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May 15, 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
Kyocera TCL Solar Completes 29MW Solar Power Plant on Repurposed Land in Japan
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 15, 2018
Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has completed construction of a 29.2 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. The solar modules were installed on 1.2km2 of land ... more
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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
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
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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
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

Arianespace to launch BSAT-4b; marking the 10th satellite launch for B-SAT
Evry, France (SPX) Apr 20, 2018
Arianespace reports that it will launch BSAT-4b, under the term of a turnkey contract between B-SAT and Maxar's SSL. BSAT-4b will be launched by an Ariane 5 in 2020 from the Guiana Space Cente ... 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
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
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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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+ China resists push at UN for Myanmar probe of Rohingya attacks
+ Honduras regrets loss of US protection status for its nationals
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Frequency-stable laser systems for space
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2018
For the first time a frequency reference based on molecular iodine was successfully demonstrated in space! What sounds a bit like science fiction is an important step towards laser interferometric distance measurements between satellites as well as for future global navigation satellite systems based on optical technologies. The frequency reference tests were carried out on 13 May on board ... more
+ Space Traffic Control
+ Telephonics contracted for Coast Guard radar systems
+ Lasers in Space: Earth Mission Tests New Technology
+ Mining for gold with a computer
+ Step aside Superman, steel is no competition for this new material
+ Design for magnetoelectric device may improve your memory
+ This is not a game: NIST virtual reality aims to win for public safety

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
+ The far-reaching effects of ocean floors on the sea surface
+ Beavers do good work cleaning water
+ 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
+ Course set to overcome mismatch between lab-designed nanomaterials and nature's complexity
+ This 2-D nanosheet expands like a Grow Monster
+ Robot developed for automated assembly of designer nanomaterials
+ A treasure trove for nanotechnology experts
+ 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
+ Army taps Lockheed for ballistic radar system support
+ 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
China to Use Soviet Engine to Power Its First Reusable Space Rocket
Moscow (Sputnik) May 07, 2018
China is developing its first space rocket with a reusable first stage that could see its trial launch as early as 2020, SpaceNews reported, citing a senior Chinese rocket designer. Long Lehao of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), revealed the new plans for the Long March 8 medium-lift launcher during a space industry conference in Harbin on April 24. According to ... more
+ 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
+ China Space Agency chief says he expects visit by Russia's Roscosmos

Wearable ring, wristband allow users to control smart tech with hand gestures
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2018
New technology created by a team of Georgia Tech researchers could make controlling text or other mobile applications as simple as "1-2-3." Using acoustic chirps emitted from a ring and received by a wristband, like a smartwatch, the system is able to recognize 22 different micro finger gestures that could be programmed to various commands - including a T9 keyboard interface, a set of numb ... more
+ Robot teaches itself how to dress people
+ Human-sounding Google Assistant sparks ethics questions
+ Google pitches artificial intelligence to help unplug
+ 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
US film explores legacy of anti-Chinese immigration law
Los Angeles (AFP) May 15, 2018
More than a century before President Donald Trump began blocking arrivals from the Middle East and Africa, the American immigration debate was already being forged in the crucible of Chinese exclusion. On May 6, 1882 - the eve of the greatest wave of immigration in US history - president Chester A. Arthur signed a history-making yet little-known piece of legislation called the Chinese Excl ... more
+ China approves $1 bn loan for Sri Lanka expressway
+ Hong Kong student leader draws fury in China over anthem
+ China defends treatment of Nobel dissident's widow
+ Former top Chinese Communist official jailed for life for bribery
+ 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

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
+ Isotopic evidence for more fossil fuel sources of aerosol ammonium in city air
+ 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
+ Reconnection tames the turbulent magnetic fields around Earth
+ CryoSat reveals retreat of Patagonian glaciers
+ Moon holds key to improving satellite views of Earth

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
+ Seven chateaux and counting: Chinese billionaire is big in Bordeaux
+ 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
Orbital variations can trigger 'snowball states' on exoplanets
Seattle WA (SPX) May 15, 2018
Aspects of an otherwise Earthlike planet's tilt and orbital dynamics can severely affect its potential habitability - even triggering abrupt "snowball states" where oceans freeze and surface life is impossible, according to new research from astronomers at the University of Washington. The research indicates that locating a planet in its host star's "habitable zone" - that swath of space j ... more
+ Atmospheric seasons could signal alien life
+ 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

New pig virus found to be a potential threat to humans
Columbus OH (SPX) May 15, 2018
A recently identified pig virus can readily find its way into laboratory-cultured cells of people and other species, a discovery that raises concerns about the potential for outbreaks that threaten human and animal health. Researchers at The Ohio State University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands collaborated to better understand the new virus and its potential reach. Their study, ... more
+ Hostility toward minorities can spread like a contagious disease
+ 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
US military reviews Somalia raid after five killed
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2018
The US military's Africa Command said Friday it is reviewing a Somali-led raid after locals reported that five civilians had been shot dead. "We are aware of reports alleging civilian casualties resulting from this operation, and we take these reports seriously," AFRICOM said in a statement. "Africa Command will review any information it has about the incident, including any relevant inf ... more
+ Kidnapped UK tourists in DR Congo released
+ Ex-Gambia generals deny desertion
+ Lake Victoria biodiversity being 'decimated': conservationists
+ Double curse: After drought, Kenya's Dadaab refugee camps hit by floods
+ Pentagon addressing Niger attack issues: Mattis
+ In first for Tunisia, police and soldiers head to polls
+ Climate change not the key driver of human conflict and displacement in East Africa

For how long will the USA remain the Nobel Prize leader?
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) May 10, 2018
Since first being awarded in 1901, most Nobel Prizes for science have gone to the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. An empirical study by Professor Claudius Gros from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt has now shown that the Nobel Prize productivity in these countries is primarily determined by two factors: a long-term success rate, and periods ... more
+ Russia Offers Space Tourist Flight to US, European Astronauts, UAE Citizen
+ The challenge of space gardening: One giant 'leaf' for mankind
+ The challenge of space gardening: One giant 'leaf' for mankind
+ Spinning science: multi-use variable-g platform arrives at the Space Station
+ Tourism nearly a tenth of global CO2 emissions
+ Jim Bridenstine brings understanding of commercial technology to his new role as NASA Admin
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Iran FM in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal
Moscow (AFP) May 14, 2018
Iran's foreign minister said on a visit to Moscow Monday he was seeking "assurances" from the backers of the country's nuclear deal after the United States pulled out. Russia is trying to keep the landmark 2015 accord alive in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision, pushing Moscow into rare cooperation with Europe. "The final aim of these negotiations is to seek assurances tha ... more
+ N. Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons: top defector
+ Saudis will seek nuclear weapon if Iran does: minister
+ UK and France 'determined' to save Iran deal
+ UN nuclear watchdog's chief inspector resigns: agency
+ Worked to the bone: South Korea's elderly
+ US ready to offer North Korea security assurances, investment: Pompeo
+ N. Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of US summit: KCNA
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