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January 16, 2019
VENUSIAN HEAT
Giant pattern discovered in the clouds of planet Venus



Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jan 11, 2019
A Japanese research group has identified a giant streak structure among the clouds covering planet Venus based on observation from the spacecraft Akatsuki. The team also revealed the origins of this structure using large-scale climate simulations. The group was led by Project Assistant Professor Hiroki Kashimura (Kobe University, Graduate School of Science) and these findings were published on January 9 in Nature Communications. Venus is often called Earth's twin because of their similar size and ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
U.S., Japan participate in joint deployment in East China Sea
Washington (UPI) Jan 15, 2019
The United States and Japan conducted a joint two-day deployment in the South China for communication and maneuvering drills. ... more
NUKEWARS
France to join North Korea surveillance at sea
Paris (AFP) Jan 11, 2019
France will Friday agree to join Japanese navy patrols off North Korea in a fresh sign of efforts to deepen ties and military links between Tokyo and Paris, officials said. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan FM to visit Moscow amid tensions over island dispute
Moscow (AFP) Jan 11, 2019
Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono will visit Moscow next week for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on a decades-long row over four disputed islands, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday. ... more
ICE WORLD
Scientists identify two new species of fungi in retreating Arctic glacier
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jan 16, 2019
Two new species of fungi have made an appearance in a rapidly melting glacier on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic, just west of Greenland. A collaborative team of researchers from Japan's Nat ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW
New computer modeling approach could improve understanding of megathrust earthquakes
Austin TX (SPX) Jan 11, 2019
Years before the devastating Tohoku earthquake struck the coast of Japan in 2011, the Earth's crust near the site of the quake was starting to stir. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Softbank scales back WeWork investment to $2 bn
New York (AFP) Jan 10, 2019
Japanese technology giant SoftBank has invested $2 billion in shared-office provider WeWork, considerably less than the US start-up was hoping for to fund its expansion. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomers find warped protoplanetary disk around distant star
Washington (UPI) Jan 8, 2019
Researchers in Japan have identified a young star with an already warped protoplanetary disk. The discovery could help scientists better understand how planets come to travel in slightly askew orbital planes. ... more
WHALES AHOY
Canada's Trudeau raps Japan PM on whale hunt
Ottawa (AFP) Jan 8, 2019
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday took issue with Japan's plan to resume commercial whaling in a telephone call with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
China must act to stem Myanmar's runaway meth trade: report
Yangon (AFP) Jan 8, 2019
China should rein in the methamphetamine-producing militias under its influence in eastern Myanmar and stem the flow of precursor chemicals fuelling the multi-billion-dollar drug trade, a report Tuesday said. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 5, 2019
A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna Saturday as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Eyeing China, US to hold missile drill in Japan's Okinawa: report
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 3, 2019
The US military will this year conduct its first ever missile drill around the Japanese island of Okinawa, according to a report Thursday, as Washington seeks to counter an increasingly assertive China. ... more
NUKEWARS
Weapons radar row flares up between S. Korea and Japan
Seoul (AFP) Dec 28, 2018
A row between Seoul and Tokyo escalated Friday after Japan released video it said backed up its claim that a South Korean warship had locked its weapons targeting system onto a Japanese plane. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Sound influences the way mice and rats sense touch
Washington (UPI) Jan 01, 2019
New research suggests the brain's main sensory centers - the visual cortex, auditory cortex and somatosensory cortex - are influenced by one another. ... more
WHALES AHOY
Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease
Washington (AFP) Dec 28, 2018
Japan has made good on years of threats by bolting the International Whaling Commission, but its decision may also offer a way out of tensions that looked inextricable. ... more


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WHALES AHOY
Japan 'mulling IWC withdrawal' to resume commercial whaling
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 20, 2018
Japan is considering pulling out of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), officials told AFP on Thursday, as Tokyo reportedly gears up to resume commercial whaling activity next year. ... more
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CARBON WORLDS
New T-wave detector uses waves of the electronic sea in graphene
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Dec 27, 2018
A team of researchers from Russia, Great Britain, Japan, and Italy has created a graphene-based terahertz detector. The study was published in Nature Communications. Any system for wireless da ... more
WHALES AHOY
Japan to resume commercial whaling after IWC withdrawal
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 26, 2018
Japan said Wednesday it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, sparking criticism from activists and anti-whaling countries including Australia. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
With eye on China, Japan unveils record defence budget
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 21, 2018
Japan's defence budget will swell to a record $47 billion for the next fiscal year, the government said Friday, as Tokyo beefs up its missile defence and deploys stealth jets in a bid to counter China. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Gatekeeper at Japan's 'Suicide Forest' hopes music can save lives
Narusawa , Japan (AFP) Dec 21, 2018
From his hut on the edge of Japan's "Suicide Forest", Kyochi Watanabe blasts John Lennon's "Imagine" into the night - hoping that music can lift people from their despair before it's too late. ... more
NUKEWARS
Japan rebukes S. Korea for weapons radar lock on war plane
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 21, 2018
Japan rebuked South Korea Friday after claiming one of the country's warships had locked its weapons targeting system onto a Japanese military aircraft. ... more
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US extends troop deployment at Mexico border
Washington (AFP) Jan 15, 2019
The Pentagon said Monday it would extend until September 30 the deployment of active-duty soldiers and Coast Guard members at the US-Mexico border, while expanding the mission to include surveillance and detection. Lengthening the troops' mission past a January 31 deadline, the Pentagon said it was "transitioning its support at the southwestern border from hardening ports of entry to mobile ... more
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Northrop Grumman to support U.S. Army's Starlite radar system
Washington (UPI) Jan 11, 2019
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. was awarded an $86.2 million contract by the U.S. Army in support of the Starlite radar system. The contract, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is a hybrid fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee agreement. The AN/ZPY-1 STARLite radar system is a small radar unit used on tactical aerial reconnaissance missions that include moving target d ... more
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+ Raytheon to equip classic Hornet with upgraded radar
+ Kiel physicists discover new effect in the interaction of plasmas with solids
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Upper-ocean warming is changing the global wave climate, making waves stronger
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Jan 15, 2019
Sea level rise puts coastal areas at the forefront of the impacts of climate change, but new research shows they face other climate-related threats as well. In a study published January 14 in Nature Communications, researchers report that the energy of ocean waves has been growing globally, and they found a direct association between ocean warming and the increase in wave energy. A wide ra ... more
+ Desalination produces more toxic waste than clean water
+ California sea lions killed to protect migrating fish
+ Australian PM embarks on landmark Pacific trip
+ Million dead fish cause environmental stink in Australia
+ UN warns of rising levels of toxic brine as desalination plants meet growing water needs
+ Social and environmental costs of hydropower are underestimated
+ Oceans are warming even faster than previously thought
Chemical synthesis of nanotubes
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jan 11, 2019
For the first time, researchers used benzene - a common hydrocarbon - to create a novel kind of molecular nanotube, which could lead to new nanocarbon-based semiconductor applications. Researchers from the Department of Chemistry have been hard at work in their recently renovated lab in the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Science. The pristine environment and smart layout af ... more
+ Carrying and releasing nanoscale cargo with 'nanowrappers'
+ Illuminating nanoparticle growth with X-rays
+ Pitt chemical engineers develop new theory to build improved nanomaterials
+ MIT team invents method to shrink objects to the nanoscale
+ Artificial synapses made from nanowires
+ How microscopic machines can fail in the blink of an eye
+ Stealth-cap technology for light-emitting nanoparticles
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Syrian air defences shoot down Israeli missiles: state media
Damascus (AFP) Jan 11, 2019
Syrian air defences shot down Israeli missiles late Friday, the official SANA news agency reported, citing a military source. Most of the missiles fired by "Israeli military planes" were intercepted at around 11:00 pm (2100 GMT), the source said. "Only a ministry of transport warehouse at Damascus international airport was hit," SANA cited the military source as saying. The state ne ... more
+ Eyeing China, US to hold missile drill in Japan's Okinawa: report
+ Lockheed awarded $3.3B for PAC-3 missiles for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
+ Missile Defense Agency awards Lockheed Martin contract to design, manufacture and construct defense radar station in Hawaii
+ US approves $3.5 billion Patriot missile sale to Turkey
+ Pentagon conducts latest successful test of US-Japan interceptor
+ Aegis Combat System demonstrates success during on-land test against Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile
+ Navy to purchase new containers for air defense missiles
China launches Zhongxing-2D satellite
Xichang (XNA) Jan 11, 2019
China sent Zhongxing-2D satellite into space on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 1:11 a.m. Friday. The satellite has entered the preset orbit. The Chinese-made communication and broadcasting satellite will provide transmission service for the country's radio, television stations and cable television networks. The Zho ... more
+ China to deepen lunar exploration: space expert
+ China welcomes world's scientists to collaborate in lunar exploration
+ In space, the US sees a rival in China
+ China launches telecommunication technology test satellite
+ China's Chang'e-4 makes historic landing on moon's far side
+ China launches first Hongyun project satellite
+ China's Chang'e-4 probe enters lunar orbit


WSU smart home tests first elder care robot
Pullman WA (SPX) Jan 15, 2019
A robot created by Washington State University scientists could help elderly people with dementia and other limitations live independently in their own homes. The Robot Activity Support System, or RAS, uses sensors embedded in a WSU smart home to determine where its residents are, what they are doing and when they need assistance with daily activities. It navigates through rooms and ... more
+ Deere puts spotlight on high-tech farming
+ Artificial bug eyes
+ How game theory can bring humans and robots closer together
+ Breadmaking robot startup eyes fresh connections
+ Growing bio-inspired shapes with hundreds of tiny robots
+ Self-driving rovers tested in Mars-like Morocco
+ First Harris T7 bomb disposal robots sent to British army
Age no barrier for China's senior catwalk models
Shanghai (AFP) Jan 15, 2019
Wearing a bright floral ensemble with her short hair dyed blonde, Chinese model Ma Yinhong struts a Shanghai catwalk with a style and swagger that belie her 56 years. She made her modelling debut just two years ago and is already in demand, working for leading fashion brands such as Dolce & Gabbana. Ma is one of a growing number of older models sought after by Chinese and international ... more
+ Chinese court sentences Canadian drug suspect to death
+ Canada asks China clemency for convicted drug trafficker
+ 'Hostage politics': Death sentence heightens China, Canada tensions
+ Chinese dissidents in Taiwan airport limbo for over 100 days
+ Chinese ambassador accuses Canada of 'white supremacy' in Huawei case
+ Hong Kong unveils law banning insults to Chinese national anthem
+ Malaysia probes claim China offered to bail out 1MDB


UK Space Agency COMPASS project aims to to improve crop yields for Mexican farmers
Harwell UK (SPX) Jan 11, 2019
SIAP, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food - part of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA) - has signed a declaration of intent with the UK Space Agency to provide historic, statistical and satellite data to support Rezatec's development of a crop yield optimisation tool for Mexican farmers and other supply chain stakeholders. The Mexican ... more
+ Satellogic signs agreement with CGWIC to launch earth observation constellation of 90 satellites
+ Researchers develop new zoning tool that provides global topographic datasets in minutes
+ Satellite images reveal global poverty
+ New nanosatellite system captures better imagery at lower cost
+ Declining particulate pollution led to increased ozone pollution in China
+ China launches six Yunhai-2 satellites for atmospheric environment research
+ Reliable tropical weather pattern to change in a warming climate


RUDN pedologists found out a correct combination of nitrogen fertilizers and plastic mulch
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jan 16, 2019
Nitrogen is a part of organic compounds that are of extreme importance for plants: chlorophyll, proteins, hormones, and enzymes. When plants lack nitrogen, their growth slows down, stems become thin, leaves get paler, and the yield reduces. In order to increase the yield, agriculturists use nitrogen fertilizers. However, if the level of nitrogen in the soil is too high, it leaves it in the ... more
+ France takes Roundup weed-killer off market after court ruling
+ Survey: GMO food critics overestimate their knowledge of the subject
+ Rice plants engineered to be better at photosynthesis make more rice
+ Fish farmers of the Caribbean
+ Cow breathalyzers help scientists measure methane emissions
+ US startup eyes next generation of burgers with relish
+ Kosher high-tech office lures Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox
Potential for life on planet around Barnard's Star
Villanova PA (SPX) Jan 11, 2019
Barnard b (or GJ 699 b) is a recently discovered Super-Earth planet orbiting Barnard's Star, making it the second nearest star system to the Earth. Although likely cold (-170 degrees centigrade), it could still have the potential to harbor primitive life if it has a large, hot iron/nickel core and enhanced geothermal activity. That was a conclusion announced by Villanova University Astroph ... more
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+ Nature's magnifying glass reveals unexpected intermediate mass exoplanets
+ TESS discovers its third new planet, with longest orbit yet
+ Astronomers find warped protoplanetary disk around distant star
+ Young planets orbiting red dwarfs may lack ingredients for life


Hong Kong scientists claim 'broad-spectrum' antiviral breakthrough
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 15, 2019
Hong Kong scientists claim they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases - a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses. A team from the University of Hong Kong described the newly discovered chemical as "highly potent in interrupting the life cycle of diverse viruses" in a study published this month in the journal Nature Commu ... more
+ Chinese children given expired polio vaccines in latest scare
+ Danish malaria vaccine passes test in humans
+ An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans
+ China confirms first swine fever cases in Beijing
+ Researchers a step closer to understanding how deadly bird flu virus takes hold in humans
+ 'Very serious': African swine fever spreads in China
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Russia, China push UN to stay out of DR Congo poll dispute
United Nations, United States (AFP) Jan 11, 2019
Russia and China led calls at the United Nations Security Council on Friday for world powers to stay out of an election dispute in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Western nations and observers have questioned the outcome of the December 30 poll, in which opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the winner, with Belgium, France and the United States saying they await details from ele ... more
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Beans to be next vegetable on astronauts' menu by 2021
Oslo (XNA) Jan 16, 2019
Having successfully harvested fresh lettuce in space in 2015, astronauts are expected to see beans on their menu by 2021 thanks to high-tech planters developed by Norwegian researchers. A technical workshop at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) developed the model of the planter box for producing food in space, said Silje Wolff, a plant physiologist at the Center for ... more
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Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit: state media
Tehran (AFP) Jan 15, 2019
Iran launched a satellite criticised by the United States on Tuesday but it failed to reach orbit, state television quoted the telecommunications minister as saying. "The Payam satellite was successfully launched this morning with the Basir satellite carrier. But the satellite unfortunately failed to be placed in orbit in the final stage," Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said. Payam and its ... more
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+ Germany arrests German-Afghan army adviser for 'spying for Iran'
+ Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit: state media
+ White House sought military strike against Iran
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