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November 20, 2018
SpaceX launches communications satellite for Qatar on Falcon 9

Cape Canaveral FL (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2018
A Japanese-made communications satellite owned by Qatar zoomed toward a geostationary orbit from the Kennedy Space Center in the US state of Florida atop a Falcon 9 rocket built by the private aerospace company Space X on Thursday. "The spacecraft's multi-mission architecture will enable Es'hailSat to respond to demand for the fastest-growing applications in the Middle East and North Africa, including content transfer, broadcast distribution, enterprise communications, and government services," Sp ... read more

With mixed roots, Okinawa leader takes base relief message to US
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2018
Of all the issues facing US military planners in Asia, few have persisted for so long - and seen such little resolution - as opposition to the troop presence in Okinawa. ... more
Japan awards Northrop Grumman contract for E-2D Hawkeye radar aircraft
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 19, 2018
The government of Japan is awarding Northrop Grumman Systems $32.7 million for long-lead parts and equipment for Japan E-2D radar aircraft. ... more
N. Korea defector soldier is general's son: report
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 19, 2018
The North Korean soldier who defected to the South in a hail of bullets last year is a general's son but says most Northerners of his age have no loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to a Japanese newspaper. ... more
Australia, Japan to deepen defence ties after historic Darwin visit
Darwin, Australia (AFP) Nov 16, 2018
Australia hailed a "deeply symbolic" visit to Darwin by the Japanese Prime Minister on Friday, more than 75 years after the northern city was bombed in World War II, as the two countries vowed to deepen defence ties in the face of an emergent China. ... more

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Earthquake researchers finalists for supercomputing prize
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 19, 2018
A team of researchers from the Earthquake Research Institute, Department of Civil Engineering and Information Technology Center at the University of Tokyo, and the RIKEN Center for Computational Sci ... more
Japan faces difficult energy choices
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 19, 2018
Japan's power sector is facing multiple challenges ranging from the reliability of nuclear power and boosting the share of non-hydro renewables. Against this backdrop, the success of the country's p ... more
Researchers in Japan make android child's face strikingly more expressive
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Nov 16, 2018
Japan's affection for robots is no secret. But is the feeling mutual in the country's amazing androids? We may now be a step closer to giving androids greater facial expressions to communicate with. ... more
BTS management apologise for nuclear blast T-shirt after Japan row
Seoul (AFP) Nov 14, 2018
The managers of hugely popular South Korean boyband BTS have issued an extensive apology after controversy erupted in the lucrative Japanese market over a T-shirt worn by one of the vocalists showing a nuclear blast. ... more
US fighter jet crashes off Japan's Okinawa, crew rescued
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 12, 2018
A US navy fighter jet crashed into the sea off Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Monday and its two crew members were rescued alive, Japan's defence ministry said. ... more
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New Okinawa governor plans US tour to raise military base issues
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 9, 2018
The newly elected governor of Japan's Okinawa said Friday he will take the island's long-running concerns about US military bases there directly to Americans when he visits the country next week. ... more
Japanese airborne troops jump from US plane onto Japanese soil for first time
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2018
A C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations cargo and transport plane from the U.S. Air Force 36th Airlift Squadron became the first U.S. aircraft to drop Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers on Hiju-dai drop zone in Japan as part of the Keen Sword exercises. ... more
China-backed trade deal centre stage at summit as US retreats
Singapore (AFP) Nov 11, 2018
World leaders will push for the rapid completion of a massive, China-backed trade deal that excludes the US at a summit this week, in a rebuke to rising protectionism and Donald Trump's "America First" agenda. ... more
Toshiba slashes 7,000 jobs, pulls out of British nuke plant
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 8, 2018
The boss of struggling Toshiba said Thursday he would cut 7,000 jobs over the next five years as the Japanese engineering firm pulled out of foreign investments and downgraded its annual profit forecasts. ... more
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. ... more

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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
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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
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
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US Army unfurls miles of fencing along border with Mexico
Laredo, United States (AFP) Nov 19, 2018
They started work in the cool of the morning and moved quickly, uncoiling reel after reel of vicious-looking fencing and tying it with barbed wire to green poles hammered into the ground. Over the course of three days, a gleaming, shoulders-high barrier of concertina-wire emerged like a silver snake along a lush riverbank, stretching as far as the eye could see. This was the work of 100 ... more
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+ Foreign troops pour into PNG capital for APEC meet
+ Mattis visits troops stationed in Texas assisting with border security
Space making the virtual a reality
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2018
What do astronauts, Pokemon, wildlife park rangers and surgeons all have in common? The answer is virtual and augmented reality, or VR and AR. Usually associated with video games, this ultra-immersive technology is quickly being recognised for its real-world potential. VR is a computer-generated environment that simulates physical presence and interaction, artificially creating senso ... more
+ New space industry emerges: on-orbit servicing
+ Japan awards Northrop Grumman contract for E-2D Hawkeye radar aircraft
+ Space Tango unveils ST-42 for scalable manufacturing in space for Earth-based applications
+ NRL demonstrates new non-mechanical laser steering technology
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+ Scientists engineer a functional optical lens out of 2D materials
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Real-time feedback makes hotel guests slash shower power
Paris (AFP) Nov 19, 2018
Providing hotel guests real-time feedback on the power they use in the shower sharply curbs the amount of energy consumed even though they do not pay for it, according to new research released Monday. The team behind the study, based on the installation of smart meters in showers at six hotels in Switzerland, said it showed that financial incentives alone don't dictate how much energy we use ... more
+ Xi woos Pacific islands to curb Taiwan's influence
+ Pence slams China's 'opaque' chequebook diplomacy, trade practices
+ Drought-hit Cape Town should cut down 'alien' trees: study
+ Half of the world's annual precipitation falls in just 12 days, new study finds
+ Fishing nations fail in bid to cut quotas for depleted bigeye tuna
+ Competition for shrinking groundwater
+ Middle Eastern desert dust on the Tibetan plateau could affect the Indian summer monsoon
Stealth-cap technology for light-emitting nanoparticles
Dresden, Germany (SPX) Nov 15, 2018
A team of scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), in collaboration with researchers from Monash University Australia, has succeeded in significantly increasing the stability and biocompatibility of special light-transducing nanoparticles. The team has developed the so-called "upconverting" nanoparticles that not only convert infrared light into UV-visible light, bu ... more
+ Nano-scale process may speed arrival of cheaper hi-tech products
+ Watching nanoparticles
+ Penn engineers develop ultrathin, ultralight nanocardboard
+ Physicists designed new antenna for supersensitive magnetometers of a new generation
+ 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
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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 releases smart solution for verifying reliability of space equipment components
Beijing (XNA) Nov 13, 2018
The Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization (CSU) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences released a smart solution for verifying the operational reliability of space equipment components on Friday. The selection of space equipment components involves reliability verification, data collection, transmission and comparison. The smart solution will help shorten the time to ... more
+ China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered
+ 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

CODE demonstrates autonomy and collaboration with minimal human commands
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2018
In a recent test series at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, DARPA's Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program demonstrated the ability of CODE-equipped Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) to adapt and respond to unexpected threats in an anti-access area denial (A2AD) environment. The UASs efficiently shared information, cooperatively planned and allocated mission objectives, ... more
+ How to make AI less biased
+ Researchers in Japan make android child's face strikingly more expressive
+ Chinese state media debuts 'AI' news anchors
+ 'Autonomous Warrior': UK Army Conducts its Largest Test of Battlefield Robots
+ Artificial sensor mimics human sense of touch
+ Pitt researcher uses video games to unlock new levels of AI
+ Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots
China's youth embrace street dance amid hip-hop crackdown
Beijing (AFP) Nov 19, 2018
In China, where children are often saddled with a packed schedule of extracurricular activities before they even enter grade school, some parents are making room for a surprising pursuit: hip-hop dance classes. Inside a dance studio in central Beijing, a group of kids bopped up and down to an American hip-hop beat as they mimicked their teacher, a young woman in a dark blue beret and loose c ... more
+ Top Chinese university warns students to avoid activism
+ China's president inaugurates Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge
+ Hong Kong democracy leaders plead not guilty in Umbrella Movement trial
+ Hong Kong lawyers demand explanation over journalist ban
+ Pelt and road: Tribal welcome for Xi in PNG
+ China tech factory conditions fuel suicides: study
+ Chinese police detain more labour activists, group says
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Satellites encounter magnetic reconnection in Earth's magnetotail
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Nov 16, 2018
Research published in the respected journal Science presents observations made by NASA's four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) satellites in the Earth's magnetotail. Two scientists from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Uppsala are co-authors of the article. The lead author is from the University of New Hampshire in USA. Magnetic reconnection is an energy conversion process im ... more
+ Chinese satellites provide advanced solutions to modeling small particles
+ Earth's magnetic field measured using artificial stars at 90 kilometers altitude
+ Researchers present unique database on Earth's vegetation
+ Alpine ice shows three-fold increase in atmospheric iodine
+ Improving Alignment and Testing of Earth Observation Satellites
+ OpenForests launches the forest project platform explorer.land
+ NASA's ICON to explore boundary between Earth and Space

Afghan opium producers hit hard by drought in 2018
Kabul (AFP) Nov 19, 2018
Afghan opium producers were hit hard by the worst drought in living memory this year and excessive supply, with output and prices falling sharply as the area under poppy cultivation shrank, an annual survey said Monday. In sharp contrast to a bumper 2017, the value of opium - a key source of funding for the Taliban - as it left poppy-growing farms fell 56 percent to $604 million, the UN Of ... more
+ US paves way to get 'lab meat' on plates
+ Activists board ship off Spain in palm oil protest: Greenpeace
+ Wolves at the door, Alpine shepherd can't imagine any other life
+ Greenpeace Poland files legal complaint against minister over pesticide use
+ Soil's history: A solution to soluble phosphorus?
+ Scientists debunk potential link to crop cold tolerance
+ 'Scaring' soybeans into defensive mode yields better plants a generation later
New Arecibo message challenge announced
Orlando FL (SPX) Nov 17, 2018
In 1974, the Arecibo Observatory made history by beaming the most powerful radio message into deep space ever made. The famous Arecibo Message was designed by the AO 74's staff, led by Frank Drake, and with the help of the astronomer and famed science communicator Carl Sagan. It contained information about the human race and was intended to be our intergalactic calling card. "Our society a ... more
+ Super-earth discovered orbiting the sun's famous stellar neighbor
+ New database to archive amateur astronomer exoplanet data
+ Jumping genes shed light on how advanced life may have emerged
+ A cold Super-Earth just 6 light years away at Barnard's Star
+ Laser tech could be fashioned into Earth's 'porch light' to attract alien astronomers
+ Laboratory experiments probe the formation of stars and planets
+ NASA retires Kepler Space Telescope, passes planet-hunting torch
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'Very serious': African swine fever spreads in China
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 15, 2018
African swine fever has spread rapidly to more than half of China's provinces despite measures to contain it, the government said, warning that a situation previously described as under control had become "very serious." The disease has already caused a spike in pork prices in China since first emerging in August, and fuelled growing fears of a major impact on the world's largest pig produce ... more
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+ 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
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+ Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok battles with malaria, 137 infected
Pentagon: Africa command to pursue drawdown, realignment
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2018
The Department of Defense announced Thursday the withdrawal and realignment of some U.S. Africa Command Counter Violent Extremist Organization, in accordance with priorities outlined in this years National Defense Strategy. The realignment projects a reduction of under 10 percent of the 7,200 troops assigned to Africa Command over the next several years. "Optimization preserves t ... more
+ At least 7 killed in C.Africa clashes: sources
+ Nigerian troops foil Boko Haram attack
+ S.Africa coding clubs plug township youth into future
+ Comoros displays captured 'rebel' arsenal
+ Three Nigerian soldiers in Boko Haram attack on military base
+ Two thirds of African cities face 'extreme climate risk'
+ 3 civilians killed in attack targeting foreign troops in Mali

Poor weather delays US space cargo launch to Saturday
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2018
Windy weather pushed back until Saturday the planned launch of a US cargo ship loaded with supplies for astronauts living at the International Space Station, NASA said Thursday. The delay to 4:01 am (0901 GMT) on November 17 from Wallops Island, Virginia marks the second time launch managers have postponed the mission from its initial flight plan of Thursday. "The teams decided to wait a ... more
+ UK Space Agency funds new experiments onboard the International Space Station
+ Your own private space vacation
+ Crew assistant CIMON successfully completes first tasks in space
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Pence says Trump-Kim meeting likely in New Year, won't accept broken promises
Singapore (AFP) Nov 15, 2018
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will likely meet again after New Year, the US vice president said Thursday, but insisted his government would not repeat past mistakes where "promises are broken." The US president and the North Korean leader held a historic summit in Singapore earlier this year, signing a vaguely worded deal on denuclearisation. North Korea has taken some steps since then -- ... more
+ N. Korea defector soldier is general's son: report
+ Two Trident II ballistic missile prosecution contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin
+ British foreign minister visits Iran for nuclear talks
+ British foreign minister visits Iran for nuclear talks
+ Iraq president visits Iran
+ North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon': KCNA
+ BTS management apologise for nuclear blast T-shirt after Japan row
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