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April 11, 2019
TECH SPACE
Ridding space of old satellites and debris



Colorado Springs (AFP) April 11, 2019
With constellations of thousands of telecommunication mini satellites expected to orbit Earth in the near future, the risk of space-debris collisions will grow. For Nobu Okada, it's an opportunity. The 46-year-old Japanese entrepreneur founded the start-up Astroscale in Singapore in 2013 with the sole aim of launching "space sweepers." The company - now based in Tokyo - has 71 employees. A demonstration will take place in 2020 when an Astroscale satellite will capture one of the company's own ... read more

MISSILE DEFENSE
State Dept. approves $1.1B sale of SM-3 anti-ballistic missiles to Japan
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2019
The State Department approved the sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan, pending Congressional approval, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced. ... more
AEROSPACE
Wreckage of missing Japan fighter jet found, pilot missing
Tokyo (AFP) April 10, 2019
Wreckage from a Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jet has been found a day after it disappeared off the radar over the Pacific, the country's defence minister said Wednesday. ... more
AEROSPACE
Wreckage of missing Japan fighter jet found, pilot missing
Tokyo (AFP) April 10, 2019
Wreckage from a Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jet has been found a day after it disappeared off the radar over the Pacific, the country's defence minister said Wednesday. ... more
IRON AND ICE
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
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IRON AND ICE
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
IRON AND ICE
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
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
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
CHIP TECH
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, ma ... more
TIME AND SPACE
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
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SUPERPOWERS
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
SUPERPOWERS
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
EARTH OBSERVATION
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
TIME AND SPACE
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
ROBO SPACE
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


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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
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
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ROCKET SCIENCE
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
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
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
WAR REPORT
Anger as wartime memorial in Malaysia calls Japanese troops 'heroes'
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) March 26, 2019
A newly restored World War II memorial in Malaysia sparked anger and calls for its demolition Tuesday after a sign described three Japanese soldiers honoured as "heroes". ... more
TECH SPACE
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
BIO FUEL
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
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Pentagon awards $976M on two contracts for border wall
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2019
The Defense Department announced its first contracts, totaling $976 million, to build a wall on the border with Mexico. SLSCO Ltd., headquartered in Texas, received a $789 million contract for wall construction in Santa Teresa, N.M., regarded as part of the El Paso sector of the border. Montana-based Barnard Construction Co. was also awarded a $187 million contract for primary pedestria ... more
+ Earth's recovery from mass extinction could take millions of years
+ 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
ESA oversees teaching of Europe's next top solderers
Paris (ESA) Apr 08, 2019
Satellites are among the most complex machines ever designed, but in key respects they are still hand-made. A set of ESA-approved training schools train and certify the best solderers in Europe, to ensure they have sufficient ability to work on electronic hardware for space missions. More than a thousand operators and inspectors take the courses annually. The resulting highly-skilled perso ... more
+ It's a one-way street for sound waves in this new technology
+ Microchip Technology uses Arm-based MCUs for cheap radhard processors
+ 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
+ Ridding space of old satellites and debris
+ Maxar and NASA complete Design Review for Restore-L On-Orbit Servicing Spacecraft Bus
+ Debris from anti-satellite test no danger to ISS, India says


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
+ Iraq seeks to reassure over reservoirs and dam pressures
+ Carbon lurking in deep ocean threw ancient climate switch, say researchers
+ Global warming disrupts recovery of coral reefs
+ Survival in arid eastern Chad depends on struggle for water
+ Scientists prevent supercooled water from freezing
+ Survival in arid eastern Chad depends on struggle for water
+ Ultrabright X-rays reveal the molecular structure of membranes used to purify seawater
AD alloyed nanoantennas for temperature-feedback identification of viruses and explosives
Vladivostok, Russia (SPX) Apr 03, 2019
Scientists of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in collaboration with colleagues from Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS), ITMO University and Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) developed a method for efficient mass production of silicon-germanium fully alloyed nanoantennas. On their basis, optical biosensory platforms and next-generation chemical se ... more
+ Quantum optical cooling of nanoparticles
+ 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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Erdogan says Russian S-400s delivery could be earlier
Ankara (AFP) April 10, 2019
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the delivery of Turkey's disputed Russian S-400 missile defence systems could be earlier than initially planned, Hurriyet daily reported on Wednesday. Ankara's purchase of the S-400s risks US sanctions and has further strained already tense relations with Washington. US officials are concerned over the incompatibility of the S-400s with NATO military h ... more
+ State Dept. approves $1.1B sale of SM-3 anti-ballistic missiles to Japan
+ Lockheed awarded $1.1B for rocket sales to Poland, Bahrain, Romania
+ 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
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


Robots to autocomplete Soldier tasks, new study suggests
Adelphi MD (SPX) Apr 08, 2019
Smart phones autocorrect in texting, search engines autocomplete queries, and mapping applications redirect navigation in real-time to avoid slowed traffic. These ubiquitous AI-based technologies adapt to everyday needs and learn user habits by focusing on making the algorithm better, but Army researchers want to enhance AI by providing more information about the intent of the user. New re ... more
+ Space Robotics Market to Surpass $3.5bn by 2025
+ EU unveils ethics guidelines for Artificial Intelligence
+ When robots commit wrongdoing, people may incorrectly assign the blame
+ Laying the ground for robotic strategies in environmental protection
+ Robots created with 3D printers could be caring for those in golden years
+ Google workers want ultra-conservative off AI council
+ 'Edtech' boom transforms how Indian kids learn
China defends exit ban on human rights lawyer
Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2019
China on Thursday defended an exit ban imposed on a human rights lawyer as lawful after the United States urged Beijing to let him travel to receive a US fellowship. Chen Jiangang was selected to study English as part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, a programme named for the late vice president that provides a year of US education for emerging leaders from around the world. But the ... more
+ Diplomats, activists decry Chinese 'threats' at UN rights council
+ China is 'threat to world' says dissident writer
+ 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'
+ Astro-ecology: Counting orangutans using star-spotting technology
+ Declassified U2 spy plane images reveal bygone Middle Eastern archaeological features
+ Natural climate processes overshadow recent human-induced Walker circulation trends
+ 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


Genome assembly of pasta wheat leads to new insights for modern wheat breeding
Leibniz, Germany (SPX) Apr 10, 2019
Scientists from the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK Gatersleben) participated to perform the assembly of the genome using the method of 3D-Conformation Capture Sequencing (Hi-C). Thanks to the sequenced durum wheat genome, the researchers were able to unravel its domestication history, going as far back as to the progenitor species wild emmer wheat (Triticum turg ... more
+ New pathways for sustainable agriculture
+ Genetic breakthrough on tropical grass could help develop climate-friendly cattle farms
+ Just how much does enhancing photosynthesis improve crop yield?
+ Farming for natural profits in China
+ 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
Life Could Be Evolving Right Now on Nearest Exoplanets
Ithaca NY (SPX) Apr 10, 2019
Rocky, Earth-like planets orbiting our closest stars could host life, according to a new study that raises the excitement about exoplanets. When rocky, Earth-like planets were discovered orbiting in the habitable zone of some of our closest stars, excitement skyrocketed - until hopes for life were dashed by the high levels of radiation bombarding those worlds. Proxima-b, only 4.24 li ... more
+ Are brown dwarfs failed stars or super-planets?
+ Samara scientists research how building material for planets appears in the universe
+ NASA researchers catalogue all microbes and fungi on ISS
+ Biologists find world's first organism with non-photosynthesizing chlorophyll
+ Building blocks of DNA and RNA could have appeared together before life began on Earth
+ Surviving A Hostile Planet
+ Exoplanet Under the Looking Glass


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
Sudan army ranks seem to be tilting towards protestors: analysts
Cairo (AFP) April 10, 2019
Support within Sudan for embattled President Omar al-Bashir seems be waning as some ranks in the army, a major pillar of his three decades in power, appear to be tilting towards the demonstrators, analysts say. Thousands of protesters have been camping outside the military complex housing Bashir's official residence in Khartoum since Saturday, braving tear gas and deadly gun shots from secur ... more
+ 30 jihadists 'killed or captured' in French-Malian raids near Burkina
+ Mali soldiers, spooked by friendly fire, shoot civilians
+ Defiant Sudan protesters seek army talks
+ 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
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Music for space
Paris (ESA) Apr 08, 2019
Music has long been known to affect people's mood. A certain tune can lift you up or bring you to tears, make you focus, relax or even run faster. Now a study is investigating how the power of music may improve human performance in one of the most stressful and alien environments we know - space. Music can help release a cocktail of hormones that have a positive effect on us: oxytocin, end ... more
+ A decade-long quest to build an ecosystem in a room
+ NASA's OCO-3 Measures How Plants Grow and Glow
+ 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
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
+ Turkey says US move against Iran Guards creates 'instability'
+ Hezbollah condemns US decision on Iran Guards
+ Iran president says US 'leader of world terrorism'
+ Pompeo wants China to join Russia in START nuclear treaty
+ China and North Korea open new border crossing
+ Sanctions delay plans for N. Korean beach resort: analysts
+ US designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization
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