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March 07, 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
Culturing cheaper stem cells
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Mar 07, 2018
Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) can infinitely self-renew and develop into all major cell types in the body, making them important for organ repair and replacement. But culturing them in large ... more
Splitting crystals for 2-D metallic conductivity
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 06, 2018
Sheets of electrons that are highly mobile in only two dimensions, known as 2D electron gas, have unique properties that can be leveraged for faster and novel electronic devices. Researchers have be ... 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
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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
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
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
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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
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

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
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More than a well-balanced breakfast: Scientists use egg whites for clean energy production
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Feb 20, 2018
Eggs may soon fuel more than people in the morning. Researchers from the Osaka City University in Japan have developed a way to potentially use egg whites as a substrate to produce a carbon-free fue ... more
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
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
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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
+ New evidence of nuclear fuel releases found at Fukushima
+ 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
+ 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
Laurel MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2018
Late on March 4, 2018, personnel at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, reported detecting IMAGE's signal for the first time after losing contact on Feb. 24. However the signal was too weak to lock on to. NASA continues to implement an interface with the 18-meter antenna at White Sands, New Mexico, in cooperation with the Near Earth Network, to be ready to command an ... more
+ Virtual predator is self-aware, behaves like living counterpart
+ Common bricks can be used to detect past presence of uranium, plutonium
+ Reaching new heights in laser-accelerated ion energy
+ Majorana runners go long range: New topological phases of matter unveiled
+ Researchers convert CO to CO2 with a single metal atom
+ Splitting crystals for 2-D metallic conductivity
+ Powerful new imaging method reveals in detail how particles move in solution

Advanced spatial planning models could promise new era of sustainable ocean development
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 07, 2018
Earth's vast oceans brim with potential for commercial activities ranging from tourism to shipping to alternative energy, but planning for the sustainable coexistence of different and competing industries has proved a complicated task. Now, researchers led by Florida State University Assistant Professor of Geography Sarah Lester have introduced an advanced, holistic analytical model that c ... more
+ New Zealand FM's 'strategic anxiety' about Pacific
+ Chile's Bachelet unveils massive marine parks in legacy move
+ 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
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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Interceptor test underscores reliability of proves PAC-3 anti missile system
Dallas TX (SPX) Mar 07, 2018
Two Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) interceptors successfully intercepted two tactical ballistic missile targets recently in a test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The PAC-3 CRI intercepts support the U.S. Army's Field Surveillance Program (FSP) ensuring the reliability and readiness of fielded PAC-3 missiles. The test also marked the tenth and eleventh succ ... more
+ Will missile defense be feeble against hypersonic weapons
+ 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 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
+ China's first successful lunar laser ranging accomplished

UTSA researchers want to teach computers to learn like humans
San Antonio TX (SPX) Mar 06, 2018
A new study by Paul Rad, assistant director of the UTSA Open Cloud Institute, and Nicole Beebe, Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship and director of the UTSA Cyber Center for Security and Analytics, describes a new cloud-based learning platform for artificial intelligence (A.I.) that teaches machines to learn like humans. "Cognitive learning is all about teaching comp ... more
+ Researchers find algorithm for large-scale brain simulations
+ Don't want to lose a finger? Let a robot give a hand
+ Beware of replicating sexism in AI, experts warn
+ 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
China signals hardened stance on Hong Kong, Taiwan
Beijing (AFP) March 5, 2018
China signalled Monday it was hardening its stance on dissent in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where it faces growing frustration with the increasingly authoritarian government of President Xi Jinping. In a report to the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing, Premier Li Keqiang warned China "will never tolerate any separatist schemes" in Taiwan, amid increasing tensions ... more
+ US journalists fear China detained their families
+ Historic meeting lauds lifetime power for Xi
+ Tibetans greet new year with giant Buddhas, dancing and lamb carcasses
+ China's rubber-stamp legislature to give Xi free rein
+ 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

Lockheed Martin supports weather services with 2nd Series R weather satellite
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Mar 03, 2018
A newly launched satellite will augment the GOES-16 weather satellite and provide broad coverage with powerful new weather monitoring technology for meteorologists to provide life and property-saving forecasts. On Thursday, at 5:02 p.m. ET, NOAA's GOES-S weather satellite was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket and has successfully established communications. NOAA's ... more
+ US blasts off another satellite to boost weather forecasts
+ Study discovers South African wildfires create climate cooling
+ NASA space laser completes 2,000-mile road trip
+ New data helps explain recent fluctuations in Earth's magnetic field
+ 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

Soil cannot halt climate change
Harpenden AL5 (SPX) Mar 06, 2018
Unique soils data from long-term experiments, stretching back to the middle of the nineteenth century, confirm the practical implausibility of burying carbon in the ground to halt climate change, an option once heralded as a breakthrough. The findings come from an analysis of the rates of change of carbon in soil by scientists at Rothamsted Research where samples have been collected from f ... more
+ 'Doomsday' seed vault gets makeover as Arctic heats up
+ Cuban cigars: a treasure from Havana to Beijing
+ 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
+ Hubble observes exoplanet atmosphere in more detail than ever before
+ Rare mineral discovered in plants for first time
+ NASA finds a large amount of water in an exoplanet's atmosphere
+ When two species become one: New study examines 'speciation reversal'
+ Alien life in our Solar System? Study hints at Saturn's moon

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
+ Food abundance driving conflict in Africa, not food scarcity
+ Ethiopia: Ancient land beset by long-running divisions
+ Tillerson heads to Africa, with China in his sights
+ 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

Goddard licenses gear bearing tech to Bahari Energy for urban wind power
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2018
The Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has signed a partially exclusive license agreement for gear bearing technology with Bahari Energy LLC, of Rockville, Maryland, for use in its Energy Wind Tower designed for the urban environment. "NASA's gear bearing technology will allow significant improvement in our Wind Energy Towers e ... more
+ Keeping astronauts safe in inflatable habitats
+ NASA, partners seek input on standards for deep space technologies
+ 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
Iran accord failure would be 'great loss': IAEA chief
Vienna (AFP) March 5, 2018
The failure of the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers to restrict Tehran's nuclear programme would be a "great loss", the head of the UN's atomic watchdog said Monday. International Atomic Energy Agency director general Yukiya Amano said Iran was, as of today, "implementing its nuclear-related commitments" under the deal. US President Donald Trump has been a harsh critic of what h ... more
+ S. Korea's Moon: 'too early to be optimistic' on North
+ 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
+ North Korea talks offer a defining challenge for Trump
+ Two Koreas to hold summit, North ready for denuclearization talks
+ Iran says no missile talks unless West gives up its nuclear weapons
+ US intelligence chief 'skeptical' on NKorea talks offer
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