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Japan could release Fukushima radioactive water into environment
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 24, 2019
A Japanese government agency has proposed releasing radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the environment, as storage space runs out. The plant suffered a meltdown about nine years ago after it was hit by an earthquake-triggered tsunami. About a million tonnes of contaminated water has built up since then and the tanks that hold it are almost full. The governme ... more
+ Survival surfing: Indonesians riding the waves to beat tsunami trauma
+ Scientists call for effort to end destruction of terrestrial ecosystems
+ 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
+ Lasers learn to accurately spot space junk
+ Shedding light in the dark: radar satellites lead the way
+ Finding a killer electron hot spot in Earth's Van Allen radiation belts
+ Ceramic materials that are IR-transparent
+ New nano-barrier for composites could strengthen spacecraft payloads
+ Northrop Grumman lands $1B contract for F-16 AESA radars
+ Solving the challenges of long duration space flight with 3D Printing

Seasonal forecasts challenged by Pacific Ocean warming
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Dec 30, 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?
+ Ethiopia charges 50 for profiteering from Blue Nile dam
+ Wetlands will keep up with sea level rise to offset climate change
+ Drinking water, on demand and from air
+ Unique form of quartz may power deep-Earth water cycle
+ Desalination discharge a boon to fish along the coast of Australia
+ Power shortages grip Zambia as dam levels dip
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 launches powerful rocket in boost for 2020 Mars mission
Beijing (AFP) Dec 27, 2019
China Friday launched one of the world's most powerful rockets in a major step forward for its planned mission to Mars in 2020. The heavy lift Long March 5 rocket carrying a Shijian 20 test satellite payload blasted off from the Wenchang launch site on the southern island of Hainan at 8:45 pm (1245 GMT), a livestream from state broadcaster CCTV showed. "After more than 2,000 seconds, the ... more
+ China's Xichang set for 20 space launches in 2020
+ 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

Space history is made in this NASA robot factory
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 27, 2019
Built in 1961, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is the cradle of robotic space exploration. The first probes launched to the Moon, Mars and Venus were assembled here. So were all of NASA's Mars rovers, Galileo and Cassini (the first orbiters to Jupiter and Saturn), and the twin Voyager spacecraft that are scouting the farthest re ... more
+ Scientists develop gentle, microscopic hands to study tiny, soft materials
+ Church of England questions ethics of investment in AI
+ 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
China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for 'inciting' subversion
Beijing (AFP) Dec 30, 2019
China on Monday jailed the leader of an unofficial Protestant church for nine years for "incitement to subvert state power". Pastor Wang Yi, whose Early Rain Covenant Church was the target of a government crackdown last year, was also found guilty of "illegal business operation" by a court in Chengdu, southwest China, according to an announcement on an official court website. Wang was de ... more
+ Single Chinese woman sues over egg freezing
+ Hong Kong police arrest 15 in fresh shopping mall protests
+ Third day of Christmas clashes in Hong Kong
+ Police, protesters clash as Hong Kong celebrates Christmas
+ Fraught exchange: Hong Kong global students' fear and rebellion
+ China students protest as university charter cuts 'freedom of thought'
+ Xi lands in Macau for China handover anniversary party

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
+ China improves space-based observation of Earth
+ NASA eBook reveals insights of Earth seen at night from space
+ Model offers clearer understanding of factors that influence monsoon behavior
+ China releases first 3D images based on Earth observation satellite
+ SubX shows promise for improved monthly weather forecasts
+ Capella awarded contract to integrate commercial SAR data for National Security

Changing times put I.Coast's rubber industry under pressure
Abidjan (AFP) Dec 25, 2019
A decade after rubber was heavily promoted as a goldmine for Ivory Coast's cocoa-dependent economy, planters are under pressure to address criticism that they are damaging the environment and weakening the country's ability to feed itself. "Well-managed rubber production is an asset," said Eugene Kremien, the president of the Association of Professionals of Natural Rubber (APROMAC), whose de ... more
+ Scientists observe earliest steps in seed germination
+ Locust invasion destroys crops in northwest India
+ 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
+ Significant potential demonstrated by digital agricultural advice
Massive gas disk raises questions about planet formation theory
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 24, 2019
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) found a young star surrounded by an astonishing mass of gas. The star, called 49 Ceti, is 40 million years old, and conventional theories of planet formation predict that the gas should have disappeared by that age. The enigmatically large amount of gas requests a reconsideration of our current understanding of planet form ... more
+ Breathable atmospheres may be more common in the universe than we first thought
+ A real-life deluminator for spotting exoplanets by reflected starlight
+ Researchers spy on planets as fluffy as cotton candy
+ Europe's exoplanet hunter blasts off from Earth
+ Europe's exoplanet hunter reaches orbit around Earth
+ CHEOPS space telescope to investigate extrasolar planets
+ NYU Abu Dhabi researcher discovers exoplanets can be made less habitable by stars' flares

Mosquitoes can sense toxins through their legs
Washington (UPI) Dec 27, 2019
The ability to sense toxins through their legs helps some malaria-carrying mosquitoes develop a resistance to insecticide, according to a new study. Scientists found insecticide resistant populations of Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles coluzzii mosquitoes, two common malaria-carrying species in West Africa, featured higher concentrations of a unique group of binding proteins in their leg ... more
+ Researchers say may have found cause of mad cow disease
+ 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
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
+ US strikes in Somalia kill four militants
+ Nigeria frees former top official accused of graft
+ Eritrean president vows to 'bolster cooperation' with Ethiopia
+ Next year vital for Sahel's future: French army general
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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
+ Christina Koch sets record for longest space flight by a woman
+ SMAC in the DARQ: five trends shaping tech in 2020
+ 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
Trump hopes for Christmas vase, not missile test, from NKorea
Palm Beach, United States (AFP) Dec 24, 2019
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he hoped that North Korea would not deliver a missile test as its threatened "Christmas gift" that could reignite global tensions over its nuclear program. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has promised the unidentified "gift" - which could be a missile test - if the US does not make concessions in nuclear talks by the end of the year. "We'll fin ... more
+ North Korea's Kim warns of 'grave' economic challenge
+ N. Korea's Kim holds top party meeting ahead of US deadline
+ White House warns N. Korea over 'Christmas gift' threat
+ China hosts Japan, South Korea with eyes on nuclear North
+ All eyes on 'new way' in Kim Jong Un's New Year speech
+ Iraqi protesters' ire at Iran extends to goods boycott
+ Iran's Arak reactor secondary circuit goes online

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