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August 26, 2019
New images from asteroid probe yield clues on planet formation

Washington (AFP) Aug 22, 2019
Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu offer new clues about its composition, insights that are expected to help scientists understand the formation of our solar system. The German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) was dropped off by Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft on October 3, 2018, free-falling from a height of 41 meters (135 feet) for six minutes before it hit the surface. It then bounced a couple of times - reaching a height of 17 ... read more

The near-Earth asteroid Ryugu - a fragile cosmic 'rubble pile'
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
In the summer of 2018, the asteroid Ryugu, which measures only approximately 850 metres across, was visited by the Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft. On board was the 10-kilogram German-French Mobile As ... more
Trump sparks confusion before doubling down on China tariffs
Biarritz, France (AFP) Aug 25, 2019
President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on his hard line against China after sowing confusion with statements that he might be willing to soften a trade war G7 partners fear threatens the world economy. ... more
South Korea to scrap military intel-sharing pact with Japan
Seoul (AFP) Aug 22, 2019
South Korea said Thursday it will terminate its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, sparking protest from both Tokyo and Washington amid an intensifying trade and diplomatic dispute between the Asian neighbours. ... more
S. Korea says will share military intel with Japan through US
Seoul (AFP) Aug 23, 2019
South Korea said Friday it will share military intelligence with Japan through the United States after terminating a pact that enabled the two key Washington allies to exchange such information directly. ... more

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China hosts Japan and South Korea in show of regional unity
Beijing (AFP) Aug 21, 2019
Foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea made commitments Wednesday to diffuse regional tensions and make progress towards the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, although there was no sign of improving ties between Tokyo and Seoul. ... more
In high-tech Japan, cash is still king
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 21, 2019
Once a pioneer in cashless transactions, Japan is now lagging behind as the world's biggest economies increasingly embrace electronic payments - because its ageing population still prefers physical money. ... more
US Navy 'ready' for Venezuela mission: top commander
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 19, 2019
The US Navy is ready to "do what needs to be done" on Venezuela, a top commander said Monday, as America ramps up pressure on the crisis-wracked country. ... more
Thomas Pesquet on a new underwater lunar adventure
Paris (ESA) Aug 21, 2019
Over the next two weeks ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Drew Feustel and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will take part in a new NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) m ... more
Japan under pressure over past hunting of endangered whales
Geneva (AFP) Aug 16, 2019
Japan insisted Friday it no longer hunts endangered sei whales in international waters, but faced accusations of still violating a wildlife treaty by allowing commercialisation of meat from past catches. ... more
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Japan Hirohito 'prevented from voicing remorse over war'
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 20, 2019
Japan's wartime emperor Hirohito wanted to express his regret and remorse shortly after World War II but the prime minister at the time stopped him, local media reported Tuesday, citing newly disclosed documents. ... more
Powerful Japan storm turns deadly, snarls holiday travel
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 15, 2019
A powerful tropical storm lashed Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that claimed at least one life, prompted warnings of landslides and flooding, and sparked evacuation advisories and travel chaos at a peak holiday period. ... more
Japan's new emperor speaks of 'deep remorse' in 1st speech marking WWII
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 15, 2019
Japan's new emperor spoke Thursday of "deep remorse" over the country's wartime past, in his first speech to commemorate the end of World War II since his enthronement in May. ... more
Powerful Japan storm turns deadly, snarls holiday travel
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 15, 2019
A powerful tropical storm lashed Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that claimed at least one life, prompted warnings of landslides and flooding, and sparked evacuation advisories and travel chaos at a peak holiday period. ... more
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

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Pentagon chief makes rare visit to Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar (AFP) Aug 8, 2019
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper made a rare visit to Mongolia on Thursday - the latest leg of an Asian tour aimed at shoring up partnerships to counter China's growing influence in the region. ... more
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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
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, in ... more
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
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
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
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HBO's 'Chernobyl' sparks tours, stokes fears in Lithuania
Ignalina, Lithuania (AFP) Aug 19, 2019
Walking along the top of Lithuania's decommissioned nuclear reactor, the set of HBO's critically acclaimed "Chernobyl" TV series, tourist Vytas Miknaitis says he's not "afraid at all". "They know what they're doing," the retired computer engineer from Chicago says, referring to organisers of the three-hour tour of the Ignalina power station in eastern Lithuania. Similar in design to Cher ... more
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+ Sinking city: Indonesia's capital on brink of disaster
+ China's Tencent sorry for saying typhoon killed 'nearly everyone'
Scientists develop a metamaterial for applications in magnonics
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
Physicists from Russia and Europe have demonstrated the real possibility of using superconductor/ferromagnet systems to create magnonic crystals, which will be at the core of spin-wave devices to come in the post-silicon era of electronics. The paper was published in the journal Advanced Science. Magnonics investigates the possibilities of using spin waves to transmit and process informati ... more
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+ India's Anti-Satellite Test Debris Still in Space - NASA
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Circulation of water in deep Earth's interior
Matsuyama, Japan (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
The existence of water in deep Earth is considered to play an important role in geodynamics, because water drastically changes the physical properties of mantle rock, such as melting temperature, electric conductivity, and rheological properties. Water is transported into deep Earth by the hydrous minerals in the subducting cold plates. Hydrous minerals, such as serpentine, mica and clay m ... more
+ Taiwan warns Pacific islands of China's 'empty promises' on aid
+ Florida Aquarium reproduces Atlantic coral in lab for first time
+ Study reveals profound patterns in globally important algae
+ Water pollution can reduce economic growth by a third: World Bank
+ 'Save our oceans,' Oscar winner Bardem tells UN
+ Paper filter from local algae could save millions of lives in Bangladesh
+ Cape Cod's gray seals attract sharks, causing summer beach closures
Physicists create world's smallest engine
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
Theoretical physicists at Trinity College Dublin are among an international collaboration that has built the world's smallest engine - which, as a single calcium ion, is approximately ten billion times smaller than a car engine. Work performed by Professor John Goold's QuSys group in Trinity's School of Physics describes the science behind this tiny motor. The research, published in intern ... more
+ DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines
+ 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
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Saudi intercepts six Yemen rebel missiles: coalition
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 25, 2019
Saudi Arabia intercepted six missiles fired by Yemeni rebels at the southern city of Jizan on Sunday, a Riyadh-led military coalition said, as the insurgents escalate cross-border attacks. The missiles fired by the Iran-aligned Huthis targeted civilians in Jizan, the coalition said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency. No damage or casualties were reported. The ... more
+ Iran unveils home-grown missile defence system
+ Pentagon axes troubled $1 bn contract for missile defense
+ Lockheed nets $80M contract for Aegis system upgrades
+ Bahrain signs agreement for Patriot missile system
+ NATO completes Aegis defense system upgrade in Romania
+ Israel, US successfully test ballistic missile interceptor
+ Erdogan says Russian S-400 operational by April 2020
China's newly launched communication satellite suffers abnormality
Beijing (XNA) Aug 21, 2019
China's new communication satellite ChinaSat 18, sent into space on Monday, has experienced abnormalities, and space engineers are investigating the cause. The ChinaSat 18 satellite was launched at 8:03 p.m. (Beijing Time) on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite separated with the carrier rocket a ... more
+ China launches first private rocket capable of carrying satellites
+ 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

Russia sends 'Fedor' its first humanoid robot into space
Moscow (AFP) Aug 22, 2019
Russia on Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. Named Fedor, for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research with identification number Skybot F850, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia. Fedor blasted off in a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at 6:38 am Moscow ... more
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As protests ebb and flow, Hong Kong activists bank on creativity
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 22, 2019
Notifications for the "War Room" WhatsApp group ping relentlessly as an organiser of Hong Kong's biggest political rallies in decades explains the challenge of keeping an exhausted, battle-weary protest movement on the streets. The semi-autonomous city is in its third month of pro-democracy demonstrations, as Chinese rhetoric against them hardens. "We're mentally and physically strained, ... more
+ Chinese students Down Under 'wedged' by politics back home
+ Chinese state media accuses Hong Kong metro of aiding protesters
+ HK police say violent protesters forced use of water cannon
+ Skin in the game: Hong Kong protesters get inked
+ Family of detained UK consulate worker rejects 'made-up' report
+ Confiscated Beijing skyscraper sold via online auction
+ Trudeau says Canada will push back in China row
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GRACE-FO shows the weight of Midwestern floods
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 21, 2019
In May 2019, after the wettest 12 months ever recorded in the Mississippi River Basin, the region was bearing the weight of 8 to 12 inches (200 to 300 millimeters) more water than average. New data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, which launched in May 2018, showed that there was an increase in water storage in the river basin, extending east arou ... more
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+ NASA's Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor Goes to Work Aboard the International Space Station
+ Earth's last magnetic field reversal took far longer than once thought

Hundreds of Pyrenees livestock farmers protest predator bears
Madrid (AFP) Aug 22, 2019
Hundreds of Spanish livestock farmers staged a protest Thursday in the Pyrenees town of Ainsa against the re-introduction of brown bears to the mountain region saying the predators are a menace to their flocks. The decision to bring the endangered bears back to the region was taken "without consideration for the lives of villagers and livestock farmers," said Felix Bariain, head of the UAG f ... more
+ UK supermarkets test plastic-free zones
+ Global appetite for beef, soy fuels Amazon fires
+ French mayor in court after banning pesticide use near homes
+ Biological clock of plants affects herbicide efficacy
+ Eye of the swarm: experts take sting out of urban beekeeping
+ New way to relieve photosynthesis bottleneck in plants could boost crop yields
+ Growing pains for pot industry in famed California wine region
Study shows some exoplanets may have greater variety of life than exists on Earth
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
A new study indicates that some exoplanets may have better conditions for life to thrive than Earth itself has. "This is a surprising conclusion", said lead researcher Dr Stephanie Olson, "it shows us that conditions on some exoplanets with favourable ocean circulation patterns could be better suited to support life that is more abundant or more active than life on Earth." The discovery of ... more
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+ A rare look at the surface of a rocky exoplanet
+ New "Gold Open Access" Planetary Science Journal Launched
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+ How Many Earth-like Planets Are Around Sun-like Stars
+ NASA plans for Webb to zero in on TRAPPIST-1 atmospheres within a year of launch
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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
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+ Pakistan police arrest doctor after 90 infected by HIV syringe
Toll from attack on Burkina military base rises to 24
Ouagadougou (AFP) Aug 20, 2019
The death toll from an attack Monday on a military base in northern Burkina Faso rose to 24, the military said, in an unprecedented blow to the army in its campaign against jihadist insurgents. Seven people were wounded and five others were missing, armed forces headquarters said in a statement Tuesday. The previous toll from the attack, at Koutougou in Soum province near the border wit ... more
+ Nigeria arrests kidnapper at centre of police, army shooting row
+ Three killed in Chad police station attack
+ Uganda, Zambia deny Huawei helped spy on political opponents
+ S.Africa's show of force in Cape Town ganglands brings little relief
+ Namibia inaugurates Chinese-built port terminal
+ C.Africa militias abuse peace deal to tighten grip, say experts
+ Mozambique rivals to sign final peace deal

Docking aborted for Russia's first humanoid robot in space
Moscow (AFP) Aug 24, 2019
An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot to be sent into orbit failed to dock at the International Space Station on Saturday, in a new setback for Moscow. "Russian cosmonauts issued a command to abort the automated approach of an uncrewed Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station," the US space agency NASA said in a statement. "The craft was unable ... more
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+ Test launches of Boeing's Starliner for ISS mission delayed again
+ EVA complete installation of second Commercial Docking Port on Space Station
+ NASA investigating first crime committed in space: report
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+ France's 42: start-up IT school tears up the rule book
Trump says 'too soon' to meet Iran's top diplomat
Biarritz, France (AFP) Aug 26, 2019
US President Donald Trump said Monday that it was "too early" to meet Tehran's top diplomat, who made a surprise weekend visit to the G7 summit, but insisted that Washington was not looking for regime change in Iran. "It's too soon to meet, I didn't want to," Trump told reporters at the summit, saying he knew that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was going to drop in for unscheduled tal ... more
+ Putin vows 'symmetric response' to US missile test
+ N. Korea says it will remain 'threat' to US, slams Pompeo
+ Macron to host Iran top diplomat for nuclear talks Friday: France
+ No change in British backing of Iran nuclear deal under Johnson
+ S. Korea says will share military intel with Japan through US
+ N. Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'multiple rocket launcher': KCNA
+ South Korea to scrap military intel-sharing pact with Japan
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