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Trump backs off threat to bomb Iran's cultural sites
Washington (AFP) Jan 7, 2020
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his earlier insistence that he has the right to order the bombing of Iran's cultural treasures during a war. Facing strong criticism that such attacks would be a war crime, Trump said he was "OK" with following international law. However, he repeated an earlier complaint that he found the restriction unfair. "Think of it: they kill ou ... more
+ Study shows animal life thriving around Fukushima
+ Japan could release Fukushima radioactive water into environment
+ 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
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
+ Sustainable supply of minerals and metals key to a low-carbon energy future
+ A new way to make chemicals by copying nature's tricks
+ Nanoscale sensors see how high pressure affects materials
+ Lasers learn to accurately spot space junk
+ 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


Duterte threatens takeover of Manila water firms
Manila (AFP) Jan 7, 2020
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened a government takeover of the capital's water services unless its two private utilities accept a new contract, his spokesman said Tuesday, an ultimatum experts warned could spook investors. Duterte's government will offer a deal to replace the one first crafted in the 1990s when Manila's troubled water system was privatised and which the pre ... more
+ Atlantic and Pacific oscillations lost in the noise
+ Wind conditions influence water circulation and CO2 concentrations in the Southern Ocean
+ North Atlantic Current may cease temporarily in the next century
+ A close look at thin ice
+ Seasonal forecasts challenged by Pacific Ocean warming
+ Coral fossils show Southern Ocean current sensitive to wind conditions
+ Ethiopia charges 50 for profiteering from Blue Nile dam
A quantum breakthrough brings a technique from astronomy to the nano-scale
New York NY (SPX) Jan 07, 2020
Researchers at Columbia University and University of California, San Diego, have introduced a novel "multi-messenger" approach to quantum physics that signifies a technological leap in how scientists can explore quantum materials. The findings appear in a recent article published in Nature Materials, led by A. S. McLeod, postdoctoral researcher, Columbia Nano Initiative, with co-authors Dm ... more
+ New production method for carbon nanotubes gets green light
+ Creating a nanoscale on-off switch for heat
+ 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


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
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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
+ Samsung unveils AI-powered digital avatar
+ 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
'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
+ Dozens held at Hong Kong border town over protests, As Beijing sends new envoy
+ China detains activists in year-end crackdown
+ 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
+ Police, protesters clash as Hong Kong celebrates Christmas


PhD centre will nurture new leaders in Earth observation
Leeds UK (SPX) Jan 07, 2020
A new centre will enable 50 fully-funded PhD researchers to harness satellite data to tackle global environmental challenges. The Centre for Satellite Data in Environmental Science (SENSE) will bring together expertise in satellite remote sensing, climate change, and advanced data science to nurture the next generation of Earth observation researchers. Through a 2.2m pound investment ... more
+ Climate signals detected in global weather
+ UK satellites to help lead the fight against climate change
+ 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
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China's farmers reap rich harvest through video-sharing apps
Hengzhang, China (AFP) Jan 7, 2020
"Do you want a piece?" beekeeper Ma Gongzuo says, looking into the camera of a friend's smartphone before biting into the dripping comb of amber-coloured honey. The clip goes out to his 737,000 followers on Douyin, the Chinese version of popular video sharing app TikTok that has 400 million users in the country and has turned Ma into something of a celebrity. Creating videos has become a ... more
+ As Trump tariffs loom, US wine lovers battle tech giants
+ Scientists observe earliest steps in seed germination
+ High-def mapping of moisture in the soil
+ Changing times put I.Coast's rubber industry under pressure
+ Locust invasion destroys crops in northwest India
+ Reduced soil tilling helps both soils and yields
+ Cholera kills over 27,000 pigs in Indonesia
SDSU astronomers pinpoint two new 'Tatooine' planetary systems
San Diego CA (SPX) Jan 08, 2020
Astronomers announced Monday the first discovery made by NASA's TESS mission of a two-star planetary system. Led by researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and San Diego State University, with other collaborators, the telescope satellite's finding marks the start of a much better understanding of the population of such planetary systems. On behalf of the international team of 60 ... more
+ New technique may give Webb Telescope new way to identify planets with oxygen
+ NASA planet hunter finds its first Earth-Size habitable-zone world
+ Technique could speed search for life in outer space
+ TESS mission uncovers its first world with two stars
+ A real-life deluminator for spotting exoplanets by reflected starlight
+ Life may have first emerged in phosphorous-rich lakes
+ Massive gas disk raises questions about planet formation theory


China rules out SARS in mystery viral pneumonia outbreak
Beijing (AFP) Jan 5, 2020
China on Sunday said a mysterious viral pneumonia outbreak that has affected 59 people was not the flu-like virus SARS that killed hundreds more than a decade ago. The infection was first reported last week in Wuhan, a central Chinese city with a population of over 11 million - leading to online speculation about a resurgence of the highly contagious SARS virus. "We have excluded severa ... more
+ US warns citizens in China over mystery pneumonia outbreak
+ A universal flu vaccine that protects against 6 influenza viruses in mice
+ China probes mystery pneumonia outbreak amid SARS fears
+ 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
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
+ 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
+ Indian delicacies for astronauts selected for country's first manned mission
+ Have Space Suit Will Travel
+ Veteran cosmonaut outlines what Russia needs to get some oomph back into its space program
+ Toyota's 'woven' city, Samsung robot-ball: CES highlights
US and Iran must protect cultural sites, UNESCO says after Trump threat
Paris (AFP) Jan 6, 2020
Both Iran and the United States must observe a convention obliging states to preserve cultural sites, the UN's cultural agency said on Monday, after President Donald Trump threatened to target Iran's cultural heritage. UNESCO director general Audrey Azoulay highlighted that both Tehran and Washington had signed a 1972 convention prohibiting states from taking "any deliberate measures which m ... more
+ Iran will forego 'limit' on centrifuges as tensions with US soar
+ Pompeo sees 'real likelihood' Iran will try to hit US troops
+ Moscow says Iran nuclear deal must remain 'priority' for all sides
+ Dozens killed in stampede at Iran general's funeral
+ Trump says US targeting 52 sites in Iran as tension mounts
+ US insists troops staying in Iraq, won't bomb Iran cultural sites
+ US slams Russia, China at UN for failure to condemn embassy attack


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