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February 08, 2019
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe to land on asteroid on Feb 22

Tokyo (AFP) Feb 6, 2019
A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system is expected to land on the rock later this month, officials said Wednesday. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said the Hayabusa2 probe is expected to touch down on the Ryugu asteroid at 8am local time on February 22. "The landing point is decided and how we're going to land is confirmed, so we want to do our best to achieve this without making mistakes," JAXA project manager Yuichi ... read more

Deep sea reveals linkage between earthquake and carbon cycle
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Feb 08, 2019
An international team led by the Innsbruck geologists Arata Kioka, Tobias Schwestermann, Jasper Moernaut, and Michael Strasser could quantify for the first time the entire trench-wide volume of mari ... more
New materials for high-voltage supercapacitors
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Feb 08, 2019
A research team led by Tohoku University in Japan has developed new materials for supercapacitors with higher voltage and better stability than other materials. Their research was recently published ... 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
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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
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
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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
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

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
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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
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jan 17, 2019
Two new species of fungi have made an appearance in a rapidly melting glacier on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic, just west of Greenland. A collaborative team of researchers from Japan's Nat ... more
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
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
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Drought, Deluge Turned Stable Landslide into Disaster
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 08, 2019
"Stable landslide" sounds like a contradiction in terms, but there are indeed places on Earth where land has been creeping downhill slowly, stably and harmlessly for as long as a century. But stability doesn't necessarily last forever. For the first time, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and collaborating institutions have documented the transition of a st ... more
+ Study reveals wildlife is abundant in Chernobyl
+ Chinese chemical firm 'misled' investigators over deadly blast
+ US sends 3,750 more troops to Mexico border: Pentagon
+ Refugees struggle for work amid Greek jobs drought
+ 14 dead, seven missing in Bolivian landslides
+ Brazilian indigenous community threatened in aftermath of dam burst
+ Mexican president declares 'drug war' over
Momentus Announces Orders are Open for the Vigoride Orbit Transfer Service
Santa Clara CA (SPX) Feb 07, 2019
Momentus, provider of in-space transportation services, has announced that they are taking orders for their Vigoride and Vigoride Extended services (orbital repositioning for satellites with masses up to 250kg) and have signed their first customer: EXOLAUNCH, in a contract worth more than $6M. EXOLAUNCH (formerly ECM Launch Services), is a leading European launch services provider and cluster in ... more
+ Physicists take big step in nanolaser design
+ Supercomputing helps study two-dimensional materials
+ UC Riverside physicists create exotic electron liquid
+ Raytheon's Spy-6 Navy radar passes most complicated test
+ Green alternative to PET could be even greener
+ Will moving to the commercial cloud leave some data users behind?
+ 3D printed tires and shoes that self-repair

Sharp bends make rivers wander
Austin TX (SPX) Feb 07, 2019
Left to their own devices and given enough time, rivers wander, eroding their banks and leaving their old channels behind. It's a behavior that engineers have to keep in mind when managing rivers or planning projects near them. But new research from The University of Texas at Austin has revealed that old methods for estimating migration rates may be overthinking it. The research was led by ... more
+ 'Twilight Zone' could help preserve shallow water reefs
+ Study: Environmental regulations may have unintended consequences in energy production
+ Deep sea reveals linkage between earthquake and carbon cycle
+ Ramped up efforts needed to protect the world's inland waters
+ Study: Much of the surface ocean will shift in color by end of 21st century
+ MERMAIDs reveal secrets from below the ocean floor
+ Variations in seafloor create freak ocean waves
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
+ Research details sticky situations at the nanoscale
+ 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
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U.S. Army to purchase Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system
Washington (UPI) Feb 6, 2019
The U.S. Army will purchase Israeli-made and battle-tested Iron Dome missile defense system, it announced on Wednesday. The system is meant to protect soldiers from indirect-fire battlefield threats by intercepting and destroying incoming missiles, rockets and other artillery. Developed by Israel's state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries, the s ... more
+ US Army to buy two Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems
+ Raytheon, Lockheed contracted for Patriot systems for foreign customers
+ 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
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

A reconfigurable soft actuator
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 05, 2019
Mechanical systems, such as engines and motors, rely on two principal types of motions of stiff components: linear motion, which involves an object moving from one point to another in a straight line; and rotational motion, which involves an object rotating on an axis. Nature has developed far more sophisticated forms of movement - or actuation - that can perform complex functions more dir ... 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
+ Engineers program marine robots to take calculated risks
+ Building Trusted Human-Machine Partnerships
+ Automation to hit most jobs, but overall impact 'muted': study
+ The first tendril-like soft robot able to climb
Australia cancels residency of politically connected Chinese billionaire
Sydney (AFP) Feb 6, 2019
A prominent Chinese billionaire political donor has been stripped of his Australian residency and barred from returning to the country after scrutiny of his Communist Party ties, media reported Wednesday. Huang Xiangmo was reportedly left stranded outside of Australia after Home Affairs cancelled his permanent residency and rejected his application for citizenship. The prominent property ... more
+ Chinese 'underground' bishop gains official recognition: state media
+ 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

Open-access sat data allows tracking of seasonal population movements
University Park PA (SPX) Feb 08, 2019
A massive release of passive-surveillance satellite data of nighttime lights could help researchers in fields ranging from agriculture to epidemiology. Researchers at Penn State and the University of Southampton in the UK have provided open access to detailed satellite data on brightness for five cities in Niger and Nigeria from 2000 to 2005, as well as detailed methods for analyzing the data to ... more
+ Science key to taking the pulse of our planet
+ Plexscape partners with Birdi to offer up-to-date satellite imagery integration within CAD platform
+ Earth-i Updates Satellite Map of Queensland, Australia
+ Visualization of regions of electromagnetic wave-plasma interactions surrounding the Earth
+ New scale to characterize strength and impacts of atmospheric river storms
+ Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent
+ Extreme rainfall events are connected across the world

Gypsum as an agricultural product
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 07, 2019
Warren Dick has worked with gypsum for more than two decades. You'd think he'd be an expert on drywall and plastering because both are made from gypsum. But the use of gypsum that Dick studies might be unfamiliar to you: on farmland. "Gypsum is a good source of both calcium and sulfur, which crops need for good yields," says Dick. "We also found that it improves many other soil characteris ... more
+ Interdisciplinary approach only way to address soil erosion
+ How landscape plants have an impact on the carbon footprint
+ Four crops alone comprise close to 50 per cent of all crops grown globally
+ Prehistoric food globalization spanned three millennia
+ Chinese hunger for 'world's smelliest fruit' threatens Malaysian forests
+ Campaigners to Pope: $1m to charity if you go vegan for Lent
+ Drought-stricken Aussie farmers now battered by floods
Study shows unusual microbes hold clues to early life
East Boothbay ME (SPX) Feb 08, 2019
A new study has revealed how a group of deep-sea microbes provides clues to the evolution of life on Earth, according to a recent paper in The ISME Journal. Researchers used cutting-edge molecular methods to study these microbes, which thrive in the hot, oxygen-free fluids that flow through Earth's crust. Called Hydrothermarchaeota, this group of microbes lives in such an extreme environme ... more
+ Massive collision in the planetary system Kepler 107
+ ASU scientists study organization of life on a planetary scale
+ 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

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
+ China disciplines 80 officials linked to major vaccine scandal
+ Researchers develop new approach for vanquishing superbugs
+ 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
Nigeria's military given warning as polls approach
Abuja (AFP) Feb 7, 2019
Nigeria's military was on Thursday told to remain impartial in upcoming elections, as the main parties traded accusations and tensions mounted about possible violence and vote-rigging. Defence spokesman John Agim told reporters the armed forces reaffirmed "its neutrality, impartiality and strict adherence to professional conduct" before, during and after the vote. He promised "zero toler ... more
+ Central African peace deal still not fully signed: minister
+ Central African Republic peace deal signed in Bangui
+ C.Africa government inks peace deal with militias
+ New DR Congo seeks to reassure security forces
+ French air strikes 'repel incursion into Chad from Libya'
+ Sudan protesters chant 'freedom' as police fire tear gas
+ C.Africa peace talks suspended: govt
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Richard Branson says he'll fly to space by July
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2019
British billionaire Richard Branson plans to travel to space within the next four or five months aboard his own Virgin Galactic spaceship, he told AFP Thursday. "My wish is to go up on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, that's what we're working on," the head of the Virgin group said on the sidelines of an event to honor Virgin Galactic at the Air and Space Museum in Washington. ... more
+ Chao Presents Astronaut Wings to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crew
+ Russia to fly US Astronauts to ISS ahead of schedule
+ To divinity and beyond: questions over Ukraine space church's future
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+ ISRO Unveils Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru
+ Waystation to the Solar System
Yars ICBM Test Launched From Plesetsk Space Centre
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 07, 2019
Russia has test-launched an RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk space centre, the set tasks have been implemented in full, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement Wednesday. "On February 6, at 11:31 Moscow time, the Plesetsk state test space centre conducted a test launch of a Yars... solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) equipped with mu ... more
+ Iran Revolutionary Guards unveil 'new ballistic missile'
+ Latvia seeks international treaty after ill-fated missile pact
+ 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
+ Two-day Trump-Kim summit calls for real progress: analysts
+ Trump vows to outspend Russia without new missile pact
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