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24/7 News Coverage About Japan
August 31, 2018
SPACE TRAVEL
When cars fly? Japan wants airborne vehicles to take off



Tokyo (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
It might sound like pie in the sky, but Japan's government is banking on a future with flying cars, launching an initiative Wednesday with the private sector to develop futuristic vehicles. The initiative aims to draw up a roadmap by the end of the year on commercialising flying cars, a concept that so far remains largely theoretical. Japanese government officials are partnering with companies including Boeing and Airbus, as well as major Japanese firms like All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, N ... read more

TECH SPACE
Structural fluctuation evaluation in substances from measurement data
Kumamoto, Japan (SPX) Aug 30, 2018
Microstructure analysis of materials is a key technology for new material research. Using an information extraction technique called sparse modeling, a collaboration of researchers led by Professor ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers reveal new details about 'monster' star-forming galaxies
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 30, 2018
An international team of astronomers from Japan, Mexico and the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying a "monster galaxy" 12.4 billion light years away report that their instruments have achie ... more
IRON AND ICE
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, w ... more
IRON AND ICE
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
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Japan eyes record defence budget amid N. Korea, China threats
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 31, 2018
Japan's defence ministry on Friday made its biggest-ever budget request, seeking better missile defence and bolstered air power amid ongoing threats from North Korea and China. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China dismisses Japan protest over barred reporter
Beijing (AFP) Aug 30, 2018
China on Thursday told Japan to "rein in its journalists" after Tokyo lodged a protest over Beijing blocking a Japanese reporter from covering a meeting between top diplomats from the two countries. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan protests as reporter blocked from covering China FM
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 30, 2018
Japan has lodged a protest with China about freedom of speech after Beijing blocked a Japanese reporter from covering a meeting between top diplomats from the two countries. ... more
NUKEWARS
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
WATER WORLD
Mystery solved as to why algae balls float and sink
Bristol UK (SPX) Aug 31, 2018
Scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered the age-old mystery of why marimo algae balls sink at night and float during the day. The balls are a rare form of algae found naturall ... more
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How to Harmonise Wildlife and Energy Manufacturing
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2019
The Austrian Federal Railways (OBB) were dealing with a threatened owl species which were suffering from electric shocks on their network. They turned to TE Connectivity (TE) for support in both pre ... more
ENERGY TECH
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
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
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
NUKEWARS
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
TECH SPACE
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
WATER WORLD
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

CAR TECH
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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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
SHAKE AND BLOW
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
ROBO SPACE
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
ROBO SPACE
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
INTERNET SPACE
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
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Mogherini urges 'practical solutions' to continue migrant mission
Vienna (AFP) Aug 30, 2018
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday said the bloc and its member states would seek to find "practical solutions" to ensure its migrant rescue operation continues to fight human trafficking in the Mediterranean. Rome has asked the European Union to modify the rules of the Sophia mission - currently commanded by Italy - and rotate the ports where migrants rescued at sea ca ... more
+ Italy to push EU to rotate ports for migrant arrivals
+ Controversial Fukushima nuclear statue to be removed
+ 'Dialogue of the deaf' pits Italy against EU on migrants
+ Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions
+ 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
New compact hyperspectral system captures 5-D images
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2018
Researchers have developed a compact imaging system that can measure the shape and light-reflection properties of objects with high speed and accuracy. This 5D hyperspectral imaging system - so-called because it captures multiple wavelengths of light plus spatial coordinates as a function of time - could benefit a variety of applications including optical-based sorting of products and identifyin ... more
+ Maxar's SSL selected by NASA to explore commercial satellite assembly and manufacturing in LEO
+ Structural fluctuation evaluation in substances from measurement data
+ Ironing out the difficulties of moving fluids in space
+ China to limit number of online games over myopia fears
+ Researchers 3D print prototype for 'bionic eye'
+ Game over? China to rein in online games in latest industry setback
+ Watching two-dimensional materials grow


Shedding light on shallow waters
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2018
Keeping an eye on our waters is more important than ever, as widespread drought continues to sweep Europe this summer. Earth's changing sea levels are crucial indicators of how our environment is fairing, but monitoring it manually can be a labour-intensive, expensive, and at times even dangerous task. Coastal areas provide additional complications, as shifting seabeds and currents m ... more
+ Engineered sand removes contaminants from stormwater
+ Mystery solved as to why algae balls float and sink
+ Cook Islands does not want China debt write-off
+ Trace metals in the air make big splash on life under the sea
+ Portable freshwater harvester could draw up to 10 gallons per hour from the air
+ Rescuers struggle to reach stranded in Myanmar dam flooding
+ Tracking Sargassum's ocean path could help predict coastal inundation events
First-ever colored thin films of nanotubes created
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Aug 31, 2018
Single-walled carbon nanotubes, or sheets of one atom-thick layers of graphene rolled up into different sizes and shapes, have found many uses in electronics and new touch screen devices. By nature, carbon nanotubes are typically black or a dark grey. In their new study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Aalto University researchers present a way to control t ... more
+ Nanotubes change the shape of water
+ Fast visible-UV light nanobelt photodetector
+ Big-picture thinking can advance nanoparticle manufacturing
+ 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
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Russian military successfully test-fires new interceptor missile
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 30, 2018
According to the Russian Defense Ministry's statement, the new missile interceptor has reliably confirmed its performance specifications and successfully accomplished the set task by destroying a simulated target with a required accuracy. "An air and missile defense unit of the Russian Aerospace Forces has carried out another successful test of a new interceptor missile at the Sary Shagan ... more
+ PeopleTec receives ballistic missile defense engineering contract
+ 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
China tests propulsion system of space station's lab capsules
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 30, 2018
Engineers have successfully tested the propulsion system of China's planned space station lab capsules, a key step in its space station program. Weighing 66 tonnes, the space station will comprise a core module and two lab capsules. The propulsion system will determine whether lab capsules can move in space. Engineers designed 36 engines for the propulsion system with four to adjust ... more
+ China unveils Chang'e-4 rover to explore Moon's far side
+ 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


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
+ UNC builds better particle tracking software using artificial intelligence
+ Sony to release AI-infused robotic pups in the US
+ 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
World leaders ignore rights in China: censored author Yan
Edinburgh (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
Chinese author Yan Lianke, whose works are banned in his heavily censored homeland, has urged world leaders not to shy away from confronting China about its human rights record. Yan, who offers frank portrayals of Chinese life prompting years of state censorship, said leaders flocking to China have become too focused on economic ties. The 60-year-old novelist told AFP that Beijing needs ... more
+ It's a bird... it's a train... China pigeon racers cause flap with rail ruse
+ Hong Kong democracy group says members were detained in China
+ 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


Ocean satellite Sentinel-6A beginning to take shape
Friedrichshafen, Germany (SPX) Aug 31, 2018
The integration of Sentinel-6A, the first of two satellites to continue measuring sea levels from 2020, has reached a new milestone and its critical phase: the propulsion module has been "mated" with the main structure of the satellite at Airbus. In a complex operation, the Airbus satellite specialists hoisted the approximately five-metre-high satellite platform with pin-point precision ov ... more
+ NASA launching Advanced Laser to measure Earth's changing ice
+ Teledyne e2v ultraviolet laser detector technology deployed on Aeolus
+ Aeolus wind satellite launched
+ Wind mission ready for next phase
+ A study by MSU scientists will help specify the models of the Earth atmosphere circulation
+ NASA captures monsoon rains bringing flooding to India
+ European wind survey satellite launched from French Guyana


Epigenome of bread wheat mapped to piece together its genetic heritage
Norwich UK (SPX) Aug 31, 2018
Globally, wheat, together with maize and rice, provides the most human nutrition. It can thrive in a whole range of different environments, even within a similar geographical region. Exploring one hundred different wheat lines worldwide, the research team led by the Earlham Institute in collaboration with Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, University of Liverpool and the John Innes Centre have rev ... more
+ Global warming will make insects hungrier, eating up key crops: study
+ Environmentally friendly farming practices used by a third of global farms
+ Plant biodiversity essential to bee health
+ Bees get hooked on harmful pesticide: study
+ French tomato grower takes on Monsanto over weedkiller
+ 'No grass': Europe's livestock sector stricken by drought
+ The wheat code is finally cracked
Scientist develops database for stellar-exoplanet "exploration"
San Antonio TX (SPX) Aug 30, 2018
A Southwest Research Institute scientist is using big data to help the scientific community characterize exoplanets, particularly alien worlds orbiting nearby stars. Of particular interest are exoplanets that could harbor life. "At first scientists focused on temperatures, looking for exoplanets in the 'Goldilocks zone' - neither too close nor too far from the star, where liquid water coul ... more
+ Infant exoplanet weighed by Hipparcos and Gaia
+ 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


Temperature model predicts transmission of mosquito-borne virus
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2018
Scientists have designed a new model to predict how temperatures will impact the transmission patterns of the mosquito-borne Ross River virus. Accurately predicting how viruses will spread across different geographical regions and population centers can help governments and public health organizations strategically deploy resources. Weather is just one of a variety of factors tha ... more
+ NASA investment in cholera forecasts helps save lives in Yemen
+ 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
Bomb kills 5 Kenyan soldiers near Somali border
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
Five Kenyan soldiers were killed and 10 injured Wednesday when their vehicle hit a landmine on a road in a coastal area close to the Somali border. "Soldiers operating in Lamu County, while on a humanitarian civil assignment to fetch and distribute water to the residents in the area, hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)," the military said in a statement. It said five soldiers "succu ... more
+ China-Africa summit to target investment despite debt worries
+ Jihadist leader killed in Mali French airstrike: army
+ Two police killed in restive anglophone Cameroon
+ 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
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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
+ When cars fly? Japan wants airborne vehicles to take off
+ NASA competition aims to convert carbon dioxide on Mars into useful products
+ Lockheed Martin begins final assembly on NASA's Orion
+ Space station reports 'leak', crew not in danger
+ Russia's Kalashnikov branches out from rifles to robots and e-cars
+ Star Gosling took flying lessons for new astronaut film
Iran tells UN court 'time running out' under US sanctions
The Hague (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
Iran told the UN's top court Wednesday that "time is running out" for its people as they suffer economic turmoil that Tehran blames on renewed US sanctions. Iran was making its closing arguments in a challenge to the sanctions at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. US President Donald Trump reimposed the sanctions after pulling out of a multilateral 2015 accord in May. I ... more
+ US ends suspension of military drills, amid NKorea tensions
+ US toughens stance as N. Korea talks stumble
+ US accuses Iran of bad faith over sanctions lawsuit
+ Moscow blocks UN sanctions on Russian entities over NKorea ban
+ Pompeo visit scrapped after belligerent letter from N.Korea: report
+ China slams Trump's 'irresponsible and absurd logic' on N. Korea
+ S. Korea's Moon replaces defence chief in cabinet reshuffle
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