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January 10, 2018
'To boldly grow': Japan astronaut worried by space growth spurt

Tokyo (AFP) Jan 10, 2018
A Japanese astronaut has sparked hilarity back on Earth after he claimed to have grown nine centimetres in space, making him worried he would not squeeze into the capsule home. Norishige Kanai, who is aboard the International Space Station, tweeted: "We had our bodies measured after reaching space, and wow, wow, wow, I had actually grown by as much as 9 centimetres (3.5 inches)!" "I have grown like a plant in just three weeks," he said, adding that he had not experienced a growth spurt like this ... read more

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. Acc ... 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
Japan steps into offshore Brazil bonanza
Washington (UPI) Jan 9, 2018
A consortium of Japanese energy companies said Tuesday they agreed to invest in a long-term agreement involving floating production options for offshore Brazil. ... 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
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
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

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
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
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

Scores of migrants missing in Mediterranean: Libyan Navy
Tripoli (AFP) Jan 10, 2018
Between 90 and 100 migrants were missing after their makeshift boat sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the country's navy said late Tuesday. The inflatable boat was carrying more than 100 people when it went down, according to navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem, who said rescuers had saved just 17 people, including some women. Survivors clung to the vessel for hours before help ar ... more
Miami (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
2017 the costliest year in US history for natural disasters
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Jan 9, 2018
Teachers in Iraq's Mosul learn to cope with traumatised pupils
Washington (AFP) Jan 6, 2018
Blocks from White House, a freezing tent is home
ESA researching see-through metals
Paris (ESA) Jan 10, 2018
Astronauts on the International Space Station have begun running an experiment that could shine new light on how metal alloys are formed. How humanity has mastered metallurgy is synonymous with progress, with historians labelling periods such as the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Most metals used today are mixtures - alloys - of different metals, combining properties to make lighter an ... more
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
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
NASA Holds 2nd Satellite Servicing Tech Day

French cop cleared over death of anti-dam protester
Toulouse, France (AFP) Jan 9, 2018
A French policeman on Tuesday was cleared of responsibility over the death of an environmental activist killed by a stun grenade during a 2014 protest over a contested dam. The shocking death of Remi Fraisse triggered riots in several French cities. The 21-year-old botany student died after being hit by the grenade during clashes between the police and opponents of a planned dam in Sive ... more
Cairo (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
Egypt building huge water treatment plant amid supply concerns
Kandal, Cambodia (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
Power stacked against SE Asia's poor as China dams Mekong
bLondon, UK (SPX) Jan 09, 2018
European sampling sheds light on massive diversity of freshwater plankton
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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Lockheed to support AEGIS missile system on USS Stout
Washington (UPI) Jan 8, 2018
Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense equipment in support of the USS Stout, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is worth more than $10.1 million under a fixed-price-incentive modification to a previous award contract. The modification could ... more
Riyadh (AFP) Jan 5, 2018
Saudi intercepts ballistic missile near Yemen border: state media
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
Scientist reveals what is so special about Chines's next moon mission
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 08, 2018
China is poised to begin a comprehensive lunar exploration program which is expected to kick off with the launch of the Long March 5 rocket in June. Professor Heino Falcke, an astrophysicist at Radboud University in the Netherlands, explained during an interview with Radio Sputnik why this mission is so important. Radio Sputnik: Please tell us about your radio telescope, which you are plan ... more
Wuhan, China (XNA) Jan 02, 2018
China's Kuaizhou-11 rocket scheduled to launch in first half of 2018
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
Beijing, China (SPX) Jan 02, 2018
Scientists teach robots how to respect personal space
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jan 02, 2018
Machine learning will change jobs
Former Chinese military chief of staff under investigation
Beijing (AFP) Jan 9, 2018
A former chief of staff of China's military is under investigation on "suspicion of bribery", state media said Tuesday, as Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-graft crackdown claimed another top general. Fang Fenghui was appointed to the PLA's top post in 2012. But he was abruptly replaced in late August amid a stand-off with India over a territorial dispute and just days after he had met US top bras ... more
Beijing (AFP) Jan 4, 2018
China puts Tibetan language advocate on trial for subversion
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

China launches remote sensing satellites SuperView-1
Taiyuan (XNA) Jan 10, 2018
China launched a pair of 0.5-meter high-resolution remote sensing satellites Tuesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province. The satellites, SuperView-1 03/04, blasted off at 11:24 a.m. Beijing time on the back of a Long March 2D rocket, according to the center. The mission aims to promote the country's commercial use of high-resolution remote sensi ... more
Sydney (AFP) Jan 10, 2018
Australia swelters through one of hottest years on record
Beijing, China (SPX) Jan 10, 2018
Soil freeze-thaw stimulates nitrous oxide emissions from alpine meadows
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
Iron-Rich Stars Host Shorter-Period Planets
Baltimore MD (SPX) Jan 10, 2018
Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have learned that the chemical composition of a star can exert unexpected influence on its planetary system - a discovery made possible by an ongoing SDSS survey of stars seen by NASA's Kepler spacecraft, and one that promises to expand our understanding of how extrasolar planets form and evolve. "Without these detailed and accurate meas ... more
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jan 10, 2018
Extraterrestrial Hypatia stone rattles solar system status quo
La Jolla, CA (SPX) Jan 09, 2018
Chemists discover plausible recipe for early life on Earth
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
'SHARKs' will help Large Binocular Telescope hunt for Exoplanets

MSF warns of mounting cholera cases in flood-hit Kinshasa
Kinshasa (AFP) Jan 9, 2018
Floods and mudslides in the Democratic Republic of Congo's chaotic capital Kinshasa have caused cholera cases to rise over five-fold to more than 100 a week, medical charity MSF said Tuesday. "In past weeks we registered about 20 cases a week on average. At present, we have more than 100 each week," said Jean Liyolongo from Medecins sans Frontieres. He said the spurt began in the first w ... more
Kinshasa (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
DR Congo mourns flood victims as cholera fears mount
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Jan 08, 2018
Supercharged antibiotics could turn tide against superbugs
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
Preventing the next epidemic in Madagascar
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

'To boldly grow': Japan astronaut worried by space growth spurt
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 10, 2018
A Japanese astronaut has sparked hilarity back on Earth after he claimed to have grown nine centimetres in space, making him worried he would not squeeze into the capsule home. Norishige Kanai, who is aboard the International Space Station, tweeted: "We had our bodies measured after reaching space, and wow, wow, wow, I had actually grown by as much as 9 centimetres (3.5 inches)!" "I have ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Jan 09, 2018
NASA Deep Space Exploration Systems looks ahead to action-packed 2018
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 8, 2018
Tech faithful gather to worship at mecca of innovation
Cape Canaveral AFS (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
ULA completes major Starliner review for return to manned US spaceflight
S. Korea's Moon willing to hold summit with Kim Jong-Un
Seoul (AFP) Jan 10, 2018
South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Wednesday he would be willing to sit down with the nuclear-armed North's leader Kim Jong-Un, as the international community welcomed an agreement for Pyongyang to send its athletes to the Winter Olympics in the South. The Games in Pyeongchang next month have long been overshadowed by geopolitical tensions, with the North launching missiles capable of r ... more
Seoul (AFP) Jan 9, 2018
North Korea to attend Olympics in rival South
Washington (AFP) Jan 9, 2018
US: Olympics may show North Korea what it's missing
Seoul (AFP) Jan 9, 2018
Koreas agree to restore military hotline: Seoul official
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