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January 09, 2018
Japan's Aerospace Agency Developing Radar Detecting Space Micro-Debris

Tokyo (Sputnik) Jan 09, 2018
Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is developing a radar that will be capable of detecting space micro-debris of about 10 centimeters (3.9 inches), local media reported on Monday. According to the Yomiuri newspaper, the current JAXA's radar is capable of finding the debris only of over 150 centimeters in Earth orbit, whereas the future radar, that is expected to be put into operation in 2023, will be about 200 times more sensitive. The new device will aim to study the ways of preven ... read more

US military chopper makes second emergency landing in Okinawa
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
An American military helicopter made an emergency landing in Okinawa on Monday, just two days after a similar incident on the southern Japanese island. ... more
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 t ... more
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
Toyota brings the store to you with self-driving concept vehicle
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
Self-driving buses aren't new, but Toyota's concept vehicle unveiled Monday aims to be more than just that - a mobile platform for e-commerce, ridesharing and medical services, for a start. ... more

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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
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
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
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
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
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

DLR and Japan sign collaboration agreement on climate research

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
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
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 28, 2017
A Japanese researcher has developed - by accident-- a new type of glass that can be repaired simply by pressing it back together after it cracks. ... more
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

2017 the costliest year in US history for natural disasters
Miami (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
Last year was the most expensive in US history for natural disasters, with a barrage of fires, freezes, floods and hurricanes that cost $306 billion, according to a US government report Monday. In 2017, a total of 16 disasters cost $1 billion or more, and led to at least 362 deaths, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The death toll could be substantia ... more
Washington (AFP) Jan 6, 2018
Blocks from White House, a freezing tent is home
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Jan 9, 2018
Teachers in Iraq's Mosul learn to cope with traumatised pupils
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 31, 2017
UN's Guterres issues year-end 'red alert' for a world divided
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
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jan 09, 2018
Japan's Aerospace Agency Developing Radar Detecting Space Micro-Debris
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 03, 2018
New lensless camera creates detailed 3-D images without scanning
Dulles VA (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
Orbital ATK receives order for 2nd In-Orbit Satellite Servicing Vehicle

Egypt building huge water treatment plant amid supply concerns
Cairo (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
Egypt is building a major water treatment and desalination plant, the president said Monday, as the Nile-dependent nation plans for any fallout from an upstream dam being built by Ethiopia. The North African country is constructing "the largest wastewater treatment and desalination plant", President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said live on state television. "We are only doing what we need to do ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Jan 04, 2018
New study identifies thermometer for global ocean
Kandal, Cambodia (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
Power stacked against SE Asia's poor as China dams Mekong
Washington (UPI) Jan 5, 2018
Ocean acidification altering the architecture of California mussel shells
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
Washington (UPI) Jan 8, 2018
Lockheed to support AEGIS missile system on USS Stout
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 Chines's next 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

Digital assistants duel for dominance at major electronics show
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 9, 2018
Virtual aides battled to rule "smart homes" on the eve of the official opening of the Consumer Electronics show gadget gala here. Samsung, LG Electronics, Panasonic and others touted a future in which homes, cars and pockets brim with technology that collaborates to make lives easier. Google and Amazon are key players in the trend, with their rival Assistant and Alexa voice-commanded vir ... 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 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 09, 2018
ICON and GOLD teaming up to explore Earth's interface to space

Warming to force winemakers, growers to plant different varieties
(UPI) Jan 2, 2018
Global warming is likely to force many winemakers and winegrowers to cultivate new grape varieties, according to a new study. Unfortunately, many wine producers are reluctant to change. To help vineyards adapt, scientists say more work needs to be done to understand the diversity of wine grapes and their ability to thrive in different climes. "What we're interested in talking abo ... more
Norwich UK (SPX) Jan 02, 2018
Speed breeding technique sows seeds of new green revolution
(UPI) Jan 2, 2018
Speed breeding breakthrough to boost crop research
Sao Tome (AFP) Jan 4, 2018
Sao Tome: Rainforests, chocolate and millionaires
Chemists discover plausible recipe for early life on Earth
La Jolla, CA (SPX) Jan 09, 2018
Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a fascinating new theory for how life on Earth may have begun. Their experiments, described in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrate that key chemical reactions that support life today could have been carried out with ingredients likely present on the planet four billion years ago. "This was a black box for us, ... 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
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
Discovering the structure of RNA

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
Kinshasa (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
DR Congo mourns flood victims as cholera fears mount
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
IS-allied Boko Haram faction claims killing of Nigerian troops
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Jan 5, 2018
The Islamic State faction of Boko Haram on Friday said it was responsible for a late December attack on Nigerian army barracks, claiming it killed nine soldiers and took military equipment. The jihadist faction said in an online statement published by the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) that it had orchestrated the raid on army barracks in the town of Kanamma in northeast Yobe ... 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
Washington (AFP) Jan 3, 2018
US strike targets vehicle bomb in Somalia

NASA Deep Space Exploration Systems looks ahead to action-packed 2018
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Jan 09, 2018
Engineers preparing NASA's deep space exploration systems to support missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond are gearing up for a busy 2018. The agency aims to complete the manufacturing of all the major hardware by the end of the year for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), which will pave the road for future missions with astronauts. Planes, trains, trucks and ships will move across America and ... more
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
Tech faithful gather to worship at mecca of innovation
Washington (UPI) Jan 01, 2018
Space 2018: Missions and launches to look for in the new year
Cape Canaveral AFS (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
ULA completes major Starliner review for return to manned US spaceflight
North Korea says will attend Olympics in rival South
Seoul (AFP) Jan 9, 2018
North Korea said it was willing to send athletes and a high-level delegation to the forthcoming Winter Olympics in the South on Tuesday as the rivals held their first official talks in more than two years after high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. Seoul urged that reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War - one of the most emotive legacies of the conflict - ... more
Washington (AFP) Jan 7, 2018
NKorea must stop nuke testing before any talks with US: Haley
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
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