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March 09, 2018
New 'HSC Viewer' allows public to access Subaru Telescope images

Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2018
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan has released the HSC Viewer to help the public access observations of the universe made by the Subaru Telescope and its Hyper Suprime-Cam. "I developed this viewer so the general public can become familiar with the latest, extensive HSC data," astronomer Michitaro Koike said in a Thursday news release. "I hope you enjoy exploring the universe which the Subaru Telescope observes." The Hyper Suprime-Cam Subaru Strategic Program, a survey of th ... read more

Lockheed Martin Begins Assembly of JCSAT-17 Commercial Communications Satellite
Denver CO (SPX) Mar 08, 2018
The assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) team at Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has started production of a new commercial satellite, JCSAT-17, that will deliver flexible, high-bandwidth communic ... more
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 newl ... more
'Explosive' eruptions at Japan volcano
Tokyo (AFP) March 7, 2018
Powerful eruptions at a volcano in southern Japan spewed ash thousands of metres into the air Wednesday, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain. ... 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
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Assessing quantum dot photoemissions
Kumamoto, Japan (SPX) Mar 06, 2018
Recent research from Kumamoto University in Japan has revealed that polyoxometalates (POMs), typically used for catalysis, electrochemistry, and photochemistry, may also be used in a technique for a ... 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
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
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
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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
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

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
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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
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
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Weather satellites aid search and rescue capabilities
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 08, 2018
The same satellites that identify severe weather can help save you from it. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) constellation monitors Earth's environment, helping meteorologists observe and predict the weather. GOES observations have tracked thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and flash floods. They've even pro ... more
+ Belgium distributes iodine pills in case of nuclear accident
+ At the UN, a diplomatic dance decides the fate of nations
+ 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
Russia successfully tests first atmospheric satellite
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 08, 2018
The first Russian atmospheric satellite dubbed Sova was successfully tested at an altitude of 12.4 miles, a representative of Russia's Foundation for Advanced Research (FPI) told Sputnik. "Sova's tests in the stratosphere in the summer of 2017 were successful. There was a long flight at an altitude of about 20,000 meters (66,000 feet). Unfortunately, the device got into a zone of severe tu ... more
+ Commercial Satellite Built by Maxar Technologies' SSL Successfully Begins On-Orbit Operations, Demonstrating Leadership in New Space Economy
+ Latest Updates from NASA on IMAGE Recovery
+ Reaching new heights in laser-accelerated ion energy
+ The fine-tuning of two-dimensional materials
+ Navy taps Northrop Grumman for laser weapon system
+ Navy turns to Raytheon for radar upgrades
+ Virtual predator is self-aware, behaves like living counterpart

Bones found on South Pacific island belonged to Amelia Earhart, study concludes
Washington (UPI) Mar 7, 2018
The bones found several decades ago on a remote island in the South Pacific were likely those of famed pilot Amelia Earhart. Anthropologist Richard Jantz is 99 percent sure of it. Jantz, a professor and researcher at the University of Tennessee, recently reanalyzed measurements taken of the bones by physician D. W. Hoodless. In 1940, Hoodless determined the bones belonged to a man - no ... more
+ Cape Town averts dry taps in 2018: official
+ Advanced spatial planning models could promise new era of sustainable ocean development
+ Thawing permafrost causing the 'browning' of northern lakes
+ Canada expedition to livecast exploration of Pacific depths
+ Chinese fishermen seek divine blessings in troubled waters
+ Greenhouse gas emissions of hydropower in the Mekong River Basin can exceed fossil fuel sources
+ New Zealand FM's 'strategic anxiety' about Pacific
New technique allows printing of flexible, stretchable silver nanowire circuits
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Mar 06, 2018
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique that allows them to print circuits on flexible, stretchable substrates using silver nanowires. The advance makes it possible to integrate the material into a wide array of electronic devices. Silver nanowires have drawn significant interest in recent years for use in many applications, ranging from prosthetic dev ... more
+ Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles
+ Nanomaterials: What are the environmental and health risks?
+ 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
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Lockheed PAC-3 missile-defense system successful in demo
Washington (UPI) Mar 7, 2018
Two of Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Cost Reduction Initiative anti-ballistic missile systems intercepted ballistic missiles in a recent test, the Maryland-based defense company said. The test, conducted at New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range and observed by U.S. Army officials, demonstrated the PAC-3 interceptors' ability to seek out and destroy enemy missiles, Loc ... more
+ Northrop Grumman to develop ballistic missile defense simulation models
+ Interceptor test underscores reliability of proves PAC-3 anti missile system
+ Lockheed Martin tapped to speed up AEGIS system
+ 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 moving ahead with plans for next-generation X-ray observatory
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2018
China is getting closer to a finalized design for its next-generation X-ray observatory. As reported by Science this week, scientists at China's National Space Science Center are honing in on the final iteration of their design for the X-Ray Timing and Polarimetry, eXTP, satellite. The eXTP mission team plans to complete a prototype by 2022, with a goal to launch the satellite in ... more
+ Satellite will test plan for global China led satcom network
+ 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

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
+ Modified, 3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, soft robots
+ Researchers find algorithm for large-scale brain simulations
+ Don't want to lose a finger? Let a robot give a hand
+ Robotic spiders and bees: The rise of bioinspired microrobots
+ 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
Spoiler alert: Xi unlikely to lose term limit vote
Beijing (AFP) March 9, 2018
Public pressure, heated debate and a nail-biting vote: Don't expect any of that when Chinese legislators cast historic ballots on lifting presidential term limits on Sunday. The rubber-stamp National People's Congress has never voted against anything the Communist Party has imposed on the legislature in its half-century of existence. President Xi Jinping is thus all but certain to secure ... more
+ Naps and noodle talk at Chinese parliament term limit 'debate'
+ US journalists fear China detained their families
+ Historic meeting lauds lifetime power for Xi
+ China signals hardened stance on Hong Kong, Taiwan
+ 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

Collaboration will study desert dust's impact on climate from space
Ithica NY (SPX) Mar 07, 2018
Because deserts are located in remote regions with inhospitable conditions, they are notoriously difficult to study, especially when assessing their effect on climate change. A new $60 million collaboration between NASA and Cornell University, with contributions from other universities and labs, solves that problem by traveling even farther afield: to space. The "Earth surface Mineral dust ... more
+ Lockheed Martin supports weather services with 2nd Series R weather satellite
+ Where fresh is cool in Bay of Bengal
+ 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
+ US blasts off another satellite to boost weather forecasts

Carrefour's chicken blockchain set to lay eggs
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2018
French supermarket group Carrefour said Tuesday it would expand its blockchain-based food traceability programme, which is currently in place for some chickens, to eight other products including eggs by the end of the year. Blockchain is the technology behind cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, but companies and public authorities are rapidly creating new applications which allows for the se ... more
+ Genetic tweak makes plants use 25% less water
+ Soil cannot halt climate change
+ '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
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
+ Rare mineral discovered in plants for first time
+ Hubble observes exoplanet atmosphere in more detail than ever before
+ 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
18 workers abducted in DR Congo wildlife park
Kinshasa (AFP) March 7, 2018
Eighteen employees of a gorilla sanctuary in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been abducted by a militia group, sources said on Wednesday. An official with an NGO said the abduction took place on Monday in the area of Nzovu, which lies in the huge Kahuzi-Biega National Park, and an armed group called the Mai-Mai Raia Mutomboki was responsible. The victims comprise nine administr ... 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
+ IS video of Niger attack highlights US troops' vulnerability
+ 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

Astronaut Scott Kelly weighs in on the 'State of Science'
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2018
In the spring of 2016, after two decades at NASA - and a total of 520 days aboard the International Space Station - former astronaut Scott Kelly retired, leaving him a lot more free time. Free time he's now using to promote appreciation for science. Kelly recently teamed up with the chemical and manufacturing company 3M to launch the State of Science Index, a study of people's attitud ... 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
+ Goddard licenses gear bearing tech to Bahari Energy for urban wind power
+ Jemison: 'If you want a seat at the table, you can have one'
+ Cosmonaut, two US astronauts return to Earth from ISS
S. Korea to probe plans for military crackdown on protests
Seoul (AFP) March 8, 2018
South Korea will investigate allegations that ousted president Park Geun-hye planned to send military troops to quash the candle-lit protests that culminated in her impeachment last year, the defence ministry said Thursday. Activist group the Centre for Military Human Rights Korea (CMHRK), citing multiple leaks, said top military leaders had studied plans to crack down on demonstrators calli ... more
+ China urges US, N.Korea to hold talks 'sooner than later'
+ Seoul envoys leave for US with Pyongyang talks offer
+ Trump and Kim to hold historic meeting
+ Nobel-winning ICAN condemns surge in nuclear arms investments
+ Iran bars widow of dead environmentalist from leaving
+ Iran accord failure would be 'great loss': IAEA chief
+ S. Korea's Moon: 'too early to be optimistic' on North
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