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July 10, 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

Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 156
Kurashiki , Japan (AFP) July 10, 2018
Hopes of finding survivors were fading on Tuesday as rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 156 lives in Japan's worst weather-related disaster for decades. ... more
Landslide warnings as Japan digs through rain devastation
Kumano , Japan (AFP) July 9, 2018
Desperate relatives braced for bad news Monday as rescuers dug through landslides in the wake of severe floods that have killed more than 100 people and left swathes of central and western Japan under water. ... more
Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 141
Kurashiki , Japan (AFP) July 10, 2018
Rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches Tuesday in the increasingly unlikely hope of finding survivors after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 141 lives in one of Japan's worst weather-related disasters for decades. ... 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
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Flood-postponed EU-Japan summit moved to Tokyo
Brussels (AFP) July 9, 2018
Tokyo will now host an EU-Japan summit on July 17 to sign a free trade accord after the Japanese premier cancelled the talks in Brussels because of deadly floods at home, the European Commission said Monday. ... 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
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 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

Japan space probe reaches asteroid in search for origin of life

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 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
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
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Relatives identify victims of deadly Thai tourist boat sinking
Phuket, Thailand (AFP) July 8, 2018
Distraught relatives descended on a Thai hospital Sunday as many waited for news of missing family members who disappeared when a tourist boat sank in rough weather, killing dozens of Chinese passengers. Recovery divers have pulled 42 bodies from the sea off the resort island of Phuket, but authorities have said 14 other passengers remain unaccounted for. The Phoenix was carrying 105 peo ... more
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+ 21 dead, many more bodies seen inside sunken Thai tourist boat
+ Stateless teen praised as 'gem' in Thai cave ordeal
+ Facial recognition was key in identifying US shooting suspect
+ 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
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
+ Plastic is light, versatile and here to stay -- for now
+ Sandia light mixer generates 11 colors simultaneously
+ New insights bolster Einstein's idea about how heat moves through solids
+ Scientists calculate impact of China's ban on plastic waste imports
+ Probing nobelium with laser light
+ Hope for new catalysts with high activity

China eyes Pacific summit as N.Z. warns of power vacuum
Wellington (AFP) July 10, 2018
China is planning a summit of Pacific island leaders in November, Papua New Guinea has revealed, as New Zealand warned Tuesday Beijing was attempting to fill a "vacuum" in the long-neglected region. President Xi Jinping wants to hold the meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Port Moresby from November 12-18. "(I) invite you to attend a Pacific Island lead ... more
+ New Zealand to buy new Boeing maritime patrol planes
+ Study finds link between river outflow and coastal sea level
+ 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
+ The tow-an-iceberg plan being floated to ease Cape Town drought
+ Gulf Stream eddies as a source of iron
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 readying for space station era: Yang Liwei
+ 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

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

ICESat-2 Lasers Pass Final Ground Test
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 10, 2018
The next time lasers fire from NASA's Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, the spacecraft will be orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth and beginning its mission to monitor changes in ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice. On June 23, ICESat-2 engineers at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California successfully finished the final ground-based test of the lasers, which are part ... more
+ China launches two satellites for Pakistan
+ Report accuses China firms over ozone-depleting gas
+ Full steam ahead for Aeolus launch
+ Tiny cameras snap pictures of Great Lake
+ First laser light for GRACE Follow-On
+ Airbus and Planet join forces to bring new geospatial products to market
+ Climate change is making night-shining clouds more visible

Expansion of agricultural land reduces CO2 absorption
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Jul 10, 2018
Climate change is heavily related to the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. During photosynthesis, plants absorb some of the industrial CO2 emissions from the atmosphere, making them contribute significantly to climate protection. "The CO2 increase in the atmosphere is currently lower than to be expected from anthropogenic emissions," says Professor Almut Arneth from the Institute of Meteo ... more
+ As trial opens, man dying of cancer blames Monsanto's Roundup
+ As trial opens, man dying of cancer blames Monsanto's Roundup
+ US farmers caught in trade war with China
+ 'Round Up' pesticide cancer link on trial
+ 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
NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Pauses Science Observations to Download Science Data
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2018
Earlier this week, NASA's Kepler team received an indication that the spacecraft fuel tank is running very low. NASA has placed the spacecraft in a hibernation-like state in preparation to download the science data collected in its latest observation campaign. Once the data has been downloaded, the expectation is to start observations for the next campaign with any remaining fuel. Since Ma ... more
+ 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
+ Airbus completes the integration of CHEOPS satellite
+ New Infrared Instrument Searches for Habitable Planets
+ NASA should update policies that protect planets and other solar system bodies

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
Sierra Leone war criminal back from Rwandan jail
Freetown (AFP) July 9, 2018
The commander of a Sierra Leone militia alleged to have hacked civilians to death and burnt others alive has returned from Rwanda to serve the rest of his sentence at home, a UN-backed court said on Monday. Allieu Kondewa helped lead the pro-government Civil Defence Forces (CDF), a notorious paramilitary unit which recruited traditional hunters to fight rebels during the brutal 1991-2002 civ ... more
+ Ethiopia, Eritrea declare war 'has come to an end'
+ Hard work remains to cement peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea
+ Buhari says Boko Haram-hit NE Nigeria now 'post-conflict'
+ Sixteen fishermen 'missing' after clashes on Uganda/Congo lake
+ 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

Russian cargo ship docks at ISS in record time
Moscow (AFP) July 10, 2018
A Russian cargo vessel took just three hours and 40 minutes to reach the International Space Station on Tuesday, Roscosmos space agency said, smashing the record flight time by two hours. The "Progress" launched at 2151 GMT on Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and arrived at the space station in the early hours of Tuesday, the agency said. "The length of the flight, be ... more
+ Orion Jettison Motor Ready for Crew Escape System Test
+ Testing Refines Requirements for Deep Space Habitat Design
+ Successful Flight Testing Of Crew Escape System - Technology Demonstrator
+ NASA seeks new ways to handle trash for deep space missions
+ '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
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
+ Scrapped drill with S. Korea would have cost $14 mn: Pentagon
+ Pompeo preaches prosperity to North Korea, via Vietnam
+ Trump has 'confidence' N.Korea will honor denuclearization 'contract'
+ 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
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