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October 05, 2018
MASCOT lands safely on Asteroid Ryugu

MASCOT on board Hayabusa2
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Oct 04, 2018 The near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, located approximately 300 million kilometres from Earth, has a new inhabitant: On 3 October 2018, the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) landed on the asteroid and began to work. The lander successfully separated from the Japanese Hayabusa2 space probe at 03:58 CEST. The 16 hours in which the lander will conduct measurements on the asteroid's surface have begun for the international team of engineers and scientists. The day bef ... read more

Hayabusa-2 drops another lander on the surface of Ryugu
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2018
Hayabusa-2, Japan's asteroid-orbiting probe, has put another miniature lander on the surface of Ryugu. ... more
Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 3, 2018
A Japanese probe landed a new observation robot on an asteroid on Wednesday as it pursues a mission to shed light on the origins of the solar system. ... more
BepiColombo is readied for launch to Mercury
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Oct 03, 2018
Europe gets ready to visit the innermost, hot and mysterious planet: Mercury. BepiColombo, Europe's first mission to Mercury is currently being readied at the European Spaceport Kourou (French Guian ... more
Honda joins forces with GM's Cruise to develop autonomous vehicles
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 3, 2018
Japanese carmaker Honda has joined forces with the General Motors tech startup Cruise to develop autonomous vehicles as the race to market self-driving cars heats up, the companies announced Wednesday. ... more
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Japan PM Abe names new defence minister in cabinet reshuffle
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 2, 2018
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday replaced his defence minister in a cabinet reshuffle that otherwise left key government positions largely unchanged. ... more
Precise control of multimetallic one-nanometer cluster formation achieved
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 01, 2018
Researchers in Japan have found a way to create innovative materials by blending metals with precision control. Their approach, based on a concept called atom hybridization[1], opens up an unexplore ... more
Japan Deploys Jumping Robots on Distant Asteroid
Washington DC (VOA) Oct 01, 2018
Two small Japanese robots landed on a distant asteroid last weekend. The robots took small jumps, making it the first time that any device from our planet has moved on the surface of an asteroid. ... more
US, Phillipines conduct military exercises; Abe appoints new defence minister
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2018
The 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the Philippines armed forces began exercise KAMANDAG 2 at Subic Bay International Airport on Monday. ... more
Four dead after typhoon batters Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 1, 2018
Four people have been killed in a powerful typhoon that battered Japan over the weekend, local media reported Monday, as the storm's aftermath brought travel chaos to Tokyo. ... more
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US 'subsidizing' Saudi, Asia militaries: Trump
Wheeling, United States (AFP) Sept 30, 2018
President Donald Trump on Saturday complained that the US is "subsidizing" the military of Middle East ally Saudi Arabia, as well as Japan and South Korea. ... more
US looks to trump China's Huawei in Papua New Guinea
Sydney (AFP) Sept 28, 2018
The United States and Pacific allies will counter a bid from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to build a communications network in Papua New Guinea, a senior diplomat said Friday, intensifying a campaign to curb China's rising regional influence. ... more
JAXA's asteroid landers share photos from Ryugu's surface
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2018
JAXA released new photos of the asteroid Ryugu's rugged landscape. ... more
ESA choosing CubeSat companions for Hera asteroid mission
Paris (ESA) Sep 26, 2018
As the world marvels at the hopping mini-rovers deployed on asteroid Ryugu by Japan's Hayabusa2, ESA is due to decide on the CubeSats planned for delivery to a binary asteroid system by its proposed ... more
Cosmological constraints from initial Subaru Hyper Suprime-Cam survey
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 28, 2018
Using the powerful Japanese Subaru telescope, an international team of researchers created and analyzed the deepest wide field map of the three-dimensional distribution of matter in the universe. ... more

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Asteroid Landing: To Know an Asteroid is to Know Our Solar System - Yuichi Tsuda
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Sep 27, 2018
Japan's space agency has successfully landed two rovers on an asteroid for the first time in history. The robotic explorers were dispatched to the Ryugu asteroid from the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on Fr ... more
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China slams US B-52s fly over disputed seas as 'provocative'
Beijing (AFP) Sept 27, 2018
The Chinese defence ministry on Thursday denounced flyovers by US B-52 bombers over the South China Sea and East China Sea as "provocative" actions amid soaring tensions between the two global powers. ... more
Partnership, Teamwork Enable Landmark Science Glovebox Launch to Space Station
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 25, 2018
As the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's H-IIB rocket carries NASA's Life Sciences Glovebox toward its berth on the International Space Station, hardware specialists at NASA's Marshall Space Flig ... more
Russia's RSC Energia Ready to Offer Tourists Moon Flights
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 25, 2018
Russia's Energia Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC Energia) is ready to offer tickets for a lunar tour aboard the Soyuz spacecraft; they will cost between $150 million and $180 million each, a sourc ... more
US, EU, Japan jointly denounce unfair trade
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 25, 2018
Washington, Tokyo and Brussels said Tuesday they were making common cause against unfair trade, jointly denouncing industrial practices long pinned on China but refraining from naming that country explicitly. ... more
Japan space robots start asteroid survey
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 22, 2018
A pair of robot rovers have landed on an asteroid and begun a survey, Japan's space agency said Saturday, as it conducts a mission aiming to shed light on the origins of the solar system. ... more
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International aid effort for Indonesia quake-tsunami swings into gear
Palu, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 4, 2018
An international aid effort to help tens of thousands of victims of Indonesia's quake-tsunami disaster swung into gear Thursday after days of delays, with planes flying in vital supplies for shattered communities. A total of 1,424 people have been confirmed dead and over 2,500 injured after the monster earthquake struck Friday, sending destructive waves barrelling into Sulawesi island. T ... more
+ Indonesia quake kids traumatised as rescuers race against clock
+ Bangladesh kids turn the tide on climate change aboard floating schools
+ Dozens of Moroccan migrants rescued at sea
+ Indonesia clamps down on looting as quake-tsunami toll tops 1,200
+ Quake-hit Indonesia buries dead in mass grave
+ Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, one dead: local officials
+ Rohingya crisis: UN has 'no right to interfere' says Myanmar army chief
NASA, NOAA convene GOES 17 Mishap Investigation Board
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2018
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have appointed a board to investigate an instrument anomaly aboard the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 17 weather satellite currently in orbit. During postlaunch testing of the satellite's Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument, it was discovered that the instrument's infrared detectors cannot b ... more
+ Researchers discover highly active organic photocatalyst
+ Reaction of a quantum fluid to photoexcitation of dissolved particles observed for the first time
+ NTU Singapore scientists develop smart technology for synchronized 3D printing of concrete
+ Brazil says Norsk Hydro lacked waste license for stalled plant
+ Norsk Hydro halts output at key Brazil plant, share plunges
+ Commercially relevant bismuth-based thin film processing
+ Virtual reality unleashes full power of top UK orchestra

130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean
Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 04, 2018
When nitrogen-based fertilizers flow into water bodies, the result can be deadly for marine life near shore, but what is the effect of nitrogen pollution far out in the open ocean? A 130-year-old brain coral has provided the answer, at least for the North Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast of the United States. By measuring the nitrogen in the coral's skeleton, a team of researchers led by ... more
+ Genome of sea lettuce that spawns massive 'green tides' decoded
+ Imran Khan's bid to crowdfund $14bn for Pakistan dams
+ Fisheries nations to decide fate of declining bigeye tuna
+ It's not that bad! Science, tourism clash on Great Barrier Reef
+ Seasonal reservoir filling in India deforms rock, may trigger earthquakes
+ Spotlight on sea-level rise
+ New York seeks to claw back 'Big Oyster' past
Precise control of multimetallic one-nanometer cluster formation achieved
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 01, 2018
Researchers in Japan have found a way to create innovative materials by blending metals with precision control. Their approach, based on a concept called atom hybridization[1], opens up an unexplored area of chemistry that could lead to the development of advanced functional materials. Multimetallic clusters - typically composed of three or more metals - are garnering attention as they exh ... more
+ Two quantum dots are better than one: Using one dot to sense changes in another
+ Nucleation a boon to sustainable nanomanufacturing
+ New nanoparticle superstructures made from pyramid-shaped building blocks
+ Cannibalistic materials feed on themselves to grow new nanostructures
+ First-ever colored thin films of nanotubes created
+ Nanotubes change the shape of water
+ Fast visible-UV light nanobelt photodetector
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Raytheon receives contract for new AEGIS radars
Washington (UPI) Oct 2, 2018
Raytheon has received a $22.7 million contract for engineering, travel costs and other services for AN/SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar production. The AMDR is being developed for air defense requirements of several classes of ships. The suite includes a S-Band and X-band radar and a Radar Suite Controller. AMDR is capable of long range conventional radar, exoatmospheric detection, t ... more
+ Raytheon receives $1.5B contract for Patriot systems for Poland
+ Pentagon to pull some Patriots from Middle East: US official
+ Lockheed Martin to upgrade AEGIS Combat System for U.S. warships
+ SBIRS GEO-3 achieves operational acceptance
+ Successful Aegis Combat System Test Brings BMD to Japanese Fleet
+ Japan successfully tests ballistic missile defense system
+ Northrop Grumman tests new air defense network program
China launches Centispace-1-s1 satellite
Jiuquan (XNA) Oct 01, 2018
China launched its Centispace-1-s1 satellite on a Kuaizhou-1A rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:13 p.m. Saturday. This is the second commercial launch by the Kuaizhou-1A rocket. The first launch in January 2017 sent three satellites into space. The Kuaizhou-1A was developed by a rocket technology company under the China Aerospace Science and Industr ... more
+ China tests propulsion system of space station's lab capsules
+ 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

Machine learning could help regulators identify environmental violations
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2018
Regulatory agencies tasked with protecting environmental and public health are regularly understaffed and underfunded, but new research suggests machine learning could help officials more effectively monitor potential violators. The Environmental Protection Agency and partnering state agencies are responsible for monitoring the regulatory compliance of 300,000 facilities. Regulators, ho ... more
+ Machine-learning system tackles speech and object recognition, all at once
+ Amazon aims to make Alexa assistant bigger part of users' lives
+ Spray coated tactile sensor on a 3D surface for robotic skin
+ 'Robotic skins' turn everyday objects into robots
+ Russian scientists send FEDOR robot to Roscosmos for launch
+ Google Mini captures top spot in connected speaker market: survey
+ Multi-joint, personalized soft exosuit breaks new ground
Hong Kong marks fourth anniversary of Umbrella Movement
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 28, 2018
Hundreds gathered in Hong Kong Friday to mark the fourth anniversary of the mass pro-democracy Umbrella Movement rallies as concerns grow that freedoms are disappearing under an assertive Beijing. The subdued gathering comes days after the Hong Kong government banned a political party which promotes independence, calling it a threat to national security. Britain and the United States exp ... more
+ Disappearing act: What happened to Hong Kong's Umbrella Art?
+ Ibsen play pulled in China after audience demand free speech
+ Pope calls on Chinese Catholics to reconcile after bishop deal
+ Beijing charges shuttered church $170,000 after eviction
+ China defends ban on Hong Kong pro-independence party
+ Hong Kong bans pro-independence party over 'national security' fears
+ Vatican delegation 'to visit China this month': state media

NASA Evaluates Commercial Small-Sat Earth Data for Science
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2018
NASA has launched a pilot program to evaluate how Earth science data from commercial small-satellite constellations could supplement observations from the agency's fleet of orbiting Earth science missions. On Sept. 28, the agency awarded sole-source contracts to acquire test data sets from three private sector organizations. NASA's Earth Science Division in Washington issued blanket purcha ... more
+ Scientists develop a new way to remotely measure Earth's magnetic field
+ ICESat-2 Laser Fires for 1st Time, Measures Antarctic Height
+ UM researchers find precipitation thresholds regulate carbon exchange
+ Methane's effects on sunlight vary by region
+ How Earth sheds heat into space
+ New airborne campaigns to explore snowstorms, river deltas, climate
+ Three Earth Explorer ideas selected

Australia farmers welcome rain relief amid severe drought
Sydney (AFP) Oct 5, 2018
Farmers in drought-stricken parts of Australia are celebrating after the heavens opened up this week, inundating parched lands with more than a month's rain in one day following the country's driest September on record. Eastern Australia has been suffering from an extended dry period - in some regions stretching across several years - leaving farmers struggling to keep their sheep and cat ... more
+ Farmers furious as France helicopters bear into Pyrenees
+ How fungi could help bees fight disease
+ Illinois research accurately predicts US end-of-season corn yield
+ How fruits got their eye-catching colors
+ Soil holds the secret to mitigating climate change
+ Soil health on the menu with retrieved coffee beans
+ Conflict and drought ravage Iraq's prized date palms
Liquid crystals and the origin of life
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 04, 2018
The display screens of modern televisions, cell phones and computer monitors rely on liquid crystals - materials that flow like liquids but have molecules oriented in crystal-like structures. However, liquid crystals may have played a far more ancient role: helping to assemble Earth's first biomolecules. Researchers reporting in ACS Nano have found that short RNA molecules can form liquid ... more
+ Astronomers find first evidence of possible moon outside our Solar System
+ New tool helps scientists better target the search for alien life
+ 'Spacesuits' protect microbes destined to live in space
+ The only known white dwarf orbited by planetary fragments has been analyzed
+ Breakthrough Listen expands SETI to Southern Hemisphere with MeerKAT
+ Cosmologists use photonics to search Andromeda for signs of alien life
+ Did key building blocks for life come from deep space?

With genetic tweak, mosquito population made extinct
Paris (AFP) Sept 24, 2018
Scientists said Monday they had succeeded for the first time in wiping out an entire population of malaria-carrying mosquitos in the lab using a gene editing tool to programme their extinction. So-called gene drive technology works by forcing evolution's hand, ensuring that an engineered trait is passed down to a higher proportion of offspring - across many generations - than would have oc ... more
+ Trump unveils revised US biodefense strategy
+ Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok battles with malaria, 137 infected
+ Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state
+ UN emergency talks to head off swine fever spread in Asia
+ 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
Fair-trade deals provide safety net for Ivorian cocoa producers
Adzope, Ivory Coast (AFP) Sept 26, 2018
In Ivory Coast, cocoa once guaranteed farmers a sweet life. Then the world's number one producer was whacked, as oversupply and falling demand from health-conscious consumers hit prices. But some producers proudly say they are not only weathering the cocoa storm but even flourishing. The thanks, they say, are due to fair-trade deals that demand higher environmental and social standar ... more
+ Humans delayed the formation of the Sahara desert by half a millennium
+ Sierra Leone expels 38 Chinese for 'child labour' in mining
+ Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack on base: sources
+ US, allied forces attacked in Somalia: Pentagon
+ 'Say no to China': Anger mounts in Zambia over Beijing's presence
+ Lake Victoria, African lifeline regularly hit by sinkings
+ Algeria's air force chief fired amid military shake-up
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Space Station Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2018
Three members of the Expedition 56 crew returned safely to Earth Thursday from the International Space Station, where they spent months providing hands-on support for scientific research in low-Earth orbit, working to keep the orbiting laboratory fully operational, and performing three spacewalks. NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian spa ... more
+ NASA, UAE Space Agency sign arrangement for cooperation in human spaceflight
+ Russian scientists develop high-precision laser for satellite navigation
+ First UAE Astronaut to Fly to ISS for 11-Day Mission on April 5, 2019
+ Indian astronaut could ride Russian Soyuz to ISS in 2022
+ NASA skeptical on sabotage theory after mystery ISS leak
+ Russia finds ISS hole made deliberately: space chief
+ ISS astronauts return to Earth amid US-Russia tensions
NATO demands answers on Russia missiles
Brussels (AFP) Oct 3, 2018
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday demanded Moscow prove it is complying with a landmark Cold War nuclear arms reduction treaty, as concerns grow over a new Russian missile system. Washington has complained for nearly two years that a ground-launched missile system deployed by Russia breaches the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). NATO defence ministers will discuss the ... more
+ Pompeo heads back to N.Korea with historic deal in play
+ Seismic data identifies 2017 NK nuke explosion, collapse, earthquakes
+ Paris bomb plot claims cloud Iran president's hopes of EU help
+ US mulls withdrawal from arms treaty over Russian 'violations'
+ Merkel in Israel says Iran must not obtain nuclear arms
+ S.Korean minister proposes US-N.Korea tradeoff
+ N. Korea says peace treaty no bargaining chip for denuclearisation
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