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July 25, 2019
SPACE TRAVEL
Japan's Noguchi to Be 1st Foreign Astronaut to Join New US Spacecraft Crew for ISS Mission



Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 24, 2019
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi has been assigned to the crew of a new US spacecraft that will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in the near future thus becoming the first foreign astronaut to participate in a US mission following a near-decade hiatus, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said on Tuesday. "JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, as he was released from his backup crew assignment for Soyuz 59S with its successful launch, is now slated to begin training to board a Unite ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
China-Russia joint exercise sends a message to Washington
Beijing (AFP) July 24, 2019
An unprecedented joint China-Russia bomber patrol over disputed territory off the coast of South Korea and Japan was a "massive development" in their bid to challenge US influence in the region, analysts said Wednesday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Fort takes over as commander of Naval Forces Japan, Navy Region Japan
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2019
Rear Adm. Brian Fort was elevated to commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan in a change of command ceremony Wednesday in Yokosuka, Japan. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China defends air patrol with Russia after S. Korea, Japan fury
Beijing (AFP) July 24, 2019
China on Wednesday defended a joint air force exercise with Russia that triggered a furious response from regional US allies South Korea and Japan over a perceived airspace violation. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
UN nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies at 72
Vienna (AFP) July 22, 2019
The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, Yukiya Amano, has died after suffering poor health for some time, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday, as international tensions run high over Iran's nuclear activities. ... more
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N. Korean leader inspects new submarine as talks with US stall
Seoul (AFP) July 23, 2019
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has inspected a new submarine, paying special attention to its combat weapons systems, a week after the nuclear-armed state warned looming military drills in the South could derail nuclear talks with Washington. ... more
NUKEWARS
SKorea fired warning shots at Russian warplane; Moscow denies violated airspace
Seoul (AFP) July 23, 2019
South Korean fighter jets fired over 400 warning shots and Japan complained to Moscow on Tuesday after a Russian military plane violated airspace claimed by both Seoul and Tokyo. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
37 countries defend China over Xinjiang in UN letter
Geneva (AFP) July 12, 2019
UN ambassadors from 37 countries released a letter Friday defending China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the Xinjiang region, in direct response to Western criticism earlier this week. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Hayabusa-makes completes second asteroid touchdown to collect samples
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2019
Japan's asteroid-circling probe successfully executed a second touchdown on Thursday, collecting another sample from the surface of the space rock. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes 'perfect' touchdown on asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) July 11, 2019
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe made a "perfect" touchdown Thursday on a distant asteroid, collecting samples from beneath the surface in an unprecedented mission that could shed light on the origins of the solar system. ... more
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TRADE WARS
S. Korea warns of 'prolonged' export row with Japan
Seoul (AFP) July 10, 2019
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday told top business leaders that Japan's ban on exports of chemicals crucial to the country's tech sector had caused an "unprecedented emergency" and warned of a drawn-out trade dispute. ... more
TRADE WARS
China says US trade issues are 'definitely' resolvable
Beijing (AFP) July 11, 2019
China said Thursday that the thorny trade issues plaguing relations with the United States are resolvable after fractious talks between the economic giants were kickstarted by the Trump-Xi meeting in Japan. ... more
TRADE WARS
US seeks to ease dispute between S.Korea, Japan
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2019
The United States promised Thursday to do "everything we can" to ease tensions between South Korea and Japan as Seoul raised its concerns over Tokyo's restrictions of crucial exports with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. ... more
THE STANS
Ambassadors condemn China's treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang
Geneva (AFP) July 10, 2019
More than 20 countries have written to top United Nations human rights officials condemning China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the western Xinjiang region, in a letter released Wednesday. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown
Tokyo (AFP) July 10, 2019
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe began descending on Wednesday for its final touchdown on a distant asteroid, hoping to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system. ... more


US-China trade officials aim to talk next week, officials say

SHAKE AND BLOW
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. ... more
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WHALES AHOY
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
NUKEWARS
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 AHOY
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
CARBON WORLDS
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
MISSILE NEWS
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
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FAA Adopts NASA Aviation Distress Beacon Recommendations
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 24, 2019
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has adopted NASA's Search and Rescue (SAR) office's recommendations regarding the installation and maintenance of Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), the NASA-designed, satellite-aided search and rescue beacons installed in planes. These recommendations will improve aviation safety and result in more lives saved by the international satellite-aided se ... more
+ Britain to send 250 troops to U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali
+ Hospital ship USNS Comfort arrives in Costa Rica
+ Climate change increasing hurricanes, storms, floods, North Carolina records show
+ Probe opened in France over radioactive water rumours
+ Bolsonaro says claims of hunger in Brazil 'a big lie'
+ USNS Comfort leaves Peru after treating 4,500 Venezuelan refugees
+ Pentagon: 2,100 more troops headed to U.S.-Mexico border in Texas
First of Two Van Allen Probes Spacecraft Ceases Operations
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 24, 2019
On July 19, 2019, at 1:27 p.m. EDT, mission operators sent a shutdown command to one of two Van Allen Probes spacecraft, known as spacecraft B, from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, or APL, in Laurel, Maryland. As expected, following final de-orbit maneuvers in February of this year, the spacecraft has used its remaining propellant to keep its solar panels pointed at the S ... more
+ Finding alternatives to diamonds for drilling
+ Probe opened in France over radioactive water rumours
+ Electronic chip mimics the brain to make memories in a flash
+ NUS 'smart' textiles boost connectivity between wearable sensors by 1,000 times
+ Raytheon get $27.4M payment for work on Navy's AMDR program
+ Mapping the Moon and Worlds Beyond
+ Raytheon nets $40.2M for variants of Navy's AN/SPY-6 radar


Navy seeks proposals for unmanned surface vessel
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2019
A U.S. Navy request for proposals calls for a new class of unmanned surface vessels. While the Navy floated performance specifications in February for a fleet of "medium unmanned surface vehicles," the request was officially announced Tuesday. It seeks developers for a craft of up to 164 feet long, to function as a sensor and communications relay in part of a family of unmanned surface ... more
+ Great Barrier Reef agency breaks with Australia gvt in climate warning
+ More Basra water crises unless Iraq govt fixes 'failures': HRW
+ Despite monsoon havoc, India monsoons below baseline amid water crisis
+ EU bans cod fishing in Baltic Seaw
+ Thirty years of unique data reveal what's really killing coral reefs
+ Algae-killing virus stimulates nutrient recylcing in the oceans
+ Thirty-year study reveals cause of coral bleaching crisis
DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 22, 2019
Every year, robots get more and more life-like. Solar-powered bees fly on lithe wings, humanoids stick backflips, and teams of soccer bots strategize how to dribble, pass, and score. And, the more researchers discover about how living creatures move, the more machines can imitate them all the way down to their smallest molecules. "We have these amazing machines already in our bodies, and t ... more
+ DARPA Announces Microsystems Exploration Program
+ Monitoring the lifecycle of tiny catalyst nanoparticles
+ 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
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Lockheed awarded $1.4B contract for Saudi THAAD system
Washington (UPI) Jul 22, 2019
Lockheed Martin Corp. received a $1.4 billion contract to build the THAAD anti-missile shield for Saudi Arabia, the Defense Department announced. The system is part of a series of much larger defense equipment deals reached by the United States and Saudi Arabia in the last two years that have far surpassed the $100 billion mark. The contract modification announced Friday increase ... more
+ Lockheed Martin gets $22.5M contract for Aegis upgrades
+ China tested new anti-ballistic missile in South China Sea
+ Trump declines to criticize Turkey's Russia missile purchase
+ Turkey awaits ninth delivery for Russian S-400 missile defense system
+ Erdogan hails S-400 deal as Turkey marks 2016 coup bid anniversary
+ Germany approved for $401M buy of Patriot missiles, parts
+ Turkey ignores US warnings over Russian S-400 missile deployment
Chinese scientists say goodbye to Tiangong-2
Beijing (XNA) Jul 23, 2019
After helping scientists complete many significant experiments such as growing rice and vegetables in space, observing the strongest explosions in the universe and setting up the most precise clock in space, China's first space lab Tiangong-2 ended its mission and reentered the atmosphere under control Friday night (Beijing Time). With deep attachment, Chinese scientists recalled the exper ... more
+ China's space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth
+ From Moon to Mars, Chinese space engineers rise to new challenges
+ 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


In the shoes of a robot: The future approaches
Trento, Italy (SPX) Jul 24, 2019
Identifying with someone is an exercise that makes us understand them deeply, empathize with them, and helps us overcome mistrust and prejudice. And this occurs even when that someone is a robot. These interpersonal dynamics were confirmed by an experimental study that was published days ago in Scientific Reports. The study is the result of scientific collaboration between Italian and French sci ... more
+ Get up and go bots getting closer, study says
+ Russia's Humanoid Robot FEDOR Renamed to Skybot Ahead of Its First Space Mission
+ Kitchen disruption: better food through artificial intelligence
+ A squeaky clean: friendly robots spruce up Singapore
+ Robot-ants that can jump, communicate with each other and work together
+ With Squad X, dismounted units partner with AI to dominate battlespace
+ Engineers design robot to pick iceberg lettuce
China says army can be deployed at Hong Kong's request
Beijing (AFP) July 24, 2019
China issued a stark reminder Wednesday that its army could be deployed in Hong Kong if city authorities requested support in maintaining "public order" after weeks of sometimes violent protests. Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history after millions of demonstrators took to the streets - and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets of hardcore p ... more
+ Infernal affairs: how triads embraced communist China
+ China's police state goes global, leaving refugees in fear
+ Li Peng, the 'Butcher of Beijing', dies aged 90
+ Anger soars over vicious mob attack on Hong Kong protesters
+ Trump praises China response to Hong Kong protests
+ Hong Kong protesters egg China office at end of massive rally
+ China says Hong Kong protests 'absolutely intolerable'
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Second laser boosts Aeolus power
Paris (ESA) Jul 24, 2019
ESA's Aeolus satellite, which carries the world's first space Doppler wind lidar, has been delivering high-quality global measurements of Earth's wind since it was launched almost a year ago. However, part of the instrument, the laser transmitter, has been slowly losing energy. As a result, ESA decided to switch over to the instrument's second laser - and the mission is now back on top form. ... more
+ Tracking Smoke From Fires to Improve Air Quality Forecasting
+ Commercial Space Ride Secured for NASA's New Air Pollution Sensor
+ Chaos theory produces map for predicting paths of particles emitted into the atmosphere
+ Earth's Shining Upper Atmosphere - From the Apollo Era to the Present
+ Animal observation system ICARUS is switched on
+ PlanetiQ secures $18.7M Series B financing round
+ First new DoD NEXRAD weather radar installed at Cannon Air Force Base


ORNL scientists make fundamental discovery to creating better crops
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Jul 24, 2019
A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the specific gene that controls an important symbiotic relationship between plants and soil fungi, and successfully facilitated the symbiosis in a plant that typically resists it. The discovery could lead to the development of bioenergy and food crops that can withstand harsh growing condit ... more
+ Lavender back in fashion with French farmers
+ Swine fever sends China's pork prices, imports soaring
+ China importers seek to lift tariffs on US farm goods: state media
+ China fails to buy agricultural goods as promised: Trump
+ US judge slashes jury award in Roundup cancer case
+ Study: Global farming trends threaten food security
+ Indonesia president vows to fight EU palm oil rules
ELSI scientists discover new chemistry that may help explain the origins of cellular life
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 24, 2019
Before life began on Earth, the environment likely contained a massive number of chemicals that reacted with each other more or less randomly, and it is unclear how things as complex as cells could have emerged from such chemical chaos. Now, a team led by Tony Z. Jia of the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Kuhan Chandru of the National University of Ma ... more
+ Scientists deepen understanding of magnetic fields surrounding Earth and other planets
+ Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets
+ Astronomers expand cosmic "cheat sheet" in hunt for life
+ Ejected moons could help solve several astronomical puzzles
+ A desert portal to other worlds
+ Discovering Exoplanets with Gravitational Waves
+ Planet Seeding and Panspermia
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In eastern DR Congo, influx of Ebola money is source of friction
Butembo, Dr Congo (AFP) July 18, 2019
The UN is about to pound the drum for millions of dollars to stiffen the fight against Ebola in DR Congo, but at the heart of the epidemic, a money influx may worsen grassroots problems. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the nearly year-old outbreak was a "public health emergency of international concern" - a rarely-invoked step to beef up global response. ... more
+ Avian malaria may explain decline of London's house sparrow
+ Buzz off: breakthrough technique eradicates mosquitoes
+ Genomic analysis reveals details of first historically recorded plague pandemic
+ Hong Kong to cull 4,700 pigs after second swine fever case found
+ 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
Hopes dashed as Ethiopia-Eritrea peace process stagnates
Zalambessa , Ethiopia (AFP) July 23, 2019
In the heady days after longtime foes Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal a year ago, Teklit Amare's Peace and Love Cafe near the newly-opened border overflowed with customers. Now, he paces among empty tables, wondering aloud how to keep his business open as optimism fades, with borders again sealed and hopes of progress dashed. The Zalambessa border crossing closed at the end of l ... more
+ Lake Chad group launches $100 mn fund against jihadists
+ One dead, 14 wounded in clash near DR Congo gorilla sanctuary
+ S.Sudan fighters told to report to camps for integration
+ Space In Africa closes investment round
+ Sudan protesters reject 'absolute immunity' for generals
+ Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi
+ DJ set to be first black African in space killed in bike crash


NASA seeks ideas from US firms on future lunar lander
Washington (AFP) July 22, 2019
US space agency NASA on Monday asked American aerospace companies to offer detailed ideas for vehicles that could bring two astronauts to the Moon by 2024, an American objective that was reconfirmed on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. NASA called the request for input a "major step" forward for its new Moon mission, dubbed Artemis - who in Greek mythology was Apollo's twin sis ... more
+ Former NASA flight director Chris Kraft dies at 95
+ Japan's Noguchi to Be 1st Foreign Astronaut to Join New US Spacecraft Crew for ISS Mission
+ US spacecraft's solar sail successfully deploys
+ Aiming higher: Airmen contribute to human spaceflight from Apollo to tomorrow
+ Indigenous Congo foragers learn early to use sun for orientation
+ French inventor to hover across English Channel on 'flyboard'
+ Trump pits Apollo 11 astronauts against NASA chief
N. Korea leader votes in elections with 99.98% turnout: KCNA
Seoul (AFP) July 22, 2019
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un voted in nationwide local elections on Sunday that registered the near 100 percent turnout claimed for every ballot held in the nuclear-armed state. Given the absence of any competition among candidates, elections in the North are essentially a political ritual which, observers say, allows the authorities to claim a popular mandate while reinforcing loyalty to ... more
+ EU confirms Iran to meet nuclear deal members
+ Pence says US to press religious freedom in North Korea
+ Four Chinese indicted for evading US weapons sanctions on N.Korea
+ Iran hints open to possible tanker swap, nuclear talks
+ N. Korea fires short-range missiles in latest provocation
+ Four Chinese indicted for evading US WMD sanctions on N. Korea
+ Iran to bypass uranium enrichment maximum despite calls for rethink
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