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October 08, 2019
Captive chimpanzees have a life expectancy of about 40 years

Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2019
When raised in captivity, Chimpanzees live an average of 40 years, according to a new study by researchers in Japan. Most surveys of the chimpanzee lifespans have focused on wild apes, but many chimps live the majority of their lives in captivity. For the study, published Thursday in the journal Primates, scientists analyzed data on captive chimps in Japan. The research time scanned a database spanning the last 100 years, featuring information on more 1,000 individuals. Despite th ... read more

At Fukushima plant, a million-tonne headache: radioactive water
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Japan (AFP) Oct 5, 2019
In the grounds of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant sits a million-tonne headache for the plant's operators and Japan's government: tank after tank of water contaminated with radioactive elements. ... 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
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
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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 Harmon ... 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
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
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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
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

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
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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
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
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
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Anxiety, questions linger after French chemicals inferno
Rouen, France (AFP) Oct 3, 2019
Farmers have been banned from selling produce, locals stock up on surgical masks from pharmacies and an acrid smell of pollution hangs in the air. A week after one of France's worst industrial fires of recent times, the government insists that there is nothing to fear from the effects of the blaze at the Lubrizol factory outside the northern city of Rouen. But no-one is sure what particl ... more
+ Research developing sensors for 'worm robots' to be used after disasters
+ Lawyers appeal acquittal of energy bosses over Fukushima disaster
+ Japan lists Fukushima radiation levels on S. Korea embassy site
+ At Fukushima plant, a million-tonne headache: radioactive water
+ Opposition Istanbul mayor says not invited to govt quake meeting
+ Physics shows criminals more likely to find accomplices in big cities
+ Technologies for crisis management in the event of a disaster
When debris overwhelms space exploitation
Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 08, 2019
We see more and more reports of debris concern among satellite operators and space observers. Add to this the many recent announcements of multiple broadband satellite constellations that are being funded and developed for launch in the next few years. Just focusing on low Earth orbits (LEO), there are an estimated 15,000 satellites in the works. For example, Amazon is planning to launch 3 ... more
+ SwRI, international team use deep learning to create virtual 'super instrument'
+ A filament fit for space - silk is proven to thrive in outer space temperatures
+ Astroscale and Southampton jointly advance business case for active debris removal services
+ ESA selects AdaCore's qualified multitasking solution for spacecraft software development
+ Scientists develop unique orbital cleaner
+ Celestia Technologies Group UK gears up for eScan expansion in the UK
+ Canada, US seek to reduce dependency on China for rare earth minerals

Groundwater pumping could 'devastate' river systems
Paris (AFP) Oct 2, 2019
Rampant and unsustainable extraction of groundwater reserves crucial for food production will "critically impact" rivers, lakes and wetlands in half of Earth's drainage basins by mid-century, researchers warned Wednesday. Found underground in cracks in soil, sand and rock, groundwater is the largest useable source of freshwater on the planet and more than two billion people rely on it to dri ... more
+ Scientists fight to save unique Guiana coral reef
+ Zimbabwean capital grapples with water shortage
+ US govt blames homeless for water woes in California
+ Star DiCaprio urged to cut support for India river project
+ English Channel dolphins riddled with toxins
+ Mumbai fears for homes and lives amid rising seas
+ Humanity must rescue oceans to rescue itself, UN warns
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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Lockheed nets $163.9M to support space-based infrared system
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2019
Lockheed Martin has been awarded nearly $163.9 million for support of the space based infrared system. The contract, awarded specifically to the company's Lockheed Martin Space division on Wednesday by the Department of Defense, covers SBIRS contractor logistics support. The SBIRS provides early missile warning for the U.S. military through infrared surveillance. It evolved from ... more
+ Putin: Russia is helping China with missile defense system
+ Russia to deploy over 10 space monitoring centres by 2022
+ Developer hints at start date for mass production of Russia's S-500 missile system
+ Orbital nabs $1.1B contract for Missile Defense targets
+ 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
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

When it comes to robots, reliability may matter more than reasoning
Adelphi MD (SPX) Sep 24, 2019
What does it take for a human to trust a robot? That is what Army researchers are uncovering in a new study into how humans and robots work together. Research into human-agent teaming, or HAT, has examined how the transparency of agents - such as robots, unmanned vehicles or software agents - influences human trust, task performance, workload and perceptions of the agent. Agent transparency refe ... more
+ Controlling robots across oceans and space
+ NASA designing shapeshifting robots for Saturn's moons
+ Vietnamese roll out Transformers-inspired robot with green message
+ Fedor a first step to future of teams of robot cosmonauts
+ More chores for Amazon's Alexa, and a new (celebrity) voice
+ Microsoft President calls for urgent action to tackle rise of killer robots
+ A robot with a firm yet gentle grasp
First Hong Kongers appear in court for defying mask ban
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 7, 2019
Hong Kong democracy protesters arrested for defying a new face mask ban appeared in court on Monday following a violent weekend of unrest which saw bloody clashes with police and widespread vandalism that crippled the city's train network. The international finance hub convulsed with three straight days of rallies and riots after the city's pro-Beijing leader invoked colonial-era emergency p ... more
+ Trump urges 'humane solution' in Hong Kong as internet curbs floated
+ Hong Kong government mulls face mask ban at protests: reports
+ Hong Kong's wealthiest man donates $100m to local businesses
+ Robots, deliverymen and 'Xi Thought' at China's 70th anniversary
+ Hong Kong flash-mob rallies erupt as anger mounts over shot protester
+ Hong Kong flash-mob rallies erupt as anger mounts over shot protester
+ Hong Kong protesters embrace 'V for Vendetta' Guy Fawkes masks
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'Going to the Top of the World to Touch the Sky' to feature in NASA lecture
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 08, 2019
The public is invited to a free lecture called 'Going to the Top of the World to Touch the Sky,' with Dr. Douglas Rowland, NASA research scientist. The talk will occur in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT. Every day, Earth loses hundreds of tons of its atmosphe ... more
+ Successful ocean-monitoring satellite mission ends
+ Ball Aerospace delivers earth science instrument for Landsat 9
+ A new satellite to understand how Earth is losing its cool
+ 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

Tree, fruit growers beware: Spotted lanternfly has its pick of invadable territory
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2019
Tree and fruit growers won't be happy to hear the findings of a new habitat-modeling study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture - the invasive spotted lanternfly still has plenty of suitable habitat, should it continue to spread. The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, has been reported to attack grapes, apples, cherries, and several other fruit and timber tree speci ... more
+ Chile's drought killing thousands of farm animals
+ Climate change pushes Italy beekeepers to the brink
+ The benefits of updating agricultural drainage infrastructure
+ Pig farmers pessimistic as China tries to talk down swine fever
+ Pineapple genome offers insights into plant domestication process
+ Rising ozone levels could curb corn crop yields
+ Burning issue: Indonesia fires put palm oil under scrutiny
Were hot, humid summers the key to life's origins?
St. Louis, MO (SPX) Oct 08, 2019
Uncovering how the first biological molecules (like proteins and DNA) arose is a major goal for researchers attempting to solve the origin of life. Today, chemists at Saint Louis University, in collaboration with scientists at the College of Charleston and the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution, published a study in the journal Nature Communications that suggests deliquescent minerals - whic ... more
+ Scientists observe formation of individual viruses, a first
+ A planet that should not exist
+ Many gas giant exoplanets waiting to be discovered
+ Giant exoplanet around tiny star challenges understanding of how planets form
+ When dwarf stars give birth to giant planets
+ Life's building blocks may have formed in interstellar clouds
+ Researchers mix RNA and DNA to study how life's process began billions of years ago
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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
'Bandits' kill nine solidiers in northwest Nigeria attack
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 7, 2019
Armed "bandits" killed nine soldiers in an attack last week in an area of northwest Nigeria wracked by cattle rustling and kidnappings, military and civilian sources said Monday. Dozens of gunmen on motorcycles on Thursday stormed a military post in the remote village of Sunke in Zamfara state and opened fire, the sources said. "We lost nine soldiers," a senior military officer in the st ... more
+ Nigeria tech industry slams 'illegal arrests' of developers
+ Gabon juggles competing demands in fight to protect nature
+ Families survive on one meal in drought-hit Zimbabwe
+ Paris presses EU allies to shore up Mali's army against jihadists
+ Mali army in major clash with jihadists
+ Algeria army chief says Bouteflika brother's jail term 'just punishment'
+ Seven troops killed in Mali 'terrorist' ambush

NASA astronaut Nick Hague, crewmates return safely from ISS
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 04, 2019
NASA astronaut Nick Hague returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Thursday, alongside Soyuz commander Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and visiting astronaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The crew landed safely at 6:59 a.m. EDT in Kazakhstan. Hague and Ovchinin launched March 14, along with fellow NASA astronaut Christina ... more
+ First Arab on ISS returns to Earth
+ First Arab on ISS set for Earth return
+ Spacesuits prepped for upcoming spacewalks
+ Astronauts will spend much of October outside the space station
+ NASA, Roscosmos in talks on more Soyuz seats
+ Deep space exploration isn't a far-fetched possibility
+ NASA, Boeing, SpaceX closing in on return to human spaceflight for US
NKorea says no talks unless US stops hostile policies; Xi and Kim hail relationship
Seoul (AFP) Oct 6, 2019
North Korea said Sunday it has "no intention" to continue nuclear talks unless the United States takes steps to end hostilities, a day after negotiations in Sweden broke down. The discussions in Sweden followed months of stalemate following a February meeting between the North's leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, and came after Pyongyang's defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic ... more
+ Netanyahu: Israel needs billions invested for defense against Iran
+ US-N.Korea talks end in contrasting assessments
+ Trump says North Korea talks going ahead despite missile test
+ UN nuclear watchdog says Iran taking 'step in right direction'
+ North Korea warns against Security Council meeting on missile tests
+ Security Council expected to hold talks on N.Korea test
+ Why Submarines for North Korea's Missiles
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