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June 07, 2018
Trump hosts Japan PM, five days before summit with Kim

Washington (AFP) June 7, 2018
With less than a week to go before meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump plays host Thursday to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wants his voice heard ahead of the unprecedented talks. Trump and Abe will hold a joint press conference at the White House in the early afternoon, before heading to Canada for what promises to be a tense Group of Seven summit clouded by the US leader's aggressive trade policies. Since the first inkling that a Trump-Kim summit could ... read more

Solar energy: Mixed anion compounds with 'fluorine' works as new photocatalytic material
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 01, 2018
Scientists in Japan have shown that an oxyfluoride is capable of visible light-driven photocatalysis[1]. The finding opens new doors for designing materials for artificial photosynthesis and solar e ... more
UK mulls direct stake in Hitachi nuclear plant: minister
London (AFP) June 4, 2018
The British government said Monday it is considering directly investing in a nuclear power station project planned by Japanese giant Hitachi in Wales. ... more
Toshiba completes $21 bn sale of chip unit
Tokyo (AFP) June 1, 2018
Embattled conglomerate Toshiba on Friday completed the $21 billion sale of its prized chip unit to an investment consortium, a move seen as crucial to keeping the Japanese firm afloat. ... more
Trio reach Earth from ISS with football slated for World Cup
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) June 3, 2018
Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov made it back to Earth Sunday along with an official match football that could be used later this month in the opening game of the World Cup in Moscow. ... more
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Putin, Abe speak to ISS astronauts from Kremlin
Moscow (AFP) May 26, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday spoke to astronauts on board the ISS via a live video link from the Kremlin. ... more
Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes
Tokyo (AFP) May 31, 2018
Japan killed 122 pregnant minke whales during a highly controversial annual whaling expedition that Tokyo defends as scientific research but conservationists call "gruesome and unnecessary". ... more
Switched on leads to breakthrough for spintronics
Sendai, Japan (SPX) May 30, 2018
Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have discovered a switch to control the spin current, a mechanism needed for information processing with full spin-based devices. This is significant ... more
Japan to receive digital radar systems from Raytheon
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2018
Raytheon was awarded a contract by the Department of Defense on Tuesday for digital radar warning systems that will benefit Japan. ... more
Trump, Abe say 'imperative' to dismantle N. Korean weapons
Washington (AFP) May 28, 2018
President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Monday that it is "imperative" to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, the White House said. ... more
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Taiwan scrambles fighter jets to track China bomber drill
Taipei (AFP) May 25, 2018
Taiwan on Friday scrambled fighter jets to shadow Chinese bombers conducting a drill around the island, just hours after Beijing welcomed Burkina Faso's move to sever diplomatic ties with Taipei. ... more
Japanese student discovers new crustacean species in deep sea hydrothermal vent
Kumamoto, Japan (SPX) May 24, 2018
A new species of microcrustacean (Stygiopontius ) was collected from a submarine hot spring (hydrothermal vent) of a volcanic seamount (Myojin-sho caldera) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japa ... more
G7 says OPEC-member Venezuela missed an opportunity
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2018
An OPEC member in part behind a spike in crude oil prices causing economic concern, Venezuela missed a chance by re-electing President Maduro, G7 leaders said. ... more
Toshiba says China approves sale of chip unit to Bain consortium
Tokyo (AFP) May 17, 2018
Embattled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba on Thursday said Chinese regulators have given approval for its plan to sell its prized chip unit - the final hurdle to complete the deal. ... more
EU seeks US trade detente after China reprieve
Brussels (AFP) May 22, 2018
EU ministers Tuesday will refine a last-ditch bid to persuade US President Donald Trump to back off stiff tariffs on metals imports from Europe and win the bloc a similar break as handed China. ... more

Only 1 pct of Japan's biggest coral reef healthy: survey

Stars formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang
London, UK (SPX) May 17, 2018
Stars in a galaxy 13.28 billion light years away formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang, finds a team of international astronomers led by groups at UCL and Osaka Sangyo University in Japan ... more
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Nuclear Waste Management Organization Signs Co-Operation Agreements With International Partners
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 18, 2018
Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has signed or renewed co-operation agreements with counterparts from five countries: Belgium, France, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdo ... 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
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
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". ... 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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Peace needs at least 15 years: Colombian president
Geneva (AFP) June 1, 2018
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hailed Friday the peace accord reached in his country, but warned it would take at least 15 years to build a truly peaceful society. Speaking before the UN Labour Organization's annual assembly, Santos stressed that "peace is much more than just silencing the weapons." "Building peace is like building a cathedral; it is a long and complex process th ... more
+ Sentinel-1 warns of refugee island flood risk
+ Seismometer readings could offer debris flow early warning
+ China floods to hit US economy: Climate effects through trade chains
+ Air Forces's 'Guardian Angels' to receive new facilities
+ Navy captain accused in deadly Tunisia migrant boat sinking
+ 'Our families would be killed': Rohingya brace for monsoon
+ Arkema's Texas plant unprepared for Harvey floods, inquiry finds
Supercomputer Astronomy: The Next Generation
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 05, 2018
The supercomputer Cray XC50, nicknamed NS-05 "ATERUI II," started operation on June 1, 2018. With a theoretical peak performance of 3.087 petaflops, ATERUI II is the world's fastest supercomputer for astrophysical simulations. ATERUI II simulates a wide range of astronomical phenomena inaccessible to observational astronomy, allowing us to boldly go where no one has gone before, from the b ... more
+ Space Traffic Management - Oversight, Licensing And Enforcement
+ Firing up a new alloy
+ Large-scale and sustainable 3D printing with the most ubiquitous natural material
+ Engineers convert commonly discarded material into high-performance adhesive
+ Zn-InsP6 complex can enhance excretion of radioactive strontium from the body
+ What can snakes teach us about engineering friction
+ Microsoft says buying GitHub for $7.5 bn

Study suggests scientists can use microbial measurements to gauge river flow
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jun 05, 2018
Oregon State University scientists have created a tool that can predict the flow rate of Arctic rivers with a surprising degree of accuracy based on the makeup and abundance of bacteria in the water. Their successful "genohydrology" approach is important because many Arctic rivers are remote and quite rugged, making deployment of flow meters to measure the water dangerous and expensive. Th ... more
+ Lebanon's spearfishers fight to preserve stocks
+ World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros
+ Hydropower in Cambodia could threaten food security of region
+ Widespread methane seeps off Oregon coast
+ Scientists rethink co-evolution of marine life, oxygenated oceans
+ Study finds big savings in removing dams over repairs
+ Food security in Cambodia faces threat due to hydropower
Researchers use magnets to move tiny DNA-based nano-devices
Columbus OH (SPX) Jun 04, 2018
Researchers have devised a magnetic control system to make tiny DNA-based robots move on demand - and much faster than recently possible. In the journal Nature Communications, Carlos Castro and Ratnasingham Sooryakumar and their colleagues from The Ohio State University report that the control system reduced the response time of prototype nano-robot components from several minutes to less than a ... more
+ AI-based method could speed development of specialized nanoparticles
+ Atomically thin nanowires convert heat to electricity more efficiently
+ Change the face of nanoparticles and you'll rule chemistry
+ Novel method to fabricate nanoribbons from speeding nano droplets
+ Columbia researchers squeeze light into nanoscale devices and circuits
+ Making massive leaps in electronics at nano-scale
+ Understanding light-induced electrical current in atomically thin nanomaterials
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Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
Riyadh (AFP) June 5, 2018
Saudi air defences on Tuesday intercepted a ballistic missile that targeted the western city of Yanbu after being fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, a Saudi-led military coalition said. The missile fired at the coastal city did not cause any casualties, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency. Iran-backed Hut ... more
+ Northrop tapped for ballistic radar detection services
+ Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
+ Raytheon contracted for ballistic radar systems for Romania
+ Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
+ Lockheed to provide ballistic tracking radar to U.S., foreign countries
+ Israel builds 'missile net' on border to protect airport
+ Missile Defense Agency contracts for Aegis 6.0 modeling support
China confirms reception of data from Gaofen-6 satellite
Beijing (XNA) Jun 07, 2018
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) confirmed that one of its institutes Monday successfully tracked and received imaging data from the newly-launched Earth observation satellite Gaofen-6. The Aerospace Information Research Institute said the Miyun station of China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station received the first batch of observation data from the Gaofen-6 satellite. There was ... more
+ Beijing welcomes use of Chinese space station by all UN Nations
+ China upgrades spacecraft reentry and descent technology
+ China develops wireless systems for rockets
+ China's Queqiao satellite carries "large umbrella" into deep space
+ Russia May Help China Create International Cosmonauts Rehabilitation Center
+ Sunrise for China's commercial space industry?
+ Chinese rewrite record, live 370 days in self-contained moon lab

Service Robotics Market worth over $22bn by 2024
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 07, 2018
The last decade has witnessed service robotics market traversing alongside a lucrative growth path - right from being a subject of science fiction debates to an almost niche vertical of the electronics space. The emergence of digital and high-tech technologies such as cloud computing, IoT, AI, and RaaS in recent times, has further added to the growing potential of robotics. Indeed, it woul ... more
+ 'Smart' material enables novel applications in autonomous driving and robotics
+ Robotic assembly of the world's smallest house
+ Lu resignation a blow for Baidu's push into AI, analysts say
+ Google pushes artificial intelligence for upgraded news app
+ Robot teaches itself how to dress people
+ Human-sounding Google Assistant sparks ethics questions
+ Wearable ring, wristband allow users to control smart tech with hand gestures
Costly date: 64.89 yuan forbidden on Tiananmen June 4 anniversary
Beijing (AFP) June 4, 2018
China's information blackout about the crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen protests took a new turn on Monday: users of a popular social media app could not send each other money transfers alluding to the anniversary date. Open discussion of the brutal crackdown is forbidden in China, where hundreds - by some estimates more than a thousand - died when the Communist Party sent tanks on June 4, ... more
+ Hong Kong independence duo given jail term for parliament chaos
+ Hong Kong independence duo given jail term for parliament chaos
+ China's LGBT community finds trouble, hope at end of rainbow
+ China Nobel dissident's widow says serving 'life sentence' for love
+ With Cambodia's free press under fire, 'China model' makes inroads
+ Families of Tiananmen victims urge China's Xi to 're-evaluate' crackdown
+ Nine jailed in Hong Kong for 'Fishball Revolution' riots

Wind satellite shows off
Paris (ESA) Jun 07, 2018
Before ESA's Aeolus satellite is packed up and shipped to French Guiana for liftoff in August, media representatives had the chance to see this wind measuring Earth Explorer satellite standing proud in the cleanroom. Like all of the Earth Explorers, Aeolus was built to show how cutting-edge space technology can shed new light on the intricate workings of our planet. This pioneering sate ... more
+ 20 Years of Earth Data Now at Your Fingertips
+ NASA Soil Moisture Data Advances Global Crop Forecasts
+ New algorithm fuses quality and quantity in satellite imagery
+ The case of the relativistic particles solved with NASA missions
+ Researchers Use Satellite Imagery to Map Economic Inequality Among Indians
+ Sentinels modernise Europe's agricultural policy
+ Climate Change May Lead to Bigger Atmospheric Rivers

Alibaba shows off automated wine store in Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) May 29, 2018
With no shop workers or cash tills and payments made using facial recognition, China's largest e-commerce platform Alibaba created a fully automated wine store at Hong Kong's Vinexpo fair Tuesday. Billed by the company as a way to show off its latest smart tech to retailers, customers browsed a pop-up shop stacked with bottles, set up inside the city's convention centre for the annual wine ... more
+ Scientists boost crop production by 47 percent by speeding up photorespiration
+ Bayer to ditch Monsanto name after mega-merger
+ Sugarcane pest produces foam to protect itself from heat
+ Hail storms batter French champagne makers
+ Radish cover crop traps nitrogen; mystery follows
+ Italy's oldest olive oil discovered in peculiar pot
+ France vows to outlaw glyphosate weedkillers within 3 years
Searching for Potential Life-Hosting Planets Beyond Earth
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jun 05, 2018
In recent years, astronomers have discovered more than 4,000 exoplanets (and counting) - planets outside our solar system. The majority of those planets are Earth-sized, to about 2.5 times the size of Earth, and therefore considered to have the potential for facilitating the development of life. But which ones, specifically, could harbor organisms? One way to narrow the search for ha ... more
+ Planets Can Easily Exist in Triple Star Systems
+ Sorry ET, Got Here First: Russian Scientist Suggests Humans Would Destroy Aliens
+ How microbes survive clean rooms and contaminate spacecraft
+ Distant moons may harbor life
+ NASA Dives Deep into the Search for Life
+ Linguists gather in L.A. to ponder the Language of ET
+ Kepler Begins 18th Observing Campaign with a Focus On Star Clusters

Dialing up the body's defenses against public health threats
Washington DC (SPX) May 30, 2018
Protection against many common pathogens and environmental stressors is written into our DNA. Our skin responds to sun exposure. Our immune system mounts defenses when we get the flu. Our bodies inherently work to mitigate the potential for harm caused by these health threats. However, these intrinsic responses are not always quick, robust, or appropriate enough to adequately defend us fro ... more
+ Limiting global warming could avoid millions of dengue fever cases
+ Could we predict the next Ebola outbreak by tracking the migratory patterns of bats?
+ Deadly malaria's evolution revealed
+ New portable malaria screening instrument developed
+ Asian tiger mosquito on the move
+ New pig virus found to be a potential threat to humans
+ Hostility toward minorities can spread like a contagious disease
New perspectives on African migration
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Jun 05, 2018
The number of people in Africa moving from their home country is set to increase in line with population growth over the coming decades, according to the findings of a joint study from the JRC and the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). Demographic expansion will by itself lead to an increase in the absolute number of people on the move. Currently the majority remain on the African ... more
+ Faith leaders, Pygmies join forces in fight for Congo forest
+ US says air strike kills 12 militants in Somalia
+ Defence minister warns of intervention in Madagascar crisis
+ Help wanted: UN mission struggles in troubled C. Africa
+ Prehistoric teeth dating back 2 million years reveal details on ancient Africa's climate
+ China, Russia rise in C. Africa as Western influence shrinks
+ China, Burkina Faso establish ties following Taiwan snub
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New crew blasts off for ISS
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) June 6, 2018
A relatively inexperienced crew of two astronauts and a cosmonaut blasted off Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. German Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Russian Sergei Prokopyev of Roscosmos shot into the sky in warm, dry conditions at 1112 GMT. They should dock ... more
+ New crew blasts off for ISS
+ NASA Narrows Scope for Proposed Astrophysics Missions
+ NanoRacks Complete Barrios Protein Crystal Growth Operations on Space Station
+ Russian State Space Giant Roscosmos May Curb Space Program Due to Lack of Funds
+ Trio reach Earth from ISS with football slated for World Cup
+ NASA selects US companies to advance space resource collection
+ ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano to be Space Station commander on his next flight
Iran uranium enrichment plan aims to destroy Israel: Netanyahu
Jerusalem (AFP) June 5, 2018
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the Iranian plan to increase its nuclear enrichment capacity was aimed at producing nuclear weapons to be used against Israel. "Two days ago, Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, stated his intention to destroy the State of Israel," Netanyahu said in a video posted on social media. "Yesterday he explained how he would do it - by ... more
+ Europe under pressure as Iran 'nears nuclear red line'
+ Iran 'preparing activities' in case nuclear deal fails
+ Summit brings former secret envoy Pompeo center stage
+ Sudan defence firms scrap North Korea deals
+ Trump hosts Japan PM, five days before summit with Kim
+ China's gateway to N. Korea pins hopes on Kim-Trump summit
+ Kim says committed to denuclearisation of Korean peninsula: KCNA
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