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March 07, 2019
MOON DAILY
Moon shot: Toyota, Japan space agency plan lunar mission



Tokyo (AFP) March 6, 2019
Toyota is teaming up with Japan's space agency on a planned mission to the Moon, with the Japanese auto giant expected to develop a lunar rover, officials and local media said Wednesday. It will be the car manufacturer's first full-fledged entry into space exploration, after the company jointly developed a small robot sent to the International Space Station. "We are planning to cooperate with Toyota in an exploration mission to the Moon," said a spokesman with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Ag ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Dark matter may be hitting the right note in small galaxies
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 28, 2019
Dark matter may scatter against each other only when they hit the right energy, say researchers in Japan, Germany, and Austria in a new study. Their idea helps explain why galaxies from the smallest ... more
NUKEWARS
US NKorea envoy in talks after Pyonyang rocket site work revealed
Washington (AFP) March 6, 2019
Washington's North Korea envoy Stephen Biegun was to meet Wednesday with officials from Japan and South Korea to discuss the outcome of the Hanoi summit last week, amid new evidence that Pyongyang is rebuilding a rocket launch site. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Corvid wins $223.2M deal to help build suborbital flight vehicles
Washington (UPI) Mar 5, 2019
Corvid Technologies was awarded a $223.3 million contract for hardware, equipment and components to produce suborbital flight vehicles for the U.S. Navy, other government organizations and Japan. ... more
TECH SPACE
A quantum magnet with a topological twist
Princeton NJ (SPX) Mar 04, 2019
Taking their name from an intricate Japanese basket pattern, kagome magnets are thought to have electronic properties that could be valuable for future quantum devices and applications. Theories pre ... more
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TIME AND SPACE
Optical clocks started the calibration of the international atomic time
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 05, 2019
Optical clocks of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT, Japan) and LNE-SYRTE (Systemes de Reference Temps-Espace, Observatoire de Paris, Universite PSL, CNRS, So ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
On its 5th Anniversary, GPM Still Right as Rain
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 28, 2019
Five years ago, on Feb. 27, 2014, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint satellite project by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), lifted off aboard ... more
WATER WORLD
Rare oarfish, seen as harbingers of doom, snagged in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 26, 2019
Two rare oarfish, giant deep-sea serpents long believed by locals to be a harbinger of earthquakes and tsunamis, have been caught off the Japanese island of Okinawa. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 22, 2019
A Japanese probe sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometres away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system landed successfully on Friday, scientists said. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Okinawa 'no' vote won't delay US base move: Japan PM
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 25, 2019
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that the controversial relocation of a US military base in Okinawa will not be delayed despite a referendum that saw voters reject the move. ... more
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SUPERPOWERS
Japan's Okinawa votes on controversial US base move
Okinawa, Japan (AFP) Feb 24, 2019
Residents of Japan's Okinawa were casting ballots Sunday in a closely watched referendum on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
US, Japan, Australia start Cope North 2019 at Guam air base
Washington (UPI) Feb 21, 2019
Nearly 100 aircraft and 3,000 personnel from the United States, Japan and Australia are participating in a joint exercise from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan govt, Fukushima operator told to pay over nuclear disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 20, 2019
A Japanese court Wednesday awarded nearly $4 million in fresh damages to scores of residents forced to flee their homes after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown. ... more
TRADE WARS
Japan trade deficit expands in January as China-bound exports fall
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 20, 2019
Japan's trade deficit for January grew from a year earlier with exports to China tumbling in their worst decline in three years, government data showed Wednesday. ... more
WATER WORLD
Japan upgrades downpour forecasts before Tokyo 2020
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 18, 2019
With an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japanese researchers are developing a new system to accurately forecast torrential downpours - known in Japan as 'guerilla rainstorms' - 30 minutes before they strike. ... more


Campaigning opens in Okinawa US base relocation vote

FLOATING STEEL
Japan's 1st amphibious assault force certified during exercise with U.S. Marines
Washington (UPI) Feb 14, 2019
The Iron Fist 2019 multilateral training event concluded earlier this month, which included the certification of Japan's first amphibious assault force. ... more
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Robot lifts bits of melted fuel at Japan's Fukushima plant
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 14, 2019
A robot arm has successfully picked up pebble-sized pieces of radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant in a complex operation seen as key to clean-up efforts after the 2011 meltdown, officials said Thursday. ... more
WHALES AHOY
Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 14, 2019
Environmental campaigners have filed an unprecedented lawsuit in a bid to halt the so-called "drive hunting" of dolphins in Japan, arguing the practice is cruel and illegal. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Robot probes radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima plant
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 13, 2019
A robot will attempt to examine radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant on Wednesday in a complex operation seen as key to clean-up efforts after the 2011 meltdown. ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Lockheed awarded $212M for work on Aegis combat system for Japan
Washington (UPI) Feb 12, 2019
The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $212 million contract for additional work on the development and integration of the Aegis system for Japan. ... more
TRADE WARS
Japan's Toshiba cuts profit outlook again
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 13, 2019
Struggling Japanese engineering firm Toshiba lowered its profit forecasts Wednesday with rising costs weighing on its energy operations. ... more
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Yazidi children carry trauma of 'caliphate' captivity
Hasakeh, Syria (AFP) March 1, 2019
In the four years he was enslaved, jihadists killed his father and sold his mother. Saddam is free now, but even with the "caliphate" in ruins, his life is filled with trauma. The warm living room in northeastern Syria where the 15-year-old sits is a far cry from the cold trenches and dingy basements that protected him from shellfire that targeted his Islamic State group captors in recent w ... more
+ Saudi sisters appeal for safety as Hong Kong clock ticks down
+ Pupils learn military discipline in Brazil school scheme
+ US House votes for background checks in almost all gun sales
+ Tornado fatalities continue to fall, despite population growth in Tornado Alley
+ US pushes UN to demand aid be allowed into Venezuela
+ 'Abused' Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong risk deportation
+ At least seven miners dead in Peruvian landslide
Astronauts Assemble Tools to Test Space Tech
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 28, 2019
Technology drives exploration for future human missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. For spacecraft to journey farther and live longer, we'll need to store and transfer super-cold liquids used for fuel and life support systems in space. In December 2018, the Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) launched to the International Space Station to do just that - transfer and store cryogenic fuel in spac ... more
+ Matrix could ensure vital copper supplies
+ A quantum magnet with a topological twist
+ New research opens door to more efficient chemical processes across spectrum of industries
+ Nanotechnology and sunlight clear the way for better visibility
+ Scientists produce colorless reservoir of platinum metal-like single atoms in liquid
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+ Unique Weyl semimetal delivers largest intrinsic conversion of light to electricity


Rain is important for how carbon dioxide affects grasslands
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Mar 07, 2019
Vegetation biomass on grasslands increases in response to elevated carbon dioxide levels, but less than expected. Vegetation on grasslands with a wet spring season has the greatest increase. This has been demonstrated in a new study published in the scientific journal Nature Plants. An important, but uncertain, factor in climate research is the extent to which all ecosystems can accumulate ... more
+ Demo outside World Bank offices in Beirut over dam project
+ Ocean heatwaves devastate wildlife, worse to come
+ Reduced salinity of seawater wreaks havoc on coral chemistry
+ Warm seas scatter fish
+ NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor
+ Unprecedented biological changes in the global ocean
+ Can we address climate change without sacrificing water quality?
The holy grail of nanowire production
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 25, 2019
Nanowires have the potential to revolutionize the technology around us. Measuring just 5-100 nanometers in diameter (a nanometer is a millionth of a millimeter), these tiny, needle-shaped crystalline structures can alter how electricity or light passes through them. They can emit, concentrate and absorb light and could therefore be used to add optical functionalities to electronic chips. T ... more
+ A new spin in nano-electronics
+ Nanoparticle computing takes a giant step forward
+ Breakthrough nanoscience discovery made on flight from New York to Jerusalem
+ Customized mix of materials for three-dimensional micro- and nanostructures
+ Nano drops a million times smaller than a teardrop explodes 19th century theory
+ Rice lab adds porous envelope to aluminum plasmonics
+ Research details sticky situations at the nanoscale
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Lockheed awarded $945.9M for Saudi THAAD missile system
Washington (UPI) Mar 5, 2019
Lockheed Martin was awarded a $945.9 million contract in the first down payment for a $15 billion buy of missile defense system by Saudi Arabia. The contract, awarded by the Missile Defense Agency and announced Monday by the Department of Defense, is the first purchase under a $15 billion deal for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia made in Oct ... more
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+ Lockheed awarded $680M for PAC-3 missiles for foreign militaries
+ Raytheon and General Dynamics to operate Reagan Ballistic Missile Test Site
+ Poland to buy US rocket system for $414 million
+ U.S. Army to purchase Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system
+ US Army to buy two Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems
+ Raytheon, Lockheed contracted for Patriot systems for foreign customers
China's lunar rover studies stones on moon's far side
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2019
China's lunar rover has conducted scientific detection on some stones on the far side of the moon, which might help scientists find out whether they are from outer space or native to the moon. The rover Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, was sent to the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin on the far side of the moon on Jan. 3 in the Chang'e-4 mission. Currently, the rover h ... more
+ China preparing for space station missions
+ China improves Long March-6 rocket for growing commercial launches
+ Seed of moon's first sprout: Chinese scientists' endeavor
+ 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


GMV achieves important breakthroughs in robotics systems and autonomy
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Mar 04, 2019
GMV has recently presented the results obtained in ERGO and ESROCOS, two robotic-technology building blocks led by GMV within the European Commission's H2020 Space Robotics Technologies Strategic Research Cluster (SRC), its biggest space robotics program. The SRC's first activities have focused on the design, manufacture and testing of five common robotic-building blocks for space-based op ... more
+ FedEx to test 'SameDay Bot' for local deliveries
+ Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle
+ Mini cheetah is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip
+ Assembly in the air: Using sound to defy gravity
+ Aquatic microorganism could inspire soft robots able to move fast in narrow spaces
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+ Robots track moving objects with unprecedented precision
Jailed Chinese rights lawyer disappears after release: activists
Beijing (AFP) Feb 28, 2019
A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer went missing after he was scheduled to be released from jail Thursday following a two-year prison sentence for state subversion charges, said rights activists. Jiang Tianyong - who had taken on many high-profile cases including those of Falun Gong practitioners and Tibetan protesters - was one of more than 200 lawyers and activists detained since 201 ... more
+ From camps to factories: Muslim detainees say China using forced labour
+ China's Xi faces doubts as legislature meets
+ Missing Chinese rights lawyer returns home but 'still not free': wife
+ Activists say Chinese police step up use of video 'confessions'
+ Hong Kong's monetary chief to step down after decade in post
+ Chinese-Australian political donor wins defamation case
+ Hundreds attend funeral of Mao's secretary-turned-critic


New key players in the methane cycle
Bremen, Germany (SPX) Mar 06, 2019
Methane is a very special molecule. It is the main component of natural gas and we heat our apartments with it, but when reaching the atmosphere it is a potent greenhouse gas. It is also central in microbiology: In the absence of oxygen, a special group of microorganisms, the so-called methanogenic archaea, can produce methane. Other microorganisms - archaea living in symbiosis with bacter ... more
+ High CO2 levels can destabilize marine layer clouds
+ On its 5th Anniversary, GPM Still Right as Rain
+ D-Orbit Signs Contract for launch and deployment services with Planet Labs
+ KBRwyle Awarded $19M to Perform Flight Ops for USGS Satellite
+ SNoOPI: A flying ace for soil moisture and snow measurements
+ Earth's atmosphere stretches out to the Moon - and beyond
+ exactEarth's real-time maritime tracking system now fully-deployed


Houston, we're here to help the farmers
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 07, 2019
Farmers irrigating their crops may soon be getting some help from space. In 2018, scientists launched ECOSTRESS, a new instrument now attached to the International Space Station. Its mission: to gather data on how plants use water across the world. "Technically, the instruments are measuring surface temperature, which reflects the heat stress of plants," explains Joshua Fisher of NASA's Je ... more
+ Canada FM decries China halting canola shipments
+ Improving ecosystems with aquatic plants
+ Researchers discover sustainable and natural alternative to man-made chemical pesticides
+ Trump urges China to remove tariffs on US agricultural products
+ 'Equine strep throat' kills 4,000 donkeys in Niger
+ Discovery of sour genes in citrus may pave way for sweeter lemons, limes
+ French vineyards say ready to break glyphosate addiction
Chances for Life Expand When Binary Stars Push Together
London, UK (SPX) Mar 07, 2019
CAPTION A NASA graphic showing an Earth-sized planet inside, within, and outside of the habitable zone around a star. Credit: NASA Planetary systems can be harsh environments in their early history. The young worlds orbit suns in stellar nurseries, clusters of stars where violent encounters are commonplace. None of this makes it easy for life to get going, but now astronomers at the Univer ... more
+ New surprises from Jupiter and Saturn
+ The case of the over-tilting exoplanets
+ Exiled planet linked to stellar flyby 3 million years ago
+ Kepler's First Exoplanet Candidate Confirmed, 10 Years After Launch
+ NASA-funded research creates DNA-like molecule to aid search for alien life
+ New NASA mission could find more than 1,000 planets
+ Researchers discover a flipping crab feeding on methane seeps


Global maps enabling targeted interventions to reduce burden of mosquito-borne disease
Oxford UK (SPX) Mar 06, 2019
Now, with an unprecedented level of accuracy, an international team of researchers, led by Dr Moritz Kramer at the University of Oxford's Department of Zoology, have used statistical mapping techniques to predict where the species will spread over an immediate, medium and long-term time-scale. published in Nature Microbiology they pinpoint this information with the precision of 5x5 km. The ... more
+ Electronic nose better at sniffing out disease-carrying dogs in Brazil
+ 2015-2016 El Nino Triggered Disease Outbreaks Across Globe
+ After IS, Mosul tackles another terror: super-resistant bacteria
+ Chinese food producer says swine fever found in dumplings
+ A new layer of medical preparedness to combat emerging infectious disease
+ Study shows hope for fighting disease known as Ebola of frogs
+ China measles Study has implications for worldwide epidemic control
C.Africa armed group says govt failing to honour peace commitments
Bangui, Central African Republic (AFP) March 3, 2019
One of the Central African Republic's main armed groups on Sunday accused Bangui of failing to honour "its commitments" under a peace deal signed in February by forming a new government without changes to the main ministries. The authorities had shown "bad faith, amateurism and incompetence", Noureddine Adam, head of the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC ... more
+ Denmark plans to back anti-jihadist force in Sahel
+ Former foes Ethiopia and Eritrea seek to boost S.Sudan peace deal
+ Zimbabwe court refuses to drop charges against 7 Chinese caught with rhino horns
+ US strike kills 26 Shabaab fighters in Somalia
+ Mozambique president, Renamo leader resume peace talks
+ Nigeria army arrests dozens for electoral offences
+ US strike in Somalia kills 35 'terrorists': Pentagon
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Washington DC (SPX) Mar 07, 2019
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North Korea's New Rockets
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 06, 2019
The discovery of new construction at North Korea's Tongchang-Ri launch site has stunned observers. Last year, North Korea had announced that it would disassemble a rocket engine test stand at the site as a gesture of peace, and satellite imagery showed some progress toward this goal. At the time, some pundits (correctly) speculated that North Korea was planning some sort of a rebuild, but ... more
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