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Fukushima clean-up reduces radiation levels, but not all
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2019
Clean-up efforts at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, have significantly reduced radiation levels but untreated forested areas remain a problem, scientists said Thursday. The disaster, second only to the massive Chernobyl meltdown in 1986, spewed radioactive material over a huge area, with the Japanese authorities targeting 9,000 square k ... more
+ Protect poorest from cost of climate reforms: World Bank
+ 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
Calling radio amateurs: help find OPS-SAT!
Paris (ESA) Dec 16, 2019
Calling all radio amateurs! ESA is challenging anyone with amateur radio equipment to catch the first signals from OPS-SAT, ESA's brand new space software laboratory. On 17 December, OPS-SAT will be launched into low-Earth orbit on a Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, together with ESA's Cheops exoplanet-tracker. Once launched, the satellite will deploy its solar panels and ult ... more
+ 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
+ Liquid flow is influenced by a quantum effect in water
+ New aluminium hydroxide stable at extremely high pressure
+ New laser technique images quantum world in a trillionth of a second
+ Storing data in everyday objects

35-year data record charts sea-temperature change
Paris (ESA) Dec 09, 2019
Four trillion satellite measurements, taken over four decades from 1981 to 2018, have been merged to create a continuous global record that will help to understand the science behind Earth's climate. A paper published recently in Nature Scientific Data describes how this new dataset of global sea-surface temperature is one of the longest satellite climate data records available. The datase ... more
+ Drinking water, on demand and from air
+ Drainage issues caused Brazil mining dam tragedy, say experts
+ No, Victoria Falls has not run dry
+ Stormquakes: Powerful storms cause seafloor tremors
+ Water-scarce Gulf states bank on desalination, at a cost
+ Bougainville voters back independence by landslide
+ Storms, erosion a costly problem at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
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
Macau to celebrate Chinese rule as Hong Kong seethes
Macau (AFP) Dec 17, 2019
The former Portuguese colony of Macau will this week celebrate 20 years since its return to China, with Beijing's leaders praising a pliant city that has grown rich on gambling and deference to authoritarian rule. The jubilation will be in contrast to the mood in neighbouring Hong Kong, the only other region run under the "one country, two systems" model which has endured six months of often ... more
+ China's Xi gives Lam unwavering support; Confirms cross-border bridge arrests
+ Hong Konger 'missing' after crossing China bridge checkpoint
+ 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

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
+ 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
+ China releases first 3D images based on Earth observation satellite

Cholera kills over 27,000 pigs in Indonesia
Medan, Indonesia (AFP) Dec 14, 2019
More than 27,000 pigs have died in a hog-cholera epidemic that has struck Indonesia, with thousands more at risk, an animal welfare official said. Thousands of pigs have died in more than a dozen regencies across North Sumatra over the past three months, and the pace of deaths is increasing, authorities said. "Every day, between 1,000 and 2,000 pigs are dying. It's quite a high figure," ... more
+ Significant potential demonstrated by digital agricultural advice
+ Large atmospheric waves in the jet stream present risk to global food production
+ Reduced soil tilling helps both soils and yields
+ The farm goods at the heart of the US-China trade war
+ 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
CHEOPS space telescope to investigate extrasolar planets
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 17, 2019
On 17 December 2019 at 05:54 local time (09:54 CET), the European Space Agency (ESA) CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS) space telescope is scheduled to lift off from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on board a Soyuz launcher. The mission will further extend the search for exoplanets, which was one of the topics of this year's Nobel Prize in physics. Didier Queloz, one of th ... more
+ NYU Abu Dhabi researcher discovers exoplanets can be made less habitable by stars' flares
+ OU research group confirm planet-mass objects in extragalactic systems
+ Breathable atmospheres may be more common in the universe than we first thought
+ Short-lived light sources discovered in the sky
+ Water common yet scarce in exoplanets
+ Hidden giant planet around tiny white dwarf star
+ Scientists figure out how accumulating dust particles become planets

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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Preparing to test Orion spacecraft requires a big plane, huge cranes and a vacuum cleaner
Plum Brook Station OH (SPX) Dec 16, 2019
NASA's Super Guppy flew low in the sky as it transported the Orion spacecraft to Ohio. After it touched down, a series of events began to unfold to transfer the Artemis I vehicle to NASA's Plum Brook Station for testing. The capsule was pulled out of the belly of the Super Guppy and lifted onto a 130-foot long, 38-wheel truck that maneuvered Ohio's back roads to get to the facility in Sand ... more
+ Boeing and NASA approach milestone orbital flight test
+ Aerojet Rocketdyne gears up for first flight of Boeing's Starliner
+ NASA says Boeing Starliner ready to fly as early as Dec 20
+ 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
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
+ Trump watching NKorea 'closely' as talks deadline nears
+ Russia, China make UN proposal to ease N.Korea sanctions
+ US envoy: N. Korea comments 'hostile and unnecessary'
+ Iraqi supporters of pro-Iran group protest US sanctions
+ US tests ballistic missile over Pacific
+ Pyongyang may launch long-range missile this year
+ N. Korea says US 'foolish' for calling UN security meeting

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