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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
+ Finding a killer electron hot spot in Earth's Van Allen radiation belts
+ Northrop Grumman lands $1B contract for F-16 AESA radars
+ Solving the challenges of long duration space flight with 3D Printing
+ Calling radio amateurs: help find OPS-SAT!

Seasonal forecasts challenged by Pacific Ocean warming
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Dec 18, 2019
CSIRO research has found global warming will make it more difficult to predict multi-year global climate variations, a consequence of changes to long-term climate variability patterns in the Pacific Ocean. The results, published in Nature Climate Change, shed light on how the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) was responding to a changing climate, with implications for assessing multi-year ... 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
+ As drought drags on in Australia, water thieves step in
+ Desalination discharge a boon to fish along the coast of Australia
+ 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
+ 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

Syrian defences fire on 'hostile missiles' from Israel: state media
Damascus (AFP) Dec 23, 2019
Syrian air defences on Sunday fired on Israeli missiles, shooting down one that fell outside Damascus, the official Syrian news agency Sana reported. The "hostile missiles came from the Occupied Territories," Sana said, referring to Israel, adding that one missile came down in Aqraba, a suburb southeast of Damascus. An Israeli army spokeswoman contacted by AFP said Israel does not commen ... more
+ Moscow lifts veil on missile attack warning system
+ 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
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

Church of England questions ethics of investment in AI
London (AFP) Dec 23, 2019
The Church of England has launched a study into an existential question: do its investments in big-tech giants contradict the Christian faith? The Church's Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) will determine whether some of the new technologies undermine "the very idea of God", a spokesman for the Church told AFP on Monday. The year-long review was first reported by The Daily Telegra ... more
+ Insects' drag-based flight mechanism could improve tiny flying robots
+ 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
China students protest as university charter cuts 'freedom of thought'
Shanghai (AFP) Dec 19, 2019
One of China's top universities has removed references to "freedom of thought" from its official charter, triggering a rare act of student defiance, while two other institutions have moved to strengthen their allegiance to President Xi Jinping. A video that circulated this week showed students at Shanghai's Fudan University gathering to sing the school song - which extols "academic independ ... more
+ Xi lands in Macau for China handover anniversary party
+ Fraught exchange: Hong Kong global students' fear and rebellion
+ 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
+ Scientists find iron 'snow' in Earth's core
+ NASA eBook reveals insights of Earth seen at night from space
+ China releases first 3D images based on Earth observation satellite
+ 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

High-def mapping of moisture in the soil
Newark DE (SPX) Dec 19, 2019
Soil moisture is easy to see when your favorite Little Leaguer slides into second base the day after a big summer storm. The mud splattered on that little hustler's uniform tells the story. Trying to gauge soil moisture across large areas - regions, nations, continents - is a whole 'nother challenge, and a critical one. Knowledge of this dimension of our ecosystem is extremely important fo ... more
+ Significant potential demonstrated by digital agricultural advice
+ 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
Researchers spy on planets as fluffy as cotton candy
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 20, 2019
Meet what may be the largest carnival delights known to science: the "super-puff" worlds of the Kepler 51 star system. As their confectionary name suggests, these planets are as lightweight as cotton candy - literally. The fluffy globes are the lowest density exoplanets ever discovered beyond Earth's solar system. "They're very bizarre," said Jessica Libby-Roberts, a graduate student ... more
+ Massive gas disk raises questions about planet formation theory
+ 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 blasts off from Earth
+ Europe's exoplanet hunter reaches orbit around Earth
+ CHEOPS space telescope to investigate extrasolar planets
+ Short-lived light sources discovered in the sky

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
China launches Ethiopia first satellite into orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 24, 2019
African countries have 41 satellites in Earth orbit with 38 of them launched by individual states, while the other three were multinational efforts. Ethiopia has launched its first satellite into space with the help of Chinese partners in order to track down agricultural data, africanews.space website has reported. "This will be a foundation for our historic journey to prosperity," E ... more
+ Next year vital for Sahel's future: French army general
+ 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'
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DLR phantoms undergo fit check in NASA's Orion space capsule
Cologne, Germany (SPX) Dec 24, 2019
The intensity of space radiation is much greater outside Earth's protective magnetic field. This causes problems for the human body and represents a challenge for future crewed space missions to the Moon and Mars. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is conducting research to determine the radiation risk for crewed spaceflight. One of the projects that the ... more
+ NASA, Boeing complete successful landing of Starliner Flight Test
+ Boeing spacecraft lands in New Mexico after mission cut short
+ Facing industrial decline, Wales dreams of Silicon Valley
+ Beleaguered Boeing's Starliner returns early from failed mission
+ From take off to landing, NASA and Boeing work together to launch Commercial Crew
+ Astronauts "Train Like You Fly" in Boeing Starliner Simulations
+ Boeing to send 'Rosie' to space in key crewless mission
Japan's Abe discusses Iran, NKorea in call with Trump: report
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 21, 2019
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday discussed events in Iran and North Korea with US President Donald Trump in a lengthy phone call, the Kyodo news agency reported. The phone conversation, which Abe told reporters took place at Trump's request, came on the same day that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrapped up his two-day visit to Japan. Rouhani's trip came after deadly pro ... more
+ Iran's Arak reactor secondary circuit goes online
+ Former US adviser warns of 'imminent' North Korea risk
+ China hosts Japan, S.Korea with eyes on nuclear North
+ Homeward bound? Deadline looms for North Korea's overseas workers
+ China, S. Korea and Japan leaders to discuss N. Korea tensions
+ North Korea warns US could 'pay dearly' for rights criticism
+ US 'prepared for whatever' from NKorea: top Pentagon general

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