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US to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions: Pompeo

Washington (AFP) Nov 5, 2018
The United States will exempt China, India and Japan from oil sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, while vowing to be "relentless" in pressuring Tehran. Hours after sweeping sanctions were reimposed following the US withdrawal from a denuclearization deal, Pompeo said eight countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets. The countries with the waivers will be China, 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
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
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
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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
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
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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
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

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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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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
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
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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
+ Hospital ship USNS Comfort performing medical operations in Peru
+ Deadly storms spotlight Italy's illegal housing
+ Power wherever it is needed
+ Trump's military deployment to the border
+ Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones at US military
+ New Zealand avalanche kills two Germans, woman survives
+ US general signals bigger troop deployment to Mexico border
Flying focus: Controlling lasers through time and space
Portland OR (SPX) Nov 06, 2018
Scientists have produced an extremely bright spot of light that can travel at any speed - including faster than the speed of light. Researchers have found a way to use this concept, called "flying focus," to move an intense laser focal point over long distances at any speed. Their technique includes capturing some of the fastest movies ever recorded. A "flying focus" combines a lens that f ... more
+ NASA team investigates ultrafast laser machining for multiple spaceflight applications
+ Eye-tracking glasses provide a new vision for the future of augmented reality
+ NUS researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial
+ Video game action heads for the cloud
+ Physicists name and codify new field in nanotechnology: 'electron quantum metamaterials'
+ Laser blasting antimatter into existence
+ Making steps toward improved data storage
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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
+ How to reduce the impact of shipping vessel noise on fish
+ New material cleans and splits water
+ A carbon neutral solution for desalination by tapping into geothermal sources
+ Hydropower, innovations and avoiding international dam shame
+ Mexico City's massive water outage extended
+ Plasma-based system provides radical new path for water purification
+ Taiwan fishermen protest over crackdown on troubled industry
Physicists designed new antenna for supersensitive magnetometers of a new generation
Saint Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Nov 06, 2018
Scientists from ITMO University and Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences proposed a new microwave antenna that creates a uniform magnetic field in large volume. It is capable for uniform and coherent addressing of the electronic spins of an ensemble of nanodiamond structure defects. This can be used to create super-sensitive magnetic field detectors of a new genera ... more
+ Penn engineers develop ultrathin, ultralight nanocardboard
+ Next generation of watch springs
+ 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
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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 unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered
Zhuhai, China (AFP) Nov 6, 2018
China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth. The 17-metre (55-foot) core module was a star attraction at the biennial Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aerospace industry exhibition. T ... more
+ China's space programs open up to world
+ 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

Pitt researcher uses video games to unlock new levels of AI
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2018
Expectations for artificial intelligences are very real and very high. An analysis in Forbes projects revenues from A.I. will skyrocket from $1.62 billion in 2018 to $31.2 billion in 2025. The report also included a survey revealing 84 percent of enterprises believe investing in A.I. will lead to competitive advantages. "It is exciting to see the tremendous successes and progress made in r ... more
+ Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots
+ Shape-shifting robots perceive surroundings, make decisions for first time
+ 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
Jailed Chinese activist's life in 'immediate' danger: rights groups
Beijing (AFP) Nov 5, 2018
China's first "cyber-dissident" Huang Qi is in danger of dying under police custody if he does not receive medical treatment for a host of severe health conditions, human rights groups warned on Monday. Huang, 55, who was arrested in 2016 for "leaking state secrets", is currently being held in Mianyang Detention Centre in southwestern Sichuan province, according to his mother. Huang ran ... more
+ China rights record in spotlight at UN review
+ Jailed Chinese activist's elderly mother seeks justice
+ China's president inaugurates Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge
+ Pussy Riot activists stand up for Hong Kong freedoms
+ Hong Kong art show cancelled after 'China threats'
+ China flaunts new partners lured away from Taiwan
+ Lodi Gyari, Dalai Lama's voice in China and US, dies
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Orbit Logic delivers Landsat mission planning system
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 07, 2018
Orbit Logic reports they have delivered their STK Scheduler software and Collection Planning and Analysis Workstation (CPAW) software to General Dynamics Mission Systems for mission planning and scheduling for the Landsat Mission Operations Center (LMOC) for Landsat 8 and 9. Orbit Logic is now in the process of integrating the software into the Landsat ground system. The U.S. Geological Su ... more
+ NASA's ICON to explore boundary between Earth and Space
+ Ozone hole in northern hemisphere to recover completely by 2030
+ GRACE-FO resumes data collection
+ Europe's third polar-orbiting weather satellite lofted into orbit
+ The cloud will save time, money, and reduce errors in the mapping process
+ MetOp-C ready for big day
+ Ozone hole modest despite optimum conditions for ozone depletion

One-third of threatened plant species unfit for seed bank
Washington (UPI) Nov 5, 2018
At least 36 percent of endangered plant species can't be conserved in seed banks because the seeds can't be frozen, according to a new study. If scientists can't freeze the seeds, they can't bank the seeds, they said, which could lead to the extinction of some important plant varieties. The study - conducted by researchers at the Kew Botanical Gardens in the UK and published thi ... more
+ Heineken seals $3 bn deal with China's top brewer
+ A real vintage: China unearths 2,000-year-old wine
+ Turning marginal farmlands into a win for farmers and ecosystems
+ How one tough shrub could help fight hunger in Africa
+ Seed banking not an option for over a third of threatened species
+ Thousands of carp die in mysterious circumstances in Iraq
+ France bans popular pesticide suspected of sickening dozens
Laser tech could be fashioned into Earth's 'porch light' to attract alien astronomers
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 06, 2018
If extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our galaxy, a new MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could, in principle, be fashioned into something of a planetary porch light - a beacon strong enough to attract attention from as far as 20,000 light years away. The research, which author James Clark calls a "feasibility study," appears in The Astrophysical Journal. The ... more
+ Laboratory experiments probe the formation of stars and planets
+ NASA retires Kepler Space Telescope, passes planet-hunting torch
+ Rocky and habitable - sizing up a galaxy of planets
+ Some planetary systems just aren't into heavy metal
+ 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
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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
At least 16 Nigeria troops missing after Boko Haram attack
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Nov 6, 2018
At least 16 Nigerian soldiers are missing following clashes with Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad area, military and militia sources told AFP on Tuesday. The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) group, a faction of the Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the attack in which it said 15 soldiers were killed, according to SITE, which tracks the online activities of terrorist organisatio ... more
+ Locals accuse AU troops after 4 Somali civilians killed
+ Madagascar, troubled vanilla island
+ France promises money, guns for C.Africa
+ Rebels kill at least seven civilians in eastern DRCongo: army
+ Comoros displays captured 'rebel' arsenal
+ Nigerian army silent as families seek news of the missing
+ South Sudan rebel leader Machar back in Juba after two years
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'Dust up' on International Space Station hints at sources of structure
Portland OR (SPX) Nov 06, 2018
Imagine looking under your couch and instead of finding fluffy dust bunnies, you see the dust is arranged in straight lines - you might wonder what caused this order. Scientists are experiencing that same feeling, not with dust under a couch, but with electrically charged dust in the microgravity of space. The dust the scientists are studying is made up of tiny spheres 10 times smaller tha ... more
+ Experience high-res science in first 8K footage from space
+ Roscosmos, NASA to adjust ISS program to fit with lunar missions
+ Russia's Roscosmos confirms computer glitch on board ISS
+ 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 sanctions: SWIFT network suspends Iran banks
Brussels (AFP) Nov 5, 2018
The SWIFT banking network, the backbone for international monetary transfers, said Monday it has suspended several Iranian banks from its service, after the United States reimposed nuclear sanctions on Tehran. "In keeping with our mission of supporting the resilience and integrity of the global financial system as a global and neutral service provider, SWIFT is suspending certain Iranian ban ... more
+ Austrian labs key to future of Iran nuclear deal
+ Navy opens facility for submarine-launched ballistic missile research
+ Pompeo abruptly postpones top-level US-NK talks
+ US Iran sanctions move hits European companies
+ S. Korea, US resume suspended joint marine drills
+ N. Korea warns of returning to nuclear policy
+ US to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions: Pompeo
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