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February 22, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Cabbage Patch: 5th crop harvested aboard Space Station



Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
After spending nearly a month tending to the International Space Station's first crop of Chinese cabbage, astronaut Peggy Whitson harvested the leafy greens on Feb. 17. At first, one of the six seeds of the Tokyo Bekana Chinese cabbage variety seemed to have been planted higher than the rest, keeping it from getting wet enough in the beginning. But the on-orbit gardener would not be deterred. "Peggy is doing an amazing job," said Veggie Project Manager Nicole Dufour. "She wouldn't give up and she ... read more

NUKEWARS
China move puts onus on US in N. Korea impasse: experts
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China's snap decision to halt North Korean coal imports - a key economic lifeline for Pyongyang - has a broader motive aimed at shaping Donald Trump's as yet undefined policy towards the North's rogue nuclear arms programme, experts say. ... more
GPS NEWS
Police in China's restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
A prefecture in China's restive Xinjiang region has ordered all vehicles to be equipped with GPS-like tracking software, police and media reports said Tuesday, as authorities step up an "anti-terrorism" campaign. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
US aircraft carrier strike group patrolling S. China Sea
Washington (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
A US aircraft carrier strike group is patrolling in the South China Sea, the US Navy said Saturday, days after Beijing told Washington not to challenge its sovereignty in the waterway. ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
Taiwan protests over Spain deportations to China
Taipei (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Taiwan has protested a decision by Spain to deport more than 200 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China, the latest such deportation amid frosty cross-strait ties. ... more
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India, Russia close in on chopper deal: report
Bangalore, India (AFP) Feb 14, 2017
Russia is close to finalising a deal to build helicopters in India, an executive said Tuesday, a move that would boost Narendra Modi's ambitions to manufacture defence hardware locally. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Bye Bye, Bao Bao: Panda leaves Washington for China
Washington (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
One of Washington's most popular residents left town on Tuesday: Bao Bao, the National Zoo's uber-popular young female panda, headed to her new home in China. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
China delays nuclear reactor start again
Paris (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Two nuclear reactors being built in the southern Chinese city of Taishan will come onstream months later than planned, said China General Nuclear Power (CGN), which runs the project together with France's EDF. ... more
NUKEWARS
No major impact from China coal ban, says N.Korea official
Pyongyang (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
A North Korean state economic official sought Tuesday to play down the impact of China's shock announcement that it was suspending coal imports from the country for the rest of the year. ... more
THE PITS
China halts N. Korea coal imports after missile test
Beijing (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, Beijing said Saturday, depriving Pyongyang of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test. ... more
TRADE WARS
China's huge debt poses big headache for central bank
Beijing (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Chinese banks lent more money in January alone than the annual GDP of South Africa, as borrowers rushed to take advantage of government policies intended to stimulate the economy with easy credit. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
Russia's Rosneft starts drilling in Iraq
Baghdad (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
Russian oil producer Rosneft reported Monday it started new drilling operations in Iraq, alongside a Chinese contracting partner. ... more
TRADE WARS
China outbound investment plunges under new curbs
Beijing (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
China's direct overseas investment plummeted 35.7 percent year-on-year in January, official data showed Thursday, after officials rolled out rules to curb a record-setting spree of foreign acquisitions by Chinese firms. ... more
WAR REPORT
Japan history revisionists bolder under Abe: analysts
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Successful hotel chain operator Toshio Motoya doesn't mind if his denial of a notorious Japanese World War II military atrocity in China drives customers away. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Tillerson, Wang in highest-level US-China meet under Trump
Bonn (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday used his first meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to urge Beijing to help rein in North Korea after its series of nuclear and ballistic missile tests. ... more

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Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into space "as early as mid-April" atop a Long March-7 Y2 rocket, representing a major milestone for China's space program, according to People's Daily, an English-language Chinese news outlet. One won ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jan 31, 2017
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
Beijing (XNA) Jan 18, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory
Jiuquan (XNA) Jan 10, 2017
China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A
China's huge debt poses big headache for central bank
Beijing (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Chinese banks lent more money in January alone than the annual GDP of South Africa, as borrowers rushed to take advantage of government policies intended to stimulate the economy with easy credit. But the free-for-all has had unintended consequences, creating a tottering tower of unsustainable debt, with Beijing now trying to tighten monetary policy and reduce access to credit without bringi ... more
London (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
HSBC profits plunge as bank navigates political storms
Beijing (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
China outbound investment plunges under new curbs
Washington (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Trump trade strategy 'doomed to failure:' US trade expert
Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2016
Chinese growth stabilised in the third quarter, data showed Wednesday, as ample credit and hot property markets propped up the world's second-largest economy. But while the forecast-beating reading was in line with state targets, it came as experts warned that authorities have relied too much on easy credit, which has in turn increased financial risks. The economy grew 6.7 percent in Jul ... more
New York (AFP) Oct 14, 2016
China data and US banks propel equities higher
Beijing (AFP) Oct 11, 2016
No debt-for-equity cure for zombie firms, says China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 13, 2016
China's ranks of super-rich rise despite economic slowdown
Germany to boost troops as US urges more defence spending
Berlin (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Germany will increase its military to nearly 200,000 troops over the next seven years, the defence ministry said Tuesday, a day after US Vice President Mike Pence urged European allies to boost their defence spending. Berlin had already announced last May its first increase in troop count since the Cold War, but the ministry said it was further revising numbers upwards. The Bundeswehr is ... more
Brussels (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO funds
Washington (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
US aircraft carrier strike group patrolling S. China Sea
United Nations, United States (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Trump's envoy at UN warns Russia US stands firm on NATO, EU
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System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. "Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation," said Mohammad R. Jahanshahi, an assistant professor in Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering. "How ... more
Paris (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China delays nuclear reactor start again
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Northrop Grumman, PGZ to deepen industrial cooperation
New York (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Northrop Grumman and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, Poland's state-owned enterprise, announced plans to collaborate on future defense projects. The prospective partnership was formally recognized when representatives from PGZ and Northrop Grumman International Trading signed a Letter of Intent declaring the two parties would explore how to cooperate on security-related contracts. Nort ... more
Washington (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
Tech tools gain traction amid Trump war on leaks
Fairfax, Va. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
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San Francisco (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
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System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. "Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation," said Mohammad R. Jahanshahi, an assistant professor in Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering. "How ... more
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China delays nuclear reactor start again
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Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown
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US grid can handle more offshore wind power
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Injecting large amounts of offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid is manageable, will cut electricity costs, and will reduce pollution compared to current fossil fuel sources, according to researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University who have completed a first-of-its-kind simulation with the electric power industry. The researchers consulted with PJM Inte ... more
Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Michigan meets renewable energy targets
Stavanger, Norway (UPI) Feb 9, 2017
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Printable solar cells just got a little closer
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface ... more
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
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China move puts onus on US in N. Korea impasse: experts
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China's snap decision to halt North Korean coal imports - a key economic lifeline for Pyongyang - has a broader motive aimed at shaping Donald Trump's as yet undefined policy towards the North's rogue nuclear arms programme, experts say. North Korea defied the world a week ago with a missile test and is suspected of orchestrating the stunning assassination a day later of supreme leader Kim ... more
Pyongyang (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
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Tehran (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
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UAE orders battle management system from Harris
Melbourne, Fla. (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
The United Arab Emirates has given the Harris Corporation a two-year contract to provide its military with an integrated battle management system. The contract, issued under the UAE's Emirates Command & Control System Land Tactical System program, is worth $189 million. "This Land Tactical System project represents a major milestone in the advancement of battlefield management an ... more
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
U.S. Marines place $150M order for Target Sight Systems
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Orbital ATK reports new orders for Bushmaster guns
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
Russia ready to export new T-90 tank variant
Global arms trade highest since Cold War: study
Stockholm (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
Worldwide arms trade has risen to its highest level since the Cold War in the last five years, driven by a demand from the Middle East and Asia, a study said Monday. Between 2012-2016, arms imports in terms of volume by countries in Asia and Oceania accounted for 43 percent of global imports, a 7.7 rise compared to the previous 2007-2011 period, according to the Stockholm International Peace ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
SIPRI: Arms imports rise in Asia, Middle East
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
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Oslo, Norway (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
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Will androids dream of quantum sheep?
Singapore (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
The word 'replicant' evokes thoughts of a sci-fi world where society has replaced common creatures with artificial machines that replicate their behaviour. Now researchers from Singapore have shown that if such machines are ever created, they'll run more efficiently if they harness quantum theory to respond to the environment. This follows the findings of a team from the Centre for Quantum ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
Washington (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
How algorithms secretly run the world
Study finds 6,600 fracking spills in four states over 10 years
Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
In a new study, researchers tallied spills at hydraulic fracturing sites between 2005 and 2014 in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Researchers surveyed state records of incidents at 31,481 fracking wells. According to their work, the decade yielded 6,648 spills in just four states. "State spill data holds great promise for risk identification and mitigation," ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater
Geneva (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report
Bangalore, India (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Polluted Indian lake catches fire
Taiwan protests over Spain deportations to China
Taipei (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Taiwan has protested a decision by Spain to deport more than 200 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China, the latest such deportation amid frosty cross-strait ties. The 269 Chinese and Taiwanese telecom scam suspects were caught in Spain in December, according to Taiwan's foreign affairs ministry. More than 200 in the group are from the island. The ministry said Spanish authorities deci ... more
Taipei (AFP) Jan 25, 2017
Taiwan economy rallies thanks to electronics demand
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Pentagon chief readies Afghanistan proposals for Trump
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday said he is compiling an assessment for President Donald Trump to weigh on Afghanistan, which remains mired in a brutal and seemingly intractable conflict. The Afghan war is the longest in US history but Trump has scarcely given it a passing mention - either while campaigning or since entering the White House. Mattis said his commander-in-chief h ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
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Srinagar, India (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Eight killed in Indian Kashmir after gunbattle
Kabul (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
UN voices concern over Afghan civilian deaths in Helmand


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