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December 08, 2017
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. The T-HR3 can be controlled by a wearable system that allows users to operate the entire robot in real-time by simply moving their own limbs. It is one of the main attractions at the International Robot Exhibition that opened in Tokyo on Wednesday. Toyota's new robot is the latest in dozens of humanoid models that h ... read 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
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. ... 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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Virtual fur flies as 'CryptoKitties' collar blockchain
Paris (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Never mind Bitcoin mania taking the doyen of virtual currencies into the stratosphere. The real online craze to get with right now is to breed virtual cats. ... 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
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
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
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

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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
Japan, China dominate list of world's top restaurants
Paris (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Japan and China have more of the world's best restaurants than anywhere else, according to the La Liste ranking, which will be published next week. ... more
Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. The basis for undertaking this measurement was laid over ten years ago, and physicists of Johannes Gu ... more
Tuning the wavelength of fluorescent carbon tubes
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Carbon is not just the most important element for life, it also has fascinating properties of its own. Graphene - a pure carbon sheet just one atom thick - is one of the strongest materials. Roll gr ... more

In helping earthquake victims, life lessons for Haiti youth
Cabaret, Haiti (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
In the hills of Cabaret, western Haiti, locals and young volunteers from the capital Port-au-Prince prepare cement, stationed between the wooden wall of Pierre Salnave Saint-Felix's new home, and the crumbling mud wall of the shelter he has survived in since 2010. Unable to afford surgery for glaucoma, Saint-Felix is blind and prevented from breeding livestock. The earthquake in 2010 turned ... more
Ponce, Puerto Rico (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Pole to pole, linemen hard at work restoring power in Puerto Rico
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
US House approves easing of interstate rules on concealed guns
Beijing (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
China says UN resolutions 'cannot solve' Rohingya crisis
US has lost dominance in highly intense, ultrafast laser technology to Europe and Asia
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
The U.S. is losing ground in a second laser revolution of highly intense, ultrafast lasers that have broad applications in manufacturing, medicine, and national security, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Currently, 80 percent to 90 percent of the high-intensity laser systems are overseas, and all of the highest power research lasers currently ... more
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
ORNL-designed algorithm leverages Titan to create high-performing deep neural networks
Seattle WA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Nature's toughest substances decoded
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
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Native groups fight to save land, culture from rising tides
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 07, 2017
Take the Driver's Seat on Sea Level Science
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
Aerojet Rocketdyne Achieves Significant Air Force Demonstration and Validation Milestone with Successful Hot-Fire Test
Sacramento CA (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently achieved a significant milestone by completing a successful hot-fire test of a controllable solid rocket motor under the U.S. Air Force Demonstration and Validation Post Boost Study A program. "This hot-fire test successfully demonstrated the increased capabilities of an advanced, controllable solid rocket motor system," said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
Raytheon to supply Qatar with Patriot missile defense system
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
Raytheon tapped to provide radar system for DDG-127
Washington (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
US Patriot missiles may have failed in Saudi Arabia: report
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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Helping hands guide robots as they learn
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Like toddlers, robots can use a little help as they learn to function in the physical world. That's the purpose of a Rice University program that gently guides robots toward the most helpful, human-like ways to collaborate on tasks. Rice engineer Marcia O'Malley and graduate student Dylan Losey have refined their method to train robots by applying gentle physical feedback to machines while ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
'Grinch bots' may steal Christmas by snatching up prized toys
China, accused of abuses, hosts human rights forum
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China touted its political and development model as it hosted an inaugural global human rights forum on Thursday, even as activists slammed the country's own abuses. President Xi Jinping has overseen a sweeping crackdown on civil society since taking power in 2012, targeting everyone from human rights lawyers to celebrity gossip bloggers. Hundreds of activists have been detained in the p ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
No class: China halts chauvinist 'female morality lessons'
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Chinese teacher used needles to 'discipline' children: police
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Tibetan monk self-immolates in China: campaigners
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era. This new mission promises to image air pollutants in more detail t ... more
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
London, UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
UK-built satellite shines first light on air pollution
Leeds UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
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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
Manchester UK (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
What makes soil, soil? Researchers find hidden clues in DNA
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Drought-resistant plant genes could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Light green plants save nitrogen without sacrificing photosynthetic efficiency
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
Army-developed Zika vaccine induces strong immune response in three phase 1 studies
Silver Spring MD (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Three Phase 1 human clinical trials evaluating an Army-developed Zika purified inactivated virus (ZPIV) vaccine have shown it was safe and well-tolerated in healthy adults and induced a robust immune response. Initial findings from the trials were published in The Lancet. Each of the three studies included in the paper was designed to address a unique question about background immunity, va ... more
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
UN warns of drug-resistant germ risk brewing in nature
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
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 05, 2017
The Voyagers in Popular Culture
Washington (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
NASA Extends Expandable Habitat's Time on the International Space Station
North Korea's new missile: Pyongyang vs the analysts
Seoul (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
North Korea Thursday released pictures of its latest missile launch, giving analysts a chance to test Pyongyang's claim of a breakthrough that brings the whole of the US within range of a nuclear strike. Leader Kim Jong-Un declared the test of a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) had completed his nation's drive to become a full-fledged nuclear power. But analysts remai ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Boeing validates requirements for redesign of ICBM system
Seoul (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
South Korea's Moon to visit China for talks on N. Korea
Seoul (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
N. Korea missile test raises flight safety concerns
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