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May 08, 2019
Japan finds parts of crashed F35 fighter jet

Tokyo (AFP) May 7, 2019
Japan said Tuesday it had recovered some debris from a stealth fighter jet that crashed in April, but was still looking for the "all-important" memory that could offer clues into the accident. Nearly a month after the high-tech F-35A plummeted into the sea off the coast of northeastern Japan, neither the pilot's body, nor the plane's fuselage have been found, said Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya. Experts say Japan and the US are keen to prevent debris from the plane being recovered by Russia or C ... read more

Japanese First Private Rocket MOMO Launched
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) May 05, 2019
Japanese space company Interstellar Technologies successfully launched the country's first private rocket dubbed MOMO-3, the NHK broadcaster reported on Saturday. The previous two launches, in ... more
Late US student's mother urges pressure on 'cancer on Earth' N.Korea
Washington (AFP) May 3, 2019
The mother of Otto Warmbier, the young American who died after alleged torture by North Korea, on Friday demanded no let-up in pressure on the regime she called "cancer on the Earth." ... more
G7 environment ministers meet to discuss climate crisis
Metz, France (AFP) May 5, 2019
Environment ministers of the G7 nations met in France Sunday, a day ahead of the release of what is expected to be another alarming report on the state of the planet. ... more
US and Japanese scientists conduct joint composites study
Wright-Patterson AFB CO (SPX) May 07, 2019
Dr. Keisuke Umezawa of the Air Systems Research Center in the Japanese Ministry of Defense recently joined the Air Force Research Laboratory on an engineers and scientists exchange program. Th ... more
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Magma is the key to the moon's makeup
New Haven CT (SPX) Apr 30, 2019
For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how the Earth's moon formed. But researchers at Yale and in Japan say they may have the answer. Many theorists believe a Mars-sized obje ... more
ASU researchers find water in samples from asteroid Itokawa
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 02, 2019
Two cosmochemists at Arizona State University have made the first-ever measurements of water contained in samples from the surface of an asteroid. The samples came from asteroid Itokawa and were col ... more
100th space sharing agreement signed, Romania Space Agency joins
Offutt AFB NB (AFNS) Apr 29, 2019
U.S. Strategic Command reached a milestone with the signing of its 100th space situational awareness agreement when the Romanian Space Agency signed an agreement with USSTRATCOM April 25. These agre ... more
Japan rings in new era as Naruhito becomes emperor
Tokyo (AFP) April 30, 2019
A new era dawned in Japan on Wednesday as Naruhito officially became emperor at midnight following his father's historic abdication from the Chrysanthemum Throne, the world's oldest monarchy. ... more
End of an era as Japan's emperor abdicates
Tokyo (AFP) April 30, 2019
Emperor Akihito of Japan formally stepped down Tuesday, the first abdication for 200 years in the world's oldest monarchy, as his son Naruhito prepared to take the Chrysanthemum Throne and usher in a new imperial era. ... more
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Japan's Emperor Akihito ends reign marked by modernisation
Tokyo (AFP) April 30, 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
Hayabusa2's Small Carry-on Impactor Made a Crater on Ryugu
Tokyo (Sputnik) Apr 29, 2019
The Japanese space agency (JAXA) has confirmed that its probe Hayabusa-2 successfully created an artificial crater on the surface of a distant asteroid, Ryugu, in early April. The operation to creat ... more
Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) April 25, 2019
Japanese scientists have succeeded in creating what they called the first-ever artificial crater on an asteroid, a step towards shedding light on how the solar system evolved, the country's space agency said Thursday. ... more
Japan's Emperor Akihito ends reign marked by modernisation
Tokyo (AFP) April 26, 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
Scientists develop low-cost energy-efficient materials
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Apr 24, 2019
An international team of scientists from the National University of Science and Technology "MISIS" (NUST MISIS), Tianjin University (China), as well as from Japan and the United States has developed ... more

Japan to halt nuke plants if anti-terror steps not taken

Snake-inspired robot slithers even better than predecessor
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 23, 2019
Bad news for ophiophobes: Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new and improved snake-inspired soft robot that is faster an ... more
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Earth vs. asteroids: humans strike back
Paris (ESA) Apr 23, 2019
Incoming asteroids have been scarring our home planet for billions of years. This month humankind left our own mark on an asteroid for the first time: Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft dropped a copper p ... more
NKorea's Kim heads to Russia to revive old friendship
Pyongyang (AFP) April 22, 2019
On the neighbouring mound to Mansu hill, where giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il look out over North Korea's capital, stands the Liberation Tower. ... more
Japan, US struggle to find crashed jet and its 'secrets'
Tokyo (AFP) April 16, 2019
One week after an F-35A stealth fighter jet crashed off the northeastern coast of Japan, US and Japanese military vessels are struggling to find the wreckage and protect its valuable "secrets." ... more
Green plastic production made easy
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Apr 23, 2019
A one-step method enables scalable and more environmentally friendly production of plant-derived plastic monomers, paving the way towards the mass production of a sustainable alternative to petroleu ... more
Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant
Tokyo (AFP) April 15, 2019
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant on Monday began removing atomic fuel from inside a building housing one of the reactors that melted down in 2011. ... more
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Mexico president says no to US security plan
Mexico City (AFP) May 7, 2019
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday he wants the United States to end a security assistance program called the Merida Initiative and instead invest in economic development in Mexico and Central America. Launched in 2008, the Merida Initiative aims to combat drug trafficking with US military equipment, technical support and training for security forces in Mexico and Cen ... more
+ Praise for India's response to devastating cyclone
+ What next for cyclone-hit Mozambique?
+ Jihadist attacks threaten relief efforts in cyclone-hit Mozambique
+ Preventing collapse after catastrophe
+ Ukraine says radiation levels safe after nuclear plant fire
+ Bad weather hampers aid delivery to Mozambique cyclone survivors
+ Marines participate in medical readiness training in Puerto Rico
Organ bioprinting gets a breath of fresh air
Houston TX (SPX) May 07, 2019
Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs with a breakthrough technique for bioprinting tissues. The new innovation allows scientists to create exquisitely entangled vascular networks that mimic the body's natural passageways for blood, air, lymph and other vital fluids. The research is featured on the cover of this week's issue of Science ... more
+ Recognising sustainable behaviour in orbit
+ New holographic technique opens the way for quantum computation
+ Promising material could lead to faster, cheaper computer memory
+ US and Japanese scientists conduct joint composites study
+ Squid skin inspires creation of next-generation space blanket
+ Storage beyond the cloud
+ New polymer films conduct heat instead of trapping it

Data with Flippers? Studying the Ocean from a Seal's POV
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 07, 2019
Scientist Lia Siegelman is using a surprising data source to study the ocean around Antarctica - one that has flippers and bears a passing resemblance to Jabba the Hut. Siegelman is using data from a single tagged southern elephant seal to study small-scale ocean features in a little-known part of the ocean around Antarctica. She is a visiting research student from the University of Wester ... more
+ Study demonstrates seagrass' strong potential for curbing erosion
+ Overfishing risks ocean deserts as stocks plummet
+ Tapping fresh water under the ocean has consequences
+ Half the Earth's oceans may have come from asteroids
+ Aussie scientists find antidote for deadly box jellyfish sting
+ Sierra Leone tackles overfishing but gets small fry
+ Hydroid to support production of unmanned underwater vehicles
Monitoring the lifecycle of tiny catalyst nanoparticles
Bochum, Germany (SPX) May 07, 2019
Nanoparticles can be used in many ways as catalysts. To be able to tailor them in such a way that they can catalyse certain reactions selectively and efficiently, researchers need to determine the properties of single particles as precisely as possible. So far, an ensemble of many nanoparticles is analysed. However, the problem of these investigations is that the contributions of different parti ... more
+ Fast and selective optical heating for functional nanomagnetic metamaterials
+ 2D gold quantum dots are atomically tunable with nanotubes
+ Harnessing microorganisms for smart microsystems
+ AD alloyed nanoantennas for temperature-feedback identification of viruses and explosives
+ Quantum optical cooling of nanoparticles
+ Researchers report new light-activated micro pump
+ Defects help nanomaterial soak up more pollutant in less time
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Turkey to buy Russian missiles despite US 'threats'
Istanbul (AFP) May 5, 2019
Turkey on Sunday dismissed US threats of sanctions if it went ahead with a Russian missile purchase, saying it would not renege on a pledge to Moscow. Washington has warned its NATO ally for months that Ankara's adoption of Russian S-400 missile technology alongside US F-35 fighters would pose a threat to the jets and endanger Western defence. The US has said it will halt a joint F-35 pr ... more
+ US Air Force completes successful shoot down of air-launched missiles
+ State Department approves $2.7B Patriot system sale to UAE
+ Lockheed Martin's AEHF-4 on-orbit tests successful
+ Lockheed awarded $9.1M for AEGIS work in Romania, Poland
+ Lockheed awarded $13.9M for work on AEGIS Speed to Capability cycles
+ Navy executes successful test of AEGIS Virtual Twin software in missile test
+ NATO to use THAAD in Romania this summer
China's Yuanwang-7 departs for space monitoring missions
Nanjing (XNA) May 03, 2019
China's spacecraft tracking ship Yuanwang-7 is sailing to the Pacific Ocean, beginning its first maritime space monitoring mission this year. The ship departed from a port in eastern China's Jiangsu Province Wednesday. As a part of China's new generation of spacecraft tracking ships, Yuanwang-7 is about 220 meters long, 40 meters high and has a displacement of nearly 30,000 tonnes. I ... more
+ China's tracking ship Yuanwang-2 starts new mission after retirement
+ China to build moon station in 'about 10 years'
+ China to enhance international space cooperation
+ China opens Chang'e-6 for international payloads, asteroids next
+ China's commercial carrier rocket finishes engine test
+ China launches new data relay satellite
+ Super-powerful Long March 9 said to begin missions around 2030

Space robotics market worth over $3.5bn by 2025
London, UK (SPX) May 07, 2019
According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, the Space Robotics Market worth over $3.5bn by 2025. The space robotics market is experiencing a rapid technical development owing to the integration of AI technologies into the systems developed for space exploration. Several companies are developing AI-based robots that provide ... more
+ SIS advances smart multi-robot autonomy
+ An army of micro-robots can wipe out dental plaque
+ FEDOR Space Rescuer: Roscosmos 'Trains' Anthropomorphic Robot for Manned Mission
+ NASA 'Nose' importance of humans, robots exploring together
+ Snake-inspired robot slithers even better than predecessor
+ Giving robots a better feel for object manipulation
+ Google takes on 'Africa's challenges' with first AI centre in Ghana
Canadian drug smuggler to appeal China death sentence Thursday
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2019
A Canadian man handed the death penalty for drug smuggling in China will appeal his sentence Thursday, in a case that has deepened the diplomatic rift between Beijing and Canada. The appeal comes against the backdrop of Beijing's anger over the December arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, who faces a US extradition hearing in Canada on Wednesday. Robe ... more
+ Missing Chinese student alleges police abuse in video
+ Wife of jailed China rights lawyer pleads to see him
+ Working stiffs: China's tech minions burn out in '996' rat race
+ Xi urges youth to 'love' the Communist Party
+ Huge Hong Kong protest against China extradition plan
+ China formally arrests ex-Interpol chief
+ US comments on Hong Kong 'gross interference': China

Ozone monitoring team spots "fingerprints" on Earth's atmosphere
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 06, 2019
The Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) aboard NASA's Aura satellite specializes in finding "fingerprints" - signatures of gases and particles that clutter the atmosphere. By measuring solar radiation reflected from Earth's surface and scattered by its atmosphere, the OMI team derives important information about aerosols such as dust and smoke and pollutants like nitrogen and sulfur dioxide. ... more
+ Global TanDEM-X forest map is available
+ Scientists track giant ocean vortex from space
+ SFL highlights microspace EO missions at IAA Symposium in Berlin
+ How Atmospheric Sounding Transformed Weather Prediction
+ OCO-3 Ready to Extend NASA's Study of Carbon
+ NASA Instrument to More Accurately Measure Ozone Discovered by "Accident"
+ What's behind the ground-breaking 3D habitat map of the Great Barrier Reef

Climate extremes explain global crop yield variations
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 06, 2019
Researchers from Australia, Germany and the US have quantified the effect of climate extremes, such as droughts or heatwaves, on the yield variability of staple crops around the world. Overall, year-to-year changes in climate factors during the growing season of maize, rice, soy and spring wheat accounted for 20%-49% of yield fluctuations, according to research published in Environmental R ... more
+ Smart tech the new tool for African farmers
+ Field experiment finds a simple change that could boost agricultural productivity
+ Malaysia minister accuses EU of palm oil 'trade war'
+ Canada ups loans to farmers after China blocks canola
+ Biologists warn of peril from biological invasions as White House cuts funding
+ Do additives help the soil?
+ When apple trees blossom, worker bees rock
Cosmic dust reveals new insights on the formation of solar system
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Apr 30, 2019
The study of a tiny grain of stardust - older than our solar system - is shining new light on how planetary systems are formed. The microbe-sized extraterrestrial particle, which originated from a nova explosion more than 4.5 billion years ago, was discovered inside a meteorite collected in Antarctica by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Alongside planetary sc ... more
+ Planetary Habitability? It's What's Inside That Counts
+ Rapid destruction of Earth-like atmospheres by young stars
+ Slime mold memorizes foreign substances by absorbing them
+ Necrophagy: A means of survival in the Dead Sea
+ Oil-eating bacteria found at the bottom of the ocean
+ Explosion on Jupiter-sized star 10 times more powerful than ever seen on our sun
+ Astronomers discover third planet in the Kepler-47 circumbinary system

A Scent-Based Strategy for Preventing Mosquito Transmission of Disease
Washington DC (SPX) May 06, 2019
Could it be that your scent is just a bit too attractive? It is known that mosquitoes are drawn to certain human chemical odors that lead the insects to sources of food. ReVector, a new program from DARPA's Biological Technologies Office, intends to diminish that attraction - or even actively repel mosquitoes - by engineering the skin microbiome to temporarily alter chemical production. By ... more
+ Pakistan police arrest doctor after 90 infected by HIV syringe
+ Mother detained after Chinese vaccine protest
+ Child vaccination levels falling short in large parts of Africa
+ Space-enabled mobile laboratory ready for medical emergencies
+ Cyclone-hit Mozambique fears cholera epidemic
+ Cholera cases rise to 139 as Mozambique prepares mass vaccinations
+ Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique reports five cholera cases
Five Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack: army
Lagos (AFP) May 5, 2019
Five Nigerian soldiers were killed when Boko Haram overran a military base in the restive northeast two days ago, the army said on Sunday. A column of fighters from the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in trucks and on motorcycles stormed into the base in the town of Magumeri, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Borno state capital Maiduguri late Friday. Army spokes ... more
+ Boko Haram seizes military base in NE Nigeria: sources
+ Idjwi, a haven of peace in DR Congo's conflict-ridden east
+ Benin troops use force to clear protestors, casualties reported
+ China's vast investment in Africa hits a snag in Congo
+ Two Chinese hostages freed in Nigeria: police
+ Idjwi, a haven of peace in DR Congo's conflict-ridden east
+ Sudan army rulers order protesters to remove blockades
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NASA awards ATLAS Space Operations space operations partnership
Traverse City MI (SPX) May 07, 2019
ATLAS Space Operations, Inc., a leading innovator in communications for the space industry, today announced NASA has awarded it a contract for the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program's Space Relay Partnership and Services Study. Prime contractor ATLAS partnered in its proposal with Laser Light Communications, Inc, a leader in advanced optical communications and data distribution v ... more
+ Gateway to the Solar System
+ RSC Energia developed a one-orbit rendezvous profile
+ Observing Gaia from Earth to improve its star maps
+ NASA Aids Testing of Boeing Deep Space Habitat Ground Prototype in Alabama
+ Power Glitch in US Segment of ISS Fixed, Station Back to Full Power - NASA
+ NASA and Blue Origin Help Classrooms and Researchers Reach Space
+ Photobioreactor: oxygen and a source of nutrition for astronauts
Air Force tests Minuteman III missile in launch at Vandenberg
Washington (UPI) May 3, 2019
The U.S. Air Force launched a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in a test from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The unnarmed rocket took off at 2:42 a.m. Wednesday, KEYT-TV in Central California reported. It was equipped with a test re-entry vehicle. The launch was handled by a team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E ... more
+ 'Feels terrible': Iran a year after US sanctions reimposed
+ US targets Iran uranium but lets nuclear deal stay alive
+ What missile? US and Koreas play down weapons test
+ N. Korea tested rocket launchers and 'tactical guided weapons'
+ Late US student's mother urges pressure on 'cancer on Earth' N.Korea
+ US still sees 'path forward' in N.Korea talks: Pompeo
+ Iran dismisses US naval deployment as old news
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