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May 31, 2019
US and Japan partner on future moon mission

Washington DC (VOA) May 30, 2019
At a May meeting in Washington, U.S. and Japanese officials affirmed the desire for continued scientific cooperation between the two countries. They collaborate on space exploration, space and earth science, and aeronautics research. In one important example, NASA, the U.S. space agency, plans an infrastructure to sustain humans on and around the moon with assistance from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). President Trump's Space Policy Directive 1 instructs NASA to lead a progra ... read more

Centuries-old drawings lead to better understanding of fan-shaped auroras
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 30, 2019
Physics researchers and literature researchers have joined together to better understand the rare natural phenomenon of white and red auroras fanning across the night sky in Japan. Armed with drawin ... more
Trump says 'would not have' ordered hiding of USS John McCain
Washington (AFP) May 30, 2019
President Donald Trump said Thursday he "couldn't care less" whether a US Navy destroyer bears the name of his late rival John McCain, but insisted he would not have ordered hiding the vessel from view during his Japan trip. ... more
Grandma Ca: the 99-year-old standing up to Vietnam's coal rush
Van Phong Bay, Vietnam (AFP) May 22, 2019
Toothless and nearly blind, grandmother Pham Thi Ca refuses to leave her plot of land even after bulldozers demolished her house - an extraordinary holdout against communist Vietnam's deepening addiction to coal. ... more
G20 countries eye tax policy for internet giants: Nikkei
Tokyo (AFP) May 30, 2019
G20 countries are planning a new tax policy for digital giants like Google, based on the business a company does in a country, not where it is headquartered, the Nikkei business daily said Thursday. ... more

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Sri Lanka enters port deal with Japan, India
Colombo (AFP) May 28, 2019
Sri Lanka Tuesday announced it is entering into partnership with India and Japan to develop a deep-sea container terminal next to a controversial $500-million Chinese-run container jetty in Colombo harbour. ... more
ARM amputation: Huawei's big chip problem
London (AFP) May 23, 2019
ARM technology is used in more than 130 billion chips worldwide and is ubiquitous in mobile devices, so losing access to the British company would be like losing a limb for China's embattled Huawei. ... more
US, Japan, S. Korea start 'first-of-its-kind' naval drill
Tokyo (AFP) May 23, 2019
The United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia have kicked off "first-of-its-kind" naval drills near Guam, the US Navy said Thursday, amid mounting tensions with China and North Korea. ... more
US approves missile sales to S.Korea, Japan
Washington (AFP) May 17, 2019
The United States said Friday it had approved more than $600 million in sales of air defense missiles to South Korea and Japan as tensions return with North Korea. ... more
Japan to buy 105 F-35 US stealth warplanes: Trump
Tokyo (AFP) May 27, 2019
Japan plans to buy 105 US-made stealth warplanes, Donald Trump said on Monday, which the US President said would give Tokyo the largest F35 fleet of any US ally. ... more
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Trump strikes dovish tone on N. Korea, Iran
Tokyo (AFP) May 27, 2019
President Donald Trump Monday hailed a "great respect" between the US and nuclear-armed North Korea, as he also held out the possibility of talks with Iran, stressing he did not want "terrible things" to happen. ... more
Panasonic joins firms stepping away from Huawei after US ban
Tokyo (AFP) May 23, 2019
Japan's Panasonic on Thursday said it would stop supplying some components to Huawei, joining a growing list of firms distancing themselves from the Chinese telecoms giant after a US ban over security concerns. ... more
Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan deploys to Indo-Pacific region
Washington (UPI) May 22, 2019
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its commander task force units began underway operations in the Indo-Pacific region, the Navy announced on Wednesday. ... more
Japanese, UK carriers delay release of Huawei phones
London (AFP) May 22, 2019
Four major Japanese and British mobile carriers said Wednesday they will delay releasing new 5G handsets made by Huawei amid a US-led crackdown on the Chinese tech firm over security concerns. ... more
Two Japanese carriers postpone release of Huawei phones
Tokyo (AFP) May 22, 2019
Two of Japan's top mobile phone carriers said Wednesday they will delay releasing new handsets made by Huawei after a US ban on American companies selling technology to the Chinese tech giant. ... more

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Activists petition court to halt Japan dolphin hunt
Tokyo (AFP) May 17, 2019
Campaigners on Friday urged a court in Japan to halt so-called "drive hunting" of dolphins in the country as part of an unprecedented lawsuit that argues the practice violates Japanese law. ... more
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F-35 suffers millions in damage from bird strike
Washington (AFP) May 15, 2019
A US F-35 stealth bomber suffered millions of dollars in damage after colliding with a bird during take-off from an air base in Japan, the US Marine Corp said in a statement Wednesday. ... more
Iran showing 'maximum restraint,' US escalation 'unacceptable': Zarif
Tokyo (AFP) May 16, 2019
Iran is showing "maximum restraint" despite the US withdrawal from a nuclear deal, the country's foreign minister said Thursday, accusing Washington of an "unacceptable" escalation in tensions. ... more
China says 'no information' on Xi-Trump meeting
Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2019
The Chinese foreign ministry on Tuesday said it had "no information to offer at present" on a possible meeting between president Xi Jinping and his US counterpart to avert a trade war. ... more
Glassy menagerie of particles in beach sands near Hiroshima is fallout debris
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 14, 2019
Mario Wannier, a career geologist with expertise in studying tiny marine life, was methodically sorting through particles in samples of beach sand from Japan's Motoujina Peninsula when he spotted so ... 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
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Malta navy rescues 75 migrants clinging to tuna pen
Valletta (AFP) May 30, 2019
The Maltese navy said Thursday it had rescued 75 migrants found clinging to a tuna pen while trying to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. The rescue took place off the Libyan coast late Wednesday and the migrants will be brought to Malta, the Maltese military said in a statement. It said it had coordinated multiple joint rescue operations in conjunction with the Italian ... more
+ Italy, Malta rescue stricken migrants in Mediterranean
+ Maltese navy rescues more migrants
+ Military to set up tents for migrants on US-Mexico border
+ Bolsonaro revises decree, bans Brazilians carrying assault weapons
+ Just a small increase in precipitation could cause widespread road outages
+ Pentagon may send tents to house migrants at US-Mexico border
+ Ramadan struggle in cyclone-hit Mozambique island
Rare earths: the latest weapon in the US-China trade war
Beijing (AFP) May 29, 2019
They are used in everything from lightbulbs to guided missiles, but with China controlling 95 percent of the world's supply of rare earth metals, they are also a potentially powerful weapon in Beijing's trade war with Washington. Here are some key questions and answers on the prized elements. - What are rare earths? - The bedrock of electrical manufacturing, rare earths are 17 elemen ... more
+ Origami-inspired materials could soften the blow for reusable spacecraft
+ China steps up threat to deprive US of rare earths
+ Cement as a climate killer: Using industrial waste to produce carbon neutral alternatives
+ Clean and effective electronic waste recycling
+ China steps up threat to deprive US of rare earths
+ How to program materials
+ U.S. Air Force's Space Fence Detects Debris from India Anti-Satellite Test

Ocean and space exploration blend at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography
Kingston RI (SPX) May 30, 2019
Scientists with a NASA-led expedition are operating from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography as colleagues explore the deep Pacific Ocean to prepare to search for life in deep space. The SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog) research program is a partnership among NASA's Ames Research Center in Si ... more
+ Sydney imposes first water restrictions in decade
+ Floating sweatshops: Is the fish you eat caught by 'slaves'?
+ Unexpected observation of ice at low temperature, high pressure questions water theory
+ Solomons first trip for re-elected Australia PM amid China tensions
+ UD researchers examine the age of groundwater in Egyptian aquifers
+ Comet Provides New Clues to Origins of Earth's Oceans
+ Tropical Pacific variability key for successful climate forecasts
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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Pentagon calls Turkey plan to buy Russian missiles 'devastating'
Washington (AFP) May 30, 2019
A top Pentagon official said on Thursday the consequences would be "devastating" for Turkey's joint F-35 fighter program and its cooperation with NATO if the country bought a Russian missile defense system. Kathryn Wheelbarger, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, said that Ankara's planned purchase of the S-400 system would damage Turkey's ability to wo ... more
+ Erdogan offers Trump working group on Russian missiles
+ Washington says 'possible' Ankara will reject Russian missiles
+ Patriot system, transport ship sent to Middle East as Iran tensions rise
+ Lockheed Martin awarded $84.9 million Navy contract for AEGIS system development
+ 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
Yaogan-33 launch fails in north China, Possible debris recovered in Laos
Taiyuan (XNA) May 27, 2019
The attempt to launch a remote sensing Yaogan-33 satellite carried by a Long March-4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province was unsuccessful on Thursday morning. The first and second stages of the rocket worked normally, while the third stage had abnormal operation. Based on monitoring data, the third stage of the rocket and satellite debris ... more
+ China develops new-generation rockets for upcoming missions
+ China's satellite navigation industry sees rapid development
+ China's Yuanwang-7 departs for space monitoring missions
+ 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

Artificial intelligence becomes life-long learner with new framework
Research Triangle Park NC (SPX) May 23, 2019
A project of the U.S. Army has developed a new framework for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence systems to better learn new tasks while forgetting less of what they have learned regarding previous tasks. The North Carolina State University researchers, funded by the Army, have also demonstrated that using the framework to learn a new task can make the AI better at per ... more
+ Hyperdimensional computing theory could change the way AI works
+ Rise of the Machines: AI beats humans in multiplayer shooter
+ Toy transformers and real-life whales inspire biohybrid robot
+ With a hop, a skip and a jump, high-flying robot leaps through obstacles with ease
+ Spidey senses could help autonomous machines see better
+ Dog-like robot made by students jumps, flips and trots
+ New AI sees like a human, filling in the blanks
Mahathir says Malaysia will use Huawei 'as much as possible'
Tokyo (AFP) May 30, 2019
Malaysia will continue using Huawei products "as much as possible," bucking a global trend prompted by security concerns and a US ban on the Chinese firm, the country's prime minister said Thursday. Mahathir Mohamad, speaking at a conference in Tokyo, acknowledged the security concerns but said they would not deter Malaysia. "Yes, there may be some spying. But what is there to spy (on) e ... more
+ Cameras and crackdowns: Another Tiananmen 'impossible' in China
+ Hong Kong raises jail threshold for proposed extradition law
+ Hong Kong's alienated youngsters split over Tiananmen vigil
+ 'Unimaginable': Families of Tiananmen dead demand truth
+ China detains activists, mutes livestreams ahead of Tiananmen anniversary
+ Hong Kong independence activists granted refugee status in Germany
+ Dalai Lama counters book's claim about Xi meeting in Delhi
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NASA studies Atmosphere by forming artificial night-time clouds over Marshall Islands
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 31, 2019
4A NASA rocket mission to study disturbances in the upper atmosphere, which interfere with communication and technology systems, will form night-time white artificial clouds visible by residents of the Republic of the Marshall Islands during two rocket flights to occur between June 9 - 21, 2019. This the second flight of the Waves and Instabilities from a Neutral Dynamo, or WINDY, mission. ... more
+ First ICESat-2 Global Data Released: Ice, Forests and More
+ New Studies Increase Confidence in NASA's Measure of Earth's Temperature
+ NASA-Supported Monitoring Network Assesses Ozone Layer Threats
+ More detailed picture of Earth's mantle
+ Illegal ozone-depleting gases traced to China: study
+ Arianespace to orbit Spanish SEOSat Ingenio Earth observation satellite
+ Airbus signs MOU with Hellenic Space Agency for future space cooperation

French watchdog bans sale of common pesticide
Paris (AFP) May 28, 2019
The French food safety agency ANSES on Tuesday barred the sale of epoxiconazole, a widely-used pesticide, citing a "worrying danger" to humans. The fungicide, mainly produced by the German chemical giant BASF, is used for about half of France's cereal crops and 70 percent of beetroot cultivation, ANSES said. The agency says the substance, already a suspected carcinogen, is thought to be ... more
+ Farmers have less leisure time than hunter-gatherers, study suggests
+ Trump unveils $16 bn aid for farmers hurt by China trade war
+ Tradition meets tech as Kenya's herders adapt to climate change
+ Scientists extract yeast from ancient pottery, recreate 5,000-year-old beer
+ Swine fever sending pork prices higher
+ Study reports breakthrough to measure plant improvements to help farmers boost production
+ Mineral misery: Vietnam salt farmers battered by imports, climate
ExoMars orbiter prepares for Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin Rover at ExoMars
Paris (ESA) May 31, 2019 On 15 June, the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) will follow a different path. An 'Inclination Change Manoeuvre' will put the spacecraft in an altered orbit, enabling it to pick up crucial status signals from the ExoMars rover, Rosalind Franklin, due to land on the Red Planet in 2021. After completing a complex series of manoeuvres during 2017, ExoMar ... more
+ The 'forbidden' planet has been found in the 'Neptunian Desert'
+ Features that could be used to detect life-friendly climates on other worlds
+ Meteor magnets in outer space
+ Detecting bacteria in space
+ Microbes Exhibit Survival Skills in Ethiopia's Mars-like Wonderland
+ New method to find small exoplanets
+ Three exocomets discovered around the star Beta Pictoris
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Rocky mountain spotted fever risks examined
Davis CA (SPX) May 23, 2019
In Mexicali, Mexico, an uncontrolled epidemic of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, one of the deadliest tickborne diseases in the Americas, has affected more than 1,000 people since 2008. A binational team of researchers led by the University of California, Davis, has conducted the first comprehensive study to examine risk factors for the disease in Mexicali. Researchers examined dogs, ticks, ... more
+ A Scent-Based Strategy for Preventing Mosquito Transmission of Disease
+ 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
Nigerian army moves thousands away from Boko Haram
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) May 28, 2019
Nigeria's army has moved nearly 10,000 people from areas attacked by Boko Haram jihadi fighters in northeastern Borno state, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday. The area around has seen heavy fighting and ambush attacks against soldiers as they escorted civilians from villages into larger towns. "As of 27 May 2019, a total of 9,432 individuals from Sabon Gari ... more
+ Algeria students protest against army chief
+ Crisis Group urges 'dialogue' between Mali government, jihadists
+ Fierce divide as Botswana lifts hunting ban
+ African start-ups aim high, harsh realities temper hopes
+ Sudan army, protesters agree 3 year transition: general
+ Benin mourns slain tour guide, 'one of the best'
+ French special forces free 4 hostages in Burkina Faso

NASA Navigation Tech Shows Timing Really Is Everything
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 30, 2019
Without accurate timekeeping, space navigation would be impossible. As NASA goes forward to the Moon with the Artemis missions, precise measurements of time are key to mission success. To calculate where a spacecraft is in the solar system, NASA must measure the time it takes for electromagnetic waves traveling at the speed of light to flow between the spacecraft and known locations, like ... more
+ Russian cosmonauts remove a towel that spent 10 years on surface of ISS
+ Cosmonauts complete spacewalk at International Space Station
+ IAF ties up with ISRO for manned mission crew selection
+ Wandering Earth: rocket scientist explains how we could move our planet
+ China's tech 'Long March' could be road to nowhere
+ NASA Prepares for Future Moon Exploration with International Undersea Crew
+ NASA Selects Studies for Future Space Communications and Services
Russia 'probably' violating nuclear test treaty: US general
Washington (AFP) May 29, 2019
A top US military officer said Wednesday that Russia is "probably" violating the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, opening a new area of disagreement as the two powers negotiate arms control. Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, part of the US military that provides analysis, voiced alarm at Russia's modernization of its nuclear forces. "The ... more
+ NORAD completes bomber intercept exercise over Alberta, Canada
+ N.Korea 'executed' officials after failed Trump summit: report
+ Under the dome: Fears Pacific nuclear 'coffin' is leaking
+ North Korea slams 'war maniac' Bolton
+ US says N.Korea program violates UN resolutions, after Trump tweet
+ US, Japan, S. Korea start 'first-of-its-kind' naval drill
+ US 'not looking for regime change' in Iran: Trump
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