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June 10, 2019
Man on a mediation mission: Japan's Abe heads to Iran

Tokyo (AFP) June 10, 2019
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Iran this week on a rare diplomatic mission, hoping to ease tensions between the Islamic Republic and Tokyo's key ally Washington. Tehran is locked in a bitter standoff with the US after president Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal last year. Washington has now reimposed sanctions and shifted troops to the region, putting military and economic pressure on Iran, including by forcing US allies like Japan to stop purchasing Iranian oil. ... read more

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. ... more
One-two-punch catalysts trapping CO2 for cleaner fuels
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) Jun 10, 2019
Copper and platinum nanoparticles added to the surface of a blue titania photocatalyst significantly improve its ability to recycle atmospheric carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels. The modif ... 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 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
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
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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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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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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
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
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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
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Keep the orbital neighborhood clean
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 06, 2019
More than 22,000 objects floating in space are currently being tracked by the U.S. Air Force. That number is expected to double within five years, due in large part to increased global demand for satellite internet services and private companies' launching of more space objects to meet that demand. So, what happens to those floating satellites and other space objects when they have outlive ... more
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Earth's rotation is helping mix the water in Italy's Lake Garda
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2019
The rotation of the Earth is encouraging the mixing of water in Italy's picturesque Lake Garda, according to the findings of a new study. Ventilation and water mixing are essential for lake ecosystems. New research, published this week in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests the rotation of the Earth aids water mixing in long, narrow lakes like Lake Garda. Scientists in the N ... more
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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
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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
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+ 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
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Army project develops agile scouting robots
Research Triangle Park NC (SPX) Jun 03, 2019
In a research project for the U.S. Army, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley developed an agile robot, called Salto that looks like a Star Wars Imperial walker in miniature and may be able to aid in scouting and search-and-rescue operations. Robots like this may one day be used to save lives of both warfighters and civilians, researchers said. Topping out at less th ... more
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Hong Kong leader refuses to scrap extradition bill despite rally
Hong Kong (AFP) June 10, 2019
Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader on Monday refused to scrap a controversial plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland, a day after huge crowds came out to oppose the proposal. Striking a defiant tone after the city's largest protest since the 1997 handover, chief executive Carrie Lam said the legislature would debate the bill on Wednesday as planned, rejecting calls to delay or withdr ... more
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Magnetism discovered in the Earth's mantle
Munster, Germany (SPX) Jun 10, 2019
The huge magnetic field which surrounds the Earth, protecting it from radiation and charged particles from space - and which many animals even use for orientation purposes - is changing constantly, which is why geoscientists keep it constantly under surveillance. The old well-known sources of the Earth's magnetic field are the Earth's core - down to 6,000 kilometres deep down inside the Ea ... more
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+ New mineral classification system captures Earth's complex past
+ NASA studies Atmosphere by forming artificial night-time clouds over Marshall Islands
+ New Studies Increase Confidence in NASA's Measure of Earth's Temperature
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+ NASA-Supported Monitoring Network Assesses Ozone Layer Threats
+ More detailed picture of Earth's mantle

Sorghum making a rebound in Europe thanks to climate change
Szeged, Hungary (AFP) June 5, 2019
Ferenc Kardos planted 300 hectares of sorghum instead of corn this year. From the fertile Hungarian plain where he lives all the way to southeastern France, the hot weather cereal is taking root in Europe. "With corn, we suffered losses three out of five years due to drought," said Kardos, the crop manager of a 3,000-hectare (30-square kilometre) farm without irrigation in southern Hungary, ... more
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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
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Genomic analysis reveals details of first historically recorded plague pandemic
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2019
Scientists have gained new insights into the first historically recorded plague pandemic. To better understand the early evolution of plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis, scientists isolated the deadly microbe from ancient human remains recovered at 21 archaeological sites in Britain, Germany, France and Spain. Researchers were able to reconstruct the genomes of eight differ ... more
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Huawei turns to Africa to offset US blacklist
Paris (AFP) June 9, 2019
As the US leads a drive for the West to shun Huawei over security fears, the Chinese tech giant has sought to strengthen its position in Africa, where it is already well-established. Huawei has taken a leading role in developing next-generation 5G mobile phone networks around the world. But it has been in turmoil since Washington charged its equipment could serve as a Trojan horse for Ch ... more
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NASA opens space station to private astronauts, tourists and more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 08, 2019
NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit. This move comes as NASA focuses full speed ahead on its goal of landing the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, where American companies also will play an essential role in establishing a sustainable pre ... more
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Europe in 'no position' to criticise Iran: Zarif
Tehran (AFP) June 9, 2019
European countries are in "no position" to criticise Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday ahead of a visit by his German counterpart Heiko Maas. Germany's top diplomat is due in Tehran on Monday, against a backdrop of Iranian pressure for Europe to uphold commitments made under a 2015 nuclear deal since abandoned by the United States. "Europeans are certainly in no pos ... more
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+ Iran president rules out talks until US acts 'normal'
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