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November 28, 2018
MERCURY RISING
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

AEROSPACE
Japan mulling purchase of 100 US stealth fighters: report
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 27, 2018
Japan is considering buying up to 100 F-35 stealth fighters from the US for more than $8.8 billion as it seeks to counter China's growing military presence in the region, a newspaper reported Tuesday. ... more
BIO FUEL
Scientists uncovered the mechanism of fungal luminescence and created luminescent yeasts
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 27, 2018
Russian scientists together with colleagues from UK, Spain, Brazil, Japan and Austria have fully described the mechanism of fungal luminescence. They found that fungi utilize only four key enzymes t ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
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
OIL AND GAS
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
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UAV NEWS
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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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
NUKEWARS
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
SUPERPOWERS
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
TECH SPACE
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
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NUKEWARS
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
SUPERPOWERS
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
SHAKE AND BLOW
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
ROBO SPACE
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
ROCKET SCIENCE
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

SUPERPOWERS
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
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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
TRADE WARS
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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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
NUKEWARS
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
BIO FUEL
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
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Blast kills 22 near China factory in Olympic city
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2018
An explosion and fire near a chemical factory left at least 22 people dead and 22 others injured on Wednesday in a northern China city that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, authorities said. The charred and smoking remains of trucks and cars were scattered on a road as firefighters worked at the scene, according to images posted by state media on social media. The incident near Hebei ... more
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+ Navy participates in humanitarian, law enforcement exercise with Peru, Chile
+ Morocco navy finds 15 migrants dead in stranded boat
+ US Army unfurls miles of fencing along border with Mexico
+ EU to curb phone costs, set up emergency alert system
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Combination 3D Printer will recycle plastic in space
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 23, 2018
The first integrated 3D printer and recycler is part of the cargo that was launched to the International Space Station on Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft's 10th commercial resupply services mission. The machine, known as Refabricator, will demonstrate the capability to turn waste plastic and previously 3D printed parts into high-quality 3D printer filament (3D printing "ink") to creat ... more
+ Student-designed spacecraft could aid in the exploration of planets in our solar system and beyond
+ New technique to make objects invisible proposed
+ South Korea to Buy Updated Missile Defense Radar Systems from Israel
+ How to melt gold at room temperature
+ Researchers create new 'smart' material with potential biomedical, environmental uses
+ Disordered materials could be hardest, most heat-tolerant carbides
+ NRL demonstrates new non-mechanical laser steering technology
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Drinking water sucked from the dusty desert air
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Nov 27, 2018
A simple device that can capture its own weight in water from fresh air and then release that water when warmed by sunlight could provide a secure new source of drinking water in remote arid regions, new research from KAUST suggests. Globally, Earth's air contains almost 13 trillion tons of water, a vast renewable reservoir of clean drinking water. Trials of many materials and devices deve ... more
+ How the Atlantic Ocean became part of the global circulation at a climatic tipping point
+ Biggest coral reseeding project launches on Great Barrier Reef
+ Ocean circulation in North Atlantic at its weakest
+ 75-80 percent chance of El Nino in next 3 months: UN
+ In Quebec, Canada's newest hydroelectric dams nearly ready
+ Escaping death and rebirth on Varanasi's sacred riverbanks
+ A new pathway for heat transport in the ocean
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
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


Smarter AI: Machine learning without negative data
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 27, 2018
A research team from the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP) has successfully developed a new method for machine learning that allows an AI to make classifications without what is known as "negative data," a finding which could lead to wider application to a variety of classification tasks. Classifying things is critical for our daily lives. For example, we have to detect ... more
+ GMV leads an ambitious campaign of space robotics trials
+ DARPA, BAE to develop AI for interpreting radio-frequency signals
+ Electronic glove gives robots a sense of touch
+ CODE demonstrates autonomy and collaboration with minimal human commands
+ Nepal's first robot waiter is ready for orders
+ US mulls curbs on artificial intelligence exports
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Jack Ma, China's richest man, is a Communist Party member
Beijing (AFP) Nov 27, 2018
Jack Ma, founder of Chinese tech giant Alibaba, is among the world's richest people but he has now emerged as a member of another club: China's 89-million-strong Communist Party. The billionaire's Communist bona fides were revealed by the People's Daily, the party's official mouthpiece, in an article praising contributors to China's development. He is not the first nor likely the last Ch ... more
+ China bars US citizens from leaving over 'economic crimes'
+ China urges UK to 'support' foreign media amid CCTV complaint
+ Hong Kong democrats lose in key vote
+ China's president inaugurates Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge
+ New Zealand pressured to defend rights of China researcher
+ Too Marxist for China? Radical students rattle Communist leaders
+ China's youth embrace street dance amid hip-hop crackdown
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New insight into ocean-atmosphere interaction and subsequent cloud formation
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Nov 27, 2018
Organic compounds undergo drastic variations in their chemical composition as they transfer from the ocean's surface to atmospheric aerosols which act as nuclei to form clouds. Aerosols, which are suspended fine solid particles or liquid droplets, play significant roles in triggering climate change by scattering or absorbing sunlight, while affecting the cloud formation and precipitation p ... more
+ SSTL releases first images from S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite, NovaSAR-1
+ Australia's spring brings fires, snow, wild winds and dust storms
+ Volcanoes and glaciers combine as powerful methane producers
+ Satellites encounter magnetic reconnection in Earth's magnetotail
+ Powerful new map depicts environmental degradation across Earth
+ Glaciers and volcanoes combine to release large amounts of methane
+ Earth's magnetic field measured using artificial stars at 90 kilometers altitude


Floods ravage rice production in Niger's Diffa region
Niamey Nov 26, 2018
Floods destroyed more than 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of rice in Niger's southeastern Diffa region, already beset by deadly attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, the local governor said. Nearly 3,000 tonnes of rice worth 717 million CFA francs (more than one million euros, $1.13 million) have been lost as a result, Governor Mahamadou Bakabe said on state television late Sunday. Grain defici ... more
+ The tragedy of the commons - minus the tragedy
+ New biocontainment strategy controls spread of escaped GMOs
+ French wine market to shrink further, but organics surge: report
+ Monsanto appeals Roundup cancer verdict
+ 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
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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+ Jumping genes shed light on how advanced life may have emerged
+ Oxygen could have been available to life as early as 3.5 billion years ago
+ Exoplanet mission launch slot announced
+ Study reveals one of universe's secret ingredients for life
+ What magnetic fields can tell us about life on other planets
+ Quantum artificial life created on the cloud
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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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+ Vaccinating humans to protect mosquitoes from malaria
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Receding Malawi lake lays bare cost of climate change
Zomba, Malawi (AFP) Nov 27, 2018
Just four months ago, the fishing harbour at Kachulu on the western shores of Lake Chilwa in Malawi was bustling with fishermen and traders haggling over the catch of the day. Today hundreds of fishing boats sit marooned on cracked, dry mud as vultures fly above the shores of the once productive fishing zone 30 kilometres (19 miles) east of the southern African country's old capital Zomba. ... more
+ Early human ancestors not to blame for extinctions of giant African mammals
+ General denies leading Burkina Faso coup
+ Comoros displays captured 'rebel' arsenal
+ Dozen herders killed in clashes with hunters in Mali: mayor
+ Niger to move protected giraffes as habitat shrinks
+ Nigerian troops foil Boko Haram attack
+ US, China at odds over UN push to fund African peacekeeping
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ISS Toilet Swarmed By 'Space Bugs' That Could Infect Astronauts - Research
Houston TX (Sputnik) Nov 27, 2018
Analysis has shown that all five strains of the mysterious bacterium found on the space station belonged to one species, called Enterobacter bugandensis. They resembled the genomes that infected newborn babies on our planet, raising concerns that they could also threaten the astronauts' health. Astronauts on board the International Space Station are coexisting with a colony of "space bugs" ... more
+ Russia space agency targeted over "stolen" billions
+ First supply trip to space since Soyuz failure poised to launch
+ NASA probes 'drug-free' policies, safety at SpaceX, Boeing
+ Robotic arm links cargo craft to International Space Station
+ UK Space Agency funds new experiments onboard the International Space Station
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US intel chief to brief NATO on US withdrawal from INF treaty
Washington (AFP) Nov 27, 2018
US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Tuesday that he is heading to Europe to explain to allies Washington's decision to pull out of a major nuclear weapons treaty because of Russian violations. Coats told reporters that he will meet NATO defense and intelligence officials in Brussels this week to discuss President Donald Trump's decision in October to withdraw from the 1987 In ... more
+ US bombers no longer flying over Korean peninsula: US general
+ Army Corps issues $100M contract for South Korea military construction
+ Two Koreas connect DMZ road across border: Seoul
+ Two Trident II ballistic missile prosecution contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin
+ Iran says no trust in Trump's US for new nuclear talks
+ US, South Korea scale back military exercise
+ Inter-Korean rapprochement must not outpace denuclearization: US
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