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September 11, 2017
NUKEWARS
N.Korea crisis sparks nuclear debate in Japan, S.Korea



Tokyo (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Nuclear-armed North Korea's testing of long-range missiles that could possibly reach US soil has kindled debate in Japan and South Korea about developing their own nuclear deterrent, prompting fears of a North East Asian arms race. In the event of all-out war with North Korea, would US President Donald Trump risk American cities being targeted to protect traditional allies in Seoul and Tokyo? That is the question causing jitters in South Korea and in Japan, where the topic of deploying or develo ... read more

VENUSIAN HEAT
Equatorial jet in Venusian atmosphere discovered by Akatsuki
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Observations by Japan's Venus climate orbiter Akatsuki have revealed an equatorial jet in the lower to middle cloud layer of the planet's atmosphere, a finding that could be pivotal to unraveling a ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Navy to issue order for heavy lift of the USS John S. McCain
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
The U.S. Navy is planning on issuing an order on an existing contract for the salvage, repair and transport of the USS John S. McCain to Yokosuka, Japan, using a heavy lift. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
US cites its nuclear capabilities in defense against N.Korea
Washington (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
The United States stands ready to defend itself and its allies with the full range of its capabilities, including nuclear, the White House said Sunday after US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe conferred on North Korea's latest nuclear test. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Techniques used in forensic science help discover new molecular fossils
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Researchers in Japan and China believe they have found new molecular fossils of archaea using a method of analysis commonly used in forensic science. According to a system designed by microbio ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA
Scientists use CRISPR gene-editing technology to alter flower color
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Researchers in Japan have reported in a new study they used the gene editing technology CRISPR to alter the color of a Japanese morning glory, a popular garden flower. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
PM opens country's fifth nuclear power plant
Islamabad (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday inaugurated the country's fifth nuclear power plant, developed in collaboration with China amid hopes that his government could end chronic power shortages this year. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Russia's Gazprom examines LNG options in Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Russian energy company Gazprom said it signed preliminary agreements for small- and mid-sized liquefied natural gas projects in the Japanese market. ... more
SPACEMART
ASTROSCALE Raises a Total of $25 Million in Series C Led by Private Companies
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
ASTROSCALE completed a Series C round and raised $53 million in total to date. Private companies, ANA Holdings Inc. (ANA - parent company of ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS Co., Ltd.) and OSG Corporation, join r ... more
WATER WORLD
Japanese seaweed is welcome invader on US coasts: study
Miami (AFP) July 17, 2017
A kind of Japanese seaweed that is considered an invasive species in the United States is actually serving an important role in restoring barren and vulnerable coastlines, US researchers said Monday. ... more
NUKEWARS
Russia in new battle of wills with West over North Korea
Moscow (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
As Washington and its allies push for sanctions on North Korea after its latest nuclear test, Russian President Vladimir Putin has emerged as one of the most strident voices against punishing Pyongyang. ... more


N. Korea nuclear test 10 times more powerful than Hiroshima: Japan

NUKEWARS
Japan, S.Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday echoed South Korea's demand for more pressure on Pyongyang after its nuclear tests as the leaders of the two countries looked to grind down resistance from Russia's Vladimir Putin. ... more
NUKEWARS
North Korea and its missiles: what next?
Seoul (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Tensions between North Korea and the United States are spiking again in the aftermath of Pyongyang's latest weapons test, when it lobbed an intermediate range missile over northern Japan. ... more
NUKEWARS
Trump, Moon agree to boost S.Korean missile capabilities
Washington (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
The United States and South Korea agreed Friday to strengthen Seoul's defenses and Washington gave a nod to billions in arms sales to the country, the White House said, days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan and threatened further launches. ... more
NUKEWARS
Old playbook behind North Korea's new nuclear test
Seoul (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
The path to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test followed a textbook North Korean strategy: escalating provocations accompanied by furious denunciations of annual South Korea-US military exercises. ... more



US floods rescue workers sue over chemical plant fire
Chicago (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Seven emergency workers who responded to the aftermath of last month's mega-storm Harvey sued chemical company Arkema Thursday for exposing them to smoke from a fire at its flooded Texas plant. The $1 million lawsuit alleges negligence, claiming Arkema did not adequately prepare for potential flooding, forcing it to abandon the plant near Houston as waters rose without adequate safeguards to ... more
Berlin (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Germany rejects Polish call for more WWII reparations
Marigot (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
St Martin, St Barts contemplate rebuilding in Irma's wake
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Economic cost of Harvey, Irma could be $290 bn: forecaster
Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have for the first time shown that neural networks - a form of artificial intelligence - can accurately analyze the complex distortions in spacetime known as gravitational lenses 10 million times faster than traditional methods. "Analyses that typically take weeks to months to complete, ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Europe's biggest X-ray laser begins operations
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Van Allen probes survive extreme radiation five years on
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
New microscopy method for quick and reliable 3-D imaging of curvilinear nanostructures
More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals
London, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A new study of the marine invertebrates living in the seas around Antarctica reveals there will be more 'losers' than 'winners' over the next century as the Antarctic seafloor warms. The results are published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week (Monday 4 September). A team at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) examined the potential distribution of over 900 species of shelf-dwelling ... more
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Pacific corals in 'worrying' state: researchers
Paris (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
When environmental and soil chemist Baoshan Xing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst began reading in 2014 that a new, two-dimensional material known as layered black phosphorous (BP) was gaining the attention of biomedical researchers for use in drug delivery systems and tumor photothermal therapy, he was both intrigued and concerned. "I am not only a soil chemist, but an environme ... more
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
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Livermore CA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
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S.Korea, US to deploy more anti-missile defences: Seoul
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
South Korea and the United States will deploy more of the anti-missile defences hated by China in response to Sunday's nuclear test by North Korea, Seoul's defence ministry said Monday. Two launchers of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system are already operational, but public concern about the possible environmental impact of the US system forced Seoul to suspend the install ... more
Seoul (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
S. Korea, US deploy missile defence amid China protest
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
S. Korea launches missile drill after North's nuclear test
Washington (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
US cites its nuclear capabilities in defense against N.Korea
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the moon, CGTN reported on Monday. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar to deep space exploration, special materials development, collaborations in the area of satellite systems, Earth re ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
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Chinese robotics artist makes real-life 'Transformers'
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
In the suburbs of China's capital, a 32-year-old engineer creates the kind of larger-than-life, shapeshifting robots that most have only seen in "Transformers" movies. Sun Shiqian's roomy warehouse on the outskirts of Beijing houses a hulking menagerie, from a sleepy cow to a fiery metal dragon that stands 4.9 metres (16 feet) tall at the flip of a switch. A graduate of China's prestigio ... more
Berlin (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Voice assistants promise a light-fingered future
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Roboteam receives orders for tactical robots
Student backlash in Hong Kong independence row
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Hong Kong students have accused their universities of suppressing freedom of speech after banners and signs calling for the city's independence from China were taken down from campuses. The move has fuelled fears that freedoms are being squeezed in the semi-autonomous city and that Beijing is tightening its grip in a range of areas, from politics to media and education. Since the failure ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Hanergy tycoon gets 8-year ban in Hong Kong
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
High Resolution Smallsats Built by SSL Arrive at Vandenberg AFB for Launch
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a first for the industry, six satellites, built in California, to be launched in California, for a California company have arrived at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, where they are scheduled to be launched on a Minotaur rocket in October. Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, built the six high-resolution small satellites for Plane ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Pinpointing the sources of trans-Pacific dust
Essex, UK (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
Teledyne e2v sensors will play a vital role in ESA's FLEX satellite mission to study plant health and stress from space
Scientists developed 'smart fertilizer'
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
According to the head of the works Tatiana Volova, Professor of SibFU and the Head of Laboratory in the Institute of Biophysics KSC of SB RAS, development of a new generation of drugs with the use of bio-decomposable materials which decompose under the influence of the microflora to innocuous products and provide a gradual release of the active principle into the soil, is the newest area of rese ... more
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
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Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
X-Rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-Hosting Stars
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A new X-ray study has revealed that stars like the Sun and their less massive cousins calm down surprisingly quickly after a turbulent youth. This result has positive implications for the long-term habitability of planets orbiting such stars. A team of researchers used data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton to see how the X-ray brightness of stars similar to the Su ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Could TRAPPIST-1's Seven Earth-size Planets Have Gas Giant Siblings
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
Ultraviolet Light May Be Ultra Important in Search for Life
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 05, 2017
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WHO sounds alarm over DRCongo cholera epidemic
Kinshasa (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
The World Health Organization on Saturday sounded the alarm over a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has already claimed 528 lives and reached "worrying proportions". The UN says cholera is a major public health problem in the country with millions of cases registered every year. Last year, the disease claimed 817 lives there, according to the WHO. "The cholera o ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
New boarding procedures could limit spread of infectious inside airplane cabins
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Flooded Texas faces higher risk of disease, experts warn
Johannesburg (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Actress Charlize Theron dreams of AIDS-free S.Africa
DRCongo troops chasing reporter 'force entry' at UN base
Kinshasa (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
The UN said Tuesday that soldiers "forced entry" into its base in the volatile Kasai region of DR Congo aiming to arrest a journalist critical of President Joseph Kabila. Journalist Edouard Diye Tshitenge had been planning to present a manifesto on Monday demanding the removal of Kabila, who has refused to step down despite constitutional limits. But the general who heads operations in t ... more
Luanda (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Angolans vote as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule
Freetown (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
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What's hot and what's not at Berlin's IFA tech fair
Berlin (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Berlin's IFA technology fair, Europe's largest and a bellwether for the Christmas season, draws to a close Wednesday. Here is a quick overview of what's hot and what's not in the aisles. - On the out - - Tablets: the fever that greeted Apple's launch of the iPad in 2010 has long dissipated. Smartphones boast increasingly large screens and high performance in a handier package than the no ... more
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N.Korea crisis sparks nuclear debate in Japan, S.Korea
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Nuclear-armed North Korea's testing of long-range missiles that could possibly reach US soil has kindled debate in Japan and South Korea about developing their own nuclear deterrent, prompting fears of a North East Asian arms race. In the event of all-out war with North Korea, would US President Donald Trump risk American cities being targeted to protect traditional allies in Seoul and Tokyo ... more
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