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January 10, 2019
Astronomers find warped protoplanetary disk around distant star

Washington (UPI) Jan 8, 2019
Researchers in Japan have identified a young star with an already warped protoplanetary disk. The discovery could help scientists better understand how planets come to travel in slightly askew orbital planes. Until now, astronomers assumed the sometimes off-kilter orbital planes of planets is caused by the gravitational influences of larger planets. In other words, the feature is acquired, not innate. But using observations from the ALMA radio observatory in Chile, researchers at RIKEN l ... read more

Canada's Trudeau raps Japan PM on whale hunt
Ottawa (AFP) Jan 8, 2019
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday took issue with Japan's plan to resume commercial whaling in a telephone call with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. ... more
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. ... more
Softbank scales back WeWork investment to $2 bn
New York (AFP) Jan 10, 2019
Japanese technology giant SoftBank has invested $2 billion in shared-office provider WeWork, considerably less than the US start-up was hoping for to fund its expansion. ... 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
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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. ... 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
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
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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
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

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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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
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
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Storm wrecks Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon
Arsal, Lebanon (AFP) Jan 8, 2019
Heavy rains and snow wrecked several informal settlements housing Syrian refugees in Lebanon and left thousands in need of emergency assistance, aid workers said on Tuesday. Some of the worst affected were the refugees living in Arsal, a mountainous border area in northern Lebanon where the roofs of rudimentary shacks caved under the weight of the snow. "Look at this weather, we are cut ... more
+ China must act to stem Myanmar's runaway meth trade: report
+ Brazil reinforces troops trying to stop northeast crime wave
+ 'Come together': US Dems introduce gun background check bill
+ With phone and hashtag, Saudi asylum seeker outflanks Thai authorities
+ Scientists use satellite images to measure household poverty
+ Global natural disasters wreak $160 bn damage in 2018: Munich Re
+ Brazil troops deploy to stop criminal attacks in northern city
Holographic color printing for optical security
Singapore (SPX) Jan 09, 2019
Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have invented a new type of anti-counterfeiting device that can be useful for counterfeit deterrence of important documents such as identity cards, passports and banknotes. Calling it "holographic colour prints", the research team led by Associate Professor Joel Yang demonstrated an optical device that appears as a r ... more
+ New technique offers rapid assessment of radiation exposure
+ A high-performance material at extremely low temperatures
+ Chemical catalysts turn tiny 2D sheets into 3D objects
+ Raytheon contracts Elbit Systems for Two Color Laser System
+ New metamaterial offers exceptional sound transportation
+ Rippling: What happens when layered materials are pushed to the brink
+ Predicting the properties of a new class of glasses

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
+ A century and half of reconstructed ocean warming offers clues for the future
+ Experts warn against mega-dams in lowland tropical forests
+ Device cleaning up Great Pacific Garbage Patch breaks
+ Turkey's 12,000-year-old town about to be engulfed
+ Warm water is attracting bluefin tuna to Britain
+ Thousands stung in Australian jellyfish 'invasion'
+ Marshalls treat grounded Chinese vessel as 'crime scene'
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 launches telecommunication technology test satellite
+ China's Chang'e-4 makes historic landing on moon's far side
+ 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
+ Deere puts spotlight on high-tech farming
+ Artificial bug eyes
+ 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
Chinese ambassador accuses Canada of 'white supremacy' in Huawei case
Ottawa (AFP) Jan 9, 2019
A Chinese envoy on Wednesday accused Canada and its allies of "Western egotism and white supremacy" for demanding the immediate release of two Canadians held for alleged spying. In a letter published by The Hill Times newspaper, China's ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye also criticized the "groundless" detention of a top Chinese tech executive at the request of the United States. China detai ... more
+ Hong Kong unveils law banning insults to Chinese national anthem
+ Malaysia probes claim China offered to bail out 1MDB
+ Attacker wounds 20 children at Beijing school
+ 13 Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive: official
+ China's population shrinks despite two-child policy: experts
+ China's 'Jack the Ripper' executed
+ Hong Kong democracy camp kicks off 2019 with protests

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

US startup eyes next generation of burgers with relish
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 9, 2019
Can a "high-tech" burger help save the planet? In one sense, it's just a patty made from plant protein. But the founders of California-based Impossible Foods argue the product can have a big impact by reducing the amount of land needed for beef and other livestock production. Impossible Foods, which began in 2011, chose the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to launch its "next gener ... more
+ Kosher high-tech office lures Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox
+ A 'bran' new way to preserve healthy food with natural ingredients
+ Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth by 40 percent
+ Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage
+ Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions: WEF
+ China tobacco monopoly's global unit plans Hong Kong IPO
+ Scientists: 'Time is ripe' to use big data for planet-sized plant questions
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
+ Astronomers find warped protoplanetary disk around distant star
+ Citizen scientists find unusual exoplanet among Kepler data
+ Young planets orbiting red dwarfs may lack ingredients for life
+ Nature's magnifying glass reveals unexpected intermediate mass exoplanets
+ Space microbes aren't so alien after all
+ First comprehensive, interactive tool to track SETI searches
+ Galaxy collision could send solar system flying

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
US conducts series of strikes in Somalia
Washington (AFP) Jan 9, 2019
US forces have conducted a series of air strikes in Somalia in recent days, including one announced Wednesday that officials said killed six jihadists. The strikes come as part of an ongoing mission in which US forces are working with African Union and Somali national security forces to fight the Shabaab movement. According to US Africa Command (AFRICOM), the US conducted strikes each da ... more
+ Ugandan officers charged with abducting Rwanda refugees
+ Gabon foils coup attempt, with ailing president out of country
+ Gabon says coup bid thwarted as president abroad
+ Somalia refuses to take back expelled UN envoy
+ 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
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Star Trek style translators step closer to reality at gadget show
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 10, 2019
Once confined to the realms of science fiction, near real-time translation devices that whisper discretely into your ear during a conversation are finally coming of age thanks to leaps in AI and cloud computing. An array of companies at the Consumer Electronics Show are promoting increasingly sophisticated devices that allow people speaking different languages to converse with the help of ha ... more
+ NASA fell victim to Trump-Congress Feud says Rogozin
+ Russian space chief says US shutdown delayed NASA visit
+ Blue Origin to start flying tourists on New Shepard suborbital vehicle in 2019
+ US gadget love forecast to grow despite trust issues
+ Eating your veggies, even in space
+ Shutdown keeps US experts away from scientific conferences
+ 45 OG Det 3 prepares for human spaceflight return
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
+ China's Xi hopes US, N. Korea will 'meet halfway'
+ Factory tour for N. Korea's Kim on secretive Beijing visit
+ N. Korea's Kim ends Beijing visit as Trump summit looms
+ North Korea's Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit
+ Kim seeks to up ante with Xi summit: analysts
+ North Korea's Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit
+ Trump says US, N.Korea 'negotiating' on location for next Kim summit
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