B-SAT
Evry, France (SPX) Apr 20, 2018
Arianespace reports that it will launch BSAT-4b, under the term of a turnkey contract between B-SAT and Maxar's SSL. BSAT-4b will be launched by an Ariane 5 in 2020 from the Guiana Space Cente ... more
Marines 3D-print replacement part for F-35 landing gear door
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2018
The U.S. Marine Corps is breaking new technological ground with 3D printing, recently finding a way to combat a lack of spare parts and slow production turnovers by printing a part for an F-35B Lightning II aircraft. ... more
Chinese ship conducting research near disputed islets: Japan
Tokyo (AFP) April 20, 2018
Japan said Friday that a Chinese vessel was carrying out a suspected maritime research in Tokyo's exclusive economic zone near the disputed islands in the East China Sea. ... more
Faster EV chargers to allay range anxiety
Washington (UPI) Apr 23, 2018
Japanese energy company Marubeni Corp. said it would work in the U.S. market to deliver ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles. ... more
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National Guard role expanding on border: US Homeland chief
Washington (AFP) May 16, 2018
The role of US National Guard troops sent to the Mexican border is being expanded, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday. Nielsen told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that 1,600 Guard members are currently on the frontier, a number that will next rise to 2,200 as their duties expand. "Originally we were focused on border patrol support but now we've extended it," with ... more
+ US officials look to house migrant kids on military bases: report
+ Beijing urges ceasefire after deadly Myanmar border clashes
+ Hurricanes cost Caribbean tourism more than $700 mn: report
+ During disasters, active Twitter users likely to spread falsehoods
+ The evolution of conflict resolution
+ Colombia truth commission to 'heal wounds' of war, president says
+ China resists push at UN for Myanmar probe of Rohingya attacks
Space Situational Awareness is Space Battle Management
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) May 18, 2018
Space Situational Awareness has long been synonymous with detecting, tracking, and identifying all artificial objects in Earth orbit otherwise known as catalog maintenance. Today, space is more congested and contested than ever before, and threats against U.S. capabilities grow every day. While catalog maintenance is a part of the SSA mission set, SSA enables the continuous preparation of ... more
+ Space Traffic Control
+ Researchers use LiDAR to locate invasive fish and preserve a national treasure
+ Microscale IR spectroscopy enabled by phase change materials and metasurfaces
+ Your body is transparentized in a virtual environment
+ Frequency-stable laser systems for space
+ Step aside Superman, steel is no competition for this new material
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Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia agree study of contentious Nile dam
Addis Ababa (AFP) May 17, 2018
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to set up a scientific committee to study a dam Ethiopia is building on a tributary of the Nile, an Ethiopian minister said Thursday. The announcement broke a long impasse in a dispute over Egyptian fears that the $4-billion (3.2-billion-euro) Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, being built on the Blue Nile, will affect the river's downstream flows. The ... more
+ 437 million tons of fish, $560 billion wasted due to destructive fishing operations
+ NASA Satellites Reveal Major Shifts in Global Freshwater
+ Egypt's president hails 'breakthrough' in Nile dam talks
+ The far-reaching effects of ocean floors on the sea surface
+ Beavers do good work cleaning water
+ Australia hikes aid in Pacific as China pushes for influence
+ Spring brings phytoplankton blooms to North Sea
A new Bose-Einstein condensate created at Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 22, 2018
Nearly a hundred years ago, Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose predicted that quantum mechanics can force a large number of particles to behave in concert as if they were only a single particle. The phenomenon is called Bose-Einstein condensation, and it took until 1995 to create the first such condensate of a gas of alkali atoms. Although Bose-Einstein condensation has been observed ... more
+ Course set to overcome mismatch between lab-designed nanomaterials and nature's complexity
+ This 2-D nanosheet expands like a Grow Monster
+ Robot developed for automated assembly of designer nanomaterials
+ A treasure trove for nanotechnology experts
+ 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
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Missile Defense Agency contracts for Aegis 6.0 modeling support
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2018
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for services in support of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. The Missile Defense Agency contract was announced on Tuesday by the Defense Department and enables Lockheed Martin to provide "materials necessary to support Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 6.0 modeling and simulation." The contract is valued at more than $12.8 milli ... more
+ Army taps Lockheed for ballistic radar system support
+ Saudi says intercepts missile fired from Yemen
+ Israel missiles hit Syria military bases: state media
+ Saudi tests siren after Yemen rebels fire new missiles
+ Saudi air defences intercept two missiles over Riyadh
+ Aerojet completes hot fire propulsion test for redesigned Kill Vehicle
+ Lockheed tapped for additional THAAD interceptors
Russia May Help China Create International Cosmonauts Rehabilitation Center
Moscow (Sputnik) May 18, 2018
Russian scientific organizations are ready to assist China and its partners in creating an international rehabilitation center for cosmonauts, as well as other infrastructure needed for developing space medicine and biology, a spokesman for the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Science told Sputnik. "The IMBP [Institute of Biomedical Problems] is ready along with t ... more
+ Chinese rewrite record, live 370 days in self-contained moon lab
+ Space technologies to protect Shaolin heritage
+ Sunrise for China's commercial space industry?
+ China to Use Soviet Engine to Power Its First Reusable Space Rocket
+ Astronauts eye more cooperation on China's space station
+ China unveils underwater astronaut training suit
+ China to launch advanced space cargo transport aircraft in 2019

Robot teaches itself how to dress people
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2018
More than 1 million Americans require daily physical assistance to get dressed because of injury, disease and advanced age. Robots could potentially help, but cloth and the human body are complex. To help address this need, a robot at the Georgia Institute of Technology is successfully sliding hospital gowns on people's arms. The machine doesn't use its eyes as it pulls the cloth. Instead, ... more
+ Human-sounding Google Assistant sparks ethics questions
+ Wearable ring, wristband allow users to control smart tech with hand gestures
+ First robotic system plays tic tac toe to improve task performance
+ Google pitches artificial intelligence to help unplug
+ Researchers selected to develop novel approaches to lifelong machine learning
+ NASA's swarmathon improves student skills in robotics, computer science
+ Interview with a robot: AI revolution hits human resources
N. Koreans visit Beijing to learn about China's reforms: ministry
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2018
A North Korean delegation has visited Beijing to learn about China's experience in economic reform and opening up, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, the latest diplomatic outreach by the isolated regime. The Cold War-era allies have stepped up contacts in recent weeks as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepares for a historic summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12. ... more
+ Hong Kong's behind-closed-doors gay weddings
+ Hong Kong activists use Mao to promote democracy
+ US film explores legacy of anti-Chinese immigration law
+ China approves $1 bn loan for Sri Lanka expressway
+ Hong Kong student leader draws fury in China over anthem
+ China defends treatment of Nobel dissident's widow
+ Former top Chinese Communist official jailed for life for bribery

How far to go for satellite cloud image forecasting into operation
Beijing, China (SPX) May 17, 2018
Cloud is a tracer for a variety of significant weather changes. Cloud images obtained from satellite remote sensing are of great help to weather forecasters in understanding the past and present weather processes in a macroscopic way. Forecasts directly made out of satellite cloud images are what meteorologists and forecasters dream about. Recent studies have shown that it has become possible to ... more
+ NOAA finds rising emissions of ozone-destroying chemical banned by Montreal Protocol
+ Fleet of spacecraft spot long-sought-after process in the Earth's magnetic field
+ Isotopic evidence for more fossil fuel sources of aerosol ammonium in city air
+ China launches new Earth observation satellite for environmental monitoring
+ Copernicus Sentinel-3B delivers first images
+ NASA Spacecraft Discovers New Magnetic Process in Turbulent Space
+ New research reveals how energy dissipates outside Earth's magnetic field

China stops anti-dumping probe into US sorghum
Beijing (AFP) May 18, 2018
China has dropped its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe into US sorghum imports, its commerce ministry said Friday, extending a possible olive branch as the two countries hold fraught trade talks. Imposing punitive measures would "affect the cost of living of large numbers of (Chinese) consumers and would not be in the public interest", the ministry said in a statement. An investigati ... more
+ Green economy to boost jobs but farmers hard hit: UN
+ Critics attack Brazil's 'poison law' on pesticides
+ In Guadeloupe, going green means going bananas
+ Pesticide resistance needs urgnet attention, large-scale study finds
+ A green approach to making ammonia could help feed the world
+ EU court upholds curbs on bee-killing pesticide
+ With more refined palates, China's thirst for wine grows
Orbital variations can trigger 'snowball states' on exoplanets
Seattle WA (SPX) May 15, 2018
Aspects of an otherwise Earthlike planet's tilt and orbital dynamics can severely affect its potential habitability - even triggering abrupt "snowball states" where oceans freeze and surface life is impossible, according to new research from astronomers at the University of Washington. The research indicates that locating a planet in its host star's "habitable zone" - that swath of space j ... more
+ Amateur astronomer's data helps scientists discover a new exoplanet
+ Scientists crack how primordial life on Earth might have replicated itself
+ Atmospheric seasons could signal alien life
+ ANU study sheds new light on how our solar system formed
+ Dutch astronomers photograph possible toddler planet by chance
+ An Exoplanet Atmosphere Free of Clouds
+ The Cheops ccience instrument arrives in Madrid

New pig virus found to be a potential threat to humans
Columbus OH (SPX) May 15, 2018
A recently identified pig virus can readily find its way into laboratory-cultured cells of people and other species, a discovery that raises concerns about the potential for outbreaks that threaten human and animal health. Researchers at The Ohio State University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands collaborated to better understand the new virus and its potential reach. Their study, ... more
+ Hostility toward minorities can spread like a contagious disease
+ Mosquitoes reveal fatal attraction
+ Gates warns new fight needed against resurgent malaria
+ Help Stop Mosquito-borne Diseases with this App
+ New model links yellow fever in Africa to climate, environment
+ DARPA Names Researchers Working to Halt Outbreaks in 60 Days or Less
+ China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu
In Lagos, the 'Venice of Africa' fights for survival
Lagos (AFP) May 17, 2018
Its nickname is the "Venice of Africa" but, other than its maze of narrow waterways where wooden boats glide, Makoko offers little similarity with the fabled canal city of Europe. Makoko, to be blunt, is an environmental eyesore. It is a vast slum of wooden shacks built on stilts in the brackish, blackish, thickly-polluted lagoon in the heart of Lagos, Africa's biggest megapolis. The spr ... more
+ Wildfires may cause long-term health problems for endangered orangutans
+ Savanna chimpanzees suffer from heat stress
+ Hippo excrement triggering fish kills in African rivers
+ DR Congo park suspends tourism after kidnapping and murder
+ US military reviews Somalia raid after five killed
+ Kidnapped UK tourists in DR Congo released
+ Ex-Gambia generals deny desertion

US spacewalkers swap, check coolers 'Leaky' and 'Frosty'
Tampa (AFP) May 16, 2018
A pair of American astronauts completed a successful spacewalk outside the International Space Station Wednesday to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty," NASA said. The boxes, each about the size of a mini-refrigerator or window AC unit, are crucial to keeping the batteries cool aboard the orbiting lab. Since they operate using highly toxic ammonia ... more
+ Science Launching to Space Station Looks Forward and Back
+ UAE Astronaut to Fly to ISS Instead of US Businessman - Source
+ Privatize the International Space Station? Not so fast, Congress tells Trump
+ For how long will the USA remain the Nobel Prize leader?
+ Spinning science: multi-use variable-g platform arrives at the Space Station
+ The challenge of space gardening: One giant 'leaf' for mankind
+ The challenge of space gardening: One giant 'leaf' for mankind
Washington seeks global 'coalition' against Iran regime
Washington (AFP) May 18, 2018
Washington wants to build a global "coalition" against the Tehran regime and its "destabilizing activities," the State Department said on Thursday, after pulling out from the Iran nuclear accord to the anger of US allies. The plan is to be detailed on Monday by the top United States diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his first major foreign policy address since taking office in Apr ... more
+ N. Korea to join efforts for total nuclear weapons test ban
+ Russia, China tighten ties with Iran
+ UN nuclear test watchdog stands ready to visit North Korea
+ EU vows to block blow of US Iran sanctions
+ EU leaders agree 'united approach' on Iran deal, trade
+ North Korea threatens to cancel US summit
+ No plans to cut back US-South Korea drills: Pentagon
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