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November 05, 2018
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. Palau, which lies in the western Pacific about halfway between Australia and Japan, is regarded as one of the world's best diving destinations, but the government is concerned its popularity is coming at a cost. A spokesman for President Tommy Remengesau said there was scientific evidence that the chemicals found in ... read more

Scientists find a 'switch' to increase starch accumulation in algae
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 05, 2018
Results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofu ... 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
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. ... 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
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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
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
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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
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

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Japan PM heads to China looking for economic common ground
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 23, 2018
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a rare trip to China this week hoping improved relations will lead to new economic partnerships, as the two countries come under US pressure on trade. ... 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
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
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China to showcase peacekeeping role with UN Security Council visit
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 1, 2018
China has invited the UN Security Council for a visit this month that will showcase its growing support for peacekeeping and include a tour of the modern cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, the UN ambassador said on Thursday. The visit will highlight China's role as a global player at a time when the United States is pulling back from multilateral institutions like the United Nations. As p ... more
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+ US general signals bigger troop deployment to Mexico border
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+ Thousands of US troops head for southern border
Atomic path from insulator to metal messier than thought
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 02, 2018
Researchers have peeked behind the curtain of the ultrafast phase transition of vanadium dioxide and found its atomic theatrics are much more complicated than they thought. It's a material that has fascinated scientists for decades for its ability to shift from being an electrical insulator to a conductor. The study, which appears Nov. 2 in the journal Science, is a collaboration between r ... more
+ NASA team investigates ultrafast laser machining for multiple spaceflight applications
+ Eye-tracking glasses provide a new vision for the future of augmented reality
+ Super-computer brings 'cloud' to astronauts in space
+ NUS researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial
+ Disorder plays a key role in phase transitions of materials
+ Spaced-out nanotwins make for stronger metals
+ Bose-Einstein condensate generated in space for the first time
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'Robust' coral produces amino acids to defend against bleaching
Washington (UPI) Nov 2, 2018
Some coral reefs have a stronger genetic makeup to fight off bleaching, a recent study said. Researchers recently discovered that so-called "robust" coral, which includes certain brain corals and mushroom corals, are capable of producing special amino acids that prevent bleaching. Other coral, like "complex" coral, have a special relationship with microalgae called Symbiodinium, ... more
+ Millions in Mexico City see water supply cut off for days
+ Oceans heating faster than previously thought: study
+ Earth's oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat than previously thought
+ Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral
+ New technologies in the ocean energy sector
+ Increasing frequency of ocean storms could alter kelp forest ecosystems
+ Cephalopods could become an important food source in the global community
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 to supply Romania with Patriot missile defense systems
Washington (UPI) Nov 2, 2018
U.S. Army has signed a deal to supply the Romanian government with three Raytheon defense systems. Romania will use the new Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems - the country's second order of the systems in the last two years - to deter any any threats to its borders. The Patriot is a surface-to-air missile provides the "backbone" to the missile defense capabilities used by ... more
+ Raytheon's SM-3 IIA successful in ballistic missle defense test
+ 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
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

NASA researchers teach machines to "see"
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2018
Your credit card company contacts you asking if you've purchased something from a retailer you don't normally patronize or spent more than usual. A human didn't identify the atypical transaction. A computer - equipped with advanced algorithms - tagged the potentially fraudulent purchase and triggered the inquiry. Researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, thi ... more
+ Shape-shifting robots perceive surroundings, make decisions for first time
+ 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
China flaunts new partners lured away from Taiwan
Beijing (AFP) Nov 2, 2018
Chinese President Xi Jinping greeted his Dominican counterpart Danilo Medina with a raft of economic deals in Beijing on Friday, meeting a Latin American leader who recently diplomatically ditched Taiwan for a second consecutive day. Xi met Medina at the opulent Great Hall of the People, where they reviewed Chinese troops before holding talks, a day after treating El Salvador's president to ... more
+ Hong Kong art show cancelled after 'China threats'
+ Pussy Riot activists stand up for Hong Kong freedoms
+ Lodi Gyari, Dalai Lama's voice in China and US, dies
+ 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
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GRACE-FO resumes data collection
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 05, 2018
The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has resumed collecting science-quality data and planned in-orbit checks after successfully completing a switchover to a backup system in the microwave instrument (MWI) on one of the mission's twin spacecraft. The in-orbit checks include calibrations and other system tests, and are expected to continue until January, w ... more
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+ Ozone hole modest despite optimum conditions for ozone depletion
+ A shortcut in the global sulfur cycle
+ What's in the air? There's more to it than we thought
+ 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

How one tough shrub could help fight hunger in Africa
Columbus OH (SPX) Nov 05, 2018
The trick to boosting crops in drought-prone, food-insecure areas of West Africa could be a ubiquitous native shrub that persists in the toughest of growing conditions. Growing these shrubs side-by-side with the food crop millet increased millet production by more than 900 percent, according to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science. A couple of decad ... more
+ Seed banking not an option for over a third of threatened species
+ Thousands of carp die in mysterious circumstances in Iraq
+ Slashed award accepted in Monsanto cancer trial
+ Cypriot farmers fear no-deal Brexit may hit livelihoods
+ 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
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
France promises money, guns for C.Africa
Bangui, Central African Republic (AFP) Nov 2, 2018
France will give the Central African Republic, its restive former colony, aid of 24 million euros ($27.4 million) and weapons, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced on Friday. "France wishes to continue its historical partnership with the Central African Republic," the minister told journalists in Bangui after meeting President Faustin-Archange Touadera. Le Drian signed aid agre ... more
+ South Sudan rebel leader Machar back in Juba after two years
+ 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
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Experience high-res science in first 8K footage from space
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 05, 2018
Fans of science in space now can experience fast-moving footage in even higher definition as NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) deliver the first 8K ultra high definition (UHD) video of astronauts living, working and conducting research from the International Space Station. The same engineers who sent high-definition (HD) cameras, 3D cameras, and a camera capable of recording 4K footage ... more
+ Roscosmos, NASA to adjust ISS program to fit with lunar missions
+ Russia plans first manned launch to ISS Dec 3 after accident
+ Thrusters with additively manufactured components qualified to fly humans on Orion spacecraft
+ 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
US Iran sanctions move hits European companies
Paris (AFP) Nov 3, 2018
US President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and reimpose a raft of sanctions puts European businesses on the spot. While the European Union insists it will stick by the nuclear accord to allow trade to continue with Iran, European companies are wary of being caught out by the US sanctions regime and many have already cut back their ... more
+ N. Korea warns of returning to nuclear policy
+ EU condemns Denmark attack plot, urges support for Iran deal
+ 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
+ S. Korean court allows conscientious objection to military service
+ Iran nuclear deal: from US walkout to fresh sanctions
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