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June 10, 2018
Navy to start annual exercise Malabar in Guam

Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2018
The U.S. Navy is hosting forces from India and Japan for the annual exercise Malabar, June 7 through 16 off the coast of Guam. Naval ships, aircraft and personnel convened Thursday in the Philippine Sea. It's the first year Guam is hosting the event, in which participants practice surface and anti-submarine warfare operations, combined carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, as well as visit, board, search and seizure operations, the Navy said in a statem ... read more

Bonobos won't eat filthy food, offering clues to the origins of disgust
Washington (UPI) Jun 4, 2018
Bonobos won't eat dirty food. In experiments, the great apes refused fruit that had been contaminated by feces. ... more
Supramolecular complex formation: Anthracene macrocycle and C60 fullerene
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system and has a characteristic ring. Japanese researchers have now synthesized a molecular "nano-Saturn". As the scientists report in the journal An ... 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
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Trump dangles White House invite for Kim
Washington (AFP) June 7, 2018
US President Donald Trump insisted Thursday he is "very well-prepared" for a historic and potentially fraught summit with Kim Jong Un in five days, while hinting at the signing of a peace treaty and even a future White House visit by the North Korean dictator. ... more
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. ... 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
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
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
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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
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

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
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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
Tokyo (AFP) May 18, 2018
Japan's biggest coral reef has not recovered from bleaching due to rising sea temperatures, with only one percent of the reef in a healthy condition, according to a government study. ... more
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
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
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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
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Airbus-built Aeolus wind sensor satellite ready for shipment
Toulouse, France (SPX) Jun 07, 2018
Aeolus, the European Space Agency's wind sensing satellite, is now ready for its upcoming launch. It will be shipped across the Atlantic on the Airbus vessel "Ciudad de Cadiz" to Kourou, French Guiana, where a Vega launcher will send it to orbit on 21 August. The instrument is so sensitive that it could be damaged by a sudden loss of pressure. For this reason, air transportation has to be ... more
+ JUICE comes in from extreme temperature test
+ Firing up a new alloy
+ Cooling by laser beam
+ Large-scale and sustainable 3D printing with the most ubiquitous natural material
+ Engineers convert commonly discarded material into high-performance adhesive
+ Is there an end to the periodic table
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Tempers fray, fists fly in India's daily battle for water
New Delhi (AFP) June 8, 2018
When the water truck finally chugged into the Delhi slum, there was a stampede. It is a scene repeated daily across India as temperatures rise and the vital resource gets ever scarcer. Young men clambered onto the roof and jammed a tangle of multicoloured hosepipes inside, passing the other ends to friends waiting with containers in the shouting crowd below. All 10,000 litres were gone i ... more
+ Study suggests scientists can use microbial measurements to gauge river flow
+ Hydropower in Cambodia could threaten food security of region
+ Widespread methane seeps off Oregon coast
+ Lebanon's spearfishers fight to preserve stocks
+ World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros
+ Scientists rethink co-evolution of marine life, oxygenated oceans
+ Study finds big savings in removing dams over repairs
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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Defense Department modifies contract for ballistic missiles
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 08, 2018
The Department of Defense modified a contract with Raytheon for full production of the Standard Missile-6. The modified contract award from Naval Sea Systems Command adjusted the total cumulative value of the deal to more than $44.8 million. The contract enables Raytheon to provide "long-lead material in support of fiscal 2017 Standard Missile-6 full-rate production requirements and spa ... more
+ Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
+ 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
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
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+ Beijing welcomes use of Chinese space station by all UN Nations
+ China upgrades spacecraft reentry and descent technology
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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
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+ 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
China enlists public to track fugitives in US, Canada
Beijing (AFP) June 7, 2018
Chinese authorities have called on the public to help track down fugitives abroad by publishing the names, photos and even addresses of 50 high-profile suspects beyond its grasp. A massive anti-graft campaign launched by President Xi Jinping includes a push to repatriate allegedly corrupt officials who have fled abroad - an effort known as "Sky Net". But most Western countries including ... more
+ Rewriting history? Hong Kong education turns political battleground
+ Costly date: 64.89 yuan forbidden on Tiananmen June 4 anniversary
+ With Cambodia's free press under fire, 'China model' makes inroads
+ Families of Tiananmen victims urge China's Xi to 're-evaluate' crackdown
+ 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

NASA Soil Moisture Data Advances Global Crop Forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 05, 2018
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 04, 2018 Data from the first NASA satellite mission dedicated to measuring the water content of soils is now being used operationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to monitor global croplands and make commodity forecasts. The Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, or SMAP, launched in 2015 and has helped map the amount of water in soils worldwide. Now, with to ... more
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+ 20 Years of Earth Data Now at Your Fingertips
+ 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

Scientists boost crop production by 47 percent by speeding up photorespiration
Urbana IL (SPX) Jun 05, 2018
Plants such as soybeans and wheat waste between 20 and 50 percent of their energy recycling toxic chemicals created when the enzyme Rubisco - the most prevalent enzyme in the world - grabs oxygen molecules instead of carbon dioxide molecules. Increasing production of a common, naturally occurring protein in plant leaves could boost the yields of major food crops by almost 50 percent, according t ... more
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+ Alibaba shows off automated wine store in Hong Kong
+ 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
Researchers discover multiple alkali metals in unique exoplanet
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Jun 08, 2018
The extrasolar planet WASP-127b is one of the least dense exoplanets ever found. It has a radius 1.4 times greater than Jupiter, but only 20% of its mass. Such a planet has no analogue in the solar system and is rare even within the exoplanet diversity. It takes just over four days to complete an orbit around its parent star and its surface temperature is around 1400 K (1127 C). The obse ... more
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+ Distant moons may harbor life
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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
+ Violence shuts Africa's Virunga gorilla park till 2019
+ US says strike kills 27 Shabaab militants in Horn of Africa
+ 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
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Second Space Station mission for Alexander Gerst begins
Paris (ESA) Jun 08, 2018
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has arrived at the International Space Station together with NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev, marking the start of Alexander's Horizons mission. The trio were launched into space on 6 June at 11:12 GMT (13:12 CEST) in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. After 34 orbits of Eart ... more
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Iran says time for Europe to save nuke deal almost over
Tehran (AFP) June 10, 2018
Iran's powerful parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday that the time for Europe to show it can save the nuclear deal was coming to an end. "This issue must be clear that Iran's officials will not wait for Europe's endless promises," Larijani, a key establishment figure, told parliament in a televised address. "The time for negotiations is coming to an end and if Europe considers it ... more
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