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August 08, 2019
SPACEWAR
Japan to Create Military Space Unit to Catch Up With Rivals



Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Aug 07, 2019
The Japanese government intends to create a military space unit of the country's Self-Defence Forces in 2020 in connection with the increased use of space for defense purposes by other countries, including the United States, Russia and China, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported on Monday. According to the newspaper, it is expected that a new 70-strong unit will be stationed at an airbase in the city of Fuchu west of Tokyo. The plan for its creation was drafted in December 2018. The Japane ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New voyage to the universe from DESHIMA
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 07, 2019
Researchers in Japan and the Netherlands jointly developed an originative radio receiver DESHIMA (Deep Spectroscopic High-redshift Mapper) and successfully obtained the first spectra and images with ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Dutch Japanese Instrument Measures 49 Shades of Far-Infared
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (SPX) Aug 07, 2019
The Dutch-Japanese made DESHIMA instrument has passed its first practical tests when measuring the distances and ages of distant galaxies. The core of the instrument is a chip the size of two euro c ... more
NUKEWARS
Japan urged to sign UN nuke ban on Hiroshima anniversary
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 6, 2019
The mayor of Hiroshima urged Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city Tuesday marked 74 years since being targeted in the world's first atomic attack. ... more
CHIP TECH
Extraordinarily thick organic light-emitting diodes solve nagging issues
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Jul 31, 2019
By combining thin organic layers with thick layers of hybrid perovskite, researchers at Kyushu University in Japan have developed micrometer-thick organic light-emitting diodes that could improve th ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
Japan's MOMO-F4 private rocket falls into ocean minutes after takeoff
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Jul 30, 2019
A Japanese space company Interstellar Technologies said on Saturday that its privately developed sounding rocket MOMO-F4 had successfully launched but fell down into the ocean shortly after due to a ... more
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 Explora ... 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
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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
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
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
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


Hayabusa-makes completes second asteroid touchdown to collect samples

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
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Trump: no political support for assault rifle controls
Washington (AFP) Aug 7, 2019
US President Donald Trump contended Wednesday there was no political support to implement tough controls on highly lethal assault weapons that were used in three mass shootings in the past two weeks. Trump told reporters that he and leaders in Congress support legislation to prevent mentally ill people from possessing firearms via background checks. "I think background checks are importa ... more
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How NASA will protect astronauts from space radiation at the Moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 08, 2019
August 1972, as NASA scientist Ian Richardson remembers it, was hot. In Surrey, England, where he grew up, the fields were brown and dry, and people tried to stay indoors - out of the Sun, televisions on. But for several days that month, his TV picture kept breaking up. "Do not adjust your set," he recalls the BBC announcing. "Heat isn't causing the interference. It's sunspots." The same s ... more
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Kleos and Spire join forces on "Safety at Sea" collaboration
Luxembourg (SPX) Aug 08, 2019
Kleos Space S.A. (ASX: KSS, Frankfurt: KS1), a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data provider, announces that it will collaborate with Spire Global, one of the world's largest space to cloud analytics companies. Kleos and Spire will collaborate to combine Spire AIS data with KLEOS RF data to create a new shared capability to bring safety at sea. Kleos and Spire have entered int ... more
+ Scientists reveal key insights into emerging water purification technology
+ Turkey begins to fill controversial dam, say activists
+ Beaches choked with stinky seaweed could be the new normal
+ Commercial fishing to blame for planet's declining shark numbers
+ China beach fans never without their inflatable
+ PNG asks China to refinance $8bn public debt
+ New wood membrane provides sustainable alternative for water filtration
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
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+ 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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Israel, US successfully test ballistic missile interceptor
Jerusalem (AFP) July 28, 2019
Israel and the United States have successfully carried out tests of a ballistic missile interceptor that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday provides protection against potential threats from Iran. The tests of the Arrow-3 system were carried out in the US state of Alaska and it successfully intercepted targets above the atmosphere, Israel's defence ministry said in a statement. ... more
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+ 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
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
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+ China plans to deploy almost 200 AU-controlled satellites into orbit
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+ Yaogan-33 launch fails in north China, Possible debris recovered in Laos
+ China develops new-generation rockets for upcoming missions


Roach-inspired robot nearly as fast as real thing, unsquashable
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2019
If you see the latest robot from the University of California, Berkeley scurrying across your kitchen floor, don't bother trying to step on it. The novel roach-like robot, described this week in the journal Science Robotics, can't be squashed. The new robot, developed by engineers at Cal, can run nearly as fast as a cockroach and as is even harder to kill. If one were to stomp on the li ... more
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Hong Kong lawyers march in silence to support democracy protesters
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 7, 2019
Hong Kong lawyers held a silent march in support of anti-government protesters on Wednesday, highlighting the movement's enduring broad appeal despite increasingly ominous warnings from Beijing. Hundreds of lawyers dressed in black marched under the scorching sun from the city's highest court to the justice secretary's office. The rally came as daily demonstrations have become increasing ... more
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+ Hong Kong's summer of rage now a war of attrition
+ Hong Kongers harness traffic cones, kitchenware to battle tear gas
+ PNG backtracks on China debt refinancing statement
+ Hong Kong protesters and opponents battle in old communist stronghold
+ China warns Hong Kong protesters of 'dangerous abyss'
+ Chinese billionaire indicted in $1.8bn tariff evasion scheme


Earth's last magnetic field reversal took far longer than once thought
Madison WI (SPX) Aug 08, 2019
Earth's magnetic field seems steady and true - reliable enough to navigate by. Yet, largely hidden from daily life, the field drifts, waxes and wanes. The magnetic North Pole is currently careening toward Siberia, which recently forced the Global Positioning System that underlies modern navigation to update its software sooner than expected to account for the shift. And every several ... more
+ NASA's Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor Goes to Work Aboard the International Space Station
+ NASA targets coastal ecosystems with new space sensor
+ CryoSat conquers ice on Arctic lakes
+ Roscosmos postpones launch of second Arctic weather satellite
+ Airbus selects exactEarth as AIS Partner for new maritime applications platform
+ China shares satellite data with India to help millions in flood-hit regions
+ Satellite-connected tags set to boost marine conservation


Common bee disease spread through flowers
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2019
A common honeybee disease can make the jump to wild bees via flowers, according to a new study. The pathogen Nosema ceranae, a small, unicellular parasite, is the most common disease among managed honeybees, affecting both the Asiatic and European honeybee. New research suggest the disease can also affect wild bees, specifically, a stingless species native to Australia. Honeybees ... more
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+ Agriculture's secret weapon: empowering women
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+ Solar panels cast shade on agriculture in a good way
Dead planets can 'broadcast' for up to a billion years
Coventry UK (SPX) Aug 08, 2019
Astronomers are planning to hunt for cores of exoplanets around white dwarf stars by 'tuning in' to the radio waves that they emit. In new research led by the University of Warwick, scientists have determined the best candidate white dwarfs to start their search, based upon their likelihood of hosting surviving planetary cores and the strength of the radio signal that we can 'tune in' to. ... more
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+ Potentially habitable planet found in new solar system
+ Pre-life building blocks spontaneously align in evolutionary experiment
+ Shining starlight on the search for life
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+ A chemical clue to how life started on Earth
+ Heavy metal gases observed streaming from football-shaped exoplanet


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
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+ 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
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Mozambique rivals to sign final peace deal
Maputo (AFP) Aug 6, 2019
Mozambique's ex-rebel group-turned opposition party, Renamo, will on Tuesday sign a final peace agreement with the government in Maputo, 27 years after the end of the first civil war. This marks the third attempt to secure a lasting peace deal between the two long-time rivals since 1992. It comes days after President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade penned a pact on Thursday ... more
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Two weeks of science and beyond on ISS
Paris (ESA) Aug 07, 2019
Over two weeks have flown by since ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano was launched to the International Space Station for his second six-month stay in orbit. His arrival, alongside NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and Roscosmos Soyuz commander Alexander Skvortsov, boosted the Station's population to six and the crew has been busy ever since - performing a wide range of science in space. With the sta ... more
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+ Russian Progress MS-12 Cargo Spacecraft Docks International Space Station
+ Japan's space agency develops new filter to recycle urine
Kim sends missile 'warning' to S.Korea, US as tensions rise
Seoul (AFP) Aug 6, 2019
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un says the country's latest missile launches were a warning to Washington and Seoul over their joint war games, state news agency KCNA reported on Wednesday, as tensions rise on the Korean peninsula. The latest launch by the nuclear-armed North came after the South Korean and US militaries began mainly computer-simulated joint exercises on Monday to test Seoul' ... more
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+ US, S.Korea lack 'political will' on peace talks: KCNA
+ Iran 'favours' talks despite Trump snub
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