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March 06, 2018
Unprecedentedly wide and sharp dark matter map

Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 04, 2018
A research team of multiple institutes, including the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and University of Tokyo, released an unprecedentedly wide and sharp dark matter map based on the newly obtained imaging data by Hyper Suprime-Cam on the Subaru Telescope. The dark matter distribution is estimated by the weak gravitational lensing technique. The team located the positions and lensing signals of the dark matter halos and found indications that the number of halos could be inconsistent wi ... read more

Japan's H2-A launches new spy satellite
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Feb 28, 2018
Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Tuesday successfully launched a H2-A rocket with a new reconnaissance satellite from the space center in the prefecture of Kagoshima. The rocket ... more
NASA joins international science team in exploring auroral cusp from Norway
Wallops Island VA (SPX) Feb 28, 2018
North of Norway over the Norwegian and Greenland Seas, the magnetic bubble surrounding the Earth dips inward, allowing space particles to funnel in toward the planet. NASA and United States sc ... more
Japan car giants team up to build hydrogen stations
Tokyo (AFP) March 5, 2018
Top Japanese carmakers said on Monday they were teaming up to nearly double the amount of hydrogen stations in Japan, as the car-mad country seeks to head off competition from China and Germany. ... more
Scientists take step toward safer batteries by trimming lithium branches
Matsumoto, Japan (SPX) Mar 01, 2018
A collaborative team of researchers from Shinshu University in Japan have found a new way to curb some of the potential dangers posed by lithium ion batteries. The team, led by Susumu Arai, a ... more
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Scientists discover strange new water bear species
Washington (UPI) Mar 1, 2018
Just when you thought tardigrades couldn't get any weirder, scientists discover an algae-eating water bear that lays tentacled eggs. ... more
Shedding high-power laser light on the plasma density limit
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Feb 26, 2018
The interaction of high-power laser light sources with matter has given rise to numerous applications including; fast ion acceleration; intense X-ray, gamma-ray, positron and neutron generation; and ... more
Charging ahead to higher energy batteries
Matsumoto, Japan (SPX) Feb 26, 2018
Researchers have developed a new way to improve lithium ion battery efficiency. Through the growth of a cubic crystal layer, the scientists have created a thin and dense connecting layer between the ... more
Japan's INPEX inks agreement for Emirati oil
Washington (UPI) Feb 26, 2018
For the next 40 years, Japanese energy company INPEX said it would play a role in the development of oil reserves off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. ... more
China investigates suspected N. Korea sanctions breach
Beijing (AFP) Feb 22, 2018
China said Thursday it was investigating allegations that a ship marked with Chinese characters transferred cargo to a North Korean vessel in a potential violation of UN sanctions on the high seas. ... more
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Japan welcomes WTO ruling on South Korea Fukushima food row
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 23, 2018
Japan on Friday welcomed a World Trade Organization ruling that called for South Korea to lift an import ban on Japanese seafood, imposed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. ... more
Japan confirms oil from wrecked tanker hitting its beaches
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 23, 2018
Oil that has washed ashore on several southern Japanese islands is likely from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea last month, Japan's coastguard said Friday. ... more
Japanese researchers develop ultrathin, highly elastic skin display
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 20, 2018
A new ultrathin, elastic display that fits snugly on the skin can show the moving waveform of an electrocardiogram recorded by a breathable, on-skin electrode sensor. Combined with a wireless commun ... more
US fighter jet drops fuel tanks in Japan accident
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 20, 2018
Japan's defence ministry demanded explanations Tuesday from the US military after a fighter jet experiencing an engine fire dropped two fuel tanks into a lake in the country's north. ... more
Japan reports suspected North Korea sanctions breach
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 21, 2018
Japan has reported a new suspected sanctions violation by Pyongyang to the UN after spotting an apparent cargo transfer between a ship marked with Chinese characters and a North Korean vessel, the Japanese foreign ministry said. ... more

More than a well-balanced breakfast: Scientists use egg whites for clean energy production

Optimizing recycling of scrap car parts yields big savings
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Feb 20, 2018
Sorting scrap car parts into just eight classes could increase recycling rates of alloy elements to over 97% in Japan, according to a study by Tohoku University researchers and their colleagues. ... more
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Japanese, US astronauts end spacewalk to fix robotic arm
Washington (AFP) Feb 16, 2018
A Japanese and an American astronaut floated for hours outside the International Space Station Friday on a spacewalk to repair the orbiting outpost's robotic arm and move some equipment into storage. ... more
Fukushima operator told to compensate for suicide of 102-year-old
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 20, 2018
A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to compensate relatives of a 102-year-old man who killed himself at the prospect of fleeing his home. ... more
US naval officers at Japan base removed over 'misconduct'
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 16, 2018
The US Navy said Friday it had removed three senior officers deployed in Japan for "personal misconduct," after one was reportedly found wandering the base drunk and naked. ... more
UN nuclear agency to help Japan for 2020 Olympics
Vienna (AFP) Feb 15, 2018
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced Thursday that it will help Japan in "enhancing nuclear security measures" for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. ... more
Water-soluble warped nanographene
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 13, 2018
Graphene and its nano-sized little sibling, nanographene, are well known for their remarkable photoelectronic properties. However, biomedical applications are hampered by the insolubility of the mat ... more
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At the UN, a diplomatic dance decides the fate of nations
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 3, 2018
The issues that come before the UN Security Council are the gravest to face any decision-making body - questions of war and peace, life and death. But when world diplomats are building towards a weighty decision, almost any diplomatic tactic seems fair game, even sleight of hand. All the envoys in endless daily meetings in the vast glass-walled tower on Turtle Bay, New York, would say ... more
+ Venezuela's woes spread to zoos as animals feed on each other
+ Mobile phones help transform disaster relief
+ Baby born on British roadside after snow blocks hospital dash
+ New evidence of nuclear fuel releases found at Fukushima
+ For the love of gun: US couples take weapons to church
+ Taiwan developer detained over deadly quake building collapse
+ L'Aquila, a quake-hit city still grateful to Berlusconi
Latest updates from NASA on IMAGE Recovery
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 01, 2018
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 01, 2018 On Feb. 22, 2018, the signal from IMAGE began to break up and has been silent since Feb. 24. The team continues to assess what may be the issue, but it is known that this episode does not mimic the sudden silence that occurred in 2005 when contact was originally lost with the spacecraft. The team continues to make preparations to attempt to bring the attitude dete ... more
+ Radioactive cylinder found on Lebanon coast: authority
+ Common bricks can be used to detect past presence of uranium, plutonium
+ Majorana runners go long range: New topological phases of matter unveiled
+ Researchers demonstrate promising method for improving quantum information processing
+ Silk fibers could be high-tech 'natural metamaterials'
+ Squid skin could be the solution to camouflage material
+ Atomic structure of ultrasound material not what anyone expected

Chile's Bachelet unveils massive marine parks in legacy move
Santiago (AFP) Feb 28, 2018
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has unveiled protections for a huge oceanic area home to incredibly diverse marine life, in a move to boost her legacy two weeks before leaving power. Bachelet signed Tuesday a law creating the Rapa Nui marine park around Easter Island and the southern town of Tortel, another around the Juan Fernandez Islands and a third around Chile's southernmost point, ... more
+ New Zealand FM's 'strategic anxiety' about Pacific
+ Better ocean turbulence models to improve climate predictions
+ Italy, China propose solution to Lake Chad's water problem
+ Marine animals explore the ocean in similar ways
+ The West Coast is losing its biggest Chinook salmon
+ Stagnation in the South Pacific
+ Temperatures to keep rising in Pacific Northwest, new climate models confirm
Nanomaterials: What are the environmental and health risks?
Venice, Italy (SPX) Mar 06, 2018
From nanoscale silver to titanium dioxide for air purification, the use of nanomaterials of high commercial relevance proves to have clear benefits as it attracts investments, and raises concerns. 'Nano' sized materials (a nanometre is one millionth of a millimetre) could pose environmental and health risks under certain conditions. The uncertainties and insufficient scientific knowledge could s ... more
+ UT Dallas team's microscopic solution may save researchers big time
+ Researchers invent light-emitting nanoantennas
+ Nanomushroom sensors: One material, many applications
+ USTC realizes strong indirect coupling in distant nanomechanical resonators
+ Scalable and cost-effective manufacturing of thin film devices
+ Ultra-efficient removal of carbon monoxide using gold nanoparticles on a molecular support
+ Fast-spinning spheres show nanoscale systems' secrets
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Will missile defense be feeble against hypersonic weapons
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2018
Russia's latest missiles and other new types of weaponry are unmatched anywhere in the world and capable of nullifying the effectiveness of the United States' global missile defense, which Washington has started deploying since its withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty back in 2002, experts told Sputnik. While addressing the parliament earlier in the day, Russian President Vlad ... more
+ Lockheed Martin tapped to speed up AEGIS system
+ America's missile-defense system not ready for hypersonic threats
+ U.S., Israel test Arrow 3 missile system
+ Israel, US Successfully Test Hetz 3 Exoatmospheric Anti-Missile System
+ China to Develop Sea-Based Missile Interceptors
+ Lockheed awarded $523M for Patriot missiles for Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Romania
+ Beijing holds successful missile defense test
Satellite will test plan for global China led satcom network
Beijing (XNA) Mar 06, 2018
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, the nation's largest missile maker, will launch a satellite this year to demonstrate technologies for a vast space-based communications network capable of covering every corner on the Earth, including the Arctic and Antarctica. Zhang Zhongyang, president of the CASIC Second Academy, said engineers are assembling the satellite and plan to place it ... more
+ China to launch Long March-5B rocket in 2019
+ China plans rocket sea-launch
+ China speeds up research, commercialization of space shuttles
+ Long March rockets on ambitious mission in 2018
+ Chinese taikonauts maintain indomitable spirit in space exploration: senior officer
+ China launches first shared education satellite
+ China's first X-ray space telescope put into service after in-orbit tests

Beware of replicating sexism in AI, experts warn
Barcelona (AFP) March 1, 2018
Artificial intelligence could emulate human bias, including sexism, if there is no oversight on data used to create it, experts at the world's largest mobile phone fair in Barcelona warned Thursday. "We're all very aware the machines will learn the same bias as those who coded them," Emma McGuiguan, in charge of technology at consultants Accenture, said at the Mobile World Congress. AI i ... more
+ Don't want to lose a finger? Let a robot give a hand
+ Berkeley Lab 'minimalist machine learning' algorithms analyze images from very little data
+ Snake-inspired robot uses kirigami to move
+ Robotic crystals that walk n' roll
+ Robo-picker grasps and packs
+ Brothers look to harness artificial intelligence for greater good
+ Google Assistant adds more languages in global push
Tibetans greet new year with giant Buddhas, dancing and lamb carcasses
Rebkong County, China (AFP) March 4, 2018
Despite a few elbows to the face, Tsering pushed through the broil of Tibetan worshippers and lifted her bawling two-year-old over the mad crush, briefly pressing the girl's forehead to a passing sacred scroll. Scores of monks and men heaved the enormous thangka - an image of Buddha painted on silk, rolled up in a tight cylinder while in transit - through the packed streets around Rongwo M ... more
+ China signals hardened stance on Hong Kong, Taiwan
+ China's rubber-stamp legislature to give Xi free rein
+ US journalists fear China detained their families
+ Historic meeting lauds lifetime power for Xi
+ China's 'super rich' legislators get richer
+ Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl seen topping $25 mn at auction
+ China's Xi takes another stride in Mao's footsteps

New data helps explain recent fluctuations in Earth's magnetic field
Rochester NY (SPX) Mar 05, 2018
Using new data gathered from sites in southern Africa, University of Rochester researchers have extended their record of Earth's magnetic field back thousands of years to the first millennium. The record provides historical context to help explain recent, ongoing changes in the magnetic field, most prominently in an area in the Southern Hemisphere known as the South Atlantic Anomaly. ... more
+ Lockheed Martin supports weather services with 2nd Series R weather satellite
+ US blasts off another satellite to boost weather forecasts
+ NASA joins international science team in exploring auroral cusp from Norway
+ How does GEOS-5-based planetary boundary layer height and humidity vary across China?
+ New partnership aids sustainable growth with earth observations
+ CloudSat Exits the 'A-Train'
+ Swarm trio becomes a quartet

'Doomsday' seed vault gets makeover as Arctic heats up
Longyearbyen (AFP) March 2, 2018
Designed to withstand a nuclear missile hit, the world's biggest seed vault, nestled deep inside an Arctic mountain, is undergoing a makeover as rising temperatures melt the permafrost meant to protect it. Dubbed the "Noah's Ark" of food crops, the Global Seed Vault is buried inside a former coal mine on Svalbard, a remote Arctic island in a Norwegian archipelago around 1,000 kilometres (650 ... more
+ Cuban cigars: a treasure from Havana to Beijing
+ Soil cannot halt climate change
+ The secret to tripling the number of grains in sorghum and perhaps other staple crops
+ 'Noah's Ark' seed vault chalks up a million crop varieties
+ EU food agency says three pesticides harm bees as ban calls grow
+ New approach to improve nitrogen use, enhance yield, and promote flowering in rice
+ Berlin films journey into agribusiness wastelands
Chemical sleuthing unravels possible path to forming life's building blocks in space
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 06, 2018
Scientists have used lab experiments to retrace the chemical steps leading to the creation of complex hydrocarbons in space, showing pathways to forming 2-D carbon-based nanostructures in a mix of heated gases. The latest study, which featured experiments at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), could help explain the presence of pyrene, which is ... more
+ Do you know where your xenon is?
+ Tesla in space could carry bacteria from Earth
+ NASA finds a large amount of water in an exoplanet's atmosphere
+ Hubble observes exoplanet atmosphere in more detail than ever before
+ When two species become one: New study examines 'speciation reversal'
+ Alien life in our Solar System? Study hints at Saturn's moon
+ When do aging brown dwarfs sweep the clouds away?

DARPA Names Researchers Working to Halt Outbreaks in 60 Days or Less
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 27, 2018
The increasing threat of infectious diseases is intensifying the need for breakthrough technologies and capabilities to protect first responders and equip them with therapeutics that can halt the impact of infectious agents. Current approaches for recent public health emergencies due to infectious diseases have not produced effective preventive or therapeutic solutions in a relevant timescale. E ... more
+ China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu
+ UV light can kill airborne flu virus, study finds
+ Playing 20 Questions with Bacteria to Distinguish Harmless Organisms from Pathogens
+ 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
IS video of Niger attack highlights US troops' vulnerability
Washington (AFP) March 5, 2018
A propaganda video released by the Islamic State group that apparently shows the deadly ambush of US troops in Niger raised fresh questions Monday as to the nature of the mission and why the soldiers had been left so vulnerable. The distressing video, distributed by a pro-IS news agency, includes graphic footage taken by a solder wearing a helmet camera. It shows the chaos of the attac ... more
+ Soldier killed in Senegal's troubled Casamance region
+ At least 28 killed in attack on Burkina army HQ: French, African security sources
+ Malian families accuse army of killing 7 civilians
+ Anger as rail construction begins in Nairobi National Park
+ Humans changed the ecosystems of Central Africa more than 2,600 years ago
+ 'Save Lake Chad' meeting opens in Nigeria
+ Djibouti ruling party claims landslide parliamentary win
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NASA, partners seek input on standards for deep space technologies
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 06, 2018
In order to maximize investment in, and benefits of, future deep space exploration platforms and technologies, NASA and its International Space Station partners have collaborated to draft standards that address seven priority areas in which technology compatibility is crucial for global cooperation. The agency and its partners are seeking feedback on these draft interoperability standards, ... more
+ NASA Team outfits Orion for abort test with lean approach
+ Knowledge matters for Year of Education on Station
+ Jemison: 'If you want a seat at the table, you can have one'
+ Cosmonaut, two US astronauts return to Earth from ISS
+ ISS Expedition 54 crew land safely in Kazakhstan
+ Aerospace introduces new Senior Advisory Council for space policy
+ International team publishes roadmap to enhance radioresistance for space colonization
US training Europeans to use nukes against Russia: Lavrov
Geneva (AFP) Feb 28, 2018
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused Washington of training Europeans in the use of nuclear weapons, with the aim of using them against his country. "Nuclear disarmament is hampered by the US non-strategic nuclear weapons in Europe," Lavrov told the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Russia's top diplomat took particular issue with "nuclear so-called sharing ... more
+ Iran accord failure would be 'great loss': IAEA chief
+ Two Six Labs to support SIGMA anti-nuclear terrorism program
+ China puts hold on US bid for UN ban of ships over N.Korea smuggling
+ Iran says no missile talks unless West gives up its nuclear weapons
+ N. Korea lambasts US for attatching preconditions for talks
+ French foreign minister holds tense talks in Tehran
+ White House clarifies Trump-North Korea 'call'; As South meets North
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