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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
+ 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
+ Finding a killer electron hot spot in Earth's Van Allen radiation belts


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
+ Ethiopia charges 50 for profiteering from Blue Nile dam
+ Coral fossils show Southern Ocean current sensitive to wind conditions
+ Seasonal forecasts challenged by Pacific Ocean warming
+ 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
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
+ Lockheed nabs $114M deal to deliver Patriot missiles to UAE
+ 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
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
Scientists develop gentle, microscopic hands to study tiny, soft materials
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 30, 2019
Handling very soft, delicate items without damaging them is hard enough with human hands, let alone doing it at the microscopic scale with laboratory instruments. Three new studies show how scientists have honed a technique for handling tiny, soft particles using precisely controlled fluid flows that act as gentle microscopic hands. The technique allows researchers to test the physical lim ... more
+ Space history is made in this NASA robot factory
+ 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
+ Massive Hong Kong pro-democracy rally ends in police clashes
+ 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'


UK satellites to help lead the fight against climate change
London, UK (SPX) Jan 01, 2020
A new satellite data centre will use cutting-edge satellite technology to help combat climate change. Ministers on 30 December announced backing for ground-breaking research analysing satellite images that will better predict the future impact of climate change in towns and cities and inform future government action. A new 5 million pound satellite data centre involving the Universities of ... more
+ Scientists find iron 'snow' in Earth's core
+ NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Environmental Satellite Mission
+ 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
Scientists observe earliest steps in seed germination
Washington (UPI) Dec 27, 2019
Several studies have highlighted the roles hormones play in enabling seed germination, the sprouting of a seedling, or small plant, from a seed, but much less is known about how energy metabolism is jump-started at the outset of the germination process - until now. Using a new kind of fluorescent biosensor, researchers were able to watch energy metabolism and a sulfur-powered process c ... more
+ Locust invasion destroys crops in northwest India
+ High-def mapping of moisture in the soil
+ 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
Life may have first emerged in phosphorous-rich lakes
Washington (UPI) Dec 30, 2019
Phosphorous is one of the six main chemical ingredients necessary for life. Phosphorous atoms form DNA and RNA molecules, the building blocks of life's genetic code, but until now, scientists assumed the element was in short supply on primordial Earth. In a new study, published Monday in the journal PNAS, scientists provide evidence that ancient soda lakes could have provided sufficient ... more
+ Massive gas disk raises questions about planet formation theory
+ 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


China probes mystery pneumonia outbreak amid SARS fears
Beijing (AFP) Dec 31, 2019
Authorities are investigating an outbreak of viral pneumonia in central China amid online speculation that it might be linked to SARS, the flu-like virus that killed hundreds of people a decade ago. There were 27 cases of "viral pneumonia of unknown origin" reported in Wuhan, in central Hubei province, the city's health commission said in a statement. Seven patients were in a critical co ... more
+ Mosquitoes can sense toxins through their legs
+ 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
Somalia's Shabaab ends bloody decade resurgent and unbowed
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 31, 2019
In the past decade, Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab has lost territory, suffered defections and faced mounting US air strikes, but analysts say the group is as strong a threat as ever, flourishing under the country's weak government. Despite years of costly efforts to combat the group, Al-Shabaab managed once again to detonate a vehicle packed with explosives in Mogadishu, slaughtering 81 p ... more
+ US strikes in Somalia kill four militants
+ Eritrean president vows to 'bolster cooperation' with Ethiopia
+ Algeria starts funeral of army chief Gaid Salah
+ Ethiopia's Abiy meets Eritrean leader for first time since winning Nobel
+ Nigeria frees former top official accused of graft
+ US considers pulling troops from West Africa: report
+ China launches Ethiopia first satellite into orbit
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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
+ Indonesia Negotiating Launch of 1st Indigenous Astronaut with Russia's Roscosmos
+ Veteran cosmonaut outlines what Russia needs to get some oomph back into its space program
+ Solar sail in earth orbit is big breakthrough for China
+ SMAC in the DARQ: five trends shaping tech in 2020
+ Facing industrial decline, Wales dreams of Silicon Valley
North Korea's Kim warns of 'grave' economic challenge
Seoul (AFP) Dec 30, 2019
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned top ruling party officials of the "grave situation" facing the nuclear-armed state's economy and called for urgent corrective measures. His comments, reported Monday by state media, came on the second day of a key party meeting held ahead of a year-end deadline for Washington to shift its stance on stalled nuclear talks with Pyongyang. Kim, who ... more
+ N. Korea's Kim holds top party meeting ahead of US deadline
+ All eyes on 'new way' in Kim Jong Un's New Year speech
+ Khamenei condemns US, warns Iran will confront threats
+ North Korea ends test moratoriums, threatens 'new' weapon
+ White House warns N. Korea over 'Christmas gift' threat
+ Iraqi protesters' ire at Iran extends to goods boycott
+ Trump hopes for Christmas vase, not missile test, from NKorea


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