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September 27, 2019
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Poor man's qubit can solve quantum problems without going quantum



West Lafayette IN (SPX) Sep 23, 2019
It may still be decades before quantum computers are ready to solve problems that today's classical computers aren't fast or efficient enough to solve, but the emerging "probabilistic computer" could bridge the gap between classical and quantum computing. Engineers at Purdue University and Tohoku University in Japan have built the first hardware to demonstrate how the fundamental units of what would be a probabilistic computer - called p-bits - are capable of performing a calculation that quantum ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
Unmanned Japan craft launched toward space station: operator
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
Japan on Wednesday launched an unmanned spacecraft towards the International Space Station, the operator said, after a fire early this month delayed the mission. ... more
MOON DAILY
NASA Administrator explores potential Artemis collaborations with Japan
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 25, 2019
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine met with Hiroshi Yamakawa, president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), on Sept. 24 in Tokyo to discuss future bilateral cooperation and JAXA's pote ... more
NUKEWARS
Trump vows pressure on Iran as mediation hopes dim at UN
United Nations (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to intensify sanctions on Iran, as hopes dimmed among world leaders gathered at the United Nations for a breakthrough in reducing tensions. ... more
AEROSPACE
Japan refers US military pilot to prosecutors over Osprey crash
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
Japanese authorities on Tuesday referred the case of a US military pilot to prosecutors over the 2016 crash of an Osprey aircraft that fuelled sentiment against a US base on Okinawa island. ... more
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The future of 'extremely' energy-efficient circuits
Yokohama, Japan (SPX) Sep 24, 2019
Data centers are processing data and dispensing the results at astonishing rates and such robust systems require a significant amount of energy - so much energy, in fact, that information communicat ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Japanese, Russian rockets prepare to launch cargo and crew this week
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 24, 2019
Japan is getting ready to launch its H-II Transport Vehicle-8 (HTV-8) cargo craft on Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. EDT to replenish the International Space Station crew. Russia has already rolled out its So ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Flights cancelled as Tapah approaches Japan; Lorena downgraded
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 22, 2019
Typhoon Tapah approached southwestern Japan Sunday, with heavy rain and strong winds grounding hundreds of regional flights. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan court acquits energy bosses over Fukushima disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2019
A Japanese court on Thursday cleared three energy firm bosses of professional negligence in the only criminal trial stemming from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown. ... more
AEROSPACE
Boeing starts assembly of first KC-46A tanker for Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 17, 2019
Boeing has started assembling the first of four KC-46A tankers the U.S. State Department approved for Japan under a $1.9 billion deal nearly three years ago. ... more
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TIME AND SPACE
KATRIN cuts the mass estimate for the elusive neutrino in half
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 17, 2019
An international team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in its quest to measure the mass of the neutrino, one of the most abundant, yet elusive, elementary particles in our universe. ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
In rebuke to China, Taiwan calls for closer ties with U.S., allies
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
A report released on Wednesday by Taiwan's defense ministry calls for closer alliances with the United States, Japan and other countries in a rebuke to China's military threat. ... more
WAR REPORT
Marines complete 10-day attack simulation exercise
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
The U.S. Marine Corps announced a successful naval exercise in the Philippine and East China seas and in Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan's new environment minister wants to scrap nuclear power
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 12, 2019
Japan's newly appointed environment minister has said he wants to "scrap" nuclear power plants, warning of the need to avoid a repeat of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
JAXA spacecraft carries science, technology to the Space Station
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 10, 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) cargo ship H-II Transfer Vehicle-8 (HTV-8) is scheduled to lift off Sept. 10 at 5:33 p.m. EDT (6:33 a.m. Japan Standard Time) to the International Space ... more


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ROCKET SCIENCE
Fire forces Japan to cancel rocket launch to ISS
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
A pre-dawn fire on Wednesday forced Japan's space agency to cancel the launch of an unnamed rocket meant to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, the operator said. ... more
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MOON DAILY
India to launch another Lunar probe to in early 2020s with Japan
New Delhi (Sputnik) Sep 10, 2019
Despite the recent failure of its Chandrayaan-2 mission, the Indian space agency is set to make another attempt at the moon, this time in collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp departs U.S. 7th Fleet in Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2019
The USS Wasp has departed from the U.S. 7th Fleet after less than two years deployed in Japan in a home port shift with the USS America set to replace it later this year. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Heatstroke kills two in Japan post-typhoon blackout
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
Heatstroke has killed two people in Japan, officials said Wednesday, as nearly half a million homes struggled with electricity outages after a powerful typhoon battered Tokyo and the surrounding area. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Russia's Novatek announces launch of huge Arctic gas project
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 5, 2019
Russia's Novatek on Thursday announced the launch of a major liquefied natural gas project in the Arctic with Chinese, French and Japanese partners. ... more
EARLY EARTH
New duck-billed dinosaur discovered in Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2019
Paleontologists have unearthed the near complete skeleton of a new species of duck-billed dinosaur in northern Japan. ... more
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Physics shows criminals more likely to find accomplices in big cities
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2019
Why do big cities generate disproportionately large amounts of crime? A new mathematical model helped scientists show that it is easier for criminals to partner-up in major metropolitan areas. Big cities not only house larger concentrations of potential victims, they also breed larger numbers of criminals. That means would-be perpetrators have an easier time finding accomplices. ... more
+ Technologies for crisis management in the event of a disaster
+ Sheet roofs: Puerto Rico reels 2 years after Hurricane Maria
+ Honey heals wounds of war in Colombian village
+ U.S. military wraps up its mission in Bahamas after hurricane
+ 'Too awful': Anger at acquittals in Fukushima case
+ Japan court acquits energy bosses over Fukushima disaster
+ Bangladesh rural poor bear financial burden of climate change: study
Celestia Technologies Group UK gears up for eScan expansion in the UK
Harwell UK (SPX) Sep 27, 2019
Celestia Technologies UK Ltd (Celestia UK) is gearing up for the further development and commercialisation of its next generation, electronic scanning (eScan), phased array ground station by making additional UK recruitment investment to ensure it capitalises on the huge market potential offered by this exciting new technology. Four new appointments have been made at senior level at the co ... more
+ MIT engineers develop 'blackest black' material to date
+ Mining industry seeks to polish tarnished reputation
+ Gem-like nanoparticles of precious metals shine as catalysts
+ L3Harris awarded nearly $12.8M for Eglin AN/FPS-85 radar work
+ US Space Module Genesis II Might Crash into Relict Russian Satellite
+ New global Space Safety Coalition established
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Mumbai fears for homes and lives amid rising seas
Mumbai (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
Huge swathes of Mumbai's beaches have already been lost to rising seas. Now shanty dwellers fear for their homes and critics say India's largest metropolis - like other world mega-cities - is not doing enough to hold back the waves. During the monsoon, near-daily storms regularly flood Dharavi, one of Asia's biggest slums and home to some of the coastal city's most vulnerable residents. ... more
+ US govt blames homeless for water woes in California
+ Humanity must rescue oceans to rescue itself, UN warns
+ Yemen upcycles shot-up buses to ease water shortage
+ Star DiCaprio urged to cut support for India river project
+ Zimbabwean capital grapples with water shortage
+ English Channel dolphins riddled with toxins
+ 'Blue finance' hopes to put oceans on a sustainable path
Scientists create a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at the same time
Bath UK (SPX) Sep 23, 2019
A new nanomaterial developed by scientists at the University of Bath could solve a conundrum faced by scientists probing some of the most promising types of future pharmaceuticals. Scientists who study the nanoscale - with molecules and materials 10,000 smaller than a pinhead - need to be able to test the way that some molecules twist, known as their chirality, because mirror image molecul ... more
+ Physicists create world's smallest engine
+ 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
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Orbital nabs $1.1B contract for Missile Defense targets
Washington (UPI) Sep 23, 2019
Orbital Sciences Corp. received a $1.1 billion contract with the Missile Defense Agency for missile defense targets, the Defense Department announced. The company, based in Chandler, Ariz., and a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, will build "threat-representative subscale targets with simple and complex re-entry vehicles," the Defense Department said on Friday. T ... more
+ Developer hints at start date for mass production of Russia's S-500 missile system
+ Russia deploys S-400 missiles in Arctic; Offers Saudi ABM systems
+ Lockheed nabs $50.3M Navy contract for Aegis system upgrades
+ Raytheon nabs $10.8M contract to support Kuwait's Patriot missiles
+ Russia receives India's advance payment for S-400 air defence systems
+ MDA test of remote-fired THAAD missile interceptor a success
+ State Department approves $3.3B missile sale to Japan
China's KZ-1A rocket launches two satellites
Jiuquan, China (XNA) Sep 02, 2019
Two satellites for technological experiments were sent into space by a Kuaizhou-1A, or KZ-1A, carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Saturday. The rocket blasted off at 7:41 a.m. and sent the two satellites into their planned orbit. Kuaizhou-1A, meaning speedy vessel, is a low-cost solid-fuel carrier rocket with high reliability and a short prep ... more
+ China's newly launched communication satellite suffers abnormality
+ 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


A robot with a firm yet gentle grasp
Buffalo NY (SPX) Sep 24, 2019
Human hands are remarkably skilled at manipulating a range of objects. We can pick up an egg or a strawberry without smashing it. We can hammer a nail. One characteristic that allows us to perform a variety of tasks is the ability to alter the firmness of our grip, and University at Buffalo engineers have developed a two-fingered robotic hand that shares this trait. The design of the ... more
+ NASA designing shapeshifting robots for Saturn's moons
+ When it comes to robots, reliability may matter more than reasoning
+ Microsoft President calls for urgent action to tackle rise of killer robots
+ More chores for Amazon's Alexa, and a new (celebrity) voice
+ Fedor a first step to future of teams of robot cosmonauts
+ Nevada's Team CERBERUS moves ahead at robotic underground terrain competition
+ At NY Fashion Week, robotic dresses take on a life of their own
One party: How Communists rule in China
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2019
China's Communist Party has defied the odds to retain firm control of power for 70 years, adapting to a changing world to outlast its comrades in the Soviet Union. As the People's Republic of China prepares to celebrate its anniversary on Tuesday, here is a look at how the party has evolved over the years. - Turbulent decades - For almost three decades, China had its own style of rul ... more
+ China envoy rules out Hong Kong concessions ahead of crunch 'dialogue'
+ Five years on, Hong Kong's 'Umbrella' generation has sharp edge
+ Retro is in as Mao kitsch skips off shelves
+ China then and now: the PRC at 70
+ Amnesty says Hong Kong police using excessive force
+ China must give Hong Kong leaders room to compromise: former governor
+ Hong Kong's summer of protests leaves economy bruised and battered
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A new satellite to understand how Earth is losing its cool
Paris (ESA) Sep 27, 2019
Following a rigorous selection process, ESA has selected a new satellite mission to fill in a critical missing piece of the climate jigsaw. By measuring radiation emitted by Earth into space, FORUM will provide new insight into the planet's radiation budget and how it is controlled. The Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM) mission was one of two concepts com ... more
+ Unofficial pathways visible from orbit play role in Detroit redevelopment
+ China launches new remote-sensing satellites
+ Suomi NPP tracks fire and smoke from two continents
+ German HALO research aircraft to investigate ozone hole, Amazon fires and gravity waves
+ First Earth observation satellite with AI ready for launch
+ Sudden warming over Antarctica to prolong Australia drought
+ Clemson physicists lead rocket missions to further explore the wonders of Earth's atmosphere


China buys 'considerable' amount of US pork, soybeans
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2019
Beijing said Thursday it had bought a "considerable" amount of US pork and soybeans, the latest sign of appeasement between the two sides in the drawn-out trade war. The US and China have been locked in a bruising trade war for more than a year, with the world's two biggest economies slapping tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade. China is also facing a severe sho ... more
+ Climate change could trigger droughts in wheat-growing regions
+ Seoul confirms 4th swine fever case, asks Pyongyang for cooperation
+ Ox-drawn plows to blame for increased inequality in Eurasia beginning in 4,000 BC
+ Scientists to help grains besides rice survive flooding
+ Farmers, chefs fight to save classic ingredients in Mexican cuisine
+ Chinese agriculture officials cancel US farm visits
+ China to exempt US pork and soybeans from added tariffs: state media
When dwarf stars give birth to giant planets
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Sep 27, 2019
Astronomers of the CARMENES consortium have discovered a new exoplanet that should not exist according to current knowledge. The research group, which includes the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA, Heidelberg), found a gaseous planet whose mass is unusually large compared to its host star GJ 3512. The scientists conclude that this planet probably originated from a gravitationally u ... more
+ A planet that should not exist
+ Researchers mix RNA and DNA to study how life's process began billions of years ago
+ Looking for alien lurkers
+ Research redefines lower limit for planet size habitability
+ First Water Detected on Planet in the Habitable Zone
+ The rare molecule weighing in on the birth of planets
+ First water detected on potentially 'habitable' planet
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Malaria could be felled by an Antarctic sea sponge
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 23, 2019
The frigid waters of the Antarctic may yield a treatment for a deadly disease that affects populations in some of the hottest places on earth. Current medications for that scourge - malaria - are becoming less effective as drug resistance spreads. But researchers report in ACS' Journal of Natural Products that a peptide they isolated from an Antarctic sponge shows promise as a lead for new thera ... more
+ Russia says no threat after blast in lab holding smallpox
+ NASA pioneers malaria-predicting tech in Myanmar
+ In eastern DR Congo, influx of Ebola money is source of friction
+ 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
Seven troops killed in Mali 'terrorist' ambush
Bamako (AFP) Sept 26, 2019
Seven troops were killed on Thursday in an ambush by suspected jihadists in Mali's violence-torn central region, the armed forces said. A unit escorting a convoy of trucks laden with fertiliser struck a mine on a highway between Douentza and Sevare before being attacked by gunfire, it said. "Seven (armed forces) members were killed," it said, adding that "terrorists" - a term typically ... more
+ Cameroon's Silicon Mountain tech startups struggle with insurgency
+ UN eases arms embargo on Central African Republic
+ Suspect funds used to send military gear to Sudan neighbours: Bashir trial witness
+ In Ivory Coast, telemedicine revolution proves blessing for heart patients
+ S.Sudan rebel leader to meet president in Juba: sources
+ Nigeria urged to free children detained over Boko Haram ties
+ Videos accusing Egypt's Sisi, military of graft go viral


Stars in its eyes, UAE celebrates its first astronaut in space
Dubai (AFP) Sept 25, 2019
A crowd in Dubai erupted in cheers and applause Wednesday as the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates launched towards the International Space Station, dubbing him a national hero. Emiratis and school children gathered at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre as Hazzaa al-Mansoori, 35, blasted into space accompanied by Russia's Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir onboard ... more
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Iran vows to 'destroy' any attacker
Tehran (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
Iran's armed forces chief of staff on Tuesday vowed to destroy any enemy that attacked the country, a news agency reported. "The result of any aggression will be destruction" and "captivity", the Fars news agency reported Mohammad Bagheri as telling parliament. Iran has "no animosity towards the countries of the region", Bagheri said, according to the agency close to the country's ultra- ... more
+ Trump vows pressure on Iran as mediation hopes dim at UN
+ Iran uses advanced centrifuges in new nuclear deal breach: IAEA
+ S.Korean leader proposes peace zone buffering North
+ N.Korea doubts prospects for future summit with US
+ BAE awarded $50.3M for nuclear missile work for U.S., Britain
+ Trump could negotiate 'better' Iran deal, UK's Johnson says
+ Top N. Korea negotiator praises Trump's 'new method' suggestion
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