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January 04, 2019
Eyeing China, US to hold missile drill in Japan's Okinawa: report

Tokyo (AFP) Jan 3, 2019
The US military will this year conduct its first ever missile drill around the Japanese island of Okinawa, according to a report Thursday, as Washington seeks to counter an increasingly assertive China. The US military has told its Japanese counterpart it plans to deploy surface-to-ship missiles in the strategically important Okinawa this year for the first such drill by Japan's key ally, the Sankei Shimbun reported, without citing sources. The drill would involve a mobile rocket launcher seen a ... read more

Weapons radar row flares up between S. Korea and Japan
Seoul (AFP) Dec 28, 2018
A row between Seoul and Tokyo escalated Friday after Japan released video it said backed up its claim that a South Korean warship had locked its weapons targeting system onto a Japanese plane. ... more
Sound influences the way mice and rats sense touch
Washington (UPI) Jan 01, 2019
New research suggests the brain's main sensory centers - the visual cortex, auditory cortex and somatosensory cortex - are influenced by one another. ... more
New T-wave detector uses waves of the electronic sea in graphene
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Dec 27, 2018
A team of researchers from Russia, Great Britain, Japan, and Italy has created a graphene-based terahertz detector. The study was published in Nature Communications. Any system for wireless da ... more
Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease
Washington (AFP) Dec 28, 2018
Japan has made good on years of threats by bolting the International Whaling Commission, but its decision may also offer a way out of tensions that looked inextricable. ... more
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Jail term demanded for ex-bosses over Fukushima nuclear crisis
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 26, 2018
A five-year jail term was sought for three former executives at the company operating Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, media reported Wednesday, the only people to face criminal charges over the 2011 meltdowns. ... more
Japan 'mulling IWC withdrawal' to resume commercial whaling
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 20, 2018
Japan is considering pulling out of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), officials told AFP on Thursday, as Tokyo reportedly gears up to resume commercial whaling activity next year. ... more
Japan to resume commercial whaling after IWC withdrawal
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 26, 2018
Japan said Wednesday it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, sparking criticism from activists and anti-whaling countries including Australia. ... more
With eye on China, Japan unveils record defence budget
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 21, 2018
Japan's defence budget will swell to a record $47 billion for the next fiscal year, the government said Friday, as Tokyo beefs up its missile defence and deploys stealth jets in a bid to counter China. ... more
Gatekeeper at Japan's 'Suicide Forest' hopes music can save lives
Narusawa , Japan (AFP) Dec 21, 2018
From his hut on the edge of Japan's "Suicide Forest", Kyochi Watanabe blasts John Lennon's "Imagine" into the night - hoping that music can lift people from their despair before it's too late. ... more
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Japan rebukes S. Korea for weapons radar lock on war plane
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 21, 2018
Japan rebuked South Korea Friday after claiming one of the country's warships had locked its weapons targeting system onto a Japanese military aircraft. ... more
Space telescope detects water in a number of asteroids
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Dec 19, 2018
Using the infrared satellite AKARI, a Japanese research team has detected the existence of water in the form of hydrated minerals in a number of asteroids for the first time. This discovery will con ... more
Mystery of coronae around supermassive black holes deepens
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 19, 2018
Researchers from RIKEN and JAXA have used observations from the ALMA radio observatory located in northern Chile and managed by an international consortium including the National Astronomical Observ ... more
Japan to get first post-WWII aircraft carriers
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 18, 2018
Japan will get its first aircraft carriers since World War II and buy dozens of fighter jets under a new defence plan approved Tuesday that is intended to counter China's growing military power. ... more
Paradigm shift needed for designing tsunami-resistant bridges
Corvallis OR (SPX) Dec 19, 2018
Researchers, including two Oregon State University scientists, argue in a new study that a paradigm shift is needed for assessing bridges' tsunami risk. The study, motivated in part by hundred ... more

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Russian new military barracks in disputed Kuril islands anger Japan
Moscow (AFP) Dec 18, 2018
Russia says it has built four new military barracks in the Kuril islands, angering Tokyo on Tuesday with whom it has been locked in a decades-long row over the archipelago in the Sea of Japan. ... more
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Bell Boeing to conduct engineering work on the V-22 Osprey
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2018
The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office is being awarded $18 million for engineering work on the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. ... more
Blackened Canteen ceremony conducted before Pearl Harbor Day
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2018
U.S. and Japanese military and civilian officials observed an annual ceremony dating back to World War II called the Blackened Canteen ceremony. ... more
Pentagon conducts latest successful test of US-Japan interceptor
Washington (AFP) Dec 11, 2018
The US military on Tuesday successfully conducted a test of a new ballistic-missile interceptor system, which is being co-developed with Japan. ... more
US military declares five missing Marines dead after Japan crash
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 11, 2018
The US military said Tuesday it had pronounced five missing Marines dead and was ending search operations nearly a week after two US military aircraft crashed off Japan. ... more
Pioneer bought by Hong-Kong fund
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2018
Japanese electronics firm Pioneer said Friday it will become a wholly owned unit of a Hong Kong-based fund to rebuild itself in a deal worth $904 million. ... more
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Fresh clashes in India temple dispute
Thiruvananthapuram, India (AFP) Jan 3, 2019
Clashes broke out in southern India for a second day Thursday as Hindu hardliners went on the rampage, seeking to enforce a general shutdown in protest at two women entering one of the country's holiest temples. A day after violence among rival groups and with police left one man dead and 15 people injured, authorities said that 266 protestors had been arrested across the state of Kerala. ... more
+ British navy called out to tackle migrant dinghies
+ One dead, 10 missing after cargo ship sinks off China
+ Storms, fires, heat waves: Year's disasters linked to climate change
+ Rescuers search for survivors in deadly Indonesian landslide
+ WFP accuses Houthi rebels of diverting humanitarian aid
+ People under the age of 21 can no longer buy assault rifles in Washington State
+ Disasters rock Indonesia's '10 New Balis' tourism push
Chemical catalysts turn tiny 2D sheets into 3D objects
Washington (UPI) Jan 3, 2019
Scientists have developed a small shape-changing sheet that contorts in reaction to chemical catalysts. The microfluidic sheet can form 3D shapes and move autonomously in a reactant-filled fluid. "Now we have this integrated system that utilizes a chemical reaction to activate the fluid motion that simultaneously transports a flexible object and 'sculpts' its shape, and it all happens a ... more
+ New metamaterial offers exceptional sound transportation
+ Silver nanowires promise more comfortable smart textiles
+ New composite advances lignin as a renewable 3D printing material
+ Rippling: What happens when layered materials are pushed to the brink
+ 'Frozen' copper behaves as noble metal in catalysis: study
+ A major step closer to a viable recording material for future hard disk drives
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Cold reminders of Earth's last great cold snap revealed in the deep Pacific
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 04, 2019
Chilly reminders of a centuries-long cold snap can be found deep within the Pacific, a new study finds. According to the results, ongoing cooling observed in Pacific deep-ocean temperatures indicates that the deep Pacific is still adjusting to the surface cooling that occurred during the Little Ice Age, which began nearly 1,000 years ago. The common-era climate anomaly known as the L ... more
+ Iran sees 'revival' of imperilled Lake Urmia
+ Seagrass saves beaches and money
+ Droughts boost emissions as hydropower dries up
+ Health checkups for alpine lakes
+ Collecting clean water from air, inspired by desert life
+ New management strategies may help Los Angeles avoid future water crises
+ Protected Chilean sea lions are the 'enemy' of fishermen
Carrying and releasing nanoscale cargo with 'nanowrappers'
Upton NY (SPX) Jan 04, 2019
This holiday season, scientists at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) - a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory - have wrapped a box of a different kind. Using a one-step chemical synthesis method, they engineered hollow metallic nanosized boxes with cube-shaped pores at the corners and demonstrated how these "nanowrappers" can be ... more
+ Illuminating nanoparticle growth with X-rays
+ Pitt chemical engineers develop new theory to build improved nanomaterials
+ MIT team invents method to shrink objects to the nanoscale
+ Artificial synapses made from nanowires
+ How microscopic machines can fail in the blink of an eye
+ Stealth-cap technology for light-emitting nanoparticles
+ Nano-scale process may speed arrival of cheaper hi-tech products
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Eyeing China, US to hold missile drill in Japan's Okinawa: report
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 3, 2019
The US military will this year conduct its first ever missile drill around the Japanese island of Okinawa, according to a report Thursday, as Washington seeks to counter an increasingly assertive China. The US military has told its Japanese counterpart it plans to deploy surface-to-ship missiles in the strategically important Okinawa this year for the first such drill by Japan's key ally, th ... more
+ Lockheed awarded $3.3B for PAC-3 missiles for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
+ Missile Defense Agency awards Lockheed Martin contract to design, manufacture and construct defense radar station in Hawaii
+ US approves $3.5 billion Patriot missile sale to Turkey
+ Pentagon conducts latest successful test of US-Japan interceptor
+ Aegis Combat System demonstrates success during on-land test against Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile
+ Navy to purchase new containers for air defense missiles
+ Navy to commission new Arleigh Burke destroyer USS Thomas Hudner
China's Chang'e-4 makes historic landing on moon's far side
Beijing (AFP) Jan 03, 2019
A Chinese lunar rover landed on the far side of the moon on Thursday, in a global first that boosts Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower. The Chang'e-4 probe touched down and sent a photo of the so-called "dark side" of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications to controllers on Earth, state broadcaster CCTV said. Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022, and of eventually sending humans to the moon. ... more
+ China launches telecommunication technology test satellite
+ China launches first Hongyun project satellite
+ China's Chang'e-4 probe enters lunar orbit
+ China launches rover for first far side of the moon landing
+ Evolving Chinese Space Ecosystem To Foster Innovative Environment
+ China sends 5 satellites into orbit via single rocket
+ China releases smart solution for verifying reliability of space equipment components

Growing bio-inspired shapes with hundreds of tiny robots
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Jan 02, 2019
Hundreds of small robots can work in a team to create biology-inspired shapes - without an underlying master plan, purely based on local communication and movement. To achieve this, researchers from EMBL, CRG and Bristol Robotics Laboratory introduced the biological principles of self-organisation to swarm robotics. Science Robotics publishes the results on 19 December. "We show that it is ... more
+ Self-driving rovers tested in Mars-like Morocco
+ First Harris T7 bomb disposal robots sent to British army
+ New models sense human trust in smart machines
+ Robot shown on Russian TV revealed to be man in costume
+ Artificial joint restores wrist-like movements to forearm amputees
+ Norfolk Navy Shipyard introducing exoskeletons for workers
+ Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances
China's population shrinks despite two-child policy: experts
Beijing (AFP) Jan 3, 2019
China's population shrank last year for the first time in 70 years, experts said, warning of a "demographic crisis" that puts pressure on the country's slowing economy. The world's most populous nation of some 1.4 billion for decades limited most families to one child in an attempt to keep population growth sustainable. But since 2016 it has allowed couples to have two children in respon ... more
+ China's 'Jack the Ripper' executed
+ Hong Kong democracy camp kicks off 2019 with protests
+ Arrests fuel anxieties among China Canadian expats
+ China to mark Year of the Pig with "Peppa Pig" movie
+ Canadian teacher detained in China is freed
+ China university students protest Marxist group shakeup
+ Wife of detained China lawyer blocked from submitting court petition

China launches six Yunhai-2 satellites for atmospheric environment research
Jiuquan (XNA) Jan 01, 2019
China successfully sent six atmospheric environment research satellites and a test communication satellite into orbit Saturday. They were launched by a Long March-2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 4:00 p.m. The six Yunhai-2 satellites will be used to study atmospheric environment, monitor space environment, prevent and reduce disasters, and cond ... more
+ Declining particulate pollution led to increased ozone pollution in China
+ Reliable tropical weather pattern to change in a warming climate
+ Research reveals 'fundamental finding' about Earth's outer core
+ First detection of rain over the ocean by navigation satellites
+ New threat to ozone recovery
+ ICESat-2 helps scientists measure ice thickness in the Weddell Sea
+ HyperScout demonstrates that satellite imagery can be processed in space

A 'bran' new way to preserve healthy food with natural ingredients
University Park PA (SPX) Jan 04, 2019
A natural antioxidant found in grain bran could preserve food longer and replace synthetic antioxidants currently used by the food industry, according to researchers at Penn State. "Currently, there's a big push within the food industry to replace synthetic ingredients with natural alternatives, and this is being driven by consumers," said Andrew S. Elder, doctoral candidate in food scienc ... more
+ Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth by 40 percent
+ Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage
+ Scientists: 'Time is ripe' to use big data for planet-sized plant questions
+ Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions: WEF
+ China tobacco monopoly's global unit plans Hong Kong IPO
+ Climate change takes toll on French oyster farmers
+ Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage
Galaxy collision could send solar system flying
Durham UK (SPX) Jan 04, 2019
A nearby galaxy is hurtling towards the Milky Way on a collision course that could fling our solar system into interstellar space. New research led by astrophysicists at Durham University, UK, predicts that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) could hit the Milky Way in two billion years' time. The collision could occur much earlier than the predicted impact between the Milky Way and another n ... more
+ Early protostar already has a warped disk
+ Baby star's fiery tantrum could create building blocks of planets
+ Scientists discover how and when DNA replicates
+ NASA study finds sugars, key ingredient for life, can form in space
+ Narrowing the universe in the search for life
+ A young star caught forming like a planet
+ Planets with Oxygen Don't Necessarily Have Life

An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2018
A team of researchers from France, Sweden, and Denmark have identified a new strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, in DNA extracted from 5,000-year-old human remains. Their analyses, publishing December 6 in the journal Cell, suggest that this strain is the closest ever identified to the genetic origin of plague. Their work also suggests that plague may have been spread amo ... more
+ China confirms first swine fever cases in Beijing
+ 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
CAR rebels buy weapons from Sudan traffickers: UN report
United Nations, United States (AFP) Jan 2, 2019
Muslim rebels who briefly seized power in the Central African Republic in 2013 have received fresh weapons supplies from traffickers in Sudan even as they take part in peace talks, according to a UN panel of experts. The panel tasked with monitoring sanctions on the Central African Republic said in a report that leaders of the former Seleka alliance were re-arming to counter the deployment o ... more
+ Jimmy Carter says US, China should partner in Africa
+ Zambia's president fires army chiefs
+ S.Leone ex-defence minister released amid arrests
+ China dismisses Africa debt fears at start of FM tour
+ Qatar sends 24 armoured vehicles to Mali
+ Former S.Leone defense minister arrested for alleged graft
+ Suspected killers of Nigeria ex-defence chief arrested: police
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Russian Soyuz Vehicles to Carry Out Record-Long Missions to ISS in 2019
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 03, 2019
The duration of the longest mission to the ISS to date is 215 days, according to a source in the aerospace industry. The Russian manned Soyuz spacecraft will perform record-long missions to the International Space Station (ISS), lasting for seven months, this year, a source in the aerospace industry told Sputnik. "Soyuz MS-12 is to be launched on March 1 and is to land on October 3 w ... more
+ 2018's privatized space race reached for asteroids, Mars
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+ Global tech show to celebrate innovation amid mounting concerns
+ Roscosmos chief's visit to US in keeping with historical norms
+ India to send three-person crew on landmark space mission
+ Cabinet approves 'Gaganyaan programme' for manned flight to space
+ Russian Cosmonaut Dismisses Rumours About ISS Crew, Hole in Soyuz Spaceship
Trump says received 'great' letter from N. Korea's Kim
Washington (AFP) Jan 2, 2019
US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he had received a "great letter" from Kim Jong Un, after the North Korean leader warned Pyongyang may change its approach to nuclear talks if Washington persists with sanctions. "I just got a great letter from Kim Jong Un," Trump told a cabinet meeting, reiterating that he still expected to hold a second summit with the North Korean leader, after the ... more
+ Kim warns N. Korea could consider change of tack
+ Weapons radar row flares up between S. Korea and Japan
+ US warns Iran against space launch
+ US military apologizes for tweet about dropping bombs
+ Trump 'looks forward' to new meeting with N.Korea's Kim
+ Japan rebukes S. Korea for weapons radar lock on war plane
+ US willing to discuss trust-building with N. Korea: envoy
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