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October 08, 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
'Ten Years Japan' film omnibus imagines post-nuclear future
Busan, South Korea (AFP) Oct 8, 2018
Fears of a future clouded by nuclear fallout and state-sponsored mind control have been captured on film by a group of Japanese directors who were tasked with presenting their visions of where life in their country was headed. ... more
Japan military officer killed during US-Philippine drill
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 7, 2018
Japan's military said Sunday one of its members was killed in a car crash in the Philippines during joint exercises with US and Filipino troops. ... 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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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
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
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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
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

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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Japan firm signs with SpaceX for lunar missions
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 26, 2018
A Japanese start-up is to send spacecraft to the moon in a deal signed with Elon Musk's SpaceX, the Tokyo-based firm said Wednesday. ... more
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
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
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Indonesia quake kids traumatised as rescuers race against clock
Palu, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 4, 2018
Many children have been separated from their families and are "in shock and traumatised" following Indonesia's devastating quake-tsunami, aid workers said Thursday, as much-needed supplies trickled in to shattered communities. A total of 1,411 people have been confirmed dead and over 2,500 injured after the monster earthquake struck Friday sending destructive waves barrelling into Sulawesi i ... more
+ In quake-hit Haiti, hospital labors to treat the wounded
+ International aid effort for Indonesia quake-tsunami swings into gear
+ Dozens of Moroccan migrants rescued at sea
+ Indonesia clamps down on looting as quake-tsunami toll tops 1,200
+ Bangladesh kids turn the tide on climate change aboard floating schools
+ Quake-hit Indonesia buries dead in mass grave
+ Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, one dead: local officials
Reaction of a quantum fluid to photoexcitation of dissolved particles observed for the first time
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 04, 2018
In his research, Markus Koch, Associate Professor at the Institute of Experimental Physics of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), concentrates on processes in molecules and clusters which take place on time scales of picoseconds (10^-12 seconds) and femtoseconds (10^ -15 seconds). Now Koch and his team have achieved a breakthrough in the research on completely novel molecular systems. ... more
+ Discovering New Molecules for Military Applications
+ Researchers discover highly active organic photocatalyst
+ 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
+ NASA, NOAA convene GOES 17 Mishap Investigation Board
+ Lockheed Martin to marry machine learning with 3-D printing

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
Big discoveries about tiny particles
Newark DE (SPX) Oct 09, 2018
From photonics to pharmaceuticals, materials made with polymer nanoparticles hold promise for products of the future. However, there are still gaps in understanding the properties of these tiny plastic-like particles. Now, Hojin Kim, a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware, together with a team of collaborating scientists at the Max Planck ... more
+ Precise control of multimetallic one-nanometer cluster formation achieved
+ 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
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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
+ Lockheed Martin selects payload providers for OPIR missile warning system
+ 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
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

Increasingly human-like robots spark fascination and fear
Madrid (AFP) Oct 6, 2018
Sporting a trendy brown bob, a humanoid robot named Erica chats to a man in front of stunned audience members in Madrid. She and others like her are a prime focus of robotic research, as their uncanny human form could be key to integrating such machines into our lives, said researchers gathered this week at the annual International Conference on Intelligent Robots. "You mentioned project ... more
+ No more Iron Man: submarines now have soft, robotic arms
+ Model helps robots navigate more like humans do
+ Machine learning could help regulators identify environmental violations
+ 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
China warns against foreign interference as Hong Kong bans journalist
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 6, 2018
China on Saturday warned foreign countries not to "interfere" over Hong Kong's decision to effectively blacklist a senior Financial Times journalist, after the UK and other governments expressed alarm over eroding freedoms in the former British colony. Victor Mallet, the FT's Asia news editor and a British national, earned the ire of authorities for hosting a speech in August by Andy Chan, t ... more
+ Kazakhstan denies asylum to China 're-education camp' whistleblower
+ Hong Kong marks fourth anniversary of Umbrella Movement
+ 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

ICESat-2 Laser Fires for 1st Time, Measures Antarctic Height
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 04, 2018
The laser instrument that launched into orbit last month aboard NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) fired for the first time Sept. 30. With each of its 10,000 pulses per second, the instrument is sending 300 trillion green photons of light to the ground and measuring the travel time of the few that return: the method behind ICESat-2's mission to monitor Earth's changing i ... more
+ Sentinel-2 maps Indonesia earthquake
+ NOAA'S JPSS-2 satellite passes critical design review
+ Methane's effects on sunlight vary by region
+ Scientists develop a new way to remotely measure Earth's magnetic field
+ UM researchers find precipitation thresholds regulate carbon exchange
+ How Earth sheds heat into space
+ New airborne campaigns to explore snowstorms, river deltas, climate

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
+ When yesterday's agriculture feeds today's water pollution
+ Iran risks losing 70% of farmlands: environment chief
+ Conflict and drought ravage Iraq's prized date palms
+ How fruits got their eye-catching colors
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
+ 'Spacesuits' protect microbes destined to live in space
+ New tool helps scientists better target the search for alien life
+ 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
Six killed in rebel attack on DR Congo military post: army
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Oct 5, 2018
A rebel attack on an army post in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo left six people dead, civilian and military sources said Friday. The Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is suspected of having carried out Thursday night's attack in the city of Beni, which sits near the DRC border with Uganda. The raid is thought to have targeted General Marcel Mbangu but instead killed four othe ... more
+ French air strike in Burkina Faso kills rebels: army
+ Gabon ruling party claims first-round election landslide
+ Kivu, Africa's Great Lakes battleground
+ Fair-trade deals provide safety net for Ivorian cocoa producers
+ 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
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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
+ Russian scientists develop high-precision laser for satellite navigation
+ First UAE Astronaut to Fly to ISS for 11-Day Mission on April 5, 2019
+ NASA skeptical on sabotage theory after mystery ISS leak
+ Russia to help India in its first manned space mission
+ India asks Russia for help sending astronaut to space in 2022
+ NASA Voyager 2 Could Be Nearing Interstellar Space
+ ISS astronauts return to Earth amid US-Russia tensions
US mulls withdrawal from arms treaty over Russian 'violations'
Geneva (AFP) Oct 4, 2018
The United States hinted Thursday it might withdraw from a landmark Cold War nuclear arms reduction treaty if Russia does not stop "violating" the accord. Washington has complained for nearly two years that a ground-launched missile system deployed by Russia breaches the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). "This situation is untenable, and we have to take measures to deal with ... more
+ Pompeo says Kim 'ready' to invite inspectors to nuclear site
+ 'The Children Gone to Poland' traces N. Korea war orphans abroad
+ Iran parliament passes counter-terror finance bill
+ Pompeo says Kim 'ready' to invite inspectors to nuclear site
+ 'Ten Years Japan' film omnibus imagines post-nuclear future
+ US in new global court showdown with Iran
+ Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'
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