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July 08, 2019
More than a million ordered to shelters in rain-hit Japan

Tokyo (AFP) July 3, 2019
Japanese authorities have issued evacuation orders for more than one million people in southern parts of the country hit by heavy rains, a year after deadly floods that killed more than 200 people. Small landslides were already being reported in parts of the affected area, public broadcaster NHK reported. It said a total of 1.1 million people in Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, on the island of Kyushu, had been ordered to shelters. Landslides swept away several cars and buried a house in ... read more

US-China trade officials aim to talk next week, officials say
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2019
US and Chinese officials are working to schedule a top-level trade talks by telephone next week but a face-to-face encounter has not been scheduled yet, US officials said Friday. ... more
Japan whale restaurants cheer hunt resumption
Tokyo (AFP) July 3, 2019
"Two sashimis, three steaks," cries the waitress at one of Tokyo's most famous whale restaurants during a frantic lunchtime service where Japan's resumption of commercial whaling has cooked up new hope. ... more
Xi urged Trump to ease North Korea sanctions in 'timely' fashion
Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged US President Donald Trump to "show flexibility" towards North Korea, including the "timely" easing of sanctions, at the G20 summit last week, China's foreign minister said Tuesday. ... more
Whales targeted by Japan face extinction threat
Paris (AFP) July 1, 2019
One of three species Japan has targeted in resuming commercial whaling Monday is threatened with extinction, and sub-populations of the other two are severely depleted as well, according to experts. ... more
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Scientists teleport information inside a diamond
Yokohama, Japan (SPX) Jul 01, 2019
Scientists have successfully teleported quantum information inside a diamond. The breakthrough could provide a boost to quantum computing technologies. ... more
Raytheon receives $36.7M Navy contract for RAM missiles, GMLS launchers
Washington (UPI) Jul 1, 2019
A $36.7 million contract for Rolling Airframe Missiles and Guided Missile Launching Systems has been awarded to Raytheon Missile Systems, the Defense Department announced. ... more
Whaling ships set sail as Japan resumes commercial hunts
Kushiro, Japan (AFP) July 1, 2019
Japan began its first commercial whale hunts in more than three decades on Monday, brushing aside outrage over its resumption of a practice that conservationists say is cruel and outdated. ... more
G20 summit lays bare growing climate change division
Osaka, Japan (AFP) June 29, 2019
Four years after the landmark Paris deal, international consensus on strong action to tackle climate change risks crumbling, with the issue among the biggest sticking points at this week's G20 summit. ... more
After decades, Japan courts controversy resuming commercial whaling
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2019
Japanese fishermen set sail on Monday to hunt whales commercially for the first time in more than three decades after Tokyo's controversial withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) triggered outrage from environmental groups. ... more
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How to Harmonise Wildlife and Energy Manufacturing
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2019
The Austrian Federal Railways (OBB) were dealing with a threatened owl species which were suffering from electric shocks on their network. They turned to TE Connectivity (TE) for support in both pre ... more
Uighur leader urges G20 pressure to end China 'genocide'
Osaka, Japan (AFP) June 28, 2019
An exiled advocate for China's ethnic Uighur minority Friday urged world leaders gathered in Japan for the G20 summit to confront Chinese President Xi Jinping over the "genocide" of her Muslim people. ... more
US President Trump to visit Seoul after letters with Kim
Seoul (AFP) June 24, 2019
US President Donald Trump will visit South Korea at the weekend after the G20 summit to discuss deadlocked nuclear talks with the North with President Moon Jae-in, Seoul's presidential office said Monday. ... more
Trump to meet Xi, Putin at G20 in Japan
Washington (AFP) June 25, 2019
President Donald Trump will meet an array of world leaders on the sidelines of this week's G20 summit in Japan, including China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin, a US official said Monday. ... more
Japan to test infrared sensors for early warning satellites
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 21, 2019
Japan is considering the deployment of early warning satellites designed to detect ballistic missile launches, according to a Japanese press report. Sankei Shimbun reported Wednesday the Japan ... more
North Korea reminds China of colonial history to strengthen ties
Seoul (AFP) June 22, 2019
Pyongyang's relationship with Beijing is "invincible" because the countries both endured Japanese rule, North Korea said Saturday, the day after the Chinese President's highly symbolic visit ended. ... more

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High-stakes G20 opens with trade tensions looming
Osaka, Japan (AFP) June 28, 2019
World leaders gathered in Japan Friday for one of the most high-stakes and fractious G20 meetings in years, with a bruising US-China trade war, geopolitical tensions, and climate change on the agenda. ... more
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China eyes front against protectionism at G20
Beijing (AFP) June 24, 2019
China said Monday it would seek backing for free trade and multilateralism at the G20 summit this week as it denounced protectionism while it fights a tariffs war with the United States. ... more
Researchers find quantum gravity has no symmetry
Kashiwa, Japan (SPX) Jun 21, 2019
A new study by a pair of researchers in the US and Japan has found that, when gravity is combined with quantum mechanics, symmetry is not possible. "Many physicists believe that there must a b ... more
A Rover for Phobos and Deimos
Le Bourget, France (SPX) Jun 21, 2019
Mars has two small moons, Phobos and Deimos. These are the target of the Japanese Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission, which also involves international partners. Scheduled for launch in 2024. i ... more
Study links lightning with gamma rays inside clouds
Washington (UPI) Jun 25, 2019
Weak gamma-ray glows appear to precede lightning strikes and accompanying gamma-ray flashes under certain conditions. ... more
Deep-sea fish in shallow waters of Japan not an earthquake predictor
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 20, 2019
The appearance of deep-sea fish in shallow waters along the coast of Japan doesn't predict the arrival of an earthquake, according to a new study. ... more
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Collapsed wall kills 22 in Mumbai monsoon chaos
Mumbai (AFP) July 2, 2019
A wall collapsed and killed at least 22 people in Mumbai on Tuesday as the heaviest monsoon rains in a decade brought chaos to India's financial capital and surrounding areas. Scores more were injured when the structure came down at nighttime in a slum, said Tanaji Kamble, a disaster management spokesman for Mumbai's local authority. By late Tuesday one more person had succumbed to injur ... more
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+ One killed, thousands displaced in Rohingya camp landslides
+ Conditions in Syria's al-Hol camp 'apocalyptic': Red Cross
+ Pope calls for 'humanitarian corridors' for migrant rescues
+ UN envoy on migrants criticises 'blindness' of EU on Libya
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First taste of space for Spacebus Neo satellite
Paris (ESA) Jun 28, 2019
The thermal vacuum test campaign of the first Spacebus Neo satellite was completed on 25 June. Less than 100 metres from the Mediterranean Sea, the Konnect satellite has spent the past six weeks being exposed to the cold emptiness of space. These enormous test chambers, which can be cooled to minus 180 Celsius, are designed to accommodate an entire spacecraft and effectively replicate the ... more
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The far-future ocean: Warm yet oxygen-rich
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Jul 01, 2019
The oceans are losing oxygen. Numerous studies based on direct measurements in recent years have shown this. Since water can dissolve less gas as temperatures rise, these results were not surprising. In addition to global warming, factors such as eutrophication of the coastal seas also contribute to the ongoing deoxygenation. Will the oceans become completely oxygen-depleted at some point ... more
+ Hundreds of sharks snarled by plastic in the world's oceans, scientists warn
+ Managing Freshwater Across the United States
+ New research shows how melting ice is affecting supplies of nutrients to the sea
+ Monsoon rains soak India's financial capital
+ A month under the Med: French divers launch daring deep-sea expedition
+ World's largest seaweed bloom spotted from space
+ More Manila water shortages ahead as reservoir feeding city dries
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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Sweden deploys new air defence missile system on Baltic island
Stockholm (AFP) July 1, 2019
Sweden's armed forces said Monday it had deployed a new air defence missile system on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, following years of increased militarisation in the region. "Through its geographical location the island provides essential military advantages in regards to protection and control of shipping, air control over the Baltic Sea and the ability to place military units a ... more
+ Erdogan confident Turkey will avoid US sanctions over S-400s
+ Iran air defence missiles must be taken seriously: experts
+ Japan to test infrared sensors for early warning satellites
+ Turkey unafraid of US sanctions over S-400 deal: minister
+ Lockheed Martin awarded $76.7M for AEGIS development, test sites
+ Erdogan to use ties with Trump to defuse S-400 tensions
+ U.S. considers sanctions on Turkey over plans to buy Russian air defense system
From Moon to Mars, Chinese space engineers rise to new challenges
Beijing (XNA) Jul 08, 2019
With eyes bright, Sun Zezhou, chief designer of China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe, speaks fast but clearly. "Every time I see the moon, I think how Chinese probes have left permanent footprints on it, especially Chang'e-4, the first spacecraft to soft-land on the far side. As a member of the mission, I'm very proud," said Sun. Chinese engineers began plans for the Chang'e-1 lunar probe i ... more
+ China plans to deploy almost 200 AU-controlled satellites into orbit
+ Luokung and Land Space to develop control system for space and ground assets
+ 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

Jumping space robot 'flies' like a spacecraft
Paris (ESA) Jul 08, 2019
Astronauts on the Moon found themselves hopping around, rather than simply walking. Switzerland's SpaceBok planetary exploration robot has followed their example, launching all four legs off the ground during tests at ESA's technical heart. SpaceBok is a quadruped robot designed and built by a Swiss student team from ETH Zurich and ZHAW Zurich. It is currently being tested using robotic fa ... more
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+ Tiny motor can 'walk' to carry out tasks
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+ NASA's first Astrobee robot "Bumble" starts flying in space
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Nepal declines permission for Dalai Lama's birthday celebration
Kathmandu (AFP) July 7, 2019
The Dalai Lama's birthday celebrations in Nepal were cancelled after the government refused permission for the event to go ahead, officials said Sunday, in another sign of the growing influence of China over its Himalayan neighbour. Nepal is home to around 20,000 exiled Tibetans, but under pressure from Beijing the current communist government has taken an increasingly hardline stance on the ... more
+ First charges against Hong Kong anti-government protester
+ Fresh clashes in Hong Kong after huge march to China station
+ Trump discussed detained Canadians with Xi: Trudeau
+ 'One country, two systems': Hong Kong's special status
+ China spotlights military drill amid Hong Kong protests
+ Beijing wants criminal probe after Hong Kong 'illegal actions'
+ Hong Kong leader condemns 'extremely violent' protests

Scientists discover the biggest seaweed bloom in the world
St. Petersburg FL (SPX) Jul 08, 2019
Scientists led by the USF College of Marine Science used NASA satellite observations to discover the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world called the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt (GASB), as reported in Science. They confirmed that the belt of brown macroalgae called Sargassum forms its shape in response to ocean currents, based on numerical simulations. It can grow so large that it bla ... more
+ Winter monsoons became stronger during geomagnetic reversal
+ SSTL expertise enables new space mission for the FORMOSAT-7 weather constellation
+ Satellite image shows temperatures soaring across Europe
+ China's ocean observation satellites put into operation
+ Benin leaps into 21st century with new national map
+ NASA helps warn of harmful algal blooms in lakes, reservoirs
+ TanDEM-X reveals glaciers in detail

China says pork production recovering as swine fever cases decline
Beijing (AFP) July 4, 2019
New cases of African swine fever have declined and pork production is returning to normal, Chinese officials said Thursday, after millions of pigs were culled because of the deadly disease. The virus - fatal to wild boar and pigs but harmless to humans - has cut a swathe through Mongolia, Vietnam, North Korea and China. The world's top pork producer and consumer has seen prices and imp ... more
+ Haute couture turns back on fur, both real and fake
+ Insecticides that threaten bees also harm damselflies, study finds
+ Lithuania declares emergency as drought hits farmers
+ Lesotho farmers protest against Chinese wool deal
+ Bordeaux winemakers cheer heatwave: 'It's magic!'
+ Canada, China diplomatic row provokes farm troubles
+ Qu Dongyu becomes first Chinese to head UN food agency FAO
Planet Seeding and Panspermia
Haifa, Israel (SPX) Jun 27, 2019
The first detection of an interstellar asteroid/comet-like object visiting the solar system two years ago has sparked the ideas about the possibility of interstellar travel. New research from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology suggests that such objects also raise far reaching implications about the origins of planets across the galaxy, and possibly even the initial formation of the sol ... more
+ ALMA Pinpoints Formation Site of Planet Around Nearest Young Star
+ NASA's TESS Mission Finds Its Smallest Planet Yet
+ Cyanide Compounds Discovered in Meteorites May Hold Clues to the Origin of Life
+ Using a 'Cave Rover,' NASA Learns to Search for Life Underground
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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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+ Rocky mountain spotted fever risks examined
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+ 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
DJ set to be first black African in space killed in bike crash
Johannesburg (AFP) July 7, 2019
A South African man who won the chance to be the first black African in space has died in a motorbike crash before turning his dream into reality, his family announced Sunday. Mandla Maseko, a part-time DJ and candidate officer with the South African Air Force, was nicknamed "Afronaut" after landing a coveted seat to fly 103-kilometres (64 miles) into space in 2013 in a competition organise ... more
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+ Tanzanian ministers spar over Kilimanjaro cable car project
+ 13 Nigeria civilians killed in air raid targeting jihadists: sources
+ Ethiopia on edge in ethnic heartland of accused coup leader
+ Environmental destruction linked to African population raises questions about family sizes
+ DRC targets militia in 'large-scale' army operation
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LightSail 2 phones home to mission control
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 03, 2019
The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft sprang loose from its Prox-1 carrier vehicle as planned, and sent its first signals back to mission control at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California. The CubeSat, about the size of a loaf of bread, was scheduled to leave Prox-1 precisely 7 days after both spacecraft successfully flew to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Following dep ... more
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NATO says no sign of Russia backing down in missile crisis
Brussels (AFP) July 5, 2019
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Friday that the chances of saving a landmark Cold War arms treaty were decreasing day by day, after talks with Russian officials failed to yield any breakthrough. Russia and the United States have both suspended their participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, accusing each other of violating the accord, which banned a whole class ... more
+ NanoRacks to join consortium supporting DoE's national nuclear security administration goals
+ EU, France, Germany and UK urge Iran to reverse uranium decision
+ Iran to bypass uranium enrichment maximum despite calls for rethink
+ Iran set to exceed nuclear deal uranium enrichment cap
+ Australian student detained in North Korea 'released, safe'
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+ Trump says Iran 'playing with fire' after nuclear deal limit breached
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