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February 08, 2018
EARTH OBSERVATION
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 which levels of the lung irritant exceed health-based standards. That's one conclusion from a new health assessment based on the Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report or TOAR, an effort by the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project to create the world's most comprehensive database of surface ozo ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
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. Th ... more
NUKEWARS
Pence announces 'toughest' US sanctions on North Korea
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 7, 2018
Washington will soon unveil its "toughest sanctions ever" on North Korea, US Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday, adding that the Pyongyang regime would not be allowed to "hijack" the upcoming Olympics. ... more
MILPLEX
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
FLOATING STEEL
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

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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
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
ENERGY TECH
Is hydrogen the fuel of the future?
Cambridge UK (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
As the race to find energy sources to replace our dwindling fossil fuel supplies continues apace, hydrogen is likely to play a crucial role in the future. Japan has already announced its inten ... more
SOLAR DAILY
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
CHIP TECH
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
FROTH AND BUBBLE
'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 AND GAS
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
OIL AND GAS
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
OIL AND GAS
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
SOLAR DAILY
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
SPACE TRAVEL
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

SUPERPOWERS
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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SHAKE AND BLOW
Volcanos, earthquakes: Is the 'Ring of Fire' alight?
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 26, 2018
A volcanic eruption in the Philippines forces mass evacuations, while another in Japan kills one person. Across the Pacific, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hits off Alaska. So what's the link? ... more
SUPERPOWERS
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
WHALES AHOY
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
WHITE OUT
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
SHAKE AND BLOW
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
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Got a coastal bridge to retrofit? There's an optimal approach for that
Bethlehem, PA (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
Bridges make great metaphors for connection, as in "bridging our differences" and "building bridges." That may be because bridges play such a vital role in connecting people in real life. And, in a natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane or tsunami, connecting people via functioning bridges can mean the difference between life and death during the event itself. In the aftermath, bridge ... more
+ Taiwan quake highlights hi-tech island's shoddy building past
+ Cape Town calls for hygiene blitz amid water crisis
+ Fukushima operator aims to double visitors by Tokyo Olympics
+ French watchdog points at Russia over radiation cloud
+ 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
Singapore takes next step towards implementing world's first space-based VHF communications
Singapore (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
GomSpace together with The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) signed a research collaboration agreement on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow this week, to conduct a design study on the implementation of space-based Very High Frequency (VHF) communications for air traffic management (ATM) in the Singapore Flight Inform ... more
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+ In-Orbit Servicing Market Opportunity Exceeds $3 Billion
+ Studying the Van Allen Belts 60 years after America's first spacecraft
+ Quantum cocktail provides insights on memory control
+ VR helps surgeons to 'see through' tissue and reconnect blood vessels
+ Virtual reality goes magnetic


WSU researchers build alien ocean to test NASA outer space submarine
Pullman WA (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
Building a submarine gets tricky when the temperature drops to -300 Fahrenheit and the ocean is made of methane and ethane. Washington State University researchers are working with NASA to determine how a submarine might work on Titan, the largest of Saturn's many moons and the second largest in the solar system. The space agency plans to launch a real submarine into Titan seas in the next ... more
+ Bottoms up: Morocco PM glugs water to dispel pollution fears
+ Cape Town now faces dry taps by May 11
+ Ocean plastics raise risk of coral reef disease
+ Tiny Michigan town in water fight with Nestle
+ In the Galapagos, an idyllic hammerhead shark nursery
+ PALS Turns to Marine Organisms to Help Monitor Strategic Waters
+ Coastal water absorbing more carbon dioxide
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
+ On the rebound as nanoparticles self-heal
+ Let the good tubes roll
+ Piecework at the nano assembly line
+ 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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Beijing holds successful missile defense test
Beijing (AFP) Feb 6, 2018
China said Tuesday it successfully conducted a test of a ground-based missile defence system amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. Concern over a potential conflict with nuclear-armed North Korea is growing following a series of bellicose statements between Washington and Pyongyang. Monday's test of the mid-range missile system "achieved its anticipated goal" according to a brief ... more
+ Lockheed awarded $523M for Patriot missiles for Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Romania
+ Saudi says Yemen rebel ballistic missile shot down
+ Lockheed tapped by Army for 10 more THAAD interceptors
+ Raytheon awarded $2.3B to support Patriot missile system
+ Test of US-Japanese missile interceptor fails again
+ Boeing awarded $6.56B for upgrades to ballistic missile defense system
+ America's premier space wing completes SBIRS baseline constellation
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


Army researchers develop new algorithms to train robots
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have developed new techniques for robots or computer programs to learn how to perform tasks by interacting with a human instructor. The findings of the study will be presented and published at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Feb. 2-7. A ... 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
+ Artificial intelligence sparks hope -- and fear, US poll shows
+ 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
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


SSTL and 21AT announce new Earth Observation data contract
Guildford UK (SPX) Feb 07, 2018
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) signed a 25M pounds contract in Beijing yesterday with Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co., Ltd (21AT) to provide data from a new Earth Observation satellite (SSTL-S1) due for launch on PSLV in the middle of this year. The contract was signed by Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of SSTL, and Mme Wu Shuang, President and Chairman of 21A ... more
+ Scientists explain the impacts of aerosol radiative forcing
+ Powerful new dataset reveals patterns of global ozone pollution
+ Ozone at lower latitudes not recovering, despite ozone hole healing
+ Ozone layer declining over populated zones: study
+ NASA Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Questions
+ NASA's small spacecraft produces first 883-gigahertz global ice-cloud map
+ UK to play a major role in space weather mission concept


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
+ Nigeria grapples with mob justice in farmer-herder clashes
+ 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
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
+ Viruses are falling from the sky
+ Stellar embryos in dwarf galaxy contain complex organic molecules


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
Nigeria to send troops to restive central states: army
Abuja (AFP) Feb 7, 2018
Nigeria's army on Wednesday said it would send troops into the country's volatile central states to quell violence between farmers and herders that has killed hundreds in recent weeks. Major General David Ahmadu said the deployment from February 15 would crack down on "herdsmen/farmers clashes and attacks on innocent members of our communities, particularly in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa stat ... more
+ France freezes assets of DR Congo general over civilian 'massacres'
+ 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


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
+ Celebrating 60 years of groundbreaking US space science
+ Russia to start offering spacewalks for tourists
+ Soon humans will travel out beyond the Moon
+ Putting down roots in space
+ Spinoff 2018 Highlights Space Technology Improving Life on Earth
+ Amazon opens plant-filled "The Spheres" buildings
Lockheed Martin awarded contract to modernize USAF Airborne Launch Control System
Hill AFB UT (SPX) Feb 06, 2018
The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Lockheed Martin an $81 million Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contract to provide a design and functional prototype to replace the aging Airborne Launch Control System aboard the E-6B Mercury Airborne Command Post. The Airborne Launch Control System-Replacement (ALCS-R) program will provide a survivable alternate launch capability for th ... more
+ Pence announces 'toughest' US sanctions on North Korea
+ Top US general warns of 'nasty' Korea conflict, stresses diplomacy
+ US does not rule out North Korea talks at Olympics
+ Iran president rules out negotiations over missiles
+ Lockheed contracted for support of Trident D5 missile
+ Trump 'seeking nuclear war' with new policy: NKorean institute
+ Fears of nuclear arms race despite US, Russian pledges
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