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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
Ceramic materials that are IR-transparent
Vladivostok, Russia (SPX) Dec 30, 2019
Scientists from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) teamed up with colleagues from Institute of Chemistry (FEB RAS), Institute for Single Crystals (Ukraine), and Shanghai Institute of Ceramics (Chinese Academy of Sciences) to develop Y2O3-MgO nanocomposite ceramics with uniform distribution of two phases, microhardness over 11 GPa, and average grain size of 250 nm. It capable of transmitting o ... more
+ New nano-barrier for composites could strengthen spacecraft payloads
+ Lasers learn to accurately spot space junk
+ Northrop Grumman lands $1B contract for F-16 AESA radars
+ Solving the challenges of long duration space flight with 3D Printing
+ Capricorn Space and Infostellar cooperate to enable On Demand ground segment services
+ Shedding light in the dark: radar satellites lead the way
+ Finding a killer electron hot spot in Earth's Van Allen radiation belts

Coral fossils show Southern Ocean current sensitive to wind conditions
Washington (UPI) Dec 31, 2019
Scientists knew the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, a cold current circling through the Southern Ocean, is driven by winds, but until now scientists weren't sure of its stability. New analysis of fossil coral skeletons suggests the ocean current is especially sensitive to winds, and that changes in the current influence the exchange of CO2 between the Southern Ocean and the atmosphere. / ... more
+ Seasonal forecasts challenged by Pacific Ocean warming
+ Ethiopia charges 50 for profiteering from Blue Nile dam
+ Wetlands will keep up with sea level rise to offset climate change
+ Unique form of quartz may power deep-Earth water cycle
+ Desalination discharge a boon to fish along the coast of Australia
+ Would a deep-Earth water cycle change our understanding of planetary evolution?
+ 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

Lockheed nabs $114M deal to deliver Patriot missiles to UAE
Washington (UPI) Dec 31, 2019
Lockheed Martin has received a $114 million contract to accelerate delivery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles to United Arab Emirates through the Foreign Military Sales program, according to the Department of Defense. The Phased Array Tracking to Intercept of Target, or Patriot, missile program is an air-defense guided missile system with long-range, medium-to-high-altitude and ... more
+ Syrian defences fire on 'hostile missiles' from Israel: state media
+ 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
China may have over 40 space launches in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Jan 06, 2020
China's aerospace industry will see a busy year in 2020, with the number of space launches expected to exceed 40, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). The highlights of the space activities include the launch of China's first Mars probe, the Chang'e-5 lunar probe, which is expected to bring moon samples back to Earth, the final step of China's current ... more
+ China launches powerful rocket in boost for 2020 Mars mission
+ 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

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
+ 2020 FIRST Robotics Kickoff Event Returns to Rocket City Jan. 4
+ 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
'Return to right path' Beijing's new envoy tells Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 6, 2020
Beijing's new top envoy to Hong Kong said he hoped the protest ravaged city would "return to the right path" as he took up his post on Monday. Luo Huining replaced Wang Zhimin as head of Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong - the most significant personnel change by China since violent pro-democracy protests erupted in the city nearly seven months ago. The 65-year-old Luo delivered a s ... more
+ China detains activists in year-end crackdown
+ Single Chinese woman sues over egg freezing
+ Dozens held at Hong Kong border town over protests, As Beijing sends new envoy
+ Massive Hong Kong pro-democracy rally ends in police clashes
+ Hong Kong police arrest 15 in fresh shopping mall protests
+ China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for 'inciting' subversion
+ Third day of Christmas clashes in Hong Kong

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

As Trump tariffs loom, US wine lovers battle tech giants
Washington (AFP) Jan 5, 2020
American importers of French cheese, bubbly and porcelain are raising their voices in Washington, hoping against hope they can outweigh Silicon Valley giants in a battle over tariffs on luxury items from France. President Donald Trump last month threatened to punish Paris for a new tax on tech giants like Netflix and Amazon, unveiling sky-high retaliatory duties on about $2.4 billion in Fren ... more
+ Scientists observe earliest steps in seed germination
+ 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
A real-life deluminator for spotting exoplanets by reflected starlight
Lowell MA (SPX) Dec 27, 2019
Perhaps you remember the opening scene of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" that took place on Privet Drive. A bearded man pulled a mysterious device, called a deluminator, from his dark robe and one by one the lights from the street lamps flew into it. For the last decade or more, Muggles around the world - including me - have been busy designing and perfecting a similar device call ... more
+ Life may have first emerged in phosphorous-rich lakes
+ Massive gas disk raises questions about planet formation theory
+ 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

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
+ China rules out SARS in mystery viral pneumonia outbreak
+ 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
60 DR Congo troops killed by militia since October: army
Kinshasa (AFP) Jan 4, 2020
Militants have killed 60 Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers since October in the restive east of the country, the army said in a statement Saturday. "In the space of two months, 60 brave combatants have fallen in the field of honour" in the military campaign against fighters of the Islamist Allied Democratic Forces around the eastern city of Beni, military spokesman General Leon Richard ... more
+ Somalia's Shabaab ends bloody decade resurgent and unbowed
+ 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
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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
+ Amid tech turmoil, celebration at global electronics show
+ Indonesia Negotiating Launch of 1st Indigenous Astronaut with Russia's Roscosmos
+ 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
+ Veteran cosmonaut outlines what Russia needs to get some oomph back into its space program
+ Record tech spending expected in US, show organizers say
Iran will forego 'limit' on centrifuges as tensions with US soar
Tehran (AFP) Jan 6, 2020
Iran announced a further rollback of its commitments to the troubled international nuclear accord Sunday amid anger over the US killing of a top commander which also prompted Iraq's parliament to demand the departure of American troops. While vast crowds gathered in Iran's second city of Mashhad as Qasem Soleimani's remains were returned home, the Tehran government said it would forego the " ... more
+ Pompeo sees 'real likelihood' Iran will try to hit US troops
+ Trump says US targeting 52 sites in Iran as tension mounts
+ China calls for easing UN sanctions on N.Korea
+ Merkel, Macron, Johnson urge Iran not to flout nuclear deal
+ New air strike on pro-Iran convoy in Iraq ahead of Soleimani funeral
+ Bong Joon-ho: South Korea's biting film satirist
+ Mourners pack Tehran to grieve Iran general Soleimani

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