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October 05, 2017
SOLAR SCIENCE
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto



Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have modeled the extreme storm that triggered a vibrant red aurora atop Kyoto, Japan, in 1770. Researchers used historic accounts of the electromagnetic light show to estimate the storm's strength. Recently, scientists at Tokyo's National Institute of Japanese Literature and National Institute for Polar Research got the opportunity to analyze an ancient painting of a red aurora that flashed across the skies of Kyoto on Sept. 17, 1770. The painting and associated commentary was includ ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
Trump accepts Duterte's ASEAN summit invite after all
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
President Donald Trump has backed away from a threat to skip a summit with South East Asian leaders in the Philippines later this year, with the White House saying it had accepted an invitation from host Rodrigo Duterte. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Tsunami enabled hundreds of aquatic species to raft across Pacific
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
The 2011 Japanese tsunami set the stage for something unprecedented. For the first time in recorded history, scientists have detected entire communities of coastal species crossing the ocean by floa ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Radioactive cesium leajing into ocean 60 miles from Fukushima
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have discovered a surprising new source of radioactive cesium some 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima operator gets first safety approval since 2011 disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant cleared a major regulatory hurdle Wednesday to restart two reactors in Japan, its first since the 2011 tsunami sparked the worst atomic accident in decades. ... more
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ROBO SPACE
Smash hit: Ping pong robot takes on Olympian at Tokyo tech fair
Chiba, Japan (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
A ping-pong-playing robot served up a hit at a top Tokyo tech fair Monday, while a barely-moving machine in the shape of a sloth aimed to provide a relaxing change of pace. ... more
TRADE WARS
Macau casino scion rolls dice on Japan venture
Hong Kong, China (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Casino magnate Lawrence Ho - son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho - is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family's reach beyond the world's biggest gambling hub. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
After tsunami, ocean plastic acted as rafts for small sea life
Miami (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
After a tsunami hit Japan in 2011, hundreds of aquatic species migrated across the ocean to the US by hitching rides on debris that acted as rafts, researchers said Thursday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan opposition unites in election bid to topple Abe
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Japan's main opposition Thursday decided not to run candidates in the upcoming election, effectively joining forces with a new party formed by popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike in a bid to topple Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Study: 3.95 billion-year-old rocks contain earliest traces of life
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
A team of Japanese researchers believe they've discovered the oldest known evidence of life on Earth. The scientists found signs of biological activity in 3.95 billion-year-old rocks from Labrador in northeast Canada. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Five key events that shaped Abe's career
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has called a snap election, first came to power in 2006-2007. He returned as prime minister in 2012, a rare comeback in Japanese politics. ... more


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SUPERPOWERS
Chinese ships sail near disputed islands with Japan
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Chinese coast guard vessels sailed near disputed islands claimed by Japan and China in the East China Sea on Monday, marking the second such incident in less than a week. ... more
WHALES AHOY
Japan kills 177 whales in Pacific campaign: government
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Japan said Tuesday it killed 177 whales off its northeast coast in an annual hunt that sparks anger among animal rights activists and others. ... more
TRADE WARS
Japan raising up to $11.6 bn in postal giant share sale
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Japan said on Monday that it expects to raise more than $11.6 billion by selling off another chunk of the country's massive postal service. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan government not responsible for Fukushima: court
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
A Japanese court ruled Friday that the plant operator not the government was responsible for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ordering the former to pay damages. ... more



NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 02, 2017
A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hurricane, a Category 4 storm at landfall on Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, caused widespread damage and numerous casualties on the Caribbean island, an unincorporated U.S. territory with a populatio ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Trump to request $29 bln for storm-hit Puerto Rico
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Trump tells Puerto Rico to be 'proud' of low storm toll
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
MIT engineers attempt to predict extreme events
Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race
Korolyov, Russia (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
When the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite 60 years ago, it marked both the beginning of space exploration and the start of a race between Moscow and Washington. Sputnik, the tiny silver sphere with four spider leg-like antennae, showed off Soviet technological prowess. But German scientists - who had worked on Adolf Hitler's rocket projects and brought to the USSR af ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
New laser sensor could detect explosives, dangerous gases more quickly
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
Germany-based Hensoldt acquires Kelvin Hughes
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
UV-irradiated amorphous ice behaves like liquid at low temperatures
Big rainy season leaves dozens dead in Central America
Guatemala City (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
An unusually intense rainy season in Central America has left dozens dead and thousands more affected by damaged or destroyed homes and roads. Weather observatories said precipitation in September and October - usually the wettest period of the five-month-long season - were 25 to 50 percent heavier than average in the rainiest zones. The worst-hit country in the region was Honduras, wh ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Lockheed Martin to invest in Submaran S10 submersible drone
Onna, Japan (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
A sustainable future powered by sea
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Getting the measure of mud
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
As microchips become ever smaller and therefore faster, the shrinking size of their copper interconnects leads to increased electrical resistivity at the nanoscale. Finding a solution to this impending technical bottleneck is a major problem for the semiconductor industry. One promising possibility involves reducing the resistivity size effect by altering the crystalline orientation of int ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
Australia's new frigates to feature long-range missile defence system
Sydney (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Australia's new frigates will be equipped with a long-range missile defence system to counter threats from rogue states like North Korea, officials announced Tuesday. Canberra in May revealed details of a massive shipbuilding strategy, its largest peacetime naval investment, including 12 new submarines and 12 offshore patrol vessels. The Aus$89 billion (US$70 billion) package to shore up ... more
Dallas TX (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
PAC-3 MSE Test Successful from Remote Launcher
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Lockheed Martin to replace USS Fitzgerald's SPY-1D AEGIS radar
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
China is an active member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is impressive in opening its space missions to other countries, said Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Di Pippo made the remarks when having an interview with Xinhua on Wednesday during the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
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Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces a new member of the family of Servosila "Engineer" robots, a UGV called "Radio Engineer". This new variant of the well-known backpack-transportable robot features a Software Defined Radio (SDR) payload module integrated into the robotic vehicle. "Several of our key customers had asked us to enable an Electronic Warfare (EW) or Cognitive Radio applications in our robots ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
DeepMind forms ethics unit for AI; Google unveils $49 mini assistant
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Researchers design soft, flexible origami-inspired robot
Chiba, Japan (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Smash hit: Ping pong robot takes on Olympian at Tokyo tech fair
Former Hong Kong leader appears in court over sandwich 'attack'
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Unpopular former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying testified Wednesday in a case involving a sandwich thrown at him by a pro-democracy activist. The sandwich was aimed at Leung, the city's then leader, as he was on his way to vote in the September 2016 legislative election - but it missed and hit a police officer. In court, a stern-looking Leung occasionally smiled as he was questioned b ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Hong Kong democracy activist in court for throwing 'smelly' sandwich
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hong Kong migrant mothers sing for their distant children
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The making of Hong Kong's famous 'fire dragon'
Public Invited to Analyze Photos Taken by International Space Station Astronauts
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
CosmoQuest's Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS). Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. CosmoQuest is ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Global Airborne Mission to Make Ozone Hole Detour
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
New Radar Sensor Provides Clear Vision in Any Weather
Buffalo NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
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Artificial light device boosts cows' milk yields by 9 percent
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A new artificial light device developed in Ireland promises to increase cows' milk yields by 9 percent. In the latest tests, the technology, a mask, increased milk production among lactating bovines. The device was developed by Equilume, a company spun-out of the research labs at the University College Dublin in Ireland. For a few years, the company has been making light therapy masks f ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Win-win strategies for climate and food security
Brussels (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
EU battle heats up over controversial weedkiller
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Land grabs cause lingering SE Asia conflicts: report
MATISSE to Shed Light on the Formation of Earth and Planets
Paris, France (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
The MATISSE instrument is ready to be sent to Chile, where in the next few weeks it will be installed on the Very Large Telescope (VLT), the world's most powerful astronomical observatory. This achievement is the outcome of 15 years of development, including a final year of testing at the Laboratoire J.-L. Lagrange (Observatoire Cote d'Azur/CNRS/Universite de Nice Sophia-Antipolis). The in ... more
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Glenn Tests Thruster Bound for Metal World
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Searching for Distant Worlds With a Flying Telescope
Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
Scientists are successfully breeding disease-resistance into mosquitoes
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
While other mosquito-borne diseases have captured headlines in recent years, malaria remains the most problematic. Every year, several hundred million people become infected and a few hundred thousand perish. But a recent breakthrough in the genetic modification could help breed disease-resistance into mosquito populations and eradicate malaria altogether. Malaria is caused by a ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
New test rapidly diagnoses Zika
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
UC research shows ticks are even tougher and nastier than you thought
Paris (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
A sixth of new HIV patients in Europe 50 or older: study
The link between drought and riots in sub-Saharan Africa
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
The scientific community has been working on the possibility of a relationship between periods of drought and rioting for several years. The University of Geneva (UNIGE), operating in partnership with the universities of Heidelberg (Germany) and Lucerne (Switzerland), has formally verified this hypothesis by studying almost 1,800 riots that occurred over a 20-year period in sub-Saharan Africa. ... more
Tafi Atome, Ghana (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Ghanaian villagers profit from monkey business
Bamako (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
New ceasefire signed by armed groups
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
C. Africa asks UN to send more peacekeepers, ease arms embargo
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Alaska antenna to improve NASA's space communications system
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
NASA unveiled a new space communications antenna at the Alaska Satellite Facility in Fairbanks this week. The new antenna, AS-2, which sits atop the Elvey building at University of Alaska Fairbanks, will retrieve data from NASA's spacecraft. NASA operates three space communications networks, the Deep Space Network, Space Network and Near Earth Network. AS-2 will boost the capacity of th ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
USNO Astronomers Measure New Distances To Nearby Stars
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
NASA May Extend BEAM's Time on the International Space Station
Paris (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
OECD calls for tourism to be more sustainable
Will anti-nuclear campaigners win Nobel Peace Prize?
Oslo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
As the North Korean crisis rekindles the Cold War-era threat of nuclear catastrophe, this year's Nobel Peace Prize could honour efforts to limit the spread of atomic weapons, several experts suggest. With tensions between Washington and Pyongyang sending the risk of a nuclear confrontation soaring, the highlight of the Nobel awards season will be announced in Oslo on Friday at 11:00 am (0900 ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time: Trump
The Hague (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
N. Korea chemical arms a concern for peace
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
North Korea's Kim 'very rational': CIA


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