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September 03, 2018
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. The ministry wants 5.298 trillion yen ($47 billion) for the next fiscal year from April, the seventh straight annual increase and 2.1 percent more than last year. Among the items on the defence ministry's shopping list are two sets of US-made Aegis Ashore missile defence systems to defend the country against North Korea's ... read more

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. ... more
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
Japan claims China 'escalating' military actions
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 3, 2018
Japan's defence chief on Monday warned the country faces a tough security environment, with China and Russia stepping up military activity and North Korea posing "imminent threats". ... more
N. Korea-Japan summit must help resolve abduction issue: Abe
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 2, 2018
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said any summit he holds with North Korea's Kim Jong Un must tackle abducted citizens, an issue that has bedevilled relations between the two countries for decades. ... more

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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
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
Japan braces for 'very strong' typhoon
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 2, 2018
Japan on Sunday braced for a "very strong" typhoon, with authorities warning of high waves, floods and landslides, including in areas hit by deadly flooding earlier this year. ... more
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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

NKorea still 'serious and imminent threat': Japan

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
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
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
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A year after Irma, Antigua evicts Barbudan storm victims from shelter
St. John'S, Antigua And Barbuda (AFP) Sept 1, 2018
Dozens of Barbudans were forcibly evicted Saturday from a shelter on neighboring Antigua, leaving them without a home almost exactly a year after powerful Hurricane Irma devastated their island. Around 40 people - half of them children, the youngest just a month old - were ousted from the National Technical Training Center after police and government officials descended on the building in ... more
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+ '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
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
+ Researchers 3D print prototype for 'bionic eye'
+ Chilled And Checked, Shaken And Not Stirred
+ Watching two-dimensional materials grow
+ Ironing out the difficulties of moving fluids in space
+ Maxar's SSL selected by NASA to explore commercial satellite assembly and manufacturing in LEO
+ China to limit number of online games over myopia fears
+ Kiel research team increases adhesiveness of silicone using the example of beetles

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
+ Sea squirts provide insights into gut defense evolution
+ Trace metals in the air make big splash on life under the sea
+ Tracking Sargassum's ocean path could help predict coastal inundation events
+ Bolivia petitions ICJ over Chilean border river source
+ Australia unveils starfish-killing robot to protect Barrier Reef
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

Robot teachers invade Chinese kindergartens
Beijing (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
The Chinese kindergarten children giggled as they worked to solve puzzles assigned by their new teaching assistant: a roundish, short educator with a screen for a face. Just under 60 centimetres (two feet) high, the autonomous robot named Keeko has been a hit in several kindergartens, telling stories and challenging children with logic problems. Round and white with a tubby body, the arm ... more
+ UNC builds better particle tracking software using artificial intelligence
+ Activists urge killer robot ban 'before it is too late'
+ 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
Chinese police arrest 46 after violent protest over schooling
Beijing (AFP) Sept 2, 2018
Police in central China said Sunday they arrested nearly 50 people after a violent protest sparked by dissatisfaction with the local school system. More than 600 protesters gathered outside a police station in Leiyang city in Hunan province around midnight Saturday after security personnel stopped a protest earlier in the day, police said in a statement on their website. They said they ... more
+ Chinese bridge pushes Maldives deeper in debt: opposition
+ World leaders ignore rights in China: censored author Yan
+ 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'
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UB scientists await launch of NASA ice-monitoring satellite
Buffalo NY (SPX) Aug 31, 2018
As the Sept. 15 launch date for NASA's new ice-monitoring satellite approaches, University at Buffalo scientists are among many worldwide who are counting down the days. They're excited, but nervous, too. That's what happens when your future research is reliant on equipment that's going to be hurled, atop a flaming rocket, into the harsh environs of outer space. Or when - as in the case of ... 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
Water worlds could support life, study says
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 03, 2018
The conditions for life surviving on planets entirely covered in water are more fluid than previously thought, opening up the possibility that water worlds could be habitable, according to a new paper from the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State University. The scientific community has largely assumed that planets covered in a deep ocean would not support the cycling of minerals a ... more
+ Scientist develops database for stellar-exoplanet "exploration"
+ 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
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China culls 38,000 pigs as swine fever spreads
Beijing (AFP) Sept 2, 2018
More than 38,000 pigs have been culled across China, state media said Sunday, as the world's largest pork producer scrambles to contain an outbreak of African swine fever. The disease has been discovered in five Chinese provinces, the official Xinhua news service reported, quoting statistics from the country's ministry of agriculture. China reported its first case of the disease in Augus ... more
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+ Temperature model predicts transmission of mosquito-borne virus
+ 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 hosts African leaders amid aid criticism
Beijing (AFP) Sept 3, 2018
China hosts African leaders Monday for a summit aimed at promoting Beijing's vision for development on the continent, even as it finds itself increasingly criticised over its debt-heavy approach to foreign aid. President Xi Jinping and leaders from across the continent will meet at the two-day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), with talks expected to focus on Xi's cherished "Belt and ... more
+ China's Xi says 'no strings attached' to Africa investments
+ China-Africa summit to target investment despite debt worries
+ Bomb kills 5 Kenyan soldiers near Somali border
+ 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

Russia to Stop Transporting US Astronauts to ISS in April 2019
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 03, 2018
Russia's contractual obligations to the United States to transport US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) will expire in April 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said. "The landing of the Soyuz-MS spacecraft in April will end our obligations under the contract with NASA related to the transportation of American astronauts to the ISS and return from the station," Boris ... more
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+ 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
+ Star Gosling took flying lessons for new astronaut film
+ Heat shield install brings Orion spacecraft closer to space
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 accuses Iran of bad faith over sanctions lawsuit
+ Moscow blocks UN sanctions on Russian entities over NKorea ban
+ Iran rejects French call for wider talks
+ S. Korea's Moon to send special envoy to N. Korea next week
+ China slams Trump's 'irresponsible and absurd logic' on N. Korea
+ S. Korea's Moon replaces defence chief in cabinet reshuffle
+ Mattis says 'no decision' on future S. Korea drills
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