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January 08, 2019
China must act to stem Myanmar's runaway meth trade: report

Yangon (AFP) Jan 8, 2019
China should rein in the methamphetamine-producing militias under its influence in eastern Myanmar and stem the flow of precursor chemicals fuelling the multi-billion-dollar drug trade, a report Tuesday said. Myanmar's Shan state is now thought to be one of the largest producers - if not the largest producer - of meth in the world, feeding a growing market that stretches as far as Japan and Australia. The country's restive eastern borderlands have hosted a flourishing narcotics trade for decad ... read more

Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 5, 2019
A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna Saturday as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction. ... more
SoftBank scaling back WeWork investment: report
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 8, 2019
SoftBank is scaling back plans for fresh investment in shared-office provider WeWork, reports said Tuesday, slashing a multi-billion-dollar injection in the loss-making company. ... more
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. ... 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
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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
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
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
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
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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
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

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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
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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
Mystery of Black Hole Coronae Deepens
Saitami, Japan (SPX) Dec 18, 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
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
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
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Brazil troops deploy to stop criminal attacks in northern city
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Jan 5, 2019
A special deployment of Brazilian troops began fanning out in the northern city of Fortaleza Saturday with orders to stop a spike in violent attacks by criminal gangs against banks, buses and shops, officials said. By the end of the weekend, 300 soldiers will be patrolling that city and other towns in Ceara state in a bid to halt the rampage, national public security secretary Guilherme Teop ... more
+ China must act to stem Myanmar's runaway meth trade: report
+ Britain warns on travel to southern India after temple unrest
+ Pentagon asked for more help on the US-Mexico border: official
+ Army helps Dutch island clean-up after ship spills cargo
+ British navy joins patrol for Channel migrant dinghies
+ Scientists use satellite images to measure household poverty
+ Death toll from Philippine storm, landslides climbs to 126
Raytheon contracts Elbit Systems for Two Color Laser System
Washington (UPI) Jan 4, 2019
Raytheon has been awarded a contract to Elbit Systems of America for the Two Color Laser System, a surveillance system element onboard military aircraft. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in a news release on Elbit Systems' website, but the U.S. subsidiary of the Israeli company said the contract would be carried out in 2019. The Two Color Laser System serves the Multi-Spec ... more
+ A high-performance material at extremely low temperatures
+ Chemical catalysts turn tiny 2D sheets into 3D objects
+ Rippling: What happens when layered materials are pushed to the brink
+ New metamaterial offers exceptional sound transportation
+ Predicting the properties of a new class of glasses
+ Sustainable 'plastics' are on the horizon
+ MIT researchers develop novel 3D printing method for transparent glass

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
+ Marshalls treat grounded Chinese vessel as 'crime scene'
+ A century and half of reconstructed ocean warming offers clues for the future
+ The long memory of the Pacific Ocean
+ Thousands stung in Australian jellyfish 'invasion'
+ Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market
+ Device cleaning up Great Pacific Garbage Patch breaks
+ Turkey's 12,000-year-old town about to be engulfed
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
In space, the US sees a rival in China
Washington (AFP) Jan 6, 2019
During the Cold War, US eyes were riveted on the Soviet Union's rockets and satellites. But in recent years, it has been China's space programs that have most worried US strategists. China, whose space effort is run by the People's Liberation Army, today launches more rockets into space than any other country - 39 last year, compared to 31 by the United States, 20 by Russia and eight by Eur ... more
+ China's Chang'e-4 makes historic landing on moon's far side
+ 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

Breadmaking robot startup eyes fresh connections
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 7, 2019
The robot breadmaker came to Las Vegas this week, aiming to bring some freshness to a sector that may be ready for disruption. Wilkinson Baking Company unveiled its BreadBot at the Consumer Electronics Show, a machine that mixes and bakes up to 235 loaves a day. Chief executive Randall Wilkinson said the device can lower costs and produce fresher breads than are available in most America ... more
+ How game theory can bring humans and robots closer together
+ Growing bio-inspired shapes with hundreds of tiny robots
+ 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
13 Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive: official
Ottawa (AFP) Jan 4, 2019
Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China following the arrest on December 1 of a senior executive from Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei, Ottawa said Thursday, with eight subsequently released. Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Guillaume Berube confirmed the detentions to AFP, adding the figures excluded Hong Kong. The thirteen include former diplomat Michael Kovrig and cons ... more
+ Attacker wounds 20 children at Beijing school
+ China's population shrinks despite two-child policy: experts
+ 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

Satellite images reveal global poverty
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Jan 08, 2019
How far have we come in achieving the UN's sustainable development goals that we are committed to nationally and internationally? Yes, it can be difficult to make a global assessment of poverty and poor economic conditions, but with an eye in the sky, researchers are able to give us a very good hint of the living conditions of populations in the world's poor countries. If we are to achieve ... more
+ New nanosatellite system captures better imagery at lower cost
+ Declining particulate pollution led to increased ozone pollution in China
+ China launches six Yunhai-2 satellites for atmospheric environment research
+ 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

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
+ Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions: WEF
+ Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage
+ China tobacco monopoly's global unit plans Hong Kong IPO
+ Scientists: 'Time is ripe' to use big data for planet-sized plant questions
+ Climate change takes toll on French oyster farmers
+ Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage
TESS discovers its third new planet, with longest orbit yet
Boston MA (SPX) Jan 08, 2019
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, has discovered a third small planet outside our solar system, scientists announced this week at the annual American Astronomical Society winter meeting in Seattle. The new planet, named HD 21749b, orbits a bright, nearby dwarf star about 53 light-years away, in the constellation Reticulum, and appears to have the longest orbital period of ... more
+ Galaxy collision could send solar system flying
+ 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

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
Gabon says coup bid thwarted as president abroad
Libreville (AFP) Jan 7, 2019
A group of soldiers sought to take power in Gabon on Monday while the country's ailing president was abroad, but the government declared the bid had failed and the rebels had been arrested. Soldiers burst into state radio offices at dawn and called on the public to "rise up" after President Ali Bongo suffered a stroke last year while out of the country. Shots were heard around state broa ... more
+ Somalia refuses to take back expelled UN envoy
+ Gabon foils coup attempt, with ailing president out of country
+ CAR rebels buy weapons from Sudan traffickers: UN report
+ China dismisses Africa debt fears at start of FM tour
+ Jimmy Carter says US, China should partner in Africa
+ Zambia's president fires army chiefs
+ S.Leone ex-defence minister released amid arrests
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45 OG Det 3 prepares for human spaceflight return
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Jan 08, 2019
When space shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 mission lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on July 8, 2011, emotions were high. A history book, penned by NASA, spanning 30-years of manned space shuttles was now closed. Few were certain when the United States would send an astronaut into space again, if ever. Years have passed and American astronauts have been sent to the International Space Station ... more
+ US gadget love forecast to grow despite trust issues
+ Russia demands explanation over US snub to space chief
+ Roscosmos Expects NASA to Explain Position on Rogozin's Visit to US
+ Russian Soyuz Vehicles to Carry Out Record-Long Missions to ISS in 2019
+ India Approves $1.4Bln for First Manned Spaceflight to be Launched in 2022
+ Eating your veggies, even in space
+ Roscosmos chief's visit to US in keeping with historical norms
US warns Iran against space launch
Washington (AFP) Jan 3, 2019
The United States on Thursday warned Iran of consequences if it goes ahead with plans to send off three space launch vehicles, charging despite Tehran's denials that the move would violate a UN resolution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iran's satellite-delivery rockets used technology "virtually identical" to nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, which could eventually include long- ... more
+ Trump says US, N.Korea 'negotiating' on location for next Kim summit
+ Kim seeks to up ante with Xi summit: analysts
+ Iran to deploy warships to Atlantic: media
+ North Korea's Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit
+ Trump says received 'great' letter from N. Korea's Kim
+ Fulcrum IT receives $128M contract for intelligence work in S. Korea
+ Trump 'looks forward' to new meeting with N.Korea's Kim
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