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November 26, 2018
Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury

Paris (ESA) Nov 26, 2018
In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment Europe and Japan's BepiColombo mission will have just come a crucial step closer to Mercury. This week sees the in-flight commissioning and test firing of the four thrusters - with one or two firing at a time - of the Solar Electric Propulsion System that BepiColombo relies on to reach the innermost planet. This marks the first in-flight operation of the most powerful an ... read more

Eel trafficking in the EU, the world's 'biggest wildlife crime'
Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2018
Billions of euros worth of critically endangered eels are being trafficked each year from Europe, ending up on tables in China and Japan in what campaigners say is "the largest wildlife crime on Earth." ... more
Energy firms track plunge in oil, Asia markets temper losses
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 21, 2018
Energy companies suffered further losses on Wednesday following a collapse in oil prices while most Asian markets fell, but with the sharp losses witnessed in the morning being tempered. ... more
Japan issues contract to purchaser RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drones
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2018
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems will provide the government of Japan with RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles and related services under a contract worth $489.9 million. ... 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

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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
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
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
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
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
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 aeros ... 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
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

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
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
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Morocco navy finds 15 migrants dead in stranded boat
Rabat (AFP) Nov 24, 2018
Morocco's navy on Saturday found the bodies of 15 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa on board a boat stranded at sea for days and rescued 53 survivors, a military source said. Coastguards recovered "15 lifeless corpses" from the vessel in the Mediterranean Sea after it was left drifting for four days following engine failure on its way to Spain, the source said. The 53 other survivors o ... more
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Laser communications technology from Tesat setting new records
Backnang, Germany (SPX) Nov 23, 2018
Sentinel-1C will be ESA's 8th satellite of its Copernicus program. Despite monitoring arctic sea-ice, mapping and surveilling marine environment, Sentinel-1C will support in monitoring and mapping land-surface as well as forest, water and soil and support humanitarian aid in crisis situations. As well as its predecessors, Sentinel 1A and B and 2A and B, it will also be equipped with a stan ... more
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Escaping death and rebirth on Varanasi's sacred riverbanks
Varanasi, India (AFP) Nov 23, 2018
Boats loaded with wood arrive almost constantly at the ghats of Varanasi for around 200 cremations per day on the banks of India's holy Ganges river. Each pyre needs between 200 and 400 kilogrammes (440 and 880 pounds) of wood, meaning the sacred city in northern India burns through as much as 80 tonnes every day. To reduce the volume used, as well as air and water pollution, authorities ... more
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+ Researchers measure carbon footprint of Canada hydroelectric dams
+ In Quebec, Canada's newest hydroelectric dams nearly ready
+ Real-time feedback makes hotel guests slash shower power
+ Pence slams China's 'opaque' chequebook diplomacy, trade practices
+ 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
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
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Evolving Chinese Space Ecosystem To Foster Innovative Environment
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Nov 23, 2018
According to Euroconsult's latest report, China Space Industry 2018, the China space value chain had an estimated size of more than $16 billion in 2017, with the downstream market accounting for just over 85%. Satellite Navigation, one of the key satellite applications in China, was the main revenue generator in 2017, ahead of Satellite Communications and Earth Observation. This premier ed ... more
+ China sends 5 satellites into orbit via single rocket
+ China releases smart solution for verifying reliability of space equipment components
+ 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

GMV leads an ambitious campaign of space robotics trials
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 26, 2018
Since mid-September the technology multinational GMV has been taking part in the final field tests of the projects included under the European Commission's (H2020) Strategic Research Cluster ( SRC ) programme. These tests are due to run until December 15. The main aim of the space robotics SRC is to create, within the timeframe of 2020-2030, the necessary tools for consolidating the techni ... more
+ CODE demonstrates autonomy and collaboration with minimal human commands
+ US mulls curbs on artificial intelligence exports
+ Nepal's first robot waiter is ready for orders
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+ Researchers in Japan make android child's face strikingly more expressive
+ Chinese state media debuts 'AI' news anchors
New Zealand pressured to defend rights of China researcher
Wellington (AFP) Nov 26, 2018
Prominent New Zealand researchers called on Wellington Monday to defend academic freedoms following the harassment of a university professor investigating Beijing's foreign policy. The open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern from 29 university academics and human rights campaigners, including Amnesty International New Zealand, was triggered by the alleged intimidation of prominent China ... more
+ Hong Kong democrats lose in key vote
+ China's president inaugurates Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge
+ Too Marxist for China? Radical students rattle Communist leaders
+ China's youth embrace street dance amid hip-hop crackdown
+ Filipinos 'Pooh-Pooh' Xi's Manila visit
+ Hong Kong democracy leaders plead not guilty in Umbrella Movement trial
+ Top Chinese university warns students to avoid activism
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SSTL releases first images from S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite, NovaSAR-1
Guildford, UK (SPX) Nov 26, 2018
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has released the first Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images taken from orbit by NovaSAR-1, a technology demonstration mission launched into a 580km sun-synchronous orbit on 16 September 2018. The S-Band SAR images released have been acquired using the satellite's stripmap mode at 6 metre resolution and are 20km wide by 87km long. They were taken over ... more
+ Satellites encounter magnetic reconnection in Earth's magnetotail
+ Australia's spring brings fires, snow, wild winds and dust storms
+ Earth's magnetic field measured using artificial stars at 90 kilometers altitude
+ Volcanoes and glaciers combine as powerful methane producers
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+ Glaciers and volcanoes combine to release large amounts of methane
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Monsanto appeals Roundup cancer verdict
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 21, 2018
Monsanto on Tuesday said it was asking a US appeals court to toss out a damning verdict in a landmark Roundup weed-killer cancer trial and grant it another hearing. "By its appeal from the judgment and amended judgment, Monsanto also seeks appellate review of the trial court's order denying Monsanto's motion for new trial," an attorney for the agrochemical giant said in a filed notice-of-app ... more
+ French wine market to shrink further, but organics surge: report
+ New study details the genetic evolution of domesticated animals
+ Afghan opium producers hit hard by drought in 2018
+ US paves way to get 'lab meat' on plates
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New Climate Models of TRAPPIST-1's Seven Intriguing Worlds
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 26, 2018
Not all stars are like the Sun, so not all planetary systems can be studied with the same expectations. New research from a University of Washington-led team of astronomers gives updated climate models for the seven planets around the star TRAPPIST-1. The work also could help astronomers more effectively study planets around stars unlike our Sun, and better use the limited, expensive resou ... more
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China confirms first swine fever cases in Beijing
Beijing (AFP) Nov 23, 2018
China's agriculture ministry on Friday confirmed the first cases of African swine fever in Beijing, a disease that has spread across the country despite efforts to contain it. The disease was found on two farms in the Fangshan District in southwest Beijing where 86 out of more than 1,700 pigs died, the ministry said in a statement. A special task force has since sealed off the farms for ... more
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Dozen herders killed in clashes with hunters in Mali: mayor
Bamako (AFP) Nov 22, 2018
About a dozen Fulani herders have been killed in the town of Ouenkoro in Mali in recent days, local authorities said Thursday, accusing members of the Dogon hunter community. The claims come a day after a Dogon-linked armed group pulled out of a month-old ceasefire with the Fulani, saying it needed to protect its own. Since the 2015 emergence of a jihadist movement led by Fulani preacher ... more
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UK Space Agency funds new experiments onboard the International Space Station
London, UK (SPX) Nov 20, 2018
UK science will be launched into space to help tackle the effects of ageing, thanks to funding from the UK Space Agency, the Science Minister Sam Gyimah has announced. The minister unveiled close to 3 million pounds of new funding for the experiments, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday 20 November. Due to launch in 2021, two of the exper ... more
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Two Trident II ballistic missile prosecution contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 19, 2018
Lockheed Martin Space is being awarded two contract modifications worth a combined $90.4 million for Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missile production and support of already deployed systems. The work will take place in both domestic and overseas locations and is expected to run through Sep. 2023. Navy fiscal weapons procurement and research and development funding totaling $90 ... more
+ Two Koreas connect DMZ road across border: Seoul
+ Iran says no trust in Trump's US for new nuclear talks
+ EU 'extremely worried' about fate of nuclear treaty
+ US, South Korea scale back military exercise
+ Inter-Korean rapprochement must not outpace denuclearization: US
+ N. Korea blows up frontline bunkers
+ British foreign minister visits Iran for nuclear talks
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