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January 04, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Battling energy crisis, Pakistan turns on fourth nuclear plant



Islamabad (AFP) Dec 28, 2016
Pakistan's fourth nuclear power plant went online Wednesday, a joint collaboration with China that adds 340 megawatts to the national grid as part of the goverment's efforts to end a growth-sapping energy deficit. Pakistan is one of the few developing countries pursuing atomic energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, as it seeks to close an electricity shortfall that can stretch up to 7,000 MW in peak summer months, or around 32 percent of total demand. The Chashma- ... read more

ENERGY TECH
Lifetime of organic light-emitting diodes affected by impurities in vacuum
The brightness of organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, declines over time. Why exactly the lights degrade hasn't been entirely clear to scientists - until now. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Tesla, Panasonic team up for solar power
Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic and energy storage company Tesla announced plans to start producing solar power components at a factory in New York. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Divestment streak for Petrobras continues
Brazil's state-run oil company said it closed on the sale of a refinery on the Japanese island of Okinawa as its divestment streak continues. ... more
WAR REPORT
Japan hails Pearl Harbor visit while bracing for Trump
Japanese on Wednesday hailed a historic visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Pearl Harbor, praising his message of reconciliation with the United States but wary of the future after Donald Trump takes office. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW
Strong quake hits northeast Japan, no tsunami risk
A strong earthquake struck northeast of Tokyo late Wednesday but there was no fear of a tsunami, Japan's meteorological agency said. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
After Hiroshima, Abe and Obama to pay respects at Pearl Harbor
Seven months after President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima, the city where World War II all but ended, his Japanese counterpart is paying his respects at the site where the brutal conflict began. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan cabinet approves biggest defence budget
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet on Thursday approved Japan's biggest annual defence budget in the face of North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and a territorial row with China. ... more
AEROSPACE
US military resumes Osprey flights in Japan after crash
The US Marines on Monday resumed flights of their controversial Osprey aircraft in Japan, less than a week after a crash off the southern island of Okinawa sparked local protests. ... more
SPACEMART
SoftBank delivers first $1 bn of Trump pledge, to space firm
Satellite broadband firm OneWeb on Monday announced a $1.2 billion funding round led by SoftBank, the first concrete investment from the Japanese group which made a pledge to President-elect Donald Trump. ... more


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SUPERPOWERS
Japan's top court backs Tokyo in bid to relocate Okinawa base
Japan's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favour of the central government in its bid to relocate a US airbase on Okinawa, dealing a significant blow to the plan's opponents led by the island's governor. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan pulls plug on troubled fast breeder reactor
Japan has scrapped plans to generate electricity at a multi-billion dollar experimental nuclear reactor, the government said Monday, giving up on the decades-old project due to spiralling costs. ... more
Cyprus urges Turkey to face up to responsibilities
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Saturday urged Turkey to live up to its responsibilities and help to reunify the divided island when crucial peace talks resume next month in Switzerland. Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are to hold talks in Geneva from January 9 after negotiations broke down last month. If all goes well they will be joined on January 12 by t ... more
'I am not a miracle worker': new UN chief

A 2016 love story: the Macedonian cop and the Iraqi refugee

US prosecutors ask Alexa: whodunit?

Scientists hope to make concrete tougher by studying its defects
Calcium silicate hydrate, or C-S-H, accounts for the strength of cement and cement-based materials. It is the component of cement paste that holds concrete together. Researchers have struggled to understand the nanostructure of C-S-H, as it is extremely complex. Luckily, tobermorite serves as a naturally occurring crystalline analog. New analysis of tobermorite microstructures suggests ... more
The hidden inferno inside your laser pointer

Advance in intense pulsed light sintering opens door to improved electronics manufacturing

Russian static discharge measure unit to prolong satellite equipment lifespan

Newly discovered 'Casper' octopod at risk from deep-sea mining
Last spring, researchers made Newly discovered 'Casper' octopod at risk from deep-sea minings with the discovery of what was surely a new species of octopod, crawling along the seafloor at a record-breaking ocean depth of more than 4,000 meters (about 2.5 miles) off Necker Island near Hawaii. The octopod's colorless and squishy appearance immediately inspired the nickname "Casper." Now, a ... more
Zimbabwe water crisis gives rise to backdoor sellers

Damascenes struggle after clashes cut off water

Scientists find genes driving Bahama pupfish specialization

Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures
Building nanomaterials with features spanning just billionths of a meter requires extraordinary precision. Scaling up that construction while increasing complexity presents a significant hurdle to the widespread use of such nano-engineered materials. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a way to efficiently create scalable, multil ... more
The researchers created a tiny laser using nanoparticles

Going green with nanotechnology

Nanocubes simplify printing and imaging in color and infrared

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Unidentified country orders Patriot system upgrade
Raytheon is to modernize the Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System of an unidentified country under a $600 million commercial sales contract. The upgrade will advance the country's Patriot system to the most advanced configuration available, the Configuration 3+ with Post Deployment Build 8 software and hardware. The configuration enables the Patriot to use the PAC-3 ... more
MBDA submits proposal for TLVS development in Germany

S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China

US can defend itself from N.Korea missile attack: Pentagon

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office
China is planning to conduct the first orbiting and roving exploration of Mars by 2020, the country's State Council Information Office (SCIO) said Tuesday in a report. "China intends to execute its first Mars exploration operation, and grasp key technologies for orbiting, landing and roving exploration. It plans to launch the first Mars probe by 2020 to carry out orbiting and roving explor ... more
China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences

China sees rapid development of space science and technology

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Driverless platoons
As driverless cars merge into our transportation system in the coming years, some researchers believe autonomous vehicles may save fuel by trailing each other in large platoons. Like birds and fighter jets flying in formation, or bikers and race car drivers drafting in packs, vehicles experience less aerodynamic drag when they drive close together. But assembling a vehicle platoon to deliv ... more
Smart tech: This year's CES big on artificial intelligence

Avatar-style S. Korean manned robot takes first baby steps

Fractional calculus helps control systems hit their mark

Football and prayer wheels: views of modern Tibet
Faith has always been at the heart of Tibetan culture. As practitioners of the country's unique form of Buddhism face increasing obstacles to their worship, Beijing has sought to cultivate a different kind of true believer: the football fan. China, which has fully controlled Tibet since the 1950s, has been accused of political and religious repression in the mainly Buddhist region. It co ... more
As thousands march China says Hong Kong must not subvert mainland

Chinese official sentenced 10 years in vaccine scandal

Born again: baby boom after China ends one-child rule

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First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
Breakthrough Listen, the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond Earth launched in 2015 by Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking, has announced its first observations using the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Parkes joins the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, USA, and the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Ob ... more
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope

Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star

New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground

China launches TanSat to study atmospheric carbon dioxide processes
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the major greenhouse gases, and causes great concern due to the rapid increase in its atmospheric concentrations. China launched its first minisatellite dedicated to the carbon dioxide detection and monitoring at 15:22 UTC on December 22, 2016. The Chinese Carbon Dioxide Observation Satellite (TANSAT) was designed to focus on the global observation of CO2. Fo ... more
Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere's oxygen?

There's a jet stream in our core

Switzerland sees driest December in 150 years

A trip to the land of endangered ancient olive trees
The sun sets in eastern Spain and dozens of ancient olive trees cast long shadows on the ground. Once dug up and sold as luxury items for the wealthy, they are increasingly protected as farmers and authorities realise these trees, some of which were planted by the Romans, are an invaluable part of Spain's heritage. Near the town of Traiguera, Amador Peset, 37, gets out of his old 4x4 and ... more
Britain gets creative in fighting rampant food waste

Chickens are smarter and more complex than given credit for

Zambia drafts in air force to combat pests

The blob can learn and teach
It isn't an animal, a plant, or a fungus. The slime mold (Physarum polycephalum) is a strange, creeping, bloblike organism made up of one giant cell. Though it has no brain, it can learn from experience, as biologists at the Research Centre on Animal Cognition (CNRS, Universite Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier) previously demonstrated.1 Now the same team of scientists has gone a step further, pr ... more
Searching a sea of 'noise' to find exoplanets - using only data as a guide

Microlensing Study Suggests Most Common Outer Planets Likely Neptune-mass

Exciting new creatures discovered on ocean floor

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Why odds are against a large Zika outbreak in the US
Is the United States at risk for a large-scale outbreak of Zika or other mosquito-borne disease? While climate conditions in the U.S. are increasingly favorable to mosquitos, socioeconomic factors such as access to clean water and air conditioning make large-scale outbreaks unlikely, according to new analysis of existing research - but small-scale, localized outbreaks are an ongoing concern. ... more
Hong Kong reports second human case of bird flu

Hong Kong records winter's first bird flu death

Angola declares end to deadly yellow fever epidemic

SEC probes Mozambique debt sold by Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas
A US market regulator is probing the sale of $850 million in Mozambique government bonds used to purchase military equipment, which involved three major banks, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking information from investors on the 2013 bond issue which was arranged by Credit Suisse and the Russian bank VTB Group on behalf of a ... more
Guinea soldier wanted over stadium massacre appears in court

Nigerian army 'crushes' Boko Haram in key stronghold

UN cancels controversial Gambia army chief's Darfur visit

Space station battery replacements to begin New Year's Eve
The batteries that store the energy generated by the International Space Station's four solar panel arrays are being replaced. The initial work, which will be executed by the space station's robotic arm Dextre, is scheduled to begin on New Year's Eve. Over the course of two weeks, the space station's 12 older nickel-hydrogen will be replaced by six new lithium-ion power packs, which wer ... more
Launch of Russia's new progress spacecraft set for February 2

Tech show looks beyond 'smart,' to new 'realities'

'Passengers' and the real-life science of deep space travel

India tests Agni-V ballistic missile, tensions with China rise
India's Defense Research and Development Organization completed a test for its Agni-V ballistic missile, leading China to question the country's intentions. The test marked the fourth demonstration of the weapon, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead at a range of over 3,100 miles The Hindu reported. The Defense Research and Development Organization hailed the event as a "huge ... more
N. Korea plans nuclear push in 2017: top defector

S. Korea calls Trump's tweet 'clear warning' to North

Final U.S. ship transferred to South Korean navy decommissioned



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