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June 12, 2018
Japan 'drone-brella' promises hands-free sun cover

Tokyo (AFP) June 6, 2018
It's the hands-free experience you never knew you needed - a Japanese company has developed a drone-powered parasol it says can hover over users, protecting them from the sun. The drone-powered sunshade - being developed by Asahi Power Service - should be released next year, and will initially target those in need of a hands-free head covering wider than your average hat, like golfers. The potential headaches posed by crashes, and regulations governing autonomous aircraft, mean the company ex ... read 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
US fighter jet crashes off Japan coast
Tokyo (AFP) June 11, 2018
A US F15 fighter jet crashed off the southern coast of Japan on Monday but the pilot ejected and was rescued by Japanese forces, Tokyo's defence minister said. ... more
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. ... more
World's most efficient production of succinate from carbon dioxide
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
Succinate is widely used as a raw ingredient for petrochemicals, and there is high demand for a way of producing succinate that is renewable and environmentally benign. A Japanese researcher has dis ... more
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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
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
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
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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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
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

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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
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First public forecasts from ViEWS, a political violence early-warning system
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
The challenges of preventing, mitigating, and adapting to largescale political violence are daunting, particularly when violence escalates where it is not expected. With funding from the European Research Council, ViEWS: a political Violence Early-Warning System at Uppsala University, is developing a system that is rigorous, data-based, and publicly available to researchers and the international ... more
+ Merkel open to EU migration reform, Spain takes in stranded migrant ship
+ $3bn pledged for girls education at G7, delighting Malala
+ Puerto Rico morgue overflowing with unclaimed bodies
+ Peace needs at least 15 years: Colombian president
+ 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
JUICE comes in from extreme temperature test
Paris (ESA) Jun 08, 2018
This is the first entry in the JUICE Test Campaign Journal, a series of articles covering the main events during testing of the Thermal Development Model (TDM), the Engineering Model (EM) and the Proto-Flight Model (PFM) of the spacecraft. The mission is scheduled to launch in 2022 to investigate the Jupiter system. One of the major challenges facing ESA's JUICE (JUpiter Icy Moon Explorer) ... more
+ Cooling by laser beam
+ New 3D printer can create complex biological tissues
+ Large-scale and sustainable 3D printing with the most ubiquitous natural material
+ Engineers convert commonly discarded material into high-performance adhesive
+ Researchers mimic comet moth's silk fibers to make 'air-conditioned' fabric
+ A multimaterial, voxel-printing method turns imaging datasets into physical objects
+ One-step, 3D printing for multimaterial projects developed by WSU researchers

In desert trials, next-generation water harvester delivers fresh water from air
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
Last October, a University of California, Berkeley, team headed down to the Arizona desert, plopped their newest prototype water harvester into the backyard of a tract home and started sucking water out of the air without any power other than sunlight. The successful field test of their larger, next-generation harvester proved what the team had predicted earlier in 2017: that the water har ... more
+ Study on economics of fishing on the high seas
+ Tempers fray, fists fly in India's daily battle for water
+ Study reveals missing drivers of ocean deoxygenation
+ High seas fishing would go broke without 'massive' subsidies: study
+ Coral tricks for adapting to ocean acidification
+ The Cambodian village on stilts
+ Study suggests scientists can use microbial measurements to gauge river flow
A new way to measure energy in microscopic machines
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
What drives cells to live and engines to move? It all comes down to a quantity that scientists call "free energy," essentially the energy that can be extracted from any system to perform useful work. Without this available energy, a living organism would eventually die and a machine would lie idle. In work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of M ... more
+ AI-based method could speed development of specialized nanoparticles
+ Researchers use magnets to move tiny DNA-based nano-devices
+ 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
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Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
Riyadh (AFP) June 10, 2018
Saudi air defences on Sunday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Jizan after being fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, a Saudi-led military coalition said. Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of Jizan without causing casualties, the coalition said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency. Iran-backed Huthi rebels ... 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
+ Experts Explain How China Is Opening International Space Cooperation
+ 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?

Future robots need no motors
Hong Kong (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
To develop micro- and biomimetic-robots, artificial muscles and medical devices, actuating materials that can reversibly change their volume under various stimuli are researched in the past thirty years to replace traditional bulky and heavy actuators including motors and pneumatic actuators. A mechanical engineering team led by Professor Alfonso Ngan Hing-wan, Chair Professor in Materials ... more
+ Cometh the cyborg: improved integration of living muscles into robots
+ Service Robotics Market worth over $22bn by 2024
+ '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
Hong Kong jails top independence leader for six years
Hong Kong (AFP) June 11, 2018
Hong Kong's leading independence activist was jailed for six years Monday for his involvement in some of the city's worst protest violence for decades. Edward Leung was convicted in May of rioting during the 2016 running battles with police, when demonstrators hurled bricks torn up from pavements and set rubbish alight in the commercial district of Mong Kok. Handing down his jail term, J ... more
+ China enlists public to track fugitives in US, Canada
+ 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

Close encounters of the fishy kind
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
To mark World Ocean Day, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) has increased ocean transparency by releasing the first-ever 'live' global view of likely transshipping at sea - a practice that can mask illegal fishing activity, and imagery of night-time fishing and its location, exposing vessels often hidden from other monitoring systems. Data released on GFW's map reveals in near real-time the locati ... more
+ Wind satellite shows off
+ 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

On the origins of agriculture, researchers uncover new clues
Fort Collins CP (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
The invention of agriculture changed humans and the environment forever, and over several thousand years, the practice originated independently in a least a dozen different places. But why did agriculture begin in those places, at those particular times in human history? Using a new methodological approach, researchers at Colorado State University and Washington University in St. Louis hav ... more
+ French beekeepers accuse Bayer after glyphosate found in honey
+ Dogs can detect agricultural diseases early
+ Five things to know about the Bayer-Monsanto megadeal
+ Scientists boost crop production by 47 percent by speeding up photorespiration
+ Bayer to ditch Monsanto name after mega-merger
+ Alibaba shows off automated wine store in Hong Kong
+ Sugarcane pest produces foam to protect itself from heat
Chandra Scouts Nearest Star System for Possible Hazards
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 11, 2018
In humanity's search for life outside our solar system, one of the best places scientists have considered is Alpha Centauri, a system containing the three nearest stars beyond our Sun. A new study that has involved monitoring of Alpha Centauri for more than a decade by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory provides encouraging news about one key aspect of planetary habitability. It indica ... more
+ Researchers discover multiple alkali metals in unique exoplanet
+ The Clarke exobelt, a method to search for possible extraterrestrial civilizations
+ Researchers discover a system with three Earth-sized planets
+ Searching for Potential Life-Hosting Planets Beyond Earth
+ Sorry ET, Got Here First: Russian Scientist Suggests Humans Would Destroy Aliens
+ How microbes survive clean rooms and contaminate spacecraft
+ Planets Can Easily Exist in Triple Star Systems

US fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases
Hong Kong (AFP) June 9, 2018
A US health alert issued for China over a mysterious illness has revived fears of a rumoured sonic weapon that first surfaced after a scare involving American diplomats and their families in Cuba two years ago. Staff who fell ill after hearing strange sounds are being examined by doctors at a consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, with several evacuated to the US and at least o ... more
+ Spot a rat? Real-time map aims to plot Paris sightings
+ Dialing up the body's defenses against public health threats
+ 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
US commando killed, four wounded in Somalia attack
Washington (AFP) June 9, 2018
An American commando was killed Friday in an attack in southern Somalia that also wounded four US military personnel along with a Somali soldier, officials said. The attack occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and US troops were working to clear a large area of Al-Qaeda-aligned Al-Shabaab fighters. The multinational force "came under mortar and sm ... more
+ US says strike kills 27 Shabaab militants in Horn of Africa
+ New perspectives on African migration
+ Violence shuts Africa's Virunga gorilla park till 2019
+ 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
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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
+ New Era of Space Exploration is "Internet of Tomorrow"
+ Crew from Germany, US, Russia board ISS
+ New crew blasts off for ISS
+ New crew blasts off for ISS
+ NASA Narrows Scope for Proposed Astrophysics Missions
+ NanoRacks Complete Barrios Protein Crystal Growth Operations on Space Station
+ Trio reach Earth from ISS with football slated for World Cup
N. Korea media herald Kim's Singapore stroll
Pyongyang, North Korea (AFP) June 12, 2018
North Korea's state media lauded Singapore Tuesday as they highlighted Kim Jong Un's visit to some of its top tourist attractions. A few hours ahead of his historic summit with Donald Trump - the first encounter between a leader of the isolated, nuclear-armed North and a sitting US president - Kim took a break from preparations for a waterfront stroll. He was accompanied by the city-st ... more
+ Iran 'highly sceptical' on US-North Korea nuclear talks
+ Warm words from North Korea on Cold War frontier
+ China urges 'full denuclearisation' as Kim-Trump meet
+ Iran says time for Europe to save nuke deal almost over
+ Iran postpones debate on terror financing
+ Trump, Kim hail historic summit; questions over way forward
+ China urges 'full denuclearisation' as Kim-Trump meet
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