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August 27, 2019
Australia set to welcome JAXA's Hayabusa2

Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Aug 27, 2019
To learn more about the solar system's origin and evolution, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is investigating typical types of asteroids. Analysing samples from asteroids enables us to study organic matter and water in the solar system. JAXA's asteroid explorer, Hayabusa2, is on an asteroid sample-return mission that started on 3 December 2014, from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center. The 3.5 year voyage spanned nearly 3.2 billion kilometres (over 8,000 times the average distance from ... read more

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. ... 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
Japan to host Africa aid forum as China looms large
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Japan hosts development talks with African leaders this week, looking to boost its presence on the continent and offer an alternative to investments by an increasingly assertive China. ... more

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Iran turns to Asian allies to seek relief from US sanctions
Beijing (AFP) Aug 26, 2019
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif kicked off his Asian tour in Beijing Monday, presenting a 25-year plan to cement Iran's ties with its biggest Asian trading partner amid biting US sanctions. ... 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
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
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
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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
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
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
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

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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
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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
How do atoms vibrate in graphene nanostructures?
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Aug 13, 2019
In order to understand advanced materials like graphene nanostructures and optimize them for devices in nano-, opto- and quantum-technology it is crucial to understand how phonons - the vibration of ... more
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
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
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Morales under pressure over Bolivia's Amazon fires
La Paz (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Like his far-right rival President Jair Bolsonaro in neighboring Brazil, Bolivia's leftist leader Evo Morales is facing mounting fury from environmental groups over voracious wildfires in his own country. While the Amazon blazes in Brazil have attracted worldwide attention, the blazes in Bolivia's forest and grassland have raged largely unchecked over the past month, devastating more than 9, ... more
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Studying quantum phenomena in magnetic systems to understand exotic states of matter
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
Apart from the states of matter that we are all aware of and accustomed to, which correspond to solids, liquids, and gases, more exotic states can be generated in specific materials under special conditions. Such states are of great interest to physicists because they help them gain a deeper understanding of quantum phenomena, which is key for scientists and engineers to innovate state-of-the-ar ... more
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US city to replace lead pipes that sparked water crisis
New York (AFP) Aug 26, 2019
US officials announced a $120 million plan to replace old pipes blamed for high lead levels in a major city, as they moved to defuse a growing water crisis Monday. Thousands of residents in the predominantly black and Hispanic city of Newark, New Jersey, have been drinking only bottled water this month after a environment agency found lead levels were not safe. The crisis highlighted cre ... more
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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
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+ Monitoring the lifecycle of tiny catalyst nanoparticles
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+ 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
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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
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NASA Robots Compete Underground in DARPA Challenge
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 15, 2019
Robots from all over the world will compete to find objects in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge Systems Competition, held Aug. 15-22 in mining tunnels under Pittsburgh. Among them will be a team led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, that features wheeled rovers, drones and climbing robots that can rise on pinball-flipper-shaped treads to scale obstacles. Held by ... more
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Australian arrested in China for 'espionage'
Sydney (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
An Australian pro-democracy academic held for seven months in China has been formally arrested for spying, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Tuesday as she demanded Beijing uphold "basic standards" of justice. Payne said she was "very concerned" that Chinese-born Yang Hengjun - a former official turned author - had been arrested on "suspicion of espionage". Yang had been detained afte ... more
+ Beijing expresses "strong dissatisfaction" with G7 on Hong Kong
+ HK police say radical protesters forced use of water cannon, warning shot
+ Confiscated Beijing skyscraper sold via online auction
+ Family of detained UK consulate worker rejects 'made-up' report
+ As protests ebb and flow, Hong Kong activists bank on creativity
+ Chinese students Down Under 'wedged' by politics back home
+ Chinese state media accuses Hong Kong metro of aiding protesters
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New Landsat Infrared Instrument Ships from NASA
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 27, 2019
From orbit aboard the Landsat 9 satellite, the Thermal Infrared Sensor 2, or TIRS-2, will measure the temperature of Earth's land surfaces, detecting everything from a smoldering wildfire, to the amount of irrigation used on crop fields, to wispy clouds that are all but invisible to other instruments. First, however, it had to survive tests that simulated the harsh environment of space. Th ... more
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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
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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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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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Japan to host Africa aid forum as China looms large
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Japan hosts development talks with African leaders this week, looking to boost its presence on the continent and offer an alternative to investments by an increasingly assertive China. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants the latest round of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) to help "launch impactful Japanese action" on the continent. And t ... more
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Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS
Moscow (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot to be sent into orbit successfully docked at the International Space Station on Tuesday, following a failed attempt over the weekend, Moscow's space agency said. The lifesize robot called Fedor copies human movements and can help astronauts carry out tasks remotely. "Contact confirmed, capture confirmed," a NASA commentator an ... more
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Putin vows 'symmetric response' to US missile test
Moscow (AFP) Aug 23, 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he has ordered the military to prepare a "symmetric response" after Washington tested a formerly banned missile. Putin said he had ordered an analysis of "the level of threat for our country created by the actions of the US and to take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetric response". The US Department of Defense said Monday it had t ... more
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