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March 13, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Mechanism underlying size-sorting of rubble on asteroid Itokawa revealed



Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
In 2005, the Hayabusa spacecraft developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) landed on Itokawa, a small near-Earth asteroid named after the famous Japanese rocket scientist Hideo Itokawa. The aim of the unmanned mission was to study the asteroid and collect a sample of material to be returned to Earth for analysis. Contrary to scientific predictions that small asteroids are barren nuggets of rock, photographs taken by the Hayabusa spacecraft revealed that the surface of Itokawa is s ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
Japan, US navies drill in East China Sea
Tokyo (AFP) March 10, 2017
The US and Japanese navies said Friday they completed a four-day joint exercise in the East China Sea, as tension intensifies in the region following North Korea's missile tests. ... more
NUKEWARS
US move on North Korea tests risks China clash
Washington (AFP) March 9, 2017
The United States is scrambling to develop a new strategy to counter North Korea's aggressive nuclear weapon and missile programs, but tougher sanctions could provoke a diplomatic clash with China. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
A research team consisting of members from Japan's National Institute of Polar Research, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and other organizations conducted forecas ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Japan recalls tsunami, nuclear tragedy six years on
Tokyo (AFP) March 11, 2017
Japan paused Saturday to mark six years since a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster devastated a wide swathe of its northeastern coast as more than 100,000 people remain unable or unwilling to return home. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan 'piggyback' official steps down
Tokyo (AFP) March 10, 2017
A senior Japanese politician criticised last year for being carried over flood waters while inspecting deadly typhoon damage was out of a job Friday after joking about the incident. ... more
TECH SPACE
Conquering metal fatigue
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Metal fatigue can lead to abrupt and sometimes catastrophic failures in parts that undergo repeated loading, or stress. It's a major cause of failure in structural components of everything from airc ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
For Japan's nuclear refugees, insults and rejection
Hirono, Japan (AFP) March 10, 2017
Satsuki Sekine's home was destroyed in Japan's 2011 tsunami disaster and her family fled in the nuclear panic that followed. But crueller still were the insults and stigmatisation she faced in the community where she sought refuge. ... more
NUKEWARS
Trump, Abe say North Korea threat 'entered a new stage'
Washington (AFP) March 7, 2017
US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Monday that the threat from North Korea had "entered a new stage," following another defiant missile test. ... more
NUKEWARS
Missile tests put North Korea on Trump's front burner
Washington (AFP) March 7, 2017
President Donald Trump is facing his biggest foreign policy challenge yet after North Korea fired a ballistic missile salvo in a supposed training run for an attack on US bases in Japan. ... more
NUKEWARS
N. Korea goes 'my way' with missiles and murder row
Seoul (AFP) March 8, 2017
Dealing with a notorious murder by detonating a huge diplomatic row, and firing missiles as a practice assault on US bases in Japan - North Korea's recent actions demonstrate its willingness to escalate tensions whatever the consequences, say analysts. ... more


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DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions Introduces New Solamet
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
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NUKEWARS
North Korea says missiles were drill for strike on US bases
Seoul (AFP) March 7, 2017
Nuclear-armed North Korea said Tuesday its missile launches were training for a strike on US bases in Japan, as global condemnation of the regime swelled. ... more
NUKEWARS
US, Japan seek UN meeting on N. Korea missile launches
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 6, 2017
Washington and Tokyo sought Monday an emergency UN Security Council meeting after nuclear-armed North Korea fired a defiant salvo of ballistic missiles toward Japan. ... more
NUKEWARS
N.Korea missiles 'drill for strike on US bases in Japan': KCNA
Seoul (AFP) March 6, 2017
Nuclear-armed North Korea's launch of four missiles on Monday was a training exercise for a strike on US bases in Japan and supervised by leader Kim Jong-Un, Pyongyang's state media said Tuesday. ... more

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Tired but happy, Iraqis finally escape Mosul jihadists
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 9, 2017
Civilians rush down a hillside on the outskirts of Mosul to waiting Iraqi forces, tired but happy after finally being able to flee the clutches of the Islamic State group. Trapped for years inside the jihadist-ruled city, escaping residents say IS fighters are growing increasingly desperate as Iraqi forces advance on their last bastions in west Mosul. Civilians are being forced from thei ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 10, 2017
Japan 'piggyback' official steps down
Prague (AFP) March 10, 2017
Giant Ai Weiwei refugee installation to go on display in Prague
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 12, 2017
Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum
Orbiting in sunshine
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
Following three days of intensive work, mission control has declared the newly launched Sentinel-2B satellite fit and ready for commissioning. The 1100 kg Sentinel was launched on Tuesday atop a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Joining its orbiting twin, the new satellite will double the high-resolution coverage from the Sentinel-2 mission for the EU's Copernicus env ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
U.S. Naval Research Lab develops light, transparent armor
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Cancer-Causing Radiation Biggest Threat to Humans on Deep Space Missions
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Mikros contracted for U.S. Navy radar support systems
Underwater mountains help ocean water rise from abyss
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
At high latitudes, such as near Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, the ocean's surface waters are cooled by frigid temperatures and become so dense that they sink a few thousand meters into the ocean's abyss. Ocean waters are thought to flow along a sort of conveyor belt that transports them between the surface and the deep in a never-ending loop. However, it remains unclear where the deep ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Why did rainfall over Asian inland plateau region undergo abrupt decrease around 1999
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stanford biologists identify ancient stress response in corals
Sydney (AFP) March 9, 2017
Aussie lake turns vivid pink
Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter (nanometers, nm) in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, coatings, adhesives, sensors, membranes and consumer goods. When a team led by the Department of Energy's ... more
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively
Evanston IL (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Most complex nanoparticle crystal ever made by design
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Nano 'sandwich' offers unique properties
UN hopes for easing of tensions after Chinese anger over THAAD
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 7, 2017
The United Nations on Tuesday said it hoped for fresh efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula after China angrily responded to the US deployment of the THAAD missile-defence system in South Korea. "We hope that efforts will be stepped up to find a path to reduce tensions and to work for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters. The US P ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 7, 2017
China vows 'resolute' measures after THAAD deployment
Balasore, India (UPI) Mar 1, 2017
India stages successful test of missile interceptor
Seoul (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
Protesters sue to stop US missile system in S. Korea
China Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China is expected to launch its first probe satellite to Mars in July or in August 2020, local media reported Tuesday. The People's Daily newspaper reported citing Wan Weixing, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, responsible for Beijing's Mars exploration program would arrive to Mars after seven months of flight and would start sending information back in 2021. The med ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 09, 2017
China to launch 6-8 latest navigation satellites in 2017
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Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems completed a test firing demonstration using its Protector unmanned surface vehicle, or USV. During the demonstration, the vehicle conducted a series of launches with a variety of munitions, including the Spike missile. The event marked the first missile test firing with a fully operational, remotely-controlled Protector platform. In a video release ... more
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
Washington (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Switzerland taps Kongsberg for Protector weapon system
Punishment of rights lawyers top 2016 achievement: China
Beijing (AFP) March 12, 2017
China on Sunday boasted harsh punishments meted out to rights defenders was the legal system's top accomplishment last year, as the country reported a jump in the number of corruption cases tried in its courts. Activists and lawyers are a constant thorn in the side of Beijing and are often accused of being in cahoots with foreign organisations trying to undermine national security and stir ... more
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
Tillerson to East Asia in shadow of North Korea threat
Sanya, China (AFP) March 13, 2017
Sun-seeking retirees flock to 'China's Florida'
Shanghai (AFP) March 3, 2017
Shared bikes grind Shanghai's gears
First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
New York NY (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
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
Parkes, Australia (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 28, 2016
Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground
Taking earth's inner temperature
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
The temperature of Earth's interior affects everything from the movement of tectonic plates to the formation of the planet. A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) suggests the mantle - the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer - may be hotter than previously believed. The new finding, published Mar ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Flashy first images arrive from NOAA's GOES-16 lightning mapper
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Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
It is rare in biology that a single trait can answer questions spanning several fields of research. One such trait is plant biology's "leaf mass per area," a simple measurement calculated by weighing a dried leaf and dividing by its original fresh area. Leaf mass per area, or LMA, which has been measured in thousands of studies, is used in nearly every field of plant biology to make predictions ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
London, UK (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently
Leioa, Spain (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stabilizing soils with sulfates to improve their constructional properties
Kepler Provides Another Peek at Ultra-cool Neighbor
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 09, 2017
On Feb. 22, astronomers announced that the ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, hosts a total of seven Earth-size planets that are likely rocky, a discovery made by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in combination with ground-based telescopes. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope also has been observing this star since December 2016. Today these additional data about TRAPPIST-1 from Kepler ar ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Hunting for giant planet analogs in our own backyard
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Faraway Planet Systems Are Shaped Like the Solar System
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Biochemical 'fossil' shows how life may have emerged without phosphate
Paris mayor to spend 1.5 million euros for 'war on rats'
Paris (AFP) March 12, 2017
The mayor of Paris said Sunday the city would spend 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) to rid the French capital of rats and install more public ashtrays to clean up the city's streets. In an interview with Journal du Dimanche weekly, Mayor Anne Hidalgo unveiled a 10-point plan aimed at making cleanliness a "priority". The measures include increasing the number of sanitation workers and he ... more
Athens GA (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
More mosquito species than previously thought may transmit Zika
Paris (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
Flu meds do not harm unborn babies: study
Miami (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
First drug-resistant malaria parasite detected in Africa
.africa joins the internet
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 10, 2017
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. Africans who want to register a website will be able to apply for a .africa domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said would allow the con ... more
Abuja (AFP) March 8, 2017
Nigerian military to probe rights abuse claims
Bamako (AFP) March 5, 2017
11 Malian soldiers killed in attack on border base
Dakar (AFP) March 4, 2017
Senegal and Gambia announce new era of ties
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Lonely Out in Space: Congressional Move to Scrap NASA-Russia Ties 'Unrealistic'
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Pointing to the adoption of an ambitious five-year program for the development of astronautics in the United States, US legislators urged NASA to abandon its cooperation with the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos by next year; RT quoted experts as saying that cooperation between the organizations would continue. Earlier this month, America's Congress supported a law that outlines a st ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
New Plant Habitat Will Increase Harvest on International Space Station
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Keeping Liquids Off the Wall
Washington DC (VOA) Mar 09, 2017
Space Tourism and Business Looking Up
Russia to arm Antey nuclear subs with Kalibr missiles
Moscow (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Russian Project 949A Antey submarines will be armed with Kalibr missile systems following an upgrade project, according to state media reports. The vessels, also known by their NATO reporting names Oscar I and Oscar II, are currently armed with P-700 Granit cruise missiles in addition to various anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons. The Kremlin's plans to improve the Soviet-era ships we ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Iran Postpones Rocket Carrier Launch Fearing US Threats
Seoul (AFP) Mar 12, 2017
South Korea's Moon vows 'new history' after impeachment
Tehran (AFP) March 8, 2017
Iran accuses US of stirring tensions in Gulf


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