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September 12, 2018
Abe dangles 'financial aid' in return for NKorea concessions

Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday said he was ready to provide financial aid to Pyongyang on condition that it resolves the issues of its nuclear and missile test and abducted Japanese nationals. "If we resolve as a whole the questions of abductions of Japanese citizens (and) the missile and nuclear problem, we manage to draw a line under the unhappy past and normalise diplomatic relations, then we can provide it (North Korea) with economic aid," Abe said in translated comments to journa ... read more

US approves possible sale of early-warning planes to Japan
Washington (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
The US State Department said Monday it is ready to approve the sale of up to nine early-warning military planes to Japan, in a sale worth more than $3 billion. ... 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
Japan disasters highlight vulnerable infrastructure
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 12, 2018
Flooded runways, thousands of passengers stranded and a tanker smashing into an access bridge: last week's typhoon in Japan highlighted the vulnerability of Kansai Airport which serves a region with an economy bigger than Belgium's. ... more
Nations lock horns as whalers, opponents meet in Brazil
Florianopolis, Brazil (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
Pro- and anti-whaling nations locked horns Monday as the International Whaling Commission (IWC) began meeting in Brazil amid outrage over Japan's proposal to end a three-decade moratorium on commercial whale hunting. ... more
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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
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
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 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
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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
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 Agen ... 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

Race to find survivors after deadly Japan quake, landslides

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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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
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
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
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
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Japan disasters highlight vulnerable infrastructure
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 12, 2018
Flooded runways, thousands of passengers stranded and a tanker smashing into an access bridge: last week's typhoon in Japan highlighted the vulnerability of Kansai Airport which serves a region with an economy bigger than Belgium's. Because of concerns about engine noise, Kansai - located in the bay of Osaka - is the world's first airport entirely situated on a huge man-made island, puttin ... more
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Experiment obtains entanglement of six light waves with a single laser
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Sep 12, 2018
Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger (1887-1961), one of the giants of contemporary science, considered "entanglement" the most interesting property in quantum mechanics. In his view, it was this phenomenon that truly distinguished the quantum world from the classical world. Entanglement occurs when groups of particles or waves are created or interact in such a way that the quantum state o ... more
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Water in small dust grains can explain large amounts of water on Earth
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 12, 2018
Water trapped in dust grains from which the Earth formed can explain the current large amount of water on Earth. This is suggested by scientists from the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, based on calculations and simulations. The research will appear in two articles in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. For a long time, scientists have been struggling with an explanation f ... more
+ Researchers discover new source of formic acid over Pacific, Indian oceans
+ S.Africa's Cape Town eases water rationing
+ Pakistan's Khan launches fundraising appeal for dams to avert drought
+ WMO forecast: 70 percent chance of El Nino weather event
+ UN kicks off talks on high seas treaty
+ Artificial intelligence guides rapid data-driven exploration of underwater habitats
+ Drought, groundwater loss sinks California land at alarming rate
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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US approves possible sale of early-warning planes to Japan
Washington (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
The US State Department said Monday it is ready to approve the sale of up to nine early-warning military planes to Japan, in a sale worth more than $3 billion. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, made by Northrop Grumman, are equipped with powerful radars that can detect other planes and ships at long range. Worth an estimated $3.1 billion, the deal would also include associated technolo ... more
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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
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Robot can pick up any object after inspecting it
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 10, 2018
Humans have long been masters of dexterity, a skill that can largely be credited to the help of our eyes. Robots, meanwhile, are still catching up. Certainly there's been some progress: for decades robots in controlled environments like assembly lines have been able to pick up the same object over and over again. More recently, breakthroughs in computer vision have enabled robots to make b ... more
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China shuts down prominent Christian church
Beijing (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
Beijing officials have shut down one of China's largest "underground" Protestant churches for operating without a licence, the Communist government's latest move to ramp up control over religious worship. Around 70 officials stormed into the Zion Church - housed on the third floor of a nondescript office building in the north of the capital - after its Sunday afternoon service, said church ... more
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+ Malaysian island city in trouble as PM targets China-linked projects
+ China's Didi launches safety revamp after passenger murder
+ Hong Kong top court frees 13 pro-democracy activists
+ Kenyan police raid state-owned Chinese TV

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
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+ Protection for the ozone layer: sugar molecules bind harmful CFCs
+ Aeolus laser shines light on wind
+ 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

Greenhouse gases from rice paddies may be 2x higher than thought
Tampa (AFP) Sept 10, 2018
The way some irrigated rice paddies are managed worldwide, with cycles of flooding followed by dry periods, may lead to twice the planet-warming greenhouse gas pollution as previously thought, researchers said Monday. Since rice is a major staple for at least half the world's seven billion people, the way it is managed has significant effects on the Earth's warming climate, said the report i ... more
+ Nitrous oxide emissions from rice farms are a cause for concern for global climate
+ Blue-green algae promises to help boost food crop yields
+ Brazil court lifts ban on glyphosate weedkiller
+ Urban vineyards: Parisians pick grapes for city vintages
+ 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
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
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+ Water worlds could support life, study says
+ Scientist develops database for stellar-exoplanet "exploration"

Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state
Kochi, India (AFP) Sept 4, 2018
"Rat fever" and other diseases have killed 14 people in the southern Indian state of Kerala after the worst floods in almost a century, authorities said Tuesday. The separate death toll from the monsoon floods that forced more than a million people from their homes in Kerala last month has meanwhile risen to 486, the government said. "We had anticipated leptospirosis (rat fever) due to c ... more
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Pygmies, masters of the forest, tackle tough lifestyle changes
Doumassi, Gabon (AFP) Sept 12, 2018
Just back from the hunt with a choice selection of plants, Ebona feels at home in the endless forest where many Gabonese fear to tread. "Townsfolk paid me to find these leaves," the Pygmy says, setting the heap down outside his wooden hut, 500 metres (yards) from the rest of Doumassi village in north Gabon. Ebona's people, the Baka, are held in folklore to be Africa's oldest inhabitants, ... more
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+ Mandarin lessons in Malawi underline China's Africa ties
+ China-Africa summit rejects debt criticism
+ At least 12 killed in Ethiopia landslide
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Champagne in space: Zero-G bottle lets tourists drink bubbly
Paris (AFP) Sept 12, 2018
Future space tourists may be able to toast the view from orbit with fine champagne, after designers came up with a high-tech bottle made for knocking back bubbly in zero gravity. The Mumm champagne house teamed up with designer Octave de Gaulle, who has specialised in conceiving of everyday objects for the final frontier, to develop the space-age bottles. Journalists from several countri ... more
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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
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