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February 06, 2019
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 with lithium-ion batteries for several battery characteristics, especially speed of charge. The findings were published in Scientific Reports in November of 2018 and was headed by Naoto Tanibata, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor at the Department of Advanced Ceramics at NITech. The popular lithium-ion ... 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
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. ... 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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US sends 3,750 more troops to Mexico border: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) Feb 4, 2019
The United States will send an additional 3,750 troops to its frontier with Mexico, the Pentagon said Sunday, as President Donald Trump doubled down on his call for a wall to boost border security. Soldiers were originally deployed to the border under an order President Donald Trump gave before midterm elections in November as "caravans" of migrants made their way to the border to seek asylu ... more
+ Brazilian indigenous community threatened in aftermath of dam burst
+ 14 dead, seven missing in Bolivian landslides
+ Study reveals wildlife is abundant in Chernobyl
+ Chinese chemical firm 'misled' investigators over deadly blast
+ Refugees struggle for work amid Greek jobs drought
+ Mexican president declares 'drug war' over
+ Probe over Brazil dam disaster puts heat on mining company Vale
Self-growing materials that strengthen in response to force
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Feb 01, 2019
A strategy inspired by the process responsible for muscle growth could lead to the development of stronger, longer-lasting materials. Hokkaido University researchers have developed a strategy to fabricate materials that become stronger in response to mechanical stress - mimicking skeletal muscle growth. Their findings, published in the journal Science, could pave the way for long-lasting m ... more
+ Raytheon's Spy-6 Navy radar passes most complicated test
+ Capella Space Selects Phase Four for Maxwell On-Orbit Propulsion System
+ 3D printed tires and shoes that self-repair
+ Researchers use artificial neural networks to streamline materials testing
+ Observing hydrogen's effects in metal
+ Atom probe tomography reveals chinks in iron crystals that can 'heal'
+ Green alternative to PET could be even greener

Ramped up efforts needed to protect the world's inland waters
Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 06, 2019
At least 15% of the world's inland surface water areas are covered by protected areas, according to a new study from the JRC. This is close to the global target of 17% set out in Aichi Target 11 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). However, surface water protection is very unevenly distributed globally, still falling well b ... more
+ Study: Much of the surface ocean will shift in color by end of 21st century
+ 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
Nano-infused ceramic could report on its own health
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 06, 2019
A ceramic that becomes more electrically conductive under elastic strain and less conductive under plastic strain could lead to a new generation of sensors embedded into structures like buildings, bridges and aircraft able to monitor their own health. The electrical disparity fostered by the two types of strain was not obvious until Rice University's Rouzbeh Shahsavari, an assistant profes ... more
+ Aerosol-assisted biosynthesis strategy enables functional bulk nanocomposites
+ 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
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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
+ Building Trusted Human-Machine Partnerships
+ A reconfigurable soft actuator
+ Most people overlook artificial intelligence despite flawless advice
+ 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

Plexscape partners with Birdi to offer up-to-date satellite imagery integration within CAD platform
Athens, Greece (SPX) Feb 06, 2019
Plexscape, developers of Plex.Earth, one of the most popular tools for AutoCAD for the acceleration of architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) projects, and Bird.i, a start-up that combines the latest satellite imagery and artificial intelligence technology to provide valuable business insights, are on a mission to change the way engineering projects are being designed by opening up ac ... more
+ Earth-i Updates Satellite Map of Queensland, Australia
+ Visualization of regions of electromagnetic wave-plasma interactions surrounding the Earth
+ Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent
+ New scale to characterize strength and impacts of atmospheric river storms
+ Extreme rainfall events are connected across the world
+ River levels tracked from space
+ Russia to launch Arctic weather satellite

Insecticides blamed for honeybee deaths in California almond groves
Washington (UPI) Feb 5, 2019
Researchers have identified a culprit for the dramatic honey bee die offs among the almond groves of California's Central Valley. Experiments showed a mixture of insecticide and fungicides, harmless in isolation, combined to form a deadly chemical cocktail. "Fungicides, often needed for crop protection, are routinely used during almond bloom, but in many cases growers were also a ... more
+ Mites, not a virus, are the main threat to bees, study finds
+ '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
ASU scientists study organization of life on a planetary scale
Tempe AZ (SPX) Feb 06, 2019
When we think of life on Earth, we might think of individual examples ranging from animals to bacteria. When astrobiologists study life, however, they have to consider not only individual organisms, but also ecosystems, and the biosphere as a whole. In astrobiology, there is an increasing interest in whether life as we know it is a quirk of the particular evolutionary history of the Earth ... more
+ Magnifying glass reveals unexpected intermediate mass exoplanets
+ 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

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
C.Africa government inks peace deal with militias
Khartoum (AFP) Feb 5, 2019
The government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups inked a new peace accord on Tuesday seeking to end years of fighting that have left thousands of people dead. The accord was initialled by President Faustin-Archange Touadera for the CAR government and by representatives of militias that control most of the chronically-troubled country. It will be formally signed on Wedne ... more
+ French air strikes 'repel incursion into Chad from Libya'
+ 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
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Russia to fly US Astronauts to ISS ahead of schedule
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 06, 2019
Russia will fulfil a contract on flying the US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and bringing them back on the Russian Soyuz manned spacecraft in December of 2019, a month and a half ahead of schedule, a source in the Russian space industry told Sputnik. "The previous version of the ISS flight program provided for the return of foreign astronauts, under a contract with th ... more
+ Over 10 Liters of Water Leaked From Space Toilet at US Segment at ISS
+ Waystation to the Solar System
+ Spotlight on Space Station science
+ ISRO Unveils Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru
+ 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
Latvia seeks international treaty after ill-fated missile pact
Washington (AFP) Feb 5, 2019
Latvia's foreign minister called Tuesday for long-term diplomacy to reach a new international agreement on intermediate-range missiles after the collapse of a landmark treaty between Russia and the United States. The NATO ally has supported the US decision to leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, agreeing with Washington that a new Russian missile system violated the 1987 ... more
+ UN experts say North Korea shielding missiles at airports
+ Russia to develop new missile systems in 2 years after treaty pullout
+ US special envoy for N. Korea going to Pyongyang: official
+ Iran warns Europe not to force 'strategic leap' on missile range
+ 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
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