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April 12, 2019
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

Bridgestone Joins International Space Exploration Mission with JAXA and Toyota
Colorado Springs CO (SPX) Apr 12, 2019
Bridgestone Corporation has announced that it will take part in an international space exploration mission together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation. R ... more
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
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
Japan slams WTO ruling on S. Korea Fukushima food row
Tokyo (AFP) April 12, 2019
Japan Friday attacked an "extremely regrettable" ruling by the World Trade Organization that upheld a ban by South Korea on some seafood from Fukushima imposed after the 2011 nuclear disaster. ... more
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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
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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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
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

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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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'
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
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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
+ Japan slams WTO ruling on S. Korea Fukushima food row
+ 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
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
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+ Indian Satellite's Pieces Unlikely to Collide With ISS - Russian Space Agency
+ Ridding space of old satellites and debris
+ Northrop Grumman awarded $3B for 24 Hawkeye early warning aircraft
+ Study shows potential for Earth-friendly plastic replacement
+ NASA awards contract to Auburn University's National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence
+ Spin lasers facilitate rapid data transfer

Iraq seeks to reassure over reservoirs and dam pressures
Baghdad (AFP) April 9, 2019
Iraq's water ministry sought on Tuesday to quell fears that dams could collapse, as the country's main water reservoirs reach or near capacity after a very wet winter. "We are in control of the dams and reservoir levels", said water ministry spokesman Aoun Diab. "We are not worried about their safety or stability," he told AFP. Weeks of rain - compounded by melting snowcaps in nei ... more
+ Global warming disrupts recovery of coral reefs
+ Scientists prevent supercooled water from freezing
+ Historic water levels at Iraq reservoirs and dams: officials
+ Survival in arid eastern Chad depends on struggle for water
+ NASA Sees El Nino Conditions Prevail in the Central Pacific Ocean
+ Carbon lurking in deep ocean threw ancient climate switch, say researchers
+ Through machine learning, new model holds water
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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NATO to use THAAD in Romania this summer
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2019
The United States will temporarily deploy its THAAD anti-missile protection system in Romania this summer, U.S. European Command said Thursday. The land-based THAAD system, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, will be used by NATO for its Ballistic Missile Defense systems while the international alliance's existing Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System goes through mainte ... more
+ Erdogan says Russian S-400s delivery could be earlier
+ 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'
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
Young Chinese to be sent back to villages in Mao-style move
Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2019
China is planning to send millions of youth "volunteers" back to the villages, raising fears of a return to the methods of Chairman Mao's brutal Cultural Revolution of 50 years ago. The Communist Youth League (CYL) has promised to despatch more than 10 million students to "rural zones" by 2022 in order to "increase their skills, spread civilization and promote science and technology," accord ... more
+ China defends exit ban on human rights lawyer
+ 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

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
+ Declassified U2 spy plane images reveal bygone Middle Eastern archaeological features
+ Sun, moon and sea as part of a 'seismic probe'
+ Astro-ecology: Counting orangutans using star-spotting technology
+ 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
+ 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
+ New pathways for sustainable agriculture
+ 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
Are brown dwarfs failed stars or super-planets?
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Apr 10, 2019
Brown dwarfs fill the "gap" between stars and the much smaller planets - two very different types of astronomical objects. But how they originate has yet to be fully explained. Astronomers from Heidelberg University may now be able to answer that question. They discovered that the star Zeta Ophiuchi in the Milky Way is being orbited by two brown dwarfs, which in all probability formed along with ... more
+ 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
+ Life Could Be Evolving Right Now on Nearest Exoplanets
+ 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
+ Sudan army ousts Bashir, protestors vow further demos
+ 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
+ Mali soldiers, spooked by friendly fire, shoot civilians
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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
+ NASA's OCO-3 Measures How Plants Grow and Glow
+ No nausea for Beth Moses, Virgin's space tourist trainer
+ Northrop Grumman Carries Technology, Scientific Investigations on Mission to Space Station
+ UAE mulls buying Soyuz spacecraft to send astronauts to ISS: Roscosmos
+ Spinoff Book Highlights NASA Technology Everywhere
+ Three prototypes in space settlement challenge receive UAE support
+ Counting the Many Ways the International Space Station Benefits Humanity
Hezbollah condemns US decision on Iran Guards
Beirut (AFP) April 10, 2019
The head of Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah on Wednesday condemned as foolish a US decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards a "terrorist group", praising the elite force as a key regional power. Hezbollah was created at the initiative of Iran's Revolutionary Guards during the Lebanese civil war after Israel overran the capital Beirut in 1982. It is a key ally of Tehran and h ... more
+ Trump floats idea of third North Korea summit
+ Pompeo wants China to join Russia in START nuclear treaty
+ Sanctions delay plans for N. Korean beach resort: analysts
+ US designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization
+ Turkey says US move against Iran Guards creates 'instability'
+ Iran president says US 'leader of world terrorism'
+ China and North Korea open new border crossing
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