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July 22, 2018
Japan's growing plutonium stockpile fuels fears

Tokyo (AFP) July 17, 2018
Japan has amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 atomic bombs as part of a programme to fuel its nuclear plants, but concern is growing that the stockpile is vulnerable to terrorists and natural disasters. Japan has long been the world's only non-nuclear-armed country with a programme to reprocess spent nuclear fuel from its power plants into plutonium. On Tuesday a decades-old deal with the United States which allows Japan to reprocess plutonium was renewed, but the pact can be terminated by ei ... read more

U.S., Japan and India conduct minesweeping exercise
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2018
Anti-mine units from the U.S. Navy, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces and the Indian navy began mine countermeasure exercises near Ominato, Japan, this week. ... more
Japan heatwave kills over a dozen, 12,000 rushed to hospital
Tokyo (AFP) July 22, 2018
Japan's severe heatwave killed at least 15 people and sent more than 12,000 to hospital in the first two weeks of July, official figures show as the temperature neared 40 degrees C (104 F) in many cities on Sunday. ... more
How does the sun's rotational cycle influence lightning activity on earth?
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 19, 2018
A collaborative research team in Japan has taken the first steps to understanding how the sun's rotational cycle influences lightning activity. They found answers in an unusual source - diaries dati ... more
Scientists discover heaviest known calcium atom, other rare isotopes
Washington (UPI) Jul 12, 2018
Scientists have discovered eight new isotopes - all of them the heaviest-known forms of their respective elements. ... more

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Fukushima nuclear plant operator resumes TV ads
Tokyo (AFP) July 18, 2018
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Wednesday resumed television commercials, seven years after a 2011 meltdown that sparked the world's worst atomic accident in a generation. ... more
OLED surpasses 100 percent exciton production efficiency
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
Researchers at Kyushu University's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA) in Japan have demonstrated a way to split energy in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and surpass ... more
Japan firms used foreign trainees at Fukushima cleanup
Tokyo (AFP) July 13, 2018
Four Japanese companies made foreign trainees who were in the country to learn professional skills take part in decontamination work after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the government said Friday. ... more
Oil prices face more pressure early Tuesday
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2018
Oil prices tread water Tuesday ahead of the start of U.S. trading from a European-Japanese trade agreement, offsetting headwinds from supply commitments. ... more
Japan PM meets rain disaster survivors, pledges more aid
Tokyo (AFP) July 13, 2018
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Friday with survivors of devastating rains that killed at least 204 people in flash flooding and landslides, as the government pledged more aid. ... more
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Fierce heatwave hits Japan flood recovery
Tokyo (AFP) July 16, 2018
A blistering heatwave smothered swathes of flood-hit western Japan Monday, hampering clean-up efforts as survivors and relief workers toil in stifling temperatures a week after devastating inundations that killed more than 200 people. ... more
EU takes anti-Trump trade show to China and Japan
Brussels (AFP) July 14, 2018
The European Union's top officials will meet the leaders of China and Japan next week to boost ties in the face of fears that US President Donald Trump will spark an all-out global trade war. ... more
Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll tops 200
Tokyo (AFP) July 12, 2018
Japanese rescue workers searched the ruins of homes Thursday looking for dozens of people still missing after deadly rains that killed more than 200 people. ... more
Japan PM meets stranded evacuees in flood disaster zone
Kurashiki, Japan (AFP) July 11, 2018
Japan's prime minister met Wednesday with people forced from their homes by devastating rains that have killed at least 179 people, as the government said it would review its disaster management plans. ... more
Forced from home by floods, Japanese go back to school
Kurashiki, Japan (AFP) July 11, 2018
Kaon Omori peeked into her classroom in the Japanese town of Kurashiki, gawping at evacuees forced from their homes by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed 179 people. ... more

A desperate wait for news after deadly Japan rains

Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 156
Kurashiki , Japan (AFP) July 10, 2018
Hopes of finding survivors were fading on Tuesday as rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 156 lives in Japan's worst weather-related disaster for decades. ... more
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Landslide warnings as Japan digs through rain devastation
Kumano , Japan (AFP) July 9, 2018
Desperate relatives braced for bad news Monday as rescuers dug through landslides in the wake of severe floods that have killed more than 100 people and left swathes of central and western Japan under water. ... more
Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 141
Kurashiki , Japan (AFP) July 10, 2018
Rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches Tuesday in the increasingly unlikely hope of finding survivors after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 141 lives in one of Japan's worst weather-related disasters for decades. ... more
A desperate wait for news after deadly Japan rains
Kumano, Japan (AFP) July 9, 2018
In the devastated Japanese town of Kumano, Kosuke Kiyohara sat quietly, watching rescue workers push through the debris of battered homes and waiting for news of his missing sister and nephews. ... more
Flood-postponed EU-Japan summit moved to Tokyo
Brussels (AFP) July 9, 2018
Tokyo will now host an EU-Japan summit on July 17 to sign a free trade accord after the Japanese premier cancelled the talks in Brussels because of deadly floods at home, the European Commission said Monday. ... more
Bell-Boeing receives $4.2B contract for Ospreys for U.S., Japan
Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2018
Bell-Boeing has received a $4.2 billion contract modification for the delivery of multiple V-22 Osprey type tilt-rotor aircraft for the militaries of the United States and Japan. ... more
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Developing Microrobotics for Disaster Recovery and High-Risk Environments
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 19, 2018
Imagine a natural disaster scenario, such as an earthquake, that inflicts widespread damage to buildings and structures, critical utilities and infrastructure, and threatens human safety. Having the ability to navigate the rubble and enter highly unstable areas could prove invaluable to saving lives or detecting additional hazards among the wreckage. Partnering rescue personnel with robots to ev ... more
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+ Japan firms used foreign trainees at Fukushima cleanup
+ 'Jet engine' sound, tremors send Afghan villagers fleeing deadly landslide
+ In storm-hit Barbuda, China fills void left by Western 'neglect'
+ Thai boys were sedated and stretchered from cave in dramatic rescue
+ Relatives identify victims of deadly Thai tourist boat sinking
+ Nepal war crime laws risk sparing worst offenders: rights groups
Materials processing tricks enable engineers to create new laser material
San Diego CA (SPX) Jul 19, 2018
By doping alumina crystals with neodymium ions, engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new laser material that is capable of emitting ultra-short, high-power pulses - a combination that could potentially yield smaller, more powerful lasers with superior thermal shock resistance, broad tunability and high-duty cycles. To achieve this advance, engineers devised ... more
+ Chinese scientists achieve success in nitrogen metallization
+ A high-yield perovskite catalyst for the oxidation of sulfides
+ Metal too 'gummy' to cut? Draw on it with a Sharpie or glue stick, science says
+ UV narrow-band photodetector based on indium oxide nanocrystals
+ Photonic capsules for injectable laser resonators
+ Paper-cut provides model for 3D intelligent nanofabrication
+ Giant Satellite Fuel Tank Sets New Record for 3-D Printed Space Parts

In the ocean's twilight zone, tiny organisms may have giant effect on Earth's carbon cycle
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Jul 19, 2018
Deep in the ocean's twilight zone, swarms of ravenous single-celled organisms may be altering Earth's carbon cycle in ways scientists never expected, according to a new study from Florida State University researchers. In the area 100 to 1,000 meters below the ocean's surface - dubbed the twilight zone because of its largely impenetrable darkness - scientists found that tiny organisms calle ... more
+ Lockheed awarded $25.4M contract for undersea warfare systems
+ Great Barrier Reef not bouncing back as before, but there is hope
+ Atlantic circulation is not collapsing but changes could accelerate warming
+ Global Study of World's Beaches Shows Threat to Protected Areas
+ Reconstruction of Grand Banks event sheds light on geohazard threats to seafloor infrastructure
+ Tainted water exhibition roves around Beijing after initial shutdown
+ Using 'shade balls' in reservoirs may use up more water than they save
Physicists uncover why nanomaterial loses superconductivity
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Jul 17, 2018
The struggle to keep drinks cold during the summer is a lesson in classical phase transitions. To study phase transitions, apply heat to a substance and watch how its properties change. Add heat to water and at the so-called "critical point," watch as it transforms into a gas (steam). Remove heat from water and watch it turn into a solid (ice). Now, imagine that you've cooled everything do ... more
+ Squeezing light at the nanoscale
+ A new way to measure energy in microscopic machines
+ AI-based method could speed development of specialized nanoparticles
+ Researchers use magnets to move tiny DNA-based nano-devices
+ Atomically thin nanowires convert heat to electricity more efficiently
+ Change the face of nanoparticles and you'll rule chemistry
+ Novel method to fabricate nanoribbons from speeding nano droplets
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US wants Turkey to buy Patriot missiles, not Russian system
Washington (AFP) July 16, 2018
The United States is trying to persuade NATO partner Turkey to purchase the Patriot surface-to-air missile system, a US official said Monday, instead of rival Russian equipment. The NATO alliance is worried Turkey's intent to deploy Russia's S-400 anti-aircraft missile system could provide Moscow with a trove of intelligence on Western war equipment. The planned purchase has become a ma ... more
+ HII launches guided-missile destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr
+ Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel missile: coalition
+ Lockheed receives contract for THAAD field support
+ Lockheed, Raytheon, Thales to coordinate for NATO missile defense
+ Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel missile: coalition
+ Lockheed contracted for Aegis missile defense development
+ AEGIS Weapons System sale to Spain approved by State Department
China readying for space station era: Yang Liwei
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2018
China is accelerating its timetable for a space station, with the core capsule expected to be launched in 2020, says Yang Liwei, director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office and the country's first astronaut. Yang told Chinese media recently that the two experiment modules of the space station will be sent into space in 2021 and 2022. Three or four manned missions and several carg ... more
+ China launches new space science program
+ China Rising as Major Space Power
+ China launches new-tech experiment twin satellites
+ China confirms reception of data from Gaofen-6 satellite
+ Experts Explain How China Is Opening International Space Cooperation
+ Beijing welcomes use of Chinese space station by all UN Nations
+ China upgrades spacecraft reentry and descent technology

Emotional robot lets you feel how it's 'feeling'
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jul 19, 2018
Cornell University researchers have developed a prototype of a robot that can express "emotions" through changes in its outer surface. The robot's skin covers a grid of texture units whose shapes change based on the robot's feelings. Assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Guy Hoffman, who has given a TEDx talk on "Robots with 'soul'" said the inspiration for designing ... more
+ Training artificial intelligence with artificial X-rays
+ In China, yellow robots deliver snacks to your home
+ Reducing the Data Demands of Smart Machines
+ Illinois' crop-counting robot earns top recognition at leading robotics conference
+ MIT's Cheetah 3 robot avoids obstacles without the help of vision
+ Next-generation robotic cockroach can explore under water environments
+ Rough terrain? No problem for beaver-inspired autonomous robot
Hong Kong police seek landmark ban on pro-independence party
Hong Kong (AFP) July 17, 2018
Police in Hong Kong sought to ban a political party which promotes independence for the city Tuesday citing it as a potential national security threat as Beijing ups pressure on challenges to its territorial sovereignty. Semi-autonomous Hong Kong enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland including freedom of expression but concern is growing those rights are under serious threat from an asserti ... more
+ Hong Kong activists mark one year since Liu Xiaobo death
+ Chinese democracy activist sentenced to 13 years for 'subversion'
+ Beijing eyes UNESCO status for Mao tomb, Tiananmen Square
+ Thousands march in Hong Kong as restrictions grow
+ US plans beefed up scrutiny of Chinese investments: Bloomberg
+ Chinese police break up protest of military veterans
+ Dominican Republic names ambassador to China

Laser experiments lend insight into metal core at heart of the Earth
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
Scientists have discovered fresh insights into the metallic core at the centre of our planet. The findings could aid understanding of how the Earth was formed from elements in space, some 4 billion years ago. They could also shed light on the fundamental physical nature of nitrogen, one of the most abundant elements in the atmosphere. An international team of researchers carri ... more
+ China to beef up CFC inspections as UN investigates illegal emissions
+ MetOp-C launch campaign kicks off
+ Billion-year-old lake deposit yields clues to Earth's ancient biosphere
+ Aist-2D high resolution images received
+ What does global climate have to do with erosion rates?
+ Copernicus Sentinel-5P releases first data
+ ICESat-2 Lasers Pass Final Ground Test

Cameroon's anglophone crisis hits palm oil, cocoa production
Libreville (AFP) July 18, 2018
The crisis in anglophone Cameroon is damaging the Southwest Region's economy, with palm oil plantations closing and the cocoa trade tumbling, an NGO report said Wednesday. The Southwest Region faces almost daily clashes between the army and separatists in a conflict that originated mainly in Cameroon's second anglophone area, the Northwest Region. The state-run palm oil company Pamol has ... more
+ In India, swapping crops could save water and improve nutrition
+ Archaeologists discover bread that predates agriculture by 4,000 years
+ Researchers engineer bacteria to create fertilizer out of thin air
+ Expansion of agricultural land reduces CO2 absorption
+ China chili fest gets off to scorching start
+ As trial opens, man dying of cancer blames Monsanto's Roundup
+ US farmers caught in trade war with China
X-ray Data May Be First Evidence of a Star Devouring a Planet
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 19, 2018
For nearly a century, astronomers have puzzled over the curious variability of young stars residing in the Taurus-Auriga constellation some 450 light-years from Earth. One star in particular has drawn astronomers' attention. Every few decades, the star's light has faded briefly before brightening again. In recent years, astronomers have observed the star dimming more frequently, and for lo ... more
+ Astronomers find a famous exoplanet's doppelganger
+ Finding a Planet with a 10-Year Orbit in a Few Months
+ Glowing bacteria on deep-sea fish shed light on evolution, 'third type' of symbiosis
+ Origami-inspired device helps marine biologists study aliens
+ TESS Spacecraft Continues Testing Prior to First Observations
+ NASA's Webb Space Telescope to Inspect Atmospheres of Gas Giant Exoplanets
+ Rocky planet neighbor looks familiar, but is not Earth's twin

Help NASA Track and Predict Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 03, 2018
Picnics, parades and fireworks are the attributes of a grand July Fourth celebration. So are the itch and scratch of mosquito bites. While the bites are annoying, they don't tend to stop the festivities. However, certain types of mosquitoes can cause serious harm. They are known to carry and spread diseases like Zika, West Nile Virus and malaria. One of the tools researchers are using to t ... more
+ Spot a rat? Real-time map aims to plot Paris sightings
+ US fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases
+ Dialing up the body's defenses against public health threats
+ Limiting global warming could avoid millions of dengue fever cases
+ Could we predict the next Ebola outbreak by tracking the migratory patterns of bats?
+ Deadly malaria's evolution revealed
+ New portable malaria screening instrument developed
Fifteen dead in armed clashes in DR Congo
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) July 18, 2018
Fifteen people were killed during five days of clashes between armed militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, before the army intervened, local officials said on Wednesday. "Five civilians and two members of the 'Guidon' group were killed Monday in clashes in Kamiro," said Cosmas Kangakolo, administrator of the Masisi territory in the North Kivu province. A further e ... more
+ Trade accords on Xi's agenda during Senegal swing
+ China donates 7 mn euros to Cameroon's security forces
+ Mali town learns to live without a state
+ Foiled peace bids and greedy gangs dog C. Africa
+ DR Congo's Kabila promotes blacklisted generals in army shake-up
+ Hundreds of Nigerian troops missing after Boko Haram overruns base
+ Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

Scientists Can Now Recycle Water, Air, Fuel, Making Deep Space Travel Possible
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 16, 2018
According to a new study, scientists have cracked one of most challenging obstacles to deep space travel: how to ensure that astronauts have enough fuel, air and water for the trip. Their proposed method involves "photo catalysts" that can split or recombine water molecules. The emptiness of space and the vast distances between locations pose huge and unique challenges to space travel. One ... more
+ Seeking 72-hour Space Environment Forecasts with Updates on the Hour
+ A Two-Dimensional Space Program
+ First space tourist flights could come in 2019
+ NASA and Peanuts Worldwide to Collaborate on Deep Space Learning Activities
+ Russian cargo ship docks at ISS in record time
+ Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing
+ Testing Refines Requirements for Deep Space Habitat Design
Japan's growing plutonium stockpile fuels fears
Tokyo (AFP) July 17, 2018
Japan has amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 atomic bombs as part of a programme to fuel its nuclear plants, but concern is growing that the stockpile is vulnerable to terrorists and natural disasters. Japan has long been the world's only non-nuclear-armed country with a programme to reprocess spent nuclear fuel from its power plants into plutonium. On Tuesday a decades-old deal with ... more
+ Iran 'preparing' to enrich if nuclear deal fails: official
+ N. Korea's Kim lambasts officials during 'field guidance' visits
+ US struggling to convert NKorea promises into progress: experts
+ Trump asked Iran's Rouhani for meeting 8 times at UN: official
+ Trump says Iran in turmoil since US withdrew from nuke deal
+ Iran's Khamenei: 'Negotiations with US useless'
+ 10 Iran Revolutionary Guards killed in border clash
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