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December 12, 2017
Nuclear fusion project faces delay over US budget cuts: director

Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The head of the multinational nuclear fusion project known as ITER, in Washington for talks with President Donald Trump's administration, has warned US budget cuts could delay completion of the experimental reactor. Launched a decade ago by seven partners - the European Union, the United States, China, Russia, Japan, India and South Korea - the project has been plagued by delays and budget overruns. ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot has been in the US capital since Tuesday to urge top admini ... read more

US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China
Seoul (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such manoeuvres fuel tensions following nuclear-armed Pyongyang's longest-range test launch to date. ... more
Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid N. Korea threat
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practise jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday amid rising security threats from North Korea. ... more
Japan plans long-range missiles amid N. Korea threat: minister
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Japan plans to purchase offensive air-to-surface missiles to counter North Korea's rising military threat, its defence minister said Friday, a move likely to stir debate over its decades-long pacifist policy. ... more
Monopole current offers way to control magnets
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
In work published in Physical Review Letters, scientists from RIKEN in Japan have discovered interesting new magnetic properties of a type of materials known as "quantum spin ice." These materials d ... more
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Air crew saw N. Korea missile re-enter atmosphere
Seoul (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
An airplane crew flying over Japan saw North Korea's missile as it plunged back through the atmosphere last week, their airline said Monday, as South Korea and the US kicked off their largest ever joint air exercise. ... more
Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Japanese auto giant Toyota Wednesday showcased a humanoid robot that can mirror its user's movements, a product it says has uses as varied as elderly care and disaster response. ... more
'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
A drone that hovers over Japanese employees and blares music to force them to go home was unveiled Thursday, as the country tries to reduce its notoriously long work hours. ... more
Dozens of Japan MPs visit controversial war shrine
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Dozens of Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday made a pilgrimage to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which neighbours China and South Korea see as a symbol of Tokyo's militaristic past. ... more
More interest from Asian economies in Alaskan LNG
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
A letter of intent was signed with a Japanese company to secure liquefied natural gas from a possible development in Alaska, a state pipeline company said. ... more
China pushed global patent filings to record high in 2016: UN
Geneva (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Global patent filings hit record highs last year, with China leading the charge, receiving more patent applications than the United States, Japan, South Korea and the EU combined, the UN said Wednesday. ... more

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North Korea missile tests are 'imminent threat': Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
North Korea's missile tests are an "imminent threat" to Japan, the Japanese parliament declared Monday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said talking to the reclusive state was meaningless. ... more
Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
International Olympic officials will be fed produce from northern Japan hit by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, as Tokyo 2020 organisers aim to dispel fears over food from the region. ... more
New Zealand says no charges over killer quake building
Wellington (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
New Zealand police on Thursday ruled out laying criminal charges over the catastrophic collapse of a office block that claimed 115 lives in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. ... more
Squeezed by sanctions, N. Korea firm hawks cancer cures
Jinan, China (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
While the United States pushes for new sanctions on North Korea, one trading company from the hermit state has creatively reinvented itself to survive. Its latest offer: A $50 root to "cure" cancer. ... more

Unearthing the underground effects of earthquakes and volcanoes
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Most of what we know about earthquakes and volcanoes is based on what we can observe at the Earth's surface. However, most of the action - especially early activity that could help with disaster prediction and preparedness - occurs deep underground. Developing a clearer picture of changes in subsurface conditions, together with continuous monitoring, could provide life-saving information i ... more
Buffalo NY (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
New mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty
Cabaret, Haiti (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
In helping earthquake victims, life lessons for Haiti youth
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
US House approves easing of interstate rules on concealed guns
Virtual reality users must learn to use what they see
Madison WI (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Anyone with normal vision knows that a ball that seems to quickly be growing larger is probably going to hit them on the nose. But strap them into a virtual reality headset, and they still may need to take a few lumps before they pay attention to the visual cues that work so well in the real world, according to a new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologists. "The comp ... more
Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Sea urchin spines inspire fracture-resistant cement
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Clear leads to fully transparent devices
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
Resilience of Great Barrier Reef offers opportunities for regeneration
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
New research has found that, despite the extensive damage to coral in recent events, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are well suited to promoting the regional recovery of the ecosystem after major disturbances. The results publishing 28 November in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Dr Karlo Hock, Prof Peter Mumby, and colleagues from the University of Queensl ... more
East Boothbay ME (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Fear of sharks influences seaweed growth on Fijian coral reefs
Santa Monica, CA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
US transportation and water infrastructure not broken
Koror, Palau (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Pacific's Palau forces tourists to sign eco-pledge
New nanowires are just a few atoms thick
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
"Two-dimensional materials" - materials deposited in layers that are only a few atoms thick - are promising for both high-performance electronics and flexible, transparent electronics that could be layered onto physical surfaces to make computing ubiquitous. The best-known 2-D material is graphene, which is a form of carbon, but recently researchers have been investigating other 2-D materi ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) ov 27, 2017
Ceria nanoparticles: It is the surface that matters
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Semiconducting carbon nanotubes can reduce noise in interconnects
Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid N. Korea threat
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practise jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday amid rising security threats from North Korea. The announcement of the joint exercise, a sixth such drill since 2016, comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile which dropped into the sea inside Japan's exclusive economi ... more
Sacramento CA (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne Achieves Significant Air Force Demonstration and Validation Milestone with Successful Hot-Fire Test
Jerusalem (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Israel shoots down rocket fired from Gaza: army
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Japan plans long-range missiles amid N. Korea threat: minister
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
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'Grinch bots' may steal Christmas by snatching up prized toys
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
If no one comes to the rescue, an online army of "Grinch bots" may end up spoiling Christmas for many kids by using automated software to scoop up prized toys and other sought-after items for big profit. The bots - yes, the same kinds of automated programs that spread political propaganda and manipulate opinion on social media - can use superfast technology to snatch up popular electronics ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Helping hands guide robots as they learn
EU "deeply troubled" by China's human rights record
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
The European Union delegation to China said Friday it was "extremely concerned" about the denial to Chinese citizens of "fundamental" human rights. The EU noted "significant improvements in the Chinese people's standard of living and in access to social services such as health and education", according to a statement on its website. "However ... during the past year, we have been deeply ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Former Chinese leadership contender faces graft probe
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China, accused of abuses, hosts human rights forum
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
No class: China halts chauvinist 'female morality lessons'
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to measure clouds and tiny atmospheric particles that play key roles in Earth's climate and weather. During its mission, NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) lidar provided measurements of t ... more
Leeds UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
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NASA, University of Maryland Join Forces on Food Security
College Park MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
NASA has tapped the University of Maryland to lead a new consortium focused on putting satellite data to use to enhance food security and agriculture around the world. The Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium (EOFSAC) will combine the expertise of more than 40 partners to advance the use of Earth observations in informing decisions that affect the global food sup ... more
Riverside CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Shining a light on plant growth and development
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Archaeologist says fire, not corn, key to prehistoric survival in arid Southwest
Amherst MA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Soil researchers quantify an underappreciated factor in carbon release to the atmosphere
The CHEOPS scientific instrument is complete
Paris (ESA) Dec 08, 2017
The scientific instrument at the heart of the CHEOPS mission has been fully assembled, marking an important milestone in the development of this small, fast-track exoplanet-characterising mission. The Focal Plane Module (FPM), which houses the CCD detector array and the Front-End Electronics, was secured in place on the telescope assembly at the University of Bern this month, completing th ... more
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
WASP-18b has smothering stratosphere without water
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Discovery about rare nitrogen molecules offers clues to makeup of life-supporting planets
Genetic survey of rats could help New York curb the rodent population
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
For the first time, scientists are getting a big-picture sense of how rats live, move and interact in New York City. The details lie in their genetic code. Matthew Combs, a graduate student at Fordham University, has assembled the most comprehensive genomic map yet of New York City's chief rodent. He hopes his work - detailed most recently in the journal Molecular Ecology - can help t ... more
Silver Spring MD (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Army-developed Zika vaccine induces strong immune response in three phase 1 studies
Abidjan (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
One in two Africans don't know HIV status: expert
Abidjan (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Campaigners incensed at failings in Africa AIDS war
Tillerson plans Africa trip for early 2018
Ramstein, Germany (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met US military officers on Wednesday to prepare for a trip to better coordinate American security and diplomatic strategy in Africa. Tillerson plans to make the trip in the first quarter of 2018, the State Department said, after he dismissed reports that the White House wants him to resign within weeks. Washington's top diplomat touched down at Ramstein ... more
Maseru, Lesotho (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
Regional force deploys to Lesotho over security concerns
Bamako (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Mali justice minister resigns after activist's acquittal
Abidjan (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Cash and history keep Europe as Africa's prime partner
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UAE launches programme to send astronauts into space
Dubai (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Dubai's ruler on Wednesday launched the United Arab Emirates' first space programme aimed at sending four Emirati astronauts to the International Space Station within five years. "On this day, a new chapter in our history begins with the launch of the first UAE Astronaut Programme," within the next five years, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum, the UAE's vice president and prime ministe ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 11, 2017
Spaceships and Politics: Sputnik Talks to Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Space Policy Directive calls for human expansion across the solar system
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Aerospace and Mitchell Institute release new report on policy needs for space operations
South Korea's Moon to visit China for talks on N. Korea
Seoul (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
South Korean President Moon Jae-In will visit China next week for talks on North Korea and other issues, his office said Wednesday, amid tentative signs of diplomatic movement after months of high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threats. The announcement came as a high-level United Nations representative held talks with a senior North Korean official during a rare trip to Pyong ... more
Seoul (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
S. Korea to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang: report
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
UN envoy warns N. Korea 'miscalculation' could trigger conflict
Seoul (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
N. Korea missile test raises flight safety concerns
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