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June 03, 2019
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 drawings and descriptions dating back to the 1700s, microfilm from the 1950s, and today's spectral image data, they've confirmed the accuracy of the older depictions. They've also started to understand how the fan-shaped auroras appear, both in the sky and to the eye. The team published their results on May 1 ... read more

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 ... more
Japan PM to meet Iran's Khamenei to mediate with US: report
Tokyo (AFP) June 2, 2019
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei later this month with Tokyo hoping to mediate between Washington and Tehran, a report said Sunday. ... more
Pentagon confirms push to hide USS John McCain from Trump
Seoul (AFP) June 2, 2019
The acting Pentagon chief confirmed Sunday that the White House had requested the hiding of a warship bearing the name of late Senator John McCain during a visit by Donald Trump to Japan. ... more
Japan receives first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft from Northrop Grumman
Washington (UPI) May 31, 2019
Northrop Grumman completed delivery of its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to Japan's military, the company announced on Friday. ... more

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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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

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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
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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
Ice-sheet variability during the last ice age from the perspective of marine sediment
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 20, 2019
By using marine sediment cores from Northwestern Australia, a Japanese team led by National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) and the University of Tokyo revealed that the global ice sheet during t ... more
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
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
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Collision sparks fresh debate over cruise ships in Venice
Venice (AFP) June 2, 2019
A massive cruise ship lost control in Venice Sunday, crashing into a wharf and sparking a fresh controversy over the damage the mammoth vessels cause to one of the world's most famous cities. Footage posted to social media showed people on the harbour fleeing as the 13-deck MSC Opera, which suffered an engine failure, scraped along the dockside before knocking into a luxury tourist boat. ... more
+ Italy, Malta rescue stricken migrants in Mediterranean
+ Malta navy rescues 75 migrants clinging to tuna pen
+ 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
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
+ How to program materials
+ China steps up threat to deprive US of rare earths
+ Origami-inspired materials could soften the blow for reusable spacecraft
+ Clean and effective electronic waste recycling
+ U.S. Air Force's Space Fence Detects Debris from India Anti-Satellite Test
+ A new sensor for light, heat and touch
+ China steps up threat to deprive US of rare earths

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
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+ A rose inspires smart way to collect and purify water
+ Unexpected observation of ice at low temperature, high pressure questions water theory
+ Floating sweatshops: Is the fish you eat caught by 'slaves'?
+ Solomons first trip for re-elected Australia PM amid China tensions
+ UD researchers examine the age of groundwater in Egyptian aquifers
+ Sydney imposes first water restrictions in decade
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
+ Syrian air defence fires at 'enemy missiles' in Damascus: state media
+ 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'
Luokung and Land Space to develop control system for space and ground assets
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 03, 2019
Luokung Technology Corp. has announced a strategic partnership with Land Space Technology Corporation Ltd. ("Land Space"). The two parties will work together and take advantage of respective strength on commercial space cooperation with satellite remote sensing data applications as the main target market. They will jointly develop domestic and foreign markets of products and services which ... more
+ Yaogan-33 launch fails in north China, Possible debris recovered in Laos
+ 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

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
+ Rise of the Machines: AI beats humans in multiplayer shooter
+ Army project develops agile scouting robots
+ 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
+ Hyperdimensional computing theory could change the way AI works
Exiled Tiananmen dissident barred from Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) June 2, 2019
A Tiananmen Square protest leader was barred from entering Hong Kong on Sunday after travelling to the city for a candlelight vigil marking the crackdown's 30th anniversary, organisers of the memorial said. Other former student leaders from the 1989 protests have been blocked from entering the city before, according to local media reports, but a growing list of overseas activists and politic ... more
+ Hong Kong raises jail threshold for proposed extradition law
+ The 'other' Tiananmen: 30 years ago, protests engulfed China
+ Hong Kong's alienated youngsters split over Tiananmen vigil
+ From 1989 to '1984': Generation Tiananmen lament China's descent
+ 'Unimaginable': Families of Tiananmen dead demand truth
+ China detains activists, mutes livestreams ahead of Tiananmen anniversary
+ Mahathir says Malaysia will use Huawei 'as much as possible'
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NASA-Supported Monitoring Network Assesses Ozone Layer Threats
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 27, 2019
On the heels of the first definitive signs of the ozone layer recovery last year, an international team of scientists discovered that production and emission of a banned, potent ozone-depleting chemical is on the rise again. A new research finding, published in Nature on May 23, locates the source region for about half of those new emissions. Since 2013, they found that an increase of about 7000 ... more
+ NASA studies Atmosphere by forming artificial night-time clouds over Marshall Islands
+ First ICESat-2 Global Data Released: Ice, Forests and More
+ New Studies Increase Confidence in NASA's Measure of Earth's Temperature
+ 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
+ The real future food is lab-grown insect meat
+ Ancient DNA tells the story of the first herders and farmers in east Africa
+ North Korea swine flu outbreak puts South on edge
+ You can have your plate and eat it too, says Polish inventor
+ 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
ExoMars orbiter prepares for Rosalind Franklin
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'
+ Bacteria's protein quality control agent offers insight into origins of life
+ 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
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Hong Kong to cull 4,700 pigs after second swine fever case found
Hong Kong (AFP) June 1, 2019
Hong Kong will cull 4,700 pigs after African swine fever was detected in an animal at a slaughterhouse close to the border with China, the second such case in a month in the crowded financial hub. The animal came from a farm in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong and importation from mainland China has been suspended until further notification, Sophia Chan, Secretary of the city's Fo ... more
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+ Cyclone-hit Mozambique fears cholera epidemic
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
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+ Benin mourns slain tour guide, 'one of the best'
+ French special forces free 4 hostages in Burkina Faso

Russian cosmonauts remove a towel that spent 10 years on surface of ISS
Moscow (Sputnik) May 31, 2019
A towel, taken from the surface of the ISS is being examined for microorganisms that could have inhabited the cloth, lead researcher for the Institute of Medical and Biological Issues of the Russian Academy of Sciences Svetlana Poddubko told RIA Novosti. It was earlier reported that Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Alexei Ovchinin had removed a towel from the surface of the Internatio ... more
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Purged no more: North Korean official appears at show
Seoul (AFP) June 2, 2019
A senior North Korean official reportedly purged after talks collapsed between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump appeared at an arts performance with the country's top brass, official media reported Monday. Kim Yong Chol, the North's counterpart to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in nuclear talks, was sent to a labour camp following the collapse of the Kim-Trump summit in Hanoi ... more
+ NORAD completes bomber intercept exercise over Alberta, Canada
+ N.Korea 'executed' officials after failed Trump summit: report
+ US-S.Korea military exercises not 'necessary': Pentagon chief
+ Japan PM to meet Iran's Khamenei to mediate with US: report
+ US says prepared to talk to Iran 'with no preconditions'
+ President says Iran will not be 'bullied' into US talks
+ China will double its nuclear warheads in next 10 years, DIA chief says
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