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October 09, 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
Lockheed to provide Hellfire II missiles for the Netherlands, Japan
Washington (UPI) Oct 2, 2018
Lockheed Martin has received a $631.8 million foreign military sales contract to sell the Netherlands and Japan Hellfire II missiles. ... 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
Getting a grip on the slow but unique evolution of sharks
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 09, 2018
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) in Japan, in collaboration with other Japanese institutes and aquariums, have decoded the whole genomes of two shark species for ... more
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'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
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
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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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
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

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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
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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
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
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Haiti quake upends lives already stressed by poverty
Port De Paix, Haiti (AFP) Oct 8, 2018
Quake-hit Port-de-Paix was back to its daily routines Monday but in poor neighborhoods like l'Hopital, on a steep hill that looks out to the sea beyond the Haitian city, people's troubles are just beginning. Nearly all the flimsily built houses along the mudslicked corridor that runs up the hill through L'Hopital show damage from Saturday's 5.9 magnitude quake. "When a quake comes, there ... more
+ Morocco navy says 615 migrants saved in weekend ops
+ In quake-hit Haiti, hospital labors to treat the wounded
+ International aid effort for Indonesia quake-tsunami swings into gear
+ Indonesia quake kids traumatised as rescuers race against clock
+ 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
Study identifies genetic mutations among children of soldiers exposed to radiation
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2018
Scientists have identified a pattern of genetic mutation among the children of soldiers exposed to radar. Prior to the 1990s, most radar systems were poorly insulated. Those operating and working in close proximity to the systems were regularly exposed to the unconfined radiation. Today, the radiation emitted by radar systems is well-contained and soldiers are better protected. H ... more
+ Northrop Grumman to provide spares for Hawkeye radar planes
+ Maxar's SSL selected by NASA to develop critical technologies for on-orbit servicing
+ Study opens route to flexible electronics made from exotic materials
+ 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
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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
+ Fertilizer can accumulate over time, causing water quality problems decades later
+ Larger cities have smaller water footprint than less populated counterparts
+ New spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminant
+ 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
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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Lockheed Martin selects payload providers for OPIR missile warning system
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2018
Lockheed Martin has selected Raytheon and a Northrop Grumman/Ball Aerospace team to compete as potential mission payload providers for the U.S. Air Force's Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (Next Gen OPIR) Geosynchronous (GEO) Block 0 missile warning satellite system. This payload competition between Raytheon and Northrop Grumman/Ball Aerospace will be executed as part of the Ph ... more
+ Raytheon receives contract for new AEGIS radars
+ 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

Model helps robots navigate more like humans do
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 09, 2018
When moving through a crowd to reach some end goal, humans can usually navigate the space safely without thinking too much. They can learn from the behavior of others and note any obstacles to avoid. Robots, on the other hand, struggle with such navigational concepts. MIT researchers have now devised a way to help robots navigate environments more like humans do. Their novel motion-plannin ... more
+ Increasingly human-like robots spark fascination and fear
+ 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
+ Russian scientists send FEDOR robot to Roscosmos for launch
Interpol's former Chinese chief accused of bribery
Beijing (AFP) Oct 8, 2018
The former Chinese head of Interpol, who went missing last month, was accused of accepting bribes on Monday, becoming the latest top official to fall in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption dragnet. After days of concealing the fate of Meng Hongwei - who is also China's vice minister for public security - from the international community, the public security ministry said Monday he had a ... more
+ FT journalist given seven days to leave Hong Kong
+ China warns against foreign interference as Hong Kong bans journalist
+ Interpol's former Chinese chief accused of bribery
+ Kazakhstan denies asylum to China 're-education camp' whistleblower
+ EU condemns Hong Kong's expulsion of British reporter
+ Hong Kong marks fourth anniversary of Umbrella Movement
+ Disappearing act: What happened to Hong Kong's Umbrella Art?

Methane's effects on sunlight vary by region
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2018
Scientists investigating how human-induced increases in atmospheric methane also increase the amount of solar energy absorbed by that gas in our climate system have discovered that this absorption is 10 times stronger over desert regions such as the Sahara Desert and Arabian Peninsula than elsewhere on Earth, and nearly three times more powerful in the presence of clouds. A research team f ... more
+ NASA Evaluates Commercial Small-Sat Earth Data for Science
+ NOAA'S JPSS-2 satellite passes critical design review
+ UM researchers find precipitation thresholds regulate carbon exchange
+ ICESat-2 Laser Fires for 1st Time, Measures Antarctic Height
+ 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
+ Iran risks losing 70% of farmlands: environment chief
+ Conflict and drought ravage Iraq's prized date palms
+ How fruits got their eye-catching colors
+ Soil holds the secret to mitigating climate change
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
+ 'Spacesuits' protect microbes destined to live in space
+ Astronomers find first evidence of possible moon outside our Solar System
+ 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?

100 years on, Spanish Flu holds lessons for next pandemic
Paris (AFP) Oct 8, 2018
It was the disease to end all others, infecting a third of humanity, killing tens of millions in their beds and prompting panicked talk of the end of days across continents still reeling from war. One hundred years on from the influenza outbreak known as the Spanish Flu, scientists say that while lessons have been learned from the deadliest pandemic in history, the world is ill-prepared for ... more
+ With genetic tweak, mosquito population made extinct
+ 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
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
+ 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
+ Philippines plans party crackdown on re-opened Boracay
Pompeo says Kim 'ready' to invite inspectors to nuclear site
Seoul (AFP) Oct 8, 2018
International inspectors will be allowed into North Korea's dismantled nuclear testing site, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, after a meeting with Kim Jong Un in which he said "significant progress" was made towards denuclearisation. Pompeo met with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang on Sunday to rekindle stalled denuclearisation talks following a landmark summit between Kim ... more
+ 'The Children Gone to Poland' traces N. Korea war orphans abroad
+ Iran has 'unclean hands' in world court battle, US says
+ Iran parliament passes counter-terror finance bill
+ Pompeo says Kim 'ready' to invite inspectors to nuclear site
+ US in new global court showdown with Iran
+ Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'
+ 'Ten Years Japan' film omnibus imagines post-nuclear future
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