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November 30, 2018
Army issues contract for Hawk missile parts for foreign military sales

Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2018
Communications and Power Industries has been awarded $24.8 million to provide Klystron Tube spares for the MIM-23 Homing All the Way Killer surface-to-air missile launcher. The contract, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, includes foreign military sales to Bahrain, Egypt, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates and is expected to conclude by November 2023. The MIM-23 Hawk is a medium-range radar-guided surface-to-ai ... 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
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
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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
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
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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
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

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
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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
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
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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
+ When cities are in good moods, their inhabitants take more risks
+ Seven dead in China as car drives onto sidewalk
+ Navy participates in humanitarian, law enforcement exercise with Peru, Chile
+ Blast kills 22 near China factory in Olympic city
+ 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
The countries that have the most junk in Space
London, UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2018
Space is a mysterious place where many have not ventured to. Even though it is beyond Earth and humans have not inhabited there, we still need to strive to maintain its beauty and natural environment. Considering many people haven't visited Space and it is pretty much untouched, there are many satellites, debris and parts of rocket that orbit our Earth. But who does this Space junk a ... more
+ South Korea to Buy Updated Missile Defense Radar Systems from Israel
+ New technique to make objects invisible proposed
+ Disordered materials could be hardest, most heat-tolerant carbides
+ 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

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
+ DARPA, BAE to develop AI for interpreting radio-frequency signals
+ GMV leads an ambitious campaign of space robotics trials
+ 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
The 'Chinese Pyramids' and the pole star
Milan, Italy (SPX) Nov 30, 2018
The funerary complex of the first Chinese emperor of the Qin dynasty (3th century BC) is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. This is of course due to the discovery of the statues of the terracotta army, intended to accompany the emperor in the afterlife. Much less known than the statues is the fact that tomb proper (still not excavated) lies beneath a gigantic, artifi ... more
+ Jack Ma, China's richest man, is a Communist Party member
+ 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
+ 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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India launches modern earth observation satellite
New Delhi (XNA) Nov 30, 2018
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched its earth observation satellite - HysIS and 30 co-passenger satellites onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C43 on Thursday morning, officials said. The satellite was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, off the Bay of Bengal coast, located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh at 9:58 a.m. ... more
+ Extreme weather 'major' issue for Tokyo 2020
+ 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

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
Boko Haram kills three soldiers, overrun Nigerian army base
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Nov 29, 2018
Boko Haram jihadists have killed three soldiers in an attack on a military base in northeast Nigeria's Borno state near Lake Chad, military and civilian sources said. Fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) driving in several trucks attacked the base in Cross-Kauwa village on Tuesday and engaged troops in an hours-long gunfight, the sources told AFP late Wednesday. "We ... more
+ French judges reject bid to reopen Rwanda genocide case
+ 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
+ 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
+ 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
+ Russian space freighter docks with ISS in automatic mode
Texas A and M System Engineering Agency to Partner with Pantex
Amarillo TX (SPX) Nov 30, 2018
Officials with The Texas A and M University System announced Thursday that Texas A and M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) will help address critical needs in the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile by providing technical expertise, workforce development and training at the Pantex Plant, the nation's primary facility for the final assembly, dismantlement and maintenance of nuclear weapons. ... more
+ Iran leader calls for boosting of naval forces
+ US says seized weapons show that Iran is a regional threat
+ 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
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