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August 29, 2018
Particles collected by Hayabusa give absolute age of asteroid Itokawa

Osaka, Japan (SPX) Aug 28, 2018
Understanding the origin and time evolution of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) is an issue of scientific interest and practical importance because they are potentially hazardous to the Earth. However, when and how these NEAs were formed and what they suffered during their lifetime remain enigmas. Japanese scientists, including those from Osaka University, closely examined particles collected from the asteroid Itokawa by the spacecraft Hayabusa, finding that the parent body of Itokawa was formed about ... read more

Particles collected by spacecraft help date ancient asteroid Itokawa
Washington (UPI) Aug 27, 2018
For the first time, scientists have used particles collected in space to establish the age of an asteroid. ... more
North Korea still 'serious and imminent threat': Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2018
North Korea still poses a "serious and imminent threat", Japan said Tuesday in its first annual defence review since tensions eased on the Korean peninsula. ... more
NKorea still 'serious and imminent threat': Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2018
North Korea still poses a "serious and imminent threat", Japan said Tuesday in its first annual defence review since tensions eased on the Korean peninsula. ... more
Marines conduct field test of laser-based communications system
Washington (UPI) Aug 27, 2018
The 7th Communication Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group performed field testing of a new Free Space Optics system at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. ... more

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What's behind the retreating kelps and expanding corals?
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Aug 27, 2018
Climate change and other external forces are causing rapid marine community shifts in Japan's coastal ecosystems. Better understanding of species distribution dynamics, as driven by these factors, c ... more
Transport disruption as typhoon batters Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2018
A strong typhoon barrelled toward Japan's northern island Friday after churning over parts of western Japan already hit by deadly flooding last month, but while transport links were disrupted, injuries and damages were limited. ... more
Water vapor annealing technique on diamond surfaces for next-generation power devices
Kanazawa, Japan (SPX) Aug 29, 2018
Diamonds are adored for their dazzling beauty, often displayed in exquisite jewelry. But, this solid form of carbon is also renowned for its outstanding physical and electronic properties. In ... more
Controversial Fukushima nuclear statue to be removed
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
A giant statue of a child wearing a radiation suit in the Japanese city of Fukushima will be removed after it sparked a huge controversy in the nuclear-hit area. ... more
Toyota pours $500 mn into driverless car tie-up with Uber
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2018
Toyota will pump about $500 million into ride-share firm Uber as part of a deal to work together on mass-producing self-driving vehicles, the Japanese car giant said on Tuesday. ... more
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Sony to release AI-infused robotic pups in the US
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 23, 2018
Sony on Thursday announced that its Aibo robotic dogs infused with artificial intelligence will be unleashed on the US market by the year-end holiday season, with a price tag of $2,899. ... more
Walmart teams with Rakuten on digital book shop
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 22, 2018
Walmart on Wednesday launched a digital book shop in a collaboration with Japanese e-commerce powerhouse Rakuten's electronic book service Kobo. ... more
NATO, Japan conduct passing exercise in Baltic Sea
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2018
NATO Maritime Group One this week participated in a Passing Exercise with a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force squadron that is currently sailing in the Baltic Sea. ... more
Transport disruption as typhoon batters Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2018
A strong typhoon Friday churned over parts of western Japan already hit by deadly flooding last month, but while transport links were disrupted there were few immediate reports of injury or damage. ... more
Must do better: Japan eyes AI robots in class to boost English
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 21, 2018
English-speaking AI robots will be helping out in some 500 Japanese classrooms from next year as the country seeks to improve its English skills among both children and teachers. ... more

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Strong typhoon barrels towards flood-hit western Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 23, 2018
A strong typhoon hurtled towards western Japan on Thursday, with forecasters warning of heavy rains and landslides, including in areas hit by deadly flooding last month. ... more
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Japan fleet catches 177 whales in latest hunt
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 22, 2018
A fleet of Japanese whaling ships caught 177 minke and sei whales during a three-month tour of the northwestern Pacific, the government said Wednesday. ... more
Japan offers to boost Sri Lanka security as China makes inroads
Colombo (AFP) Aug 21, 2018
Japan has pledged to help strengthen Sri Lanka's maritime security, authorities said Tuesday, in a new sign of efforts to counter China's strategic grip on the Indian Ocean island. ... more
Scientists turn to the quantum realm to improve energy transportation
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 20, 2018
Ant-Man knows - the quantum realm holds shocking revelations and irrational solutions. Taking a page from the Marvel Universe, researchers based at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tok ... more
Fukushima nuclear statue ignites online furore
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 14, 2018
A giant statue of a child wearing a radiation suit in the Japanese city of Fukushima has touched off a storm of criticism online as the nuclear-hit area seeks to rebuild its reputation. ... more
Two US Ospreys make emergency landings in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 14, 2018
Two US military Osprey aircraft made separate emergency landings at airports on Japanese islands on Tuesday, with no injuries or damage reported, local media said. ... more
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'Dialogue of the deaf' pits Italy against EU on migrants
Brussels (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
A row between Italy's populist government and the EU could sink hopes of ending Europe's longstanding crisis over migrants, and even raises doubts about Rome's place in the bloc, analysts and officials say. Despite a sharp drop in asylum seekers entering Europe since a 2015 peak, Italy is turning away ships with migrants rescued at sea in a campaign to make EU countries take their share. ... more
+ Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions
+ Controversial Fukushima nuclear statue to be removed
+ Flood-stricken Kerala angry after UAE $100m offer rejected
+ Landslides triggered by human activity on the rise
+ 'Too girlish': Austria rejects another 'gay' asylum claim
+ Mexico's AMLO says army still needed to fight crime
+ Human-caused landslides on the uptick, study finds
Researchers discover link between magnetic field strength and temperature
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2018
Researchers recently discovered that the strength of the magnetic field required to elicit a particular quantum mechanical process, such as photoluminescence and the ability to control spin states with electromagnetic (EM) fields, corresponds to the temperature of the material. Based on this finding, scientists can determine a sample's temperature to a resolution of one cubic micron by mea ... more
+ Actuation gives new dimensions to an old material
+ Texan begins selling 3D gun plans despite judge's order
+ A materials scientist's dream come true
+ NASA Langley collaborates with industry to develop space technologies
+ Marines conduct field test of laser-based communications system
+ Specially prepared paper can bend, fold or flatten on command
+ Crack formation captured in 3D in real time

Myanmar dam overflow floods 100 villages
Bago, Myanmar (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
Monsoon rains caused a central Myanmar dam to overflow early Wednesday, inundating about 100 villages and blocking the country's biggest highway, a government official said. No casualties have been reported but thousands were displaced and took shelter in temporary camps. Swar Chaung dam's spillway structure, which regulates the release of water from the levee, broke due to heavy seaso ... more
+ Southern California coast emerges as a toxic algae hot spot
+ Cook Islands does not want China debt write-off
+ Portable freshwater harvester could draw up to 10 gallons per hour from the air
+ Kelp forests function differently in warming ocean
+ Shedding light on shallow waters
+ What's behind the retreating kelps and expanding corals?
+ Scientists find corals in deeper waters under stress too
Big-picture thinking can advance nanoparticle manufacturing
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 23, 2018
Nanoparticle manufacturing, the production of material units less than 100 nanometers in size (100,000 times smaller than a marble), is proving the adage that "good things come in small packages." Today's engineered nanoparticles are integral components of everything from the quantum dot nanocrystals coloring the brilliant displays of state-of-the-art televisions to the miniscule bits of s ... more
+ Nanotubes change the shape of water
+ Fast visible-UV light nanobelt photodetector
+ Hybrid nanomaterials bristle with potential
+ Nanotube 'rebar' makes graphene twice as tough
+ Individual silver nanoparticles observed in real time
+ Researchers use nanotechnology to improve the accuracy of measuring devices
+ A new 'periodic table' for nanomaterials
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PeopleTec receives ballistic missile defense engineering contract
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2018
PeopleTec has received a $33.6 million contract with a two-year value of $9 million for engineering advising services for the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. The contract covers engineering for international partners and the Ballistic Missile Defense System to defend against ballistic missile threats. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala., Fort Belvoir, Va., and Tel Aviv, Is ... more
+ TOTE Services contracted for SBX-1 ballistic missile tracking radar
+ Lockheed receives contract for missile warning satellites
+ Sweden to purchase PAC-3 MSE missile defense system
+ Lockheed receives contract for Aegis ballistic missile defense
+ 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
China unveils Chang'e-4 rover to explore Moon's far side
Beijing (XNA) Aug 17, 2018
China's moon lander and rover for the Chang'e-4 lunar probe, which is expected to land on the far side of the moon this year, was unveiled Wednesday. Images displayed at Wednesday's press conference showed the rover was a rectangular box with two foldable solar panels and six wheels. It is 1.5 meters long, 1 meter wide and 1.1 meters high. Wu Weiren, the chief designer of China's lun ... 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
+ Growing US unease with China's new deep space facility in Argentina
+ China developing in-orbit satellite transport vehicle
+ PRSS-1 Satellite in Good Condition
+ China readying for space station era: Yang Liwei

Activists urge killer robot ban 'before it is too late'
Geneva (AFP) Aug 27, 2018
Countries should quickly agree a treaty banning the use of so-called killer robots "before it is too late", activists said Monday as talks on the issue resumed at the UN. They say time is running out before weapons are deployed that use lethal force without a human making the final kill-order and have criticised the UN body hosting the talks - the Convention of Certain Conventional Weapons ... more
+ Robot teachers invade Chinese kindergartens
+ Sony to release AI-infused robotic pups in the US
+ UNC builds better particle tracking software using artificial intelligence
+ Must do better: Japan eyes AI robots in class to boost English
+ Robot wars: China shows off automated doctors, teachers and combat stars
+ UCLA-developed artificial intelligence device identifies objects at the speed of light
+ Soft multi-functional robots get really small and spider-shaped
Hong Kong democracy group says members were detained in China
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 27, 2018
A Hong Kong pro-democracy group led by high-profile activist Joshua Wong said Monday two of its members had been detained and questioned in mainland China. The pair were released within hours but were warned not to publicise their experiences, the Demosisto party said in a statement. Hong Kong has rights unseen on the mainland but concerns are growing that those liberties are under serio ... more
+ Given the right to larger families, Chinese may hold off
+ China may scrap two-child limit: report
+ Anaesthetist 'killed family with gas-filled yoga ball'
+ Chinese national kidnapped in US, held for $2 million ransom
+ No children? Pay a tax, Chinese academics suggest
+ Philippines' Duterte slams China over island-building
+ Hong Kong targets fugitive tycoon accused of laundering billions
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NASA launching Advanced Laser to measure Earth's changing ice
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 23, 2018
Next month, NASA will launch into space the most advanced laser instrument of its kind, beginning a mission to measure - in unprecedented detail - changes in the heights of Earth's polar ice. NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will measure the average annual elevation change of land ice covering Greenland and Antarctica to within the width of a pencil, capturing 60 ... more
+ A study by MSU scientists will help specify the models of the Earth atmosphere circulation
+ Teledyne e2v ultraviolet laser detector technology deployed on Aeolus
+ Wind mission ready for next phase
+ Aeolus wind satellite launched
+ NASA captures monsoon rains bringing flooding to India
+ European wind survey satellite launched from French Guyana
+ Earth more solar exposed with rapid magnetic field reversals

French tomato grower takes on Monsanto over weedkiller
Celles-Sur-Aisne, France (AFP) Aug 24, 2018
Weaving through the aisles of his greenhouse in northern France, Jean-Claude Terlet, a retired farmer who grows tomatoes for local markets, seems to be brimming with energy. "That's a beef tomato, they're delicious," he says, showing off his produce which, he stresses, is 100 percent organic. But since he was treated for prostate cancer in 2017, the 70-year-old says he feels constantly e ... more
+ Plant biodiversity essential to bee health
+ Bees get hooked on harmful pesticide: study
+ Environmentally friendly farming practices used by a third of global farms
+ 'No grass': Europe's livestock sector stricken by drought
+ The wheat code is finally cracked
+ Study: Human wastewater valuable to global agriculture, economics
+ Bringing home the bacon: China pork braces for trade war blues
Infant exoplanet weighed by Hipparcos and Gaia
Paris (ESA) Aug 24, 2018
The mass of a very young exoplanet has been revealed for the first time using data from ESA's star mapping spacecraft Gaia and its predecessor, the quarter-century retired Hipparcos satellite. Astronomers Ignas Snellen and Anthony Brown from Leiden University, the Netherlands, deduced the mass of the planet Beta Pictoris b from the motion of its host star over a long period of time as capt ... more
+ Infant exoplanet weighed by Hipparcos and Gaia
+ Discovery of a structurally 'inside-out' planetary nebula
+ Under pressure, hydrogen offers a reflection of giant planet interiors
+ Scientists discovered organic acid in a protoplanetary disk
+ Iron and titanium in the atmosphere of exoplanet orbiting KELT-9
+ Ultrahot planets have starlike atmospheres
+ Magnetic fields can quash zonal jets deep in gas giants
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NASA investment in cholera forecasts helps save lives in Yemen
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 29, 2018
For the first time ever, measurements from NASA Earth-observing research satellites are being used to help combat a potential outbreak of life-threatening cholera. Humanitarian teams in Yemen are targeting areas identified by a NASA-supported project that precisely forecasts high-risk regions based on environmental conditions observed from space. "By joining up international expertise with ... more
+ China's swine fever outbreak may spread in Asia: FAO
+ Scientists track how yellow fever raced through Brazil
+ China culls thousands of pigs as African swine fever spreads
+ China sacks regional officials as vaccine scandal mounts
+ China sacks six more officials over vaccine scandal
+ China reports first African swine fever outbreak
+ India recalls vaccines made by tainted China firm
Two police killed in restive anglophone Cameroon
Douala (AFP) Aug 26, 2018
At least two police officers have died in fresh violence in western Cameroon where English-speaking separatists have declared an independent state, the military said Sunday. The men were killed by armed pro-independence fighters near the town of Wum in Northwest Region, an army spokesman said. The separatist camp spoke of nine police dead. Army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck said, ... more
+ Archaeologists uncover ancient monumental cemetery in Kenya
+ Moscow signs military cooperation pact with C. Africa
+ Keita re-elected Mali president with landslide
+ Keita re-elected Mali president with landslide
+ Tanzania to arrest entire village over broken water pipe
+ South Sudan's child soldiers hope for life after war
+ Arms, investment and 'instructors': Russia boosts Africa role

For first time in decades, astronaut quits NASA training
Washington (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
For the first time in five decades, a NASA astronaut candidate has resigned from training, the US space agency said Tuesday. Robb Kulin resigned from NASA effective August 31 for personal reasons, spokeswoman Brandi Dean said, declining to provide further details. It's not an easy gig to get - some 18,000 people routinely seek the 12 spots that open each year. Kulin, who joined his ... more
+ Students experience the power of controlling satellites in space
+ Russia's Kalashnikov branches out from rifles to robots and e-cars
+ Heat shield install brings Orion spacecraft closer to space
+ Interns create dynamic visualization of NASA's space-to-ground communications resources
+ Technologies for deep space survival
+ Pristine no more: cruise ships, crowds swamp Montenegro
+ Roscosmos, Abu Dhabi discuss UAE cosmonaut's month-long flight to ISS
US ends suspension of military drills, amid NKorea tensions
Washington (AFP) Aug 28, 2018
The United States will end its suspension of military drills on the Korean peninsula, a move that had been decided as a "good faith" measure following President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Pentagon said Tuesday. "We took the step to suspend several of the largest military exercises as a good faith measure," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters. "We ... more
+ US toughens stance as N. Korea talks stumble
+ Trump calls off Pompeo's NKorea trip, blasts China
+ Iran defence minister in Damascus, says will help rebuild Syria
+ Pompeo visit scrapped after belligerent letter from N.Korea: report
+ NKorea still 'serious and imminent threat': Japan
+ China slams 'irresponsible' Trump accusations over N. Korea
+ North Korea still 'serious and imminent threat': Japan
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