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February 05, 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

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
'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
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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Chinese chemical firm 'misled' investigators over deadly blast
Beijing (AFP) Feb 3, 2019
The Chinese chemical firm responsible for an explosion that killed 24 people and injured 21 others in northern China last year hid information and misled investigators, said local authorities in a report published Sunday. A gas leak caused the explosion last November at a PVC production plant in Zhangjiakou, a northern Chinese city in Hebei province that will host part of the 2022 Winter Oly ... more
+ 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
+ 14 dead, seven missing in Bolivian landslides
+ Study reveals wildlife is abundant in Chernobyl
+ Mexican president declares 'drug war' over
+ Probe over Brazil dam disaster puts heat on mining company Vale
South African-Scottish research team demonstrate fractal light from lasers
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Feb 01, 2019
We've all seen it before. The beautifully painted butterfly that appears when you spread open two sheets of paper, after covering them with paint and pushing them together. The geometrically shaped patterns of a shell of a tortoise, or the construction of the shell of a snail; the leaves of a succulent plant that repeat themselves over and over again, to create an intricate pattern; or the frost ... more
+ Environmentally stable laser emits exceptionally pure light
+ Self-growing materials that strengthen in response to force
+ New 3D printer shapes objects with rays of light
+ Artificial intelligence ARTIST instantly captures materials' properties
+ Capella Space Selects Phase Four for Maxwell On-Orbit Propulsion System
+ Maxar/SSL ends participation in DARPA's robotic satellites servicing program
+ Observers Puzzled by Mysterious 'Empty Trash Bag' Orbiting Earth

Study: Much of the surface ocean will shift in color by end of 21st century
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 05, 2019
Climate change is causing significant changes to phytoplankton in the world's oceans, and a new MIT study finds that over the coming decades these changes will affect the ocean's color, intensifying its blue regions and its green ones. Satellites should detect these changes in hue, providing early warning of wide-scale changes to marine ecosystems. Writing in Nature Communications, researc ... more
+ Deadly Brazil dam collapse raises fears of environmental woes
+ Passing aircraft wring extra snow and rain out of clouds
+ MERMAIDs reveal secrets from below the ocean floor
+ 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
+ Study: Environmental regulations may have unintended consequences in energy production
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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Raytheon, Lockheed contracted for Patriot systems for foreign customers
Washington (UPI) Feb 4, 2019
Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. have been awarded separate U.S. Army contracts totaling nearly $45 million for foreign customers of Patriot missile systems. The Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target Advanced Capability-3, or Patriot PAC-3, are used to defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. The PAC-3 missi ... more
+ Japan approved for $2.15B buy of Aegis Ashore missile defense systems
+ 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
Seed of moon's first sprout: Chinese scientists' endeavor
Beijing (XNA) Feb 05, 2019
An experiment that saw the first-ever plant sprouting on the moon last month was born in a natural disaster that devastated China's cotton-industry almost three decades ago. Li Fuguang was one of the Chinese agricultural scientists whose years of hard work might one day help lead to a base and long-term human residence on the moon. He was on the team that developed the cotton seeds c ... more
+ China to send over 50 spacecraft into space via over 30 launches in 2019
+ 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

Engineers build a soft robotics perception system inspired by humans
San Diego CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2019
An international team of researchers has developed a perception system for soft robots inspired by the way humans process information about their own bodies in space and in relation to other objects and people. They describe the system, which includes a motion capture system, soft sensors, a neural network, and a soft robotic finger, in the Jan. 30 issue of Science Robotics. The researcher ... more
+ A step closer to self-aware machines
+ Most people overlook artificial intelligence despite flawless advice
+ Building Trusted Human-Machine Partnerships
+ A reconfigurable soft actuator
+ Engineers program marine robots to take calculated risks
+ Automation to hit most jobs, but overall impact 'muted': study
+ The first tendril-like soft robot able to climb
Chinese 'underground' bishop gains official recognition: state media
Beijing (AFP) Feb 2, 2019
A bishop from China's "underground" Catholic church is slated to step up as the official state-backed clergyman for a diocese in central China, state-run media reported, amid a thaw in relations between Beijing and the Holy See. China's estimated 10 million Catholics are legally supposed to attend only churches governed by a state-controlled body with clergy appointed by the Communist Party. ... more
+ Muse: Myanmar's militia-run, billion-dollar gateway to China
+ 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
+ Visualization of regions of electromagnetic wave-plasma interactions surrounding the Earth
+ Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent
+ 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

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
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
French air strikes 'repel incursion into Chad from Libya'
Paris (AFP) Feb 4, 2019
French warplanes on Sunday struck twice to halt an armed group that crossed into northern Chad from Libya in a column of 40 pickup trucks, the French military said, adding it acted at Chad's request. A rebel group opposed to President Idriss Deby said it had been the target of the strikes, and warned France that its act could stir "hostility towards the French." In a statement on Monday, ... more
+ Sudan protesters chant 'freedom' as police fire tear gas
+ New DR Congo seeks to reassure security forces
+ C.Africa peace talks suspended: govt
+ Gabon government reshuffle includes new defence minister
+ C. Africa Republic peace talks stumble over militia amnesty
+ African arms market to grow by 50 pct over five years: analyst
+ US strike kills 24 jihadists in Somalia: Pentagon
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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
+ Over 10 Liters of Water Leaked From Space Toilet at US Segment at ISS
+ Waystation to the Solar System
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+ 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
Russia suspends nuclear missile treaty in tit-for-tat with US
Moscow (AFP) Feb 2, 2019
Russia vowed Saturday to develop "new types of weapons" as it suspended a Cold War-era nuclear missile treaty with the United States, which pulled back from the pact a day earlier, raising the spectre of a new arms race. In a high-stakes tit-for-tat with US President Donald Trump, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said: "Our American partners have announced they are suspending their participatio ... more
+ Iran warns Europe not to force 'strategic leap' on missile range
+ US-NKorea summit details to be announced next week: Trump
+ US, S. Korea meet on eve of Trump-Kim II preparatory talks
+ US bolts Cold War missile treaty as Russia warns of arms race
+ Europe frets about arms race as Germany says missile treaty dead
+ Facebook takes down vast Iran-led manipulation campaign
+ NATO 'fully' supports US withdrawal from missile treaty
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