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February 04, 2019
Air Force sends two B-52 bombers over East China Sea

Washington (UPI) Jan 31, 2019
The U.S. Air Force flew two B-52 bombers over the East China Sea and Sea of Japan in what it described as a "routine training" amid trade tensions with China. Two nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress aircraft departed Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. territory of Guam on Monday, U.S. Pacific Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Victoria Hight Aircraft told the Japan Times. Spots, a Twitter account tracking movements of military aircraft, showed that the exercise took the bombers over the East ... read more

'A way of life': Japan's whalers back treaty withdrawal
Minamiboso, Japan (AFP) Jan 31, 2019
Neatly lining up sliced whale meat to make "jerky" in the wintry sea breeze, Tetsuya Masaki says whaling is just part of daily life in his tiny Japanese community of Minamiboso. ... more
Researchers find a way to boost sodium-ion battery performance
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Feb 04, 2019
Researchers at the Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech) in Japan have demonstrated that a specific material can act as an efficient battery component for sodium-ion batteries that will compete wi ... more
Japan approved for $2.15B buy of Aegis Ashore missile defense systems
Washington (UPI) Jan 30, 2019
The U.S. State Department has approved Japan's $2.15 billion purchase of two land-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense systems. ... more
Japanese company seeks to pioneer artificial meteor showers
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Jan 25, 2019
Astro Live Experiences (ALE), a Japanese company founded in September 2011, is hoping to become the first company to produce artificial meteor showers in an effort to offer earthlings the jaw-droppi ... more
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Tipples and trash: A Japan waste plant opens its doors
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 29, 2019
A group of young Japanese snap selfies as they knock back a few drinks on a Friday night. But the backdrop to their photos is a mechanical claw stuffed with trash. ... more
Japanese Catholics urge Pope to send anti-nuclear message
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 27, 2019
Japanese Catholics on Sunday urged Pope Francis to send an anti-nuclear message from Hiroshima and Nagasaki when he travels to the country later this year. ... more
Qatar emir to visit Asia amid Gulf crisis
Doha (AFP) Jan 24, 2019
Qatar's ruler will visit South Korea, Japan and China - some of the energy-rich country's top trading partners - later this month, state media reported Thursday, amid a diplomatic Gulf crisis. ... more
A surprisingly early replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans in southern Spain
Seville, Spain (SPX) Jan 23, 2019
A new study of Bajondillo Cave (Malaga) by a team of researchers based in Spain, Japan and the UK, coordinated from the Universidad de Sevilla, reveals that modern humans replaced Neanderthals at th ... more
Paw patrol: Sony offers robocop dog at home
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 23, 2019
Sony's puppy-sized robot dog aibo, equipped with cameras, artificial intelligence and internet capability, can now remotely check up on family members, children or even pets, the Japanese electronics giant said Wednesday. ... more
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Japan launches Epsilon-4 rocket carrying private-sector satellites
Tokyo, Japan (XNA) Jan 21, 2019
Japan on Friday launched its Epsilon-4 rocket carrying seven small satellites built by 10 different private-sector organizations and universities, from Kagoshima Prefecture's Uchinoura Space Center, ... more
Japan launches Epsilon-4 Rocket with 7 satellites
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jan 21, 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Epsilon-4 launch vehicle with seven satellites from its Uchinoura Space Center on Friday, the live broadcast on the agency's website showed ... more
Tokyo airport tests driverless bus to shuttle visitors
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 22, 2019
Visitors pouring into Japan's Haneda airport for the Tokyo Olympics next year may find themselves ferried to and from planes on driverless buses, currently being tested at the major hub. ... more
Pompeo talks N.Korea with Tokyo and Seoul
Washington (AFP) Jan 21, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks on North Korea with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts ahead of a summit between Pyongyang's leader and the US president, the State Department said Monday. ... more
Tesla recalls more than 14,000 cars in China over Takata airbags
Shanghai (AFP) Jan 18, 2019
Electric-vehicle maker Tesla will recall 14,123 cars in China over airbags that contained a part made by now-defunct Japanese manufacturer Takata, the Chinese market regulator announced on Friday. ... more

Scientists identify two new species of fungi in retreating Arctic glacier

Japan's Hitachi freezes British nuclear project
London (AFP) Jan 17, 2019
Hitachi on Thursday froze construction of a nuclear power station in Wales due to financing difficulties, dealing a major blow to Britain's energy strategy and leaving the Japanese firm with a huge bill. ... more
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U.S., Japan participate in joint deployment in East China Sea
Washington (UPI) Jan 15, 2019
The United States and Japan conducted a joint two-day deployment in the South China for communication and maneuvering drills. ... more
Volcano erupts on small Japan island: agency
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 17, 2019
A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Thursday, the country's meteorological agency said, spewing ash and smoke into the air over the sparsely-inhabited area. ... more
Giant pattern discovered in the clouds of planet Venus
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jan 11, 2019
A Japanese research group has identified a giant streak structure among the clouds covering planet Venus based on observation from the spacecraft Akatsuki. The team also revealed the origins of this ... more
France to join North Korea surveillance at sea
Paris (AFP) Jan 11, 2019
France will Friday agree to join Japanese navy patrols off North Korea in a fresh sign of efforts to deepen ties and military links between Tokyo and Paris, officials said. ... more
Japan FM to visit Moscow amid tensions over island dispute
Moscow (AFP) Jan 11, 2019
Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono will visit Moscow next week for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on a decades-long row over four disputed islands, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday. ... more
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Study reveals wildlife is abundant in Chernobyl
Aiken SC (SPX) Feb 01, 2019
A scavenger study that used fish carcasses as bait provides additional evidence that wildlife is abundant in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, University of Georgia researchers said. A one-month camera study prompted the sighting of 10 mammal and five bird species, according to James Beasley, associate professor at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and the Warnell School of Forestry and Na ... more
+ Mexican president declares 'drug war' over
+ Chinese chemical firm 'misled' investigators over deadly blast
+ US sends 3,750 more troops to Mexico border: Pentagon
+ Brazilian indigenous community threatened in aftermath of dam burst
+ Refugees struggle for work amid Greek jobs drought
+ Probe over Brazil dam disaster puts heat on mining company Vale
+ 'Several thousand' more US troops to go to southern border: Pentagon
The 'stuff' of the universe keeps changing
Columbus OH (SPX) Feb 01, 2019
The composition of the universe - the elements that are the building blocks for every bit of matter - is ever-changing and ever-evolving, thanks to the lives and deaths of stars. An outline of how those elements form as stars grow and explode and fade and merge is detailed in a review article published Jan. 31 is the journal Science. "The universe went through some very interesting c ... more
+ Environmentally stable laser emits exceptionally pure light
+ Capella Space Selects Phase Four for Maxwell On-Orbit Propulsion System
+ Fluid-inspired material self-heals before your eyes
+ Groundbreaking new reusable adhesive works underwater
+ Maxar/SSL ends participation in DARPA's robotic satellites servicing program
+ Observers Puzzled by Mysterious 'Empty Trash Bag' Orbiting Earth
+ South African-Scottish research team demonstrate fractal light from lasers

Deadly Brazil dam collapse raises fears of environmental woes
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 1, 2019
A week after a dam storing mining waste collapsed in southeast Brazil, the human cost is clear, with 110 killed and 238 missing, presumed dead, but the environmental impact is still being evaluated. Authorities fear the mineral-laced slurry released by the collapse could eventually pollute the Sao Francisco River, the second-longest in Brazil, which hosts various species of fish and has many ... more
+ Passing aircraft wring extra snow and rain out of clouds
+ Climate change could make corals go it alone
+ Variations in seafloor create freak ocean waves
+ Waters west of Europe drive ocean overturning circulation, key for regulating climate
+ Australia river agency pilloried amid mass fish deaths
+ Sea of white: 'Hundreds of thousands' of fish dead in Australia
+ Australian researchers test shark-bite resistant wetsuit
Aerosol-assisted biosynthesis strategy enables functional bulk nanocomposites
Beijing, China (SPX) Jan 29, 2019
In the movie Avengers: Infinity War, one of the coolest scenes occurs when Iron Man activates his nanotech armor and controls nanoparticles to form the armor upon his skin. Actually, developing such a technique to assemble nanomaterials into macroscopic bulk materials that maintain their unique nanoscale properties is still a challenging task for scientists in the real world. Meanwhile, it is al ... more
+ Platinum forms nano-bubbles
+ New applications for encapsulated nanoparticles with promising properties
+ Chemical synthesis of nanotubes
+ Carrying and releasing nanoscale cargo with 'nanowrappers'
+ 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
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Japan approved for $2.15B buy of Aegis Ashore missile defense systems
Washington (UPI) Jan 30, 2019
The U.S. State Department has approved Japan's $2.15 billion purchase of two land-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense systems. On Tuesday, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale. Defense News reported it was the first foreign military sales announcement since the end of a 35-day partial government shu ... more
+ Moscow urges US to abandon plans to resurrect 'Star Wars'
+ Swedish army orders Rheinmetall trucks for Patriot missile systems
+ Israel Successfully Tests Arrow 3 Air Defence System
+ Israel, US test ballistic missile interceptor
+ Trump vows to boost America's missile defense
+ Syrian air defences shoot down Israeli missiles: state media
+ Eyeing China, US to hold missile drill in Japan's Okinawa: report
China to send over 50 spacecraft into space via over 30 launches in 2019
Beijing (XNA) Jan 31, 2019
China is going to send more than 50 spacecraft into space via over 30 launches this year, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) on Tuesday. The major missions include the third Long March-5 large carrier rocket to be launched in July, said Yang Baohua, vice president of the CASC, at a press conference. The second Long March-5 rocket was launched f ... more
+ China to deepen lunar exploration: space expert
+ China launches Zhongxing-2D satellite
+ China welcomes world's scientists to collaborate in lunar exploration
+ In space, the US sees a rival in China
+ 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

Engineers program marine robots to take calculated risks
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 01, 2019
We know far less about the Earth's oceans than we do about the surface of the moon or Mars. The sea floor is carved with expansive canyons, towering seamounts, deep trenches, and sheer cliffs, most of which are considered too dangerous or inaccessible for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to navigate. But what if the reward for traversing such places was worth the risk? MIT engine ... more
+ Engineers build a soft robotics perception system inspired by humans
+ A step closer to self-aware machines
+ Most people overlook artificial intelligence despite flawless advice
+ Building Trusted Human-Machine Partnerships
+ Automation to hit most jobs, but overall impact 'muted': study
+ The first tendril-like soft robot able to climb
+ Amazon rolls out 'Scout' delivery robots
Muse: Myanmar's militia-run, billion-dollar gateway to China
Muse, Myanmar (AFP) Jan 31, 2019
With tinted windows and their militia name emblazoned on the side of their Ford truck, "Pan Say" fighters cruise the sleazy streets of Muse, Myanmar's main gateway to China and awash with weapons and cash from casinos, drugs and sex. Ten armed groups run the Shan State border town of Muse, which is separated by a shallow river from the gleaming towers of its Chinese counterpart, Ruili. A ... more
+ Chinese 'underground' bishop gains official recognition: state media
+ Followed, harassed: foreign reporters say China work conditions worsen
+ US urges release of Chinese lawyer jailed for subversion
+ China executes man who killed 15 people in car attack
+ Chinese rights lawyer jailed for 'subversion'; Activist jailed for five years
+ Canadian drug trafficker has likely appealed China death sentence: lawyer
+ Australian detained in China receives consular visit: official

Earth-i Updates Satellite Map of Queensland, Australia
London, UK (SPX) Feb 04, 2019
New Space pioneer Earth-i has announced that it has completed the third annual update of the satellite map of the state of Queensland. The map covers the whole of Queensland's 1.9 million km2 and was created by Earth-i for the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME). The first map was produced in 2016 with Earth-i reappointed for updates in both 2017 and 2018. Aroun ... more
+ Extreme rainfall events are connected across the world
+ River levels tracked from space
+ Russia to launch Arctic weather satellite
+ Satellogic signs agreement with CGWIC to launch earth observation constellation of 90 satellites
+ Researchers develop new zoning tool that provides global topographic datasets in minutes
+ UK Space Agency COMPASS project aims to to improve crop yields for Mexican farmers
+ Satellite images reveal global poverty

Mites, not a virus, are the main threat to bees, study finds
Washington (UPI) Jan 30, 2019
Several studies have suggested parasitic mites both spread and worsen the effects of Deformed Wing Virus among honey bees. But new research shows the link between the two threats is tenuous. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists in Australia argue mites pose the greater threat to honey bee health. The virus, they say, is mostly an innocent bystan ... more
+ 'Radical rethink' needed to tackle obesity, hunger, climate: report
+ Weather at key growth stages predicts Midwest corn yield and grain quality
+ Cattle urine's planet-warming power can be curtailed with land restoration
+ Plants can smell, now researchers know how
+ Farm manure boosts greenhouse gas emissions even in winter
+ Ecological benefits of part-night lighting revealed
+ Brazil agriculture minister defends pro-business stance on indigenous lands
Nature's Magnifying Glass Reveals Unexpected Intermediate Mass Exoplanets
Maunakea HI (SPX) Feb 01, 2019
Astronomers have found a new exoplanet that could alter the standing theory of planet formation. With a mass that's between that of Neptune and Saturn, and its location beyond the "snow line" of its host star, an alien world of this scale was supposed to be rare. Aparna Bhattacharya, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Maryland and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), le ... more
+ Where Is Earth's Submoon?
+ Planetary collision that formed the Moon made life possible on Earth
+ Astronomers find star material could be building block of life
+ Double star system flips planet-forming disk into pole position
+ The Truth is Out There: New Online SETI Tool Tracks Alien Searches
+ First comprehensive, interactive tool to track SETI searches
+ Potential for life on planet around Barnard's Star

Protecting those on the frontline from Ebola
Charleston SC (SPX) Feb 04, 2019
In a world where we can travel the globe by jet, diseases that were once thought to plague faraway places can now strike close to home. The U.S. had to learn this the hard way. In 2014, a patient harboring Ebola returned home to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. Within 15 days of this person's arrival, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had confirmed two secondary cases in nurs ... more
+ Researchers develop new approach for vanquishing superbugs
+ China disciplines 80 officials linked to major vaccine scandal
+ Hong Kong scientists claim 'broad-spectrum' antiviral breakthrough
+ Chinese children given expired polio vaccines in latest scare
+ Danish malaria vaccine passes test in humans
+ An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans
+ China confirms first swine fever cases in Beijing
Gabon government reshuffle includes new defence minister
Libreville (AFP) Jan 30, 2019
Gabon's presidency announced changes Wednesday to the government sworn in two weeks ago, with President Ali Bongo still abroad recovering from a stroke and rival clans jockeying for power. The main change was the replacement of Etienne Massard Kabinda Makaga as defence minister with the mayor of Libreville, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda. Makaga, who had held the post since 2016, is a m ... more
+ C. Africa Republic peace talks stumble over militia amnesty
+ US strike kills 24 jihadists in Somalia: Pentagon
+ C.Africa peace talks suspended: govt
+ African arms market to grow by 50 pct over five years: analyst
+ Boko Haram attacks military bases in northeast Nigeria
+ Boko Haram attacks military bases in NE Nigeria: sources
+ S.Sudan urges foreign partners to fund peace deal
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ISRO Unveils Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Feb 01, 2019
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Thursday that it has launched a Human Space Flight Centre here. "Human Space Flight Centre is operational now... The facility is next to ISRO headquarters," the city-based space agency tweeted. The Centre is dedicated to developing critical technologies for human space missions. The facility, unveiled by former ISRO chairman ... more
+ Waystation to the Solar System
+ Blue Origin to make 10th flight test of space tourist rocket
+ Duration of UAE Astronaut's Mission on Board ISS Reduced to 8 Days
+ NASA Announces Updated Crew Assignment for Boeing Flight Test
+ China is growing crops on the far side of the moon
+ Beans to be next vegetable on astronauts' menu by 2021
+ Moon sees first cotton-seed sprout
Lockheed awarded $559.6M for Trident II D5 missiles, system support
Washington (UPI) Jan 31, 2019
Lockheed Martin Space was awarded a $559.6 million contract for production and system support of submarine-launched Trident II D5 missiles. The contract, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, covers Trident II D5 missile production for the U.S. and U.K. navies, both of which carry the missiles on their Ohio-class and Vanguard-class submarines. Work is expected to be c ... more
+ N.Korea 'unlikely' to give up all nuclear weapons: US intel chief
+ Iran still adhering to nuclear deal: CIA chief
+ 8 Iran environmentalists accused of 'spying' appear in court
+ Democratic White House hopeful Warren offers law barring first use of nukes
+ Iran warns Europe not to force 'strategic leap' on missile range
+ US-NKorea summit details to be announced next week: Trump
+ Russia suspends nuclear missile treaty in tit-for-tat with US
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