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November 10, 2017
WHALES AHOY
Japanese whalers head to Antarctic



Tokyo (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Japanese whaling vessels left port Thursday for an annual hunting voyage in the Antarctic, this time to kill 333 minke whales, despite international calls to stop the practice. The fisheries agency said a group of five ships, headed by the 8,145-tonne mother ship Nisshin Maru, will conduct the hunt until March to study whale behaviour and biology. The voyage has been carried out since 2015 "to devise more precise calculation methods for a sustainable catch limit for Antarctic minke whales as wel ... read more

CAR TECH
Uber IPO 'target' is 2019: CEO
New York (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Uber is on track for a 2019 public stock offering and the plan is not dependent on new funding from Japan's SoftBank, the global ride-sharing giant's CEO said Thursday. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
CALET makes first direct measurements of high energy electrons in space
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
The CALET Cosmic Ray experiment, led by Professor Shoji Torii from Waseda University in Japan, along with collaborators from LSU and other researchers in the U.S. and abroad, have successfully carri ... more
CYBER WARS
Twitter-happy Trump to enter China's Great Firewall
Beijing (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
US President Donald Trump has tweeted energetically throughout his Asian tour so far, but in China he will likely be one of a select few to skirt the country's ban on his cherished website. ... more
NUKEWARS
Kim portraits and death threats: Life at a North Korean school in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Portraits of North Korea's late leaders hang proudly in the classrooms of the Korean High School in Tokyo, where the recent surge in tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme have seen faculty and staff subjected to death threats. ... more
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SUPERPOWERS
Trump announces Putin meet as he kicks off Asia tour
Yokota Air Base, Japan (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
US President Donald Trump touched down in Japan Sunday, kicking off the first leg of a high-stakes Asia tour set to be dominated by soaring tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea. ... more
NUKEWARS
US sends supersonic bombers over South Korea
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
US bombers overflew the Korean peninsula Thursday as part of an exercise with Japanese and South Korean warplanes, the US Air Force said, days before President Donald Trump arrives in the region for a trip set to be dominated by the nuclear-armed North. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Fish food and golf bromance: 5 takeaways from Trump in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
The world may be facing its most dangerous nuclear crisis since the end of the Cold War but US President Donald Trump's trip to Japan will be remembered for the lighter moments as much as for the high-level diplomacy. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Sprint, T-Mobile scrap merger talks
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
US wireless operators Sprint and T-Mobile announced Saturday they had called off merger talks after failing to clinch mutually agreeable terms, ending a potential tie-up that would have dramatically impacted the sector in the United States. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump readies for high-stakes Asia trip
Washington (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Weakened on the domestic front, President Donald Trump embarks this week on a long and challenging Asian tour set to be dominated by the North Korean nuclear threat after months of verbal escalation between Washington and Pyongyang. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Fujitsu, Lenovo agree to PC merger
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Japan's Fujitsu said on Thursday it had agreed to merge its struggling PC business with Lenovo, giving the Chinese computer giant a controlling share of the business. ... more


Japan PM Abe begins new term with vow to increase North Korea pressure

SHAKE AND BLOW
Tsunami reveals human noise pollution in Hawaiian waters
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
A tsunami that struck Hawaii in 2011 and caused a temporary halt to boat traffic has provided scientists a rare glimpse into what the bays might sound like without human activities. The tsunam ... more
OIL AND GAS
Japan taking on more oil
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
For the first time in two months, the economy in Japan took on more crude oil from Kuwait, posting a gain of more than 20 percent from last year, data show. ... more
CAR TECH
Investors fuel a multibillion-dollar ride-sharing frenzy
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 29, 2017
Investors including Japan's SoftBank and Google-parent Alphabet are fueling a drive to a ride-sharing future, betting on startups such as industry giants Uber and Lyft which have so far failed to deliver profits. ... more
NUKEWARS
EU, Japan ask UN to condemn N. Korea over rights abuses
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
The European Union and Japan asked the United Nations on Tuesday to condemn North Korea for gross human rights violations, drawing a link between severe hunger endured by North Koreans and Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs. ... more



Fighting overdose epidemic, US bans all fentanyl-type drugs
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The US Justice Department on Thursday announced a ban on all fentanyl-like drugs amid skyrocketing rates of overdoses from the synthetic opioids. Authorities moved to plug legal loopholes in which producers of fentanyl - which can be 50 times more potent than heroin - slightly alter the chemical makeup to render it a legal substance. "Anyone who possesses, imports, distributes, or manu ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
French robbers target big-spending Chinese tourists
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Mexico earthquake reconstruction will cost $2.5bn: Pena Nieto
San Juan (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Back to school in Puerto Rico, but still without power
New insights into metamaterial magic
Houghton MI (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Metamaterials offer the very real possibility that our most far-fetched fancies could one day become real as rocks. From invisibility cloaks and perfect lenses to immensely powerful batteries, their super-power applications tantalize the imagination. That said, so far "tantalize" has been the operative word, even though scientists have been studying metamaterials for more than 15 years. "N ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Cancer cells destroyed with dinosaur extinction metal
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
General Atomics awarded $8.8M contract for low power laser demonstrator
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Technique offers advance in testing micro-scale compressive strength of cement
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Biologists tracking vulnerable turtle species in the Mediterranean have borrowed a technique from forensic scientists. By measuring "stable isotope ratios," scientists at the University of Exeter were able to determine where turtles were traveling from to breed Cyprus. Isotopes are variants of the same chemical element. Each variant boasts a different number of neutrons in its nucleus. ... more
Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
50 years of data from oxygen minimum lab helps predict the oceans' future
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn engineers develop filters that use nanoparticles to prevent slime build-up
Simple green synthesis is a breath of fresh air
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Nanoparticles of controllable composition and size have great potential in electrical, optical and chemical devices, but they must be created in a safe and cost-effective way. Kazuhiro Takanabe and coworkers from KAUST now report a simple method for synthesizing metal-sulfide nanoparticles at low temperature without using environmentally harmful solvents. Metal sulfides, which are crystall ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Subset of carbon nanotubes poses cancer risk similar to asbestos in mice
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
New, simplified technique makes light metallic nanofoam
Providence RI (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Researchers show how nanoscale patterning can decrease metal fatigue
Boeing meets 2017 ballistic missile defense installation goal early
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Boeing and the Ground-based Midcourse Defense team on Tuesday announced that they have installed the 44th interceptor, the last installation of 2017 for the ground-based surface-to-air anti-ballistic missile defense system. The Department of Defense set out to increase America's long-range defense ballistic missiles to 44 interceptors by the end of 2017, with Boeing meeting the goal ahe ... more
Stockholm (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Sweden picks US Patriot missile system over European rival
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh airport
Moscow (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Russia conducts ballistic missile tests
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
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Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
In recent years, research efforts such as the Materials Genome Initiative and the Materials Project have produced a wealth of computational tools for designing new materials useful for a range of applications, from energy and electronics to aeronautics and civil engineering. But developing processes for producing those materials has continued to depend on a combination of experience, intui ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study shows need for adaptive powered knee prosthesis to assist amputees
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods
Trump praises China's 'highly respected' Xi
Beijing (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
US President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as a "highly respected and powerful representative of his people" on Friday as he wrapped up his first state visit to Beijing. Trump showered his host with accolades during two days of meetings during which the US leader sought to convince Xi to do more to reduce a trade deficit with China and rein in nuclear-armed North Korea. ... more
Phuket, Thailand (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Chinese dissident writer dies on medical parole
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists allowed to appeal jail terms
Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth's ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced this week. According to NASA, the ozone hole reached its peak extent on Sept. 11, covering an area about two and a half times the size of the United States - 7.6 million square miles in extent - ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Satellite Tracks Ozone Pollution by Monitoring Its Key Ingredients
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
FIMI completes control acquisition transaction in IAI's ImageSat
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 01, 2017
Vega to launch an Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco
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Cover crops shield soil from extreme temps
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil temperature to thrive. If the temperature changes too quickly, plants won't do well. Their seeds won't germinate or their roots will die. "Most plants are sensitive to extreme changes in soil te ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
France to oppose EU's 5-year renewal for weedkiller glyphosate
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage
Vancouver WA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
WSU researcher sees huge carbon sink in soil minerals
Scientists find potential 'missing link' in chemistry that led to life on earth
La Jolla CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a compound that may have been a crucial factor in the origins of life on Earth. Origins-of-life researchers have hypothesized that a chemical reaction called phosphorylation may have been crucial for the assembly of three key ingredients in early life forms: short strands of nucleotides to store genetic information, short chains ... more
Ottawa, Canada (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
18-Month Twinkle in a Forming Star Suggests a Very Young Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Atmospheric beacons guide NASA scientists in search for life
Last season's flu shot protected only 1 in 5 people
Miami (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Last season's flu shot protected as few as one in five people and this year's could be similarly ineffective, researchers said Monday, calling for a better way to make the vaccine. The reason just 20 to 30 percent of people were protected by the 2016-2017 flu shot was a mutation in the H3N2 strain of the virus, which did not show up in the mass-produced vaccine that is grown using eggs, said ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Tracking mosquitoes with your cellphone
Buffalo NY (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The end of pneumonia? New vaccine offers hope
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
Scientists are successfully breeding disease-resistance into mosquitoes
Judges finish investigation into Guinea stadium massacre
Conakry (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Guinean judges have completed an investigation into a massacre in which at least 157 opposition supporters were killed and 109 women raped by troops in a stadium in 2009, the justice ministry said in a statement Thursday. In September 2009, a massive opposition protest in a stadium in Conakry against then junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara's rule ended in bloodshed when his security forces open ... more
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Dozens of new wildlife corridors identified for African mammals
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Niger ambush probe to last until at least January: Pentagon
Niamey (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Sahel anti-terror force sees teething problems in first mission
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Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Like many young people, 29-year-old student L.L. loves his cell phone. So much so, in fact, that his studies, his work and even his personal relationships have suffered, and his phone eventually became a way to avoid people in the real world. That was when he realized he needed help. L.L., who like other patients interviewed by AFP asked that their full names not be used, suffers from a ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 10, 2017
The road to Orion's launch
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
NASA Completes Review of First SLS, Orion Deep Space Exploration Mission
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Science has more impact when researchers travel, collaborate
Trump prods Xi to work 'hard' and fast on North Korea
Beijing (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Donald Trump showered Chinese leader Xi Jinping with praise during talks in Beijing Thursday, but prodded his host to work fast to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis, warning "time is quickly running out". Speaking on the second day of a trip to Beijing marked by pomp and pageantry, the US president also decried China's "one-sided and unfair" trade surplus with the United States bu ... more
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
On first Mideast trip, Macron urges 'firm' stance on Iran
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
NATO discusses Russia missile treaty 'violations': Mattis
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
France's Macron: US risks pushing Iran to build nukes
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