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December 12, 2017
MOON DAILY
The Second Moon Race



Gerroa, Australia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The US and China are in an undeclared race back to the Moon. At first glance it's easy to dismiss China's efforts as being little more than what the US and Russia achieved decades ago. And while the pace of China's manned launches has been slow with over a year in many cases between launches; looks can be deceptive and China has achieved each critical step towards building a permanent space station within the next few years. Meanwhile, its overall space program builds out each critical element to ... read more

MOON DAILY
Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who ann ... more
ENERGY TECH
Nuclear fusion project faces delay over US budget cuts: director
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The head of the multinational nuclear fusion project known as ITER, in Washington for talks with President Donald Trump's administration, has warned US budget cuts could delay completion of the experimental reactor. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
S. Korea's Moon seeks rapprochement in China visit
Seoul (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
South Korean President Moon Jae-In hopes to "normalise" ties with giant neighbour China on his first state visit to the country this week, his office said Monday, after Beijing was infuriated by a US missile system deployment. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China
Seoul (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such manoeuvres fuel tensions following nuclear-armed Pyongyang's longest-range test launch to date. ... more
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Sri Lanka hands over debt-laden port to Chinese owner
Colombo (AFP) Dec 9, 2017
Sri Lanka Saturday handed over a deep-sea port to a Chinese firm, in a deal agreed to boost the cash-strapped island's finances that has raised concerns at home and abroad over Beijing's growing influence. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Billionaire Guo Wengui wants regime change in Beijing
New York (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
From a luxury Manhattan apartment, Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui is plotting a "change of the regime" in Beijing and developing a new media platform with the aim of introducing democracy in the world's most populous country. ... more
NUKEWARS
South Korea's Moon to visit China for talks on N. Korea
Seoul (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
South Korean President Moon Jae-In will visit China next week for talks on North Korea and other issues, his office said Wednesday, amid tentative signs of diplomatic movement after months of high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threats. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Five workers laying fibre-optic cables murdered in Mali
Bamako (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Four Malians and a Togolese working for a Chinese telecoms firm were kidnapped and murdered while laying fibre-optic cables in central Mali, multiple sources told AFP on Sunday. ... more
SINO DAILY
Former Chinese leadership contender faces graft probe
Beijing (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
China's top prosecutor said Monday it has opened a criminal investigation into the former party chief of Chinese mega-city Chongqing, who was expelled from the Communist Party earlier this year following corruption allegations. ... more
WOOD PILE
Forests are the key to fresh water
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but UBC researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global wat ... more


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SINO DAILY
EU "deeply troubled" by China's human rights record
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
The European Union delegation to China said Friday it was "extremely concerned" about the denial to Chinese citizens of "fundamental" human rights. ... more
TRADE WARS
China exports surge in November as trade tensions flare
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
China's exports surged more than twice the expected pace in November, official data showed on Friday, as tensions with its largest trading partners flare. ... more
OIL AND GAS
First LNG cargo ready to leave the Russian Arctic
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
French supermajor Total said Friday the first cargo of liquefied natural gas is leaving an Arctic facility in Russia, one of the largest in the world. ... more
CAR TECH
Chinese electric carmaker to open Morocco plant
Casablanca, Morocco (AFP) Dec 9, 2017
Chinese electric car manufacturer BYD on Saturday signed an agreement to open a factory near the Moroccan city of Tangiers to build battery-powered vehicles, officials said. ... more



Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
China exports surge in November as trade tensions flare
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
China's exports surged more than twice the expected pace in November, official data showed on Friday, as tensions with its largest trading partners flare. The healthy trade data is welcome news for the world's number-two economy as Beijing looks to tackle industrial overcapacity, winter pollution and a ballooning debt pile. Exports jumped 12.3 percent year-on-year to $217.4 billion, blow ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
China exports soar higher than expected in November
Brussels (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
EU wins tougher, swifter anti-dumping trade powers
Washington (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US hits Vietnam with huge duties on steel made with Chinese material
Pentagon braces for possible government shutdown
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The Pentagon on Thursday warned of possible weapons delays and other military ramifications if the government shuts down over a budget deal impasse or passes a stop-gap spending bill to avert it. The US government is facing the looming prospect of shutting down as Republicans and Democrats wrangle over federal spending. Top leaders from both parties were due to meet at the White House la ... more
Vienna (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
US warns Russia over Ukraine at OSCE meeting
Colombo (AFP) Dec 9, 2017
Sri Lanka hands over debt-laden port to Chinese owner
New York (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Billionaire Guo Wengui wants regime change in Beijing
Mainz physicists propose a new method for monitoring nuclear waste
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
New scientific findings suggest neutrino detectors may play an important role in ensuring better monitoring and safer storage of radioactive material in nuclear waste repository sites. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have made calculations to ascertain the neutrino radiation of spent nuclear fuel emits. Their figures show that neutrino detectors could be usefu ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
AREVA NP Maintenance Technique Reduces Frequency of Component Inspections at Two Exelon Plants
Cairo (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
NUS scientist develops 'toolboxes' for quantum cybersecurity
Singapore (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
A quantum information scientist from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed efficient "toolboxes" comprising theoretical tools and protocols for quantifying the security of high-speed quantum communication. Assistant Professor Charles Lim is part of an international team of experimental and theoretical scientists from Duke University, Ohio State University and Oak Ridge Nationa ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Hackers could get even nastier in 2018: researchers
Brooklyn NY (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The ultimate defense against hackers may be just a few atoms thick
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Quantum computers help create hack-proof forms of data encryption
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Mainz physicists propose a new method for monitoring nuclear waste
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
New scientific findings suggest neutrino detectors may play an important role in ensuring better monitoring and safer storage of radioactive material in nuclear waste repository sites. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have made calculations to ascertain the neutrino radiation of spent nuclear fuel emits. Their figures show that neutrino detectors could be usefu ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
AREVA NP Maintenance Technique Reduces Frequency of Component Inspections at Two Exelon Plants
Cairo (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
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U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Sustainable solvent platform for photon upconversion increases solar utilization efficiency
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The conversion of solar energy into electricity is currently restricted by a concept known as the Shockley-Quesser limit. This limitation allows only photons that have higher energies than those of the bandgap to be used, while those with lower energies are wasted. In an effort to obtain a solution to this problem and make solar energy conversion more efficient, the process of converting photons ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Guanidinium stabilizes perovskite solar cells at 19 percent efficiency
Uncha Amirpur, India (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
India faces painful move to cleaner energy
Warwick UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Solar power advances possible with new 'double-glazing' device
South Korea's Moon to visit China for talks on N. Korea
Seoul (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
South Korean President Moon Jae-In will visit China next week for talks on North Korea and other issues, his office said Wednesday, amid tentative signs of diplomatic movement after months of high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threats. The announcement came as a high-level United Nations representative held talks with a senior North Korean official during a rare trip to Pyong ... more
Seoul (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
S. Korea to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang: report
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
UN envoy warns N. Korea 'miscalculation' could trigger conflict
Seoul (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
N. Korea missile test raises flight safety concerns
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Public-private partnership to speed up military technology development
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense, in collaboration with the National Security Technology Accelerator, launched a new Training and Readiness Accelerator, or TREX, this week at a defense industry conference. TREX was unveiled at the Interservice, Industry Training, Simulations and Education Conference in Orlando, Fla., to members of all branches of the military and leaders in the defense in ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
U.S. Army to upgrade weapons on Abrams tanks
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
Data-collecting device could make for better training of soldiers
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
General Dynamics tapped to destroy, dispose of rockets
Dutch want arms dealer's extradition after S.Africa arrest
The Hague (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Dutch prosecutors are requesting the extradition of convicted Dutch arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven, arrested in South Africa on Friday, to serve a 19-year sentence for his role in Liberia's bloody civil war. "This morning shortly after eight o'clock local time, Interpol South Africa arrested Guus K. at his home in Cape Town," the Dutch public prosecution service said. "The Netherlands req ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Israel Aerospace Industries opens Mexico office
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Department of Defense seeks to speed up acquisition process
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Raytheon forms new company in United Arab Emirates
'Grinch bots' may steal Christmas by snatching up prized toys
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
If no one comes to the rescue, an online army of "Grinch bots" may end up spoiling Christmas for many kids by using automated software to scoop up prized toys and other sought-after items for big profit. The bots - yes, the same kinds of automated programs that spread political propaganda and manipulate opinion on social media - can use superfast technology to snatch up popular electronics ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Helping hands guide robots as they learn
Smog should stop play, Indian doctors tell cricket bosses
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Cricket organisers must take pollution into account before allowing matches to go ahead, the Indian Medical Association told the country's governing body for the sport Thursday, after a smog-plagued Test match in New Delhi. The IMA said in a letter to the Indian cricket board it was "greatly troubled" by scenes of players wearing masks to protect themselves from air pollution many times the ... more
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
World's nations adopt plan 'towards a pollution-free planet'
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
UN pledge to tackle lead poisoning too late for some victims
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Tiny ocean creatures can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces
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Taiwanese activist jailed in China for five years for 'subversion'
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
A Chinese court sentenced Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-cheh to five years in prison on Tuesday on charges of attempting to subvert state power, further souring cross-strait ties. Lee sat nervously as the three-judge panel read the sentence at the Yueyang intermediate people's court in central Hunan province, according to a video posted on the tribunal's social media account. Ta ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
China warns US not to allow Taiwan stopover
Taipei (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Taiwan leader hopes for 'breakthrough' with China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi
Iraq Kurds denounce PM for comparing them to jihadists
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Iraq's autonomous Kurdish area Friday accused Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of "hatred" of the Kurds after he compared their September independence referendum to acts by the Islamic State group. At a meeting of his Dawa party on Wednesday, Abadi said: "To have maintained Iraqi unity and prevented the crime of partition is a victory as great as that against Daesh (IS)." After a September ... more
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Car bomb hits Iraqi Kurdish area, causing deaths: party official
Moscow (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Russia says provided air cover for Kurdish militia in Syria
Islamabad (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
US defense chief lands in Pakistan as ties between allies fray
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