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August 06, 2018
Japan marks 73rd anniversary of atomic attack on Hiroshima

Tokyo (AFP) Aug 6, 2018
A bell tolled Monday in Hiroshima as Japan marked 73 years since the world's first atomic bombing, with the city's mayor warning that rising nationalism worldwide threatened peace. The skies over Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park were clear, just as they were on August 6, 1945, when an American B-29 bomber dropped its deadly payload on the port city dotted with military installations, ultimately killing 140,000 people. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, standing at the park near ground zero for the an ... read more

Japan officials push parasols for men as heatwave hits
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 3, 2018
Officials in Japan have urged men to buck local gender stereotypes and carry parasols to protect themselves from the sun in the midst of a deadly national heatwave. ... 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
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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
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
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
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
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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. ... 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
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

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
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Ocean acidification is disrupting marine ecosystems, study shows
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2018
Ocean acidification is already significantly altering marine ecosystems, and if CO2 concentrations continue to rise, the effects of ocean acidity could be even more profound. ... more
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
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
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Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to hajj calamities
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (AFP) Aug 5, 2018
Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities in the annual hajj pilgrimage. In a cavernous hall in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, thousands of software professionals and students competed in the kingdom's first-ever hackathon, a coding festival ahead of the world's ... more
+ Made in Fukushima: Japan farmers struggle to win trust
+ That's cold: Japan tech blasts snoozing workers with AC
+ Two jailed for rigging Hong Kong-China bridge tests
+ Empathetic, calm dogs try to rescue owners in distress, study finds
+ Developing Microrobotics for Disaster Recovery and High-Risk Environments
+ Spanish rescue ship heads home after dramatic rescue
+ Japan firms used foreign trainees at Fukushima cleanup
New photodetector camera to deploy during Robotic Servicing Demonstration Mission
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 03, 2018
Testing tools and technologies for refueling and repairing satellites in orbit won't be the only demonstration taking place aboard the International Space Station during NASA's next Robotic Refueling Mission 3, or RRM3. Like its QWIP predecessor, SLS is a large-format detector. The arrays are fabricated on a semiconductor wafer. The wafer's surface consists of hundreds of alternating, very ... more
+ Unusual rare earth compound opens doorway to new class of functional materials
+ Scientists create 'impossible' materials in simple way
+ 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
+ Cars and Planes Are Safer Thanks to This Tool Developed for Shuttle

Chile restricts tourists and non-locals on Easter Island
Santiago (AFP) Aug 2, 2018
Tourists wishing to travel to Easter Island can now only stay a maximum of 30 days, after local authorities implemented Wednesday a measure to regulate population growth threatening the remote Chilean territory's environmental sustainability. Despite its isolated location some 3,500 kilometers (2,000 miles) from the coast of mainland Chile the island is a popular tourist destination, not lea ... more
+ Predatory sea corals team up to feed on stinging jellyfish
+ 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'
+ Thick mud hampers Laos dam rescue with hundreds still unaccounted for
+ Untouched ocean habitats rapidly shrinking: study
Nanotube 'rebar' makes graphene twice as tough
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 06, 2018
Rice University researchers have found that fracture-resistant "rebar graphene" is more than twice as tough as pristine graphene. Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon. On the two-dimensional scale, the material is stronger than steel, but because graphene is so thin, it is still subject to ripping and tearing. Rebar graphene is the nanoscale analog of rebar (reinforcement bar ... more
+ Researchers use nanotechnology to improve the accuracy of measuring devices
+ Individual silver nanoparticles observed in real time
+ 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
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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

Chip labour: Robots replace waiters in China restaurant
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 5, 2018
The little robotic waiter wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, "Enjoy your meal." The futuristic restaurant concept is the latest initiative in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's push to modernise service and retail in a country where robotics and artificial intelligence are increasing ... more
+ Research identifies key weakness in modern computer vision systems
+ 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
Broken art: Ai Weiwei's Beijing studio faces wrecking ball
Beijing (AFP) Aug 3, 2018
An excavator shattered the windows of Ai Weiwei's largest studio while workers hustled away his art on Friday, preparing to demolish the old Beijing factory three years after the artist and government critic left China. As dusk descended on the old car parts factory on the outskirts of the capital, shirtless, sweating labourers packed large wooden crates filled with artworks onto a truck be ... more
+ China critic silenced during live TV interview
+ UK foreign secretary met human rights figures on China visit
+ 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

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
+ Australia facing increased intense rain storms
+ Urban geophone array offers new look at northern Los Angeles basin
+ What is causing more extreme precipitation in the northeast?
+ 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

Deadly heatwaves threaten China's northern breadbasket
Paris (AFP) Aug 1, 2018
The North China Plain, home to nearly 400 million people, could become a life-threatening inferno during future heat waves if climate change continues apace, researchers have warned. Soaring temperatures combined with high humidity - made worse by the region's dense irrigation network - means the China's breadbasket faces "the greatest risk to human life from rising temperatures of any loc ... more
+ 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
+ EU court extends GMO rules to new techniques
+ NASA's 'Space Botanist' Gathers First Data
VLA Detects Possible Extrasolar Planetary-Mass Magnetic Powerhouse
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Aug 06, 2018
Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have made the first radio-telescope detection of a planetary-mass object beyond our Solar System. The object, about a dozen times more massive than Jupiter, is a surprisingly strong magnetic powerhouse and a "rogue," traveling through space unaccompanied by any parent star. "This object is right at th ... more
+ Exoplanets where life could develop as on Earth
+ 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

China reports first African swine fever outbreak
Paris (AFP) Aug 3, 2018
China reported Friday its first outbreak of African swine fever, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, and had destroyed 336 pigs as it tried to prevent the spread of the disease. The notification on the OIE website said the outbreak in Shenyang, the capital of the northeastern Liaoning province, began on Wednesday and was ongoing. African swine fever (ASF) is not harmful ... more
+ India recalls vaccines made by tainted China firm
+ 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
China urges Zimbabweans to 'respect' vote result
Beijing (AFP) Aug 3, 2018
China on Friday urged all sides in Zimbabwe to respect the result of the presidential election which was won by a long-time Beijing ally but contested as "fake" by the opposition. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took power after veteran leader Robert Mugabe was ousted late last year, was declared the winner on Friday with 50.8 percent of the vote. The narrow margin is just enough to av ... more
+ Russia says its military in C.Africa only to train local troops
+ Canada launches peacekeeping mission in Mali
+ C.Africa rebels rearm after military gets Russia weapons:UN panel
+ What we know about Russia's 'Wagner Group'
+ Uganda jails 35 Congolese for illegal fishing
+ China to invest $14 bn in S.Africa
+ China opens embassy after Burkina switches from Taiwan

Blend of novices, veterans to fly on first private US spaceships
Tampa (AFP) Aug 4, 2018
NASA on Friday named the first nine astronauts who will fly to space on Boeing and SpaceX vehicles in 2019 - a mix of novices and veterans who are tasked with restoring America's ability to send humans into orbit. These pioneering flights to the International Space Station aboard commercially built crew capsules will be the first leaving US soil to put people into orbit since the iconic spa ... more
+ NASA, Commercial Partners Progress to Human Spaceflight Home Stretch
+ Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019
+ NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft
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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
+ China vows to safeguard Iranian nuclear deal
+ Presumed US remains from site of famous Korean War battle
+ Trump receives new letter from Kim
+ NKorea has not stopped nuclear, missile programs: UN report
+ Is Iran's Rouhani a lame duck president?
+ UN moves to unblock humanitarian aid to North Korea
+ North Korea gets illegal oil, enlists Syria arms broker
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