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February 07, 2018
Japan Successfully Launches World's Smallest Carrier Rocket

Tokyo (Sputnik) Feb 07, 2018
TOKYO (Sputnik) - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Saturday carried out a successful launch of the world's smallest carrier rocket SS-520-5, according to live broadcast by JAXA. The liftoff took place from the Uchinoura Space Center at 02:03 p.m. local time (05:03 GMT). The rocket is set to place into orbit a TRICOM-1R satellite for geological surveillance and communications with a mass of just three kilograms (6.6 pounds) developed at the University of Tokyo. The satellite would ... read more

Okinawa vote seen as boosting Japan's bid to relocate US base
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 5, 2018
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday welcomed the result of a mayoral election in the southern Japanese island of Okinawa seen as key to pushing ahead with a decades-old plan to relocate a US military base. ... more
Navy issues more punishments over fatal collisions
Washington (UPI) Feb 2, 2018
Ahead of scheduled hearings for former naval officers involved in two separate Seventh Fleet crashes last year that claimed the lives of 17 sailors, Navy officials have issued additional punishments for sailors involved in the collisions. ... more
Powerful new dataset reveals patterns of global ozone pollution
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 06, 2018
Although ozone pollution is dropping across many parts of the United States, western Europe and Japan, many people living in those countries still experience more than a dozen days every year in whi ... more
Fukushima operator aims to double visitors by Tokyo Olympics
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Japan (AFP) Feb 2, 2018
Fukushima's nuclear power operator is hoping to double the number of visitors to its tsunami-ravaged facilities by 2020, seeking to use the Olympic spotlight to clean up the region's image. ... more
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Kyocera team update progress of 480-Megawatt solar power project
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 05, 2018
Kyocera Corporation, Kyudenko Corporation, and Mizuho Bank, Limited which have been jointly investigating the possibility of operating a maximum 480-megawatt (MW) solar power project on the island o ... more
Iran prioritizes focus on sunken oil tanker
Washington (UPI) Feb 5, 2018
With pollution on the coast of Japan a concern, the Iranian government said Monday it was prioritizing its response to the sinking of the oil tanker, Sanchi. ... more
2-D tin stanene without buckling: A possible topological insulator
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Feb 02, 2018
Nagoya University-led researchers produce 2D sheets of tin atoms predicted to have exotic uses in electronics. Nagoya, Japan - Sometimes it pays to be two-dimensional. The merits of graphene, ... more
Kyocera TCL Solar completes 21MW solar plant on repurposed land
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 02, 2018
Kyocera Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation report that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has completed construction of a 21.1 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefect ... more
'Oil-like' blobs hit Japan beaches after tanker sinks
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 2, 2018
"Oil-like" blobs are washing up on the beaches of several southern Japanese islands, officials said Friday, raising fears they could be from a tanker that sank in the area nearly three weeks ago. ... more
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Oil from stricken Iranian vessel may have reached Japan
Washington (UPI) Feb 2, 2018
It's possible that oil from an Iranian tanker that sunk off the coast of China last month has reached the coast of Japan, maritime officials said. ... more
Weakened Japan takes on more Kuwaiti oil
Washington (UPI) Feb 1, 2018
Kuwait, the fourth-largest crude oil exporter to Japan, said Thursday that December levels were more than 30 percent higher than at the same time in 2016. ... more
NASA-JAXA Joint Statement on Space Exploration
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jan 30, 2018
On January 24, 2018, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) met to exchange their views on space exploration. The agencies signed a jo ... more
Japan calls on China to up N. Korea cooperation
Beijing (AFP) Jan 28, 2018
Japan's foreign minister called on China to increase cooperation on curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons programme Sunday during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing. ... more
Japan, China talks end with friendship vows but no breakthrough
Beijing (AFP) Jan 28, 2018
Japan's foreign minister met China's top leadership Sunday for rare diplomatic talks that ended with mutual vows to improve their chilly ties but little in the way of concrete proposals. ... more

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South Korea demands Japan close museum on disputed islands
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 25, 2018
South Korea on Thursday demanded the "immediate closure" of a new Tokyo museum devoted to two sets of disputed islands - just hours after it opened. ... more
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Japan seeks upgraded whaling ship as PM vows to continue hunts
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 24, 2018
Japan is considering upgrading its ageing lead whaling ship, a fisheries official said Wednesday, as the prime minister vowed to continue the country's controversial Antarctic hunts despite international protests. ... more
Freezing Tokyo sees most ambulance calls for 80 years
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 25, 2018
Tokyo's ambulance service has experienced its busiest day in more than 80 years, officials said Thursday, amid icy conditions as the Japanese capital shivers through its coldest temperatures in decades. ... more
Fresh tremors halt search ops after Japan volcano eruption
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 24, 2018
New volcanic activity Wednesday forced Japanese police to suspend search operations a day after an eruption near a popular ski resort that killed a soldier and injured several other people. ... more
Walmart, Rakuten unveil alliance on e-books, groceries
Washington (AFP) Jan 26, 2018
US retail giant Walmart and Japanese internet titan Rakuten unveiled a strategic partnership which will include collaboration on digital books in the United States and grocery delivery in Japan. ... more
One dead as volcano erupts near Japan ski resort
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 23, 2018
A Japanese soldier was killed Tuesday and several other people injured after a volcano erupted near a popular ski resort, sparking an avalanche and leaving scores stranded - including tourists from Britain and Taiwan. ... more
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French watchdog points at Russia over radiation cloud
Paris (AFP) Feb 6, 2018
The radioactive cloud detected across Europe late last year may have been caused by an incident in Mayak nuclear facility, one of Russia's biggest, France's radioactivity surveillance institute said Tuesday. "One possible hypothesis is that of a leak coming from an incident during an operation involving radioactive fuel cooled for around two years in Mayak complex, which is in the area betwe ... more
+ Cape Town calls for hygiene blitz amid water crisis
+ Fukushima operator aims to double visitors by Tokyo Olympics
+ Dutch 'ill-prepared' for cross-border nuclear accident: probe
+ Dutch to help tourism firms on storm-hit Caribbean isles
+ Researchers identify 'anxiety cells' inside the brains of mice
+ Stressed-out Dhaka to get 'Anger Management Park'
+ Mammals and birds could have best shot at surviving climate change
Latest Data From IMAGE Indicates Spacecraft's Power Functional
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 06, 2018
New data regarding IMAGE provides some additional - though not yet complete - information on how the spacecraft began to transmit signals again. On Thanksgiving Day in 2004, the IMAGE spacecraft - at that time still fully functioning - underwent an unexpected power distribution reboot, after which the power returned only on one side - labeled the B side - of the unit. (Satellites are usual ... more
+ Latest Data From IMAGE Indicates Spacecraft's Power Functional
+ In-Orbit Servicing Market Opportunity Exceeds $3 Billion
+ Studying the Van Allen Belts 60 years after America's first spacecraft
+ Quantum control
+ Quantum cocktail provides insights on memory control
+ VR helps surgeons to 'see through' tissue and reconnect blood vessels
+ Virtual reality goes magnetic

PALS Turns to Marine Organisms to Help Monitor Strategic Waters
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 05, 2018
The world's vast oceans and seas offer seemingly endless spaces in which adversaries of the United States can maneuver undetected. The U.S. military deploys networks of manned and unmanned platforms and sensors to monitor adversary activity, but the scale of the task is daunting and hardware alone cannot meet every need in the dynamic marine environment. Sea life, however, offers a potential new ... more
+ Cape Town now faces dry taps by May 11
+ Tiny Michigan town in water fight with Nestle
+ In the Galapagos, an idyllic hammerhead shark nursery
+ Ocean plastics raise risk of coral reef disease
+ Coastal water absorbing more carbon dioxide
+ Paradise lost: 'Anote's Ark' shows Kiribati on the brink
+ EU seeks to give millions better access to drinking water
Optical nanoscope allows imaging of quantum dots
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 03, 2018
Physicists have developed a technique based on optical microscopy that can be used to create images of atoms on the nanoscale. In particular, the new method allows the imaging of quantum dots in a semiconductor chip. Together with colleagues from the University of Bochum, scientists from the University of Basel's Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute reported the findings in ... more
+ Piecework at the nano assembly line
+ On the rebound as nanoparticles self-heal
+ Let the good tubes roll
+ Touchy nanotubes work better when clean
+ Ultra-thin optical fibers offer new way to 3-D print microstructures
+ Nanowrinkles could save billions in shipping and aquaculture
+ Building molecular wires, one atom at a time
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Lockheed tapped by Army for 10 more THAAD interceptors
Washington (UPI) Jan 29, 2018
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for 10 additional Lot 10 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, interceptors for the U.S. Army. The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $459.2 million under a modified fixed-price incentive-firm target contract for line item numbers. Friday's award is the second ... more
+ Test of US-Japanese missile interceptor fails again
+ Beijing holds successful missile defense test
+ Saudi says Yemen rebel ballistic missile shot down
+ Raytheon awarded $2.3B to support Patriot missile system
+ Boeing awarded $6.56B for upgrades to ballistic missile defense system
+ America's premier space wing completes SBIRS baseline constellation
+ Hawaii fires warning officer who sent missile alert
China launches first shared education satellite
Jiuquan (XNA) Feb 06, 2018
China's first shared education satellite, Young Pioneer 1, carried by the Long March-2D rocket, was launched into space from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Friday afternoon. The 3-kg CubeSat (100 * 100 * 340mm), Young Pioneer 1, enters an orbit of 502 km above the Earth. The rocket also carried Zhangheng 1, an electromagnetic satellite to study earthquake data, and five other miniaturized ... more
+ China's first X-ray space telescope put into service after in-orbit tests
+ China's first successful lunar laser ranging accomplished
+ Yang Liwei looks back at China's first manned space mission
+ Space agency to pick those with the right stuff
+ China to select astronauts for its space station
+ No space for China's stay-at-home taikonauts
+ China Focus: The making of heroes - the women and men of China's space program

Artificial intelligence sparks hope -- and fear, US poll shows
Washington (AFP) Jan 31, 2018
Americans are torn over the promise of artificial intelligence, a new poll showed Wednesday, expressing broad optimism about the emerging technologies but also fearing their negative impacts - including job losses, a poll showed Wednesday. The Gallup survey showed 79 percent of Americans say artificial intelligence has had a "mostly positive" or "very positive" impact on their lives thus fa ... more
+ Bezos hails Alexa as Amazon profits surge
+ NIST's superconducting synapse may be missing piece for 'artificial brains'
+ Applying machine learning to the universe's mysteries
+ Let's make a deal: Could AI compromise better than humans?
+ Dutch robots help make cheese, 'smell' the roses
+ 'Job-killing' robots, AI under scrutiny in Davos
+ AI, virtual reality make inroads in tourism sector
China says Swedish publisher held under criminal law
Beijing (AFP) Feb 6, 2018
China acknowledged Tuesday that Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai was in custody under criminal law, brushing aside Stockholm's protests after he was seized under the eyes of Swedish diplomats last month. Gui, 53, was arrested on a train to Beijing just over two weeks ago while being assisted by two Swedish diplomats - the second time he has disappeared in murky circumstances into Chinese c ... more
+ Hong Kong democracy activists walk free in appeal victory
+ Daughter's fears grow over bookseller missing in China
+ Vatican's delicate China mission runs into trouble
+ Hong Kong democracy candidate cleared to run in fraught vote
+ China rights lawyer charged with 'inciting subversion'
+ Ex-governor urges British PM to speak out on Hong Kong in China visit
+ EU envoy urges China to release Swedish book publisher

NASA's small spacecraft produces first 883-gigahertz global ice-cloud map
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 31, 2018
A bread loaf-sized satellite has produced the world's first map of the global distribution of atmospheric ice in the 883-Gigahertz band, an important frequency in the submillimeter wavelength for studying cloud ice and its effect on Earth's climate. IceCube - the diminutive spacecraft that deployed from the International Space Station in May 2017- has demonstrated-in-space a commercial 883 ... more
+ Smog-forming soils
+ SSTL and 21AT announce new Earth Observation data contract
+ Ozone layer declining over populated zones: study
+ Scientists explain the impacts of aerosol radiative forcing
+ Powerful new dataset reveals patterns of global ozone pollution
+ UK to play a major role in space weather mission concept
+ Weather pioneer returns 60 years after historic mission

UTIA research examines long-term economic impact of cover crops
Knoxville TN (SPX) Feb 06, 2018
It isn't often that researchers have the luxury to examine data from a long-term research project. While most research projects last from three to five years, scientists with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently published a study that covered a 29-year period to find the benefits of cover crops on no-till cotton fields. Cotton is a major crop grown in the southeast ... more
+ More rice, please: 13 rice genomes reveal ways to keep up with ever-growing population
+ New Year canines stashed away in Muslim Malaysia
+ Australia toughens foreign investment rules amid China concerns
+ Vines from Napa, Bordeaux tough against heat, drought
+ Learn to value your food, says Brazil's top chef
+ Dairy sector trembles at EU powdered milk mountain
+ Researchers reveal how microbes cope in phosphorus-deficient tropical soil
TRAPPIST-1 Planets Probably Rich in Water
Garching, Germany (SPX) Feb 06, 2018
A new study has found that the seven planets orbiting the nearby ultra-cool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 are all made mostly of rock, and some could potentially hold more water than Earth. The planets' densities, now known much more precisely than before, suggest that some of them could have up to 5 percent of their mass in the form of water - about 250 times more than Earth's oceans. The hotter ... more
+ Hubble offers first atmospheric data of exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1
+ What the TRAPPIST-1 Planets Could Look Like
+ New Clues to Compositions of TRAPPIST-1 Planets
+ Astronomers identify first planets outside the Milk Way
+ Trappist planets have water, may be 'habitable': researchers
+ Stellar embryos in dwarf galaxy contain complex organic molecules
+ First Light for Planet Hunter ExTrA at La Silla

Scientists report big improvements in HIV vaccine production
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2018
Research on HIV over the past decade has led to many promising ideas for vaccines to prevent infection by the AIDS virus, but very few candidate vaccines have been tested in clinical trials. One reason for this is the technical difficulty of manufacturing vaccines based on the envelope proteins of the virus, according to Phil Berman, who led development of a major component of the only vac ... more
+ Plague outbreak in Madagascar revived dread of a killer
+ 'Mutant flu' could lead to more effective vaccine: study
+ Scientists find new clues about 'wave after wave' of germs that killed the Aztecs
+ TSRI scientists discover workings of first promising Marburg virus treatment
+ MSF warns of mounting cholera cases in flood-hit Kinshasa
+ DR Congo mourns flood victims as cholera fears mount
+ Supercharged antibiotics could turn tide against superbugs
France freezes assets of DR Congo general over civilian 'massacres'
Paris (AFP) Feb 4, 2018
France has frozen the financial assets of a Congolese general placed on the UN's sanctions list for supporting a massacre of civilians by a suspected militia in 2014 and 2015, according to a notice published Sunday. The government will freeze the "funds and financial resources" in France belonging to General Muhindo Akili Mundos, an ally of President Joseph Kabila, as well as those of three ... more
+ Mali mayor kidnapped by armed men: family
+ Benin's threatened Pendjari National Park gets $23.5m boost
+ Suicide bomber kills four Malian soldiers
+ Two customs officers killed in Mali 'jihadist' attack
+ Somali forces kill boys in anti-Shabaab operation: US
+ US calls for South Sudan arms embargo after failed truce
+ S.Africa in 'new era', likely next president tells Davos

NanoRacks adds Thales Alenia Space to team up on Commercial Space Station Airlock Module
Turin, Italy (SPX) Feb 07, 2018
NanoRacks reports that Thales Alenia Space has been chosen as the latest partner in its commercial airlock program. Thales Alenia Space will produce and test the critical pressure shell for NanoRacks' Airlock Module, which is targeting to be launched to the International Space Station late 2019, and will be used to deploy commercial and government payloads. Thales Alenia Space will also ma ... more
+ Cosmonauts position antennae wrong during record-long spacewalk
+ Putting down roots in space
+ Celebrating 60 years of groundbreaking US space science
+ Russia to start offering spacewalks for tourists
+ Spinoff 2018 Highlights Space Technology Improving Life on Earth
+ Soon humans will travel out beyond the Moon
+ Amazon opens plant-filled "The Spheres" buildings
Pentagon pushes nuclear weapons expansion, modernization
Washington (UPI) Feb 2, 2018
The Pentagon called for the United States to develop two new types of weapons in an update of its nuclear policy Friday. The new policy - the first update of the Nuclear Posture Review since 2010 - pushes modernization of U.S. nuclear weapons, infrastructure and delivery systems. It overturns years of Obama-era policy that sought to reduce the size and power of the United States' nucl ... more
+ China slams "wild guesses" in US nuclear review
+ U.S., U.K. to upgrade ballistic missile guidance system
+ US does not rule out North Korea talks at Olympics
+ Iran president rules out negotiations over missiles
+ Fears of nuclear arms race despite US, Russian pledges
+ Lockheed Martin awarded contract to modernize USAF Airborne Launch Control System
+ US wants low-yield nukes to prod Russia to respect nuclear pacts
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