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Protect poorest from cost of climate reforms: World Bank
Madrid (AFP) Dec 9, 2019
Governments must take into account the people they govern when they move to reduce their carbon footprint, the new managing director of the World Bank told AFP on Monday, warning particularly of the economic fallout from cutting energy subsidies. Axel van Trotsenburg, who is joining more than 50 finance ministers at the UN climate change conference COP25 in Madrid, urged countries that had c ... more
+ Fukushima clean-up reduces radiation levels, but not all
+ Human remains found in search for Chilean plane: provincial leader
+ AFRL demonstrates LVC capabilities during Red Flag-Rescue visit
+ Heroism, devastation after deadly N. Zealand volcano eruption
+ Radiation 'hot spots' near Olympic torch relay in Fukushima: Greenpeace
+ In nations rich and poor, climate-related disasters on the uptick
+ NASA develops second-generation search and rescue beacon technology
OneWeb to use advanced grappling tech from Altius Space Machines
London, UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2019
OneWeb, whose goal is to connect everyone everywhere, and OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb are coming together to advance the OneWeb Responsible Space program with a commitment to implement an advanced-technology grappling fixture, developed by Altius Space Machines, on OneWeb's satellites. Dedicated to the idea that Space is a shared natural resource and if use ... more
+ Calling radio amateurs: help find OPS-SAT!
+ UV-Bodyguard by ajuma - sophisticated technology to prevent sunburn
+ Tiny quantum sensors watch materials transform under pressure
+ Finding a killer electron hot spot in Earth's Van Allen radiation belts
+ Gamma-ray laser moves a step closer to reality
+ Tiny magnetic particles enable new material to bend, twist, and grab
+ Liquid flow is influenced by a quantum effect in water

Storms, erosion a costly problem at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center FL (UPI) Dec 09, 2019
Kennedy Space Center in Florida has spent $100 million fixing storm damage and rebuilding sand dunes to protect launch pads in the past 10 years, and that number is expected to grow dramatically in the coming years. New studies indicate sea level rise is accelerating and will impact low-lying areas, including the space center, sooner than previously thought. The space center's strate ... more
+ 35-year data record charts sea-temperature change
+ Water-scarce Gulf states bank on desalination, at a cost
+ No, Victoria Falls has not run dry
+ Bougainville voters back independence by landslide
+ Stormquakes: Powerful storms cause seafloor tremors
+ Asian water towers are world's most important and most threatened
+ Drinking water, on demand and from air
Nanoscience breakthrough: Probing particles smaller than a billionth of a meter
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 16, 2019
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) developed a new methodology that allows researchers to assess the chemical composition and structure of metallic particles with a diameter of only 0.5 to 2 nm. This breakthrough in analytical techniques will enable the development and application of minuscule materials in the fields of electronics, biomedicine, chemistry, and more. T ... more
+ SMART discovers breakthrough way to look at the surface of nanoparticles
+ Visible light and nanoparticle catalysts produce desirable bioactive molecules
+ Flexible, wearable supercapacitors based on porous nanocarbon nanocomposites
+ Scientists create a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at the same time
+ Physicists create world's smallest engine
+ DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines
+ DARPA Announces Microsystems Exploration Program

Germany in talks with Lockheed, MBDA for missile defense program
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 09, 2019
Germany is showing reluctance to approve a missile system developed by Lockheed Martin and MBDA Deutschland, a defense ministry report indicates. A joint proposal by the defense contractors for a high-profile missile system, known as TLVS, was submitted in June for a second time, but unclassified portions of a biannual assessment indicate that the German defense ministry has unspecified ... more
+ Israel and Czech Republic sign $125 mn missile defence deal
+ Turkey didn't buy Russian defence system 'to keep in box': FM
+ Pompeo: Turkey test of Russian defense system 'concerning'
+ Turkey tests Russian missile defences despite US threats
+ US Government designates Lockheed Martin's latest generation radar
+ Turkey says will use Russian S-400 defence system
+ Raytheon nabs $209.6M contract to upgrade parts on Aegis Weapon System
China sends six satellites into orbit with single rocket
Taiyuan, China (XNA) Dec 08, 2019
China sent six satellites into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province at 4:52 p.m. Saturday (Beijing Time). They were launched by a Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) rocket and have entered the planned orbit successfully. It was the second launch from the Taiyuan launch center in less than six hours after another KZ-1A rocket sent the Jilin-1 Gaofen 02B satellit ... more
+ China launches satellite service platform
+ China plans to complete space station construction around 2022: expert
+ China conducts hovering and obstacle avoidance test in public for first Mars lander mission
+ Beijing eyes creating first Earth-Moon economic zone
+ China conducts simulated weightlessness experiment for long-term stay in space
+ China plans more space science satellites
+ China's absence from global space conference due to "visa problem" causes concern

Researchers call for harnessing, regulation of AI
Washington (AFP) Dec 12, 2019
Artificial intelligence appears to be "widening inequality," and its deployment should be subject to tough regulations and limits, especially for sensitive technologies such as facial recognition, a research report said Thursday. The AI Now Institute, a New York University center studying the social implications of artificial intelligence, said that as these technologies become widely deploy ... more
+ Insects' drag-based flight mechanism could improve tiny flying robots
+ Self-driving microrobots
+ CIMON-2 is on its way to the ISS
+ Helping machines perceive some laws of physics
+ UK online supermarket Ocado strikes AI deal in Japan
+ An astronaut controls a rover on Earth
+ Scientists help soldiers figure out what robots know
Hong Konger 'missing' after crossing China bridge checkpoint
Hong Kong (AFP) Dec 15, 2019
Hong Kong's immigration department said Sunday they have received reports a man went missing on a cross-border mega bridge to the gambling hub of Macau that currently hosts a Chinese mainland police checkpoint. The disappearance first emerged on Saturday when the man's son told local media his father had texted to say he was being detained while passing through an artificial island manned by ... more
+ Calm broken as clashes break out in Hong Kong malls
+ US expelled two Chinese diplomats on spying claims: report
+ Five held over man's death in Hong Kong protests
+ China ramps up campaign to redefine 'human rights'
+ Thousands attend service for Hong Kong student who died during clashes
+ Canadian view of China worsens as row drags into second year
+ Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

How saving the ozone layer in 1987 slowed global warming
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 09, 2019
The Montreal Protocol, an international agreement signed in 1987 to stop chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) destroying the ozone layer, now appears to be the first international treaty to successfully slow the rate of global warming. New research published in Environmental Research Letters has revealed that thanks to the Protocol, today's global temperatures are considerably lower. And by mid-cent ... more
+ SubX shows promise for improved monthly weather forecasts
+ Capella awarded contract to integrate commercial SAR data for National Security
+ Scientists deploy ocean floats to peer into Earth's interior
+ NASA eBook reveals insights of Earth seen at night from space
+ Chinese satellites contribute to pollution control of plateau lakes
+ One-third of recent global methane increase comes from tropical Africa
+ Geostationary satellite an alternative to monitor land surfaces

Reduced soil tilling helps both soils and yields
Stanford CA (SPX) Dec 09, 2019
Agriculture degrades over 24 million acres of fertile soil every year, raising concerns about meeting the rising global demand for food. But a simple farming practice born from the 1930's Dust Bowl could provide a solution, according to new Stanford research. The study, published Dec. 6 in Environmental Research Letters, shows that Midwest farmers who reduced how much they overturned the soil - ... more
+ Cholera kills over 27,000 pigs in Indonesia
+ The farm goods at the heart of the US-China trade war
+ Significant potential demonstrated by digital agricultural advice
+ Large atmospheric waves in the jet stream present risk to global food production
+ Thai rice farmers shun 'big agribusiness' and fight climate change
+ China unveils plan to boost pork production
+ Austrian govt declines to implement glyphosate ban for 2020
Short-lived light sources discovered in the sky
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Dec 13, 2019
A project lead by an international team of researchers use publicly available data with images of the sky dating as far back as to the 1950s to try to detect and analyse objects that have disappeared over time. In the project "Vanishing and Appearing Sources during a Century of Observations" (VASCO), they have particularly looked for objects that may have existed in old military sky catalo ... more
+ OU research group confirm planet-mass objects in extragalactic systems
+ Water common yet scarce in exoplanets
+ Hidden giant planet around tiny white dwarf star
+ Scientists figure out how accumulating dust particles become planets
+ Exoplanet axis study boosts hopes of complex life, just not next door
+ How planets may form after dust sticks together
+ Signs of life: New field guide aids astronomers' search

A self-cleaning surface that repels even the deadliest superbugs
Hamilton, Canada (SPX) Dec 16, 2019
A team of researchers at McMaster University has developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of bacteria, preventing the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other dangerous bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens. The new plastic surface - a treated form of conventional transparent wrap - can be shrink-wrapped onto door handles, railings, IV stands ... more
+ China confirms fourth plague case
+ Officials in north China tackle plague with poison
+ Gene Editors Could Find New Use as Rapid Detectors of Pathogenic Threats
+ Scientists close in on malaria vaccine
+ Novel marine bacteria could yield new antibiotics
+ Pig infected with African swine fever washes up in Taiwan
+ Two treated for deadly pneumonic plague in Beijing
US curbs S.Sudan visas over government delay
Washington (AFP) Dec 12, 2019
The United States said Thursday it would restrict visas to South Sudanese who undermine peace efforts in its latest protest over the long delay in formation of a unity government. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would deny visas to individuals who "undermine or impede the peace process in South Sudan." "The people of South Sudan have suffered enough while their lea ... more
+ 71 killed in Niger military camp: defence ministry
+ Pressured at home, Ethiopia PM picks up Nobel Peace Prize
+ Military chief Gaid Salah, guardian of Algeria's opaque regime
+ Ethiopia PM Abiy urges unity as he collects Nobel Peace Prize
+ Stakes are global as Africa faces 'climate dilemma'
+ Five questions on change and challenges in Abiy's Ethiopia
+ Two Malian troops killed, seven injured in roadside bomb
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NASA says Boeing Starliner ready to fly as early as Dec 20
Orlando FL (UPI) Dec 13, 2019
Boeing's CST-100 Starliner space capsule is ready for its maiden voyage as early as Dec. 20, NASA officials said Thursday. The space agency said the capsule passed a flight readiness review Thursday. The review included dozens of managers and engineers from the space agency, Boeing and launch provider United Launch Alliance. The scheduled launch date is Dec. 20, but alternate dates becaus ... more
+ Preparing to test Orion spacecraft requires a big plane, huge cranes and a vacuum cleaner
+ Aerojet Rocketdyne gears up for first flight of Boeing's Starliner
+ Russian cosmonauts planning two spacewalks at ISS in 2020
+ Child's play: Coding booms among Chinese children
+ Novel camera gives scientists "Night Vision" from ISS
+ Child's play: Coding booms among Chinese children
+ Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station
North Korea conducts 'crucial test' at Sohae launch site: KCNA
Seoul (AFP) Dec 14, 2019
North Korea has conducted another "crucial test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain stalled with a deadline approaching. The announcement Saturday comes one day before US Special Envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun is set to arrive in Seoul for a three-day visit, and after the United States tested a medium ... more
+ US tests ballistic missile over Pacific
+ US warns N.Korea of consequences for 'Christmas gift'
+ N. Korea says US 'foolish' for calling UN security meeting
+ US envoy: N. Korea comments 'hostile and unnecessary'
+ Iraqi supporters of pro-Iran group protest US sanctions
+ Pyongyang may launch long-range missile this year
+ Pompeo hopes N.Korea abides by commitments

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