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December 03, 2018
USS John S. McCain transfers from dry dock to pier following collision repairs

Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2018
The USS John S. McCain was launched from dry dock and moored pier-side in Yokosuka, Japan, to continue repairs following a collision last year that killed 10 sailors. Until Tuesday, the McCain had been in dry dock at the Navy's Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka since February. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer McCain collided with civilian cargo ship Alnic MC near Singapore in August 2017. Workers from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, which construct ... read more

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. ... 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
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
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
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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
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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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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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
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
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European insurers set to break into Chinese market
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2018
Two European insurance giants are moving towards having wholly-owned companies in China, marking a big step in the opening-up of the country's financial sector that experts say could send a positive signal amid tense US trade talks. German heavyweight Allianz on Sunday got the go-ahead from the Chinese regulator to launch the first holding with 100 percent foreign capital. The following ... more
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+ US agency asks Pentagon to extend Mexico border mission
+ Blast kills 23 outside China factory in Olympic city
+ 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
GEDI scientists share space laser excitement
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 03, 2018
A new NASA laser instrument set to launch to the International Space Station in December will help scientists create the first three-dimensional map of the world's temperate and tropical forests. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, is scheduled to launch on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. From the station, GEDI's advanced laser technology will reveal the three-dimensional struc ... more
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Scientists reveal substantial water loss in global landlocked regions
Manhattan KS (SPX) Dec 03, 2018
Along with a warming climate and intensified human activities, recent water storage in global landlocked basins has undergone a widespread decline. A new study reveals this decline has aggravated local water stress and caused potential sea level rise. The study, "Recent Global Decline in Endorheic Basin Water Storage," was carried out by a team of scientists from six countries and appears ... more
+ Current efforts to save coral reefs are insufficient, report finds
+ Biggest coral reseeding project launches on Great Barrier Reef
+ UK will have 'completely safe' water after Brexit
+ Over one third of Indonesia's coral reefs in bad state: study
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+ How the Atlantic Ocean became part of the global circulation at a climatic tipping point
+ Ocean circulation in North Atlantic at its weakest
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
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+ 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
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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
+ Award-winning photojournalist detained in China
+ Jack Ma, China's richest man, is a Communist Party member
+ China urges UK to 'support' foreign media amid CCTV complaint
+ China bars US citizens from leaving over 'economic crimes'
+ 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

Macroscopic phenomena governed by microscopic physics
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Dec 03, 2018
It has been difficult to simultaneously obtain micro- and macroscopic information in outer space. Global images of distant astrophysical phenomena provide macroscopic information; however, local information is inaccessible. In contrast, in situ observations with spacecrafts provide microscopic information of phenomena such as the Earth's magnetosphere, but it is difficult to obtain global ... more
+ To image leaky atmosphere, NASA rocket team heads north
+ India launches modern earth observation satellite
+ Greenhouse gas detergent recycles itself in atmosphere
+ Researchers rise to challenge of predicting hail, tornadoes three weeks in advance
+ 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

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
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+ 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
Telescopes Reveal More Than 100 Exoplanets
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 03, 2018
An international team of astronomers using a combination of ground and space based telescopes have reported more than 100 extrasolar planets (here after, exoplanets) in only three months. These planets are quite diverse and expected to play a large role in developing the research field of exoplanets and life in the universe. Exoplanets, planets that revolve around stars other than the Sun, ... more
+ Oxygen could have been available to life as early as 3.5 billion years ago
+ Exoplanet mission launch slot announced
+ New Climate Models of TRAPPIST-1's Seven Intriguing Worlds
+ Bacteria Likely to Soon Infect ISS Crew Found to Be Antibiotic-Resistant
+ 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

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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+ 'Very serious': African swine fever spreads in China
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+ With genetic tweak, mosquito population made extinct
Boko Haram raid kills two soldiers in NE Nigeria
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Dec 2, 2018
Boko Haram jihadists killed two soldiers and seriously wounded five militia members in separate attacks in the troubled northeast of the country, military and militia sources told AFP Sunday. Gunmen from Boko Haram faction the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked a remote base in Buni Gari village, in Yobe state, 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the state capital Damaturu on Satu ... more
+ Boko Haram kills three soldiers, overrun Nigerian army base
+ Zimbabwe starts building new parliament, paid by China
+ French judges reject bid to reopen Rwanda genocide case
+ Regional SADC force ends Lesotho mission
+ Early human ancestors not to blame for extinctions of giant African mammals
+ General denies leading Burkina Faso coup
+ Receding Malawi lake lays bare cost of climate change
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First manned space mission since Soyuz failure launched
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Dec 3, 2018
A Soyuz rocket carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts took off from Kazakhstan and reached orbit on Monday, the first manned mission since a failed launch in October. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency blasted off for a six-and-a-half month mission on the International Space Station on schedule at 1131 GMT. ... more
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+ UK Space Agency funds new experiments onboard the International Space Station
Trump to grant Kim Jong Un's wishes after denuclearisation: S. Korea president
Hong Kong (AFP) Dec 2, 2018
US President Donald Trump will grant North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un his wishes if he delivers on denuclearisation, the South Korean president said Sunday, following talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit. As officials work to arrange a second meeting between Trump and Kim, South Korea's Moon Jae-in relayed a message to reporters given to him by the US president to pass on to the North's ... more
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+ North Korean soldier defects to South across border
+ Iran leader calls for boosting of naval forces
+ US intel chief to brief NATO on US withdrawal from INF treaty
+ US bombers no longer flying over Korean peninsula: US general
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