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July 05, 2018
Maverick entrepreneur's space rocket fails at blast off

Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2018
A rocket developed by a maverick Japanese entrepreneur and convicted fraudster exploded shortly after liftoff Saturday, in a major blow to his bid to send Japan's first privately backed rocket into space. Interstellar Technologies, founded by popular internet service provider Livedoor's creator Takafumi Horie, launched the unmanned rocket, MOMO-2, at around 5:30 am (2030 GMT Friday) from a test site in Taiki, southern Hokkaido. But television footage showed the 10-metre (33-foot) rocket crashing ... read more

Orbital tapped for Coyote supersonic sea skimming targets for Navy
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2018
Orbital Sciences Corp. has been awarded a $52 million modification to a previously awarded contract to acquire 18 Lot 12 full rate production of the GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target and the steel needed for the GQM-163A SSST program of the U.S. Navy. ... more
Japan quake battered most powerful microscopes
Tokyo (AFP) June 29, 2018
Two of the world's most powerful microscopes suffered severe damage from a deadly earthquake that hit the western Japanese city of Osaka, causing delays in cutting-edge cell and atomic-level research, a scientist said Friday. ... more
Japan aims for 24% renewable energy but keeps nuclear central
Tokyo (AFP) July 3, 2018
Japan's government on Tuesday pledged to modestly boost the amount of energy coming from renewable sources to around a quarter in a new plan that also keeps nuclear power central to the country's policy. ... more
N. Korea's Kim asked China's Xi to help lift sanctions: report
Tokyo (AFP) July 1, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has appealed to China's Xi Jinping to help end sanctions against Pyongyang following his landmark summit with US President Donald Trump, a Japanese newspaper reported Sunday, citing multiple unnamed sources in the two countries. ... more
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Cyclone barrels towards Japan's Okinawa
Tokyo (AFP) July 1, 2018
Okinawa residents braced for large waves and violent winds Sunday after weather authorities warned of a fierce cyclone approaching the southern Japanese island. ... more
Mattis vows 'strong defensive stance' on N. Korea
Tokyo (AFP) June 29, 2018
US Defense Secretary James Mattis pledged Friday to maintain and strengthen the US security alliance with Japan amid fears that talks with North Korea could water down Washington's longstanding security commitments in the region. ... more
Looking to the Future with Ariane 6 and Vega C Launchers for Asia-Pacific Customers
Singapore (SPX) Jun 28, 2018
Arianespace, the global reference in space transportation, has orbited 60% of commercial satellites in the Asia-Pacific region since 1981. And this dynamic is continuing apace: after four satellites ... more
Japan space probe reaches asteroid in search for origin of life
Tokyo (AFP) June 27, 2018
A Japanese probe has reached an asteroid 300 million kilometres away to collect information about the birth of the solar system and the origin of life after a more than three-year voyage through deep space. ... more
UK scientist involved in Hayabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu
Stirling UK (SPX) Jun 28, 2018
A University of Stirling scientist is set to begin analysing - and attempting to recreate - conditions on a primitive asteroid as part of a major international space mission led by the Japanese. ... more
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Japan space probe reaches asteroid in search for origin of life
Tokyo (AFP) June 27, 2018
A Japanese probe has reached an asteroid 300 million kilometres away to collect information about the birth of the solar system and the origin of life after a more than three-year voyage through deep space. ... more
Japan to seek partial resumption of commercial whaling
Tokyo (AFP) June 27, 2018
Japan will seek a partial resumption of commercial whaling at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission later this year, officials said Wednesday. ... more
Japan says halting missile drills after Trump-Kim summit
Tokyo (AFP) June 22, 2018
Japan is suspending evacuation drills simulating a North Korean missile attack after historic talks between Washington and Pyongyang, its top government spokesman said Friday. ... more
Bear necessities: cooler home for S. Korea's last polar bear
Seoul (AFP) June 21, 2018
The last polar bear kept in South Korea will be sent to Britain to escape the country's stifling, humid summers and live out his days in more appropriate surroundings, zookeepers said Thursday. ... more
Moon suggests Russian gas be piped to Koreas, Japan
Seoul (AFP) June 20, 2018
New pipelines could be laid to bring Russian gas through North Korea to the South and even on to Japan following the diplomatic thaw with Pyongyang, Seoul's leader suggested Wednesday. ... more

Japan halts missile drills after Trump-Kim summit: reports

Japan airlines change 'Taiwan' to 'China Taiwan' on websites
Tokyo (AFP) June 19, 2018
Japan's two largest airlines have changed "Taiwan" to "China Taiwan" on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, sparking an immediate protest from the self-ruled island. ... more
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'Drum tower' collapses at Japan's quake-hit Kumamoto Castle
Tokyo (AFP) June 21, 2018
A tower at the historic, quake-damaged Kumamoto Castle in southern Japan - one of the country's three premier castles and once a major tourist attraction - has collapsed, an official said Thursday. ... more
Study reveals simple chemical process that may have led to the origin of life on Earth
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 20, 2018
Research led by Kuhan Chandru and Jim Cleaves from the Earth-Life Science Institute at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, has shown that reactions of alpha-hydroxy acids, similar to the alpha-ami ... more
KYOCERA to participate in Japan's virtual power plant project to improve energy management
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 20, 2018
Kyocera has registered with the Sustainable open Innovation Initiative (SII) as a resource aggregator*1 for a new program to help control energy resources among Japanese consumers. This latest test ... more
Physicists solve the mystery of vanishing particles in graphene
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jun 20, 2018
Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Tohoku University (Japan) have explained the puzzling phenomenon of particle-antiparticle annihilation in graphene, recognized by ... more
Japan, SKorea ban Canadian wheat imports over bioengineered plants
Ottawa (AFP) June 18, 2018
The world's sixth largest wheat producer sought to reassure trading partners on Monday that genetically modified wheat plants discovered on an Alberta farm were few and posed no food safety risks, after Japan and South Korea halted Canadian wheat imports. ... more
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Thailand cave rescue: What now for the boys?
Mae Sai, Thailand (AFP) July 3, 2018
The rescuers dubbed it "mission impossible" but they defied the odds to locate the 12 boys and their football coach deep in a cave complex. However the hard part may yet be ahead: getting them out safely. Here are a few ways the hungry and weak boys could get out, none easy options. Could they dive out? In theory yes: but it is an extremely difficult task. Cave diving is already ver ... more
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+ Agonising rescue ahead for Thai cave boys as nation rejoices
+ Facial recognition was key in identifying US shooting suspect
+ Artificial intelligence accurately predicts distribution of radioactive fallout
+ Thai rescuers establish base deep inside cave where boys trapped
+ Libya navy bemoans lack of EU support over migrants
Clearing out space junk, one step at a time
Toulouse, France (SPX) Jun 26, 2018
Since the start of the space age, mankind has left its mark on the orbital pathways overhead...and not always for the better. Today, some 7,000 tonnes of artificial debris - a mass equivalent to the Eiffel Tower - orbit the planet. This detritus, ranging from remnants of defunct or broken-up spacecraft to discarded rocket stages, whizzes by at a dizzying 8 km per second - a speed at which ... more
+ Smarter, faster algorithm cuts number of steps to solve problems
+ New, safer waterproof coating invented by MIT scientists
+ Probing nobelium with laser light
+ Hope for new catalysts with high activity
+ Electronic skin stretched to new limits
+ Scientists use a photonic quantum simulator to make virtual movies of molecules vibrating
+ Indian Space Agency to teach foreign students how to build satellites

Global surface area of rivers and streams is 45 percent higher than previously thought
Chapel Hill NC (SPX) Jul 03, 2018
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Texas A and M University used satellite images, on-the-ground measurements and a statistical model to determine how much of the earth is covered by rivers and streams. They found that global river and stream surface area is about 45 percent greater than what was indicated by previous studies. Rivers and streams are a majo ... more
+ Water compresses under a high gradient electric field
+ The tow-an-iceberg plan being floated to ease Cape Town drought
+ Great white spotted off Spain in decades first: marine group
+ Gulf Stream eddies as a source of iron
+ New water pollution protests hit southwest Iran
+ Scientists use hydrophone to listen in on methane seeps in ocean
+ US touts 'enduring' Pacific presence as carrier visits Manila
Squeezing light at the nanoscale
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 18, 2018
Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new technique to squeeze infrared light into ultra-confined spaces, generating an intense, nanoscale antenna that could be used to detect single biomolecules. The researchers harnessed the power of polaritons, particles that blur the distinction between light and matter. This ultra ... more
+ A new way to measure energy in microscopic machines
+ 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
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AEGIS Weapons System sale to Spain approved by State Department
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2018
The United States may sell five AEGIS Weapons Systems to Spain, the State Department announced Tuesday. The deal, which would cost about $860.4 million, requires the approval of Congress before it can be finalized. The Government of Spain has requested to buy the five AEGIS Weapons Systems MK7 and a variety of other weapons and technologies that come with it - including five shi ... more
+ Pentagon awards Lockheed $78M for AEGIS development
+ Saudi says two Yemen rebel missiles intercepted over Riyadh
+ Japan says halting missile drills after Trump-Kim summit
+ Lockheed tapped for Aegis combat system development, support
+ China Working Toward Next-Gen Quantum Radar to Track Ballistic Missiles
+ Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
+ Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted
China Rising as Major Space Power
Beijing (XNA) Jul 02, 2018
China is fast becoming a major space power as both its technology and launching frequency of satellites are improving at a rapid rate. China became the world's fifth country to send a satellite into space in 1970. So far, a total of 400 satellites have been launched and over 200 are currently in service. A large family of satellites has been formed in China, covering the fields of co ... more
+ China launches new-tech experiment twin satellites
+ China confirms reception of data from Gaofen-6 satellite
+ 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

Next-generation robotic cockroach can explore under water environments
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 04, 2018
In nature, cockroaches can survive underwater for up to 30 minutes. Now, a robotic cockroach can do even better. Harvard's Ambulatory Microrobot, known as HAMR, can walk on land, swim on the surface of water, and walk underwater for as long as necessary, opening up new environments for this little bot to explore. This next generation HAMR uses multifunctional foot pads that rely on surface ... more
+ Rough terrain? No problem for beaver-inspired autonomous robot
+ Activity simulator could eventually teach robots tasks like making coffee or setting the table
+ 'Flying brain' designed to follow German astronaut launches Friday
+ SNU researchers developed electronic skins that wirelessly activate fully soft robots
+ Robotic Refueling Mission 3 completes crucial series of tests
+ Rutgers researchers develop automated robotic device for faster blood testing
+ Robots learn by checking in on team members
Thousands march in Hong Kong as restrictions grow
Hong Kong (AFP) July 1, 2018
Protesters marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday in one of the city's major annual pro-democracy rallies as organisers said the event was coming under unprecedented pressure from authorities. Beijing has become increasingly intolerant of signs of dissent in semi-autonomous Hong Kong since massive pro-democracy rallies in 2014 brought parts of the city to a standstill and led to the eme ... more
+ US plans beefed up scrutiny of Chinese investments: Bloomberg
+ Chinese police break up protest of military veterans
+ Dominican Republic names ambassador to China
+ China pledges $100 million in military aid to Cambodia
+ Chinese parents-to-be seek more fertile ground abroad
+ Nepal PM to seek investment on first official China trip
+ Malaysia power shift hits China infrastructure drive

Tiny cameras snap pictures of Great Lake
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 04, 2018
These two images of Lake Superior and surrounding area show the first data downlinked from the CubeSat Multispectral Observation System (CUMULOS) cameras. The image on the left, taken by a short-wavelength infrared camera, captures a larger area of the lake and shows strong contrast between land and water features. The narrower field of view image on the right taken by the payload's ... more
+ First laser light for GRACE Follow-On
+ Scientists offer solution to Gaia hypothesis
+ Airbus and Planet join forces to bring new geospatial products to market
+ Climate change is making night-shining clouds more visible
+ Keeping Delhi cool, one ice block at a time
+ ECOSTRESS Launches to Space Station on SpaceX Mission
+ Using massive earthquakes to unlock secrets of the outer core

Utah soil's slippery grip on nutrients
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Jul 03, 2018
Lawns in the Salt Lake Valley up to 100 years old are not yet saturated in the nutrient nitrogen, which is added by fertilizer, according to a new study from University of Utah researchers. The result is surprising, since previous studies in the Eastern U.S. suggested that fertilized soil would become saturated with nitrogen within a few decades. Something different is happening in Salt La ... more
+ Iraq's treasured amber rice crop devastated by drought
+ Study links shrinking bee population, climate change
+ China drops tariffs on soybeans for some Asian nations
+ Ancestral people of Chaco Canyon likely grew their own food
+ Mesopotamians were drinking beer from individual vessels 3,500 years ago
+ Early detection of 'olive tree leprosy' with drones
+ Nestle suspended from 'sustainable' palm oil body
Researchers see beam of light from first confirmed neutron star merger emerge from behind sun
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 03, 2018
A research team led by astronomers at the University of Warwick had to wait over 100 days for the sight of the first of confirmed neutron star merger to remerge from behind the glare of the sun. They were rewarded with the first confirmed visual sighting of a jet of material that was still streaming out from merged star exactly 110 days after that initial cataclysmic merger event was first ... more
+ First confirmed image of newborn planet caught with ESO's VLT
+ Detecting the Boiling Atmosphere of the Hottest Known Exoplanet
+ New Infrared Instrument Searches for Habitable Planets
+ NASA should update policies that protect planets and other solar system bodies
+ More clues that Earth-like exoplanets are indeed Earth-like
+ Astronomers Discover New Way for Giant Planets to Evolve
+ Airbus completes the integration of CHEOPS satellite

Help NASA Track and Predict Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 03, 2018
Picnics, parades and fireworks are the attributes of a grand July Fourth celebration. So are the itch and scratch of mosquito bites. While the bites are annoying, they don't tend to stop the festivities. However, certain types of mosquitoes can cause serious harm. They are known to carry and spread diseases like Zika, West Nile Virus and malaria. One of the tools researchers are using to t ... more
+ Spot a rat? Real-time map aims to plot Paris sightings
+ US fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases
+ 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
Research shows plants in Africa 'green up' ahead of rainy season
Southampton UK (SPX) Jul 03, 2018
A study led by the University of Southampton has shown the greening up of vegetation prior to the rainy season in Africa is more widespread than previously understood. Geographers from Southampton, working with scientists at Lancaster University, used remote sensing data (satellite imagery), sourced over a 16 year period (2000-2016), to examine when plants in the continent began and finish ... more
+ Locals lose out in Rwanda's second-hand clothes war
+ Pursuing poachers, and tourism, to boost Mozambique's conservation
+ Amid thaw, Ethiopia and Eritrea leaders plan to meet
+ Kenya's Lake Turkana put on World Heritage danger list
+ Threats, reforms and challenges: A momentous week for Ethiopia
+ Gambia leader meets victims' families after deadly protest
+ Death toll from Gambia protest rises to three

NanoRacks Brings 40 Students Experiments to Space Station, New Commercial Customers
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jul 03, 2018
Early this morning, Dragon, the spacecraft from the fifteenth SpaceX contracted resupply mission, berthed with the International Space Station carrying one of NanoRacks' largest educational missions to date. In addition to launching 40 student experiments, NanoRacks has also introduced a new commercial company and ongoing professional research into the commercial low-Earth orbit ecosystem. ... more
+ Airbus and United Nations team up for universal access to space
+ NASA seeks new ways to handle trash for deep space missions
+ US Asks Russia to Fix Its Broken Toilet on ISS
+ Russia, China Consider Joint Space Station - Source
+ '2001: A Space Odyssey,' 50 Years Later
+ It's in the blood: guiding rafts down Poland's mountain gorge
+ NASA leverages public and private partnerships for space science with AI boost
Iran, world powers to have first nuclear meet since Trump pullout
Tehran (AFP) July 3, 2018
The foreign ministers of Iran and five world powers still party to the 2015 nuclear deal will meet in Vienna on Friday for talks on the troubled accord, Tehran and Moscow said. The top diplomats of Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia will join Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the Austrian capital, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported, for their first talks togethe ... more
+ Trump says N. Korea talks 'going well,' lashes critics
+ Iran diplomat's detention overshadows Rouhani's Europe tour
+ Pompeo sets off for North Korea nuclear talks
+ Iran president in Europe to rally support for nuclear deal
+ New arms race undermining landmark nuclear control treaty: experts
+ Iran's Rouhani in Vienna to shore up nuclear deal, dogged by diplomat's arrest
+ US presses UN Security Council to sanction Iran
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