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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
+ Observing time awarded to prepare for data-rich era in astronomy
+ 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
+ Calling radio amateurs: help find OPS-SAT!
+ OneWeb to use advanced grappling tech from Altius Space Machines

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
+ Would a deep-Earth water cycle change our understanding of planetary evolution?
+ How we transport water in our bodies inspires new water filtration method
+ Power shortages grip Zambia as dam levels dip
+ Unique form of quartz may power deep-Earth water cycle
+ Seasonal forecasts challenged by Pacific Ocean warming
+ As drought drags on in Australia, water thieves step in
+ Desalination discharge a boon to fish along the coast of Australia
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
+ Creating a nanoscale on-off switch for heat
+ 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

Moscow lifts veil on missile attack warning system
Moscow (AFP) Dec 18, 2019
Russia on Wednesday lifted the veil on its tightly guarded space-based missile warning system, ahead of a vote in the US Congress on President Donald Trump's plan to create a new space force. The new system, named Kupol or dome, is designed to detect launches of ballistic missiles and track them to their landing site, according to documents presented by the general staff to military attaches ... more
+ Germany in talks with Lockheed, MBDA for missile defense program
+ 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
China's Xichang set for 20 space launches in 2020
Xichang (XNA) Dec 19, 2019
The Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province will host around 20 launch missions in 2020, including two satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), according to an official from the center. Wang Zemin, deputy director of the launch center, made the remarks after China successfully sent two BDS satellites into space from Xichang on Monday. ... more
+ China sends six satellites into orbit with single rocket
+ 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

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
Fraught exchange: Hong Kong global students' fear and rebellion
Hong Kong (AFP) Dec 18, 2019
Malaysian student Celia Cheng's first semester in Hong Kong began with being tear-gassed outside parliament and ended with her evacuation from campus as protesters hurled petrol bombs at police. The 20-year-old wants to continue her degree in a city rocked by six months of democracy protests, despite her family's reservations. "If my parents don't allow me to go back to Hong Kong, I migh ... more
+ China students protest as university charter cuts 'freedom of thought'
+ Xi lands in Macau for China handover anniversary party
+ Macau to celebrate Chinese rule as Hong Kong seethes
+ Hong Konger 'missing' after crossing China bridge checkpoint
+ China's Xi gives Lam unwavering support; Confirms cross-border bridge arrests
+ Calm broken as clashes break out in Hong Kong malls
+ US expelled two Chinese diplomats on spying claims: report

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Environmental Satellite Mission
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 19, 2019
NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T (GOES-T) mission, which will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth's weather, oceans and environment, real-time mapping of total lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather. ... more
+ China releases first 3D images based on Earth observation satellite
+ NASA eBook reveals insights of Earth seen at night from space
+ China improves space-based observation of Earth
+ Model offers clearer understanding of factors that influence monsoon behavior
+ 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

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
+ High-def mapping of moisture in the soil
+ Reduced soil tilling helps both soils and yields
+ Cholera kills over 27,000 pigs in Indonesia
+ 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
NYU Abu Dhabi researcher discovers exoplanets can be made less habitable by stars' flares
Abu Dhabi UAE (SPX) Dec 17, 2019
The discovery of terrestrial exoplanets, planets that orbit stars outside the solar system, has been one of the most significant developments in modern astronomy. Several exoplanets lie in the "habitable zones" of stars, where planets are thought to be able to maintain liquid water on their surface, and have the potential to host life. However, an exoplanet that is too close to its host star is ... more
+ Breathable atmospheres may be more common in the universe than we first thought
+ Europe's exoplanet hunter reaches orbit around Earth
+ Europe's exoplanet hunter blasts 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

Researchers say may have found cause of mad cow disease
Paris (AFP) Dec 18, 2019
Researchers said Wednesday they believe they may have found the cause of mad cow disease, while stressing the need to maintain precautionary measures to avoid a potential re-emergence of the illness. Several hypotheses have been put forward over the cause of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease dubbed "mad cow disease" when it first appeared in the 1980s in the Unite ... more
+ A self-cleaning surface that repels even the deadliest superbugs
+ 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
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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Starliner Ready for its Inaugural Flight
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Dec 19, 2019
Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 earlier this week. Starliner now stands poised at the launch pad awaiting its maiden flight on Boeing's uncrewed Orbital Flight Test to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Pro ... more
+ NASA's Astronaut Candidates to Graduate with Eye on Artemis Missions
+ 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 flight test for Commercial Crew Program will pave the way for future science
+ Boeing and NASA approach milestone orbital flight test
+ Boeing sends first crew capsule to ISS this week
Homeward bound? Deadline looms for North Korea's overseas workers
Seoul (AFP) Dec 19, 2019
The waitress at the North Korean restaurant in Beijing has no concerns about a deadline this weekend for Pyongyang's overseas workers to be returned. "I'll go home for the holidays," she says. "But I'll come back." Nuclear-armed North Korea has long made a fortune from the army of citizens it sends abroad to work, mostly in neighbouring China and Russia but also as far afield as Europe, the ... more
+ China, S. Korea and Japan leaders to discuss N. Korea tensions
+ 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
+ North Korea conducts 'crucial test' at Sohae launch site: KCNA
+ US envoy: N. Korea comments 'hostile and unnecessary'

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