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April 11, 2018
Japan's vaunted alert system runs up against limits

Tokyo (AFP) April 8, 2018
On January 5, as Tokyo's commuters were struggling back to work after their long New Year break, blaring sirens from every phone pierced the sleepy atmosphere: "strong" earthquake coming. The message delivered via the country's alert system, part of its much-hyped J-Alert mechanism, warned of a big one directly hitting the Japanese capital - potentially on the scale of the devastating 2011 earthquake that wrought massive destruction. Millions braced for impact... but it never came. It turne ... read more

MIPT physicists design a model of Martian winter
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Apr 10, 2018
A team of researchers from MIPT and their German and Japanese colleagues have designed a numerical model of the annual water cycle in the Martian atmosphere. Previously, the scientists focused their ... more
Ariane 5 launches two satellites
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Apr 06, 2018
Arianespace has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites: DSN-1/Superbird-8 for the Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT; and HYLAS 4 for the British operator Avanti Communications. ... more
Japan launches Marines unit amid China's growing presence
Tokyo (AFP) April 7, 2018
Japan's military on Saturday launched its first Marines unit, tasked with defending remote islands in the face of China's growing maritime presence in the region. ... more
Five injured after quake hits Japan
Tokyo (AFP) April 9, 2018
A 5.6-magnitude quake hit western Japan early Monday, injuring five people and damaging buildings and roads, as officials warned stronger tremors could come in the days ahead. ... more
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Japan's snow monkeys use hot baths to conserve body heat, relieve stress
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2018
According to a new study, Japan's snow monkeys use the spa just like humans do, to stay warm and relieve stress. ... more
Modeling future earthquake and tsunami risk in southeast Japan
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 03, 2018
Geoscience researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College and the Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology this week unveiled new, GPS-based methods for modelin ... more
Super typhoon may flood one third of central Tokyo: survey
Tokyo (AFP) March 31, 2018
One third of central Tokyo could be left under water and nearly four million people affected if a super typhoon strikes the capital causing storm surges, a new study from local authorities has warned. ... more
Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales
Tokyo (AFP) March 31, 2018
Japanese whaling vessels returned to port on Saturday after catching more than 300 of the mammals in the Antarctic Ocean without facing any protests by anti-whaling groups, officials said. ... more
Out of this world: Inside Japan's space colony centre
Tokyo (AFP) March 30, 2018
A newly created Space Colony Research centre led by Japan's first female astronaut is bringing cutting-edge technology to bear on one of mankind's greatest questions: Can we live in space? ... more
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Is glass transition driven by thermodynamics?
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 29, 2018
Glassy substances are everywhere, yet this state of matter poses many puzzles. The basic picture is clear enough - glasses are solids that lack the regular atomic structure of a crystal. How and why ... more
Understanding gravity: The nanoscale search for extra dimensions
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 29, 2018
Often, practical limits control the experimental measurements that can be made, governing the difference between what we expect to be true based on the most likely predictions of models and calculat ... more
In Fukushima ghost town, a factory on the road to rebirth
Namie, Japan (AFP) March 30, 2018
Namie in Japan's Fukushima region remains a virtual ghost town seven years after a devastating tsunami and nuclear disaster, but officials hope a new factory recycling electric car batteries could help revitalise the area. ... more
SSL to build direct broadcasting satellite for B-SAT
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2018
SSL, a Maxar Technologies company, has been selected to provide a broadcasting satellite for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT). As the leading broadcasting satellite operator i ... more
Toshiba awaits regulator approval for key chip unit sale
Tokyo (AFP) March 26, 2018
Embattled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba said Monday it was still waiting for regulators to approve the key sale of its chip unit, a delay that could stymie plans to complete the deal this month. ... more

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Invasive beetle threatens Japan's famed cherry blossoms
Tokyo (AFP) March 22, 2018
Across Japan's capital, delicate pink and white cherry blossoms are emerging, but the famed blooms are facing a potentially mortal enemy, experts say: an invasive foreign beetle. ... more
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Physicists discover new quantum electronic material
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 20, 2018 A motif of Japanese basketweaving known as the kagome pattern has preoccupied physicists for decades. Kagome baskets are typically made from strips of bamboo woven into ... more
Spring comes to Tokyo with first cherry blossoms
Tokyo (AFP) March 17, 2018
Spring officially arrived in Tokyo on Saturday as Japan's weather agency declared the start of the cherry blossom season, prompting viewers to party under the trees with cherry-related items flooding the capital. ... more
Fossil burrows show early origins of animal behavior
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Mar 14, 2018
Researchers led by Nagoya University discover penetrative trace fossils from the late Ediacaran of western Mongolia, revealing earlier onset of the "agronomic revolution" Nagoya, Japan - In th ... more
Court orders Japan government to pay new Fukushima damages
Tokyo (AFP) March 15, 2018
A Japanese court on Thursday ordered the government to pay one million dollars in new damages over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ruling it should have predicted and avoided the meltdown. ... more
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. ... more
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7 Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years over Rohingya killings: army
Yangon (AFP) April 10, 2018
Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to jail with hard labour for their part in the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya Muslim men last year, according to a Facebook post by the army chief late on Tuesday. The bloody incident in Inn Din village on 2 September is the only atrocity to which the military has admitted during its violent crackdown in northern Rakhine state, which has forc ... more
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Latest Updates from NASA on IMAGE Recovery
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 11, 2018
IMAGE's signal remains too weak to achieve frame lock, which is necessary to retrieve data from the spacecraft. But important steps have been taken this week to be prepared in case of re-established contact. Last week, the engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, successfully established network connections with both the antennas at NASA's Wallops Flight Faci ... more
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Marine researchers say recent sea star wasting disease epidemic defies prediction
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Apr 11, 2018
Beginning in 2013, a mysterious disease crippled sea star populations up and down the U.S. west coast. Over a matter of months, many sea star species died in record-breaking numbers, though Pisaster ochraceus - a keystone species known as the ochre sea star - was among the hardest hit. Now, researchers at UC Santa Cruz have analyzed just how much the populations of this species have declined, bu ... more
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A treasure trove for nanotechnology experts
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 21, 2018
2D materials, which consist of a few layers of atoms, may well be the future of nanotechnology. They offer potential new applications and could be used in small, higher-performance and more energy-efficient devices. 2D materials were first discovered almost 15 years ago, but only a few dozen of them have been synthesized so far. Now, thanks to an approach developed by researchers from EPFL ... more
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Japan's vaunted alert system runs up against limits
Tokyo (AFP) April 8, 2018
On January 5, as Tokyo's commuters were struggling back to work after their long New Year break, blaring sirens from every phone pierced the sleepy atmosphere: "strong" earthquake coming. The message delivered via the country's alert system, part of its much-hyped J-Alert mechanism, warned of a big one directly hitting the Japanese capital - potentially on the scale of the devastating 2011 ... more
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China's 'space dream': A Long March to the moon
Beijing (AFP) April 2, 2018
The plunge back to Earth of a defunct Chinese space laboratory will not slow down Beijing's ambitious plans to send humans to the moon. The Tiangong-1 space module, which crashed Monday, was intended to serve as a stepping stone to a manned station, but its problems highlight the difficulties of exploring outer space. But China has come a long way in its race to catch up with the United ... more
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Russia's Robot FEDOR to Be the First to Fly to Space on Board New Spacecraft
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 04, 2018
The new Russian manned spacecraft Federatsiya (Federation) is designed to deliver people and cargo to low earth orbit, as well as to the moon. The first such spaceship is expected to be commissioned by 2021. It will be a modernized version of the humanoid robot FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) that is expected to be the first to fly to outer space on board the state ... more
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Wind topples giant statue of China's first emperor
Beijing (AFP) April 9, 2018
A strong gale-force wind has toppled a giant statue of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang and flattened its face at a popular tourist site in eastern Shandong province. The 19-meter (62-foot) bronze replica of the monarch - who was the first to unify warring factions in China and established the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC) - was blown out of its pedestal on Friday. Cranes were immediatel ... more
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China launches Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites
Jiuquan, China (XNA) Apr 11, 2018
The first group of China's Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites were sent into space on Tuesday at 12:25 p.m. Beijing time from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China. The satellites were carried by a Long March-4C rocket, the 271st mission for the Long March rocket family. The mission also sent a micro nano technology experiment satellite into orbit. The satellit ... more
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Fixing soybean's need for nitrogen
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 11, 2018
Soybean is rich in protein, which is great for the humans and animals eating it. But this high protein content comes at a cost. To make protein, soybean plants need a lot of nitrogen. The plants get some of the nitrogen they need by working with specialized bacteria in the soil. These bacteria live in root nodules. They pull nitrogen from the atmosphere and convert it to a form the plants ... more
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A Cosmic Gorilla Effect Could Blind the Detection of Aliens
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Apr 11, 2018
One of the problems that have long intrigued experts in cosmology is how to detect possible extraterrestrial signals. Are we really looking in the right direction? Maybe not, according to the study that the neuropsychologists Gabriel de la Torre and Manuel Garcia, from the University of Cadiz, publish in the journal Acta Astronautica. "When we think of other intelligent beings, we tend to ... more
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New model links yellow fever in Africa to climate, environment
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 19, 2018
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Five park rangers, driver killed in DR Congo's Virunga wildlife sanctuary
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) April 9, 2018
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Take it from me: I'm not signing up to become a space tourist just yet
Melbourne, Australia (The Conversation) Apr 11, 2018
Elon Musk's SpaceX reportedly has two people signed up for a trip around the Moon (although these plans have been delayed slightly), and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has advanced plans to launch space tourists from 2018 for a mere US$250,000 each - hundreds of people have already registered. Is there anyone reading this who didn't want to be an astronaut when they were a child? I was ... more
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Iran's Rouhani says US 'will regret it' if it violates nuke deal
Tehran (AFP) April 9, 2018
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that the United States would regret withdrawing from the nuclear deal, and that Iran would respond in "less than a week" if that happened. "We will not be the first to violate the accord but they should definitely know that they will regret it if they violate it," Rouhani told a conference to mark National Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran. " ... more
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