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March 13, 2019
Kongsberg to supply Joint Strike Missiles for Japanese F-35s

Washington (UPI) Mar 12, 2019
Kongsberg Gruppen will supply the first Joint Strike Missiles for Japan's fleet of F-35 fighter jets. The Norwegian company's defense and aerospace division's missiles will expand overall capabilities of the F-35, according to a news release Monday. The company and Japan's government didn't disclose the value or volume of the contract. The long-range sea- and land-target missile can be carried internally in Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II, ensuring the aircraft's stealth capabilities ... read more

Japan marks tsunami, nuclear tragedy eight years on
Tokyo (AFP) March 11, 2019
With flowers, silent prayers and tearful tributes, Japan Monday marked the eighth anniversary of a crippling earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left some 18,500 people dead or missing. ... more
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
New earthquaking-sensing method could give earlier warnings
Washington (UPI) Mar 11, 2019
Scientists in Japan have developed a new method for sensing earthquakes. Their analysis suggests subtle gravitational signatures precede an earthquake's earliest tremors. ... more
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
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Fusion science and astronomy collaboration enables investigation of the origin of heavy elements
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2019
A research team of experts in atomic physics, nuclear fusion science, and astronomy succeeded in computing millions of highly accurate atomic data of neodymium ions in the Japan-Lithuania internatio ... more
Pemex inks deal for future Japanese financing
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 11, 2019
Mexican state oil company Pemex, which has recently seen a rating downgrade, on Thursday signed an accord with Japan's investment agency with the expectation it may result in needed new funds. ... more
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. ... more
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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

Rare oarfish, seen as harbingers of doom, snagged in Japan

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
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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
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
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
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
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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Hot or cold, rural residents more vulnerable to extreme temperatures
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 13, 2019
Extreme temperatures, both cold and hot, bring greater mortality risk to people living in China's rural communities than in urban areas, according to a recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The disparity between urban and rural mortality risk was found across the entire population, but was greater for women than men, and for people over 65. "These finding ... more
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It's all in the twist: Physicists stack 2D materials at angles to trap particles
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 08, 2019
Future technologies based on the principles of quantum mechanics could revolutionize information technology. But to realize the devices of tomorrow, today's physicists must develop precise and reliable platforms to trap and manipulate quantum-mechanical particles. In a paper published Feb. 25 in the journal Nature, a team of physicists from the University of Washington, the University of H ... more
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Hammerhead shark refuge found in Galapagos
Quito (AFP) March 8, 2019
A new breeding ground for endangered hammerhead sharks has been found in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador's government said. This natural refuge off the island of Santa Cruz is home to about 20 of the sharks, the environment ministry said. It is the second such refuge detected in the archipelago. The first, found in 2017, was shown to host around 30 hammerheads. At the new one, researc ... more
+ Southern Ocean acidification puts marine organisms at risk
+ Taiwan leader to visit Pacific allies to firm up ties
+ Marine heat wave inspired record northern migration of warm-water species
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+ Rain is important for how carbon dioxide affects grasslands
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
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+ 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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Russia stations anti-missile system near Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg (AFP) March 12, 2019
Russia said on Tuesday it has stationed its newest S-400 air defence missile systems in the northwestern Leningrad region which includes its second city Saint Petersburg. "The most modern air defence systems S-400 were put on standby alert in the Leningrad region to protect military, administrative and civilian sites," the defence ministry said. The S-400 surface-to-air missile is one o ... more
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Super-powerful Long March 9 said to begin missions around 2030
Xichang (XNA) Mar 12, 2019
Chinese scientists are designing what is expected to be the world's most powerful rocket, according to a senior researcher. Li Hong, deputy general manager at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, said the Long March 9 super heavy-lift carrier rocket will be capable of lifting 140 metric tons of payload into a low-Earth orbit, or a 50-ton spacecraft to a lunar transfer orbit. The gi ... more
+ China preparing for space station missions
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+ China improves Long March-6 rocket for growing commercial launches
+ Seed of moon's first sprout: Chinese scientists' endeavor
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Business with human and robotic exploration
Paris (ESA) Mar 12, 2019
Space is profitable - each euro spent on the International Space Station produces 1.8 euros added value to European economies. Research in low Earth orbit has already contributed to the economy in health and material sciences. For example, technology developed for the Space Station is used in almost all laser eye-surgery in Europe. Skills developed for space can also help remot ... more
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US envoy defends his criticism of Chinese religious persecution
Taipei (AFP) March 11, 2019
US envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback defended his remark that China is "at war with faith" after the Chinese foreign ministry issued an angry statement condemning the envoy's words as a "malicious attack and slander on China's religious policies". Brownback criticised the Chinese government in a speech on Friday in Hong Kong, saying the Chinese government is engaged in the persecutio ... more
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Nitrogen dioxide pollution mapped
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2019
New maps that use information from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite reveal nitrogen dioxide emission being released into the atmosphere in cities and towns across the globe. Air pollution is a global environmental health problem that is responsible for millions of people dying prematurely every year. With air quality a serious concern, the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite was launched ... more
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'Meatless Mondays' on horizon for New York City schools
New York (AFP) March 12, 2019
Starting in September, New York city's 1.1 million school students will eat vegetarian meals on "Meatless Mondays," Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. "Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers' health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Democrat de Blasio said. The program, which began in 15 Brooklyn schools almost a year ago with vegetarian breakfasts and lunches on ... more
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SETI Institute: Agreement with Unistellar to Develop Citizen Science Network
Mountain View CA (SPX) Mar 11, 2019
The SETI Institute, a non-profit scientific institution located in Mountain View, CA, and the French company Unistellar, located in Marseille, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will establish and enhance joint research, outreach and education activities aimed at developing the citizen science network on Unistellar telescopes. The project will be presented at the SXSW Interactiv ... more
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Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines
Washington (AFP) March 7, 2019
Facebook launched an offensive Thursday to suppress the spread of misinformation about vaccines on the 2.3-billion-member social network. The company has faced pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles around the United States attributed to growing numbers of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. US lawmakers have decried the higher incidences of ... more
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At least six Mali troops killed by landmines: army
Bamako (AFP) March 12, 2019
Six Malian troops were killed on Tuesday when their vehicles drove over improvised land mines in the centre of the West African country, the army said. Two army escort vehicles hit improvised explosive devices (IEDs) "leaving two dead in Dialloube and four dead in the Hombori area," in the central Mopti region, the army said in comments online. The government condemned the "cowardly and ... more
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Launch vehicle with Soyuz MS-12 CTS is on the launch pad
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (SPX) Mar 13, 2019
Today, March 12, ILV Soyuz was rolled out from the processing facility to the launch pad. The medium launch vehicle Soyuz-FG integrated with the Crew Transportation spacecraft (CTS) Soyuz MS-12 is erected on the launch pad of Area No.1 ("Gagarin's launch pad") of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Activities under the program of the first launch day have begun. Specialists of RSC Energia and o ... more
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N. Korea may be preparing a missile or space launch: NPR
Seoul (AFP) March 9, 2019
North Korea may be preparing for a missile or space launch, US news outlet NPR has reported, based on satellite image analysis of a key facility near Pyongyang. NPR said the images of Sanumdong, one of the facilities Pyongyang has used to produce inter-continental ballistic missiles and space rockets, were taken days before US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in ... more
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