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Myanmar's Suu Kyi visits China border state as Xi visit looms
Myitkyina, Myanmar (AFP) Jan 10, 2020
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi made a rare trip to a region bordering China days before President Xi Jinping is expected to push for controversial port and dam projects during a visit to the country. Wearing traditional ethnic attire Suu Kyi danced with a street procession on Friday in northern Kachin state's capital Myitkyina, a day after supporters cheered her arrival at the airport. ... more
+ Navy brings emergency beer to fire-hit Aussie town
+ Study shows animal life thriving around Fukushima
+ 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
Ultrasound can make stronger 3D-printed alloys
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Jan 10, 2020
Researchers have used sound vibrations to shake metal alloy grains into tighter formation during 3D printing. A study just published in Nature Communications shows high frequency sound waves can have a significant impact on the inner micro-structure of 3D printed alloys, making them more consistent and stronger than those printed conventionally. Lead author and PhD candidate from RMI ... more
+ Ceramic materials that are IR-transparent
+ Randomness opens the gates to the land of attophotography
+ Study details how hydrogen causes embrittlement of steels
+ 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
+ Human-based models to study space radiation and countermeasures

Using a robot to deploy robots in remote oceans
Norwich UK (SPX) Jan 13, 2020
A researcher at the University of East Anglia (UEA) has helped design a sea-going robot to deploy research equipment in remote and inaccessible ocean locations. The AutoNaut - an unmanned surface vessel - has been specially-adapted to carry and release an underwater Seaglider. The gliders carry a range of sensors to collect data for research on ocean processes that are important for climat ... more
+ Underwater robot becomes first to autonomously collect an ocean sample
+ Historic German island is nursery for North Sea seals
+ Double-checking the science
+ ENSO heat engine shifts eastward under global warming
+ Bulgaria's environment minister charged over water crisis
+ Ocean acidification a big problem - but not for coral reef fish behavior
+ Toward a smarter way of recharging the aquifer
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
+ Nanobubbles in nanodroplets
+ 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

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
+ Can sea star movement inspire better robots?
+ 2020 FIRST Robotics Kickoff Event Returns to Rocket City Jan. 4
+ Robo-crib highlights infant safety at technology show
+ AI-powered avatar at tech show touted as 'artificial human'
+ Samsung unveils AI-powered digital avatar
+ Space history is made in this NASA robot factory
+ Church of England questions ethics of investment in 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
+ Human Rights Watch chief says barred from entering Hong Kong
+ Ex-UK consulate staffer cuts ties with HK family to avoid 'harassment'
+ Protest-hit Hong Kong sees surge in depression, PTSD: study
+ Curtain falls on Chinese film festival as censorship intensifies
+ 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

Aeolus winds now in daily weather forecasts
Paris (ESA) Jan 13, 2020
ESA's Aeolus satellite has been returning profiles of Earth's winds since 3 September 2018, just after it was launched - and after months of careful testing these measurements are considered so good that the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is now using them in their forecasts. The decision to include new measurements in weather forecasts is never taken lightly; it takes ... more
+ Shocked meteorites provide clues to Earth's lower mantle
+ Evolving landscape added fuel to Gobi Desert's high-speed winds
+ Landsat 9: The Pieces Come Together
+ NASA animates world path of smoke and aerosols from Australian fires
+ PhD centre will nurture new leaders in Earth observation
+ Climate signals detected in global weather
+ Scientists find iron 'snow' in Earth's core
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
+ Drones effective tools for fruit farmers
+ Food stirs up interest at Vegas tech show
+ Research team traces evolution of the domesticated tomato
+ LED lighting in greenhouses helps but standards are needed
+ Fire-hit Australian farmers vow to rise from the ashes
+ China's farmers reap rich harvest through video-sharing apps
+ As Trump tariffs loom, US wine lovers battle tech giants
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
+ Planet WASP-12b is on a death spiral
+ Telescope upgrade, move will aid in search for exoplanets
+ A new tool for 'weighing' unseen planets
+ 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

Residents 'not worried' in China's pneumonia-stricken Wuhan
Wuhan, China (AFP) Jan 12, 2020
Wuhan, the Chinese city known as the home of a new virus that has sickened dozens, killed one man and sparked international concern, is not an obvious holiday destination. But Tian, a tourist from another metropolis around three hours' drive away, decided to make the trip despite trepidation from his family over reports of a mysterious pneumonia outbreak. "I said I should be fine, so I c ... more
+ Bacterial evolution of antibiotic weapons promises new insights for drug makers
+ China reports first death from mystery pneumonia outbreak
+ China believes new virus behind mystery pneumonia outbreak
+ China believes new virus behind mystery pneumonia outbreak
+ 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
French air power repelled Niger base attackers: army source
Niamey (AFP) Jan 10, 2020
French military air strikes played a "decisive" role in repulsing jihadists who raided a military camp in Niger on Thursday killing 25 soldiers, a Nigerien security source told AFP. Sixty-three "terrorists" died during the attack on the camp in the western region of Chinegodar near the restive border with Mali, according to the Niger government. "All 25 deaths in the attack are of soldie ... more
+ China set to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe
+ 60 DR Congo troops killed by militia since October: army
+ 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
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'Space unites us': First Iranian-American NASA astronaut reaches for stars
Houston (AFP) Jan 12, 2020
Jasmin "Jaws" Moghbeli earned her fierce nickname during her time as a decorated helicopter gunship pilot who flew more than 150 missions in Afghanistan. The Marine Corps major, MIT graduate and college basketball player can now add another accomplishment to her burgeoning resume: the first Iranian-American astronaut. Speaking to AFP after graduating in NASA's latest cohort, the 36-year ... more
+ NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2019 Annual Report
+ 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
+ Eyeing Moon, NASA hosts first public astronaut graduation ceremony
+ Second Spaceship in Virgin Galactic's fleet completes major build milestone
+ From exoskeletons to education at CES
EU warns Iran nuclear deal may collapse
Brussels (AFP) Jan 10, 2020
The EU's diplomatic chief warned Friday that it may not be possible to save the Iran nuclear deal, as the bloc's foreign ministers held emergency talks on the Middle East. Europe has led efforts to save the 2015 accord, gravely undermined by Trump's unilateral withdrawal in 2018 and Iran's subsequent winding down of its compliance, but to little effect. After an afternoon of talks with m ... 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
+ Iran Guards say missiles did not aim to kill US troops
+ After missile launch Iran says it respects Iraqi sovereignty
+ European powers urge Iran to fully return to nuclear deal
+ North Korea says will resume US talks if demands fully met

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