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November 02, 2018
U.S., Japan start biennial Keen Sword military exercise

Washington (UPI) Oct 30, 2018
Approximately 10,000 combined U.S. service members, along with the Japan Self-Defense Force, or JSDF, have kicked off Keen Sword, a series of joint/bilateral field training exercises created to increase combat readiness between the two forces. The biennial event - which includes a total of 57,000 personnel - kicks off Wednesday and runs through Nov. 9, and allows the U.S. military to train with the JSDF in realistic simulations of multiple mission areas to improve response capabilities in cri ... read more

Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral
Koror, Palau (AFP) Nov 1, 2018
The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban "reef-toxic" sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals. ... more
MHI launches UAE's KhalifaSat satellite
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 31, 2018
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has delivered UAE's KhalifaSat satellite into orbit Oct 29 via the H-IIA launch vehicle F40. The launch vehicle trajectory was executed as planned, and at about 24 minute ... more
Japan rejects UN call to stop returns to Fukushima
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 26, 2018
Japan's government on Friday rejected calls from a UN rights expert to halt the return of women and children to areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster over radiation fears. ... more
Japan, India agree new defence and economic projects
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 29, 2018
Japan and India agreed Monday to upgrade diplomatic and military ties, with Tokyo also offering low-interest loans as the two countries seek closer ties to balance China's weight in the region. ... more
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Japan launches environment monitoring satellite
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 29, 2018
Japan's space agency on Monday launched a rocket carrying a satellite that will monitor greenhouse gases, as well as the first satellite built entirely in the United Arab Emirates. ... more
Hayabusa2 team prepares for asteroid sample collection
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 26, 2018
JAXA's (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's) Hayabusa2 mission is on track to return samples from its target asteroid, 162173 Ryugu, a C-type near-Earth asteroid (NEA). The past month has seen the ... more
Japan, China strike deals during Abe visit as ties improve
Beijing (AFP) Oct 26, 2018
Japan and China signed $2.6 billion in business deals and touted their warmer ties on Friday during a rare visit to Beijing by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as both face trade challenges from US President Donald Trump. ... more
Pentagon succesfully tests US-Japan missile interceptor
Washington (AFP) Oct 26, 2018
The US military successfully shot down a medium-range ballistic missile Friday in a test of a new interceptor system, which is being co-developed with Japan and has been dogged by previous failures. ... more
Japan PM Abe welcomed near Tiananmen Square in rare China visit
Beijing (AFP) Oct 26, 2018
Japan's Shinzo Abe inspected troops off Beijing's Tiananmen Square Friday during a rare visit to China as ties further improve and the two countries face trade challenges from US President Donald Trump. ... more
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Japan's Okinawa to hold referendum on US base move
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 26, 2018
Japan's Okinawa region voted Friday to hold a non-binding referendum on a deeply unpopular plan to relocate a US military base, in the latest twist to a long-running saga. ... more
Dutch join G7-led push to rid oceans of plastics
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 25, 2018
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced his country's endorsement of a G7-led initiative to rid the oceans of plastics, during a visit to Ottawa on Thursday. ... more
Humpback whales stop singing when ships are near: study
Tampa (AFP) Oct 24, 2018
Humpback whales are famous for their eerie, underwater songs. But researchers in Japan said Wednesday these massive marine creatures stop singing, at least temporarily, when human-driven ships are nearby. ... more
Japan's Abe to make rare China visit as relations thaw
Beijing (AFP) Oct 24, 2018
Japan's Shinzo Abe is due to arrive in China Thursday, the first visit to the Asian giant by a Japanese prime minister since relations between the two countries soured six years ago over a territorial row. ... more
Another Japan firm admits falsifying data for quake shock absorbers
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 23, 2018
A Japanese company supplying equipment to protect buildings from earthquakes has admitted falsifying data, authorities said Tuesday, a week after a Tokyo-based firm revealed a similar fraud. ... more

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Mercury mission to explore origin of Solar System
Paris (AFP) Oct 20, 2018
Is Mercury's core liquid or solid, and why - on the smallest planet in our solar system - is it so big? What can the planet closest to the Sun tell us about how our solar system came into being? ... more
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Algorithm takes search for habitable planets to the next level
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 22, 2018
An international team of scientists, including high performance computing (HPC) experts from the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), astronomers from the Paris Observatory a ... more
UK-led Space Technology on BepiColombo Mission to Mercury
Leicester UK (SPX) Oct 22, 2018
As the BepiColombo spacecraft sets off on its seven year journey to explore the strange world of Mercury this week, it will be carrying a piece of cutting-edge technology developed and built by UK s ... more
Japan orders Facebook to improve data protection
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 22, 2018
The Japanese government on Monday ordered Facebook to improve protection of users' personal information following data breaches affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. ... more
Plastic piling up in Japan after China waste ban: survey
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 18, 2018
Japan said Thursday it was facing a growing sea of plastic waste with limited capacity to process it after China stopped accepting foreign waste imports. ... more
Sea snail shells dissolve in increasingly acidified oceans, study shows
Plymouth UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2018
Shelled marine creatures living in increasingly acidified oceans face a fight for survival as the impacts of climate change spread, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Tsu ... more
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New Zealand avalanche kills two Germans, woman survives
Wellington (AFP) Oct 31, 2018
A New Zealand woman who was buried alive in an avalanche has told how she dug her way out of the snow after her two companions, both originally from Germany, perished on the mountainside. Media reports on Thursday named the dead men as Martin Hess and Wolfgang Maier, with police confirming they were both German-born mountain guides who lived in New Zealand. They were climbing Mount Hicks ... more
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NASA team investigates ultrafast laser machining for multiple spaceflight applications
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2018
An ultrafast laser that fires pulses of light just 100 millionths of a nanosecond in duration could potentially revolutionize the way that NASA technicians manufacture and ultimately assemble instrument components made of dissimilar materials. A team of optical physicists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is experimenting with a femtosecond laser and has already ... more
+ Flexy, flat and functional magnets
+ The materials engineers are developing environmentally friendly materials
+ Researchers discover weak chemical interactions hold together box of infinite possibilities
+ Eye-tracking glasses provide a new vision for the future of augmented reality
+ Super-computer brings 'cloud' to astronauts in space
+ Atomic path from insulator to metal messier than thought
+ Bose-Einstein condensate generated in space for the first time
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Increasing frequency of ocean storms could alter kelp forest ecosystems
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2018
A large-scale, long-term experiment on kelp forests off Southern California brings new insight to how the biodiversity of coastal ecosystems could be impacted over time as a changing climate potentially increases the frequency of ocean storms. Researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of California, Santa Barbara experimentally mimicked the loss of undersea giant kelp fo ... more
+ Cephalopods could become an important food source in the global community
+ Millions in Mexico City see water supply cut off for days
+ Oceans heating faster than previously thought: study
+ Flippin' hard: Myanmar's sea turtles fight against the odds
+ Earth's oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat than previously thought
+ Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral
+ Frequency not severity has greater impact of giant kelp forests
Next generation of watch springs
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 31, 2018
Applied research is not always initiated by industry - but oftentimes it yields results that can swiftly be implemented by companies. A prime example can be seen on the Empa campus in Thun: Tiny watch springs are on display at the Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures. These springs - the beating heart of every mechanical clock - are not your usual components. They are not mad ... more
+ Caltech engineers create an optical gyroscope smaller than a grain of rice
+ Researchers discover directional and long-lived nanolight in a 2D material
+ Big discoveries about tiny particles
+ 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
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Raytheon's SM-3 IIA successful in ballistic missle defense test
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2018
Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 Block IIA variant anti-ballistic missile system completed a second round of successful tests for the U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency. Crew members on the USS John Finn on Friday launched the SM-3 Block IIA missile to successfully destroy a a land-launched target that resembled a ballistics missile. The target missile was launched from the Pacifi ... more
+ Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion critical to successful intercept test for SM-3 Block IIA Missile
+ Aegis Combat System Demonstrates Success During At-Sea Test Against Medium Range Ballistic Missile
+ Pentagon succesfully tests US-Japan missile interceptor
+ Northrop Grumman to upgrade IBNS systems for Burke-class vessels
+ Israel wins $777 mn Indian missile defence order
+ Lockheed Martin Delivers 300th THAAD Interceptor
+ Lockheed Martin selects payload providers for OPIR missile warning system
China's space programs open up to world
Beijing (XNA) Oct 24, 2018
When German scientists were conducting micro-gravity experiments on China's recoverable satellite in the 1980s, Chinese space engineer Tang Bochang was busy solving technical problems, while carefully keeping Chinese secrets. Tang joined the China Academy of Space Technology in 1970, the same year China launched its first satellite. He has participated in the development of returnable sate ... more
+ China's commercial aerospace companies flourishing
+ China launches Centispace-1-s1 satellite
+ 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

Shape-shifting robots perceive surroundings, make decisions for first time
Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 01, 2018
General-purpose robots have plenty of limitations. They can be expensive and cumbersome. They often accomplish only a single type of task. But modular robots - composed of several interchangeable parts, or modules - are far more flexible. If one part breaks, it can be removed and replaced. Components can be rearranged as needed - or better yet, the robots can figure out how to reconfigure ... more
+ NASA researchers teach machines to "see"
+ Humans help robots learn tasks
+ Elephant trunks form joints to pick up small objects
+ Small flying robots haul heavy loads
+ How to mass produce cell-sized robots
+ Understanding the building blocks for an electronic brain
+ Postman, shopper, builder: In Japan, there's a robot for that
Lodi Gyari, Dalai Lama's voice in China and US, dies
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2018
Lodi Gyari, the Dalai Lama's right-hand diplomat who helped build the Tibetan leader's clout in Washington but came away empty from years of talks with China, has died, colleagues said. He was 69. The International Campaign for Tibet, which Gyari once headed, said he died Monday in San Francisco after a battle with hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer. A jovial former journal ... more
+ Cornell cuts ties with China's Renmin university over student crackdown
+ China's president inaugurates Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge
+ Who am I? Hunt for heritage drives Chinese to DNA tests
+ China's underground church set for 'annihilation', cardinal warns
+ Show me the money: Wealth-flaunting meme goes viral in China
+ First journeys on Hong Kong-Macau-mainland mega bridge
+ Top Chinese official in Macau dies in fall from home: Beijing
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Counting down to MetOp-C
Paris (ESA) Nov 01, 2018
Teams at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Germany have been training for months in preparation for next week's launch of MetOp-C - the last in the current series of meteorological satellites that provide high-quality data for weather forecasting and climate monitoring from polar orbit. As a collaborative undertaking between ESA and Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Explo ... more
+ A shortcut in the global sulfur cycle
+ Controlling future summer weather extremes still within our grasp
+ Getting the most out of atmospheric data analysis
+ Balloon measurements reveal dust particle properties in free troposphere over desert
+ Study reveals how soil bacteria are primed to consume greenhouse gas
+ Japan launches environment monitoring satellite
+ China, France launch satellite to study climate change

Cypriot farmers fear no-deal Brexit may hit livelihoods
Avdimou, Cyprus (AFP) Oct 30, 2018
Olive farmer Andreas Fotiou steered carefully along a dusty lane in southwest Cyprus, en route from his village to nearby groves - locations that could have clashing trade regimes, post-Brexit. He fears he could lose out on vital EU subsidies, and even be forced to pay crippling tariffs, if London and Brussels fail to finalise a withdrawal agreement or trade deal. Fotiou is one of thous ... more
+ Slashed award accepted in Monsanto cancer trial
+ Chocolate's origin 1,500 years earlier than thought, archaeologists find
+ Brazil's Bolsonaro to merge environment, farm ministries
+ France suspends use of popular pesticide after dozens sickened
+ A topical gel to protect farmers from lethal effects of pesticides
+ Summer drought may shrink supplies of French spuds
+ Judge slashes award but upholds verdict in Monsanto cancer trial
NASA retires Kepler Space Telescope, passes planet-hunting torch
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Oct 31, 2018
After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets - more planets even than stars - NASA's Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2,600 planet discoveries from outsi ... more
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+ Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form
+ Plan developed to characterize and identify ocean worlds
+ Discovering a previously unknown role for a source of magnetic fields
+ Ultra-close stars discovered inside a planetary nebula
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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
South Sudan rebel leader Machar back in Juba after two years
Juba (AFP) Oct 31, 2018
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba for the first time in more than two years Wednesday for a ceremony to welcome the latest peace accord for the war-ravaged country. Machar, who under the terms of the September deal is to be reinstated as vice president, had not set foot in the city since he fled in July 2016 under a hail of gunfire when an earlier peace agreem ... more
+ Comoros displays captured 'rebel' arsenal
+ Nigerian army silent as families seek news of the missing
+ DR Congo 'not ready' for December polls: opposition
+ Rwanda genocide survivors urge France to reopen case
+ Burundi govt to miss last round of crisis dialogue
+ Ethiopia lawmakers to appoint new president: state media
+ Mozambique opposition says peace talks on hold
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Thrusters with additively manufactured components qualified to fly humans on Orion spacecraft
Redmond WA (SPX) Oct 30, 2018
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed qualification testing for the enhanced reaction control thruster system for NASA's Orion crew vehicle, helping to clear the way for the Lockheed Martin-built spacecraft's second test flight, and first mission to cislunar space, called Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). The reaction control system, or RCS, is the only means of guiding the Orion crew module a ... more
+ Russia plans first manned launch to ISS Dec 3 after accident
+ Plant hormone makes space farming a possibility
+ Installing life support the hands-free way
+ US-Russia space cooperation to go on despite Soyuz launch mishap
+ Escape capsule with Soyuz MS-10 crew hit ground 5 times before stopping
+ 'Concrete block on your chest': astronauts recount failed space launch
+ Smell and stress sensors a smash at Tokyo tech fair
EU condemns Denmark attack plot, urges support for Iran deal
Brussels (AFP) Oct 31, 2018
The EU on Wednesday condemned a foiled "attack" in Denmark blamed on Tehran but insisted the incident should not undermine Europe's support for the beleaguered Iran nuclear deal. Copenhagen recalled its ambassador to Tehran for consultations after Danish intelligence accused Iran of planning an attack in Denmark against three Iranians - an allegation denied by the Islamic republic. Dani ... more
+ N. Korea readying nuclear site for inspectors: S. Korea report
+ US-SKorea to decide fate of future drills after review
+ NATO urges Russia to comply by nuclear treaty
+ NATO, Russia to meet amid missile arms race fears
+ S. Korean court allows conscientious objection to military service
+ Czech PM calls US threat to drop nuclear treaty 'bad news'
+ Iran nuclear deal: from US walkout to fresh sanctions
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