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Navy brings emergency beer to fire-hit Aussie town
Sydney (AFP) Jan 10, 2020
Australia's navy tasked with rescuing bushfire-trapped residents on the southeast coast received a new mission Friday - delivering beer to a country pub on the verge of running dry. More than a thousand people have been evacuated from the town of Mallacoota, with the military sending landing craft to collect families trapped there since New Year's Eve. But after several shuttle runs and ... more
+ Ten years after deadly Haiti quake, survivors feel forgotten
+ 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
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
+ Human-based models to study space radiation and countermeasures
+ Nanoscale sensors see how high pressure affects materials
+ Air Force to cancel Raytheon contract for ground-based radar system
+ China launches new communication technology experiment satellite
+ Penn shows giving entire course of radiation treatment in less than a second is feasible
+ Sustainable supply of minerals and metals key to a low-carbon energy future
+ Ultrasound can make stronger 3D-printed alloys

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
+ Toward a smarter way of recharging the aquifer
+ Ethiopia and Egypt fail to clinch Nile dam deal
+ Duterte threatens takeover of Manila water firms
+ Chile activists blast Senate for rejecting water status change
+ Underwater robot becomes first to autonomously collect an ocean sample
+ River people: Life along Asia's key waterways
+ The 97 kms between China and mastery of the Mekong
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
+ Ex-UK consulate staffer cuts ties with HK family to avoid 'harassment'
+ Protest-hit Hong Kong sees surge in depression, PTSD: study
+ 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

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
+ Landsat 9: The Pieces Come Together
+ NASA animates world path of smoke and aerosols from Australian fires
+ 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

Improved functioning of diverse landscape mosaics
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jan 10, 2020
To date, biodiversity research primarily focused on the number of plant species present in ecosystems. "Most studies so far have used small, artificially established study plots. However, real-world landscapes are much more complex, and, in addition to natural areas, also contain human-dominated elements such as arable land and urban areas", says Pascal Niklaus, professor at the Department of Ev ... more
+ Fire-hit Australian farmers vow to rise from the ashes
+ Food stirs up interest at Vegas tech show
+ China's farmers reap rich harvest through video-sharing apps
+ As Trump tariffs loom, US wine lovers battle tech giants
+ High-def mapping of moisture in the soil
+ Scientists observe earliest steps in seed germination
+ Changing times put I.Coast's rubber industry under pressure
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
+ A new tool for 'weighing' unseen planets
+ Technique could speed search for life in outer space
+ TESS mission uncovers its first world with two stars

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
+ China believes new virus behind mystery pneumonia outbreak
+ Bacterial evolution of antibiotic weapons promises new insights for drug makers
+ A universal flu vaccine that protects against 6 influenza viruses in mice
+ US warns citizens in China over mystery pneumonia outbreak
+ China rules out SARS in mystery viral pneumonia outbreak
+ China probes mystery pneumonia outbreak amid SARS fears
+ Mosquitoes can sense toxins through their legs
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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From exoskeletons to education at CES
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 9, 2020
Exoskeletons to give wearers super-human strength and games to playfully teach children software skills for coding - such innovations were on display at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Mechanical muscle A Guardian XO exoskeleton made in a collaboration between Sarcos Robotics and Delta Air Lines let CES goers easily lift a 50-pound (22.7 kilo) suitcase with one hand with "techn ... more
+ NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2019 Annual Report
+ Second Spaceship in Virgin Galactic's fleet completes major build milestone
+ 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
+ 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
+ Trump sends birthday greetings to N. Korea's Kim: Seoul
+ France calls for 'gesture' from Iran over detained academics
+ After missile launch Iran says it respects Iraqi sovereignty
+ France ignores call to exit Iran nuclear deal; As Trump squeezes with new sanctions
+ De-escalation with Iran a shared goal of feuding US lawmakers
+ Iran's anti-US strikes: measured, but not final response

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