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Scientists call for effort to end destruction of terrestrial ecosystems
Washington (UPI) Dec 17, 2019
In a new paper, a team of researchers led by scientists at the University of Queensland have laid out a roadmap for how to end the continued loss of nature. The study, published this week in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, suggests some countries are better positioned to restore natural vegetation, while other countries can only hope to limit ecosystem losses. "Across t ... more
+ Fukushima clean-up reduces radiation levels, but not all
+ 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
Capricorn Space and Infostellar cooperate to enable On Demand ground segment services
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 18, 2019
Recently established Australian ground segment operator Capricorn Space and Japanese Ground Segment as a Service provider Infostellar have signed an agreement that will enable Infostellar customers access to their satellite constellations from the Australian Ground Network - West (AGN-W) site near Mingenew in Western Australia. Established by Capricorn Space to provide global satellite ope ... more
+ Shedding light in the dark: radar satellites lead the way
+ Liquid flow is influenced by a quantum effect in water
+ UV-Bodyguard by ajuma - sophisticated technology to prevent sunburn
+ Tiny quantum sensors watch materials transform under pressure
+ New laser technique images quantum world in a trillionth of a second
+ Finding a killer electron hot spot in Earth's Van Allen radiation belts
+ New aluminium hydroxide stable at extremely high pressure


Drinking water, on demand and from air
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 16, 2019
Providing potable drinking water to deployed troops operating in low resource or contested environments is no simple undertaking. Logistics teams face great risk delivering water and often incur what would otherwise be preventable casualties. DARPA's new Atmospheric Water Extraction (AWE) program sets out to sharply reduce that risk by giving deployed units the technology to capture potabl ... more
+ Unique form of quartz may power deep-Earth water cycle
+ Seasonal forecasts challenged by Pacific Ocean warming
+ 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
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


Insects' drag-based flight mechanism could improve tiny flying robots
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2019
Thrips are tiny insects 2 millimeters long, about as long as four human hairs are thick. Thrips are known for their unwelcome ability to devour garden plants and, lately, to inform the design of microrobotics. Unlike larger insects, birds, and airplanes, thrips don't rely on lift in order to fly. Instead, the tiny insects rely on a drag-based flight mechanism, keeping themselves afloat in ... more
+ Researchers call for harnessing, regulation of AI
+ 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


Capella awarded contract to integrate commercial SAR data for National Security
San Francisco CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2019
Capella Space, an information services company that provides on-demand Earth observation imagery, has signed a contract with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), to study the integration of its synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery into the NRO's national ground architecture. Capella is the first U.S. commercial SAR provider to work with the NRO to explore opportunities to integrate ... more
+ 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
+ Geostationary satellite an alternative to monitor land surfaces
+ China releases first 3D images based on Earth observation satellite
+ Model offers clearer understanding of factors that influence monsoon behavior
+ China improves space-based observation of Earth


Significant potential demonstrated by digital agricultural advice
Boston, MA (SPX) Dec 13, 2019
The near ubiquitous penetration of mobile phones among smallholder farmers in developing countries has enabled a powerful new tool for dispensing agricultural advice to farmers. Low acquisition and marginal costs make digital extension scalable at low cost when compared to traditional in person extension practices. A new paper co-authored by Nobel Prize winner and Precision Agriculture for ... more
+ Cholera kills over 27,000 pigs in Indonesia
+ 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
Europe's exoplanet hunter blasts off from Earth
Paris (AFP) Dec 18, 2019
Europe's CHEOPS planet-hunting satellite left Earth on Wednesday a day after its lift-off was delayed by a technical rocket glitch during the final countdown. The 30-centimetre (12-inch) telescope has been designed to measure the density, composition, and size of numerous planets beyond our solar system - so-called exoplanets. According to the European Space Agency (ESA), CHEOPS will ob ... more
+ NYU Abu Dhabi researcher discovers exoplanets can be made less habitable by stars' flares
+ Breathable atmospheres may be more common in the universe than we first thought
+ Europe's exoplanet hunter set for blast-off from Earth
+ CHEOPS space telescope to investigate extrasolar planets
+ Short-lived light sources discovered in the sky
+ OU research group confirm planet-mass objects in extragalactic systems
+ Water common yet scarce in exoplanets


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
Next year vital for Sahel's future: French army general
Paris (AFP) Dec 17, 2019
The future of the Sahel rests on what happens in the coming year, according to the military chief of staff of France, which has a fighting force in the jihadist-plagued region. "It is now, in the coming year, that the Sahel's future will be determined," Francois Lecointre told France Info radio. Only a political solution involving all the states of the region as well as the international ... more
+ US curbs S.Sudan visas over government delay
+ 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
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Boeing sends first crew capsule to ISS this week
Washington (AFP) Dec 17, 2019
Boeing is all set to launch its Starliner spacecraft for the first time to the International Space Station at the end of this week, a key mission as NASA looks to resume crewed flight by 2020. This time around its sole passenger will be bandana-clad dummy Rosie, named after Rosie the Riveter, a campaign icon used to recruit women to munitions factory jobs during World War II. "If we're b ... more
+ Europe powers up for third and fourth Orion spacecraft
+ NASA selects informal learning institutions to engage next generation
+ United Launch Alliance set to launch Starliner Capsule on test mission
+ Boeing and NASA approach milestone orbital flight test
+ Preparing to test Orion spacecraft requires a big plane, huge cranes and a vacuum cleaner
+ NASA says Boeing Starliner ready to fly as early as Dec 20
+ Aerojet Rocketdyne gears up for first flight of Boeing's Starliner
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
+ GenDyn awarded $300M to support Trident missile systems for USm Britain
+ China, Russia press UN to ease N.Korea sanctions
+ 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


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