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May 13, 2019
Japanese man jailed for smuggling insects from Ecuador

Quito (AFP) May 9, 2019
A Japanese man was sentenced to two years in prison in Ecuador for attempting to smuggle a massive haul of creepy crawlies out of the country, officials said Thursday. The defendant was arrested at the international airport in Quito in March with 248 spiders, cockroaches, wasps, bees and butterflies in his suitcases, the environment ministry said in a statement. Identified only as Hirokazu S., the smuggler was also fined $4,000 and ordered to make a public apology in a national newspaper, the m ... read more

Strong 6.3-magnitude quake hits southern Japan, no tsunami threat
Tokyo (AFP) May 10, 2019
A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit southern Japan Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but Japanese authorities said there was no tsunami threat. ... more
US ends support for Japan crashed fighter jet search
Tokyo (AFP) May 9, 2019
The US Navy has ended operations assisting Japan's search for a stealth fighter jet that crashed in the Pacific, after some of its debris was recovered. ... more
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. ... 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
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
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
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
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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
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

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
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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
Tokyo (AFP) April 24, 2019
Japanese authorities on Wednesday threatened to close down nuclear reactors that do not conform to strict anti-terror measures introduced after the 2011 Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster. ... more
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
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
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Italy takes in migrants rescued by navy, but not charity ship
Rome (AFP) May 10, 2019
Migrants rescued at sea by the Italian navy will land in Italy on Friday after a EU deal to host them, the government said, while others saved by a charity ship remain stranded at sea. Thirty-six people were plucked from a floundering boat off Libya on Thursday after they were spotted by a navy boat patrolling as part of an Italian operation to protect fishing and oil platforms. "I thank ... more
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Florida space firm Rocket Crafters signs agreement with RUAG Space
Cocoa FL (UPI) May 09, 2019
Rocket Crafters, a Cocoa, Fla.-based space startup, has signed an agreement with RUAG Space to use RUAG components. The memo of understanding is a further step toward launching a suborbital rocket test this winter, according to Robert Fabian, president at Rocket Crafters. The firm is aiming for a piece of the expanding small-satellite market. Its rocket under development is called Intrepid ... more
+ Physicists propose perfect material for lasers
+ Discovery may lead to new materials for next-generation data storage
+ Researchers create 'force field' for super materials
+ Gold helps CT scans pick up the finest surface structures
+ Recognising sustainable behaviour in orbit
+ Organ bioprinting gets a breath of fresh air
+ Promising material could lead to faster, cheaper computer memory

Radical desalination approach may disrupt the water industry
New York NY (SPX) May 08, 2019
Hypersaline brines - water that contains high concentrations of dissolved salts and whose saline levels are higher than ocean water - are a growing environmental concern around the world. Very challenging and costly to treat, they result from water produced during oil and gas production, inland desalination concentrate, landfill leachate (a major problem for municipal solid waste landfills), flu ... more
+ Remarkable fish see color in deep, dark water
+ Tunisia seizes illegal red coral worth two million euros
+ Study explores the use of robots and artificial intelligence to understand the deep-sea
+ Two-thirds of world's longest rivers throttled by mankind: study
+ Impossible research produces 400-year El Nino record, revealing startling changes
+ Data with Flippers? Studying the Ocean from a Seal's POV
+ Study demonstrates seagrass' strong potential for curbing erosion
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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Lockheed Martin awarded $84.9 million Navy contract for AEGIS system development
Washington (UPI) May 8, 2019
The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin an $84.9 million contract modification for work on the AEGIS weapons system, the Defense Department announced. The contract is a cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a prior contract, the Defense Department said on Tuesday. It covers combat system engineering, architecture, development, integration and testing; Naval Integrated Fire Control-Count ... more
+ Patriot system, transport ship sent to Middle East as Iran tensions rise
+ State Department approves $2.7B Patriot system sale to UAE
+ Turkey to buy Russian missiles despite US 'threats'
+ US Air Force completes successful shoot down of air-launched missiles
+ 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
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

Beyond the Metal: Investigating Soft Robots at NASA Langley
Hampton VA (SPX) May 09, 2019
Into the Spiderverse's newest crew of villains include a brilliant scientist named Doctor Octopus who uses flexible robotic arms to commit her dastardly deeds. Her bionic arms can throw objects, aid her in moving quickly in fight scenes, and a host of other functions. While we can leave the evil geniuses to the movies, two genius interns are investigating soft robotics like the supervillain's in ... more
+ DIH-HERO - a medical robotics network
+ Training AI to win a dogfight
+ Space robotics market worth over $3.5bn by 2025
+ 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
Chinese court holds off ruling on Canadian's death penalty appeal
Beijing (AFP) May 9, 2019
A Chinese court adjourned a hearing on a Canadian man's appeal against his death sentence for drug smuggling without a decision Thursday in a case that has deepened a diplomatic spat between Beijing and Ottawa. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, was sentenced to death in January after a court deemed his previous 15-year prison sentence too lenient. His appeal hearing came a day after a top e ... more
+ China charges ex-Interpol chief with accepting bribes
+ Hong Kong extradition row sparks parliament scuffles
+ US report warns of 'serious risks' from Hong Kong extraditions
+ Canadian drug smuggler to appeal China death sentence Thursday
+ 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

What does Earth's core have in common with salad dressing? Maybe this
New Haven CT (SPX) May 08, 2019
A Yale-led team of scientists may have found a new factor to help explain the ebb and flow of Earth's magnetic field - and it's something familiar to anyone who has made a vinaigrette for their salad. Earth's magnetic field, produced near the center of the planet, has long acted as a buffer from the harmful radiation of solar winds emanating from the Sun. Without that protection, life on E ... more
+ Ozone monitoring team spots "fingerprints" on Earth's atmosphere
+ Arianespace to launch ESAIL satellite for exactEarth on Vega SSMS POC flight
+ At least 300 Himalayan yaks starve to death in India
+ Global TanDEM-X forest map is available
+ Ocean activity is key controller of summer monsoons
+ SFL highlights microspace EO missions at IAA Symposium in Berlin
+ Scientists track giant ocean vortex from space

Hong Kong to cull 6,000 pigs as first swine fever case found
Hong Kong (AFP) May 11, 2019
Hong Kong will cull 6,000 pigs after African swine fever was detected in an animal at a slaughterhouse close to the border with China, the first case of the disease in the densely populated financial hub. "In order to minimise the risk of ASF virus spreading from the slaughterhouse, all pigs in Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse will be culled so that thorough cleansing and also disinfection could b ... more
+ France probes alleged Monsanto lists on opinion-makers
+ Malaysia minister accuses EU of palm oil 'trade war'
+ Cyprus's emblematic wild sheep lock horns with mountain farmers
+ Climate extremes explain global crop yield variations
+ Smart tech the new tool for African farmers
+ Field experiment finds a simple change that could boost agricultural productivity
+ Canada ups loans to farmers after China blocks canola
Gravitational forces in protoplanetary disks may push super-Earths close to their stars
University Park PA (SPX) May 10, 2019
The galaxy is littered with planetary systems vastly different from ours. In the solar system, the planet closest to the Sun - Mercury, with an orbit of 88 days - is also the smallest. But NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered thousands of systems full of very large planets - called super-Earths - in very small orbits that zip around their host star several times every 10 days. Now, rese ... more
+ Rare-Earth metals in the atmosphere of a glowing-hot exoplanet
+ Cosmic dust reveals new insights on the formation of solar system
+ Planetary Habitability? It's What's Inside That Counts
+ Rapid destruction of Earth-like atmospheres by young stars
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+ Necrophagy: A means of survival in the Dead Sea
+ Oil-eating bacteria found at the bottom of the ocean

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
French special forces free 4 hostages in Burkina Faso
Paris (AFP) May 10, 2019
French special forces have freed two French hostages, an American and a South Korean in northern Burkina Faso in an overnight raid in which two soldiers died, authorities announced Friday. The operation was launched to free two French tourists who had disappeared while on holiday in the remote Pendjari National Park in neighbouring Benin on May 1. But during the raid, the French troops w ... more
+ Nigerian police free 27 hostages, including five Chinese
+ Six months too few to form S.Sudan unity government: president
+ Five Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack: army
+ 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
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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
+ Luxembourg and US agree to deepen cooperation in space
+ High-tech supremacy at stake in US-China trade war
+ 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
+ Gateway to the Solar System
North Korea treads fine line with missile launch: analysts
Seoul (AFP) May 10, 2019
With two missile launches in the space of a week, North Korea is treading a fine line between increasing pressure on the US and not derailing their nuclear negotiations - all the while giving itself room to escalate, analysts say. Pyongyang fired two short-range missiles Thursday - following an earlier drill on Saturday - having not launched any since November 2017, shortly before leader ... more
+ N.Korea says weapons test involved 'long-range' capability
+ What missile? US and Koreas play down weapons test
+ Geology gives clues to North Korea's nuclear arsenal
+ US seizes N.Korea freighter accused of violating sanctions
+ Europe feels powerless as US faces off against Iran
+ 'Nobody's happy' about N. Korea missile launch, says Trump
+ B-52s, Marine expeditionary unit head to Middle East as tensions rise with Iran
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