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Survival surfing: Indonesians riding the waves to beat tsunami trauma
Banda Aceh, Indonesia (AFP) Dec 24, 2019
Surfboard tucked under his arm, Dery Setyawan sprints into the crashing waves. It is not just a physical challenge but an emotional one - most of his family and friends were swept to their deaths when a tsunami hit these shores 15 years ago. His hometown of Lampuuk was almost destroyed entirely, but despite his devastating loss, the father-of-two sees the water as a way to heal. "S ... more
+ Scientists call for effort to end destruction of terrestrial ecosystems
+ Japan could release Fukushima radioactive water into environment
+ 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
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
+ Northrop Grumman lands $1B contract for F-16 AESA radars
+ Finding a killer electron hot spot in Earth's Van Allen radiation belts
+ Solving the challenges of long duration space flight with 3D Printing
+ Calling radio amateurs: help find OPS-SAT!

Would a deep-Earth water cycle change our understanding of planetary evolution?
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 19, 2019
Every school child learns about the water cycle - evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. But what if there were a deep Earth component of this process happening on geologic timescales that makes our planet ideal for sustaining life as we know it? New work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Carnegie's Yanhao Lin and Michael Walter - along ... more
+ 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
+ No, Victoria Falls has not run dry
Creating a nanoscale on-off switch for heat
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Dec 19, 2019
Polymers are used to develop various materials, such as plastics, nylons, and rubbers. In their most basic form, they are made up of many of identical molecules joined together over and over, like a chain. If you engineer molecules to join together in specific ways, you can control the characteristics of the resulting polymer. Using this method, Sheng Shen, an associate professor of mechan ... more
+ Nanoscience breakthrough: Probing particles smaller than a billionth of a meter
+ 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
+ Syrian defences fire on 'hostile missiles' from Israel: state media
+ 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
Third day of Christmas clashes in Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) Dec 26, 2019
Hong Kong endured a third straight day of political unrest over the Christmas period Thursday as police and pro-democracy protesters clashed inside shopping malls. Protesters spent the afternoon on Thursday marching through multiple malls chanting anti-government and anti-police slogans. Riot police swooped on dozens of black-clad protesters in one mall in Tai Po district using pepper sp ... more
+ Single Chinese woman sues over egg freezing
+ China students protest as university charter cuts 'freedom of thought'
+ Xi lands in Macau for China handover anniversary party
+ Police, protesters clash as Hong Kong celebrates Christmas
+ 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

Scientists find iron 'snow' in Earth's core
Austin TX (SPX) Dec 20, 2019
The Earth's inner core is hot, under immense pressure and snow-capped, according to new research that could help scientists better understand forces that affect the entire planet. The snow is made of tiny particles of iron - much heavier than any snowflake on Earth's surface - that fall from the molten outer core and pile on top of the inner core, creating piles up to 200 miles thick that ... more
+ NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Environmental Satellite Mission
+ 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
+ Changing times put I.Coast's rubber industry under pressure
+ 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
+ Significant potential demonstrated by digital agricultural advice
+ Thai rice farmers shun 'big agribusiness' and fight climate change
+ China unveils plan to boost pork production
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
US considers pulling troops from West Africa: report
Washington (AFP) Dec 24, 2019
The Pentagon is looking into reducing or even withdrawing US troops from West Africa, part of a worldwide redeployment of military forces, the New York Times reported Tuesday. There are between 6,000 and 7,000 US troops in Africa, mainly in West Africa but also in places like Somalia. The US presence includes military trainers as well as a recently built $110 million drone base in Niger, ... more
+ Algeria starts funeral of army chief Gaid Salah
+ China launches Ethiopia first satellite into orbit
+ Ethiopia's Abiy meets Eritrean leader for first time since winning Nobel
+ Nigeria frees former top official accused of graft
+ 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
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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
+ SMAC in the DARQ: five trends shaping tech in 2020
+ 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
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
+ Trump hopes for Christmas vase, not missile test, from NKorea
+ Iran's Arak reactor secondary circuit goes online
+ Iraqi protesters' ire at Iran extends to goods boycott
+ China hosts Japan, South Korea with eyes on nuclear North
+ Former US adviser warns of 'imminent' North Korea risk
+ North Korea warns US could 'pay dearly' for rights criticism
+ US 'prepared for whatever' from NKorea: top Pentagon general

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