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September 10, 2018
Airbus-built ACLS Life Support Rack is ready for launch from Tanegashima

Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Sep 06, 2018
Airbus is sending a new Life Support Rack to the International Space Station (ISS). The rack also known as Advanced Closed Loop System (ACLS) has been developed by Airbus for the European Space Agency (ESA) as a technology demonstrator, which will purify air and produce oxygen for the ISS. The Life Support Rack is stored in the pressurized part of the Japanese HTV-7, an unmanned cargo spacecraft to resupply the ISS, which is currently set to launch from Tanegashima Space Center on 11 September 201 ... read more

Going up! Japan to test mini 'space elevator'
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 4, 2018
A Japanese team working to develop a "space elevator" will conduct a first trial this month, blasting off a miniature version on satellites to test the technology. ... more
N. Korea in focus as Putin to meet Asian leaders
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 9, 2018
Nuclear-armed North Korea will be in the spotlight as Russia's Vladimir Putin begins meetings with Asian leaders Monday, aiming to drive regional diplomacy as a push backed by Donald Trump appears to stall. ... more
Xi to attend Russia summit, North Korea's Kim invited
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2018
Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a regional summit in Russia next week, officials said Friday, joining the prime ministers of Japan and South Korea at a gathering to which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was invited. ... more
Japan toll 44 after strong quake, no more missing
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that triggered massive landslides in northern Japan rose to 44 on Monday with tens of thousands of police and troops still on the ground to support survivors. ... more

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Pro- and anti- whaling nations brace for battle in Brazil
Florianopolis, Brazil (AFP) Sept 9, 2018
Pro- and anti-whaling nations are set for a showdown when the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meets in Brazil from Monday as Japan leads an assault on a three-decade old moratorium on commercial whale hunting. ... more
Japan resilient, but climate change making disasters worse: experts
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 7, 2018
Record typhoons, biblical floods, heatwaves, landslides and earthquakes: this summer, Japan really has seen it all and images of the destruction caused have been beamed around the world. ... more
Toll from Japan quake rises to 18 as hopes fade for survivors
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 7, 2018
Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs scrabbled through the mud Friday to find survivors from a landslide that buried houses after a powerful quake, as the death toll rose to 18. ... more
Race to find survivors after deadly Japan quake, landslides
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 6, 2018
Rescuers scrabbled through mud for survivors Thursday after a powerful earthquake sent hillsides crashing down onto homes in Japan, killing at least 11 people and leaving dozens missing. ... more
Race to find survivors after deadly Japan quake, landslides
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 6, 2018
Rescuers scrabbled through mud for survivors Thursday after a powerful earthquake sent hillsides crashing down onto homes in Japan, killing at least nine people and leaving dozens of people missing. ... more
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Japan 'confirms first Fukushima worker death from radiation'
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 5, 2018
Japan has announced for the first time that a worker at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has died after being exposed to radiation, Japanese media reported. ... more
Japan's Kansai airport to reopen partially after typhoon damage
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 6, 2018
Japan's Kansai airport will reopen partially on Friday, the government said Thursday, after a massive typhoon flooded parts of the transport hub and swept a tanker onto the only bridge connecting it to the mainland. ... 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
China is hot spot of ground-level ozone pollution
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2018
In China, people breathe air thick with the lung-damaging pollutant ozone two to six times more often than people in the United States, Europe, Japan, or South Korea, according to a new assessment. ... more
Strongest typhoon in quarter century hits Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 4, 2018
The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years made landfall Tuesday, with more than a million people urged to evacuate to escape violent winds and heavy rainfall. ... 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
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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
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
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
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
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
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Immediate and Reliable Communications During Disasters Require Planning
McLean VA (SPX) Sep 06, 2018
During a disaster, whether natural or man-made, restoring and maintaining communications is critical. Recent research and guidance issued by the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) reflects the importance of incorporating satellite services in an emergency response plan to facilitate communications before, during, and after a disaster. "Because satellite-based solutions provide an unparal ... more
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+ Japan 'confirms first Fukushima worker death from radiation'
+ US firefighters battle suicidal thoughts after the blaze
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Raytheon receives contract for Zumwalt radars
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2018
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has received a $17.6 million contract for AN/SPY-3 (V)1 radar equipment work in support of the Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer. Work on the contract, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, will be performed in Andover, Mass., Portsmouth, R.I., and McKinney, Texas, and is expected to be finished by June 2021. Navy fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and ... more
+ Satellites more at risk from fast solar wind than a major space storm
+ Facebook to build $1 bn Singapore data centre, first in Asia
+ Holography, light-field technology combo could deliver practical 3-D displays
+ At last, a simple 3D printer for metal
+ Chilled And Checked, Shaken And Not Stirred
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Pakistan's Khan launches fundraising appeal for dams to avert drought
Islamabad (AFP) Sept 7, 2018
Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday launched a fundraising appeal to construct new water storage dams to tackle droughts, warning that the country's current capacity would not last beyond a month. Official estimates show that by 2025 Pakistan will be facing an "absolute scarcity" of water, with less than 500 cubic metres available per person - just one third of the water avai ... more
+ Nauru demands China apology over 'crazy' envoy
+ Study says coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef not limited to shallow depths
+ UK backs French navy patrols in Channel amid scallop row
+ Global warming, El Nino could cause wetter winters, drier conditions in other months
+ The Ocean Cleanup project sails out to sweep Pacific plastic
+ UN kicks off talks on high seas treaty
+ Norsk Hydro seals deal with Brazil over environmental dispute
Cannibalistic materials feed on themselves to grow new nanostructures
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Sep 04, 2018
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory induced a two-dimensional material to cannibalize itself for atomic "building blocks" from which stable structures formed. The findings, reported in Nature Communications, provide insights that may improve design of 2D materials for fast-charging energy-storage and electronic devices. "Under our experimental condi ... more
+ First-ever colored thin films of nanotubes created
+ 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
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Twenty-six wounded as Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 6, 2018
Saudi Arabia shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Huthi rebels on Wednesday, with shrapnel leaving 26 people wounded, a Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents said. Two children were among the wounded from the missile that was intercepted over the southern Saudi city of Najran, said a coalition statement published by the Saudi state media. The Iran-backed Huthis have in r ... more
+ State Department approves Patriot missile sale to the Netherlands
+ Russian military successfully test-fires new interceptor missile
+ 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
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

Lockheed Martin Partners with Deakin University to Further Develop Industrial Exoskeleton
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Sep 10, 2018
A 12-month research partnership between Lockheed Martin Australia and Deakin University's Institute for Intelligent Systems Research (IISRI) has extended the capability of Lockheed Martin's FORTIS Exoskeleton. The FORTIS is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton designed by Lockheed Martin that makes tools weighing up to 36 pounds feel weightless - reducing user fatigue and improving worker ... more
+ Robot can pick up any object after inspecting it
+ If military robot falls, it can get itself up
+ Robot teachers invade Chinese kindergartens
+ 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
China's Didi launches safety revamp after passenger murder
Beijing (AFP) Sept 4, 2018
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said Tuesday it would halt most late-night ride services for a week as it tries to reassure the public following the rape and murder of a passenger. The company has been slammed by passengers and regulators, including China's transport ministry, after a 20-year-old passenger was raped and murdered by her driver in the eastern city of Wenzhou last month ... more
+ Hong Kong top court frees 13 pro-democracy activists
+ Malaysian island city in trouble as PM targets China-linked projects
+ Kenyan police raid state-owned Chinese TV
+ Hong Kong ushers mainland workers into new station
+ Chinese police arrest 46 after violent protest over schooling
+ Chinese bridge pushes Maldives deeper in debt: opposition
+ World leaders ignore rights in China: censored author Yan
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PlanetWatchers Announces Breakthrough SAR Analytics Platform
San Francisco CA (SPX) Sep 06, 2018
PlanetWatchers has developed a new multi-source Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) platform that utilizes multiple SAR sources to deliver actionable insights without the usual delays due to weather, time of day, and environmental conditions. Natural resource managers will now receive enhanced risk management and analytical data from the new platform. World-renowned remote sensing specialist Pr ... more
+ Aeolus laser shines light on wind
+ How scientists are tracking Florida's red tides with satellites and smartphones
+ Ocean satellite Sentinel-6A beginning to take shape
+ China is hot spot of ground-level ozone pollution
+ NASA launching Advanced Laser to measure Earth's changing ice
+ UB scientists await launch of NASA ice-monitoring satellite
+ Teledyne e2v ultraviolet laser detector technology deployed on Aeolus

Urban vineyards: Parisians pick grapes for city vintages
Paris (AFP) Sept 4, 2018
Grape pickers at the Clos des Morillons look like thousands of others at work in vineyards across France at this time of year. But behind them looms a high-rise housing estate and a short walk away is the noisy Paris ring road. Around 20 people armed with pruning shears snipped, picked and carried in the Parc Georges-Brassens in the south of the French capital on Tuesday after responding to ... more
+ Blue-green algae promises to help boost food crop yields
+ Brazil court lifts ban on glyphosate weedkiller
+ Angry French farmers sow Chinese-owned field in investor protest
+ France's ban on bee-killing pesticides begins Saturday
+ Hong Kong dim sum favourite faces uncertain future
+ Epigenome of bread wheat mapped to piece together its genetic heritage
+ Global warming will make insects hungrier, eating up key crops: study
New Exoplanet Discovered by Team Led by Canadian Student
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Sep 10, 2018
Wolf 503b, an exoplanet twice the size of Earth, has been discovered by an international team of Canadian, American and German researchers using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. The find is described in a new study whose lead author is Merrin Peterson, an Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) graduate student who started her master's degree at Universite de Montreal (UdeM) in May. ... more
+ A Direct-Imaging Mission to Study Earth-like Exoplanets
+ Youngest Accretion Disk Detected in Star Formation
+ Rutgers scientists identify protein that may have existed when life began
+ Little star sheds light on young planets
+ Water worlds could support life, study says
+ Scientist develops database for stellar-exoplanet "exploration"
+ Infant exoplanet weighed by Hipparcos and Gaia
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UN emergency talks to head off swine fever spread in Asia
Bangkok (AFP) Sept 5, 2018
An emergency meeting to head off an outbreak of African swine fever across Asia opened in Bangkok on Wednesday, after a mass pig cull in China sparked fears of a potential pandemic. The three-day meeting led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brings together specialists in animal diseases as well as agricultural policy from nine countries neighbouring China. ... more
+ Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state
+ Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state
+ Virus' potency depends on the shape of its DNA
+ China culls 38,000 pigs as swine fever spreads
+ NASA investment in cholera forecasts helps save lives in Yemen
+ Temperature model predicts transmission of mosquito-borne virus
+ China's swine fever outbreak may spread in Asia: FAO
Chinese man arrested after calling Kenya's president a 'monkey'
Nairobi (AFP) Sept 6, 2018
Kenya has arrested a Chinese businessman after a video of him making a string of racist remarks was widely shared on social media, the government said Thursday. The Chinese national, identified as Liu Jiaqi, has been arrested and is being processed for deportation, said Kenya's immigration department. "His work permit has been cancelled and (he) will be deported on racism grounds," the i ... more
+ Kenya police detain another Chinese journalist: embassy
+ Ancient livestock dung heaps are now African wildlife hotspots
+ Mandarin lessons in Malawi underline China's Africa ties
+ China-Africa summit rejects debt criticism
+ At least 12 killed in Ethiopia landslide
+ Boko Haram military base attack death toll hits 48
+ China's Xi says 'no strings attached' to Africa investments

Russian Cosmonauts Asked to Look For Proof to Unravel Soyuz Hole Origin
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 10, 2018
Russian cosmonauts at the International Space Station (ISS) have been asked to look for any evidence that could help figure out the origin of a mysterious hole in the Soyuz ship docked to the station, a source from the space industry told Sputnik. "The cosmonauts have been asked to bring back to Earth all possible proof that could help determine why the hole appeared. While photo and video ... more
+ Going up! Japan to test mini 'space elevator'
+ Airbus-built ACLS Life Support Rack is ready for launch from Tanegashima
+ UAE announces first astronauts to go to space
+ Bahrain in talks with Russia to send astronauts into space
+ Air leak hole in Soyuz likely made during construction
+ Russia says space station leak may be sabotage
+ Russia to Stop Transporting US Astronauts to ISS in April 2019
Unique photos detailing creation of USSR's first ballistic missile released
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 06, 2018
The Soviet rocketry program, which would eventually help Moscow achieve strategic parity with the United States and send human beings into space, had its origins in a design reverse-engineered from a captured German V-2. Russian Space Systems, a subsidiary of Roscosmos, has published a unique and detailed photo album detailing the elements that comprised the R-1, a short-range ballistic mi ... more
+ N. Korea in focus as Putin to meet Asian leaders
+ North Korea holds 70th anniversary parade, without ICBMs
+ Split approach on divided Korean peninsula
+ Iran environment head seeks answers on detained activists
+ Two Koreas to hold summit as Kim renews denuclearisation pledge
+ China's Xi to send top official to N. Korea anniversary
+ Trump leaves door open to meeting Iran's Rouhani at UN
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