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July 13, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Hypersonic Travel Possibility Heats Up Massively After New Material Discovery



Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 10, 2017
Researchers at The University of Manchester, in collaboration with Central South University (CSU), China, have created an innovative ceramic coating that could revolutionize hypersonic travel - for defense, space and even air travel purposes. Hypersonic travel is defined as moving at Mach five or above - at least five times faster than the speed of sound. While a historic aspiration of aviation professionals, achieving such velocity has proved elusive. After all, the heat generated by air and gas ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
China ships troops to its first overseas base in Africa
Beijing (AFP) July 12, 2017
China has deployed troops to its first overseas naval base in Djibouti, a major step forward for the country's expansion of its military presence abroad. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division ... more
SUPERPOWERS
India holds naval exercises with US, Japan
New Delhi (AFP) July 10, 2017
India began holding naval exercises with the United States and Japan off its south coast on Monday, seeking to forge closer military ties to counter growing Chinese influence in the region. ... more
NUKEWARS
US vows to press China to enforce NKorea sanctions
Washington (AFP) July 9, 2017
The United States will crank up pressure on China to ensure that it implements sanctions against North Korea over its missile tests, Washington's ambassador to the United Nations pledged Sunday. ... more
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TAIWAN NEWS
Beijing says US apologises for 'Republic of China' gaffe
Beijing (AFP) July 10, 2017
China said Monday the United States apologised after Beijing officially protested a White House statement that mistakenly described Xi Jinping as the president of the "Republic of China". ... more
SUPERPOWERS
US warplanes fly over disputed South China Sea
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
US warplanes have flown over the disputed South China Sea, the US Air Force said Friday, a move aimed at asserting freedom of navigation rights in the hotly-contested area. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Despite the failed launch of the Changzheng 5 (Long March-5) heavy-lift rocket on Sunday, China is pinning a lot of hope on this new generation booster, capable of carrying 25 metric tons of payload ... more
FARM NEWS
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Los Angeles (AFP) July 12, 2017
Over nearly a century Disney has exported US culture across the globe, but the company was astonished to find one slice of Americana wildly popular in China - the turkey leg. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Five killed, 10 missing in landslide in remote India
New Delhi (AFP) July 11, 2017
At least five people were killed and 10 missing Tuesday after a massive landslide buried homes in a remote village in northeast India, a disaster management official said. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Two significant warming intervals in southern China since 1850
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Regular meteorological observations in most of China only started in the 1950s, meaning it is therefore necessary to reconstruct regional temperature series from high-resolution temperature proxies ... more


Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise

EARTH OBSERVATION
Can satellites be used as an early warning system for landslides
Newcastle UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Researchers are using satellite data to accurately map the movement of the earth before a landslide in a bid to develop a life-saving early warning system. The team from Newcastle University ( ... more
TIME AND SPACE
China teleports quantum information to space, a first
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
For the first time, scientists in China have successfully teleported a photon to space using quantum entanglement - the coupling of two quantum particles over vast distances. ... more
TRADE WARS
Germany toughens rules on foreign buyouts in strategic sectors
Berlin (AFP) July 12, 2017
Germany's cabinet agreed Wednesday to tighten scrutiny on takeovers of companies in strategic industries by buyers outside the EU, the Economy Ministry said, reacting to Europe-wide disquiet over Chinese takeovers. ... more
TRADE WARS
China's COSCO in multi-billion buyout of Hong Kong rival
Hong Kong (AFP) July 10, 2017
Chinese shipping giant COSCO has offered $6.3 billion to buy Hong Kong's rival firm Orient Overseas International Ltd, which would make it one of the world's largest container liners in an industry dominated by European players. ... more



China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
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Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
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Stormy G20 ends with gestures for Trump on climate, trade
Hamburg (AFP) July 8, 2017
World leaders made concessions on trade and climate language to Donald Trump Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever, in exchange for preserving a fragile unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies. In a departure from final summit declarations that tend to outline consensus on issues that range from fighting terrorism to financial governa ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's COSCO in multi-billion buyout of Hong Kong rival
Shanghai (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's Wanda agrees to mammoth asset sale to slash debt
Berlin (AFP) July 12, 2017
Germany toughens rules on foreign buyouts in strategic sectors
U.S. Navy ships to participate in Black Sea exercises
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Two guided-missile ships have arrived at the Ukrainian port city of Odessa July 10 to participate in the Sea Breeze 2017 maritime exercises, the U.S. Navy announced on Monday. The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Hue City and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Carney will play active roles in the exercises, which involve air, naval and land forces from 17 nations. Sea Breeze 2017 ... more
Kiev (AFP) July 10, 2017
NATO vows support for Ukraine against Russia's 'aggressive actions'
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
US warplanes fly over disputed South China Sea
Beijing (AFP) July 12, 2017
China ships troops to its first overseas base in Africa
France could close a third of nuclear reactors: minister
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
France's new environment minister said Monday that nearly a third of the country's nuclear reactors could be shut under plans to scale back the amount of electricity produced from atomic power. In 2015, the previous Socialist-dominated parliament passed a law obliging the government to reduce the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50 percent by 2025 compared with around 75 p ... more
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Mitsubishi, Assystem take stakes in France's nuclear reactors firm
Brussels (AFP) July 12, 2017
Britain must leave EU nuclear body: Verhofstadt
Cherbourg, France (AFP) July 5, 2017
Sixth MOX nuclear shipment leaves France for Japan
Why you might trust a quantum computer with secrets
Singapore (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Here's the scenario: you have sensitive data and a problem that only a quantum computer can solve. You have no quantum devices yourself. You could buy time on a quantum computer, but you don't want to give away your secrets. What can you do? Writing in Physical Review X on 11 July, researchers in Singapore and Australia propose a way you could use a quantum computer securely, even over the ... more
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Utilities including nuclear firms hacked: NYT
Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Hackers could tap EEGs, observe brainwaves to steal passwords
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France could close a third of nuclear reactors: minister
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
France's new environment minister said Monday that nearly a third of the country's nuclear reactors could be shut under plans to scale back the amount of electricity produced from atomic power. In 2015, the previous Socialist-dominated parliament passed a law obliging the government to reduce the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50 percent by 2025 compared with around 75 p ... more
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Mitsubishi, Assystem take stakes in France's nuclear reactors firm
Brussels (AFP) July 12, 2017
Britain must leave EU nuclear body: Verhofstadt
Cherbourg, France (AFP) July 5, 2017
Sixth MOX nuclear shipment leaves France for Japan
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise A new study has revealed how inspiration from owls' wings could allow aircraft and wind turbines to become quieter. Researchers from Japan and China studied the serrations in the leading edge of owls' wings, gaining new insight into how they work to make the birds' flight silent. Their results, published in the journa ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
A new low-temperature solution printing technique allows fabrication of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals intended to minimize current-robbing grain boundaries. The meniscus-assisted solution printing (MASP) technique boosts power conversion efficiencies to nearly 20 percent by controlling crystal size and orientation. The process, which uses parallel plates to cre ... more
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Bristol, UK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
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Israeli nuclear whistleblower spared jail over 2013 meeting
Jerusalem (AFP) July 10, 2017
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu received Monday a suspended two-month prison sentence and community work after a Jerusalem court decided against imprisoning him for a misdemeanour from over four years ago. The 62-year-old former nuclear technician was jailed in 1986 for disclosing the inner workings of Israel's Dimona nuclear plant to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper. He s ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) July 7, 2017
122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons
Seoul (AFP) July 8, 2017
US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force
Washington (AFP) July 9, 2017
US vows to press China to enforce NKorea sanctions
Belgium to acquire troop transport vehicles
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Belgium's Council of Ministers have approved a request by Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput to acquire 199 Light Troop Transport Vehicles. The purchase, approved on Friday, was part of an urgent renewal of vehicles operated by the country's Special Operations Forces and obtained in the early 1990s. The Ministry of Defense said special operation forces act with speed, autonomy a ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
OSI acquires Morpho explosive trace detection business
Washington (AFP) July 10, 2017
Mosul victory marks win for Pentagon training plan
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Bahrain signs contract with Lockheed for sniper targeting pods
Kelvin Hughes to be sold to Hensoldt
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
Britain's Kelvin Hughes, a maker of radar sensors, security and navigation products, is being acquired by Hensoldt, an Airbus spinoff company. ECI Partners, parent company of Kelvin Hughes, said completion of the transaction remains subject to regulatory clearances. "Following the buyout from Smiths Group, ECI has been a consistent and supportive partner as we have consolidated o ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Defense spending by European NATO countries to rise in 2017
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2017
House Appropriations defense subcommittee bill could mean more ships, planes
Riyadh (AFP) June 19, 2017
Weapons found after shots fired in oil field: Saudi
Government Agencies Turn to Private Sector for Help Adopting Intelligent Technologies
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Intelligent technologies like advanced analytics and biometrics/identity analytics can help government agencies fulfill their missions to improve the delivery of public services and meet the rising expectations of citizens, a recent survey found. However, successful adoption of intelligent technologies first requires overcoming challenges-challenges that can be solved, survey respondents say, by ... more
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Human pose estimation for care robots using deep learning
Multan, Pakistan (AFP) July 6, 2017
Pizza bytes! Pakistan enchanted by first robot waitresses
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
Three European firms join in robot ship project
Study finds toxic mercury is accumulating in the Arctic tundra
Lowell MA (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Vast amounts of toxic mercury are accumulating in the Arctic tundra, threatening the health and well-being of people, wildlife and waterways, according to a UMass Lowell scientist investigating the source of the pollution. A research team led by Prof. Daniel Obrist, chairman of UMass Lowell's Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, found that airborne mercury is gather ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Human activities worsen air quality in Dunhuang, a desert basin in China
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Herbicide boost for tadpoles: study
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline
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Beijing says US apologises for 'Republic of China' gaffe
Beijing (AFP) July 10, 2017
China said Monday the United States apologised after Beijing officially protested a White House statement that mistakenly described Xi Jinping as the president of the "Republic of China". Xi is president of the People's Republic of China, while the Republic of China is the official name for Taiwan, which Beijing claims as a breakaway province awaiting reunification. The error was made in ... more
Taipei (AFP) July 6, 2017
Taiwan charges Chinese grad student with spying
Beijing (AFP) June 30, 2017
China 'firmly' opposes US arms sale to Taiwan
Washington (AFP) June 30, 2017
Washington approves $1.3 bn arms sale to Taiwan
US soldier killed in Afghanistan's Helmand
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2017
/> A US soldier has been killed and two others wounded in an attack in Afghanistan's Helmand province while conducting operations against the Taliban, US military officials said Wednesday. Private First Class Hansen Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska died Monday following the "indirect fire" assault, which means he was hit by a mortar or some other incoming round. The wounds sustained ... more
New York (AFP) July 6, 2017
Egypt arrests dozens of Chinese Uighur students: HRW
Brussels (AFP) June 29, 2017
Mattis says NATO must finish the job in Afghanistan
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