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August 09, 2018
Typhoon Shanshan clips Japan coast, sparing Tokyo

Tokyo (AFP) Aug 9, 2018
Typhoon Shanshan clipped Japan's eastern coast on Thursday morning, sparing Tokyo but bringing heavy rain, strong winds and high waves to some areas along the Pacific coast. The fierce storm system was expected to begin moving away from land after brushing Japan's main island, the country's meteorological agency said. But authorities urged residents to stay on alert as the slow-moving typhoon could still trigger landslides and flooding. Shanshan was around 150 kilometres (90 miles) northeast ... read more

Strong typhoon churns towards Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 8, 2018
A powerful typhoon was churning towards Japan on Wednesday, prompting the weather agency to warn of heavy rain and strong winds and forcing airlines to cancel scores of flights. ... more
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. ... 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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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

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
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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
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
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Disaster relief: How can AI improve humanitarian assistance?
Arlington VA (SPX) Aug 09, 2018
The unique topic of artificial intelligence (AI) for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) was in the spotlight last week, as leading minds from academia, industry and the federal government met to discuss how modern technology can help victims of disasters around the globe. The Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Workshop - co ... more
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+ 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
NASA studies space applications for GaN crystals
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2018
An exotic material poised to become the semiconductor of choice for power electronics - because it is far more efficient than silicon - is now being eyed for potential applications in space. Two NASA teams are examining the use of gallium nitride, a crystal-type semiconductor compound first discovered in the 1980s, and currently used in consumer electronics such as laser diodes in DVD readers. ... more
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+ NASA poised to launch first Sun-skimming spaceship
+ New photodetector camera to deploy during Robotic Servicing Demonstration Mission
+ NIST shows laser ranging can 'see' 3D objects melting in fires
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+ Raytheon to open new radar testing plant
+ Loft Orbital announces inSpace mission partner program to standardize access to space

Pacific Ocean's effect on Arctic warming
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2018
New research, led by former Carnegie postdoctoral fellow Summer Praetorius, shows that changes in the heat flow of the northern Pacific Ocean may have a larger effect on the Arctic climate than previously thought. The findings are published in the August 7, 2018, issue of Nature Communications. The Arctic is experiencing larger and more rapid increases in temperature from global warming mo ... more
+ New study shows some corals might adapt to climate changes
+ Expedition probes ocean's smallest organisms for climate answers
+ Half a degree less warming can avoid precipitation extremes
+ Scientists draw new connections between climate change and warming oceans
+ Turkey moves historic bath house to avoid looming flooding of town
+ Heatwave kills a tonne of Swiss fish
+ Predatory sea corals team up to feed on stinging jellyfish
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
+ Individual silver nanoparticles observed in real time
+ 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
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Lockheed receives contract for Aegis ballistic missile defense
Washington (UPI) Aug 08, 2018
Lockheed Martin has received a $15.8 million contract for materials and development support of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. The modification to a previous contract, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, increases the cumulative value of the contract to just under $2.9 billion. The contract provides for materials and support for Aegis Ballistic Missile Def ... more
+ One dead, 11 wounded as Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
+ Romania minister under fire over 'ballistic' gaffe
+ 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
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's SatCom launch marketing not limited to business interest
+ China to launch space station Tiangong in 2022, welcomes foreign astronauts
+ China solicits international cooperation experiments on space station
+ 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

A system to synthesize realistic sounds for computer animation
Stanford CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2018
Advances in computer-generated imagery have brought vivid, realistic animations to life, but the sounds associated with what we see simulated on screen, such as two objects colliding, are often recordings. Now researchers at Stanford University have developed a system that automatically renders accurate sounds for a wide variety of animated phenomena. "There's been a Holy Grail in computin ... more
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+ Chip labour: Robots replace waiters in China restaurant
+ Research identifies key weakness in modern computer vision systems
+ Optical fibers that can feel the materials around them
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China deploys huge police force to prevent fraud protest
Beijing (AFP) Aug 6, 2018
Hundreds of police patrolled the streets of Beijing's financial district Monday as Chinese authorities thwarted a planned protest against money lost in risky peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms and a lack of government help. Protesters told AFP they had come from every corner of China in hopes that by gathering en masse the government would recognise their grievances and take action. Po ... more
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+ Broken art: Ai Weiwei's Beijing studio faces wrecking ball
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+ UK foreign secretary met human rights figures on China visit
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US Army scientists create new technique for modeling turbulence in the atmosphere
Adelphi MD (SPX) Aug 08, 2018
Army researchers have designed a computer model that more effectively calculates the behavior of atmospheric turbulence in complex environments, including cities, forests, deserts and mountainous regions. This new technology could allow Soldiers to predict weather patterns sooner using the computers at hand and more effectively assess flight conditions for aerial vehicles on the battlefiel ... more
+ Planetary Defense Has New Tool in Weather Satellite Lightning Detector
+ New satellite map shows ground deformation after Indonesian quake
+ Radar better than weather balloon for measuring boundary layer
+ China launches high-resolution Earth observation satellite
+ Urban geophone array offers new look at northern Los Angeles basin
+ What is causing more extreme precipitation in the northeast?
+ Australia facing increased intense rain storms

Archeological plant remains point to southwest Amazonia as crop domestication center
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2018
The remains of domesticated crop plants at an archaeological site in southwest Amazonia supports the idea that this was an important region in the early history of crop cultivation, according to a study published July 25, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jennifer Watling from the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and colleagues. Genetic a ... more
+ As temperatures rise, Earth's soil is 'breathing' more heavily
+ Heat brings relief for French vineyards
+ Starbucks and Alibaba join forces as China coffee war brews
+ Deadly heatwaves threaten China's northern breadbasket
+ Cuba to study whether climate change is hurting sugar harvests
+ Record drought grips Germany's breadbasket
+ Murkowksi: Tariffs hurt more than just agriculture
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
+ Largest haul of extrasolar planets for Japan
+ TESS catches a comet before starting planet hunting mission
+ Tiny tunnels inside garnets appear to be the result of boring microorganisms
+ Exoplanets where life could develop as on Earth
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+ NASA's TESS spacecraft starts science operations
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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
Three Congo soldiers walk free after 'mass murder' convictions
Libreville (AFP) Aug 7, 2018
A court in the Republic of Congo jailed three soldiers for three years for "mass murder" during a peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic, but the convicts have been freed, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. "The sentences deny justice to the victims, who included women and children," the New York-based NGO said in a statement, protesting that the jail terms "do not reflect the gr ... more
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+ Suspicion of electoral fraud revives ethnic tension in Mali
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+ Russia says its military in C.Africa only to train local troops
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+ Canada launches peacekeeping mission in Mali

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 announces new partnerships to develop space exploration technologies
+ NASA makes progress toward planetary science decadal priorities
+ NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft
+ Recipe for a spacewalk
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Iran slams 'psychological warfare' as US to reimpose sanctions
Tehran (AFP) Aug 6, 2018
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Washington's call for new nuclear negotiations at the same time as it reimposes crippling sanctions "doesn't make sense" and is an attempt at "psychological warfare". "If you're an enemy and you stab the other person with a knife and then you say you want negotiations, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife," he said in an int ... more
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+ Trump firm as US set to reimpose sanctions on Iran
+ Iran dismisses US talks offer as Trump reimposes sanctions
+ Trump says open to new Iran deal, confirms sanctions return
+ US reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran
+ UN chief sounds nuclear warning to mark Nagasaki bombing
+ North Korea foreign minister meets with Iranian counterpart Zarif
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