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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
+ 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
+ Shedding light in the dark: radar satellites lead the way
+ 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 detains activists in year-end crackdown
Beijing (AFP) Jan 2, 2020
Over a dozen Chinese lawyers and activists were detained or went missing in the final days of 2019 in a crackdown on participants of a private democracy gathering, rights groups said Thursday. The Chinese government has severely reduced the space for civil liberties since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012, rounding up rights lawyers, labour activists and even Marxists students in vario ... more
+ China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for 'inciting' subversion
+ 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

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
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
+ Life may have first emerged in phosphorous-rich lakes
+ 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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Christina Koch sets record for longest space flight by a woman
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 29, 2019
NASA astronaut Christina Koch set the record Saturday for the longest single space flight by a woman at 289 days. Koch, 40, surpassed the record set by Peggy Whitson, who spent 288 consecutive days in space in 2016-2017. Koch arrived on the International Space Station in March and in April NASA announced she would remain aboard the ISS until February. If the mission ends on the sched ... more
+ 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
+ Tech show offers big and flashy, up-close and (very) personal
+ DLR phantoms undergo fit check in NASA's Orion space capsule
+ NASA, Boeing complete successful landing of Starliner Flight Test
How the world is reacting to US killing of top Iran general
Paris (AFP) Jan 3, 2020
The world reacted with alarm on Friday after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike in Iraq, with leaders appealing for restraint. The attack was praised by US President Donald Trump's Republicans but elsewhere there were sharp warnings it could inflame regional tensions. Following are some of the reactions from around the world: - 'Severe revenge' - ... more
+ Iran warns of 'severe revenge' after US kills top general
+ Republicans praise Soleimani strike as Congress says wasn't warned
+ Top Iran commander Qasem Soleimani killed in US strike on Baghdad
+ Top Iran commander Qasem Soleimani killed in US strike on Baghdad
+ Pentagon confirms Trump ordered killing of Iran Guards commander
+ US expects more attacks; As Elite Iraqi troops secure US embassy
+ Yemen rebels urge 'swift reprisals' for Soleimani killing

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