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June 06, 2019
China conducts first sea-based space rocket launch

Beijing (AFP) June 5, 2019
China launched a space rocket from sea for the first time on Wednesday, its space agency announced, the latest step in Beijing's push to become a major space power. The Asian giant now spends more than Russia and Japan on its civil and military space programmes - unveiling ambitious plans for missions to the moon and beyond in the coming decade. A Long March 11 rocket was launched from a ship in the Yellow Sea just after midday, the China National Space Administration said in a statement. " ... read more

Japan ends search for crashed F35 fighter jet
Tokyo (AFP) June 4, 2019
Japan called off its search for an F-35A on Tuesday, almost two months after the stealth jet crashed into the sea sparking a scramble to recover the pilot and secrets onboard. ... 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
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
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
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2017 North Korean nuclear test order of magnitude larger than previous tests, new study finds
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 04, 2019
North Korea detonated a nuclear device in 2017 equivalent to about 250 kilotons of TNT, a new study estimates, creating an explosion 16 times the size of the bomb the United States detonated over Hi ... 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
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
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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
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
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

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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
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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
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
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
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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
Aluminum is the new steel: NUST MISIS scientists made it stronger than ever before
Moscow, Russia (SPX(SPX) Jun 03, 2019
Aluminum is one of the most promising materials for aeronautics and automobile industry. Scientists from the National University of Science and Technology "MISIS" found a simple and efficient way of strengthening aluminum-based composite materials. Doping aluminum melt with nickel and lanthanum, scientists managed to create a material combining benefits of both composite materials and stan ... more
+ New era for New Norcia deep space antenna
+ Scientists offer designer 'big atoms' on demand
+ Communications testbed leaves legacy of pioneering technology
+ Keep the orbital neighborhood clean
+ US says to take action to ensure rare earths supply
+ Accurate probing of magnetism with light
+ High flex, high-energy textile lithium battery aims to meet demand for wearable electronics

Australia promises $250m to Solomons in face of China growth
Honiara (AFP) June 3, 2019
Australia is to fund a $250 million (US$173 million) grants programme for the Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Monday, as Canberra confronts growing Chinese influence in the region. Morrison, in his first overseas trip since re-election two weeks ago, unveiled the package amid talks with Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. It came in a three-pronged Canberr ... more
+ In Nigeria's Lagos, aquatic weed plagues waterways
+ Earth's rotation is helping mix the water in Italy's Lake Garda
+ 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'?
+ Ocean and space exploration blend at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography
+ Solomons first trip for re-elected Australia PM amid China tensions
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

Robots activated by water may be the next frontier
New York NY (SPX(SPX) Jun 03, 2019
New research from the laboratory of Ozgur Sahin, associate professor of biological sciences and physics at Columbia University, shows that materials can be fabricated to create soft actuators - devices that convert energy into physical motion - that are strong and flexible, and, most important, resistant to water damage. "There's a growing trend of making anything we interact with and touc ... more
+ British art dealer unveils pioneering robot artist
+ Army project develops agile scouting robots
+ Better together: human and robot co-workers
+ Rise of the Machines: AI beats humans in multiplayer shooter
+ Artificial intelligence becomes life-long learner with new framework
+ 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
Hong Kong remembers Tiananmen, fearful for its own future
Hong Kong (AFP) June 4, 2019
Crowds began arriving for a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Tuesday evening marking 30 years since China's bloody Tiananmen crackdown, a gathering tinged with symbolism as the city struggles to preserve its own cherished freedoms. The eye-catching spectacle - in which tens of thousands of Hong Kongers clutch candles, sing songs and listen to emotional speeches - is the only place in Chin ... more
+ Silence, US tensions mark Tiananmen 30th anniversary in China
+ 'Brutal' China threatens Hong Kong freedoms: activist in Germany
+ Exiled Tiananmen dissident barred from Hong Kong
+ Hong Kong raises jail threshold for proposed extradition law
+ The 'other' Tiananmen: 30 years ago, protests engulfed China
+ 30 years after Tiananmen, US says hopes dashed as China defends crackdown
+ From 1989 to '1984': Generation Tiananmen lament China's descent
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New mineral classification system captures Earth's complex past
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 04, 2019
The first minerals to form in the universe were nanocrystalline diamonds, which condensed from gases ejected when the first generation of stars exploded. Diamonds that crystallize under the extreme pressure and temperature conditions deep inside of Earth are more typically encountered by humanity. What opportunities for knowledge are lost when mineralogists categorize both the cosmic travelers a ... more
+ NASA studies Atmosphere by forming artificial night-time clouds over Marshall Islands
+ Remote sensing of toxic algal blooms
+ New Studies Increase Confidence in NASA's Measure of Earth's Temperature
+ First ICESat-2 Global Data Released: Ice, Forests and More
+ NASA-Supported Monitoring Network Assesses Ozone Layer Threats
+ More detailed picture of Earth's mantle
+ Illegal ozone-depleting gases traced to China: study

The real future food is lab-grown insect meat
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 03, 2019
Livestock farming is destroying our planet. It is a major cause of land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degeneration, deforestation - and of course, climate change. Plant-based diets, insect farming, lab-grown meat and genetically modified animals have all been proposed as potential solutions. Which is best? All of these combined, say researchers at Tufts Un ... more
+ Despite culls, import bans, swine fever to hit pork market for years
+ Ancient DNA tells the story of the first herders and farmers in east Africa
+ Striking French workers block world's biggest Nutella plant
+ North Korea swine flu outbreak puts South on edge
+ You can have your plate and eat it too, says Polish inventor
+ Brazil suspends beef exports to China over 'atypical' mad cow case
+ French watchdog bans sale of common pesticide
Exomoons may be home to extra-terrestrial life
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jun 06, 2019
Moons orbiting planets outside our solar system could offer another clue about the pool of worlds that may be home to extra-terrestrial life, according to an astrophysicist at the University of Lincoln. Exoplanets are planets outside our solar system and up to this point nearly 4,000 have been discovered. Only a small proportion of these are likely to be able to sustain life, existing in w ... more
+ Bacteria's protein quality control agent offers insight into origins of life
+ Physicists Discover New Clue to Planet Formation
+ Pair of Fledgling Planets Seen Growing Around Young Star
+ ExoMars orbiter prepares for Rosalind Franklin
+ 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
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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
+ Rocky mountain spotted fever risks examined
+ 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
Boko Haram attacks military bases in Nigeria, steal arms: sources
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) June 3, 2019
Boko Haram jihadists have carried out multiple attacks on military bases in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, overrunning three of them and stealing weapons, security sources said Monday. Fighters believed to be from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), the IS-linked faction of Boko Haram, stormed four bases from Friday through Sunday in the latest spate of attacks targeting the ar ... more
+ Nigerian army moves thousands away from Boko Haram
+ 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'

Cosmonauts complete spacewalk at International Space Station
Washington (UPI) May 29, 2019
A pair of Russian cosmonauts completed a spacewalk on Wednesday to retrieve science experiments and carry out maintenance on the International Space Station. Expedition 59 commander Oleg Kononenko and fellow cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin stepped out of the space station at 11:42 a.m. and returned about 6 hours later to close the hatch at 5:43 p.m. after completing the spacewalk, which was b ... more
+ NASA Navigation Tech Shows Timing Really Is Everything
+ Russian cosmonauts remove a towel that spent 10 years on surface of ISS
+ 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
China will double its nuclear warheads in next 10 years, DIA chief says
Washington (UPI) May 31, 2019
China will double its stockpile of nuclear weapons in the next decade, the chief of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said. Speaking to the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley added that assessments indicate Russia violated a 1996 treaty banning nuclear detonation tests that could cause a self-sustaining chain reaction. "Over the next decade, China is ... more
+ House panel looks to block funds for low-yield nuclear warheads
+ Iran president rules out talks until US acts 'normal'
+ Trump approved Saudi nuclear transfers after Khashoggi killing: senator
+ South Korea approves $8 million in aid for hungry North
+ Purged no more: North Korean official appears at show
+ US-S.Korea military exercises not 'necessary': Pentagon chief
+ Japan PM to meet Iran's Khamenei to mediate with US: report
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