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October 02, 2019
Japan's Kounotori Spaceship Attached to Station

Houston TX (SPX) Sep 30, 2019
Ground controllers successfully installed the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Kounotori 8 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-8) to the Earth-facing port of the International Space Station's Harmony module at 10:09 a.m. EDT. Named Kounotori, meaning "white stork" in Japanese, the craft delivered six new lithium-ion batteries and corresponding adapter plates that will replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries for two power channels on the station's far port truss segment. The batteries will be insta ... read more

Tokyo looks at develop military space capabilities
Tokyo (Sputnik) Oct 02, 2019
Previously, the US expressed concern that certain countries, namely China and Russia, may have developed and deployed anti-satellite weapons. Notably, India recently officially tested one such weapo ... more
Lawyers appeal acquittal of energy bosses over Fukushima disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 30, 2019
Japanese lawyers Monday appealed a ruling clearing three energy firm bosses of professional negligence in the only criminal trial stemming from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown, a court official said. ... more
Japan lists Fukushima radiation levels on S. Korea embassy site
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 30, 2019
Japan's embassy in South Korea has begun posting the daily radiation levels of Fukushima and Seoul after new questions about the lingering effects of the 2011 nuclear disaster. ... more
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

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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
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
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
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
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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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" coul ... more
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
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
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
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

In rebuke to China, Taiwan calls for closer ties with U.S., allies

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
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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
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
Japan still weighing dump of Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. ... more
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
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
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Opposition Istanbul mayor says not invited to govt quake meeting
Istanbul (AFP) Sept 29, 2019
Istanbul's opposition mayor Ekrem Imamoglu on Sunday claimed he was not invited to a meeting about measures to be taken after Turkey's largest city was hit by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake this week. The earthquake, whose epicentre was in the town of Silivri west of Istanbul, jolted the 15 million-strong city on Thursday, causing panic and prompting residents to evacuate buildings. Officials s ... more
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Astroscale and Southampton jointly advance business case for active debris removal services
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 02, 2019
Astroscale, the market-leader in developing a service to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, has announced that it will collaborate with the University of Southampton on a project to investigate collision risks between satellites, highlighting the necessity for financial incentives for satellite operators to engage with active debris removal services. The Unive ... more
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+ Scientists develop unique orbital cleaner
+ ESA selects AdaCore's qualified multitasking solution for spacecraft software development
+ Canada, US seek to reduce dependency on China for rare earth minerals
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US govt blames homeless for water woes in California
Washington (AFP) Sept 26, 2019
The Trump administration picked another fight with California Thursday, accusing the liberal state of being lax on water pollution and linking the problem in part to feces from homeless people. "Based on data and reports, the EPA is concerned that California's implementation of federal environmental laws is failing to meets its obligations required under delegated federal programs," Andrew W ... more
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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
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+ 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
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Microsoft President calls for urgent action to tackle rise of killer robots
Washington DC (Sputnik) Sep 23, 2019
Despite public concern and criticism, numerous countries are developing military drones and autonomous weapon systems that are capable of destroying targets on their own and possibly also of replacing humans on some missions. As the chief of one of the world's leading tech companies suggests, the global community is unprepared for the shift. Microsoft President Brad Smith has told The Tele ... more
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Robots, deliverymen and 'Xi Thought' at China's 70th anniversary
Beijing (AFP) Oct 1, 2019
Delivery men, the world cup-winning women's volleyball team and a special float hailing "Xi Jinping Thought" were part of a colourful 70th anniversary celebration of Communist China's 70th anniversary Tuesday - a stark contrast with unrest in Hong Kong. A huge fireworks show in the evening capped a day of festivities that included a pageant of more than 100,000 civilians and a massive milit ... more
+ Missiles and fireworks: China to mark 70 years with a bang
+ Hong Kong flash-mob rallies erupt as anger mounts over shot protester
+ China then and now: the PRC at 70
+ Police shoot Hong Kong protester as China celebrates 70th birthday
+ Five years on, Hong Kong's 'Umbrella' generation has sharp edge
+ Retro is in as Mao kitsch skips off shelves
+ Xi bows to Mao ahead of China's 70th anniversary
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Ball Aerospace delivers earth science instrument for Landsat 9
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 30, 2019
Ball Aerospace delivered the Operational Land Imager 2 (OLI-2) for Landsat 9, completing development of the instrument on schedule and under budget. Ball will continue to support instrument integration and spacecraft-level testing, working closely with NASA and the Landsat 9 spacecraft provider. "Ball Aerospace is enabling the sustainability of the nation's land imaging architecture throug ... more
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+ 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
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Burning issue: Indonesia fires put palm oil under scrutiny
Singapore (AFP) Sept 29, 2019
A brutal Indonesian forest fire season that left Southeast Asia choking in smog has renewed scrutiny of major palm oil and paper companies, with activists accusing them of breaking promises to halt logging. The monster blazes sent a pall of acrid smoke over the region for weeks, closing schools and airports and causing a spike in respiratory ailments. Mostly lit to clear land for agricul ... more
+ Pineapple genome offers insights into plant domestication process
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+ Pig farmers pessimistic as China tries to talk down swine fever
+ China buys 'considerable' amount of US pork, soybeans
+ 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
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
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+ Many gas giant exoplanets waiting to be discovered
+ Giant exoplanet around tiny star challenges understanding of how planets form
+ Life's building blocks may have formed in interstellar clouds
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+ Research redefines lower limit for planet size habitability
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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
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+ NASA pioneers malaria-predicting tech in Myanmar
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DR Congo jails 55 for life for Ituri massacres
Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) Sept 29, 2019
Fifty-five people were given life sentences in the Democratic Republic of Congo this weekend for the massacre of civilians in the northern region of Ituri in 2017 and 2018, the army said on Sunday. A military tribunal in Bunia, the capital of Ituri, "sentenced to life 55 people, including a soldier, a policeman and an agent for the intelligence services," the army's spokesman for the region, ... more
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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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US successfully tests ICBM: statement
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 2, 2019
The US military said Wednesday it had tested an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with reentry vehicle from a base in California across the Pacific Ocean. Launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:13 am local time (0813 GMT) the reentry vehicle traveled approximately 4,200 miles (6,750km) across the Pacific Ocean to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islan ... more
+ Russia carries out successful test of Topol-M ICBM against target in Kamchatka
+ Iran uses advanced centrifuges in new nuclear deal breach: IAEA
+ Russian guards fire on NKorea fishermen, five injured
+ N.Korea doubts prospects for future summit with US
+ Why Submarines for North Korea's Missiles
+ North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of nuclear talks
+ North Korea says to hold nuclear talks with US on Saturday
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