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November 29, 2018
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. The reported purchase comes as President Donald Trump pushes Japan to buy more military equipment and other US products, pointing to Washington's huge trade deficit with Tokyo. Japan has already decided to buy 42 F-35 stealth fighter jets from the US and is now considering purchasing as many as 100 ... read more

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
Extreme weather 'major' issue for Tokyo 2020
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 29, 2018
The possibility of extreme summer heat and typhoons in Tokyo is a "major issue" for the 2020 Olympics, a top official said Thursday, admitting there would be a knock-on effect on the budget. ... more
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 ... 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
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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
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
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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
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

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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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Blast kills 23 outside China factory in Olympic city
Zhangjiakou, China (AFP) Nov 28, 2018
A truck carrying combustible chemicals exploded at the entrance of a chemical factory in a northern Chinese city that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics Wednesday, leaving 23 people dead and 22 others injured, state media and authorities said. The blast ignited other vehicles, leaving charred and smoking remains of trucks and cars scattered on a road as firefighters worked at the scene, acco ... more
+ Blast kills 22 near China factory in Olympic city
+ Seven dead in China as car drives onto sidewalk
+ 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
+ Trump says troops to remain at border 'as long as necessary'
Disordered materials could be hardest, most heat-tolerant carbides
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 27, 2018
Materials scientists at Duke University and UC San Diego have discovered a new class of carbides expected to be among the hardest materials with the highest melting points in existence. Made from inexpensive metals, the new materials may soon find use in a wide range of industries from machinery and hardware to aerospace. A carbide is traditionally a compound consisting of carbon and one o ... more
+ South Korea to Buy Updated Missile Defense Radar Systems from Israel
+ New technique to make objects invisible proposed
+ How to melt gold at room temperature
+ NRL demonstrates new non-mechanical laser steering technology
+ Combination 3D Printer will recycle plastic in space
+ Student-designed spacecraft could aid in the exploration of planets in our solar system and beyond
+ Laser communications technology from Tesat setting new records

UK will have 'completely safe' water after Brexit
London (AFP) Nov 28, 2018
Britain's environment minister reassured the country on Wednesday that it would have plenty of safe drinking water should it crash out of the European Union without a deal. The unusual message from Michael Gove came in response to a media report of cabinet ministers being briefed about various doomsday scenarios. One of them reportedly included the possibility of the UK running out of th ... more
+ Biggest coral reseeding project launches on Great Barrier Reef
+ Over one third of Indonesia's coral reefs in bad state: study
+ 75-80 percent chance of El Nino in next 3 months: UN
+ Drinking water sucked from the dusty desert air
+ How the Atlantic Ocean became part of the global circulation at a climatic tipping point
+ Ocean circulation in North Atlantic at its weakest
+ In Quebec, Canada's newest hydroelectric dams nearly ready
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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Navy to commission new Arleigh Burke destroyer USS Thomas Hudner
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2018
The U.S. Navy will commission the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner during a Dec. 1 ceremony in Boston, Mass., at 10 a.m. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver the ceremonies principal address with Hudner's widow and the wife of retired Vice Adm. Michael Miller as sponsors, the Navy announced on Wednesday. USS Thomas Hudner is named after the ... more
+ Raytheon to supply Romania with Patriot missile defense systems
+ 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
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

Embark on a NASA technology scavenger hunt with Optimus Prime
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 29, 2018
How much NASA technology is in your life? Through the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC), OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTOBOTS encourage students to embark on three missions, starting with a scavenger hunt for NASA "spinoffs," or technologies created for NASA missions now being used for other purposes. Hosted by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, OPSPARC 2019 rolls ... more
+ Smarter AI: Machine learning without negative data
+ 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
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
+ Award-winning photojournalist detained in China
+ 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
+ Hong Kong democrats lose in key vote
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Extreme weather 'major' issue for Tokyo 2020
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 29, 2018
The possibility of extreme summer heat and typhoons in Tokyo is a "major issue" for the 2020 Olympics, a top official said Thursday, admitting there would be a knock-on effect on the budget. Speaking to bosses from Olympic Committees around the world, Tokyo CEO Toshiro Muto said the Japanese capital had endured "unprecedented heat weather and typhoons last summer." "Tokyo 2020 considers ... more
+ New insight into ocean-atmosphere interaction and subsequent cloud formation
+ 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

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
+ Bacteria Likely to Soon Infect ISS Crew Found to Be Antibiotic-Resistant
+ Exoplanet mission launch slot announced
+ Oxygen could have been available to life as early as 3.5 billion years ago
+ Quantum artificial life created on the cloud
+ Jumping genes shed light on how advanced life may have emerged
+ Researchers Are Perfecting Technology to Look for Signs of Alien Life
+ Study reveals one of universe's secret ingredients for life
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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
+ Researchers a step closer to understanding how deadly bird flu virus takes hold in humans
+ 'Very serious': African swine fever spreads in China
+ 15 emerging technologies that could reduce global catastrophic biological risks
+ 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
French judges reject bid to reopen Rwanda genocide case
Paris (AFP) Nov 28, 2018
French judges have rejected a bid by survivors of Rwanda's genocide to reopen an investigation into claims that French troops were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people they had promised to rescue. A source close to the case said Wednesday that three war crimes judges had on November 22 dismissed the bid to reopen an investigation that symbolises deep wounds between Rwanda and Fra ... more
+ Receding Malawi lake lays bare cost of climate change
+ Regional SADC force ends Lesotho mission
+ 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

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
+ Your own private space vacation
+ Crew assistant CIMON successfully completes first tasks in space
Iran leader calls for boosting of naval forces
Tehran (AFP) Nov 28, 2018
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Wednesday for the country to boost its naval forces as a deterrent against its enemies and hailed the deployment of new ships. "Increase your capabilities and readiness as much as you can so that the enemies of Iran will not dare threaten this great nation," Khamenei said in a meeting with Iran's naval chiefs, quoted on his official website ... more
+ US intel chief to brief NATO on US withdrawal from INF treaty
+ 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
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