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March 08, 2019
IRON AND ICE
Video showcases Hayabusa-2's asteroid touchdown



Washington (UPI) Mar 6, 2019
Japan's space agency, JAXA, released a video this week showcasing Hayabusa-2's successful asteroid touchdown. Last month, the probe skimmed the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. A review of the landing data by JAXA scientists confirmed the touchdown sequence happened as expected. "Data analysis from Hayabusa-2 confirms that the sequence of operation proceeded, including shooting a projectile into the asteroid to collect its sample material," JAXA announced last week. This week, JAXA ... read 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
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' near
Tokyo (AFP) March 8, 2019
With Japan keen to flaunt Tokyo 2020 as the "Reconstruction Olympics", people who fled the Fukushima nuclear disaster are being urged to return home but not everyone is eager to go. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima: current state of the clean-up
Tokyo (AFP) March 8, 2019
Eight years have passed since a tsunami smashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, sparking a meltdown and the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl. ... more
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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. ... more
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
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
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
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
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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
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


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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
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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
SUPERPOWERS
Campaigning opens in Okinawa US base relocation vote
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 14, 2019
Campaigning began Thursday ahead of a referendum in Japan's Okinawa on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island. ... more
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
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
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
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US military asked to house 5,000 child migrants: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) March 7, 2019
The administration of US President Donald Trump has asked the Department of Defense to prepare to house up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children amid what it calls a mounting "crisis" at the US-Mexico border, the Pentagon said Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) "requested DoD support to identify space to house up to 5,000 unaccompanied alien children on DoD install ... more
+ Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' near
+ Fukushima: current state of the clean-up
+ Yazidi children carry trauma of 'caliphate' captivity
+ Saudi sisters appeal for safety as Hong Kong clock ticks down
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+ US House votes for background checks in almost all gun sales
+ Tornado fatalities continue to fall, despite population growth in Tornado Alley
Step right up for bigger 2D sheets
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 08, 2019
Very small steps make a big difference to researchers who want to create large wafers of two-dimensional material. Atom-sized steps in a substrate provide the means for 2D crystals growing in a chemical vapor furnace to come together in perfect rank. Scientists have recently observed this phenomenon, and now a Rice University group has an idea why it works. Rice materials theorist Bo ... more
+ Magnetization reversal achieved at room temperature using only an electric field
+ Researchers find potential new source of rare earth elements
+ Researchers engineer a tougher fiber
+ How to freeze heat conduction
+ Matrix could ensure vital copper supplies
+ Nanotechnology and sunlight clear the way for better visibility
+ Electrically-heated silicate glass appears to defy Joule's first law
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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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Raytheon awarded $92M contract for RAM ship defense missile systems
Washington (UPI) Mar 7, 2019
Raytheon was awarded a $91.1 million contract to supply the U.S. Navy with parts and spares for the Rolling Airframe Missile, which protects ships from planes, helicopters, missiles and small surface vessels. The contract is for the Block 2 guided missile round pack, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. The Block 2, which was deployed in 2015, is among three RIM-116 config ... more
+ Lockheed awarded $945.9M for Saudi THAAD missile system
+ Lockheed Martin awarded $830M for THAAD system development
+ 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
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


Mini cheetah is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 05, 2019
MIT's new mini cheetah robot is springy and light on its feet, with a range of motion that rivals a champion gymnast. The four-legged powerpack can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right-side up or upside down. The robot can also trot over uneven terrain about twice as fast as an average person's walking speed. Weighing in at just 20 pounds - lighter than some Thank ... more
+ Assembly in the air: Using sound to defy gravity
+ Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle
+ GMV achieves important breakthroughs in robotics systems and autonomy
+ FedEx to test 'SameDay Bot' for local deliveries
+ Aquatic microorganism could inspire soft robots able to move fast in narrow spaces
+ Can we trust scientific discoveries made using machine learning?
+ Robots track moving objects with unprecedented precision
Vietnam jails 15 over anti-China protests
Hanoi (AFP) March 7, 2019
Vietnam on Thursday jailed 15 people for "causing public disorder" after violent demonstrations last year over a proposed investment project that protesters said catered to Chinese firms. Scores have been jailed in the wake of rare nationwide demonstrations in June 2018 that quickly turned violent in some areas as police struggled to quell the unrest. On Thursday, 15 people were sentenc ... more
+ China rolls out rap songs to pump up parliament
+ China denies Tibet support for Dalai Lama
+ 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'
+ Jailed Chinese rights lawyer disappears after release: activists
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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 08, 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
+ Pesticides affect bumblebee genes; scientists call for stricter regulations
+ Duque asks court to allow banned weedkiller on cocaine
+ EU food watchdog must disclose glyphosate studies: court
+ Canada FM decries China halting canola shipments
+ Improving ecosystems with aquatic plants
+ China says 'pests' found in blocked Canadian canola shipments
+ Researchers discover sustainable and natural alternative to man-made chemical pesticides
Chances for Life Expand When Binary Stars Push Together
London, UK (SPX) Mar 08, 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
+ "Goldilocks" Stars May Be "Just Right" for Finding Habitable Worlds
+ New surprises from Jupiter and Saturn
+ SETI Institute: Agreement with Unistellar to Develop Citizen Science Network
+ Kepler's First Exoplanet Candidate Confirmed, 10 Years After Launch
+ The case of the over-tilting exoplanets
+ Exiled planet linked to stellar flyby 3 million years ago
+ NASA-funded research creates DNA-like molecule to aid search for alien life
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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
+ After IS, Mosul tackles another terror: super-resistant bacteria
+ Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines
+ Electronic nose better at sniffing out disease-carrying dogs in Brazil
+ 2015-2016 El Nino Triggered Disease Outbreaks Across Globe
+ 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
Outcry in Nigeria over election 'militarisation' ahead of next ballot
Lagos (AFP) March 7, 2019
Rights groups have gone on the offensive over the deployment of the military in Nigerian elections as a new polling day looms. With elections due on Saturday for governors in 29 states and local assemblies, campaigners say the military cast a dark shadow over last month's vote for the presidency and legislature. Two lobby groups, the Save Democracy Women (SDW) and Impact Future Nigeria ( ... more
+ Denmark plans to back anti-jihadist force in Sahel
+ Former foes Ethiopia and Eritrea seek to boost S.Sudan peace deal
+ C.Africa armed group says govt failing to honour peace commitments
+ 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
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Washington DC (SPX) Mar 08, 2019
The ARISS-US team (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) will auction two very unusual items in its first-ever auction! Picture yourself as the winning bidder and proud owner of a unique JVC Kenwood TS-890S signed by astronauts! Or, you could be top bidder on a special astronaut-signed 6-volume boxed set 2019 ARRL Handbook! Bidding starts April 8th at 12:00 UTC and ends April 1 ... more
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North Korea's New Rockets
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 08, 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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+ US NKorea envoy in talks after Pyonyang rocket site work revealed
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+ Pyongyang 'rebuilding' main satellite launch site, photos show
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