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February 11, 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

Improving drone performance in headwinds
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Feb 12, 2018
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? The prevalence of multi-rotor drones has increased dramatically in recent years, but in headwinds they pitch upwards unpredictably. Engineers from Tohoku University, Jap ... more
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
Nissan to invest $9.5 billion in China to drive sales
Beijing (AFP) Feb 5, 2018
Japanese automaker Nissan Motor and its Chinese joint venture partner announced on Monday a $9.5 billion investment plan in China to increase annual sales by one million vehicles and boost electric car production. ... more
Total commits further to LNG as a maritime fuel
Washington (UPI) Feb 6, 2018
French supermajor Total said Tuesday it made a deeper commitment to liquefied natural gas by chartering a refueling vessel for Europe-to-Asia trade routes. ... more
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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
Pence: US 'ready for any eventuality' on N.Korea
Yokota Air Base, Japan (AFP) Feb 8, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday the United States was "ready for any eventuality" with regard to North Korea and warned that "all options were on the table" to deal with Pyongyang's threats. ... 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
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
'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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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
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
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
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
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

Oil from stricken Iranian vessel may have reached Japan

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
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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
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
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
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Eight dead, three missing after China road collapse
Beijing (AFP) Feb 8, 2018
Eight people died and three were missing in southern China after a water leak inside a subway station construction site caused a major road to cave in, authorities said Thursday. The sudden leak flooded the underground site and led to the multi-lane road's collapse in downtown Foshan, Guangdong province, on Wednesday night, the city government said in a statement. "A total of nine constr ... more
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+ Taiwan quake highlights hi-tech island's shoddy building past
+ Fukushima operator ordered to pay $10 million in new damages
+ French watchdog points at Russia over radiation cloud
+ 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
Helping authorities respond more quickly to airborne radiological threats
Raleigh NC (SPX) Feb 12, 2018
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique that uses existing technologies to detect potential airborne radiological materials in hours instead of days. "We wanted a rapid way of detecting radiological aerosols that are usually associated with the production of dirty bombs or other radiological weapons," says Joseph Cope, a Ph.D. student and fellow with ... more
+ Singapore takes next step towards implementing world's first space-based VHF communications
+ A Detailed Timeline of The IMAGE Mission Recovery
+ Researchers take terahertz data links around the bend
+ Advances in lasers get to the long and short of it
+ Quantum cocktail provides insights on memory control
+ VR helps surgeons to 'see through' tissue and reconnect blood vessels
+ A new radiation detector made from graphene

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
+ 'Sinking' Pacific nation is getting bigger: study
+ 'Monster fatberg' goes on public display in London
+ Vulnerable fear Cape Town's water shut-off
+ Galapagos fights temptation of lucrative mass tourism
+ Chemists develop a simple, easy-to-use method to break down pollutants in water
+ Lab experiment yields evidence of superionic ice
+ Bottoms up: Morocco PM glugs water to dispel pollution fears
On the rebound as nanoparticles self-heal
Lemont IL (SPX) Feb 02, 2018
Our bodies have a remarkable ability to heal from broken ankles or dislocated wrists. Now, a new study has shown that some nanoparticles can also "self-heal" after experiencing intense strain, once that strain is removed. New research from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Stanford University has found that palladium nanoparticles can repair atomic dislo ... more
+ Optical nanoscope allows imaging of quantum dots
+ 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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China to Develop Sea-Based Missile Interceptors
Beijing (XNA) Feb 09, 2018
China is planning to develop a sea-based missile defense launcher after completing a successful intercept of a ballistic missile in space from a ground-based system earlier this week, according to the South China Morning Post. "China's sea-based anti-missile system aims to defend both its territory and overseas interests, because sea-based defense systems will be set up wherever its warshi ... more
+ Lockheed awarded $523M for Patriot missiles for Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Romania
+ Beijing holds successful missile defense test
+ 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
Chinese taikonauts maintain indomitable spirit in space exploration: senior officer
Beijing (XNA) Feb 09, 2018
Chinese taikonauts have "maintained an indomitable spirit while carrying out space exploration," said Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, Wednesday. Zhang made the remarks at a seminar while listening to reports delivered by Chinese taikonauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Yang and Deng Qingming about their work over the years. The Taikonaut Corps of the People's Libe ... more
+ China launches first shared education satellite
+ 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

Quantum algorithm could help AI think faster
Singapore (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
One of the ways that computers 'think' is by analysing relationships within large sets of data. An international team has shown that quantum computers can do one such analysis faster than classical computers, for a wider array of data types than was previously expected. The team's proposed 'quantum linear system algorithm' is published in the 2 February issue of Physical Review Letters. In ... more
+ Bezos hails Alexa as Amazon profits surge
+ Army researchers develop new algorithms to train robots
+ 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
'Gotta find a way': Chinese rap in crisis after crackdown
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 8, 2018
Chinese rap and hip hop seemed poised to break out after a wildly popular singing show brought mainstream legitimacy to a musical style that had struggled to find its voice in China. But an abrupt official backlash against hip hop culture has tamed the swagger of artists who fear that Chinese rap's development, like a once-promising homegrown rock-and-roll movement, will be nipped in the bud ... more
+ Publisher detained in China 'confesses', blames Sweden
+ Hong Kong schools shut over deadly flu outbreak
+ Mercedes apologises to China after quoting Dalai Lama
+ Vatican's delicate China mission runs into trouble
+ China says Swedish publisher held under criminal law
+ Hong Kong democracy activists walk free in appeal victory
+ Daughter's fears grow over bookseller missing in China

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
+ NASA Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Questions
+ Ozone at lower latitudes not recovering, despite ozone hole healing
+ Ozone layer declining over populated zones: study
+ Scientists explain the impacts of aerosol radiative forcing
+ Powerful new dataset reveals patterns of global ozone pollution
+ NASA's small spacecraft produces first 883-gigahertz global ice-cloud map
+ UK to play a major role in space weather mission concept

China's need to turn milk green
Harpenden UK (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
China will need more than three times as much milk by 2050 as it produced in 2010 and, without changes to its current supply lines, the demand will lift global greenhouse gas emissions from dairy herds by 35%, expand dairy land by 32% and increase nitrogen pollution from dairy production by 48%. "The consequences of sticking to a 'business-as-usual' scenario are unthinkable," says Zhaohai ... more
+ Study warns of return of forgotten crop pathogen
+ Nigeria grapples with mob justice in farmer-herder clashes
+ Sweet route to greater yields
+ Bordeaux's 'magnificent' lost vintage pushes small growers to the edge
+ Amazon unveils grocery delivery via Whole Foods chain
+ UTIA research examines long-term economic impact of cover crops
+ More rice, please: 13 rice genomes reveal ways to keep up with ever-growing population
Are you rocky or are you gassy
Pasadena CA (SPX) Feb 09, 2018
A star about 100 light years away in the Pisces constellation, GJ 9827, hosts what may be one of the most massive and dense super-Earth planets detected to date according to new research led by Carnegie's Johanna Teske. This new information provides evidence to help astronomers better understand the process by which such planets form. The GJ 9827 star actually hosts a trio of planets, disc ... more
+ UChicago astrophysicists settle cosmic debate on magnetism of planets and stars
+ Viruses are falling from the sky
+ What the TRAPPIST-1 Planets Could Look Like
+ Hubble offers first atmospheric data of exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1
+ TRAPPIST-1 Planets Probably Rich in Water
+ New Clues to Compositions of TRAPPIST-1 Planets
+ Astronomers identify first planets outside the Milk Way

Playing 20 Questions with Bacteria to Distinguish Harmless Organisms from Pathogens
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 09, 2018
Bacteria underpins much of our world, acting behind the scenes to affect the health and behavior of animals and plants. They help produce food, provide oxygen, and even reshape the environment through a vast array of biological processes. They come in a phenomenal number of strains-many still unknown-and thrive in different ecological and environmental niches all over the world. But while ... more
+ UV light can kill airborne flu virus, study finds
+ Scientists report big improvements in HIV vaccine production
+ 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
African Union head calls China spying report 'lies'
Beijing (AFP) Feb 8, 2018
The African Union's chairman dismissed during a visit to Beijing on Thursday a French newspaper report alleging that China had spied on the continental body as "lies" intended to derail cooperation. The report published by Le Monde in January claimed technicians at the AU's Chinese-built headquarters in the Ethiopian capital discovered last year that the contents of their computers had been ... more
+ Cameroon's army denies alleged atrocities in restive anglophone regions
+ Nigeria to send troops to restive central states: army
+ 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

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
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+ All-in-one service for the Space Station
+ Marshall tech cleans your air, keeps your beer cold and helps with math
+ Holograms and mermaids: Top trends at Nuremberg toy fair
+ Russia to start offering spacewalks for tourists
+ Cosmonauts position antennae wrong during record-long spacewalk
+ Celebrating 60 years of groundbreaking US space science
France to spend 37 bn euros on upgrading nuclear arsenal
Paris (AFP) Feb 8, 2018
France is planning a 37-billion-euro revamp of its nuclear arsenal over the next seven years, part of a sharp increase in defence spending aimed at allowing France to "hold its own" as a key power in Europe, the country's defence chief said Thursday. The upgrades to France's land- and sea-based nuclear deterrent will be part of the nearly 300 billion euros ($370 billion) to be spent by 2025. ... more
+ Russians held for 'mining bitcoin' at top nuclear lab
+ UN chief urges dialogue in talks with N. Korea ceremonial leader
+ 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
+ Trump 'seeking nuclear war' with new policy: NKorean institute
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