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January 08, 2018
WATER WORLD
New study identifies thermometer for global ocean



San Diego CA (SPX) Jan 04, 2018
There's a new way to measure the average temperature of the ocean thanks to researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. In an article published in the Jan. 4, 2018, issue of the journal Nature, geoscientist Jeff Severinghaus and colleagues at Scripps Oceanography and institutions in Switzerland and Japan detailed their ground-breaking approach. Determining changes in the average temperature of the entire world's ocean has proven to be a nearly impo ... read more

SHAKE AND BLOW
Two minor quakes 'wrongly trigger' Japan's alert system
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 5, 2018
Millions of people in Tokyo received a loud alert Friday that a "strong" earthquake was about to hit - but it proved to be a false alarm apparently triggered by geological chance. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Struggling Westinghouse Electric sold to Brookfield for $4.6 bn
New York (AFP) Jan 4, 2018
Financially-troubled Westinghouse Electric announced Thursday it agreed to be sold to Brookfield Business Partners for $4.6 billion, pending approval by a US bankruptcy court. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Russia accuses US of breaking treaty over defence system sale to Japan
Moscow (AFP) Dec 30, 2017
Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov on Saturday accused the United States of violating a key arms treaty by selling a missile defence system to Japan. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Japan launches H-IIA carrier rocket with 2 satellites
Tokyo (Sputnik) Dec 26, 2017
Japan has successfully launched on Saturday H-IIA carrier rocket with two research satellites on board, theJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said in a statement. "Mitsubishi Heavy Indu ... more

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SoftBank seals deal for large Uber stake, trimming valuation
Washington (AFP) Dec 29, 2017
Uber and SoftBank announced a deal Thursday allowing the Japanese tech titan to take a large stake in the US ridesharing giant, making a hefty cut in the valuation of the biggest venture-backed startup. ... more
TRADE WARS
Masayoshi Son: From chicken feed to Japan's richest tycoon
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 29, 2017
Once asked on Twitter about his receding hairline, Masayoshi Son, founder of Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank, retorted: "My hair is not receding. I'm advancing." ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Epson, Apple face French legal pressure over planned obsolescence
Paris (AFP) Dec 28, 2017
French prosecutors have launched a probe into Japanese printer maker Epson for alleged planned obsolescence in its products, using landmark consumer legislation that campaigners hope to turn against Apple as well. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
DLR and Japan sign collaboration agreement on climate research
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Dec 28, 2017
Around the time of the Paris climate summit on 12 December 2017, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and th ... more
OIL AND GAS
New LNG bunkering port possible for Thailand
Washington (UPI) Dec 27, 2017
A Japanese energy company said Wednesday it was studying the possibility of working with a partner in Thailand on a plan for a port for LNG refueling. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Fukushima operator wins first safety approval since disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 27, 2017
Japan's nuclear watchdog Wednesday gave a formal green light to the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to restart two reactors, the first since the 2011 atomic crisis. ... more


Self-healing glass: a cracking discovery from Japan

SPACE TRAVEL
Crew of three docks at International Space Station
Moscow (AFP) Dec 19, 2017
A three-man space crew made up of American and Japanese rookie astronauts and an experienced Russian cosmonaut successfully docked at the International Space Station to begin a six-month mission Tuesday. ... more
THE PITS
Poland opens Europe's largest coal-fired power unit
Warsaw (AFP) Dec 19, 2017
Polish state-controlled energy company Enea on Tuesday inaugurated Europe's largest coal-fired power unit, at a time when other nations want to shift away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan unveils record defence budget against N. Korea threat
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 22, 2017
Japan's defence budget will swell to a record $46 billion for the next fiscal year, the government said Friday, as the nation shores up its missile shield against the threat posed by North Korea. ... more
NUKEWARS
Lotte Group founder: rags to riches to prison term
Seoul (AFP) Dec 22, 2017
The nonagenarian founder of South Korean retailer Lotte Group went from rags to riches but faces the prospect of ending his days in prison after being convicted of embezzlement and other offences on Friday. ... more




Blocks from White House, a freezing tent is home
Washington (AFP) Jan 6, 2018
Two sleeping bags and "many blankets" are not enough to keep Jin Yang-Hun comfortable in the pup tent in which he lives just blocks from the White House. Yet Jin isn't going anywhere, even as dangerously cold wind chills are forecast to sweep across the eastern United States this weekend. Jin, a US citizen originally from South Korea, is among almost 7,500 homeless people in the United S ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 31, 2017
UN's Guterres issues year-end 'red alert' for a world divided
Freetown (AFP) Dec 31, 2017
Sierra Leone mudslide survivors living back in danger zone
Ain Issa, Syria (AFP) Dec 26, 2017
Displaced Syrians survive war but face battle against cold
NASA Holds 2nd Satellite Servicing Tech Day
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
Up until now, we've lived in an era of "one and done" spacecraft. Barring a few notable exceptions, spacecraft launch alone, operate alone and are decommissioned alone. In an average year, several billion dollars' worth of satellites that could be refueled or repaired are retired because there is no way to service them in space. On Jan. 30, 2018, NASA will host a satellite servicing indust ... more
Akron OH (SPX) Jan 03, 2018
Nature's smallest rainbows, created by peacock spiders, may inspire new optical technology
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jan 03, 2018
Accelerated analysis of the stability of complex alloys
Dulles VA (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
Orbital ATK receives order for 2nd In-Orbit Satellite Servicing Vehicle


New study identifies thermometer for global ocean
San Diego CA (SPX) Jan 04, 2018
There's a new way to measure the average temperature of the ocean thanks to researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. In an article published in the Jan. 4, 2018, issue of the journal Nature, geoscientist Jeff Severinghaus and colleagues at Scripps Oceanography and institutions in Switzerland and Japan detailed their ground-breaking approach. ... more
Kandal, Cambodia (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
Power stacked against SE Asia's poor as China dams Mekong
Washington (UPI) Jan 3, 2018
New coral sowing method could inspire large-scale reef restoration
Washington (UPI) Jan 4, 2018
Oxygen levels in Earth's oceans continue to drop
Silver nanoparticles take spectroscopy to new dimension
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 03, 2018
As medicine and pharmacology investigate nanoscale processes, it has become increasingly important to identify and characterize different molecules. Raman spectroscopy, a technique that leverages the scattering of laser light to identify molecules, has a limited capacity to detect molecules in diluted samples because of low signal yield. A team of researchers from the University of Hyderab ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Dec 27, 2017
Researchers find simpler way to deposit magnetic iron oxide onto gold nanorods
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Dec 18, 2017
Discovery sets new world standard in nano generators
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A 100-fold leap to GigaDalton DNA nanotech
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Saudi intercepts ballistic missile near Yemen border: state media
Riyadh (AFP) Jan 5, 2018
Saudi Arabia on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile over the kingdom's south near the border with Yemen, state media reported, hours after Yemeni rebels said they had launched an attack. The Huthi rebels, locked in a war against Yemen's Saudi-backed government, said they had fired a missile at the kingdom's southwestern province of Najran in a statement tweeted by their Al-Masirah televis ... more
Washington (UPI) Jan 5, 2018
Turkey commissions study for future missile defense system
Riyadh (AFP) Jan 5, 2018
Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel ballistic missile
Moscow (AFP) Dec 30, 2017
Russia accuses US of breaking treaty over defence system sale to Japan
China's Kuaizhou-11 rocket scheduled to launch in first half of 2018
Wuhan, China (XNA) Jan 02, 2018
China's Kuaizhou-11 solid-fuelled carrier rocket is scheduled to launch for the first time, in the first half of 2018, according to the rocket's developer and producer China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC). The preparation work for the launch has been completed, and the rocket will send six satellites into space in its first mission, said Zhang Di, an official with CASIC. ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 08, 2018
Scientist Reveals What is so Special About the New Chinese Moon Mission
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040


Robots and humans: How to improve physical interaction
Beijing, China (SPX) Jan 02, 2018
Popular entertainment often portrays robots as the perfect best friend, from Bender in the cartoon Futurama to the mighty Transformers. These close friendships don't exist off-screen yet, but humans and robots are getting to know each other better in real life. Dr. Ali Safavi and Prof. Mehrdad Zadeh at Kettering University have proposed a model to improve human-robot interactions using hap ... more
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
Virtual aide market a "wildfire" at CES gadget show
Washington (UPI) Jan 4, 2018
Scientists design muscles for shape-shifting, cell-sized robots
Beijing, China (SPX) Jan 02, 2018
Scientists teach robots how to respect personal space
China puts Tibetan language advocate on trial for subversion
Beijing (AFP) Jan 4, 2018
A Tibetan who has waged a campaign to preserve his region's ancestral language was put on trial in China for inciting separatism Thursday in a case Amnesty International denounced as "ludicrously unjust". Tashi Wangchuk was featured in a New York Times documentary that followed him on a trip to Beijing, where he attempted to get Chinese state media and courts to address what he describes as ... more
Beijing (AFP) Jan 4, 2018
Migrant worker evictions tear at Beijing's backbone
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 1, 2018
Anti-Beijing protesters march in Hong Kong
Beijing (AFP) Jan 2, 2018
French President Macron to visit China next week


Resourcesat-2A Completes One Year in Space
New Delhi, India (SPX) Jan 02, 2018
India, with nearly 3.3 million sq.km. geographical area, is endowed with natural resources such as forests, crop lands, water resources, minerals, wetlands, snow and glaciers etc. The accurate information on the availability of natural resources and their optimal management is vital for sustainable development and overall socio-economic growth of the country. Resourcesat series of satellit ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Dec 28, 2017
Scientists discover unexpected side effect to cleaning up urban air
Washington (UPI) Jan 3, 2018
Earth passes perigee, its closest point to the sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 04, 2018
NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission locates elusive electron act


Sao Tome: Rainforests, chocolate and millionaires
Sao Tome (AFP) Jan 4, 2018
Key facts on Sao Tome and Principe: - TROPICAL: Archipelago of small islands located off the western coast of central Africa in the Gulf of Guinea. Named after the two main islands, Sao Tome and Principe, covered with lush rainforests with unique species. - SLAVES: Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, used as a settlement for convicts and later as a transhipment s ... more
London (AFP) Jan 4, 2018
UK to continue farm subsidies for five years after Brexit
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 2, 2018
Natural therapy: Hong Kong's mountain warriors
(UPI) Jan 2, 2018
Warming to force winemakers, growers to plant different varieties
Scientists directly observe living bacteria in polar ice and snow
York UK (SPX) Dec 28, 2017
For the first time scientists have directly observed living bacteria in polar ice and snow - an environment once considered sterile. The new evidence has the potential to alter perceptions about which planets in the universe could sustain life and may mean that humans are having an even greater impact on levels of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere than accepted evidence from climate history studies ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Jan 02, 2018
Harvard Astronomer Gives Pointers on Searching for Space Aliens
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
'SHARKs' will help Large Binocular Telescope hunt for Exoplanets
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Jan 01, 2018
Orbital mayhem around a red dwarf


Supercharged antibiotics could turn tide against superbugs
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Jan 08, 2018
An old drug supercharged by University of Queensland researchers has emerged as a new antibiotic that could destroy some of the world's most dangerous superbugs. The supercharge technique , led by Dr Mark Blaskovich and Professor Matt Cooper from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), potentially could revitalise other antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria - superbugs - ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
Preventing the next epidemic in Madagascar
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
Going to the Source to Prevent Viral Disease Outbreaks
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 02, 2018
Cholera hotspots found at Uganda's borders and lakes
US strike targets vehicle bomb in Somalia
Washington (AFP) Jan 3, 2018
US forces in Somalia have conducted a strike against a bomb-laden vehicle that was going to be used against civilians in Mogadishu, the US military's Africa Command said Wednesday. The strike against Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militants occurred early January 2 about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the capital. It killed "two terrorists and (destroyed) one vehicle-borne improvised ... more
Bamako (AFP) Dec 31, 2017
Mali president names new govt after ex-PM's resignation
Conakry (AFP) Dec 30, 2017
Guinea massacre suspects to go before criminal tribunal
Bukavu, Dr Congo (AFP) Dec 25, 2017
Kabila residence burned down in DR Congo


Space 2018: Missions and launches to look for in the new year
Washington (UPI) Jan 01, 2018
For astronomers, astrophysicists, planetary scientists, space enthusiasts and others with an eye for the night sky, 2018 is expected to bring a variety of exciting developments. With dozens of space missions and expeditions set to get under way in 2018, launch complexes around the globe will be busy. U.S. launch pads will be especially busy, as SpaceX looks to launch even more rockets t ... more
Cape Canaveral AFS (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
ULA completes major Starliner review for return to manned US spaceflight
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
First NASA Commercial Crew mission in sight for 2018
Washington (AFP) Jan 6, 2018
John Young, who set records in space with NASA, is dead at 87
NKorea must stop nuke testing before any talks with US: Haley
Washington (AFP) Jan 7, 2018
North Korea must stop conducting nuclear tests before the United States would enter into any talks with the isolated Pyongyang regime, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday. "They have to stop testing. They have to be willing to talk about banning their nuclear weapons. Those things have to happen," she said Sunday, one day after President Donald Trump indicated he woul ... more
Moscow (AFP) Jan 5, 2018
Russia says US 'looking for reasons' to pressure Iran
Seoul (AFP) Jan 5, 2018
North Korea accepts South's offer of talks next week
Seoul (AFP) Jan 5, 2018
Olive branch or booby trap? N. Korea's new tone divides analysts
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