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May 14, 2018
China sends fighter jets and bombers near Taiwan in latest show of force

Taipei (AFP) May 11, 2018
China sent fighter jets and other military aircraft near Taiwan Friday in the latest of a series of drills which Beijing has said are aimed at the island's "independence forces". Taiwan's defence ministry said multiple H-6K bombers, reconnaissance planes and transport aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and over the Miyako Strait, near Japan's Okinawa Island, in a drill Friday morning. It was the first time that China's Su-35 fighters were sent over the Bashi Channel, the mini ... read more

Japan's Abe accepts China invite, but no date set
Tokyo (AFP) May 9, 2018
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he had been formally invited to visit China and would do so at "an appropriate time", as the regional powers try to warm ties. ... more
Japan councils appeal tsunami death compensation rulings
Tokyo (AFP) May 11, 2018
Two local governments have appealed to Japan's top court, challenging rulings that awarded millions of dollars in compensation to families whose children were swept out to sea in a 2011 tsunami. ... more
In Japan-China ties, ibis outreach but no panda diplomacy
Tokyo (AFP) May 9, 2018
China has famously used its cuddly panda bears as a diplomatic tool, but to mark warming ties with Japan it is offering a distinctly more angular gift: two crested ibises. ... more
East Asian powers back N. Korea denuclearisation
Tokyo (AFP) May 9, 2018
East Asian powers on Wednesday threw their weight behind breakneck diplomacy to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons, setting aside their differences on the process to endorse an intra-Korean deal. ... more
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Japan, China, S. Korea search for agreement on Pyongyang
Tokyo (AFP) May 8, 2018
East Asia's major powers meet in Tokyo on Wednesday to search for common ground on North Korea, while Washington's top diplomat was also expected in Pyongyang, as a breakneck diplomatic dance gathers pace. ... more
Early Mars may have been a warm desert with occasional rain
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 03, 2018
The climate of early Mars is a subject of debate. While it has been thought that Mars had a warm and wet climate, like Earth, other researchers suggested early Mars might have been largely glaciated ... more
Uncovering the secret law of the evolution of galaxy clusters
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Apr 25, 2018
As science enthusiasts around the world bid farewell to legendary cosmologist Stephen Hawking, researchers continue to make important discoveries about the evolution of galaxy clusters that capture ... more
S. Korea, Japan, China to hold summit next week
Seoul (AFP) May 1, 2018
South Korea, China and Japan will hold a trilateral summit in Tokyo next week, Seoul announced Tuesday, the latest move in a diplomatic whirlwind centred around North Korea. ... more
Wood you like a drink? Japan team invents 'wood alcohol'
Tokyo (AFP) May 1, 2018
Discerning drinkers may soon be able to branch out after Japanese researchers said Tuesday they have invented a way of producing an alcoholic drink made from wood. ... more
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Mount Fuji eruption could paralyse Tokyo: report
Tokyo (AFP) May 1, 2018
Japan's iconic Mount Fuji could paralyse Tokyo with ash if it erupted, choking roads and halting water supplies, according to a government disaster planning study, a news report said Tuesday. ... more
Cell membrane inspires new ultrathin electronic film
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 30, 2018
Japanese researchers have developed a new method to build large areas of semiconductive material that is just two molecules thick and a total of 4.4 nanometers tall. The films function as thin film ... more
Japan court upholds damages over student tsunami deaths: report
Tokyo (AFP) April 26, 2018
A Japanese appeals court on Thursday upheld a ruling awarding millions of dollars in compensation to families of children swept out to sea by the massive 2011 tsunami, local media said. ... more
World's smallest optical implantable biodevice
Ikoma, Japan (SPX) Apr 26, 2018
Japanese researchers describe a new implantable device no bigger than the width of a coin that can be used to control brain patterns. The device, which can be read about in AIP Advances, converts in ... more
Japan PM Abe sends offering to war shrine
Tokyo (AFP) April 21, 2018
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine Saturday but has no plans to visit it to avoid tensions ahead of a three-way meeting with China and South Korea, officials and local media said. ... more

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Marines 3D-print replacement part for F-35 landing gear door
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2018
The U.S. Marine Corps is breaking new technological ground with 3D printing, recently finding a way to combat a lack of spare parts and slow production turnovers by printing a part for an F-35B Lightning II aircraft. ... more
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Chinese ship conducting research near disputed islets: Japan
Tokyo (AFP) April 20, 2018
Japan said Friday that a Chinese vessel was carrying out a suspected maritime research in Tokyo's exclusive economic zone near the disputed islands in the East China Sea. ... more
Faster EV chargers to allay range anxiety
Washington (UPI) Apr 23, 2018
Japanese energy company Marubeni Corp. said it would work in the U.S. market to deliver ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles. ... more
Syria strikes also sent message to N.Korea: Japan DefMin
Washington (AFP) April 20, 2018
The US-led air strikes against the Syrian regime also sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of talks with President Donald Trump, Japan's defense minister said Friday. ... more
Volcano erupts in Japan, no-go warning issued
Tokyo (AFP) April 19, 2018
A volcano erupted in southern Japan on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain. ... more
No-go warning as Japan volcano erupts for first time in 250 years
Tokyo (AFP) April 19, 2018
A volcano in southern Japan erupted for the first time in 250 years on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain. ... more
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Beijing urges ceasefire after deadly Myanmar border clashes
Yangon (AFP) May 13, 2018
China on Sunday condemned fighting on its border between Myanmar forces and ethnic rebels that has left 19 dead, mostly civilians, in some of the worst bloodshed on the restive frontier in recent years. The fighting erupted on Saturday when ethnic minority insurgent groups, who are locked in a long-running battle with the Myanmar state, attacked security posts around Muse, a border town and ... more
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Step aside Superman, steel is no competition for this new material
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2018
When it comes to materials, there is no question as to who wins the strongman competition. Spider silk is known as being the strongest fabric, and steel, ceramics and glass fibers are the best building materials. But now, researchers are reporting in ACS Nano that specially arranged nano-sized cellulose fibers are the strongest material of them all, in a move that might cause some to re-name Sup ... more
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+ It all comes down to roughness
+ Mining for gold with a computer
+ Design for magnetoelectric device may improve your memory
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Australia hikes aid in Pacific as China pushes for influence
Sydney (AFP) May 9, 2018
Australia is refocussing its foreign aid programmes in a move to win hearts and minds in the island nations of the Pacific, as an increasingly assertive China flexes its muscles in the region. The country has pledged more than Aus$1.3 billion (US$970 million) - its largest ever aid commitment to the Pacific - to fund projects including an undersea communications cable to Papua New Guinea a ... more
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+ Spring brings phytoplankton blooms to North Sea
+ Engineered polymer membranes could be new option for water treatment
+ Weeds take over kelp in high CO2 oceans
+ Engineers upgrade ancient, sun-powered tech to purify water
+ Researchers levitate water droplets to improve contaminant detection
A new Bose-Einstein condensate created at Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 22, 2018
Nearly a hundred years ago, Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose predicted that quantum mechanics can force a large number of particles to behave in concert as if they were only a single particle. The phenomenon is called Bose-Einstein condensation, and it took until 1995 to create the first such condensate of a gas of alkali atoms. Although Bose-Einstein condensation has been observed ... more
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+ Robot developed for automated assembly of designer nanomaterials
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+ 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
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Israel missiles hit Syria military bases: state media
Damascus (AFP) May 10, 2018
Israeli missile strikes fired at Syria hit military bases, as well as an arms depot and military radar, Syrian state media said Thursday, without specifying the location. The official SANA news agency added that "dozens of missiles were shot down by anti-aircraft systems in Syrian airspace," saying a number of missiles had reached their targets. ... more
+ Saudi tests siren after Yemen rebels fire new missiles
+ Saudi air defences intercept two missiles over Riyadh
+ Aerojet completes hot fire propulsion test for redesigned Kill Vehicle
+ Lockheed tapped for additional THAAD interceptors
+ Fourth US Air Force SBIRS satellite sends first images back to Earth
+ Saudi Arabia downs four Yemeni rebel missiles: coalition
+ Saudis down new missile from Yemen rebels: state media
Sunrise for China's commercial space industry?
Beijing (XNA) May 14, 2018
Launching rockets and satellites has long been the preserve of China's state-owned aerospace companies, but private space firms are now popping up hoping to find gold in the space dust. A report by Beijing-based investment institution FutureAerospace says more than 60 private Chinese firms have entered the commercial space industry over the past three years, focusing on the production and ... more
+ China to Use Soviet Engine to Power Its First Reusable Space Rocket
+ Astronauts eye more cooperation on China's space station
+ China unveils underwater astronaut training suit
+ China to launch advanced space cargo transport aircraft in 2019
+ China's Chang'e-4 relay satellite named "Queqiao"
+ China outlines roadmap for deep space exploration
+ Across China: Rocket launch brings back fortune to locals

Human-sounding Google Assistant sparks ethics questions
San Francisco (AFP) May 10, 2018
The new Google digital assistant converses so naturally it may seem like a real person. The unveiling of the natural-sounding robo-assistant by the tech giant this week wowed some observers, but left others fretting over the ethics of how the human-seeming software might be used. Google chief Sundar Pichai played a recording of the Google Assistant independently calling a hair salon and ... more
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+ First robotic system plays tic tac toe to improve task performance
+ Researchers selected to develop novel approaches to lifelong machine learning
+ NASA's swarmathon improves student skills in robotics, computer science
+ Interview with a robot: AI revolution hits human resources
+ Transparent eel-like soft robot can swim silently underwater
+ For heavy lifting, use exoskeletons with caution
Former top Chinese Communist official jailed for life for bribery
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2018
A former Chinese Communist Party official who was once tipped as a potential successor to President Xi Jinping was sentenced to life in prison for bribery on Tuesday, the latest senior cadre to fall in Xi's sweeping anti-corruption crusade. Sun Zhengcai, a former Politburo member and party chief of the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, was found guilty of taking more than 170 million yuan ... more
+ Former top Chinese Communist official jailed for life for bribery
+ Crackdown shakes Chinese city's 'Little Africa'
+ Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker arrested over phone grab
+ China will continue to 'hold high the great banner of Marxism', Xi says
+ US scolds China over 'Orwellian' airline demands
+ Hong Kong youth groups reject PLA foot drill pressure
+ Chinese laureate's widow willing to 'die at home' in protest

NASA Spacecraft Discovers New Magnetic Process in Turbulent Space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 10, 2018
Though close to home, the space immediately around Earth is full of hidden secrets and invisible processes. In a new discovery reported in the journal Nature, scientists working with NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft - MMS - have uncovered a new type of magnetic event in our near-Earth environment by using an innovative technique to squeeze extra information out of the data. Magn ... more
+ Reconnection tames the turbulent magnetic fields around Earth
+ China launches new Earth observation satellite for environmental monitoring
+ Copernicus Sentinel-3B delivers first images
+ New research reveals how energy dissipates outside Earth's magnetic field
+ CryoSat reveals retreat of Patagonian glaciers
+ Moon holds key to improving satellite views of Earth
+ Twin spacecraft to weigh in on Earth's changing water

Cassava breeding hasn't improved photosynthesis or yield potential
Urbana IL (SPX) May 14, 2018
Cassava is a staple in the diet of more than one billion people across 105 countries, yet this "orphaned crop" has received little attention compared to popular crops like corn and soybeans. While advances in breeding have helped cassava withstand pests and diseases, cassava yields no more s than it did in 1963. Corn yields, by comparison, have more than doubled. University of Illinois res ... more
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+ Seven chateaux and counting: Chinese billionaire is big in Bordeaux
+ Wood you like a drink? Japan team invents 'wood alcohol'
+ Fish farming can help relieve pressures on land resources, study shows
+ EU to ban bee-killing pesticides
+ Mediterranean fears bitter future for citrus crops
+ South Africa wine production drying up in water crisis
Atmospheric seasons could signal alien life
Riverside CA (SPX) May 10, 2018
Dozens of potentially habitable planets have been discovered outside our solar system, and many more are awaiting detection. Is anybody - or anything - there? The hunt for life in these places, which are impossible to visit in person, will begin with a search for biological products in their atmospheres. These atmospheric fingerprints of life, called biosignatures, will be detected using n ... more
+ Dutch astronomers photograph possible toddler planet by chance
+ ANU study sheds new light on how our solar system formed
+ The Cheops ccience instrument arrives in Madrid
+ An Exoplanet Atmosphere Free of Clouds
+ Helium detected in exoplanet atmosphere for the first time
+ Hubble detects helium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet for the first time
+ Researchers simulate conditions inside 'super-Earths'

Hostility toward minorities can spread like a contagious disease
Washington DC (UPI) May 10, 2018
New research can help explain why inter-ethnic conflicts intensify so quickly. Social experiments suggest aggression expressed toward different ethnic groups is more likely to be imitated, allowing hostility toward minorities to spread like a contagion. Researchers in Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia studied the attitudes toward Roma people of schoolchildren in eastern Slovak ... more
+ Mosquitoes reveal fatal attraction
+ Gates warns new fight needed against resurgent malaria
+ Help Stop Mosquito-borne Diseases with this App
+ New model links yellow fever in Africa to climate, environment
+ DARPA Names Researchers Working to Halt Outbreaks in 60 Days or Less
+ China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu
+ UV light can kill airborne flu virus, study finds
Kidnapped UK tourists in DR Congo released
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) May 13, 2018
Two British tourists who were kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been freed, the UK government and Congolese park officials said Sunday. Their vehicle was attacked on Friday in the Virunga National Park in North Kivu province, a famed haven for gorillas and other endangered species. Their park guard was killed and their driver was also kidnapped and injured. The Brit ... more
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+ Lake Victoria biodiversity being 'decimated': conservationists
+ Double curse: After drought, Kenya's Dadaab refugee camps hit by floods
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Russia Offers Space Tourist Flight to US, European Astronauts, UAE Citizen
Moscow (Sputnik) May 09, 2018
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) national currently stands as the main candidate to become a space tourist on the International Space Station (ISS) in the spring of 2019, although similar offers of this opportunity were also sent to US-based company Space Adventures, the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, sources told Sputnik. The tourist is supposed to arrive at the ISS on board Russia's S ... more
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US says Iran nuclear inspections must continue
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2018
The White House wants intrusive inspections of Iran's nuclear sites to continue despite President Donald Trump's withdrawal from a landmark accord on Tehran's atomic program, US officials have told AFP. Days after the US president walked away from a three-year-old deal that mandated rigorous scrutiny of Iranian facilities, senior administration officials said monitoring should continue regar ... more
+ N. Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons: top defector
+ France urges Europe to act on 'unacceptable' US Iran sanctions
+ Iran pullout a blow to N. Korea hopes: analysts
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+ Iran FM in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal
+ Russian companies to benefit from US Iran withdrawal
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