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October 10, 2018
Japan space tourist says moon training 'shouldn't be too hard'

Tokyo (AFP) Oct 9, 2018
Billionaire Japanese tycoon and future space tourist Yusaku Maezawa's training to go the moon should not be too tricky, he joked Tuesday, adding that he planned to use free time from his six-hour work day to squeeze it in. The 42-year-old Maezawa paid an undisclosed sum for a ticket on fellow tycoon Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket around the moon as early as 2023 and the passionate art collector also plans to take around half a dozen artists with him on the trip. "It hasn't been decided yet what train ... read more

MASCOT Lander Completes Exploration of Asteroid Ryugu's Surface
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Oct 10, 2018
It was a day full of exciting moments and a happy team of scientists and engineers: late in the afternoon of 3 October 2018, the German-French lander MASCOT completed its historic exploration of the ... more
S. Korea begins naval event without Japan after 'Rising Sun' flag row
Seoul (AFP) Oct 10, 2018
South Korea on Wednesday kicked off an international fleet review involving 13 nations, after Japan bowed out in protest at Seoul's demand it remove a controversial 'Rising Sun' naval flag from Tokyo's warship. ... 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
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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
'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
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 ... 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
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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
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
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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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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Cost of climate-linked disasters soars: UN
Geneva (AFP) Oct 10, 2018
The economic cost of climate-related disasters hit $2.25 trillion over the last two decades, an increase of more than 250 percent compared to the previous 20 years, the UN said Wednesday. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) noted that "climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events" such as floods and storms. Between 1978-1 ... more
+ Morocco navy says 615 migrants saved in weekend ops
+ In quake-hit Haiti, hospital labors to treat the wounded
+ Haiti quake upends lives already stressed by poverty
+ 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
Study opens route to flexible electronics made from exotic materials
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 09, 2018
The vast majority of computing devices today are made from silicon, the second most abundant element on Earth, after oxygen. Silicon can be found in various forms in rocks, clay, sand, and soil. And while it is not the best semiconducting material that exists on the planet, it is by far the most readily available. As such, silicon is the dominant material used in most electronic devices, includi ... more
+ Copper ions flow like liquid through crystalline structures
+ Discovering New Molecules for Military Applications
+ Study identifies genetic mutations among children of soldiers exposed to radiation
+ Army research lights the way for new materials
+ Northrop Grumman to provide spares for Hawkeye radar planes
+ Maxar's SSL selected by NASA to develop critical technologies for on-orbit servicing
+ Metal leads to the desired configuration

Fertilizer can accumulate over time, causing water quality problems decades later
Washington (UPI) Oct 8, 2018
Fertilizer can accumulate over time, causing environmental damage several decades later. In a new study, scientists quantified the maximum amount of nutrients land can hold before fertilizers overflow into downriver ecosystems. Their analysis suggests an average square mile of land can hold 1,800 pounds of phosphorus - 2.1 metric tons per square kilometer. "Beyond this, further ... more
+ Larger cities have smaller water footprint than less populated counterparts
+ New spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminant
+ 130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean
+ 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
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
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+ China unveils Chang'e-4 rover to explore Moon's far side
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+ 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

No more Iron Man: submarines now have soft, robotic arms
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 10, 2018
The human arm can perform a wide range of extremely delicate and coordinated movements, from turning a key in a lock to gently stroking a puppy's fur. The robotic "arms" on underwater research submarines, however, are hard, jerky, and lack the finesse to be able to reach and interact with creatures like jellyfish or octopuses without damaging them. Previously, the Wyss Institute for Biolog ... more
+ Model helps robots navigate more like humans do
+ 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
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's ultra wealthy buffeted as trade war bites
+ Interpol's former Chinese chief accused of bribery
+ EU condemns Hong Kong's expulsion of British reporter
+ Hong Kong will 'fearlessly take action' against independence talk
+ China warns against foreign interference as Hong Kong bans journalist
+ Kazakhstan denies asylum to China 're-education camp' whistleblower

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
+ Scientists develop a new way to remotely measure Earth's magnetic field
+ Monitoring the air pollution in China from geostationary satellites is explored
+ Wind holds key to climate change turnaround
+ NASA Evaluates Commercial Small-Sat Earth Data for Science
+ High-res data offer most detailed look yet at trawl fishing footprint around the world
+ NOAA'S JPSS-2 satellite passes critical design review
+ UM researchers find precipitation thresholds regulate carbon exchange

When yesterday's agriculture feeds today's water pollution
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 10, 2018
A study led by researchers at Universite de Montreal quantifies for the first time the maximum amount of nutrients - specifically, phosphorus - that can accumulate in a watershed before additional pollution is discharged into downriver ecosystems. That average threshold amount is 2.1 tonnes per square kilometre of land, the researchers estimate in their study published in Nature Geoscience ... more
+ Iran risks losing 70% of farmlands: environment chief
+ Australia farmers welcome rain relief amid severe drought
+ 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
+ Conflict and drought ravage Iraq's prized date palms
+ How fruits got their eye-catching colors
Construction of Europe's exoplanet hunter Plato begins
Paris (ESA) Oct 05, 2018
The construction of ESA's Plato mission to find and study planets beyond our Solar System will be led by Germany's OHB System AG as prime contractor, marking the start of the full industrial phase of the project. The announcement was made this week at the 69th International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, where the contract was formally signed. The contract covers the deli ... more
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15 emerging technologies that could reduce global catastrophic biological risks
Baltimore MD (SPX) Oct 10, 2018
Strategic investment in 15 promising technologies could help make the world better prepared and equipped to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks from becoming catastrophic events. This subset of emerging technologies and their potential application are the focus of a new report, Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, by a team of researchers at the Johns Hopki ... more
+ Vaccinating humans to protect mosquitoes from malaria
+ A step towards biological warfare with insects?
+ 100 years on, Spanish Flu holds lessons for next pandemic
+ 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
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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Japan space tourist says moon training 'shouldn't be too hard'
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 9, 2018
Billionaire Japanese tycoon and future space tourist Yusaku Maezawa's training to go the moon should not be too tricky, he joked Tuesday, adding that he planned to use free time from his six-hour work day to squeeze it in. The 42-year-old Maezawa paid an undisclosed sum for a ticket on fellow tycoon Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket around the moon as early as 2023 and the passionate art collector a ... more
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+ Space Station Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan
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
+ S. Korea begins naval event without Japan after 'Rising Sun' flag row
+ Planned Kim summit narrowed down to 'three or four' locations: Trump
+ '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
+ France sued for 'crimes' over nuclear tests: Polynesia leader
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