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April 13, 2018
CHIP TECH
Diamond-based circuits can take the heat for advanced applications



Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2018
When power generators like windmills and solar panels transfer electricity to homes, businesses and the power grid, they lose almost 10 percent of the generated power. To address this problem, scientists are researching new diamond semiconductor circuits to make power conversion systems more efficient. A team of researchers from Japan successfully fabricated a key circuit in power conversion systems using hydrogenated diamond (H-diamond.) Furthermore, they demonstrated that it functions at tempera ... read more

MISSILE DEFENSE
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. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
One killed as landslide engulfs houses in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) April 11, 2018
A man has been found dead and several people are missing after a landslide engulfed houses in southern Japan on Wednesday, local officials said. ... more
MARSDAILY
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
SUPERPOWERS
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

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ROCKET SCIENCE
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
SHAKE AND BLOW
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
FLORA AND FAUNA
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
SHAKE AND BLOW
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
SHAKE AND BLOW
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
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WHALES AHOY
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
SPACE TRAVEL
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
TECH SPACE
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
TIME AND SPACE
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
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
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


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CHIP TECH
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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OIL AND GAS
Asian interest in Iraqi oil sector grows with Shell exit
Washington (UPI) Mar 26, 2018
A decision by Royal Dutch Shell to boost its divestment strategy by leaving one of the larger oil fields in Iraq is a sign of investment risk, an analyst said. ... more
WOOD PILE
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
ENERGY TECH
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
EARTH OBSERVATION
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
EARLY EARTH
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
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Nature-based solutions can prevent $50 billion in Gulf Coast flood damages
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2018
While coastal development and climate change are increasing the risk of flooding for communities along the U.S. Gulf Coast, restoration of marshes and oyster reefs are among the most cost-effective solutions for reducing those risks, according to a new study. Published April 11 in PLOS ONE, the study compares the cost effectiveness of nature-based and artificial solutions for flood reducti ... more
+ One killed as landslide engulfs houses in Japan
+ UN Security Council to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh, Iraq
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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
+ Invisibility material created by UCI engineers
+ Scientists create 'Swiss army knife' for electron beams
+ Smart ink adds new dimensions to 3-D printing
+ Thin engineered material perfectly redirects and reflects sound
+ Programming: a highly sought talent in Silicon Valley
+ Swansea scientists discover greener way of making plastics
+ A UC3M study analyzes the keys to fragmentation of metallic materials


'Devastating' ocean heatwaves on the rise
Paris (AFP) April 12, 2018
Ocean heatwaves which can have "devastating and long-term impacts" on ecosystems have become longer and more frequent over the past century, according to an international study published Tuesday. From 1925 to 2016, the number of annual marine heatwave days globally jumped by 54 percent, with a noticeable acceleration over the last three decades, a paper in the journal Nature Communications s ... more
+ Reconstruction of major North Atlantic circulation system shows weakening
+ Race for Mexico's 'cocaine of the sea' pushes 2 species toward extinction
+ Cactus roots inspire creation of water-retaining material
+ New study in oxygen-deprived black sea provides insights on future carbon budget
+ Cyprus on frontline against lionfish invasion of Med
+ Gulf of Mexico dead zone not expected to shrink anytime soon
+ A natural fertilizer
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
+ UCLA researchers develop a new class of two-dimensional materials
+ Nanostructures made of previously impossible material
+ Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles
+ Big steps toward control of production of tiny building blocks
+ New technique allows printing of flexible, stretchable silver nanowire circuits
+ Nanomaterials: What are the environmental and health risks?
+ UT Dallas team's microscopic solution may save researchers big time
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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
+ Estonia calls for deployment of Patriot missiles and US troops
+ Yemen rebel missiles, drones shot down over Saudi
+ Saudis intercept new missile fired by Yemen rebels: coalition
+ Saudi-led coalition says missile downed near Yemen border
+ Saudi Arabia, Romania to receive Patriot missile systems, support
+ UN chief condemns Yemen missile attacks on Saudi Arabia
+ Saudis intercept seven Yemen rebel missiles in deadly escalation
Flowers on the Moon? China's Chang'e-4 to launch lunar spring
Beijing (XNA) Apr 13, 2018
China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe is expected to do many things unprecedented in space history after it launches later this year, such as touching down softly on the far side of the Moon and taking the first flowers to blossom on the lifeless lunar surface. The probe will carry a tin containing seeds of potato and arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard, and probabl ... more
+ China's 'space dream': A Long March to the moon
+ China says Earth-bound space lab to offer 'splendid' show
+ Tiangong-1 expected to burn up on reentering atmosphere
+ Earth-bound Chinese spacelab plunging to fiery end
+ Chang'e-4 Lunar Probe will Reach the Far Side of the Moon
+ China to launch Long March-5B rocket next year
+ China plans to develop a multipurpose, reusable space plane


Want computers to see better in the real world? Train them in a virtual reality
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 13, 2018
Scientists have developed a new way to improve how computers "see" and "understand" objects in the real world by training the computers' vision systems in a virtual environment. The research team published their findings in IEEE/CAA Journal of Autmatica Sinica, a joint publication of the IEEE and the Chinese Association of Automation. For computers to learn and accurately recognize o ... more
+ Visual recognition: Seeing the world through the eyes of rodents
+ Russia's Robot FEDOR to Be the First to Fly to Space on Board New Spacecraft
+ How accurate is your AI
+ Make way for the mini flying machines
+ Tokyo Tech's six-legged robots get closer to nature
+ Novel 3-D printing method embeds sensing capabilities within robotic actuators
+ Robotic spiders and bees: The rise of bioinspired microrobots
Former China Politburo member pleads guilty to bribery
Tianjin, China (AFP) April 12, 2018
A former top Chinese Communist Party official who was once tipped for a leadership post pleaded guilty at his bribery trial on Thursday, the latest target of President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption crusade. Sun Zhengcai, a former Politburo member and party chief of the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, was accused by the prosecutor of taking advantage of his position to seek profi ... more
+ Top China news app self-criticises after government crackdown
+ Former China Politburo member pleads guilty to bribery
+ Hong Kong civic coalition warns UN on eroding freedoms
+ Wind topples giant statue of China's first emperor
+ As eSports grow, China teams make themselves at home
+ Wife of 'vanished' Chinese lawyer marches for answers
+ Tearful reunion highlights plight of China's missing children


New source of global nitrogen discovered: Earth's bedrock
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2018
For centuries, the thinking has been that all the nitrogen available for plant growth worldwide comes from the atmosphere. But a new study by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis, shows that more than a quarter of that nitrogen is derived from the weathering of Earth's bedrock. The results, published this week in the journal Scien ... more
+ China launches Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites
+ Swarm tracks elusive ocean magnetism
+ Denmark Hopeful to 'Enter Superliga' With Recent Space Project
+ New satellite method enables undersea estimates from space
+ Draining peatlands gives global rise to laughing-gas emissions
+ New source of global nitrogen discovered
+ The saga of India's remote sensing satellite network


Organic fertilizers are an overlooked source of microplastic pollution
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2018
Organic fertilizers from biowaste fermentation act as a vehicle for microplastic particles to enter the terrestrial environment, with the amount of microplastic particles differing based on pre-treatment methods and plant type, a new study shows. Recycling of organic waste through composting or fermentation, followed by application of the resulting fertilizer products to agricultural land, ... more
+ Plants really do feed their friends
+ Fixing soybean's need for nitrogen
+ Hybrid swarm in global mega-pest
+ In Cambodia, fears tarantula may go off the menu
+ Bats to blame for pig-killer virus in China: study
+ UN food agency urges 'agroecology' to fight famine
+ Treating women subsistence farmers for intestinal worms will boost food production
SPHERE Reveals Fascinating Zoo of Discs Around Young Stars
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 12, 2018
New images from the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope are revealing the dusty discs surrounding nearby young stars in greater detail than previously achieved. They show a bizarre variety of shapes, sizes and structures, including the likely effects of planets still in the process of forming. The SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile allows astronomers ... more
+ Circumbinary castaways: Short-period binary systems can eject orbiting worlds
+ A Cosmic Gorilla Effect Could Blind the Detection of Aliens
+ An amazingly wide variety of disks
+ NASA's newest planet-hunter, TESS, to survey the entire night sky
+ What in the World is an 'Exoplanet?'
+ Brewing up Earth's earliest life
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New model links yellow fever in Africa to climate, environment
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 19, 2018
The burden of yellow fever in any given area is known to be heavily dependent on climate, particularly rainfall and temperature which can impact both mosquito life cycle and viral replication. Now, researchers from Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) have developed a new model to quantify yellow fever dynamics across Africa using not only annual averages of thes ... more
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+ 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
Ghana is the best country to host AU Space Agency
Accra, Ghana (SPX) Apr 12, 2018
Ghana is ready to host the Africa Space Agency, an African Union initiative that will allow Africa to launch and explore the Space for improved technological advancement, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has announced. He said out of the five countries including; Ghana, Namibia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Egypt that are bidding to ... more
+ Five park rangers, driver killed in DR Congo's Virunga wildlife sanctuary
+ UN troops attacked in C.African capital after security sweep
+ Benin, Niger back Chinese involvement in mega rail project
+ Mali prisoner killings decried as 'summary executions'
+ Ghana will not offer military base to US: president
+ Xi hails Mugabe's successor as 'old friend of China'
+ Four Ugandans killed in Shabaab attack on AU base in Somalia


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
+ First Steps to Space: Yuri Gagarin's Military Service Archive Declassified
+ Top tomatoes thanks to Mars missions
+ 'Big ideas' conference steps up funding for 'audacious' projects
+ 'Ideas' conference to grapple with dark side of tech
+ Virgin Galactic completes first rocket-powered Unity space craft launch
+ Cargo-packed Dragon arrives at space station
+ SpaceX Dragon arrives at ISS with material samples and new testing facility
US, S. Korea national security advisers to meet ahead of summits: Seoul
Seoul, South Korea (AFP) April 12, 2018
South Korea's national security adviser has flown to Washington to meet his newly appointed US counterpart John Bolton, an official said Thursday in Seoul, where concerns are growing over the American's hardline stance on the nuclear-armed North. Chung Eui-yong, who personally delivered Kim's summit offer to Trump last month, returned to the US capital unannounced Wednesday as the two allies ... more
+ Chinese official, art troupe to attend North Korea festival
+ EU extends Iran rights sanctions as US nuke deal deadline nears
+ Israel will not accept Iranian entrenchment in Syria: defence minister
+ Iran's rial hits new record-low on Trump fears
+ Iran's Rouhani says US 'will regret it' if it violates nuke deal
+ Loneliness of the long distance runners in North Korea
+ China bans exports of 'dual use' items to North Korea
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