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April 09, 2019
Copper-based alternative for next-generation electronics

Sendai, Japan (SPX) Apr 03, 2019
Japanese scientists have developed a technique to transform a copper-based substance into a material that mimics properties of precious and pricey metals, such as gold and silver. The new medium, made of copper nanoparticles (very small copper-based structures) has promising applications in the production of electronic devices that would otherwise depend on expensive gold and silver counterparts. It is also suitable in the fabrication of electronic components using printing technologies that are r ... read more

Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins
Tokyo (AFP) April 5, 2019
A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. ... more
Making a dent: Japan probe prepares to blast asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) April 4, 2019
A Japanese probe began descending towards an asteroid on Thursday on a mission to blast a crater into its surface and collect material that could shed light on the solar system's evolution. ... more
Japan probe sends 'impactor' to blast asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) April 5, 2019
A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. ... more
Scientists trace origins of photons emitted by gamma ray bursts
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2019
Scientists in Japan have traced the origins of photons emitted by long duration gamma-ray bursts, the brightest electromagnetic events in the universe, to the visible portion of the relativistic jet produced by supernovae. ... more
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Low-loss, all-fiber system for strong and efficient coupling between distant atoms
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 02, 2019
A team of scientists from Waseda University, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, and the University of Auckland developed an integrated, all-fiber coupled-cavities quantum electrodynamics (QED) ... more
Japan's Emperor Akihito ends reign marked by modernisation
Tokyo (AFP) March 31, 2019
Japan's outgoing Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko dramatically modernised the tradition-bound monarchy, bringing themselves closer to the public and boosting popular support for the household. ... more
Poetry and prayers: the daily life of Japan's emperor
Tokyo (AFP) April 4, 2019
From a ritual New Year's breakfast and Shinto prayers to receiving state visits and opening parliament, Japan's emperor has a diverse professional brief that occupies virtually every day of his year. ... more
Researchers unveil effects of dust particles on cloud properties
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 27, 2019
An international team led by Japanese scientists has generated significant findings that highlight the impact of high-latitude dusts on the conversion of clouds' water droplets to ice - or glaciatio ... more
Searching for disappeared anti-matter
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 27, 2019
The Belle II detector got off to a successful start in Japan. Since March 25, 2019, the instrument has been measuring the first particle collisions, which are generated in the modernized SuperKEKB a ... more
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GITAI signs joint robotic research agreement with JAXA
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 27, 2019
GITAI (Head Office: San Francisco, US; Japanese Branch: Meguro, Tokyo) has signed a joint research agreement with JAXA (the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency). Experiments in using GITAI's ... more
Vapor drives a liquid-solid transition in a molecular system
Kanazawa, Japan (SPX) Mar 28, 2019
The transition between a solid and a liquid phase, a key process in daily life and materials science, is generally driven by a change in temperature or pressure. However, a reversible change of stat ... more
Japan to lift evacuation order in town hosting Fukushima plant
Tokyo (AFP) March 26, 2019
Japan will for the first time next month lift an evacuation order in one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, officials said Tuesday. ... more
Sunrise and Phase Four partner for Next-gen electric propulsion
El Segundo CA (SPX) Mar 26, 2019
Phase Four, makers of electric radio frequency (RF) thrusters for in-space propulsion, has announced a new agreement with Japan-based advanced spacecraft experts, Sunrise. Sunrise specializes ... more
Witnessing the birth of a massive binary star system
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 19, 2019
Scientists from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research in Japan, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and the University of Virginia in the USA and collaborators have made observations of ... more

Anger as wartime memorial in Malaysia calls Japanese troops 'heroes'

Not so fantastic: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic?
Tokyo (AFP) March 20, 2019
From bento boxes to individually wrapped bananas, plastic reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country's love affair with plastic. ... more
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Making xylitol and cellulose nanofibers from paper paste
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Mar 20, 2019
The ecological bio-production of xylitol and cellulose nanofibers using modified yeast cells, from material produced by the paper industry has been achieved by a Japanese research team. This discove ... more
Pentagon denies US wants 'cost + 50%' from allies for bases
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2019
Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan denied Thursday reports that the United States has a "cost-plus-50 percent" formula for allies to pay for the US military presence on their soil. ... more
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
JAXA and Toyota to study joint lunar project
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 14, 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) have announced an to consider collaborating on international space exploration. As a first step, JAXA and Toyota h ... 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
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Earth's recovery from mass extinction could take millions of years
Bristol UK (SPX) Apr 09, 2019
How long will it take our biosphere to recover from the current climate crisis? It's a question that makes for a sobering examination of Earth's ongoing destruction. And it's to the past, specifically the fossils of a tiny species that went out with the dinosaurs, that scientists have turned for the answer. Recovering from mass extinction has a "speed limit", they reveal, with gradual patt ... more
+ Gun control, climate: a new US generation takes to the barricades
+ Lebanon sees eastern EU refugee hardline as model to follow
+ Disease fears mount for Africa cyclone survivors
+ Japan to lift evacuation order in town hosting Fukushima plant
+ 40 years after meltdown, Three Mile Island plant may shut down
+ US lawmakers challenge Pentagon diversion of $1 bn for border wall
+ Anger, grief sweep Iraq's Mosul as ferry disaster toll hits 100
Maxar and NASA complete Design Review for Restore-L On-Orbit Servicing Spacecraft Bus
Westminster CO (SPX) Apr 09, 2019
Maxar Technologies reports that the spacecraft bus it is building for NASA's Restore-L project to refuel a satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has completed an important review process called the Critical Design Review (CDR). With the CDR complete, the spacecraft bus is on track to ship to NASA in 2020 for integration with the robotic payload and a forecasted launch in 2022. Maxar is also b ... more
+ ESA oversees teaching of Europe's next top solderers
+ Russia's new ISS modules will be shielded with fabrics used in body armour
+ Arralis announces 10W GaN-SiC MMIC high power amplifier for K-Band comms
+ New virtual reality tool allows you to see the world through the eyes of a tiny primate
+ Debris from anti-satellite test no danger to ISS, India says
+ About 50 pieces of destroyed Indian satellite flying above ISS
+ NASA awards contract to Auburn University's National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence

Through machine learning, new model holds water
Lemont IL (SPX) Apr 08, 2019
While water is perceived to be one of the simplest substances in the world, modeling its behavior on the atomic or molecular level has frustrated scientists for decades. To date, no single model has been able to accurately represent the plethora of water's singular characteristics, including the fact that it is densest at a temperature slightly higher than its melting point. A new study fr ... more
+ Carbon lurking in deep ocean threw ancient climate switch, say researchers
+ Survival in arid eastern Chad depends on struggle for water
+ Ultrabright X-rays reveal the molecular structure of membranes used to purify seawater
+ Sierra Leone bans industrial fishing for a month
+ Nitrogen degrading coral in Hawaii traced to wastewater treatment plant
+ Bleaching hits world's southernmost coral reef: scientists
+ Warming seas wreck Great Barrier Reef's regrowth
Quantum optical cooling of nanoparticles
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 03, 2019
Tightly focused laser beams can act as optical "tweezers" to trap and manipulate tiny objects, from glass particles to living cells. The development of this method has earned Arthur Ashkin the last years Nobel prize in physics. While most experiments thus far have been carried out in air or liquid, there is an increasing interest for using optical tweezers to trap objects in ultra-high vac ... more
+ AD alloyed nanoantennas for temperature-feedback identification of viruses and explosives
+ Researchers report new light-activated micro pump
+ Defects help nanomaterial soak up more pollutant in less time
+ The holy grail of nanowire production
+ A new spin in nano-electronics
+ Nanoparticle computing takes a giant step forward
+ Breakthrough nanoscience discovery made on flight from New York to Jerusalem
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Lockheed awarded $1.1B for rocket sales to Poland, Bahrain, Romania
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2019
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1.14 billion contract for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System for Poland, Bahrain and Romania. The foreign military sales contract, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, covers full rate production for the GMLRS surface-to-surface systems for the three nations. Work on the contract is expected to run through Aug. 31, 2021, and will ... more
+ US successfully tests anti-ICBM system: statement
+ U.S. missile defense system intercepts ICBM target in test
+ Russia to respond to planned US tests of SM-3 Block II Interceptor Missile
+ Russia's Sarmat ICBM Can 'Rip Any Missile Defence System to Shreds'
+ Boeing awarded $4.1B for missile defense system development
+ Northrop Grumman awarded $713M for missile defense system for Poland
+ U.S., Israel announce successful test of 'David's Sling'
China's commercial carrier rocket finishes engine test
Beijing (XNA) Apr 04, 2019
China's first carrier rocket for commercial use, the Smart Dragon-1 (SD-1), has finished its engine test, paving way for its maiden flight in the first half of 2019, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). The rocket is the first member of the Dragon series commercial carrier rockets family to be produced by CALT. It has a total length of 19.5 meters, a diameter ... more
+ China launches new data relay satellite
+ Super-powerful Long March 9 said to begin missions around 2030
+ China preparing for space station missions
+ China's lunar rover studies stones on moon's far side
+ 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

Space Robotics Market to Surpass $3.5bn by 2025
Selbyville DE (SPX) Apr 09, 2019
The space robotics market is predicted to hike from USD 2 billion in 2018 to around USD 3.5 billion by 2025, according to a 2019 Global Market Insights, Inc. report. The market is experiencing rapid technical development owing to the integration of AI technologies into systems developed for space exploration. Several companies are developing AI-based robots that provide enhanced mobility a ... more
+ Robots to autocomplete Soldier tasks, new study suggests
+ Laying the ground for robotic strategies in environmental protection
+ 'Edtech' boom transforms how Indian kids learn
+ EU unveils ethics guidelines for Artificial Intelligence
+ When robots commit wrongdoing, people may incorrectly assign the blame
+ Google workers want ultra-conservative off AI council
+ GITAI signs joint robotic research agreement with JAXA
China is 'threat to world' says dissident writer
Paris (AFP) April 5, 2019
A dissident writer dubbed the "Chinese Solzhenitsyn" said Friday that his homeland is a "threat for the whole world". Liao Yiwu, who was jailed for writing a poem called "Massacre" about the Tiananmen Square protests, told AFP that it would be better for mankind if the economic superpower "splits up". "My dream is that China splits up into 10 or so countries. Because China as it is today ... more
+ Hong Kong democracy leaders convicted in Umbrella Movement trial
+ Diplomats, activists decry Chinese 'threats' at UN rights council
+ Hong Kong's China extradition plan sparks alarm
+ China offering no proof against ex-Interpol chief, wife says
+ Don't be bewitched by Dalai Lama: Tibetan official
+ Australia seeks to mend China ties with new foundation, envoy
+ Human rights in Hong Kong 'deteriorating severely': Amnesty

DLR and the UStuttgart test transmission of EO data using laser communications
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Apr 08, 2019
Earth observation satellites play a key role in weather forecasting, climate research, monitoring of the planet's surface and the detection of forest fires. These tasks require satellites to transmit very large amounts of data to the ground for analysis. Today's radio systems are reaching their limits in this area. Optical transmission methods, however, offer the possibility of sending dat ... more
+ Sun, moon and sea as part of a 'seismic probe'
+ Natural climate processes overshadow recent human-induced Walker circulation trends
+ Declassified U2 spy plane images reveal bygone Middle Eastern archaeological features
+ Researchers unveil effects of dust particles on cloud properties
+ Experts reveal that clouds have moderated warming triggered by climate change
+ Free satellite data available to help tackle public sector challenges
+ Two Chinese Earth observation satellites put into service

New pathways for sustainable agriculture
Wurzburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 09, 2019
Hedges, flowering strips and other seminatural habitats provide food and nesting places for insects and birds in agricultural landscapes. This also has advantages for agriculture: bees, flies, beetles and other animal groups pollinate crops and control pest insects in adjacent fields. But how much of these habitats is necessary and how should they be arranged to make use of these nature-ba ... more
+ Just how much does enhancing photosynthesis improve crop yield?
+ The future of agriculture is computerized
+ 'Cow toilets' in Netherlands aim to cut e-moo-ssions
+ Plant seed research provides basis for sustainable alternatives to chemical fertilizers
+ Monsanto ordered to pay $81 mn in Roundup cancer trial
+ Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka
+ Seeds share memories with their offspring
NASA researchers catalogue all microbes and fungi on ISS
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 09, 2019
A comprehensive catalogue of the bacteria and fungi found on surfaces inside the International Space Station (ISS) is being presented in a study published in the open access journal Microbiome. Knowledge of the composition of the microbial and fungal communities on the ISS can be used to develop safety measures for NASA for long-term space travel or living in space. Dr Kasthuri Venkateswar ... more
+ Building blocks of DNA and RNA could have appeared together before life began on Earth
+ Surviving A Hostile Planet
+ Exoplanet Under the Looking Glass
+ High School Senior Uncovers Potential for Hundreds of Earth-Like Planets in Kepler Data
+ Astronomers Discover Two New Planets Using Artificial Intelligence
+ Exoplanet satellite ready
+ Data flows from NASA's TESS Mission, leads to discovery of Saturn-sized planet

Space-enabled mobile laboratory ready for medical emergencies
Paris (ESA) Apr 08, 2019
A laboratory that enables first responders to combat biological hazards and infectious diseases rapidly and safely has demonstrated its strengths during a simulated biological incident conducted in Belgium. The Biological Light Fieldable Laboratory for Emergencies (B-LiFE) is designed to provide rapid identification of pathogens and to do so safely. B-LiFE teams successfully used the syste ... more
+ Cyclone-hit Mozambique fears cholera epidemic
+ Cholera cases rise to 139 as Mozambique prepares mass vaccinations
+ Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique reports five cholera cases
+ Zika study may 'supercharge' vaccine research
+ Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines
+ After IS, Mosul tackles another terror: super-resistant bacteria
+ Global maps enabling targeted interventions to reduce burden of mosquito-borne disease
Defiant Sudan protesters seek army talks
Khartoum (AFP) April 8, 2019
Sudanese protesters on Monday sought talks with the army on forming a transitional government, as thousands braved a deadly crackdown by security agents for a third day to urge the military to back them. The east African country has been rocked by more than three months of protests that erupted over a hike in bread prices before transforming into nationwide demonstrations against President O ... more
+ US admits first civilian casualties in Somalia airstrikes
+ General Gaid Salah: key figure of power in Algeria
+ French troops move to Mali's crossroads region in anti-jihad push
+ S.Sudan holds breath as fragile peace faces crucial test
+ Rwanda's genocide killers learn new life back home
+ Algeria army demands start of impeachment against Bouteflika
+ Comoros President Azali re-elected in a landslide
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A decade-long quest to build an ecosystem in a room
Barcelona, Spain (ESA) Apr 08, 2019
Yesterday the MELiSSA pilot plant at the University of Barcelona celebrated 10 years spent demonstrating the ideal technologies to recycle waste from space missions into air, water and food. As astronauts explore farther into our Solar System, there will be a need to reduce the reliance on supplies brought from Earth. ESA is working with partners to create a contained system that will even ... more
+ Spinoff Book Highlights NASA Technology Everywhere
+ Three prototypes in space settlement challenge receive UAE support
+ NASA selects two new space tech research institutes for smart habitats
+ Counting the Many Ways the International Space Station Benefits Humanity
+ NASA highlights science on next Cygnus mission to ISS
+ Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high
+ Progress MS-11 reaches ISS in record time
USSTRATCOM declares new nuclear command center at operational capability
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 05, 2019
The U.S. Strategic Command has declared the new nuclear command center in Nebraska has reached initial operational capability. The center's readiness was determined Wednesday, according to an Air Force news release. The Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Enterprise Center, known as NC3, is located at Offutt Air Force Base. NC3 is involved in restructuring situation monit ... more
+ Sanctions delay plans for N. Korean beach resort: analysts
+ US designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization
+ US to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorist group: WSJ
+ No New Satellite for North Korea
+ South Korean ship detained over sanctions on North: Seoul
+ Iran FM accuses US of 'economic terrorism' as flood-hit cities evacuated
+ Pompeo hopes for new N.Korea summit in 'coming months'
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