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July 29, 2019
SPACE TRAVEL
Japan's space agency develops new filter to recycle urine



Washington DC (UPI) Jul 26, 2019
July 25 (UPI) - Japan's astronauts could be drinking water distilled from their own urine in the near future, thanks to the latest innovation from Japan's space agency. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said they have developed a distiller, used during space flight, that converts urine into potable water, Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday. Satoshi Matsumoto said the device can help with the efficient use of water during space expeditions. "Technology that can allow for the e ... read more

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 astro ... 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
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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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
NUKEWARS
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
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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
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


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TRADE WARS
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
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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
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
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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
+ Climate change increasing hurricanes, storms, floods, North Carolina records show
+ Dozens of migrants still stuck on vessel in Italy port
+ Probe opened in France over radioactive water rumours
+ Hospital ship USNS Comfort arrives in Costa Rica
+ Britain to send 250 troops to U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali
+ Bolsonaro says claims of hunger in Brazil 'a big lie'
+ USNS Comfort leaves Peru after treating 4,500 Venezuelan refugees
Finding alternatives to diamonds for drilling
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 24, 2019
Diamonds aren't just a girl's best friend - they're also crucial components for hard-wearing industrial components, such as the drill bits used to access oil and gas deposits underground. But a cost-efficient method to find other suitable materials to do the job is on the way. Diamond is one of the only materials hard and tough enough for the job of constant grinding without significant we ... more
+ Electronic chip mimics the brain to make memories in a flash
+ First of Two Van Allen Probes Spacecraft Ceases Operations
+ NUS 'smart' textiles boost connectivity between wearable sensors by 1,000 times
+ Lockheed contracted by Northrop Grumman for E-2D Hawkeye radars
+ Probe opened in France over radioactive water rumours
+ Raytheon get $27.4M payment for work on Navy's AMDR program
+ Mapping the Moon and Worlds Beyond


Underground water pipes: another way for cities to keep cool
Boulogne-Billancourt, France (AFP) July 25, 2019
As Paris swelters in record-breaking heat, visitors to some of the French capital's iconic landmarks are being kept cool without even knowing it by a labyrinthine network of underground water pipes. With climate change making hot weather periods more likely each year, proponents of systems known as "district cooling networks" argue the technology could provide a planet-friendly alternative ... more
+ Thai govt urged not to buy power from Laos dam
+ Tensions surge over Serbia's small hydropower plants
+ Rock lobster's organs, reflexes harmed by seismic air guns
+ Poland needs to save water for non-rainy day
+ Fish tanks: Jordan sinks military hardware for underwater museum
+ More Basra water crises unless Iraq govt fixes 'failures': HRW
+ Despite monsoon havoc, India monsoons below baseline amid water 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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Erdogan says Russian S-400 operational by April 2020
Ankara (AFP) July 26, 2019
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that it planned to start using the Russian S-400 missile defence system - a bone of contention with the United States - in April 2020. "In the coming spring, God willing in April 2020, we will be able to start using this system," he told a gathering of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara. Washington has reacted to Turke ... more
+ What do dragonflies teach us about missile defense?
+ Lockheed Martin gets $22.5M contract for Aegis upgrades
+ Lockheed awarded $1.4B contract for Saudi THAAD system
+ 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
China launches first private rocket capable of carrying satellites
Beijing (AFP) July 25, 2019
A Chinese startup successfully launched the country's first commercial rocket capable of carrying satellites into orbit Thursday, as the space race between China and the US heats up. Beijing-based Interstellar Glory Space Technology - also known as iSpace - said it launched two satellites into orbit around 1:00 pm Beijing time (0500 GMT) from Jiuquan, a state launch facility in the Gobi de ... more
+ Chinese scientists say goodbye to Tiangong-2
+ 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


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
+ Kitchen disruption: better food through artificial intelligence
+ Get up and go bots getting closer, study says
+ Russia's Humanoid Robot FEDOR Renamed to Skybot Ahead of Its First Space Mission
+ 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
Two Hong Kong police officers cleared in 2014 beating of protester
Hong Kong (AFP) July 26, 2019
Hong Kong's appeal court on Friday overturned the conviction of two police officers - and reduced the sentence of five others - over the 2014 beating of a pro-democracy protester that was caught on video. The ruling comes at a time of intense public anger towards the city's police force over its handling of a renewed round of protests that have seen tear gas and rubber bullets wielded agai ... more
+ China to weigh in on deepening Hong Kong crisis
+ Li Peng, the 'Butcher of Beijing', dies aged 90
+ Hong Kong police ban 'anti-triad' protest
+ 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 army can be deployed at Hong Kong's request
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Commercial Space Ride Secured for NASA's New Air Pollution Sensor
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 24, 2019
NASA has secured a host satellite provider and ride into space for an instrument that will dramatically advance our understanding of air quality over North America. Maxar Technologies of Westminster, Colorado, will provide satellite integration, launch and data transmission services for NASA's Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO), an Earth science instrument that will ob ... more
+ Second laser boosts Aeolus power
+ Tracking Smoke From Fires to Improve Air Quality Forecasting
+ 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


Microbial manufacturing: Genetic engineering breakthrough for urban farming
Singapore (SPX) Jul 26, 2019
Researchers at SMART, MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, and National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a technology that greatly accelerates the genetic engineering of microbes that can be used to manufacture chemicals used for urban farming. The new technology will result in a faster, cheaper, more accurate, and near-scarless plasmid construction, using standard and reusable pa ... more
+ Lavender back in fashion with French farmers
+ Trump uncorks French wine threat in digital tax retaliation
+ Swine fever sends China's pork prices, imports soaring
+ China importers seek to lift tariffs on US farm goods: state media
+ ORNL scientists make fundamental discovery to creating better crops
+ China fails to buy agricultural goods as promised: Trump
+ US judge slashes jury award in Roundup cancer case
Cold, dry planets could have a lot of hurricanes
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jul 26, 2019
Nearly every atmospheric science textbook ever written will say that hurricanes are an inherently wet phenomenon - they use warm, moist air for fuel. But according to new simulations, the storms can also form in very cold, dry climates. A climate as cold and dry as the one in the study is unlikely to ever become the norm on Earth, especially as climate change is making the world warmer and ... more
+ ELSI scientists discover new chemistry that may help explain the origins of cellular life
+ New space discovery sheds light on how planets form
+ TESS mission completes first year of survey, turns to northern sky
+ 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
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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
4 killed as Tanzania police clash with illegal fishermen
Nairobi (AFP) July 23, 2019
A policeman and three villagers were killed in a gunfight between law enforcers and locals accused of illegally fishing on Lake Victoria, an official said Tuesday. The lake, like many of East Africa's so-called Great Lakes, has been hard hit by overfishing, leading to increasing clashes between those plying its waters and authorities. John Mongella, the governor of Mwanza region in north ... more
+ Under siege, Somalia moves to reform its army, pay troops
+ Lake Chad group launches $100 mn fund against jihadists
+ One dead, 14 wounded in clash near DR Congo gorilla sanctuary
+ Hopes dashed as Ethiopia-Eritrea peace process stagnates
+ S.Sudan fighters told to report to camps for integration
+ Space In Africa closes investment round
+ Sudan protesters reject 'absolute immunity' for generals


Japan's space agency develops new filter to recycle urine
Washington DC (UPI) Jul 26, 2019
July 25 (UPI) - Japan's astronauts could be drinking water distilled from their own urine in the near future, thanks to the latest innovation from Japan's space agency. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said they have developed a distiller, used during space flight, that converts urine into potable water, Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday. Satoshi Matsumoto said the device ... more
+ Japan's Noguchi to Be 1st Foreign Astronaut to Join New US Spacecraft Crew for ISS Mission
+ French inventor to hover across English Channel on 'flyboard'
+ US spacecraft's solar sail successfully deploys
+ Indigenous Congo foragers learn early to use sun for orientation
+ NASA seeks ideas from US firms on future lunar lander
+ Former NASA flight director Chris Kraft dies at 95
+ Trump pits Apollo 11 astronauts against NASA chief
New Missiles for Old in North Korea
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 26, 2019
Pundits and boffins are debating how to interpret a recent sequence of North Korean missile tests, which coincide with a period of strong diplomatic engagement between North Korea and the USA. Eyebrows were first raised in May, when North Korea tested a new type of short-range missile. Boffins debated whether it was a nice copy of a Russian Iskander missile or an Iskander itself. Ano ... more
+ Boeing drops out of nuclear missile development program
+ Boeing withdraws from Pentagon nuclear missile program over bidding process
+ Four Chinese indicted for evading US weapons sanctions on N.Korea
+ North Korea says new missile a 'solemn warning' to South
+ Iran hints open to possible tanker swap, nuclear talks
+ Trump says N.Korea missile tests no threat to US
+ Pompeo says would 'happily' go to Tehran
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