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November 13, 2017
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Colossal SoftBank fund could shake up tech world



San Francisco (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Japan-based SoftBank is sending tremors through the tech world with a massive new venture capital fund for investing in startups that's expected to dominate the industry so thoroughly it's playfully referred to as a "gorilla." The Vision Fund's $100 billion coffers nearly equals the total amount pumped into venture capital-backed companies last year, according to market intelligence firm CB Insights, and some say it may be a game-changer for Silicon Valley. "SoftBank shows a remarkable amount of ... read more

NUKEWARS
N. Korea brands Trump a 'warmonger' as his Asia tour moves to Hanoi
Hanoi (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
North Korea lashed out Saturday at Donald Trump's "warmonger's" tour of Asia as the US president landed in Hanoi on the latest leg of a five-nation regional visit to drum up support against Pyongyang's nuclear weapons build-up. ... more
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. ... 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
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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
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


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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
SUPERPOWERS
Japan PM Abe begins new term with vow to increase North Korea pressure
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
A newly re-elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday pledged increasing pressure on North Korea to force the nuclear-armed country to the negotiating table, days before a visit by US President Donald Trump expected to be dominated by the threat from Pyongyang. ... more
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



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
Berlin (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Allianz confident for 2017 after hurricane-battered Q3
Plasma from lasers can shed light on cosmic rays, solar eruptions
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Lasers that generate plasma can provide insight into bursts of subatomic particles that occur in deep space, scientists have found. Such findings could help scientists understand cosmic rays, solar flares and solar eruptions - emissions from the sun that can disrupt cell phone service and knock out power grids on Earth. Physicists have long observed that particles like electrons and atomic ... more
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Measuring atoms for better navigation and mineral detection
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Discovery of a new structure family of oxide-ion conductors SrYbInO4
Houghton MI (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
New insights into metamaterial magic
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
Subset of carbon nanotubes poses cancer risk similar to asbestos in mice
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Nanotechnology, the science of developing materials containing very small fibers, is having a growing influence on daily life. Now researchers have shown for the first time in mice that long and thin nanomaterials called carbon nanotubes may have the same carcinogenic effect as asbestos: they can induce the formation of mesothelioma. The findings were observed in 10%-25% of the 32 animals ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Simple green synthesis is a breath of fresh air
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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UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday. More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla's Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
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
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
NASA CubeSat to Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite Technology
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Behind every weather forecast-from your local, five-day prediction to a late-breaking hurricane track update-are the satellites that make them possible. Government agencies depend on observations from weather satellites to inform forecast models that help us prepare for approaching storms and identify areas that need evacuating or emergency first responders. Weather satellites have traditi ... more
Seville, Spain (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Green rooves to reduce the effects of climate change
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Satellite Tracks Ozone Pollution by Monitoring Its Key Ingredients
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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
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Chinese company offers lifetime of booze for $1,700 on Alibaba
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
Astronomers See Moving Shadows Around Planet-Forming Star
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A team of mainly Dutch astronomers has observed moving shadows on a dust disk around a star. On multiple days they took a 'photo' of the star and its disk. They used the SPHERE instrument, partially built in the Netherlands, on the Very Large Telescope in Chile. Probably, processes in the inner disk cast their shadows at the outer disk. The astronomers publish their findings in The Astrophysical ... more
La Jolla CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Scientists find potential 'missing link' in chemistry that led to life on earth
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
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
Washington (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
US investigators return to scene of Niger ambush
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
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NASA Moves Up Critical Crew Safety Launch Abort Test
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
NASA's Orion spacecraft is scheduled to undergo a design test in April 2019 of the capsule's launch abort system (LAS), which is a rocket-powered tower on top of the crew module built to very quickly get astronauts safely away from their launch vehicle if there is a problem during ascent. This full-stress test of the LAS, called Ascent Abort Test 2 (AA-2), will see a booster, provided by O ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic
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
NATO discusses Russia missile treaty 'violations': Mattis
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
NATO defence ministers have addressed Russia's "violations" of a key arms control treaty and discussed ways to bring Moscow back into compliance, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. Washington claims that Russia has broken with the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed during the Cold War, that prohibits the deployment of short- and intermediate-range missiles. "We have ... more
Seoul (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at N. Korea
Beijing (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Trump prods Xi to work 'hard' and fast on North Korea
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
On first Mideast trip, Macron urges 'firm' stance on Iran
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