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July 09, 2018
Bell-Boeing receives $4.2B contract for Ospreys for U.S., Japan

Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2018
Bell-Boeing has received a $4.2 billion contract modification for the delivery of multiple V-22 Osprey type tilt-rotor aircraft for the militaries of the United States and Japan. The modification allows for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy, 14 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps, 1 CV-22B for the Air Force and 4 MV-22B aircraft for Japan. The majority of work will be performed in Fort Worth and Amarillo, Texas, and Ridley Park, Penn., with other work taki ... 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
A desperate wait for news after deadly Japan rains
Kumano, Japan (AFP) July 9, 2018
In the devastated Japanese town of Kumano, Kosuke Kiyohara sat quietly, watching rescue workers push through the debris of battered homes and waiting for news of his missing sister and nephews. ... more
Three more dead as record heavy rain hits Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 6, 2018
Three people were found dead near rain-swollen rivers in Japan on Friday, officials said, as record downpours prompted authorities to order more than 210,000 people to evacuate their homes, with some areas hit by more than a metre of rainfall. ... 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
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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
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. ... more
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
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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
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
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 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

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
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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
Tokyo (AFP) June 21, 2018
Japan has halted evacuation drills simulating a North Korean missile attack in the wake of historic talks between Washington and Pyongyang, local media reported Thursday. ... more
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
'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
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Facial recognition was key in identifying US shooting suspect
Washington (AFP) June 29, 2018
Facial recognition technology, which has drawn criticism from civil liberties activists in recent years, was used to identify the suspect in Thursday's newsroom shooting which left five dead in Annapolis, Maryland. Police said suspect Jarrod Ramos, who had a prior arrest record, had refused to cooperate with authorities after he was taken into custody and that his fingerprints could not imme ... more
+ Stateless teen praised as 'gem' in Thai cave ordeal
+ 21 dead, many more bodies seen inside sunken Thai tourist boat
+ Artificial intelligence accurately predicts distribution of radioactive fallout
+ Thailand cave rescue: What now for the boys?
+ Libyan navy says 63 missing in new Mediterranean shipwreck
+ Thai boys need hope, exercise to survive cave ordeal: experts
+ Agonising rescue ahead for Thai cave boys as nation rejoices
Astronomer Reveals When Soviet-Era Interplanetary Station Will Crash to Earth
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 09, 2018
A station was unsuccessfully launched as a part of the USSR's space exploration program and has been orbiting the Earth ever since, but the station's deterioration is bringing its "homecoming" closer with each passing year. The Kosmos 482 interplanetary station, which was unsuccessfully sent towards Venus in 1972 by the USSR, may crash land on Earth between 2023 and 2025, astronomer and co ... more
+ Spectral cloaking could make objects invisible under realistic conditions
+ Sandia light mixer generates 11 colors simultaneously
+ Probing nobelium with laser light
+ Hope for new catalysts with high activity
+ Smarter, faster algorithm cuts number of steps to solve problems
+ Clearing out space junk, one step at a time
+ New, safer waterproof coating invented by MIT scientists

New Zealand to buy new Boeing maritime patrol planes
Wellington (AFP) July 9, 2018
New Zealand announced plans Monday to spend NZ$2.35 billion ($1.6 billion) on four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from the US government to better monitor vast swathes of the Pacific. The planes, a modified version of the Boeing 737 commercial airliner, will replace an ageing fleet of six P-3 Orions which have been in service since the 1960s, Defence Minister Ron Mark said. ... more
+ The tow-an-iceberg plan being floated to ease Cape Town drought
+ Gulf Stream eddies as a source of iron
+ Baltic Sea oxygen loss is unprecedented, study shows
+ Global surface area of rivers and streams is 45 percent higher than previously thought
+ Water compresses under a high gradient electric field
+ New water pollution protests hit southwest Iran
+ Scientists use hydrophone to listen in on methane seeps in ocean
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 launches new space science program
Beijing (XNA) Jul 06, 2018
China Wednesday launched a new space science program focusing on the origin and evolution of the universe, black holes, gravitational waves and relationship between the solar system and human. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced to develop a group of four satellites in the program. The program includes a satellite named "Einstein-Probe (EP)", which is tasked with discover ... more
+ China Rising as Major Space Power
+ 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

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
+ MIT's Cheetah 3 robot avoids obstacles without the help of vision
+ Illinois' crop-counting robot earns top recognition at leading robotics conference
+ 'Flying brain' designed to follow German astronaut launches Friday
+ Activity simulator could eventually teach robots tasks like making coffee or setting the table
+ SNU researchers developed electronic skins that wirelessly activate fully soft robots
+ Robotic Refueling Mission 3 completes crucial series of tests
Beijing eyes UNESCO status for Mao tomb, Tiananmen Square
Beijing (AFP) July 5, 2018
Beijing wants to have Mao Zedong's Mausoleum and Tiananmen Square, powerful and controversial symbols of Chinese communist might, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, official media reported on Thursday. The Chinese capital wants to apply for 14 sites in total to receive UNESCO World Heritage status by 2035, the state-run Global Times quoted city official Shu Xiaofeng as saying. ... more
+ Thousands march in Hong Kong as restrictions grow
+ 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

Full steam ahead for Aeolus launch
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jul 09, 2018
Having set sail from France on 15 June - Global Wind Day, ESA's Aeolus wind satellite has arrived safe and sound at the launch site in French Guiana. While almost all satellites travel by aircraft, Aeolus' journey was rather different - it travelled all the way across the Atlantic from Saint Nazare, western France to the Port of Cayenne, French Guiana by ship. Aeolus carries one of t ... more
+ Airbus and Planet join forces to bring new geospatial products to market
+ Report accuses China firms over ozone-depleting gas
+ Tiny cameras snap pictures of Great Lake
+ First laser light for GRACE Follow-On
+ Climate change is making night-shining clouds more visible
+ Keeping Delhi cool, one ice block at a time
+ Scientists offer solution to Gaia hypothesis

US farmers caught in trade war with China
Harvard, United States (AFP) July 8, 2018
Terry Davidson expects to be farming long after the US-China trade tariffs that took effect Friday become a distant memory. The Illinois soybean grower is more optimistic than others that things will work out, but many farmers in the Midwestern farm belt are not so sure, following the opening salvos in a trade war. All are caught in the middle, after Washington on Friday imposed 25-perc ... more
+ 'Round Up' pesticide cancer link on trial
+ Ancestral people of Chaco Canyon likely grew their own food
+ Cherry picking: China looks to replace US farm goods in trade war
+ Utah soil's slippery grip on nutrients
+ Iraq's treasured amber rice crop devastated by drought
+ Mesopotamians were drinking beer from individual vessels 3,500 years ago
+ Early detection of 'olive tree leprosy' with drones
New Infrared Instrument Searches for Habitable Planets
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 03, 2018
A new instrument to search for potentially habitable/inhabited planets has started operation at the Subaru Telescope. This instrument, IRD (InfraRed Doppler), will look for habitable planets around red dwarf stars. Astronomers are hoping that investigating these small but numerous stars will uncover a plethora of new planets. Red dwarfs are smaller than the Sun and emit most of their energ ... more
+ Airbus completes the integration of CHEOPS satellite
+ Researchers see beam of light from first confirmed neutron star merger emerge from behind sun
+ Detecting the Boiling Atmosphere of the Hottest Known Exoplanet
+ More clues that Earth-like exoplanets are indeed Earth-like
+ First confirmed image of newborn planet caught with ESO's VLT
+ NASA should update policies that protect planets and other solar system bodies
+ Astronomers Discover New Way for Giant Planets to Evolve

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
Buhari says Boko Haram-hit NE Nigeria now 'post-conflict'
Monguno, Nigeria (AFP) July 6, 2018
Nigeria's remote northeast is in a "post-conflict stabilisation phase", President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday, despite persistent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents. The Islamist insurgency has devastated the region since 2009, leaving at least 20,000 dead, displacing more than 2.6 million others and triggering a wider humanitarian crisis. Buhari, his military commanders and government ... more
+ Research shows plants in Africa 'green up' ahead of rainy season
+ Eritrea and peace with Ethiopia: Four questions
+ Zimbabwe army vows vote neutrality as opposition raises boycott prospect
+ Djibouti launches 'Africa's biggest free trade zone'
+ 7 killed in clashes between DR Congo, Ugandan navies
+ Locals lose out in Rwanda's second-hand clothes war
+ Pursuing poachers, and tourism, to boost Mozambique's conservation

Successful Flight Testing Of Crew Escape System - Technology Demonstrator
New Delhi (SPX) Jul 06, 2018
ISRO carried out a major technology demonstration July 05, 2018, the first in a series of tests to qualify a Crew Escape System, which is a critical technology relevant for human spaceflight. The Crew Escape System is an emergency escape measure designed to quickly pull the crew module along with the astronauts to a safe distance from the launch vehicle in the event of a launch abort. ... more
+ NanoRacks Brings 40 Students Experiments to Space Station, New Commercial Customers
+ NASA seeks new ways to handle trash for deep space missions
+ US Asks Russia to Fix Its Broken Toilet on ISS
+ '2001: A Space Odyssey,' 50 Years Later
+ India's Manned Spaceflight Plan Gets Boost With Astronaut Escape Feature Trial
+ Airbus and United Nations team up for universal access to space
+ Russia, China Consider Joint Space Station - Source
Iran's Zarif hails 'will to resist' US pressure on nuclear deal
Vienna (AFP) July 6, 2018
Iran's top diplomat on Friday praised the country's remaining partners in a landmark 2015 nuclear deal for their "will to resist" US pressure after Washington withdrew from the deal in May. "What I noticed during this meeting is that all the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad ... more
+ Pompeo preaches prosperity to North Korea, via Vietnam
+ Pompeo in N. Korea to seek 'details' on denuclearisation
+ World powers seek to keep Iran in nuclear accord after US pullout
+ French shipping firm drops Iran over US sanctions threat
+ Pompeo brushes off N.Korea 'gangster' tag, says sanctions to stay
+ Iran talks aim to save nuclear deal after US pullout
+ Pompeo sets off for North Korea nuclear talks
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