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Study shows animal life thriving around Fukushima
Athens GA (SPX) Jan 08, 2020
Nearly a decade after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, researchers from the University of Georgia have found that wildlife populations are abundant in areas void of human life. The camera study, published in the Journal of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, reports that over 267,000 wildlife photos recorded more than 20 species, including wild boar, Japanese hare, macaques, ... more
+ Ten years after deadly Haiti quake, survivors feel forgotten
+ 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
+ Nanoscale sensors see how high pressure affects materials
+ China launches new communication technology experiment satellite
+ Sustainable supply of minerals and metals key to a low-carbon energy future
+ A new way to make chemicals by copying nature's tricks
+ 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

Atlantic and Pacific oscillations lost in the noise
University Park PA (SPX) Jan 07, 2020
The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) do not appear to exist, according to a team of meteorologists who believe this has implications for both the validity of previous studies attributing past trends to these hypothetical natural oscillations and for the prospects of decade-scale climate predictability. Using both observational data and clima ... more
+ Duterte threatens takeover of Manila water firms
+ North Atlantic Current may cease temporarily in the next century
+ A close look at thin ice
+ Seasonal forecasts challenged by Pacific Ocean warming
+ Wind conditions influence water circulation and CO2 concentrations in the Southern Ocean
+ Coral fossils show Southern Ocean current sensitive to wind conditions
+ Ethiopia charges 50 for profiteering from Blue Nile dam
New production method for carbon nanotubes gets green light
Swansea UK (SPX) Jan 08, 2020
A new method of producing carbon nanotubes - tiny molecules with incredible physical properties used in touchscreen displays, 5G networks and flexible electronics - has been given the green light by researchers, meaning work in this crucial field can continue. Single-walled carbon nanotubes are among the most attractive nanomaterials for a wide range of applications ranging from nanoelectr ... more
+ A quantum breakthrough brings a technique from astronomy to the nano-scale
+ 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

AI-powered avatar at tech show touted as 'artificial human'
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 8, 2020
Avatars touted as "artificial humans" created a buzz Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show even as debate swirled on what exactly the digital entities were. Star Labs, a startup funded by Samsung, showed the painstakingly detailed AI-powered, two-dimensional digital creations to a large crowd, saying they are able to "converse and sympathize" like real people. A demonstration at CES s ... more
+ Scientists develop gentle, microscopic hands to study tiny, soft materials
+ Samsung unveils AI-powered digital avatar
+ 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
Indonesia deploys fighter jets, warships to disputed waters in China spat
Jakarta (AFP) Jan 8, 2020
Indonesia has deployed fighter jets and warships to patrol islands near the disputed South China Sea, the military said Wednesday, escalating tensions with Beijing after a diplomatic spat over "trespassing" Chinese vessels. President Joko Widodo also headed Wednesday to the fishing-rich waters around the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China desp ... more
+ US lawmakers urge action on 'crimes against humanity' in China
+ 'Return to right path' Beijing's new envoy tells Hong Kong
+ 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

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
+ 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

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
+ Scientists observe earliest steps in seed germination
+ As Trump tariffs loom, US wine lovers battle tech giants
+ 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
Goldilocks stars are best places to look for life
Baltimore MD (SPX) Jan 09, 2020
In the search for life beyond Earth, astronomers look for planets in a star's "habitable zone" - sometimes nicknamed the "Goldilocks zone" - where temperatures are just right for liquid water to exist on a planet's surface to nurture life as we know it. An emerging idea, bolstered by a three-decade-long set of stellar surveys, is that there are "Goldilocks stars" - not too hot, not too coo ... more
+ SDSU astronomers pinpoint two new 'Tatooine' planetary systems
+ New technique may give Webb Telescope new way to identify planets with oxygen
+ NASA planet hunter finds its first Earth-Size habitable-zone world
+ Planet WASP-12b is on a death spiral
+ Technique could speed search for life in outer space
+ TESS mission uncovers its first world with two stars
+ A new tool for 'weighing' unseen planets

China believes new virus behind mystery pneumonia outbreak
Beijing (AFP) Jan 9, 2020
China believes a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has struck 59 people is due to a new strain of virus from the family of pathogens that includes SARS, state media said Thursday. The infection was first confirmed on December 31 in Wuhan, a central Chinese city with a population of over 11 million, and initially sparked fears about a resurgence of the highly contagious flu-like SARS. It ... more
+ US warns citizens in China over mystery pneumonia outbreak
+ A universal flu vaccine that protects against 6 influenza viruses in mice
+ China rules out SARS in mystery viral pneumonia outbreak
+ 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
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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NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2019 Annual Report
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 09, 2020
The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, issued its 2019 annual report Tuesday examining the agency's safety performance over the past year and highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns. The report highlights 2019 activities and includes assessments of NASA's: + International Space Station br> + Lunar and deep space ... more
+ Update on Boeing's Orbital Flight Test
+ NASA needs new way to handle accident investigations, report says
+ NASA: 'Joint, independent team' will probe Boeing Starliner orbital glitch
+ 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
North Korea defends 'peaceful' satellite launches, report says
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 07, 2020
North Korea is determined to press forward with space development "regardless of any opposition," according to a South Korean press report. NK Economy reported Monday a law journal published by Kim Il Sung University in 2019 includes an article on the regime's efforts to take on space exploration for peaceful and scientific purposes. The article comes at a time when concerns are rising No ... more
+ Soleimani successor: continuity figure in uncertain times
+ After missile launch Iran says it respects Iraqi sovereignty
+ Trump tweets Iran will 'never have a nuclear weapon'
+ De-escalation with Iran a shared goal of feuding US lawmakers
+ South Korea's Moon seeks Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul
+ Iran's anti-US strikes: measured, but not final response
+ Has Trump deterred Iran, as President pulls back

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