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August 03, 2018
Life on Mars: Japan astronaut dreams after lake discovery

Tokyo (AFP) July 27, 2018
Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai came back to earth last month but is still dreaming of space, especially after the discovery of an underground lake brought mankind one step closer to unravelling the mystery of life on Mars. "I was so excited about the news," the 41-year-old doctor told AFP in an interview on Friday, calling it "a major discovery that inspires dreams". International astronomers announced Wednesday they had detected the largest body of liquid water ever found on the Red Planet, ... read more

Made in Fukushima: Japan farmers struggle to win trust
Koriyama, Japan (AFP) Aug 1, 2018
The pumpkin is diced, the chicken carved and the eggs beaten into an omelette, but the people preparing the food are not chefs - they are scientists testing produce from Japan's Fukushima region. ... more
Australia to 'vehemently' oppose Japan push to ease whaling ban
Sydney (AFP) Aug 2, 2018
Australia Thursday vowed to "vehemently" oppose a new push by Japan to undermine a global moratorium on commercial whaling, and urged like-minded nations to stand firm against Tokyo. ... more
Extreme makeover: Fukushima nuclear plant tries image overhaul
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Japan (AFP) Aug 3, 2018
Call it an extreme makeover: In Japan's Fukushima, officials are attempting what might seem impossible, an image overhaul at the site of the worst nuclear meltdown in decades. ... more
KYOCERA TCL Solar Completes 28MW Solar Power Plant in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Tokyo (SPX) Aug 02, 2018
Kyocera Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation announced that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC (herein "Kyocera TCL Solar") has completed construction of a 28 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant i ... more
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Australia, US, Japan in Indo-Pacific infrastructure push
Sydney (AFP) July 31, 2018
Australia, the United States and Japan will jointly invest in infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific, officials announced Tuesday, in an attempt to counter China's efforts to court influence in the region. ... more
An insect-inspired drone deforms upon impact
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 26, 2018
In recent years, robotics experts have taken a page from the traditional Japanese practice of origami and come up with light and flexible - and highly innovative - robots and drones. Two types of or ... more
Japan to spend $4.2 bn over 30 years on missile defence system radar
Tokyo (AFP) July 30, 2018
Japan said Monday it would spend some $4.2 billion over the next 30 years on installing and operating US radar systems to protect itself against North Korean missile threats. ... more
X-ray technology reveals never-before-seen matter around black hole
Hiroshima, Japan (SPX) Jul 30, 2018
In an international collaboration between Japan and Sweden, scientists clarified how gravity affects the shape of matter near the black hole in binary system Cygnus X-1. Their findings, which were p ... more
Heatwaves from the Arctic to Japan: a sign of things to come?
Paris (AFP) July 27, 2018
Intense heatwaves like the one which fuelled Greece's deadly wildfires are set to become increasingly frequent around the world due to climate change, experts warn. ... more
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Powerful storm hits disaster-ravaged Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 29, 2018
A powerful storm slammed into central Japan on Sunday, bringing heavy rains as it churned across western areas already devastated by floods and landslides. ... more
Powerful storm hits disaster-ravaged Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 29, 2018
A powerful storm slammed into Japan on Sunday, churning across western areas already hard hit by floods and landslides earlier this month and injuring some 20 people. ... more
Scientists develop proteins that self-assemble into supramolecular complexes
Matsumoto, Japan (SPX) Jul 27, 2018
A collaborative research team based in Japan has designed new proteins that can self-assemble into the complex structures underlying biological organisms, laying the groundwork for leading-edge appl ... more
It's a small world: In Japan, moss wins hearts
Sakuho, Japan (AFP) July 27, 2018
Kaori Shibo bent her head down and peered through a magnifying glass in a forest in central Japan, emitting a delighted gasp. The object of her adoration? Moss. ... more
It's a small world: In Japan, moss wins hearts
Sakuho, Japan (AFP) July 27, 2018
Kaori Shibo bent her head down and peered through a magnifying glass in a forest in central Japan, emitting a delighted gasp. The object of her adoration? Moss. ... more

Ocean acidification is disrupting marine ecosystems, study shows

Typhoon barrels towards flood-hit western Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 27, 2018
A powerful typhoon is on track to batter parts of western Japan that were hit earlier this month by devastating flooding and landslides, Japanese officials warned on Friday. ... more
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That's cold: Japan tech blasts snoozing workers with AC
Tokyo (AFP) July 26, 2018
Japanese office workers hoping to nod off on the job may need to sleep with one eye open thanks to a new system that can detect snoozers and blast them with cold air. ... more
Palau seeks help to counter China 'tourist ban'
Koror, Palau (AFP) July 26, 2018
Palau's president has asked the United States and Japan to help its tourism industry after Beijing reportedly barred Chinese citizens from visiting the tiny Pacific island due to its diplomatic links with Taiwan. ... more
Sky's no limit: Japan firm to fly wedding plaques into space
Tokyo (AFP) July 24, 2018
The sky is no longer the limit for lovers looking for unusual ways to commemorate their nuptials, with a Japanese company now offering to blast commemorative wedding plaques into space. ... more
'Unprecedented' Japan heatwave kills 65 in one week
Tokyo (AFP) July 24, 2018
An "unprecedented" heatwave in Japan has killed at least 65 people in one week, government officials said Tuesday, with the weather agency now classifying the record-breaking weather as a "natural disaster." ... more
'Unprecedented' Japan heatwave kills 65 in one week
Tokyo (AFP) July 24, 2018
An "unprecedented" heatwave in Japan has killed at least 65 people in one week, government officials said Tuesday, with the weather agency now classifying the record-breaking weather as a "natural disaster." ... more
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That's cold: Japan tech blasts snoozing workers with AC
Tokyo (AFP) July 26, 2018
Japanese office workers hoping to nod off on the job may need to sleep with one eye open thanks to a new system that can detect snoozers and blast them with cold air. Air conditioning manufacturer Daikin and electronics giant NEC said Thursday they have begun trialling the system, which monitors the movement of the employee's eyelids with a camera attached to a computer. The computer can ... more
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Scientists unlock the properties of new 2D material
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Aug 03, 2018
A new two-dimensional material has become a reality, thanks to a team of Danish and Italian scientists. The research, led by physicists at Aarhus University, succeeded in the first experimental realisation and structural investigation of single-layer vanadium disulphide (VS2). It is published today in the journal 2D Materials. VS2 is one of a diverse group of compounds known as trans ... more
+ Tech titans jostle as Pentagon calls for cloud contract bids
+ New photodetector camera to deploy during Robotic Servicing Demonstration Mission
+ Sea Giraffe radar selected for USNS Herschel 'Woody' Williams
+ Into The Void: hyper-real 'Star Wars' VR makes you the hero
+ US 'crypto-anarchist' sees 3D-printed guns as fundamental right
+ Lasers write better anodes
+ Scientists create 'impossible' materials in simple way

Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island
Santiago (AFP) July 30, 2018
Easter Island is known for its unique Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people, believed to have arrived on the remote landmass in the southeastern Pacific Ocean in around the 12th century. Despite its isolated location some 3,500 kilometers (2,000 miles) from the coast of Chile, the island is a popular tourist destination, not least due to its remarkable collection of around 90 ... more
+ Chile restricts tourists and non-locals on Easter Island
+ Predatory sea corals team up to feed on stinging jellyfish
+ First mapping of global marine wilderness shows just how little remains
+ Can seagrass help fight ocean acidification?
+ The last wild ocean
+ The blueprint for El Nino diversity
+ Lebanon sinks old tanks to create underwater dive 'park'
Individual silver nanoparticles observed in real time
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Aug 03, 2018
Chemists at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum have developed a new method of observing the chemical reactions of individual silver nanoparticles, which only measure a thousandth of the thickness of a human hair, in real time. The particles are used in medicine, food and sports items because they have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. However, how they react and degrade in ecological and ... more
+ Researchers use nanotechnology to improve the accuracy of measuring devices
+ A new 'periodic table' for nanomaterials
+ Physicists uncover why nanomaterial loses superconductivity
+ Squeezing light at the nanoscale
+ 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
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Romania minister under fire over 'ballistic' gaffe
Bucharest (AFP) Aug 1, 2018
Romania's defence minister on Wednesday faced calls to resign after he said the US missile defence system in the south had ballistic missiles, apparently confirming Russian concerns of a security threat near its border. "How could president (Vladimir) Putin be thrilled that we have the military base at Deveselu with ballistic missiles", Mihai Fifor said Tuesday during a live interview with a ... more
+ Japan to spend $4.2 bn over 30 years on missile defence system radar
+ US Congress pushes Ballistic Missile Defense Program based on laser-armed drones
+ Intercept Sets Distance Record for Lockheed Martin's Hit-to-Kill PAC-3 MSE
+ L-3 tapped for aircraft for imagery during missile defense tests
+ Lockheed receives contract for THAAD field support
+ Israel fires at Syrian missiles on Golan Heights: army
+ Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel missile: coalition
Growing US unease with China's new deep space facility in Argentina
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 01, 2018
China is expanding its presence in Latin America filling the gap left by the US, Argentinian foreign studies analyst Gustavo Cardozo told Sputnik. Besides solidifying its positions on the continent, China is seeking to become a major space power, according to the analyst. China's space base in Argentina's Patagonia is making Washington feel unease amid Beijing's consistent expansion in Lat ... more
+ China developing in-orbit satellite transport vehicle
+ PRSS-1 Satellite in Good Condition
+ China readying for space station era: Yang Liwei
+ China launches new space science program
+ China Rising as Major Space Power
+ China launches new-tech experiment twin satellites
+ China confirms reception of data from Gaofen-6 satellite

Research identifies key weakness in modern computer vision systems
Providence RI (SPX) Aug 03, 2018
Computer vision algorithms have come a long way in the past decade. They've been shown to be as good or better than people at tasks like categorizing dog or cat breeds, and they have the remarkable ability to identify specific faces out of a sea of millions. But research by Brown University scientists shows that computers fail miserably at a class of tasks that even young children have no ... more
+ Optical fibers that can feel the materials around them
+ US Army selects Lockheed Martin as integrated systems developer for autonomous convoy program
+ Cell-sized robots can sense their environment
+ If only AI had a brain
+ Army researchers teaching robots to be more reliable teammates for soldiers
+ Microbots capable of sensing environs could explore intestines, pipelines
+ Russia Mulls Sending Two of Its FEDOR Humanoid Robots Into Space Next Year
UK foreign secretary met human rights figures on China visit
Beijing (AFP) July 31, 2018
Britain's new foreign minister Jeremy Hunt met Chinese human rights figures while in Beijing on his first major international trip, the wife of a detained lawyer said Tuesday. Visiting leaders often shun meetings with activists or their relatives during trips to China - a decision which critics say is motivated by fear that scolding Beijing could harm trade prospects. Li Wenzu wrote on ... more
+ China critic silenced during live TV interview
+ Historic Chinese town resists eviction for theme park
+ Tibet bans religious activities for students
+ Viral post inflames public anger in China vaccine scandal
+ Ten jailed in Vietnam over violent anti-China demos
+ Hong Kong academics warn of 'political battleground' at universities
+ Hong Kong police seek landmark ban on pro-independence party

China launches high-resolution Earth observation satellite
Taiyuan, China (SPX) Aug 03, 2018
China on Tuesday launched Gaofen-11, an optical remote sensing satellite, as part of the country's high-resolution Earth observation project. The Gaofen-11 satellite was launched on a Long March 4B rocket at 11 am Beijing Time from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. It was the 282nd flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket. The satellite can be used ... more
+ What is causing more extreme precipitation in the northeast?
+ Australia facing increased intense rain storms
+ Urban geophone array offers new look at northern Los Angeles basin
+ Satellite tracking reveals Philippine waters are important for endangered whale sharks
+ Satellite maps reveal spread of mountaintop coal mining in Appalachia
+ Preparing to fly the wind mission Aeolus
+ Red Sea flushes faster from far flung volcanoes

To keep more carbon on the ground, halting farmland expansion is key
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 30, 2018
The conversion of forests to farmland is recognized as a major contributor to rising levels of greenhouse gases. And yet it hasn't been clear how to best minimize the loss of sequestered carbon into the atmosphere. Is it better to maximize farm yields so as to use less land area over all? Or should farms be operated so as to retain more carbon on site, even at the expense of crop yields? R ... more
+ Deadly heatwaves threaten China's northern breadbasket
+ Made in Fukushima: Japan farmers struggle to win trust
+ Starbucks and Alibaba join forces as China coffee war brews
+ Cuba to study whether climate change is hurting sugar harvests
+ Record drought grips Germany's breadbasket
+ Murkowksi: Tariffs hurt more than just agriculture
+ Wildfires, drought hit Sweden's Sami reindeer herders
Exoplanets where life could develop as on Earth
Cambridge UK (SPX) Aug 03, 2018
Scientists have identified a group of planets outside our solar system where the same chemical conditions that may have led to life on Earth exist. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB), found that the chances for life to develop on the surface of a rocky planet like Earth are connected to the type and s ... more
+ Exoplanet detectives create reference catalog of spectra and geometric albedos
+ NASA's TESS spacecraft starts science operations
+ How Can You Tell If That ET Story Is Real
+ WSU researcher sees possibility of moon life
+ X-ray Data May Be First Evidence of a Star Devouring a Planet
+ Glowing bacteria on deep-sea fish shed light on evolution, 'third type' of symbiosis
+ Origami-inspired device helps marine biologists study aliens

India recalls vaccines made by tainted China firm
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 1, 2018
India has ordered an immediate recall of rabies vaccines made by a scandal-hit Chinese company, India's drug regulator said Wednesday, complaining it only found out about possible problems through media reports. S. Eswara Reddy, the drug controller general, told AFP that it has also put a temporary stop on fresh imports of the vaccine made by Changchun Changsheng after it emerged that it ha ... more
+ India bans vaccine imports from tainted China company
+ Chinese parents stage rare public protest over vaccine scare
+ China launches nationwide vaccine sector inspection after scandal
+ Chinese president calls latest pharma scare "vile"
+ Surge for kids' vaccines in Hong Kong after China scandal
+ Censors jump into action as China's latest vaccine scandal ignites
+ Help NASA Track and Predict Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks
What we know about Russia's 'Wagner Group'
Moscow (AFP) Aug 1, 2018
The Russian "Wagner Group" has once again been forced into the spotlight after the deaths in central Africa of three Russian journalists who were apparently investigating the activities of the private army there. Wagner has been active in conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, and has sent mercenaries to the Central African Republic and Sudan, according to Western and independent Russian media repo ... more
+ C.Africa rebels rearm after military gets Russia weapons:UN panel
+ Canada launches peacekeeping mission in Mali
+ Uganda jails 35 Congolese for illegal fishing
+ China to invest $14 bn in S.Africa
+ China opens embassy after Burkina switches from Taiwan
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NASA, Commercial Partners Progress to Human Spaceflight Home Stretch
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 01, 2018
NASA and commercial industry partners Boeing and SpaceX are making significant advances in preparing to launch astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle's retirement in 2011. As part of the Commercial Crew Program's public-private partnership, both companies are fine-tuning their designs, integrating hardware, and testing their crew spacecraft and rockets to prepare fo ... more
+ Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019
+ Space Station experiment reaches ultracold milestone
+ Flight Tests to Prove Commercial Systems Fit for Human Spaceflight
+ Cygnus concludes 9th Cargo Supply Mission to Space Station
+ Space tourism economics - financing and regulating trips to the final frontier
+ Crewed Missions Beyond LEO
+ NASA to Name Astronauts Assigned to First Boeing, SpaceX Flights
North Korea's Frozen Missiles
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 02, 2018
Media reports of ongoing weapons production in North Korea have circulated extensively in recent weeks. Despite peace overtures, North Korea continues to manufacture fissile material that seems destined for nuclear warheads, and also seems to be stepping up production of its missiles in a new building at a missile manufacturing site. The immediate conclusions are obvious. North Korea is bo ... more
+ Presumed US remains from site of famous Korean War battle
+ Trump receives new letter from Kim
+ Transferred Korean War remains may take years to analyze
+ UN moves to unblock humanitarian aid to North Korea
+ New N. Korea missiles unlikely to doom talks, experts say
+ N. Korea says 'unprecedented' heatwave causing heavy crop damage
+ N. Korea developing new missiles: report
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